Our History, Mission & Vision


Built in 1910, the John L. Marsh Elementary School has seen many changes during its rich long history. The neighborhood, once the home of steelworkers and other industrial workers, was the educational institution for students of Croatian, German, Mexican, Polish, and Serbian immigrants.

Marsh welcomed a much needed 74,000 sq. ft. new addition to its campus as the 2006-2007 school year began. Together, the original Heritage building and the state of the art new building consist of more than 45 learning environments, including classrooms, resource and activity centers. Marsh, which is handicap accessible, is able to generously accommodate all of our present students. Today, Marsh continues to service a diverse population of students from preschool to grade eight in our Veteran’s Park Community on Chicago’s far southeast side.


Through a blending of effective discipline, creative teaching, and parent and community involvement, John L. Marsh provides a positive and caring community. With a primary emphasis on literacy, the course work and programs are challenging and rich in cultural experience.


The distinctive vision of John L. Marsh is to foster, through education, a deep respect for the dignity of all persons and instill a dedication to excellence and the service of others.