Chess has become a popular activity within the Leo student body, on a recreational level as well as a competitive one.

Coached by Otto Horton ’93, young Leo Men have embraced the game as an opportunity to engage their minds and enhance their ability to think strategically. It’s not uncommon to see three or more games taking place in the cafeteria at lunchtime, with fellow-student spectators paying close attention.

On a competitive level, Leo continues to emerge as a strong contender on the Chicago high school chess scene. Dexter Dale ‘15, who earned an academic scholarship to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, was the Catholic League first-board champion in 2015. Along with classmate Isaiah Nichols ‘15 and Damone Seals Templeton ‘16, Dexter led the Lions to three state appearances in the state high school tournament, placing seventh in first-board competition as a senior.

The chess team is but one example of Leo’s well-rounded extracurricular program.