HALLS


Every student, faculty and staff at Northridge belongs to a Hall.

The entire school, and each grade, is divided equally into four Halls. Each Hall name means “Knight” and is significant for its relationship to gentlemanly and heroic Knighthood. The Halls foster camaraderie and school spirit through competition, as well as opportunities for leadership and service.

At least four times each year, we take a break from classes and have “Hall Fests,” which range from a round robin of sports to tug of war, Giant Jenga, and re-creations of the game show Family Feud. The whole year is a competition, where grades, teacher points, Hall Fests, fundraisers and more are converted into points spurring on the Halls as they compete in various events. The school year culminates in the spring with the presentation of the Hall Trophy to one victorious Hall.

Each Hall has a unique history. Read below to find out more:

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Cavalier


The English word “Cavalier” means “mounted soldier,” or “knight.” The true Cavalier was a gallant gentleman dedicated to the King. This word is also used in the same sense by the Italians: “Cavalliere,” and the French: “Chevalier.” The young men of Northridge should strive to be “gallant” to be daring yet dignified; to be proud yet humble; and to be unflinching in battle, yet sowers of peace. Induction into the Halls will cultivate a confidence born of friendship, a daring in battle (Hall Fests) unsullied by undignified action. Though the word “Cavalier” can be said to mean “one who disregards others,” Northridge men should strive to win back the true and noble meaning of this title.

Paladin


The Paladin were the twelve legendary knights of Charlemagne (Charles the Great, King of the Franks). In the epic tale, “The Song of Roland,” these twelve knights are given charge of the King’s territory in Spain. In the Valley of Death, Roland led the Twelve against the enemy forces. He shouted in the midst of the battle that “God and his Angels are at our side.” Though they perished in battle, the knights of Charlemagne stood their ground to the last man. The young men of Northridge should strive to place their trust in God and in his loving Providence. The Halls of Northridge provide students with the opportunities to live their faith actively inside the school and out.

Riddervon


The word “Ridder” (Rider) literally means “Knight” in German. The title “Riddervon” was the traditional title given to a distinguished citizen in the Austrian Empire. It was also used later in the kingdom of Bavaria to recognize the meritorious action of a knight, or citizen. Titles of nobility were often hereditary in the old kingdoms of Europe. The young men of Northridge ought to sense and appreciate the inheritance of education passed down through the years of which they are now apart. The induction of a student into a Hall helps to cultivate this sense of gift and brotherhood. However, the title “Riddervon,” as stated above, was also awarded to those citizens who merited it. Northridge students ought to then take the gift (inheritance) of education bestowed upon them, and with their freedom, truly earn nobility of character.

Vytis


Vytis is the Lithuanian rendering of “knight,” though it literally means “Chaser.” The “Chasers” of Lithuania were knights in the once great United Kingdom of Poland and Lithuania. The knights of the Polish-Lithuanian alliance crushed the Teutonic Knights who were unjustly attempting to spread their reign over their land. The “Vytis” horsemen chased the unjust intruders out of their land. Northridge men are called upon to “Chase” away that which breaks apart the solidarity amongst the students. Induction into a Northridge Hall, such as Vytis Hall, will teach the students the vital necessity for young men to courageously fight against injustice. The Halls sponsor service projects to cultivate a sense of social justice.

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8320 Ballard Rd, Niles, IL 60714
Tel: 847.375.0600 Fax: 847.375.0606
info@northridgeprep.org