St. Mary's Graduate Jake Brown Takes Career Path of Service

Jake Brown is a 2012 graduate of St. Mary Catholic Community School in Crown Point. Jake attended Andrean High School and college at Holy Cross in South Bend where he completed his undergraduate degree in 2020. He is currently in his second year of graduate school at UIC studying to become a physical therapist. The rigor and intensity of the program is something Jake appreciates because he wants to engrain the foundation of knowledge in his career. Jake’s dream job is to be able to work with athletes. Jake is a talented tennis player who played in high school and in college. Tennis sparked an interest in his choice of career path. He would love to start his career nearby to stay close to home and his family. Jake said his philosophy as a future physical therapist is, “not to treat the impairment but to treat the patient.” His goal is to make a connection with each individual patient and to make personal connections to help them overcome their physical struggles.

Jake on campus at UIC where he is in graduate school to become a physical therapist.


Jake Brown (far right) giving back to St. Mary’s School by volunteering his time to ref. the school’s annual 3 on 3 tourney.


Jake attributes his success in school and career choice to the Catholic core education that St. Mary’s provided to him. Since high school, and even through college, Jake has volunteered at several basketball tournaments at SMS. Recently, he participated in the school’s golf outing. “Jake always finds a way to give back and help St. Mary’s. We always appreciated his willingness to come back and referee at our March Madness basketball tournament. Jake comes from a wonderful family and I can’t tell you how proud I am of him,” said St. Mary's School principal, Tom Ruiz.