HistoryIn 1888, Our Lady of Providence Academy, the direct ancestor of Providence High School, was opened in one room of Our Lady of Sorrows School in Chicago. Nine students were enrolled. In 1891, the first two graduates received their diplomas. In 1898, a building on Van Buren Street and Albany Avenue (same geographic area) was purchased for the Academy.
In 1921, Cardinal Mundelein selected the school as one of the regional high schools and the name was changed to Providence High School. Enrollment increase led to a new building at Central Park Avenue and Monroe Street. Classes began in the new building on March 4, 1929.
In 1968, due to decreasing enrollment and finances, St. Mel High School for Boys and Providence High School for Girls were both housed at Providence High School. In 1969, the schools fully merged as Providence-St. Mel High School. In 1974, due to financial strain, the Sisters of Providence leased the building to the Archdiocese for a token annual rental. In 1978, the Archdiocese lease expired July 1. That fall it reopened as a private Catholic School purchased from the Sisters of Providence and incorporated as a non-profit institution with Paul Adams as principal. Today, Providence-St. Mel is an independent school for pre-k to grade 12. Each year 100 percent of its graduates are accepted to four-year colleges and universities.
Welcome alumnae, former students and family of Providence High School of Chicago.
On this page, you will find information about the annual Providence High School reunion, contact information for the alumnae association, newsletters and how to update your contact information.
Alumnae of the former Providence High School hold a reunion lunch on the last Saturday of October. See the reunion page for more information.
Association contact information
Andrea Kozicki Pocica ’64 is the membership chairperson and contact for the alumnae association. You can reach the association at firstname.lastname@example.org, by voicemail at 708-802-4722 or by mail at Providence Alumnae Association, 8001 West Belmont Ave., River Grove, IL 60171.
Rosie Blankenship is the alumnae relations manager for the Sisters of Providence and, as such, works with all of the former SP school associations. Contact her at email@example.com, by phone at 812-535-2817 or by mail at: Sisters of Providence, Mission Advancement, 1 Sisters of Providence Road, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876.
Sister Sue Paweski, who was the long-time alumnae relations manager with the Sisters of Providence and is known to many Providence alumnae, is happy to share that she has return to her passion: teaching! She is the fine arts teacher at St. Genevieve School in Chicago.
The dues year is from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014. Dues are $5 per year and should be mailed to the Providence Alumnae Association, 8001 West Belmont Ave., River Grove, IL 60171. Please include your name including maiden name, class year, mailing information, phone number and email address. Payment of dues ensure that you will receive regular newsletters from the alumnae association, as well as information for school and class reunions.
Update your information
You can make sure your information is updated by completing the Sisters of Providence contact information update form. Information is forwarded weekly to the Providence Alumnae Association and can be used for planning class get-togethers, as well as the annual reunion and mailings.