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Providence High School, Chicago

The 2019 Providence High School, Chicago, reunion took place on October 26, 2019. This was the school’s final reunion.

Read about the final reunion here.

And below, read a letter General Superior Sister Dawn Tomaszewski offered to alumnae of the school.

Sister Dawn with Janet Trzaskas (left) and Lorraine Niski Trzaskas (right). Janet went to Mother Theodore Guerin High School and Lorraine graduated from Providence High School in 1944. She traveled from California to attend the reunion.

For further information, contact providencealumnae@sbcglobal.net or by voicemail, Andrea Pocica at 708-802-4722.

Read the story looking back on Providence High School that ran in the summer 2019 issue of HOPE magazine. Sign up to receive HOPE magazine here.


A dues envelope was enclosed with the spring newsletter. If you’ve not yet paid, dues are $5 per year and should be mailed to the Providence Alumnae Association, 8001 W. Belmont Ave., River Grove, Illinois, 60171. Any amounts over the $5 are considered donations to the Sisters of Providence Retirement Fund and are tax deductible. Please include your name (including maiden name), class year, mailing information, phone number and email address. Payment of dues ensures that you will receive regular newsletters from the alumnae association, as well as information for the school and the last two class reunions.

Future planning

As was announced in 2015, the Providence Alumnae Association will close its doors at the end of 2019.  In 2018, the Class of 1968 celebrated its Jubilee on May 19, 2018, and the Homecoming Luncheon took place on Saturday, October 27. However, because there are so few active members of the Class of 1969 (25, with only four having paid dues in the last few years), it is likely they will be honored at the 2019 Homecoming Luncheon.

Connie Gualano is the alumnae/i relations manager for the Sisters of Providence. You may reach her at 812-535-2811 or by email at cgualano@spsmw.org.

To update your contact information, please email cdavis@spsmw.org or call 812-535-2804 or fill out the online form.

History of Providence High School, Chicago

In 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 school fully merged as Providence-St. Mel High School. In 1974, due to financial strain, the sisters 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 and incorporated as a non-profit institution with Paul Adams as principal.

Today, Providence-St. Mel is an independent school for pre-kindergarten to grade 12. Each year, 100 percent of its graduates are accepted to four-year colleges and universities.

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