Calling all former students of Providence High School in Chicago to reunite on

Saturday, October 28, 2017

2017 Reunion Information

(all times are Central)

The Providence High School reunion will take place at the Diplomat West Banquets, 681 West North Avenue (corner of North Avenue and Route 83) in Elmhurst, Ill.

11:30 a.m. – Social Hour

12:30 p.m. – Luncheon

Registration: Cost is $35 per person. All checks should be made payable to Providence Alumnae Association and reservations must be made in advance.

Send your checks to: Providence Alumnae Association, c/o Andrea Kozicki Pocica, 5239 South Merrimac Avenue, Chicago, Ill., 60638-1309.

Click here to download a printable registration form!

Classes to be recognized at the event are 1937, 1942, 1947, 1952, 1962 and 1967.

The Class of 1942 will be celebrating its 75th anniversary! Any graduates of that class will receive a complimentary admission, but you must return your reservation form to secure your spot of honor.

Reservation forms along with the grand raffle tickets are being mailed with the fall newsletter. In addition to the Grand Prize of $300, there will be a variety of raffle prizes available. Alumnae need not be present to win these. However, you will want to be there to get in on a “split-the-pot” raffle and various floor raffles. Remember, all proceeds from the Homecoming Luncheon raffles go to support the Sisters of Providence Retirement Fund.

Dues

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 West Belmont Ave., River Grove, Ill., 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.

2018 Future Planning

As was announced back in 2015, the Providence Alumnae Association will close its doors at the end of 2019. In 2018, the Class of 1968 will celebrate its Jubilee on May 19, 2018, and the Homecoming Luncheon will take 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 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.