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Providence Catholic High School

Providence Catholic High School
Love ... Truth ... Unity
1800 West Lincoln Highway
New Lenox, Illinois, 60451
Type private secondary
Denomination Roman Catholic
Established 1880
Opened 1962 (current building)
Authority Diocese of Joliet
Oversight Order of Saint Augustine
President Fr. Richard McGrath, OSA
Principal Dr. John Harper
Teaching staff 63
Grades 912
Enrollment 1,114 (2013–2014 [1])
Campus type suburban
Color(s)      kelly green
Slogan Jesus Christ is the reason for our School
Athletics conference Chicago Catholic League
Team name Celtics
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
Newspaper 'Proviscope'
Yearbook 'Kelt'
Tuition US$10,725[3]

Providence Catholic High School (often referred to as Providence, Provi, or abbreviated PCHS) is a Roman Catholic secondary school located in New Lenox, Illinois. Located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet, Providence Catholic is a private school run by the Order of Saint Augustine. The president of Providence is Father Richard McGrath, with Dr. John Harper as its principal.

Located on Lincoln Highway (also part of U.S. Highway 30), it is known as one of the few Catholic schools in Illinois that has a self–imposed enrollment limit.


Providence Catholic High School began as St. Mary Academy for Girls, a commercial school in Joliet, Illinois run by the Sisters of Loretto. The school opened in 1880, though the original building was not opened until 1883. Eventually, academic classes were added.[4]

In 1918, the [5]

In 1962, the modern Providence High School was opened. The most obvious change was location: the school had left Joliet and was now located a few miles to the east in [5]

The [5] As of the 2014-15 school year, longtime principal Mr. Don Sebestyen will be retiring.


Providence is a college preparatory school, and uses a weighted grading system.

The school offers eighteen Advanced Placement courses: English Language, English Literature, Statistics, Calculus (AB), Calculus (BC), Biology, U.S. History, U.S. Government & Politics, European History, Psychology, Spanish Language, Music Theory, Advanced Placement Computer Science and Studio Art.[6]

Student life


The school's band was involved in five national competitions centered around the annual Outback Bowl. In 2010 the concert and jazz bands each earned first place awards, and finished second in the parade and field show competitions.[7]


The Providence Celtics compete in two conferences. Men's teams compete in the Chicago Catholic League (CCL), while the women compete in the East Suburban Catholic Conference (ESCC). Providence competes in state tournaments sponsored by the Illinois High School Association (IHSA).

The school sponsors teams for men and women in basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, track & field, and volleyball. Men may also compete in baseball, football and wrestling. Women may compete in cheerleading and softball. In 2014, the hockey team won their first ever Kennedy Cup against rival Benet Academy[8] . The Providence Catholic Baseball team won a state championship in 2014, bringing the high school a record 27-state championships. No other Catholic High School in Illinois has more.

The following teams have finished in the top four of their respective state tournament sponsored by the IHSA. This is a total of 46 top four finishes and 27 state titles:[9]

  • baseball: 2nd Place (2010–11); State Champions (1977–78, 81–82, 2013-14)
  • basketball (boys): 3rd place (1977–78); State Champions (1978–79)
  • cheerleading: 3rd place (2013-14); 2nd place (2006–07); State Champions (2012-13)
  • golf (girls): 4th place (1989–90, 90–91)
  • Ice hockey: White division State Champions 2009 JV State Champions 2010-11 Kennedy Cup Winners 2013-14
  • Pom-Poms: 3rd Place (2013–14)
  • soccer (boys): 2nd place (2002–03)
  • softball (girls): 3rd place (2011-2012)
  • track & field (boys): 2nd place (2012–13)
  • track & field (girls): 4th place (1981–82); 3rd place (1979–80); 2nd place (1980–81); State Champions (1977–78)
  • volleyball (boys): 4th place (2007–08)
  • volleyball (girls): 3rd place (1988–89)
  • golf (boys): 4th place (2014–15)

Providence Catholic Children's Academy

The school also houses the Providence Catholic Children's Academy, which is for ages 3–5. Three and four year olds may partake in half-day preschool classes, while five year olds may take full-day kindergarten.[10]

Notable alumni


  1. ^
  2. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  3. ^ tuition
  4. ^ a b "Illinois High School Glory Days web site". Retrieved May 14, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "Providence Catholic High School web site". Retrieved May 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ AP courses offered
  7. ^ Martin, Elisabeth (3 January 2010), "Providence cleans up during Outback Bowl trip", SouthtownStar, retrieved 4 January 2010 
  8. ^
  9. ^ IHSA record page for Providence Catholic HS
  10. ^ PCCA home page
  11. ^ Pete Bercich stats & bio
  12. ^ Brad Guzan biography @ Chivas, USA website
  13. ^ Carmen Pignatiello bio & stats
  14. ^ Bryan Rekar stats and bio
  15. ^ Eric Steinbach's stats & bio

External links

  • Providence Catholic Home Page
  • Order of St Augustine, International Homepage
  • Text of the Rule of St. Augustine
  • Augnet International Cooperative Web Site for Schools in the Tradition of St. Augustine
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