The following milestones remind us of where we started and show how far we’ve come.
The cornerstone is laid for a new Providence High School, a Catholic all-girls school run by the Sisters of Providence.
Providence High School combines with St. Mel High School, an all-boys school operated by the Christian Brothers.
Paul J. Adams III arrives as an interim guidance counselor, and soon accepts a position as head of the school.
Mr. Adams lays down strict rules, making gangs, drugs, gambling, graffiti, stealing and fighting grounds for expulsion.
As Mr. Adams continues to eradicate dangerous distractions, 78% of Providence St. Mel graduates enrolls in college.
When the Archdiocese severs ties with PSM, Adams announces that PSM will stay open as an independent school.
Physics, calculus, and business courses are added to strengthen the college-preparatory curriculum.
The Sisters of Providence decides to support PSM and sells Adams the building.
NBC’s Mike Leonard does an inspiring story on PSM, giving the school much-needed national exposure.
President Ronald Reagan is so moved by the story, he visits the school and proclaims it a “shining light”.
The auditorium, physics lab, cafeteria and several classrooms are renovated, and the computer lab is expanded.
The varsity boys’ basketball team captures the IHSA State Championship (Class A), finishing with a 31-3 record.
The Summer Opportunity of A Lifetime program begins, offering students enrichment experiences all over the world.
PSM now includes grades 1 through 12, offering a foundational college-prep education to younger students.
Third Semester (PSM’s summer school program) begins, accepting students who are two to three grade levels behind.
Adams hires Jeanette Butala (DiBella), who leads PSM to increase test scores by 14 points in less than three years.
PSM’s lower school expands further to include Kindergarten, setting high standards even at this early stage.
The Providence Effect, a documentary celebrating PSM’s academic accomplishments, is released.
In his book, On Purpose, education researcher Dr. Samuel C. Carter selects PSM as one of the nation’s finest schools.
Jeanette Butala becomes the Chief Educational Officer of the Jay Pritzker Academy in Cambodia, which follows the PSM model.
For the first time, 100% of PSM graduates are accepted at Tier One colleges and universities.