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65 Years of Providence

65 Years of Providence

Join us as we reflect on Providence High School's 65-year history, share our sacred encounters, celebrate our achievements, and look toward a radiant future as Pioneers.

Sixty-five years ago, Sister Maria Teresa arrived to Providence High School in preparation for the first class of Pioneers. On September 19, 1955, Providence High School welcomed  81 young women to a campus still under construction. The girls would go on to start the school year in temporary circus tents donated by next-door neighbor, Walt Disney. It was sixty-five years ago in those circus tents that Providence High School's story began and where it continues. Stay tuned for information to come as we look to celebrate this milestone by visiting back to this page for updates!

Letter from the Head of School

Dear Providence Community,   

This year marks Providence High School’s 65th anniversary. 1955 is the year Jonas Salk began inoculating children against polio, the microwave oven hit store shelves, and Disneyland opened its doors. It is also the year of Rosa Parks and Emmet Till.  

It is hard to imagine our school’s humble beginnings with classes occurring in tents (donated by Walt Disney himself) on the hot asphalt as our first buildings were being constructed. The Sisters of Providence and their faculty went to great lengths to ensure that this pioneering group of young women were afforded a quality education despite less than stellar conditions in those early months. Fast forward 65 years, and our current faculty and staff, though not teaching in tents, have channeled that same pioneering spirit of the Sisters as they teach, coach, mentor, and support our students who are home due to Covid-19.  

This anniversary year is an opportunity for all of us to take time to reflect upon our past, learn from it, and then look ahead to a BOLD and exciting future. Who knows what the next 65 years will have in store, but one thing is certain: the dedication to our students that was established in 1955 by the Sisters of Providence remains the core of Providence High School today and will lead us forward for many years to come.  

In Providence, 
Scott McLarty
Head of School

Sacred Encounters

Sacred encounters are not merely ordinary moments — but extraordinary moments that are elevated and deepened by experiences of compassion, dignity, justice, excellence, and/or integrity. As we enter this school year, we celebrate 65 years of sacred encounters as a community. Share your sacred encounters with us! We're looking to compile memories from students, parents, guardians, alumni, and friends of Providence. To share your sacred encounters through stories and photos, submit the form below.

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