When the Archdiocese of Chicago moved to close the last Catholic high school on the West Side in 1978, the principal, parents and students of Providence-St. Mel didn’t wither away and die.
During the spring of 1978, they fought back. Principal Paul J. Adams III embarked on a fight that would cement his place in history as one of America’s modern-day freedom fighters.
“The School That Wouldn’t Die” was born and the nation would soon know about Providence-St. Mel, its trials and its remarkable success rate. Numerous articles would be written and stories told about a school, a man and his students. The popular 1970s hit movie, “Coolie High,” was filmed here.
Today, Providence-St. Mel is home to more than 600 students from all walks of life. Since 1978, 100 percent of its seniors have been accepted to college.
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