Celebrating 175 Years

Classical Day - State House Lit Purple

Photo by Jamiere Wilson ’20

Classical High School first opened its doors on March 20th in 1843 as Providence High School. This year, our alma mater turns 175 years old, making it one of the oldest public high schools in New England and across the US. That’s something to celebrate! 

We began our celebration of this milestone on March 20th of this year, with Classical Day. The Governor of RI, the Mayor of Providence, and the City Council officially proclaimed March 20th as ‘Classical Day.’ Community members, elected officials, CHS staff, students, teachers, alumni, and the CHSAA team gathered at the School library for an unveiling of donors throughout the years and proclamations of Classical Day by Governor Raimondo, Mayor Elorza, and Councilman Samuel Zurier. After the event at the School, the celebration continued at the RI State House for a public announcement of Classical Day. The State House was lit in purple that night. 

On September 22nd, we will be completing the celebration with WaterFire. Created in 1994 by Barnaby Evans, WaterFire takes place every other Saturday during the summer months and features over 80 bonfires lit along the three rivers of downtown Providence. With music, art, gondola rides, and amazing views of the city, WaterFire has attracted over ten million visitors and has become an icon in Providence. The Saturday September 22nd WaterFire will be a Salute to Rhode Island Educators and the Big Bang Science Fair. What better way to celebrate Classical’s 175 years of history than in collaboration with one of Providence’s most iconic summer features?

We will have a booth by Memorial Parkway from 6.30 – 9 PM. There will be a giant birthday card for you to sign and purple glow sticks for you to wear and show your Purple Pride. A photographer will be capturing the night, so be sure to drop by! Attending WaterFire is free and registration is not required
Prior to WaterFire, there will be a Cocktail Party at 48 Congdon Street, Providence, RI 02906 from 4 – 6 PM. For more information on the Cocktail Party and to purchase tickets, click the button below. Registration for the Cocktail Party is required
Cocktail Party