Provi Covers, Class Rings, Awards, Etc. Over The Years
Notice The Beautiful Design Effort That Went Into Some Of The Covers
The Class Rings Will Always Follow The Provi Covers
Last Updated 09/03/12
The Awards Will Always Follow The Class Rings
The Etc. Will Always Follow The Awards
If You Have Cover, Ring Or Award Photos For Missing Years, Or, Etc. Stuff Photos, Feel Free To Email Them To Me.
Below Is The First Provi, 1916. I Made It Large, To Make It Legible.
It Appears To Be A Hand-written Cover, On A Simple Manuscript Cover.
It Seems Now That This Was The 1916 Work-In-Progress 1916 – Inside The Cover
1917 1918 1919
1920 1921 1922
1923 1924 1925
1926 1927 1928
1929 1930 1931
1932 1933 1934
1935 1936 1937
1938 1939 1940
1941 1942 1943
1944 Memory Book 1945 1946
-There was no 1944 Provi printed, due to WWII. But there was a Memory Book.
The 1944 Memory Book was one of Jessica Piemonte’s contributions; here, in her own words, was what she found out:
In 1944, for lack of paper due to the war, and people cutting back, and donating or buying war bonds/stamps, the Pageant published the
Homeroom groups, and sports and activity groups, and the students were to cut and save these things. If the student purchased so many
papers, they were given the hard P cover to put those group pictures, and anything else in. I found the whole story in the 1944 Pageant.
1947 1948 1949
1950 1951 1952
1953 1954 1955
1956 1957 1958
1959 1960 1961
1962 1963 1964
1965 1966 1967
1968 1969 1970
1971 1972 1973
1974 1975 1976
1977 1978 1979
1980 1981 1982
1983 1984 1985
1986 1987 1988
1989 1990 1991
1992 1993 1994
1995 1996 1997
1998 1999 2000
2001 2002 2003
2004 2005 2006
2007 2008 2009
2013 2014 2015
We Begin With An Interesting History Of Class Rings Provided By Jerry Williams.
06/05/12 – Tony Perrino gave us the 1957 Boys, and 1960 Girls class rings.
04/11/11 – Jerry Williams gave us the 1924, and 1942 Boys class rings.
Now Let's Look At Some Beauties From Years Past.
Class of 1924 Class Of 1929-‘32 Class Of 1932 Class of 1939 Class Of 1940 – Boys
Loyalty Pin and Hat Pin
Class of 1942 - Boys Class Of 1940 - Girls
What A ‘Classy’ Pair J
Class Of 1942 - Girls Class of 1943 Class Of 1945 Class Of 1947
Class of 1951 Class Of 1955 Class Of 1957 Class Of 1959
Class Of 1960 Class Of 1965 Class Of 1973 Class Of 2009
The Following Were Provided By Bruce Doweidt, PEHS Class Of '73.
His Mother, Dorothea Bing, Graduated From PTHS Class Of '42.
Let's Start With The Oldest Ones, First; 1939-1942
Leftmost Is The NHS Award, Described As Follows:
This is the NHS award which hangs on a neck chain. On the back is engraved "-D-B- '42" (her initials) but I don't know if it came that way or she had it done later.
There is no mention of the school anywhere on the pin. The stylized letters C S L S at the bottom stand for the 4 qualities an NHS member (supposedly) possesses:
Character, Scholarship, Leadership, and Service.
Center, And Rightmost, Described As Follows:
She kept all her report cards so from them I know that she had bookkeeping in her junior year 40-41 so that dates the bookkeeping pin (which is really tiny, just 7/16" high,
so that gives you an idea of the sizes of the other pins in the pic). But I don't know what she had to do to get the pin (i.e. pass some sort of test, etc.). She had Gregg shorthand
39-40 and received the pin for making 100 words per minute. Again there is no mention of the school on the pin. The squiggles on the pin are shorthand, obviously.
01/19/10 – Frannie Anderson solved the mystery of the ‘squiggles’ on the shorthand pin, above. Her words:
Bruce mentioned the squiggles on the pin his mother received for her shorthand course. In case he is interested it says: GREGG at the top, and then "shorthand" "speed"
"test." How do I know? I took the course and used my shorthand for 15 years. I remember a good deal of it. Frannie
Bronze, Silver And Gold Scholarship Medals 1939-1942
As you may recall you got one scholarship seal (paper sticker) for each 1-semester course in which you made the minimum grade, which was a "1".
Then when you accumulated 8 seals you got a bronze medal, 16 seals for a silver and 24 seals for a gold.
These Two Are From The Years We Attended PTHS.
Intramural Swim Ribbons Bronze Scholarship '55 01/24/10 – Jerry Williams 11/19/10 – Jerry Williams
Unchanged Since 1939 gave us this 1942 Band pin. gave us this unidentified pin.
04/11/11 – Jerry Williams gave us this neat looking scholarship? pin, with MY initials on the back! J
09/14/11 – Jerry Williams gave us another neat looking scholarship? pin.
The Scholarship Seal Card, Accumulated For A Medal
Lastly, Also From Bruce Doweidt, PEHS '73, After PTHS Was Split Into PEHS And PWHS
The Scholarship Seal Card, Unchanged Since The Medals, Also Unchanged Since 1957, Except They
1957, Except The Seals Now Say PEHS Now Say PHSE - Hmmm, Not PEHS, You Might Ask??
This Is The Only One Of These I Got :-) At Last, We Were Ready To Finally Graduate!
I KNEW I Was 5'9", At One Time In My Life!
Then, The Day Came That We'd Been Working Toward For 4
12/13/11 – Jerry Williams gave us this, and the next 7 PTHS photos, for us to enjoy!
Champs back in 1928!
How sweet is this, huh? 1928!
12/04/10 – Jerry Williams gave us this photo of a Spalding 1915-20 Proviso Athletic Club uniform.
12/04/10 – Jerry Williams gave us this interesting 1942 Pageant front page, offering free tuition for night classes.
12/04/10 – Jerry Williams found some neat Proviso Pirates pins, from some year as yet unknown.
by Ruth M. Whitfield, from PTHS. I think I can presume that it was used as a text in earlier English Classes.
05/17/10 – I ran across this 1935 textbook, ‘Ich Lerne Deutsch’, (I Learn German), that was co-authored
by Ada Esther Ross, from PTHS. I think I can presume that it was used as a text in earlier German Classes.
In Science ·
and Thalman ·
Text-Book for First Year in High Schools ·
Weckel, M.S.; Head of Biology Department, Oak Park and
Township High School, ·
L. Thalman, A.M.; Former Head of Biology Department, Oak Park and
River Forest Township High School; Principal
of Proviso Township High School,
Maywood, Illinois. ·
measures approximately 7 ½” tall by 5 ½” wide by 1” thick ·
Copyright: Copyright, 1917; Row,
Peterson and Company
· A Year In Science
· Weckel and Thalman
· Briefer Course
· A Text-Book for First Year in High Schools
Weckel, M.S.; Head of Biology Department, Oak Park and
Township High School,
· Joseph L. Thalman, A.M.; Former Head of Biology Department, Oak Park and
River Forest Township High School; Principal of Proviso Township High School,
· 315 pages
· Book measures approximately 7 ½” tall by 5 ½” wide by 1” thick
· Copyright: Copyright, 1917; Row, Peterson and Company
03/05/10 – I ran across this 1917 textbook, ‘A Year In Science’ co-authored by Thalman, once PTHS Principal.
02/19/10 – Bonnie Lowell-Addicott added this great piece of PTHS jewelry! Anyone else own this charm bracelet?
Here’s A Story I’ll Bet Almost None Of Us Remembered! 01/24/10 – Jerry Williams - ’46 Boy Cheerleaders!
Tuesday, March 20, 1951.
Look Closely To See That The Class Of ’32 Gave Out Pocket Knives At Their 25th Reunion, In ’57!
Can You IMAGINE What The Safety Nazis Would Have To Say About That, TODAY????
07/14/09 – From Jerry Williams - A great, undated, photo of the PTHS band/orchestra
12/21/09 – From Jerry Williams – A 09/06/30, photo showing them adding the Clock Tower.
I Never Knew There Were Postcards. You? This Postcard Is From 1924, Before The 'New' Bldg.
It Has A Neat Poem Written On It, Very Reminiscent
Of What We're Trying To Achieve Through PTHS57.com.
In days to come each pal and chum ambitions course pursuing
Will oft reflect and recollect the things they now are doing
With light hearts gay without dismay they yet may long and sigh
For friends they made and pranks they played around Proviso High
Publisher, James J. Noone,
A 1946 Postcard, Showing The New Building Cover of the 1949 Blue Book
01/24/10 – Two finds by Jerry Williams, showing the ’46 Fieldhouse, and an Alumni gathering back in ‘47.
A 1914 Photo Of The Main Building The 1915 Football Team – No One Identified
Jay Sheldon, Class of ’72, gave us this photo of the 1917 lightweight football team. Here are his kind words:
My sister graduated in 1970, and my dad (who turns 95 this year) was a member of the class of 1933. Though I attended many years after you did, I found the memories
you provided quite wonderful. Not only those of the era, but of Proviso itself. Because of the dedication you, and others, have shown in the preservation of Proviso East
history, I have found new interest in it myself. I just wanted to say hi and to tell you how much I enjoyed what you have done. Also, I would like to contribute an old photo
my dad passed down to me of what is labled as the 1917 Proviso Township HS lightweight football team. I think that's the freshman team. The young man second from
the right in the second row (behind those on the ground) is one of my dad's older brothers, Clarance Sheldon. He passed away almost 20 years ago, but my dad tells me
he was a minor "star" at Proviso. I would like to share it with all other's interested in Proviso's history.
1959 Golden Jublilee Sports Scrapbook A Map Of All The Other Teams
From The 1919 Pageant The Original Sheet Music To ‘On, Proviso!’
Fieldhouse Dedication - 1938 Remember These? Inside Every Book From The Book Store
Anyone Know What The Purpose Of This Is? Is It Just A Keyring Fob, Or Does It Have A Real Use?
Following Are Some Neat Miscellaneous Items, From Both The Old And New Days
-They Speak For Themselves, So No Special Comments Are Needed From Yours Truly-
11/19/10 - From Jerry Williams – A 1920 Flyer! Probably the oldest we’ll EVER see!
Now Back To The More Mundane, Like Report Cards!
Program Card From Carol Jewell-Williams, Class Of '59 Program Card From Bill Baur
Athletic Transportation Pass From Bill Baur Student Identification Card From Bill Baur
PTA Meeting Announcement From Jerry Williams
Teacher And Room Assignment For The PTA Meeting Announcement, Above