Classical High School, Providence’s by examination secondary school, is holding a 175th birthday party on March 20th.
Classical is a college prep school known for diversity and the excellence of its students and teachers. Classical is one of the nation's oldest public high schools. It has been educating the sons and daughters of Providence for generations and counts among its alumni many members of Rhode Island’s top business, educational, philanthropic and political elite. Among the graduates are U.S. Sen. John Pastore, the first Italian-American to win election to the Senate, former Mayor Angel Taveras, City Council member Sam Zurier of Providence, current Mayor Jorge Elorza, former Rhode Island Gov. Bruce Sundlun, and Rhode Island Supreme Court Justice Gilbert Indegila.
The list of prominent Rhode Island graduates is long and includes such prominent community pillars as Jim Winoker, Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Carol Golden, Marie Langlois, Arnold Bromberg, Mary Ann Sorrentino, Jonathan Lavine, Evan Mederios, Paul Argenti and Robin Green.
Classical has also produced many national figures too, including in the media, Anaridis Rodriguez, the Boston television anchor and A.O. Scott, the New York Times movie reviewer and cultural critic.
On March 20th, which Elorza has crowned as ‘Classical Day’ students, alumni and city and state officials and community members will gather at Classical for an assembly from noon until 2 p.m. Mayor Elorza will deliver remarks and a plaque from the Classical High School Alumni Association will be unveiled. At 4 p.m., the General Assembly will honor the school and its graduates.
“Classical High School is celebrating 175 years of history, legacy diversity and family,” said Donna Criscuolo, executive director of the school’s alumni association. “Classical Day is a wonderful way for the entire city of Providence to commemorate this long standing tradition of academic excellence.”