Our Lady of Providence Junior-Senior High School

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Our Lady of Providence
Junior-Senior High School
707 Providence Way
Clarksville, Indiana 47129-1599
United States
Coordinates38°18′22″N 85°47′2″W / 38.30611°N 85.78389°W / 38.30611; -85.78389Coordinates: 38°18′22″N 85°47′2″W / 38.30611°N 85.78389°W / 38.30611; -85.78389
TypePrivate, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
PresidentStephen Williamson
PrincipalMelinda Ernstberger
Enrollment587 (2013-2014)
AccreditationNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
Tuition$10,150 - $11,590
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Our Lady of Providence Junior-Senior High School is a coed Catholic high school in Clarksville, Indiana, in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis. The school first opened on September 12, 1951.

Providence was recognized as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the United States Department of Education in 2000. It also receives accreditation from the Indiana Department of Education and the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.


Our Lady of Providence is an inter-parochial, co-educational school located in Clarksville, Indiana, and serves the Southern Indiana/Louisville, Kentucky metropolitan area. The New Albany Deanery, under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis, operates Providence.

At the request of Paul C. Schulte, Archbishop of Indianapolis, Marie Helene Franey of the Sisters of Providence, located at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana since 1840, agreed that the sisters would own and operate the school. Following ground breaking on March 21, 1951, and cornerstone laying on June 12 of that year, the first freshman class entered on September 12. These 137 students came from 11 parishes in Clark, Floyd and Harrison counties. In 1973, eighteen parishes of the New Albany Deanery purchased the school.

In 1989 Our Lady of Providence began accepting junior high students (grades 7 and 8) on a limited basis. The Deanery Board created the junior high program in order to accommodate those parishes without elementary schools and/or without grades 7 and 8.

In 1996 the Our Lady of Providence Junior-Senior High Board assumed the governance responsibilities previously held by the Deanery Board.

Physical expansion of the school occurred in 1959. The Larkin Center gymnasium opened in 1989. A three-floor educational wing connected the convent building and the school during the 1995-1996 school year, including a Library Media Center.

In 2000, a new façade and renovated front entrance and lobby totally changed the look of Providence. During the summer of 2003, the 4,500-square-foot (420 m2) Visual Arts wing was complete on the third floor of the Larkin Center

In August 2004, Providence hired Joan M. Hurley to guide the school as President.

The Vision of Faith capital campaign, conducted through 2003 and 2004 raised $4.3 million.

Construction of the Sam & Paula Robinson Performing Arts Center began in August 2005. The theatre opened with the musical production of CATS on April 21, 2006.

The James W. & Phyllis Robinson Sports Wing was completed in time for the 2006-2007 football season.

In June 2006, Clarksville Town Council granted the school's request to change the name of the roadway in front of the school. Formerly called Old Highway 62 and West Highway 131, the school's new address is now 707 Providence Way.

The summer of 2007 brought numerous changes. The entire original 1951 portion of the school building was renovated. New wiring, lighting, ceilings, and compartmentalization of academic departments was completed in time for the 2007-08 school year to begin. The chapel was relocated in the old library space on second floor. The Ray Day Little Theatre and supporting academic classroom and theatre office space construction begun. Although incomplete until additional funding is available, the space is open to students as of January 2008.


The Providence Pioneers are an independent school. The school colors are navy blue and white. The following IHSAA sanctioned sports are offered:[2]

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  1. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
  2. ^ "2016-2017 School Directory" (PDF). ihsaa.org. IHSAA. p. 100. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  3. ^ a b c IHSAA. "IHSAA State Championships by School". ihsaa.org. Retrieved 9 April 2017.

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