2020-2021 ATHLETICS UPDATE
11/15/2020 5:13 PM
Proviso East is located in Maywood, and was founded in 1910. The school serves four villages: Broadview, Forest Park, Maywood, and Melrose Park.
Proviso East competes in the West Suburban Conference. Prior to the 1975—76 school year, Proviso East had been an original member of the Suburban League. With the League's end, Proviso East joined the West Suburban Conference and has remained there ever since.
The school sponsors interscholastic athletic teams for young men and women in: basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, track & field, and volleyball. Young men may also compete in baseball, football, and wrestling, while young women may compete in softball.
The following teams have finished in the top four of their respective IHSA state championship tournament or meet:
- Baseball: State Champions (1943—44, 52—53, 56—57, 76—77)
- Basketball (boys): 4th place (2012–13); 2nd place (1980—81, 2011—12); State Champions (1968—69, 73—74, 90—91, 91—92)
- Cross Country (boys): 4th place (1956—57); State Champions (1954—55, 57—58)
- Gymnastics (boys): 3rd place (1956—57, 58—59); 2nd place (1959—60, 60—61, 64—65); State Champions (1957—58, 61—62, 65—66)
- Swimming & Diving (boys): 3rd place (1947—48, 48—49)
- Track & Field (boys): 4th place (1974—75, 83—84, 88—89); 3rd place (1962—63, 75—76); 2nd place (1932—33); State Champions (1939—40, 79—80)
- Wrestling: 4th place (1988—89); 3rd place (1940—41, 45—46, 51—52, 63—64, 68—69, 89—90); 2nd place (1955—56, 62—63, 79—80, 80—81); State Champions (1936—37, 37—38, 38—39, 39—40, 41—42, 42—43, 44—45, 56—57, 85—86, 90—91)
The wrestling program, as of the end of the 2008—09, is tied for the most state championships and most top four finishes in state history. The program holds the state record for most top 10 finishes.
The baseball team's four state titles tie it with two other schools for the state record.
On October 3rd, 1934, the school's new stadium was dedicated. While four teams from the school did play, the highlight of the dedication was an exhibition between the Maywood Athletic club football team and the NFL Chicago Cardinals.
In March 1941, the fieldhouse at Proviso East hosted a tennis exhibition featuring the Alice Marble Troupe of Professional Tennis Stars. Among the tennis players in attendance to compete were Donald Budge and Bill Tilden.
Our school was the site for the men's and women's volleyball matches at the 1959 Pan American Games.
Notable Athletic Alumni:
- Jim Brewer (class of 1968) was an NBA forward (1973—82). He was a first round draft pick in the 1973 NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, for which he played most of his career. He was a member of the 1982 NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers and the 1972 U.S. Men's Olympic Basketball Team.
- Dee Brown is a professional basketball player who has played in both the NBA and in Europe.
- Sergio Brown (Class of 2006) is an NFL player (2010—present), currently playing with the Indianapolis Colts.
- Shannon Brown (Class of 2003) is an NBA guard (2006—present). A first round draft pick in 2006, he is a member of the 2009 NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers.
- Donnie Boyce (class of 1991) was an NBA guard (1995—97), playing his entire career with the Atlanta Hawks.
- Ray Buchanan was an All-Pro defensive back (1993—2004), playing most of his career with the Atlanta Falcons.
- Michael Finley (class of 1991) was an NBA player (1995—2010), who was drafted in the first round of the 1995 NBA draft by the Phoenix Suns. He was a member of the 2007 NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs.
- Sherell Ford (class of 1991) was an NBA forward (1995—96). He was a first round draft pick of the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1995 NBA Draft.
- Greg Foster is a hurdler. In addition to winning three world championships in the 110 metre hurdles, he won the silver medal in that event at the 1984 Summer Olympics.
- Orval Grove was an All-Star pitcher (1940—49), playing his entire career with the Chicago White Sox.
- Steven Hunter is an NBA player (2001—2011), playing with the Denver Nuggets.
- Jim Johnson was a football coach for the NFL Philadelphia Eagles and in the collegiate and ranks for over 40 years.
- Reggie Jordan was an NBA guard (1993—2000), playing most of his career with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
- Chuck Kassel was an NFL End (1927—33), playing most of his career for the Chicago Cardinals.
- Ray Nitschke (class of 1954) was an NFL linebacker (1958—72), playing his entire career with the Green Bay Packers, with whom he was a part of 3 NFL Champion teams and two Super Bowl Champions. A member of the NFL 1960s All-Decade Team and 75th Anniversary All-Time Team, he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1978.
- Ed O'Bradovich was an NFL defensive end (1962—71), playing his entire career for the Chicago Bears. He was a member of the 1963 NFL Championship team.
- Glenn "Doc" Rivers was an All-Star NBA guard (1983—96), playing most of his career with the Atlanta Hawks. As a head coach, he led the Boston Celtics to the 2008 NBA Championship and is currently coaching the Los Angeles Clippers.
- Jerome Sally was a defensive tackle (1982—88), playing most of his career with the New York Giants. He was a member of their Super Bowl XXI champion team.
- Lee Stange was a Major League pitcher (1961—70), and later worked as a pitching coach and minor league manager.
- Mike Woodard was a Major League second baseman (1985—88), playing most of his career with the San Francisco Giants.
Conference(s): West Suburban
Nickname(s): Pirates (boys), Pirates (girls)
Colors: Royal Blue/White/Silver
School Type: Public Coed
Cities in District: Broadview 7,963; Maywood 24,164; Forest Park 14,219; Melrose Park 25,527
Board Division: 3, Legislative District: 7