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Way Back When: Pirates On Parade

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A cavalry of cars during a parade through Proviso Township for the state champion Proviso East Pirates back in 1992. This picture shows the paraders winding through Forest Park’s strip of Madison Street. | Forest Park Historical Society

Friday, March 18, 2016 || Originally Published: Forest Park Review || 3/17/16 || Forest Park Historical Society

The Proviso East Pirates won their second straight state basketball championship title in 1992. This was their fourth title since 1969 and their second in a row.

The Pirates won three games in three days in Champaign and had a 57 game winning streak.  The Pirates held off the Collinsville Kahoks 53-51 on Friday and on Saturday took out the Westinghouse Warriors 64-47. In the final game, they knocked  out Peoria Richwoods 64-47.

The team arrived back in Chicago and paraded through the suburbs of Proviso Township.  They drove down Madison Street to Circle Ave. and wound back down toward Maywood.

The parade ended around 2 PM, when players arrived at the field house where several hundred fans through a victory rally.  Speakers included Principal Glenda Gwynn, Athletic Director George Ludwig and Head Coach Bill Hitt.

According to the 1992 Forest Park Review article by Ken Trainer:

Hitt urged everyone in the gym to pick out something around them to remember.  Most of us will never have the opportunity to participate and share in 57 straight wins, he said.  Find something and blaze it into your mind.  I have my memory to keep, and next year I want to get another one. VFP

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One thought on “Way Back When: Pirates On Parade

  1. Wow! Now this is a throwback article right here, Michael! I did not know that the 1992 Illinois State Champions, the Proviso East Pirates paraded in Forest Park. I was only seven years old, and don’t have no memory of that. Thank you for sharing this article.

    – Jeremy Horn
    Class of 2003
    Proviso East High School Alumni

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