Salem High School Alumni Association, Ohio

Sustaining Friendships and Memories Since 1882

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                    330-332-1427 - info@salemohioalumni.org

Welcome to the Salem High School
Alumni Association Website


Please explore the website, update your contact information, and see what scholarships are available for graduating students and alumni.

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Click HERE for the latest newsletter.

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#GivingTuesday: November 28th

#GivingTuesday is a worldwide movement of people giving generously to causes within their own communities.

The Salem High School Alumni Association asks you to participate in this opportunity to help future SHS alumni prepare for their careers. With a tax-deductible contribution you will continue the more than 100-year tradition of providing alumni scholarships.

The first $1,000 contributed on #GivingTuesday, whether from multiple donors or a single donor, will be matched dollar for dollar by our generous partners at BOC Water Hydraulics, Todd Olson '81, president and CEO.

Whether you give as part of a class gift or in honor or memory of a loved one, know that your donation will benefit future graduates of Salem High School.

Click HERE to Donate


Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Former
Salem High School and Junior High School

Three programs marked the 100th anniversary of the opening of 230 North Lincoln Avenue. The iconic building has functioned as the Salem High School (1917-1958), the Salem Junior High School (1958-2006), and currently the Kent State City Center.

At the first event on September 12, the Salem Historical Society presented information about the building's architecture. At the second event on Saturday, October 14, the Salem High School Alumni Association hosted free public tours of the building. At the final event, the Kent State - Salem Communiversity Choir presented a concert in honor of Veterans Day.

Please share your thoughts about the future of this building with Kent State University by
filling out a KSU survey - Click HERE.


The Evolution of Quaker Sam

The Salem High School mascot that has come to be known as Quaker Sam has evolved over the decades.

Many people think the Quaker man mascot started in the 1950's thanks to the efforts of Coach John Cabas; however, a male Quaker figure made appearances in yearbooks and Quaker newspapers much earlier.

Read more in this article prepared with source material from the Salem Historical Society, Salem Public Library, and our alumni association and published in SHS football and basketball programs.

Click HERE to learn more.


Virginia E. "Jinny" Snyder ’43 Bequest -
You Can Help Create a Named Scholarship

 

SHSAA announces the $94,600 bequest of Virginia E. "Jinny" Snyder ’43, who taught physical education at the Salem Junior High School from 1953 to 1975.

Alumni have the opportunity to help create a new scholarship in her name by sending contributions in her memory to close the gap between her financial gift and the $100,000 the association requires for named scholarships.

Click HERE to donate.


2017 Alumni Association Annual Reunion and Banquet Held May 20th

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Salem High School Alumni Association broke its record for scholarships by awarding $369,000 to 95 students including 62 graduating Salem High School students, 27 alumni, and 6 current students.

Helen Potter Hayes, a 1957 Salem High School graduate, was the featured speaker as the 2017 Honored Alumnus.

Representatives of classes celebrating the 35th, 40th, 45th, 50th, 60th, 65th and 70th anniversaries of their graduations spoke. Members of the audience included two women who graduated in 1933 and 1934, respectively.

Click HERE to view scholarship recipients and photos.

Click HERE to read more and view/download pictures.

Click HERE to view of student thank-you video.


New Website Feature: Alumni Remembrance

Our database includes more than 20,000 alumni from as far back as the first
graduation class of 1865. The ability to search for classmates has been available for many years. Now a convenient feature has been added so that fellow alumni, family, and friends can narrow the search to deceased members of the Salem High School family.

The Alumni Remembrance section includes the ability to display recently deceased alumni and to search by class year or name including family names across generations.

You can make a lasting gift to the association in the name of an alumnus/alumna or
as a class gift to help future Salem High School graduates.  All donations are tax deductible and will be listed in the semi-annual association newsletter.

You can also search through more than 100 years of yearbooks dating back to 1915
to view pictures, read about activities, and relive the past of Salem High School.

Click HERE for Alumni Remembrance.


Class of 1957 Celebrates 60th Reunion

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The SHS Class of '57 celebrated its 60th reunion June 30 through July 2, 2017.

Click HERE to read more and view/download photos.


Class of 1967 Celebrates 50th Reunion

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The SHS Class of '67 celebrated its 50-year reunion August 11-12, 2017.

Click HERE to read more.


 

Listen to the Salem High School Band Concerts of the 1950s-1960s

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Listen to the melodious sounds of the Salem High School concert bands from the 1950s and 1960s led by Howard "Doc" Pardee.

Thanks to Doc’s foresight in recording the concerts and the generosity of his children and SHSAA alumni, SHSAA now has more than 15 hours of SHS concert band music online including classical, big band, jazz, marches, and Broadway tunes.

The Best of Doc’s Bands CD is available to purchase for $10.

Click HERE to listen from your computer, smartphone, or tablet.

 

 


Salem High School Alma Mater

 

Barbara Butler Greene '44 is remembered for writing and composing the Salem High School Alma Mater as an SHS student.

Stephen Navoyosky '53 provided a choral arrangement. He saved an original recording of the 1964 SHS Robed Choir performing our Alma Mater which is now available on our website.

Click HERE to read more and listen.


Original Quaker Fight Song

 

The original "The Quaker Drive On Song" was
written in 1936 by Charles Freed '36, older brother of the famous DJ Alan Freed '40.

"The Quaker Drive On Song" was played by the Salem High School Marching Band from 1936-1948 but disappeared for more than 50 years.

Thanks to the detective work of Barbara Butler Greene '44 and Stephen Navoyosky '53, the song was rediscovered in 1994.

Click HERE to listen to the SHS Alumni Band in 1994 and read about the song.


Check Out Our Facebook and Blog Sites (no membership required)

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Click HERE to send us information about fellow alumni and events.                   

https://facebook.com/salemhighschoolalumni - click HERE

Kent State University, the Salem Historical Society, and the SHS Alumni Association recently recognized 100 years of education at the 230 N. Lincoln Avenue building. We hope you were able to attend the celebratory events. If not, the display case items may still be seen by visiting the alumni office at 330 E. State St., weekdays, 9 a.m.to noon. Also, KSU-Salem would appreciate your input about how the building should be used in the future and what changes, if any, might be considered. To take the short survey, go to http://www.salemohioalumni.org/…/kent-state-city-center-sur…


SHSAA is forever proud of our alumni who are veterans!
Did you know that on our website we have a section dedicated to alumni who have served or are currently serving in the military? Go to
http://www.salemohioalumni.org/alu…/our-military-alumni.html and read with pride of the service of your fellow alumni.
This section currently lists 162 names, covering all branches of the military and a wide diversity of experiences and assignments. We know there are many more alumni names to be added, but we need your help to expand the list. If you or a family member served, please enter whatever information you know into our online form: http://www.salemohioalumni.org/military-submission.html . Thank you!


Kent State University, the Salem Historical Society, and the SHS Alumni Association recently recognized 100 years of education at the 230 N. Lincoln Avenue building. We hope you were able to attend the celebratory events. If not, the display case items may still be seen by visiting the alumni office at 330 E. State St., weekdays, 9 a.m.to noon. Also, KSU-Salem would appreciate your input about how the building should be used in the future and what changes, if any, might be considered. To take the short survey, go to http://www.salemohioalumni.org/…/kent-state-city-center-sur…


SHSAA is forever proud of our alumni who are veterans!
Did you know that on our website we have a section dedicated to alumni who have served or are currently serving in the military? Go to
http://www.salemohioalumni.org/alu…/our-military-alumni.html and read with pride of the service of your fellow alumni.
This section currently lists 162 names, covering all branches of the military and a wide diversity of experiences and assignments. We know there are many more alumni names to be added, but we need your help to expand the list. If you or a family member served, please enter whatever information you know into our online form: http://www.salemohioalumni.org/military-submission.html . Thank you!


Wishing all of our alumni family a Happy Thanksgiving! Do you have a favorite memory of how Thanksgiving was celebrated in your grade school? Please share below. Include the name of the school, grade level, and if you remember, the name of the teacher.


Kent State University, the Salem Historical Society, and the SHS Alumni Association recently recognized 100 years of education at the 230 N. Lincoln Avenue building. We hope you were able to attend the celebratory events. If not, the display case items may still be seen by visiting the alumni office at 330 E. State St., weekdays, 9 a.m.to noon. Also, KSU-Salem would appreciate your input about how the building should be used in the future and what changes, if any, might be considered. To take the short survey, go to http://www.salemohioalumni.org/…/kent-state-city-center-sur…


SHSAA is forever proud of our alumni who are veterans!
Did you know that on our website we have a section dedicated to alumni who have served or are currently serving in the military? Go to
http://www.salemohioalumni.org/alu…/our-military-alumni.html and read with pride of the service of your fellow alumni.
This section currently lists 162 names, covering all branches of the military and a wide diversity of experiences and assignments. We know there are many more alumni names to be added, but we need your help to expand the list. If you or a family member served, please enter whatever information you know into our online form: http://www.salemohioalumni.org/military-submission.html . Thank you!


Kent State University, the Salem Historical Society, and the SHS Alumni Association recently recognized 100 years of education at the 230 N. Lincoln Avenue building. We hope you were able to attend the celebratory events. If not, the display case items may still be seen by visiting the alumni office at 330 E. State St., weekdays, 9 a.m.to noon. Also, KSU-Salem would appreciate your input about how the building should be used in the future and what changes, if any, might be considered. To take the short survey, go to http://www.salemohioalumni.org/…/kent-state-city-center-sur…


SHSAA is forever proud of our alumni who are veterans!
Did you know that on our website we have a section dedicated to alumni who have served or are currently serving in the military? Go to
http://www.salemohioalumni.org/alu…/our-military-alumni.html and read with pride of the service of your fellow alumni.
This section currently lists 162 names, covering all branches of the military and a wide diversity of experiences and assignments. We know there are many more alumni names to be added, but we need your help to expand the list. If you or a family member served, please enter whatever information you know into our online form: http://www.salemohioalumni.org/military-submission.html . Thank you!


Kent State University, the Salem Historical Society, and the SHS Alumni Association recently recognized 100 years of education at the 230 N. Lincoln Avenue building. We hope you were able to attend the celebratory events. If not, the display case items may still be seen by visiting the alumni office at 330 E. State St., weekdays, 9 a.m.to noon. Also, KSU-Salem would appreciate your input about how the building should be used in the future and what changes, if any, might be considered. To take the short survey, go to http://www.salemohioalumni.org/…/kent-state-city-center-sur…


SHSAA is forever proud of our alumni who are veterans!
Did you know that on our website we have a section dedicated to alumni who have served or are currently serving in the military? Go to
http://www.salemohioalumni.org/alu…/our-military-alumni.html and read with pride of the service of your fellow alumni.
This section currently lists 162 names, covering all branches of the military and a wide diversity of experiences and assignments. We know there are many more alumni names to be added, but we need your help to expand the list. If you or a family member served, please enter whatever information you know into our online form: http://www.salemohioalumni.org/military-submission.html . Thank you!


Come listen to the Kent State - Salem Communiversity Choir tonight at the Kent State City Center, 230 N. Lincoln. The music will pay tribute to U.S. veterans. The 7 p.m. concert is free and refreshments will be provided. Please see our Event post for more details.


Tom Fisher, Class of 1970, was honored this past weekend when the Zephyrhills (FL) High School football field was named in his honor. Fisher was a star athlete in football and basketball at SHS and a starting defensive end at Bowling Green State University. For two years in the mid-1970’s, he taught physical education at Salem High School, where he also acted as an assistant coach in football and track. Congratulations, Tommy!


Thank you to David J. Shivers '80 for sharing the photos he took last Saturday at the Kent State City Center! Other than being an excellent photographer, David is curator for the Salem Historical Society. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/…


100th Anniversary of Education in this building!


MLB umpire Jerry Meals, SHS Class of '79, has been working the American League Championship Series. Today's 5 p.m. Astros at Yankees game will find him at first base. For game 5 on Wednesday, he will be behind home plate.
Below--a photo of Jerry calling the balls and strikes in a Mets at Cincinnati game last month.


It was wonderful on Saturday to see so many familiar faces and share memories of the former high school/junior high building. Hope those of you that could attend the event had a good time!
(Photo below: Some of our docents who at one time were part of the junior high staff.)


It's a beautiful autumn day! Join us at 230 N. Lincoln Ave. (the former high school and junior high and now the Kent State City Center) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. Self-guided tours, refreshments, a gift, and the sharing of memories!


Kent State University, the Salem Historical Society, and the SHS Alumni Association recently recognized 100 years of education at the 230 N. Lincoln Avenue building. We hope you were able to attend the celebratory events. If not, the display case items may still be seen by visiting the alumni office at 330 E. State St., weekdays, 9 a.m.to noon. Also, KSU-Salem would appreciate your input about how the building should be used in the future and what changes, if any, might be considered. To take the short survey, go to http://www.salemohioalumni.org/…/kent-state-city-center-sur…


www.SHSAABLOG.org - click HERE


Proud of Our Military

Salem High School Alumni Association is proud of the rich military
experience of our alumni. 

Click HERE to read about alumni in the military and enter military
information on the association's military webpage. 


Click HERE to read local newspaper articles about the heroics
and sacrifices of our graduates in the military during World War II.
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Support our scholarship program every time you shop and at no cost to you.

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A Century of Memories

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The Salem High School Alumni Association in conjunction with the Salem Public Library is proud to make available more than 100 years of Salem High School documents.

Search yearbooks for students, teachers, clubs, and organizations. 

Read Quaker newspapers from the early 1900s.

Learn about the early days of education in Salem (written 1876).

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What does it cost to educate our children?
The escalating costs of college attendance adds urgency to our mission to help provide more scholarships to new Salem High School graduates and alumni. The alumni association is proud to have been able to give approximately $350,000 in scholarships annually in recent years. However, even while trying to help as many students as possible, the association's current funding allows for only about one-third of each graduating class to receive a Salem High School Alumni Association Scholarship. Though the majority of these are substantial scholarships of several thousand dollars each, SHSAA scholarships cover only a portion of college costs.

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 Click HERE to read more.


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The mission of the Salem High School Alumni Association of Ohio is to award scholarships to qualified students; to manage assets including memorabilia for future generations; and to honor the organization’s past by nurturing friendships and enriching memories. Regular membership of the association is comprised of the graduates and past attendees of the Salem High School in Salem, Ohio.

The organization strives to keep alive memories of high school days and friendships by publishing the association newsletter, maintaining a website, interacting through social media, making available yearbooks and Quaker newspapers online, aiding the class coordinator with reunions, and housing in the association office archived records and memorabilia of Salem High School.


Our History: The Salem High School Alumni Association was one of the first high school alumni groups in Ohio and is one of the most generous in the country. Thirty-three Salem High School alumni met with several of their former teachers on June 14, 1882, and the following year began the tradition of holding an annual reunion banquet. Several years later, association members decided that they wanted to do more than keep alive memories of high school days--they also wanted to help outstanding graduates attend college. On June 20, 1903, the association established the first high school alumni scholarship fund in Ohio. Salem High School graduates and friends were contacted to raise funds, and within four years the group had enough money to buy a $1,000 bond. The $60 interest generated by the bond was awarded as the first alumni scholarship to Walter French when he graduated in 1908. Now in its second century of granting scholarships, the association awarded sixty-two 2017 graduates, twenty-seven alumni, and six current students  a record-setting total of $369,000 in scholarships on May 20, 2017 at the 136th Annual Reunion and Banquet held at Salem High School.