Salem High School Alumni Association, Ohio

Sustaining Friendships and Memories Since 1882








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Welcome to the Salem High School
Alumni Association Website

Please explore the website, update your contact information, and see what scholarships are available for both graduating seniors and previous graduates.

Click HERE for the latest newsletter.

"I'm a Buckeye - The Earle Bruce Story" - Local Ties and Great Memories

The film “I’m a Buckeye: The Earle Bruce Story” is a celebration of Earle Bruce, who is well known for his coaching at The Ohio State University where his football teams won four Big Ten Conference titles after he succeeded the legendary Woody Hayes.

Less well known is that, preceding his college coaching achievements, Coach Bruce was an extremely successful high school football coach. In ten seasons his overall record was 82-12-3.   In 1956 Salem High School gave Bruce the opportunity for his first head coaching position. In four seasons his Quaker teams amassed a 28-9 record. He continued his winning methods with Sandusky High School and Massillon High School before heading into the college ranks. However, he never forgot his start in Salem, the players he coached, and the friends he made in those first years.

In 2016 Coach Bruce was interviewed at the Salem High School Alumni Association office along with several SHS graduates including Bob Sebo '54, executive producer of the new film.

Salem alumni interviewed for the film included Frank Copacia '60, Larry DeJane '60, Fred Phillis '60, Moe Meissner '58, and Henry Maxim '58, all of whom played football for Coach Bruce in Salem.

#GivingTuesday raises $5,220.00.  Our graduates will truly benefit.

Thank you from all of us at the SHSAA!

Three cheers for the Quakers...the mighty, mighty Quakers!

Click HERE to watch a video of students saying thanks.

Click HERE to donate.

Salem High School Alumni Association Names New Executive Director

The Salem High School Alumni Association extends a warm welcome to our new Executive Director, Audrey Cleveland Null, Class of 1976.

Audrey brings her leadership skills and expertise in non-profit management to this new full-time position, as she spent the past 15 years as Executive Director of the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce.

Audrey received her bachelor’s degree in 1980 from Heidelberg University and returned to her hometown to teach, but only did so for a few years before beginning a career in the banking industry. She married fellow classmate, Peter McCulloch Null, Class of 1976, in 1983.

Audrey enjoys reading, writing, and shopping for antiques, but she especially appreciates the time she spends with her husband Peter, her dog Kalee Jane, and other family members that consist of numerous nieces and nephews.

Audrey’s favorite memories of Salem High School are her experiences in the SHS “Pride of Salem” marching and concert band. Her senior year, the band travelled to Columbus to state contest and received a “1” rating, something that has not been done since then. She also recalls the 1976 basketball team, who were District Champions, and the immense sense of pride and team spirit that permeated the entire school during that special season. “We’re from Salem…Couldn’t be Prouder!” was a favorite cheer that was heard during her days at SHS. Those words have always stayed within Audrey’s heart and have often evoked emotional responses that have inspired her to stay positive in her role as a leader within the community of Salem.

Audrey is excited to be now at the helm of the Salem High School Alumni Association and encourages SHS alumni to contact her via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Salem High School Alumni Association Awards Annual Scholarships

 academic41On May 19, 2018, the Salem High School Alumni Association
awarded 97 scholarships, totaling $334,860, to 83 students.

Click HERE to view scholarship recipients.

Click HERE to read more about the banquet and view/download photos.

Click HERE to see a video of the baquet.

2018 Alumni Association Annual Reunion and Banquet Held May 19


HonoredAlumn2018Dr. Peter Apicella, a 1982 Salem High School graduate, was the featured speaker as the 2018 Honored Alumnus.

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Representatives of classes celebrating the 35th, 50th, 55th, 60th, 65th and 70th anniversaries of their graduations spoke. 

Click HERE to read more about the banquet and view/download photos.

Click HERE to see a video of the banquet.

Sharps Leave Large Bequest to Association


John P. Sharp, Jr. ’46 and his wife Linda Anne Frazer Sharp have left a bequest in excess of $450,000 to enable the Salem High School Alumni Association to create multiple new named scholarships.

Ashley Frazer Sperling, the couple’s eldest niece and executor of their estate, will develop criteria for the new scholarships, perhaps assisting with the unmet financial needs of SHS alumni enrolled in the second, third, and fourth year of undergraduate programs and incorporating the couple's interest in entrepreneurial and artistic pursuits.

Click Here to read more in the association's newsletter.

Class of 1968 Creates Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers

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The Class of 1968 attained its big goal: classmates raised $100,000 to create a named scholarship for individuals who plan to become teachers.

It will be given for the first time on May 19 at the Salem High School Alumni Association’s 137th Annual Reunion and Banquet where the Class of 1968 will also be honored as it celebrates the 50th anniversary of its graduation.

Aside from reaching their goal, 1968 classmates are also enjoying the unanticipated benefit of becoming more connected from their 10 years of fundraising to qualify for the $50,000 matching gift from David ’66 and Kathleen Scahill ’68 Roberts.

The Robertses stipulated that 100 members of the Class of 1968 had to give at least $100 toward the scholarship. By autumn 2017, 110 members of the Class of 1968 had given at least $100, and the class had collected significant monies through multiple activities.

Click HERE to read more from our newsletter.

Virginia E. "Jinny" Snyder ’43 Bequest Update


SHSAA announces the completion of the funding for a named scholarship based on a $94,598 bequest from Virginia E. "Jinny" Snyder ’43, who taught physical education at the Salem Junior High School from 1953 to 1975.

Contributions from two classes and several individuals completed the $100,000 necessary for a named scholarship, which will be given in memory of Miss Snyder for the first time in 2019.  

The Association thanks the many generous donors who have helped to honor the memory of Miss Snyder through a scholarship that will benefit Salem High School graduates for many years to come.

Class of 1956 Celebrates 80th Birthdays


The Salem High School Class of 1956 celebrated their 80th birthdays on July 28, 2018, at Ezio's.

Class of 1958 Gathers for 60-Year Class Reunion


Members of the Salem High School Class of 1958 enjoyed gathering for their 60-Year Class Reunion  on Saturday, October 13, 2018, at the Salem Golf Club. The festivities kicked-off on Friday, October 12, 2018, at the Italian Club (pictured above) and concluded on Sunday, October 14, 2018, with a brunch at the Salem Golf Club.

Class of 1968 Celebrates 50-Year Reunion


Members of the SHS Class of 1968 celebrated their 50-Year Class Reunion with a weekend of activities beginning Friday, July 27, 2018.

Click HERE to read more and download pictures.

Class of 1971 Celebrates Turning 65

The SHS Class of 1971 celebrated the milestone birthday of 65 on June 16, 2018 complete with a Medicare card cake and fun photos  provided by PhotoGenix Booth.

59 class members, along with 29 guests, attended the Saturday event, which was held in Boneshakers‘ banquet room in Salem. An open meet and greet was held on Friday night at Coaches Restaurant.

Click HERE for the Class of 1971 Facebook page.

Class of 1973 Celebrates 45-Year Reunion


Members of the Class of 1973 celebrated their 45-year Reunion on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. The weekend began with the class attending a Friday night Salem football game at United.  After seeing a Salem victory, classmates returned to town for a "pub walk."

A round of golf and breakfast were options for Saturday morning followed by a visit to the Salem High School Alumni Association office in the afternoon for finger sandwiches, cookies, punch, and coffee. Memorabilia from the Class of 1973 was on display.  The main event was a Saturday night dinner at the Salem Elks.


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


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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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A Century of Memories

Salem High School

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).


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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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. The association is now in its second century of granting scholarships. On May 19, 2018, at the 137th Annual Reunion and Banquet, held at Salem High School, the association awarded to sixty-one 2018 graduates, twenty-one alumni, and one current student a total of $334,860 in scholarships.  The total since 1908 is approximately 7.2 million dollars.