Salem High School Alumni Association, Ohio

Sustaining Friendships and Memories Since 1882








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Scholarship Reminder: Application deadlines are April 2nd and 9th.


Welcome to the Salem High School
Alumni Association Website

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



Click HERE for the latest newsletter.

Alumni Association Annual Reunion and Banquet - 6 p.m., Saturday, May 24th


The Salem High School Alumni Association Annual Reunion and Banquet is 6 p.m., Saturday, May 24, 2014. Tickets are $20 per dinner. The program begins promptly at 6 p.m.
Tickets can be requested by mail, "SHSAA, 330 E. State St., Salem, OH 44460,” or at the SHSAA office between 9 and noon. The banquet will include a presentation by this year’s Honored Alumnus, recognition of reunion class gifts, and the awarding of hundreds of thousands of dollars in
scholarships to Salem High School graduates.

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 A Century of Memories

Salem High School Yearbooks 

The Salem High School Alumni Association in conjunction with the Salem Public Library is proud to make available nearly 100 years of Salem High School yearbooks. Click HERE to view.

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

Read yearbooks and view sketches from the early 1900's.

Share pages with friends and family. 


$278,905 Given to Salem High School Seniors, Alumni, and Current Students


Share in the Salem High School Alumni Association's pride in awarding 101 scholarships during the spring and summer of 2013. On an annual income basis, SHSAA is ranked first among Ohio high school alumni associations. Proud outgoing President Matthew Yerkey, D.D.S. '82 noted at the association banquet, “Our association has excelled through the years thanks to our very generous donors, large and small. Every dollar matters.” 
Click HERE to view and download pictures.  Click HERE to read excerpts from the student thank-you notes.

Click HERE to read our latest newsletter.

Some web content is in PDF format. Click HERE to get free Adobe Reader. 

Family Creates Lois A. Peters Memorial Business Scholarship

peters The family of Lois A. Hickey Peters '77 has created a scholarship in her memory to help graduating SHS students and alumni attain four-year degrees in business.

Lois died on July 7, 2013, from injuries she sustained in an automobile accident while vacationing in Virginia. Her husband, Robert “Nickˮ Peters '73, continues to recover from injuries he sustained in the same accident. Lois was the corporate secretary of Hickey Metal Fabrication since 1990; in recent years she also served as treasurer. “She attended to business each and every day professionally,” said her father, Bob Hickey '50. She was “the love our lives,ˮ he said.

Other family members include Lois's sons, Nicholas A. Peters '98 and Ben Peters; her brother, Leo Hickey '74;  and Leo's wife, Suzanne Hickey. Her mother was the late Nancy Howell Hickey '53.

Click HERE to read more in our latest newsletter.

Jack B. Lozier Leaves Bequest

Jack B. Lozier '48 designated SHSAA as the beneficiary of two life insurance policies and two annuities that have provided $88,361.63 to the association's general scholarship fund. Lozier, who was a biology professor at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota, will be honored when the Memorial Book Scholarships are given at the 133rd SHSAA Reunion and Banquet on May 24.

Click HERE to read more in our latest newsletter.

Salem Ohio Day Celebrated in Southwest Florida

Celebrated this year on Saturday, February 15, 2014, Salem Ohio Day of Southwest Florida continues to be a great success. From a meager beginning in 2007 of only eight 1958 Salem High School graduates, the celebration has grown exponentially to 145 alumni and guests in 2014. It has become a special time to reconnect with those who have Salem, Ohio in common and to remember the good times of days gone by. Some passing comments were “I saw classmates that I’ve not seen in 50 years” and “We enjoyed ourselves immensely, visiting with many we hadn't seen for years. It was most memorable.”  Click HERE to read more.

Click HERE to read about upcoming Reunions and Events.

Click HERE to see other class event webpages and websites.

  2013 Honored Alumnus Award Presented at Annual Banquet May 25th

U.S. Navy Captain Tim Harrington '84 was selected by the Salem High School Alumni Association as its 2013 Honored Alumnus. Click HERE to read more about Captain Harrington and his "crucible" moments. 

Click HERE to nominate a future Honored Alumnus. 

 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 newest webpage. 


Help Salem High School students - Click HERE to share your career information by completing our 10-question online survey. On behalf of Salem High School counselors, thank you to all who participate. This survey can only be taken once per computer.

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 $250,000 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.


 Click HERE to read more.

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The Mission of the Salem High School Alumni Association is to recognize and award scholarships to deserving Salem graduates who are expected to continue their education in a manner that will bring credit to Salem High School. The organization strives to keep alive memories of high school days and friendships through the association newsletter, yearbooks, and archived records and memorabilia of Salem High School in the association office.

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 fifty 2013 graduates and eleven alumni  a total of $241,875 in scholarships the evening of May 25, 2013 at the 132nd Reunion Banquet held at Salem High School. Less than a month later, twenty-three alumni received Memorial Book Scholarships totaling $23,000. In July the association awarded  $13,000 in thirteen Charles Fox Medical Scholarships and $1,030 in Pardee Band Camp Scholarships.  Altogether, the association awarded $278,905 in 2013.