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Help Us Make 2018 A Great Fund-Raising Success
Our biggest fundraiser of the year is just around the corner! Our Breakfast in the Park on Home Days Weekend gets bigger and better every year, but it takes A LOT of people working together to make it the best that it can be--and continue to raise money for scholarships and other programs and events we sponsor at our alma mater.
In an effort to keep our Breakfast in the Park ticket cost very affordable, we don't really make much on the cost of the breakfast itself--we generate revenue for the association with the 50/50 and Chinese Raffle at the event and in our Home Days tent.
And that's where you can really help us make 2018 a great fund-raising success. Kelly Hatfield is already at work on the theme baskets and bundles for the Chinese Raffle and she can use your donations. If you are willing to buy or ask for a donation of a gift card to a store or a restaurant in the area, that would be awesome. Movie tickets, theatre tickets, and tickets to sporting events are great too. If you have an extra bottle of wine or two, or an interesting bottle of liquor, those, too, make for popular baskets. Unique jewelry or other accessories are also good items. Other ideas are welcome, too--and your donations will make an already amazing event event better!
Please do consider coming to our June 11 meeting at 7 pm at the IHS media center and bring your donation with you. If you are out of town or unable to make the meeting, Kelly will accept your donations any time, before or after the meeting. Please feel free to contact her at: (need info here).
No gift is too small...all are welcome and very much appreciated.
Mayor Togliatti Reflects on Presenting Educator of Excellence
The IHS Alumni Association held their annual award ceremony and luncheon to present this year's Educator of the Year Award on Monday, March 12th at the high school. It was an honor to be invited and to present a Proclamation to this year's recipient of the award, Biology and Environmental Science Teacher Scott Maretka.
In addition to his teaching, Mr. Maretka is the Advisor of the Biology Society and is responsible for the District's Land Lab outdoor classroom which consists of 50-acres of property. His students love his approach to teaching them about science, and if you are a member of the Biology Society, you have the opportunity to attend field trips, weekend hikes, visiting nature centers and enjoy helping to plan the annual fall Land Lab Open House for residents. A number of colleagues and current and former students who have been impacted by Scott attended the luncheon, along with several of our Council Members, School Board Members and Administrators, all wanting to congratulate Scott on his well-deserved award.
On behalf of the City of Independence we are excited and very proud of you for earning such a special honor and for being an outstanding role model for our youth!
Thank you Rhonee Iula, President of the IHS Alumni Association and to all the members for putting together such a nice event to honor a great educator.
Historical Photos of Hemlock Road Homes Wanted
The Independence Historical Society is seeking old photographs of “company homes” on Hemlock Road in Independence and the names of known occupants. The area was referred to as “South Park” and was near what is now the Haydite mine, railroad tracks and old Stone Road bridge over the Cuyahoga river. These homes were built by the Cleveland Hydraulic Pressed Brick Company in the early 1900’s and occupied by laborers and their families who worked at the plant which is now the Haydite plant owned by DiGeronimo Aggregates. There were homes east of the railroad tracks on Riverside Avenue, Walnut Street, Clewell Avenue and Oliver Street of which no remains exist. In addition to other homes and stores, there were 5 more homes close together on Hemlock Road. Renters of those five homes moved out in 1981, 1983 and 1992 and the homes were demolished, save for one that is still being occupied. If you know the names or whereabouts of the previous renters or have photographs of the area when all 5 homes on Hemlock were intact or have other information about any of the South Park homes or stores, please contact the Independence Historical Society at email@example.com or telephone 216-322-9082 or direct correspondence to: Independence Historical Society, 6675 Brecksville Road, Independence, OH 44131. Please include Bob Wagner at firstname.lastname@example.org, 216-642-0920, as an info addressee on information you provide.
Did You Know about Graduating Senior Awards?
In ten years our Association has given 17 Graduating Senior Awards totaling $7,600.00. In 2009 the Association awarded $100.00 to one student. In 2016 and 2017, we awarded $500.00 each to two students ($1,000.00 per year). A ten-fold annual increase.
Legacy Ribbons for Graduating Seniors
If you are an IHS alumni and your son or daughter is graduating this year, or, if you know of any graduating senior who has at least one parent who graduated from IHS, please let us know. Any eligible senior whose name is submitted will be honored with a Legacy Ribbon at commencement.
Memory Bricks (A Good Item)
The Independence High School Class of 1926 was the first to graduate out of the building. Whatever name used, "Independence School," "Old High School," "Middle School," "Old Middle School," or "The Brecksville Road Building," forty-years of different names with over 1,100 graduating seniors, it is now a part of Independence history having been demolished in April. Bricks from the iconic building are available for purchase through the Alumni Association for $15 each. The bricks are nicely boxed with a certificate of authenticity. The Alumni Association will be selling the bricks at Alumni meetings, Homedays, Football Game Alumni Night and the City of Independence Fall Fest. It goes without saying, these bricks make a great keep sake and fine gift!
The area where the building once stood is going to be re-worked into a public park named Heritage Park. The park is intended to be a tie-in between the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Tow Path Trail and the Hemlock Trail. The Tow Path Trail will eventually allow users to travel from downtown Independence to downtown Cleveland! Tentative completion is 2020.
Need a gift for an IHS graduate?
Membership to the IHS Alumni Association makes a great gift. In addition to continuing high school friendships, interests, encouraging a sense of civic duty, mentoring, and promoting the sentiment of education in the community, membership includes the Spectator newsletter!
The ALUMNI SPECTATOR is mailed out twice each year. This is a great way to keep our graduates current on alumni events and what's happening with other grads. Membership is $10.00 for one (1) year or $40.00 for five (5) years.
Simply fill out the form available here and return it to: IHS Alumni Association, 6001 Archwood Rd, Independence, OH 44131
Give Us Your Take
Alumni Spectator Staff
We are always searching for people who are passionate about their Alma Mater and wish to join our Alumni Spectator staff. If interested, contact editor, or e-mail any IHS Alumni Association member.
Alumni Class Pictures Needed
- 1961 thru 1964
- 1971 thru 1976
- 1979 thru 1990
- 1998 and 1999
Looking For Yearbooks…
The Alumni Association is trying to get a complete set of yearbooks. We are missing the following years:
- Anything from the 1920's
- Anything from 1931 to 1952
- 1966 to 1968
Note: Some graduating classes might not of had a yearbook. If that is the case, please contact the Alumni Association so that they can note that year as "no yearbook".
Donors can drop their yearbook off at the high school main office, or call the high school and leave a pick-up address where an Alumni Association member can pick up the yearbook.
Thank you to Michelle Mack McManus, daughter of Mary Pinzone (55) Mack & Gus Mack (55), for the donation of a 1954 Year Book! And, thank you for year books from Alan Wisnieski '60, Neal Veverka '04, and Amber Veverka '07.
Keep in Touch! Planning a reunion, recent move, new email?
Planning a class reunion? Moved? Changed your e-mail address? Know of a classmate who has passed on?
If so, please help us to keep our records current by sending an email to
Or leave a message at 216-642-5882. Thanks!