IHS Alumni Association Executive Board

Recording Secretary
Corresponding Sec.

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Integral Chairpersons

Pat Czarniak Stephan '60 Hospitality
Bill McGuinness (IHS Principal), Honorary V.P.
Newsletter Editor

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The "Spectator", our Alumni newsletter, is published twice yearly in the Spring and Fall, and is available to paid members of the Alumni Association. The deadline for Spectator submissions is midnight on the third Sundays of April and October. Submission about personal news, reunion information, or anything of interest and relative to the Independence High School Alumni will be considered for publication. Submissions may be edited or published at a later date. Send submissions to

Promoting educational memories, one class at a time. Join the Alumni Association

The IHS Alumni Association is a 501(c)(3) organization with meetings held at the Independence High School, Media Center.

Important Upcoming Datess
Mar 11 - Meeting 11:30am
(Educator of Excellence)
Jun 10 - Meeting 7pm High School

Alumni News

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 indyhistoricalsocietyohio@gmail.com or telephone 216-322-9082 or direct correspondence to: Independence Historical Society, 6675 Brecksville Road, Independence, OH 44131. Please include Bob Wagner at goawagner@aol.com, 216-642-0920, as an info addressee on information you provide.

Need a gift for an IHS graduate?


Independence Alumni Spectator Newsletter

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


Let's reminisce! Do you have a funny, heartwarming, or interesting story about your I.H.S. prom, graduation, senior prank, or other spring memory? Please email your stories (and photos if you have them!) to Newsletter Editor, Amber Veverka. Your story may be featured in the next edition of the Alumni Spectator!

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
  • 1966
  • 1968
  • 1993
  • 1971 thru 1976
  • 1979 thru 1990
  • 1992
  • 1996
  • 1998 and 1999
  • 2005

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
  • 1982
  • 1992
  • 2001 through 2009

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.

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!