IHS Alumni Association Executive Board

Vice President
Recording Secretary
Corresponding Sec.

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Integral Chairpersons

Pat Czarniak Stephan '60 Hospitality
Bill McGuinness (IHS Principal), Honorary V.P.
** Membership Chair Needed!
Public Relations
Newsletter Editor

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Get the "Spectator"!

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.

Upcoming important events posted here when available.

Alumni News

Upcoming Class Reunions

Educator of Excellence Award Luncheon


Monday, March 9
11:30am-1:00pm, Family & Consumer Sciences room

The March meeting of the IHS Alumni Association will recognize the accomplishments and achievements of William McGuinness, 2020 Educator of Excellence. McGuinness, current IHS principal and a former middle school teacher, was nominated for the countless contributions he has made to the school system and our community.

The meeting--our only luncheon event of the year--will be held in the Family & Consumer Sciences room at Independence High School. The inspiring award ceremony will be followed by a light lunch and time to mix and mingle.

It's Time For the 33rd Annual Alumni Basketball Tournament


The 33rd Annual Alumni Basketball tournament will take place on Friday March 27, at the Middle and High Schools and Saturday March 28, at the High School. "The 33rd!" - Amazing considering the relative size of Independence High School. A tribute to all those who have taken part in the past and/or continue the tradition. He didn't know it at the time, but a great idea originally proposed by Tom Chodzin ('77) is about to become 33 years old!

Game times are Friday, 6:00pm to 9:00pm, on the hour, at the Middle School. Fridays games at the High School are 6:30pm to 9:30pm on the half hour. All Saturday games will take place at the High School beginning with the Junoir Bracket semi-finals at 11:00am. The Lady Blue Devil game this year will take place on Friday evening. Contact Jess Dmitruk (jessdmitruk_10@yahoo.com)

There is a $20 donation to participate. Daily admission for fans is $4.

All proceeds go to supporting the IHS Hall of Fame. Over the years the tournament has raised around $50,000 for IHS athletics!

For more information contact Mark Suhay, email: mmsuhay@yahoo.com.

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

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. As of June 2019, we are missing the following years:

  • 1926 thru 1928
  • 1931 thru 1944
  • 1946 thru 1951
  • 1992
  • 1994

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!