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Application for Historic Landmark District Explained
By Dave Dobos '73, 2017 Alumni Association President

Several non-WHSAA affiliated individuals are spearheading an application effort to designate the area immediate surrounding and including West High School a National Historic District. Although this appears to be a well-meaning effort, the WHSAA Board has voted unanimously not to consider endorsement of this effort until the Columbus City Schools and Hilltop Historical Society endorses the project. As of now, neither organization has been approached formally by those organizing the designation effort.

At first glance, obtaining a National Historic District designation could provide some positive publicity to the school and neighborhood surrounding it. What benefit it actually provides, however, is limited. In fact, the sole tangible benefit appears to be tax write-offs for renovations of for-profit (i.e., rental) structures in the designated historic district. Neither private home owners nor the Columbus City Schools (a governmental entity) would be eligible for any of the tax benefits.

After meeting with the organizers, the WHSAA Board expressed concern about the potential for impeding the school district’s ability to renovate/rebuild West HS in the future should the application be successful. Apparently, this designation is different from a National Historic Landmark designation, which places direct guidelines on any changes made to a structure so designated. The Board felt that the Columbus City Schools, the owner of the building, should act before it considers the project any further.

Those supporting the application have approached individuals and community organizations to support their effort financially. Their appeal states that this effort can be a rallying cry to preserve the current structure. The Board disagrees with this assertion— especially since such a designation has no legal bearing on any future disposition of the current structure. Therefore, the Board does not sanction this fundraising effort to WHS alumni.

2019 Florida, Mid-Winter, All-Class Reunion
Saturday, March 9
Der Dutchman, Sarasota, Florida, 3713 Bahia Vista St.
Luncheon Buffet. Doors open at 11am with lunch at noon.

The cost is $22 per person. Fun and prizes until 2pm!
All are welcome to bring any West, Westside, or Hilltop Memorabilia to share with the attendees!

The reservation deadline is February 20 (no refunds after March 1)
For more information contact program chair: Joe Castorino '67 joecastorino@earthlink.net (352) 683-5135

We hope to have a few pictures to post here soon......

Sunday, April 7, 6PM
Alumni Association Board Meeting
ERA Solutions Realty, 3656 Broadway, Grove City, 43123

Sunday, May 5, 6PM
Alumni Association Board Meeting
ERA Solutions Realty, 3656 Broadway, Grove City, 43123

Sunday, May 5, 6PM
Alumni Association Board Meeting
ERA Solutions Realty, 3656 Broadway, Grove City, 43123

Sunday, June 29, 10-5PM
Hilltop Bean Dinner
Westgate Park!
all alumni - stop by and visit our Alumni tent!

Sunday, July 28
All-class Summer 'potluck' Picnic
all alumni and friends invited
Date time, and location to be posted soon!

Friday, August 16
13th Annual Alumni Golf Scramble
Split Rock Golf Course - 8:30 tee-off

(includes a cart per 2 golfers)

Event Chair Lynn Fullerton Johnson '63
(former West teacher/golf coach)

$60 per person. Shotgun Start!
We play as a foursome.
After golf we will have a great meal, door prizes, and awards

(click on the picture above to see more from the 2018 event!)


Sunday, September 15
2019 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
West High Library
more details later!

2018 Calendar Recap


2018 All-Class Christmas Luncheon

December 1, Raymond Memorial Golf Course

The cutoff date for reservations was Nov. 23.

(Click on the picture above to see a few from the luncheon)

November 8 - General Meeting
O'Charley's Restaurant
1650 Georgesville Square Rd., Col. OH 43228

Election of 2019 Alumni Association Officers and Board of Trustees
The 2019 Officers are as follows:
President - David Dobos '73
Vice President - Mike Miller '70
Secretary - Lynn Fullerton Johnson '63
Treasurer - Steve Scarpitti '74

Your 2019 Board of Trustees are as follows:
Greg Large '70, Nancy Hardy Smith '50, Rosalie Martin Williams '72, Georgia Martin Ward '70, Eli Bowen '74, Stacy Neff Campbell '78, Sara McPeek Sampson '78, Dorance Nichols Hornsby '63, Newsletter Editor Nancy Lloyd Laver '79,
Susie Katon Ward '70, Vida Fulton Williams '73

front: Dorance Nichols Hornsby, Stacy Neff Campbell, Steve Scarpitti, Lynn Fullerton Johnson, Vida Fulton Williams, Sara McPeek Sampson, Nancy Lloyd Laver
back: Dave Dobos, Eli Bowen
Missing from the photo: Mike Miller, Susie Katon Ward, Nancy Hardy Smith,
Greg Large, Rosalie Martin Williams, Georgia Martin Ward

After dinner our guest speaker, new West Principal Greg Costello, talked about the construction at West this year and answered questions about the classes and students.


2018 FOOTBALL HOMECOMING - September 28!

Homecoming Parade 5:30 before the game - starting on Olive St. and winding around the Westgate area. As always, your Alumni Association will have a float that alums are invited to ride on!

Soon after the pay gate opens, the Alumni band will be marching from the West Cafeteria down the alley behind Magly Field, entering the stadium through the south gate.
(Only band members are allowed to enter through that gate.)
You won't want to miss the Alumni Band entrance before the game!
It will give you chills!


Come out and support the current team and coaches. And be sure to stop by the Cowboy Corral and support your Alumni Association.
Our sales benefit the programs and students at West!

click on the photo above to see several more from the evening

Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
September 16, West High Library - 3pm - 5pm
A Reservation Form is available in our Alumni Website and in the summer Alumni Occident Newsletter.

2018 Honorees:
Lucille Burkett '41, Stephen Chappelear '70, Dorance Nichols Hornsby '63, and Patricia Cozad Smart '47

(click on the picture above to see more from the day)

Friday, August 17
12th Annual Alumni Golf Scramble
Split Rock Golf Course - 8:30 tee-off

(includes a cart per 2 golfers)

Event Chair Lynn Fullerton Johnson '63
(former West teacher/golf coach)

$60 per person. Shotgun Start!
We played as a foursome.
After golf we had a meal, door prizes, and awards

(click on the picture above to see more from the day)

The proceeds this year, that will benefit the Alumni Scholarship Foundation, were $3826.90!
Thank you our event chair, to all of the participants, the volunteers, and the great staff at Split Rock!
See you next year!!!

All-Class Picnic Potluck - July 29
DOORS OPEN AT 3pm to 5pm
Crossroads United Methodist Church
1100 S. Hague Ave.
Columbus, OH 43204

Your Alumni Association will provide place settings, soft drinks and water, and sloppy joes. Just bring a dish to share.

As usual, we will have a number of door prizes. If you have anything to donate as a door prize, we will gladly accept it the day of the picnic!

This is always a fun afternoon. We typically have over 100 alums and friends.

istoric Hilltop Bean Dinner
June 30, Westgate Park
10am to 5pm

When you attend the Bean Dinner, please look for our Alumni Association tent. We are usually along the lake.

We will have our usual 'By the Decade' sign-up sheets for all alums to sign. You will be able to see what other alums have been there.

We will bring the yearbooks we have for sale. At the Bean Dinner we always sell them for $25 versus the usual $30.

We will have some 'sample' newsletters and the logo items we have for sale (ball caps, lanyards, hoodies, key chains, etc.)

(click on the picture above to see more from the day)

cordially invites you to the

Join us for a celebration of West High's past, present, and future.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 7:00 to 8:15pm

Tour the Alumni Hall of Fame, the Athletic Hall of Champions, and view current S.T.E.M. and Visual Art Work from 7 - 7:30pm
Cupola Presentation from 7:30 - 8pm.
Lighting Celebration at 8:00pm.

Feel free to arrive early to cheer the baseball team as they take on Mifflin at 5:30!

Tuesday, March 20, 6pm, MCL Buffet, at Kingsdale Shopping Center
Dinner at 6pm.

All who missed this meeting missed out on a lot of news!
First, 2018 Association President, David Dobos, announced that we had just learned that the new Cupola will be dedicated and lit on Tuesday, April 10 at a program starting at 7pm. This has been a long-time coming, and we are all excited to see the West Cupola lit once again!

Next President Dobos introduced West teacher Mr. Felix Catheline. Mr. Catheline is also a coach on the West football team and he is the head Wrestling Coach. He talked about the individual successes of two of the football players this past fall plus having five City Wrestling Champs this year. And, one of those players was also very successful, along with his twin brother, on the West Wrestling Team this year. Seniors Dawson and Matthew Shaw both qualified to wrestle at the State Meet this year. West has had very few athletes make it to the State Meet, and it is first time in 60 years that West had TWO qualify for the State Meet the same year. Both Matthew and Dawson made it through the first day to wrestle the 2nd day. While they both lost, they both ended up being in the top 16 in their individual weight class in the State. Coach Cat is very proud to have coached both of these athletes the past four years.

Our guest speaker was State Representative Adam Miller. Rep Miller is in his first term, being elected in 2016. Rep. Miller is a practicing attorney specializing in representing school districts, educational service centers and statewide educational associations, proudly serves constituents of Ohio's 17th House District.  Adam is a former School Board member, public school teacher and superintendent of schools. He is a Board member with Operation Legal Help Ohio, Pro-Bono Veterans' project and is a former chair of the Ohio State Bar Association Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee. In this role, Adam helped start a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to serving the legal needs of veterans and military families. He presently holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserve. Adam is a U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps Officer (1996 - present) and served with the 10th Mountain Division during his deployment to Afghanistan in 2004. Adam currently serves as the Staff Judge Advocate, 103rd ESC, formerly the Deputy Commander of the 6th Legal Operations Detachment, USAR Legal Command.  Adam was recently awarded the US Army's Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) and will graduate from the US Army War College in 2017. He will soon be promoted to a full Colonel.
AND, maybe the best part, Rep. Miller has a close connection to West High. The Miller family settled on the West Side 110 years ago. His grandfather, Harry Miller (longtime area Realtor) was a 1939 West alum. His Great Uncle, Arthur Miller, was a long-time Drafting teacher at West. We surprised Rep. Miller by bringing a 1965 yearbook to show him. It had a full-page picture of his uncle, Arthur Miller. The yearbook was dedicated to Mr. Miller the year he retired. His father is 1960 alum Larry Miller. He also has a cousin who graduated in 1965. He is going to write a Commendation to have the Shaw twins recognized during a State House session. As he ended his talk, he announced that this summer an Ohio License Plate will be available that says "West High School Alumni Association" on it with a Cowboy in the center! The slight up-charge for the personalized plate will allow $20 to be given back to the Alumni Association that will go in our Scholarship Foundation!

We thanked Rep. Miller for all he is doing for the West Side and Hilltop area, for West High School, and for our Alumni Association.

Rep. Miller and Dave Dobos with a 1965 yearbook

26th Annual Florida Mid-Winter All-Class Reunion
ALL ALUMS (and their guests) INVITED!

Saturday, March 3, 11am to 2pm
Der Dutchman Restaurant, 3713 Gahia Vista St, Sarasota, FL 34232

Reservation were $22 per person.

Bring your West High School and Hilltop Memorabilia to share.

Chairs: Joe Castorino '67 and Tom Ramage '67
If you have any questions, contact Joe at joecastorino@earthlink.net / (352) 683-5135

click on the picture above to see more from the day......

Tuesday, February 20, 6pm, MCL Buffet, at Kingsdale Shopping Center
Dinner at 6pm.
After going through the Buffet line, join us in one of their meeting rooms on the north side of their eating area. We are usually the only group meeting at that time.

After dinner we will have a brief business meeting.
Our 2018 Association President David Dobos '73 will have updates on the new cupola installation and other updates being done in the school. He will also share information on some of the programs we have planned for this year.

After listening to John Ward's '67 presentation at the February 18 Hilltop Historical Society Meeting on President Wm. Henry Harrison, Dave Dobos invited John to give a shortened edition of his talk at our Alumni Meeting. John became interested in especially presidential history several years ago. He has given talks on several other former presidents, including President Lincoln that he has portrayed several times. In addition to his talk, he also brought some memorabilia from President Harrison's presidential campaign when he was elected in 1840. We had a nice size group attend our meeting.

John Ward '67

2017 Calendar Recaps


our 26th year for this event!
December 9, 2017
Raymond Memorial Golf Course
3860 Trabue Rd.
Columbus, OH 43228

Open to ALL Alumni (and friends) - $22 per person

(you do not need to be an Alumni Association Member to attend)

All Italian Lover's Feast Buffet by Schmidt's Catering

A silent auction was held with the proceeds going to the
Alumni Scholarship Foundation.

The Alumni Dance Band playing before and after dinner.

(click on either picture above to see others from the day)

Doors open at 11am. Cocktail/Social Hour 11-noon. Cash bar available.
Lunch at noon.

Event Chair Stacy Neff Campbell '78 / sberndse@columbus.rr.com
Stacy will gladly accept items for the Silent Auction and any questions regarding the Luncheon.

Sunday, September 17
2017 Alumni Hall of Fame Ceremony
3PM, West High Library

Our 2017 Honorees are
Dr. Robert Gates Trout 1940,
Evelyn Cardwell Jones 1942,
Robin Schmidt 1949 Jan.,
Ming Corazon Smith 1965,
Mei-Tei-Sing Smith 1970

Click on the photo above to see more from the Ceremony

West vs. South

Click on the photo above to see a few more from the parade.........

September 20, 6pm, MCL Buffet, at Kingsdale Shopping Center

After dinner Mr. Alex Trevino, the Facilities Director with the Columbus Public Schools, talked about the many updates that were made to West over the summer. He also discussed the possible time line for future updates and the big announcement that a new cupola, that will look just like the former one, is being rebuilt and is expected to be delivered back to Columbus in early November. A tentative date to have the new cupola unveiled is November 16!

11th Annual Golf Tournament
August 18 - Split Rock Golf Course
Chair - Lynn Fullerton Johnson '63

This has been our single most successful event supporting our Alumni Association Scholarship Foundation.

This year we had a record 17 foursomes and 2 threesomes that resulted in a record net amount of $2966.00. A huge thank you to the committee, volunteers, alumni, and all others who participated to make this possible.

click on the picture above to see more from the day


Friday, July 21
doors opened at 5pm - dinner at 6pm
Crossroads United Methodist Church
1100 S Hague Ave. (corner Hague and Briggs)

It was difficult to get an accurate count, but we think there were between 120 and 135 attending this very popular event. There was a lot of food, and lot of talking, and a lot of stories about West High days of past! We are just one big westside family!!!

click on the picture above to see more from the day

2017 Hilltop Bean Dinner
Thanks to all alums who stopped by our Alumni Association Tent to say hello and sign our "By the Decade" Attendance sheets.
The 70s alums won the count with 61 signing in.
For the other decades: 3 from the 2010s, 13 from the 2000s, 21 from the 90s, 34 from the 80s, 44 from the 60s, and 14 from the 50s.
We sold several yearbooks, picked up a few new Alumni Association memberships, and sold quite a few Alumni logo sweatshirts!
Many alums enjoyed having their picture taken in our Cowboy Cutout! If you missed us this year, we plan to be there again in 2018!!!

click on the photo above for a few more from
Westgate Park and the Bean Dinner

General Meeting

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

We had a nice group of alumni for a 6pm Minelli's pizza dinner in the Cafeteria. Association President Susie Katon Ward '70 brought a great tossed salad.

We followed dinner with a talk by West Principal Lucas Cech. He told us about all of the great programs currently going on at West. The 2017 class should be 120 students. The STEM Club participated in a large Rube Goldberg competition and came in 2nd. This group has a history of placing very high in these competition. Mr. Cech told about a few of the STEM projects the seniors were working on. They are truly amazing.

Susie concluded the meeting by sharing information on some of the Alumni Association programs, along with inviting all alumni to attend our Picnic on July 21 at Crossroads U.M.C., 1100 S Hague Ave. Doors open at 5pm with dinner at 6pm. All should bring one dish to share. Place settings and soft drinks will be provided. Do not arrive before 5pm as the room we will be using will be used by another group!

Saturday, April 1, 2017
Mid-Winter (all-classes) Florida Reunion
(new location) Swan Lake Village Clubhouse
620 57th Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34207

It is on the south end of Bradenton and is easy to get to off I-75 or Rt. 41. It is located on a nice 'picturesque' lake setting and has room for over 200 people inside.
You can eat inside as well as outside on the patio. There is plenty of parking in the lot.

The price was $15.00 per person for a buffet luncheon.

We had a large array of West High, westside, and Hilltop 'memorabilia' on display.

We will also had some 'trivia' questions with cash prizes for the correct answers.

Any questions, contact Joe Castorino '67
joecastorino@earthlink.net / 352-683-5135


March 8, 2017 - CAREER DAY AT WEST

The administration and staff at West invited local college representatives, military recruiters, and numerous speakers to talk with the West students about educational and job opportunities that are available to them. Several alumni offered to speak to groups of students during the day.

Some of the alumni who spoke or volunteered during the day-long program -
front: Melissa Adkins '90, Diamond Aurand '16, Patti Gorman '84, Janet Forman Zappe '85,
Eccentric Rondo '00
back: Doug Simmons '89, Jeff Rowe '74, Fred Lancia '56 Jan., Dorance Nichols Hornsby '63
Two alums we know were there but not pictured: Nancy Hardy Smith '50 and Ted Lancia '69

General Meeting

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
MCL Kingsdale Shopping Center, Upper Arlington

Our speaker for the evening was Rod Williams '72.
Rod is a member of the Patriotic Guard Riders.
He shared his experiences with the group and talked about services his group offers which includes assisting veterans, active service men and women, and their families at no cost to them.

Rod with our 2017 Alumni Association President, Susie Katon Ward '70

2016 Calendar Recap

All-Class (that means ALL alumni are invited)
Christmas Luncheon
December 10, 2016
Raymond Memorial Golf Course
(new location!)
3860 Trabue Road, Columbus, OH 43228

Doors opened at 11am.
Social hour until noon when lunch was served.
Music provided before and after our meal time by the great West High Alumni Dance Band!

Meal prepared and served by Schmidt's Catering
"All Italian Lover's Feast Buffet"

$22 per person.


November 4, 2016

First Football Playoff Game in West History
New Albany High School

We're sorry to report that West lost the game, but it wasn't for a lack of effort.
They ended their season a very respectable 9-2 record. The attendance by alumni and friends was very appreciated by the team. We saw West letter jackets (from several different decades) and alumni shirts and ball caps throughout the visitor bleachers. There were many current and former West staff members there. It was a great night for West football.

We congratulate the team and coaches, plus the every-present cheerleaders and band. Thank you to all of our alumni who came out to support the team. Our home game attendance was up from past years, which we are sure the team appreciated.

Football Homecoming!
The 2000+ attending the game cheered the West Football
Team to a 7-0 record in their game with Independence.

For the first time we invited former Homecoming Queens to ride on the Alumni Association Float. We were able to locate five who just happened to represent five different decades!

The parade was lead off by the West JROTC unit, followed by the West Band, Weskets, cheerleaders, and several vehicles carrying the Homecoming queen and king candidates, and your Alumni Association float.

(click on the picture below to see more from the parade)

1956 Queen Judy Milton Kit, 1967 Queen Karen Let singer Alkire,
1973 Queen Jeri Chamberlain Wallace, 1995 Queen Leigh Ann Design Tomlin,
2013 Queen Jackie Haggard

2016 Alumni Hall of Fame
September 18
, in the West Library
3pm Social Time / 3:30 Award Ceremony

2016 Honorees:
Charlie Castle 1963
Don Jenks 1944 Jan.
Dr. Bradley Richardson 1947

Tommy Dale 1945

Charlie Castle, Mrs. Don Jenks, Mrs. Bradley Richardson, Lisa Dale Press
(click on the picture above to see more from the ceremony)

Bios for the 2016 Honorees, along with all previous honorees, are in this website in the Hall of Fame 'room.'

For questions contact event Chair Sara McPeek Sampson '69, sampson@columbus.rr.com / (614) 777-9724.

Alumni Golf Scramble Recap
Friday, August 19th
Split Rock Golf Course

A team of alums led by Tom King ‘71, Steve Finkel ‘71, Steve Clemons ‘69 and Brian Fagan ‘78 took low gross honors with a minus 8 score of 64.

(click on either picture to see more from the event)

The team of Rick Johnson ‘77, Jim Hoyle '79 (Westland H. S.), and John Walter ‘54 walked away with low net honors.

Our Golf Scramble was open to alumni, West staff, former West staff, and friends of alumni. The only requirement was that each foursome include at least one alum.

Our committee chair was Bill Kern '60 Jan.
This was the 10th year Bill has chaired the event.

The 10th annual West High Alumni golf outing was held, August 19th at the Split Rock Golf Course. A gathering of 70 alums and guests, along with 5-6 volunteers enjoyed beautiful weather, a meal of pulled pork and sides, and a fun day of golf.
The event raised a record $2800 + for the scholarship program.

Individual skill winners were: Brain Fagan ‘78 and Charlie Castle ‘63 in the long putt category. Long Drive winners were Don Sager '60 (The Plains H. S.) and Lynda Marcum ‘71. Close-to-pin sharp shooters were: Steve Ramey '68 (Upper Arlington H. S.), Matt Chrisman '96 (Bloom Carroll H. S.), Alan Graves (a high school in Michigan), and Karen Barnard ‘65. So thanks to all participants, volunteers, hole sponsors, door prize donors, and the staff at Split Rock for a most successful fund raiser.

This event has raised more money for our Alumni Scholarship Foundation than any other project we have had. It is one way we can 'pay it forward' to help the current West students embark on their college experience. All who have received our scholarships have been wonderful, very accomplished individuals, who appreciate our help. Additionally, many of our scholarship recipients are the first generation in their families to go to college.

2016 Hilltop Bean Dinner / Car Show - June 25,
10am to 5pm - Westgate Park

For those who don't remember exactly where the park is, go one block north of Sullivant between Westgate and Demorest. In addition to the traditional beans, cornbread, and hot dogs, there will be several vendors selling a variety of food.

Your West Alumni Association will be setting up our canopy on the south side of the pond, usually around the middle area. We will be selling some Alumni logo items (ball caps, visors, can cozies, carry bags, a few T-shirts/golf shirts, coffee mugs, etc.). We will also bring a small selection of yearbooks we have for sale. The years we have available are listed in our Alumni website in the Alumni Store section.
If you want us to bring a specific year, please contact dorancehornsby@cs.com.
And as always, we sell yearbooks for $25 at the Bean Dinner - $5 less than usual.

We will have our regular 'by-the-decade' sign-in sheets - just so you can see if others from YOUR graduation 'decade' may have already signed in. You can also take some time to tour the amazing vehicle show/contest that will be going on the same time as the Bean Dinner.

Let the memories flow................
(click on the photos below to 'biggie-size' them)

Recap: Sorry we weren't able to get more pictures. The Alumni Association had a steady flow of alums and other friends stop by our tent to say hello.
Of those who signed-in at our By-the-Decades' sheets,
our final tabulation is as follows:
1940s - two alums - Larry Alban '49 and Martha Von Schriltz Jones '44.
There were 11 from the 50s.
The 60s and 70s tied with 43 each!
The 80s and 90s tied with 18.
The 00s had 12.
And, the 10s had four, including two recent 2016 graduates!
For a total of ...... DRUM ROLL PLEASE.............151!

Wednesday, April 13 General Meeting

West High School Library!

All alumni (and friends) were invited.
We had some awesome Minelli's pizza, salad, and soft drinks.

At the beginning of the evening, West wrestling coach, Mr. Felix Catheline, spoke a few minutes about a fundraiser he is having to send eight of his top wrestlers to a summer camp.

Coach Cat was followed by West Drama teacher, Mr. Christopher Ray, introduced a couple of his students who were going to be in a school play the following week. They did a short part of the play to let our group see what they would be seeing if they came to the performance next week.

Alumni Association V.P Dave Dobos '73, introduced our guest speaker - Columbus Schools' Superintendent Dr. Daniel Good. He reviewed the eight options being considered by a committee reviewing the possibility of closing West, closing Briggs, combining both schools, building a new school for both, remodeling both West and Briggs, or even doing nothing. Community meetings are being held that will allow the attendees to review the options and offer suggestions.

Several meeting attendees offered questions for Dr. Good. We appreciate having Dr. Good, plus a few others from the Columbus Schools' staff, attend our Alumni meeting.

Just a few of the alumni and friends who attended the meeting.

2016 Alumni Association V.P. David Dobos '73 introducing our guests from the Columbus City Schools

West Theater teacher Christopher Ray letting us know about their upcoming production following by a few of the students giving us a short preview of their program.

Our special guest for the evening, Columbus Schools' Superintendent, Dr. Daniel Good.

2016 Alumni Association President, Paul Pennell '57, thanks all for attending.


A few pictures from the 2016 Florida Reunion.
Click on any of the above three pictures to see several more from the day!

Florida All-Class (that means ALL alumni and friends were invited!) Reunion

Saturday, March 19, 2016 Bradenton Country Club, Bradenton, Florida
Florida Reunion Chairs: Joe Castorino ’67 and Tom Ramage ‘67

Per Joe and Tom - here we go AGAIN! 24 years and counting!
The long-talked-about and not-soon-to-be-forgotten (at least that is the way we remember it!)
‘2015 Joe and Tom Show’ returned for a repeat!

The Bradenton Country Club put out their usual “huge” luncheon buffet for us. Yes this was a luncheon, but we also wanted to bring back the fond West memories we all have. We encouraged everyone to look deep in their closets and basement and bring old yearbooks or wherever they might have stuck some old West, westside, Hilltop U.S.A., or other memorabilia that may be of interest to our group,

This is all about remembering the ‘fun’ times growing up on the ‘Hilltop’ and going to West!!!!

If you have any questions, contact Joe Castorino at joecastorino@earthlink.net

Wednesday, February 17
RECAP - 1st Alumni Association General Meeting of 2016!

All alumni (and their friends) were invited to attend to see what President Paul Pennell '57 and the other officers and board members have planned for the year. There were 33 in attendance.

Our first speaker, Roland Lane '63, is a West alum and former West history teacher. Roland provided an interesting perspective and stories about several retired W.W.II vets he has interviewed. From one man who landed at Omaha Beach during the Normandy Invasion, to a man who helped build a bridge across the River Rhine that General Patton eventually crossed, to a man who practiced the Omaha Beach landing at a 'fake' beach in practicing for the real landing, to a man who was a 'code breaker' who worked for the British government during World War II to identify the German intelligence codes and transmissions. All of the stories were wonderfully fascinating. The latter person discussed was, John Bergman, whom Roland invited to attend and also speak.
Mr. Bergman told numerous very interesting stories about his career, starting with how he was contacted by the U. S. military while he was a University of Pittsburgh senior math major. A 1937 Pennsylvania high school graduate, he wanted to be CPA when he graduated in 1941, not go in to the military! He was finally convinced to change his career aspirations. He was told with an all-out war being very inevitable, and him being rated 1A (meaning he would be drafted early), he could take the offer made to him to go in with a rank of First Lieutenant, or he could wait and be drafted as a private and not be a ‘code breaker.’ He decided the 1st Lt. rank was a better option and became one of just 25 men to be ‘code breakers’ during the war.
Per Mr. Bergman, the work of his group was said to have shortened W.W.II by at least two years and prevented the deaths of at least 100,000 individuals. Mr. Bergman was not allowed to discuss his military work until forty years after the war was over. Mr. Bergman, who is 95-years-young, was an enormous treat to meet and listen to. He currently shares his stories mostly with high school student groups. He is the only living code breaker of the 25 who held the unique position.

All who attended the meeting and were treated to the stories Roland Lane and John Bergman shared, should be very pleased they chose to attend this meeting. It should be ranked up there as one of the top Alumni General Meetings we have had.
Thank you to both speakers and to our President, Paul Pennell '57, for bringing this program to us.

West High designated this Friday's (January 15) Boys' Basketball Game as Alumni Night.

They want to fill the gym with alumni showing their support for the team.
West is currently 7-2 in the City League South Division.
This is their best start in several years!

They played Independence. The JV game started at 5:30.
The Varsity game started at 7pm.
The ticket price is $5.

Your Alumni Association sold hot dogs, pop corn, warm pretzels, freshly baked cookies, soft drinks, Gatorade, etc.

***Thank you to all Alums who attended***
We know your attendance and support helped both the
JV and Varsity teams win their games!
We hope to do this again next year!

2015 Calendar Recap


The West High Alumni Association recently learned we had been selected for the 2015 Best of Columbus Award in the Schools category by the Columbus Award Program.

Each year, the Columbus Award Program identified companies they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Columbus Award Program and data provided by third parties.

Your Alumni Association Officers and Board Members work hard to make our Association the best it can be. We are honored to receive the award that we share with all of our Association members. Without our members, we could not achieve all that we do.
Homecoming 2015
September 18
Homecoming was early this year, less than four weeks after school started. However, with the help of some great teachers, they were able to get a Homecoming Dance planned, a Homecoming Court election, and they had a great Homecoming Parade. Shown below is the Alumni Association parade float with alumni from the years 1950 up to 2015! Due to some high wind, we weren't able to put all of the decorations on the float, but we had fun riding around the parade route, waving to everyone along the parade route and tossing candy to the kids along the way!

'Click' on the photo above to see some more from the evening. Unfortunately, because the camera person was busy doing concessions during the game, we were unable to take any photos of the football team, the cheerleaders, the Alumni Band, the current band, and the many alums who returned.

September 15, 2015

Adding a name to the W.W.II Memorial Plaque in the West Lobby

(West JROTC 2nd Lt. Cummings read the following prior to the W.W.II plaque unveiling.)
Mr. Robert a. Suydam was born in 1913. He lived on South Martin avenue growing up and when he attended west high school.
He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Suydam. Mr. Suydam graduated from West in the January 1932 class. There were 24 students in the class. 1932 was the first year Columbus schools, and West, had a January graduation. He was a member of the glee club and the Spanish club.
For 12 years he was employed in the auditing department at City National Bank in Columbus. He entered the Army as a private on March 7, 1944. His military enlistment record shows that he had two years of college when he enlisted.
He died November 2, 1944 during the ‘Battle of Huertgen Forest’ on the Belgium-German border. It was the longest battle on German ground during World War II, and it is the longest single battle the U.S. Army has ever fought. When he died, he had attained the rank of sergeant in the 109th Infantry, 28th Division. Sergeant Suydam was awarded the Purple Heart Medal.
He was buried in the Henri Chapelle Cemetery, in Henri Chapelle, Belgium. Sergeant Suydam was survived by his wife – Mrs. Janet Suydam, a son - Michael Suydam, age 3, and four sisters.

Click on the photo below to see a few more from the unveiling.

The West JROTC Cadets saluting the W.W. II plaque with Mr. Suydam's name added.

2015 Alumni Hall of Fame Ceremony

West High Library

On September 13, the Alumni Association held its 2015 Alumni Hall of Fame Ceremony. Program chair Sara McPeek Sampson ’69 introduced the Honorees: Dennis McDonald ‘57, Cindy Jordan Reese ’88, Dr. Roy Riggs ’31, and Col. (Ret.) Eugene ‘Gene’ Russell ‘57.
A group of alumni, family, and friends of the Honorees attended the program that was held in the West Library. Including the current group, eighty-four alumni have been inducted in to the Hall of Fame since it was started in 1995. Individual plaques, including a photo of each Honoree, are on display in the hallway outside the Library. Dennis McDonald was introduced by his classmate, Paul Pennell ‘57. Paul told several stories about their days at West and Dennis’ history of establishing the Westgate Hawks Youth Football Program for boys and cheerleading for girls. Dennis was surprised to have a nice contingent of former Hawks players, that spanned several decades, attend the program. In addition to the football program Dennis built, he also had an impressive career at Dun & Bradstreet. Dennis’ Hall of Fame plaque read: Coach, Founder of the Westgate Hawks Youth Football Program, Youth Leader and Mentor. Dennis thanked everyone for attending and appreciated their support through the years.
Victoria Jordan Landrum ’86 introduced her sister, Cindy Jordan Reese. Victoria related the long list of accomplishments Cindy had accrued, which started by being in the West High Academic Hall of Fame her senior year. Her photo is still on the wall outside the main office for that honor. Cindy entered the Air Force soon after graduation and received several honors as she progressed through her 24-year military career. Cindy encouraged all of the young people in attendance, which included her many nieces and nephews, to work hard and to always work toward being the best person he or she could. Cindy’s Hall of Fame plaque read: Captain U.S. Air Force (Ret.), Exemplary Academic, Founder of the Non Profit Organization R.O.S.E.S.
Greg Riggs introduced his father, Dr. Roy Riggs (deceased). Greg talked about how fond his father was of West High and the many opportunities and achievements he had during his high school days that formed the basis for the rest of his life. Dr. Riggs was very proud of his W.W.II military career which included serving under General George Patton. A humble man, Greg was sure his father would be very proud to be included in the West High Alumni Association Hall of Fame. Also attending was Dr. Riggs son, Mark, and Dr. Riggs daughter, Deena, plus several from their families who all flew in from out of state. We were also honored to have his brother – Dr. Harry Riggs ’38, and his sister – Doris Riggs Fahrenbach ’35, attend the program. Doris shared it was her first time in West since she graduated – 80 years ago! Dr. Riggs Hall of Fame plaque read: Professor Emeritus of Literature & Languages and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Colonel U.S. Army (Ret.)
Colonel Eugene ‘Gene’ Russell (Ret.) was introduced by his classmate Robert Roach ’57. Bob told several stories of his days at West with Gene and some of the activities they were involved in. He acknowledged he knew back then that Gene would go far after his high school days. The 3rd 2015 Honoree to have an exemplary military career, Gene served two tours in Vietnam, which included one with the Special Forces. He also served on the Army Staff and the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon. And he was graduated from the National War College. He is still involved in activities that support the Wounded Warriors and their families at Walter Reed Hospital. Gene’s Hall of Fame plaque read: Director of the Air Warrior Courage Foundation at the National War College Alumni Association, Community Volunteer.

(The Honoree's photos and bios will be added to the Hall of Fame website area soon)

(click on the photo below for more from the day)

Eugene ‘Gene’ Russell ‘57, Dennis McDonald ’57, Cindy Jordan Reese ’88, Greg Riggs and Mark Riggs (accepting for their father, Dr. Roy Riggs ’31)

To nominate an alum for the Hall of Fame, there is a Nomination Form in the Alumni website, in the Hall of Fame section. Or, contact the Association president to obtain a copy.

40th Anniversary of the 1975 State Baseball Championship
Saturday, May 2, on the West baseball diamond

West High Principal Jason Johnson; West Athletic Director Jacquie Sutton; West Baseball Coach Greg Turchan; and the West Alumni Association were pleased to sponsor the celebration.
Mr. Johnson welcomed everyone and thanked him or her for coming back to West for the celebration. Ms. Sutton told how the Championship Trophy made it’s way back to West just last summer after many years of being MIA!
Twelve teammates made their way back to West to celebrate 40 years since they won the State Championship. About every one from the ‘75 team brought family and friends with them. Rev. Fred Rake even flew in from Houston, TX! We were honored to have the 1975 Head Coach, Dave Koblentz; Assistant Coach, Gary Link; and Athletic Trainer, Dave ‘Doc’ Thornton there. We didn’t get a count, but we believe over 100 were there!
The West Athletic Dept. provided hot dogs, hamburgers, and chips for all. The Alumni Association provided 65 T-shirts recognizing the Anniversary, a cake, water, and some soft drinks. The Alumni Association also gave Alumni logo'ed lanyards, cup cozies, and key holders to the ‘75 team.
A generous alum paid for a sign to recognize the championship. It will be permanently installed on the diamond backstop.
At the beginning, only a few from the ‘75 team said they planned to take the field. However ........ after seeing the current West baseball team on the field throwing, one-by-one they were out on the field! Everyone enjoyed watching the team play a game. There were many from the current West team, plus a group of recent graduates who were on the West team, available to fill the field. We don't believe anyone kept a score. We overheard a few say they hadn’t had a bat in their hands for several years. But on May 2, that didn't matter! They all had a great time!
Our thanks especially to the 1975 team who made the day for everyone by returning to the West Baseball Alumni Field. Our appreciation to their family, friends, former classmates, alumni, and all others who helped make the day special.
Much appreciation to teammate Gregg Sutton who put in many hours locating all from the team. He was able to make a personal contact with all but two from the '75 team. We also appreciate the help of Cheryl Meinberg Kochansky ’76 who helped with locating several who were on the team.

We recognized two from the team who are deceased. Tim Tatman died in 2010 and Angelo Bendoff died in 2012. We know they were watching over the game and smiling.

'click' on the photo below to see a few more from the day along with the names of those in the photo!!

2014 Calendar
Previous Events Recap

February 26, 2014

'State of the School Address'
Led by Mr. Jason Johnson, Principal

The West High JROTC unit proudly maintained order before, during and after the meeting.

Two West students, Audrey Slone (in the photo above, the only lady in the photo) and Trenton Miller, started the program by welcoming a large group of attendees including West staff and students, several local dignitaries, some alumni, and at least one local TV news coverage. One student gave a brief talk about how the staff at West had encouraged him to improve and how the help had allowed him to increase his grades to the point he was now on the Honor Roll.

A video on the history of West High was played. Mr. Johnson outlined several of the excellent programs on-going at West. He also acknowledged several staff members who had gone 'above and beyond' to improve programs at West. He also gave 2013-2014 Alumni Association President Dorance Nichols Hornsby '63 a certificate acknowledging the support the Alumni Association has given West.

Dorance then presented Mr. Johnson with a plaque from the Alumni Association recognizing the 85th Anniversary of the opening of West High that took place January 28, 1929.

When presenting Mr. Johnson the plaque, Dorance noted that the current West Alumni Association started in 1992 to foster pride in and advancement of the programs of West High. Since 1992 we have given scholarships totaling over $107,000 to 138 graduating seniors. We have also donated money to several other groups and programs at West in addition to one of our most recent projects, mentoring students to pass the OGT exams. We acknowledge the efforts of all of the previous and current teachers and staff for all they have done for the students to help them gain the knowledge and confidence they need to become successful citizens. It is my honor, as the current president of the Alumni Association, to present this plaque to Mr. Johnson to recognize the long history of this school he is principal of.

After a brief break, the Honorable Judge Elizabeth Gill, of the Franklin County Court of Common Please; Ron O'Brien, Franklin County Prosecutor; Lieutenant Scott Bartholow and Sergeant Mark Rapp, Columbus Police Department; and Don Heard, Executive Director, YMCA Juvenile Justice Programs participated in a discussion on ways that their group and the West High Leadership Team are working to reduce truancy and improve school attendance. Each of our distinguished guest speakers provided informative information about how they are working not only West High but with other Columbus Schools on this problem. Social Worker Joy Hostetler was acknowledged for her exceptional efforts in initiating a program working with a number of students who have had the worst attendance records.

March 21 and 22, 2014
21st Annual All-Class, Mid-Winter
Florida Reunion

We rented a party boat at Bradenton Beach for a fun day-trip south to Sarasota for lunch and back.

Saturday Luncheon Buffet at the beautiful Bradenton Country Club, 4646 9th Avenue, W.

For further details or questions contact Baileen Gary Dodd '48
/ (614) 595-2760.

'Click' on the photo above to see more from the event

March 19, 2014
Alumni Book Display Opening

10am - 12:45

We had an 'Opening' for our Alumni Book Display.
We had 15 alumni authors either send us books or bring their books to this event.

Several of the local authors, or their representatives, talked with many of the West students
and staff, along with several alumni who attended.

After the Opening, we will display the books in some of the West display cases.
The first display, in a window across from the Cafeteria, included the books of
Sandra Harrington Quick '68
and Brent Bill '69.
The 2nd display is in the same window and includes the books of
Jackie (J.M.) Cornwell '73 and Jack Howell '54.

The Author's Bios are displayed with his or her book(s) so that any who were not at the
Opening can still learn about our alumni authors!

Below are some of the Alumni Authors or his or her representatives.

'Click' on the photo above to see more from the event.

March 12 General Meeting – 6pm
MCL, Kingsdale Shopping Center, Upper Arlington

Our good friend Stanton Prior ’46 is known for folding dollar bills in to various shapes (a dress shirt for one). Some may not know that he has perfected another hobby – soap making!
A few years ago Stanton got interested in soap making and will provide some history on how soap has been made and how his process is different from the soap you buy packaged at your local grocery store.

Stanton has become very successful in selling his soap at a variety of locations.
He told us about how he made the soap, which goes by the title of 'Hogwash Soap.' He brought two different kids of his soap - fragrance free and lemongrass scent.

After the meeting Stanton sold several bars of his soap to our attendees. For any who might want his soap and didn't get any at this meeting, Stanton might be persuaded to bring some to our May meeting at West!
Thank you Stanton for being our guess speaker of the evening and for letting us know the difference between the soap you may purchase at Kroger and your soap.

January 16 Wrestling Meet – 6pm
Annual West Senior Night and Alumni Reunion

Whether you were a West Wrestler or not, West Coach Catheline invited our alumni and friends to attend their Senior Night Tri-Meet. It was a fun evening to support the current wrestlers.

Thank you to all of the alumni and 'alumni' coaches who returned for Senior Night. The crowd was good and very much appreciated by the team.

Click here for more pictures of the West Wrestling Room
2013 Calendar

All-Class Alumni
Christmas Luncheon
December 7, Fawcett Center, OSU Campus
About seventy alumni and friends attended the luncheon. Before, during, and after lunch the West High Alumni Dance Band entertained our group with THE most wonderful music.

We hope that any who took pictures during the day will share them with us so we can share them with all who view our website. If we receive any, we will add them here!

November 13 General Meeting

Hometown Buffet in the shopping center on Broad St. at Wilson Rd.

After dinner, West counselor Ms. Erica Kennedy gave a talk about the students at West today and the activities they are involved in. She also showed a few photos and spoke about her trip to Cuba for a church related venture this past summer. And for the ladies, she also brought a display of Origami Owl jewelry that she sells. Several alumni made Christmas purchases.

We concluded the meeting by having the election of 2014 officers and board members.

San Diego, California
November 4-6, 2013

Wyndham Hotel San Diego Bayside (former Holiday Inn)

Sunday, November 3rd - The early arrivals met for some social time then had dinner at the hotel

Monday, November 4th, Dinner at 1887 On the Bay (the original boathouse for Hotel del Coronado).

Tuesday, November 5th, Most in our group took the Old Town Trolley tour of San Diego. We stopped at the Air and Space Museum in Balboa Park before having .
lunch in the Sculpture Garden Café in the park.
Then we re-boarded the trolley and returned to the hotel.

Wednesday, November 6th, several did individual activities during the day before meeting at Anthony’s restaurant near the hotel for dinner. We then went to a theater show.

Click on the photo above to see a few more from the event.

Reunion Committee: Ron ’51 Jan. and Shirley Mercer James ‘52, Dick Sherman ‘49, Larry and Mary Willer Liles ’48 Jan., Jim Remington ’46 Jan., Tanya and Joe Caligiuri ’46 Jan.

For more information, Contact Tanya Caligiuri at tcaligiuri8@verizon.net or 805: 497-2344


Congratulations West staff and students for earning this honor!

On Wednesday, October 16, the CEO of the American Electric Power (AEP) Foundation announced a 5-year, $5 Million grant that West High is the first recipient of. Also present was the President of Columbus State Community College (CSCC), Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, the Columbus School Board interim Superintendent Dr. Dan Good, and West Principal Mr. Jason Jackson. The announcement was made in the West High Library. Columbus TV stations and other news organizations were in attendance. The announcement was covered on the evening news, in the following day's Columbus Dispatch, and in the community papers.

A statement all West Alumni Association members can be proud of, Dr. Good started his comments by recognizing the West Alumni Association as being one of the largest and most active anywhere.

West High has been chosen as the first school to participate in this project. It is for a program called Credits Count. It will involve West teachers working hand-in-hand with CSCC teachers to develop programs for West students. When West students complete the program, they will have earned at least 12 credit hours of college credit.

For those students who participate in the program and earn the credits but who choose to not attend college, they will receive a certificate showing they have participated in the program. The certificate can be shown to a prospective employer to show the extra effort he or she made during high school.

The program starts in September 2014. Eventually four other schools will be added to and included in the program. But based on the past performance of West in the STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), they were chosen to be the first school. In the future, middle schools will also be included in the program so those students will be more prepared when they enter high school.

The program will include more testing for students to determine how ready they are for college courses with the reading, writing, and math skills they have. Remediation classes will be provided during the summer to help students during the time when they aren't in school.

Principal Johnson, the West staff, and the students are very proud that West High was chosen for this incredible recognition. They welcome the opportunity for some of the best staff and students in Columbus to show they are up to the challenge. We are confident they will show the AEP Foundation and the Columbus State staff they are capable of achieving all they present to them.

October 2013 General Meeting

Wednesday, Oct. 16
We met at 6pm at the Hometown Buffet in the shopping center on Broad St. at Wilson Rd.

West assistant football coach Felix Catheline, who is also the 2013/2014 head wrestling coach, talked about the current football and wrestling programs. Coach Catheline talked about a couple of the better players on the football team. He also discussed how his role of coach is often more of a mentor to his athletes, often teaching them how to be good citizens and men.
Friday, Oct. 25 is Senior Night for the football team. They are playing South.
He is having a Senior Night on Thursday, January 16, for his wrestling team. He invited all alumni to attend to support the team. He would especially like to have former wrestlers attend. He feels the students appreciate knowing they have the interest and support of our alumni. He is in the process of updating the current weight room to also include wrestling practice space. The room will be painted, and he plans to list the names of previous state qualifiers on the wall.

.After dinner we had a brief business meeting followed by the nomination of 2014 officers.
The 2014 slate of officers is as follows:
Officers: President - Dorance Nichols Hornsby '63
VP - Bill Pabst '56
Secretary - Sharon Robinson Keaney '55 Jan.
Treasurer - Phyllis Guyton Taylor '56

Board: Baileen Gary Dodd '48
Lois Neff '55
Nancy Hardy Smith '50
Paul Pennell '57
Ray Pendell '46
Election of the officers and board will be done at the November General Meeting.

2013 Football Homecoming !
Friday, Sept. 27
We invited all alumni to return for the Homecoming Game. The evening started when the Homecoming Parade stepped off at 5:30, led by the JROTC members. The parade made its way around the Westgate area. The West Band marched behind the JROTC members, often playing as they marched.

Following the band were vehicles carrying the Homecoming king and queen candidates. The parade closed with the Alumni Association float with a few alumni walking the route and several riding. The West vehicle riders and the Alumni Association float riders all tossed candy to the children standing along the parade route.

This year West invited ALL former athletes, team managers, trainers, coaches, rope twirlers, and cheerleaders to attend the game and be individually recognized and honored.

Starting about 7pm the PA announcer introduced the registered alumni, one at a time. The two 'most senior' alumni attending were DAVID STETHEM '48 and LARRY ALBAN '48 who graduated 65 years ago this year.
Also introduced was JERRY TRABUE, Jan. 1953 class. Jerry graduated 60 years ago this year. As a junior, Jerry won the Ray Hauntz Award as the top junior scholar-athlete. He excelled in basketball and football. His junior year he scored 227 points to win the individual basketball scoring championship in the city. In football he excelled as an end and punter and was voted All-City and All-Ohio. He was recruited by Wood Hayes and played at The Ohio State University for two years until an injury halted his career. Many other alumni were introduced.

As the football team took the field, an Alumni 'Tunnel' was formed for the team to run through.

About 7:15 the 2013 West Marching Band marched from West to the south end of Magly Field. They were followed by the 'very well attended' 2013 Alumni Band. This year there were about 65 marching in the Alumni Band, which included Weskets and a Flag Corps.

The joint bands played during the pre-game ceremonies. Since there was such a good size group in the Alumni Band this year, the combined bands were able to perform a Script WEST this year. This is the first time in 7 years they have had enough to do that. The previous years they have only had enough to perform a Script W!

Congratulations to the West Football team who brought home a big win for Homecoming by beating Africentric 51-16. West quarterback Charles Holland garnered Top Player recognition from the Dispatch for being one of the top Rushers for the evening's games with 278 yards and six touchdowns on 28 carries. He had a total of 363 yards and seven touchdowns when his passing yardage was included.

Link for YouTube video

A few photos from Homecoming - click on the bottom photo to see more from the evening.

September 19 General Meeting

MCl Cafeteria in the Kingsdale Shopping Center.

Our speaker was Mary Lovits - the 'Flag Lady'

Mary owns the Flag Lady store on N. High in Clintonville. She has become very well known in the Columbus area. Her store sells many different kinds of flags, but she primarily sells U. S. flags of all sizes. The store also carries a wide variety of flag related and designed items.

Mary spoke about how she got interested in starting her own Flag store. A proud 1954 North High School alum, she recalls her school days when North and West were rivals in all sports.
At the end of her talk, Mary passed out nice 4" x 6" flags and a brochure on "Flag facts & Old Glory in Review" to all attending.

After Mary spoke, Lynn Fullerton Johnson '63, Treasurer of the Class of 1963 50th Class Reunion, presented a check in the amount of $1037.00 to Alumni Association Treasurer Bob Roach '57. At the 1963 50th class reunion this past June, the group asked classmates for items for a Silent Auction they were holding the evening of their Saturday Reunion dinner. In addition to two Archie Griffin signed footballs (that Dottie Clark obtained), they had six bottles of 'award-winning' wine made by class Leland Wines at his California home, and many other great items. The Auction netted $1037.00. The reunion organizers let the classmates know where the proceeds were going, which prompted them to increase their bids.

2013 Alumni Hall of Fame
Reception and Ceremony

Sept. 8

The program and ceremony was held in the West High School Library.

Congratulations to our 2013 Honorees:

Herbert Akerberg, 1917 (deceased)

Helen Myers King, 1929

Kenneth Mahan, 1948

Ted Johnson, 1952

Click on the photo above for more from the afternoon reception.

The Bios for the latest Honorees will be added to the Hall of Fame room soon.

First Home Football game of 2013!
August 31, West vs. Brookhaven
Temps in the high 80s!

We couldn't gather all of our volunteers for a photo, but this is most of them! The group included four student volunteers, some recent graduates, a couple of parents, and a few alums!

The good game attendance resulted in a busy evening for the Cowboy Corral!
The group sold many cold soft drinks, so many hot-dogs and brats we couldn't keep track, 14 pizzas, many boxes of very good popcorn, and nachos and with hot cheese, and other assorted football game food!

Our thanks to our volunteers and all who purchased food from us!

Click on the photo above to see a few more from the evening!

Alumni Golf Scramble Recap
Phoenix Golf Links
Grove City

Our 7th Golf Scramble was a huge success. We raised a record $2508.45! Congratulations to Chair Bill Kern '60 Jan. and his committee for a job well done.

Proceeds from this event benefit the Alumni Scholarship Fund.

Congratulations Team Morlan for winning 1st place in the Low Gross Score category with a -10 score:

John Morlan '65, Gary Smith '65, John Sines '65, and Bill Westhoff '56 (Central H. S.)

Congratulations Team Courtney
(because Bob Courtney is the 'most senior' member of the team, we named the team after him!) for winning 1st place in the Low Net Score with a -67:

Bob Courtney '56, Darrell Drone '73, Gary Roush '67, and Bill Johnson '66.

The Pink Ball contest was won by the team of Jim Hastings '59, Warren Pemberton '55, Jeff Clark '67, and Tim Weigand '67. Their team split $70 with $70 going to the Scholarship Fund.

Hastings, Pemberton, Clark, Weigand

The 50-50 Raffle was won by Tim Weigand '67.

The Longest Drive on #16 prize for ladies was won by Cheryl Strawser (80) Grove City.
Cheryl also won the prize for the Closest to the Pin for ladies!

The Longest Put on #9 was won by Ed McCleaf '57.

The Longest Drive on #16 was won by Ron Radcliffe '56.

The Closest to the Pin on #17 was won by Bill Castle '60 Jan.
(Thanks Bill once again coming all the way from Alabama to participate in the event.)

Our thanks to Gary Nebinger '56 Jan. for providing two great trophies.

Alumni Association All-Class Picnic
Crossroads United Methodist Church
1100 S Hague Ave.

(previously Brookshire U.M. Church)
Friday, July 26

All alumni are always invited to attend our annual picnic.

This is a great, fun time to see many West alums from many different years. Former West Vocal Music Teacher Dave DeWeese '74 played the keyboard and sang for us during dinner.

Our oldest alum present this year was

We thank our program Chair Barbara Stewart Hoyle '50 and her committee for all of the work to put on a great picnic.

The 118 registered attendees watching their door prize drawing tickets to see if they are a winner!

Click on the photo above to see a few more from the evening.

Hilltop Bean Dinner
Saturday, June 22
Westgate Park 10am - 5pm

As always, your Alumni Association had a tent at the Bean Dinner on the south side of the pond.

Our favorite Alumni Association sales person,
2002-2004 Alumni Association President Nancy Hardy Smith '50.
(click on photo for larger version)
Nancy is always available to offer up all of our logo items for sale whenever an opportunity arises!
Shown in the lower left corner of the photo is the 1911 West High composite class photo we have in our memorabilia collection. The photo drew a lot of attention from those who stopped by our tent.

New this year - we had “By the Decade” Attendance Sheets for all alumni who visited our tent to sign. We know we always have a lot of alumni stop by, but we never had any idea how many.

One of the 207 West alums signing our Attendance Sheets (click on photo for larger version)

Some alums didn't sign-in, but from those who did we had six from the 40s, 34 from the 50s, 43 from the 60s, 46 from the 70s, 24 from the 80s, 24 from the 90s, 20 from 2000-2009, and six from 2010 to 2013.
Plus, four current students signed in.

One of the many alums who stopped by our tent to look through some of the yearbooks we brought that were available for sale. We did sell three that day!
(click on photo for larger version)

There was music on the stage throughout the day. It was a great weather day for the Bean Dinner -
sunny and not too hot!

The very large ‘Cars in the Park’ car show was moved to the baseball diamond area on the SW
corner of the park and seemed even larger than in the past. It was very popular with the
Bean Dinner attendees.

General Dinner Meeting, 6pm
West High Cafeteria!
May 15

Once again it is the time of the year when our alumni had the chance to go back to West High and eat in the Cafeteria.

Except, in place of Cafeteria food, this time we had Minelli’s pizza, salad, and soft drinks.

After we ate, first year West principal Jason Johnson brought us up to date on the 2012-2013 school year and what changes he foresees for the next school year.

We were also given a chance to visit the Weight Room.
A recent alumni fundraiser resulted in donations that has allowed West to purchase an additional $3300 in 'nearly new' equipment to update the room.

The Weight Room is in what was previously known as the 'girls' gym.'
It is just a short walk down the hall from the Cafeteria.

Click on either of the photos to see a few more from the evening.

2013 spring West High Mentors

Some West High Alumni, along with a few other friends, mentored West juniors and seniors to help them prepare for the March Ohio Graduation Test. Mr. Jason Johnson, principal of West, requested that alums help encourage and tutor the students who had yet to pass all portions of the exam given the week of March 11.

While some students had more than Reading yet to pass, Mr. Johnson felt that every senior was capable of passing the Reading test. Some students needed the support of another caring adult in their lives while others needed guided assistance.

Alums participating are Dorance Nichols Hornsby '63, Shirley Forgrave Nyhan '63, Suzie Morgan '63, Lynn Fullerton Johnson '63, Pat Pancoast Laderer '63, Bill Buchholtz '64, Pat Stewart Powell '64, Roland Lane '63, John Frank '63, and Felix Hoover '67. In addition to the ten alumni, several friends of alums participated so that we could cover the needs at West, making a total of eighteen volunteers.

We hope this was the beginning of a meaningful partnership between the school and the Alumni Association, providing support for our alma mater in a new way.

To volunteer in the fall of 2013 you do not need to have been a teacher.
If you might be interested in serving as a mentor at West High School for the 2013-14 school year, contact Shirley Nyhan, 614-235-3923, shirleynyhan@yahoo.com.

Principal Jason Johnson took this picture January 22, the first day the group met.
They received training materials, met their students, and scheduled future meeting times.

Spring 2013 Mentoring Committee

first row - Charlie Hoben, Roland Lane '63 (also former West teacher), Shelley Hoben,
Peach Cleary
middle row - John Frank '63, Committee Chair - Shirley Forgrave Nyhan '63
, Ed Nyhan,
Suzie Morgan '63, Lynn Fullerton Johnson '63 (also a former West teacher and Golf coach),
Pat Stewart Powell '64

back row - Elaine Buerkel (former West Home Economics teacher who left West 31 years ago to take another position in the Columbus district), Felix Hoover '67, Joe Cleary,
Bill Buchholtz '64, Dorance Nichols Hornsby '63

Missing from the photo: Pat Pancoast Laderer '63, Debbie Wilson, and Mikie Strite

Note: We are sorry to report that our good friend and member of our Mentoring Committee, Felix Hoover '67, lost his battle with cancer May 20 before we learned that his student had passed both of the exams Felix mentored him on.
Part of Felix's extensive legacy will live on through this very lucky West alum.


Tour Anthony-Thomas Candy Factory 11:30am, followed by lunch at the Hometown Buffet
March 27

Anthony-Thomas family members, with the family name Zanetos, are West Alums.

About 28 alumni and friends toured the candy factory. A long line formed after the tour when several decided to do some last minute Easter candy shopping.

About 18 gathered afterwards at the Hometown Buffet on W. Broad for lunch and a meeting.

21st Annual All-Class Mid-Winter Florida Reunion - Bradenton
March 1 & 2

The Florida Reunion was another great success.
Twenty-five attended the casual Friday evening gathering at Hungry Howies.
Seventy-seven attended the Saturday Luncheon.
Longtime reunion chair Jack Morris '41 Jan let the group know this was the last year he would be chairing the event. He will be 90 this year and decided it was time for someone younger to take over! Everyone has appreciated the time and effort Jack has given to the annual event. We hope he and Harriett continue to attend in the future.

Jack Morris '41 Jan.

(click on the photo for more from the evening before at Hungry Howies, from the Saturday Buffet, and later at Baileen Gary Dodd's '48 'condorailer.' )

Hollywood Casino

200 Georgesville Rd.
Dinner Meeting - 6pm

February 27

We had about 37 alumni and friends join us for the dinner meeting. After dinner the
Epic Buffet manager, Corey, talked a little about the Casino.

After Corey spoke we were pleased to have Mr. Chris Haydocy, of the Haydocy Automotive Group,
talk about many of the improvements that have occurred on the westside as a direct result of the
Casino project.

Mr. Haydocy also talked about on-going projects in the area and the continuing work being done on
the Rails-to-Trails project currently coming toward the westside from the nearby Harrisburg / Galloway area. It will connect with a similar area that can be picked up downtown. The entire project will
eventually enable bike riders, and any others who wish to use the area, the opportunity to traverse
Ohio from Cincinnati to Cleveland.

Ohio Statehouse Tour, Lunch, and Ohio House
January 30,

We had about thirty join us for our tour.
Prior to starting the tour, State Representatives Michael Stinziano and Mike Curtin welcomed us.

We visited both the House and Senate Chambers along with information throughout the tour on other aspects of the beautiful Ohio Statehouse.

Lunch in Milo’s Capitol Café, in the lower level of the Statehouse, was a little hectic since the House
was in session and the Cafe was crowded with House staff eating before the 1pm session. All in our group were able to find seating, although we were not able to sit together.

After lunch, Joe Garrity, legislative aide to Rep. Mike Stinziano took those who were interested to the House Chambers where we were seated in the balcony.

Speaker of the Ohio House William Batchelder introduced a few groups before he introduced the
West Alumni Association as being the guests of Representative's Stinziano and Curtin.
We were asked to stand and be acknowledged.

After some House business was completed, Speaker Batchelder introduced a representative from
the Lima, Ohio area. He was addressing a vote to be taken later on whether to move Gov. Kasich's
2013 State of the State speech out of the capital for the second year in a row.
After several representatives spoke for and against the Lima location, a vote was taken and passed. The House session ended at 1:40.

Later a few alums were seen still touring the Statehouse and making purchases in the Museum Shop that specializes in unique gifts all from Ohio businesses or items having a political theme.

State Representatives Mike Stinziano and Mike Curtin addressing our alumni and guests who
attended the tour and luncheon.

Click any of the above photos to see more from the day.
2012 Calendar Recap

2012 - 20th All- Class
Christmas Luncheon

Fawcett Center on the OSU Campus.
Dec. 8

Click on the picture above for a few more from the event.

2011-2012 Alumni Association President Baileen Gary Dodd '48 (with microphone) introduces the
2012 Association Board Members: (l. to r.) -
Secretary Sharon Robinson Keaney '55 Jan,
Treasurer Bob Roach '57,
Vice President Katie Lorenz Haddox '47

General Meeting 6pm - Joey Chang's

Nov. 13

Election of 2013 officers
Officers and Board Members elected for 2013 are as follows: President - Dorance Nichols Hornsby '63
VP - Bill Pabst '56
Secretary - Sharon Robinson Keaney '55 Jan
Treasurer - Bob Roach '57
Board Members: Immediate Past President- Baileen Gary Dodd '48, Nancy Hardy Smith '50,
Paul Pennell '57,
Ray Pendell '46, Ed Schmidt '45,
and Lois Hunter Neff '55.

2012 Hall of Fame Honorees

Oct. 14
Richard Hoover '43
John Glass '48
Earl Potts '51 Jan.
Dana Deshler '55
We held a reception and program for our 2012 Alumni Hall of Fame Honorees in the West Library.
A nice sized group of alumni and family and friends of the Honorees attended.

Lynn Hoover, accepting for her father, Richard Hoover '43
Earl "Wimpy" Potts '51 Jan.
John Glass '48
Gail Lamb Nash '55, accepting for Dana Deshler '55.

Click on the picture above for more from the event.

Bios for all the honorees are available in the Hall of Fame section.

General Meeting 6pm - Joey Changs
Oct. 9

near I-270 and Cemetery Rd. / Fishinger Rd.
Our speaker for the evening was John Hlay, husband of Jean Brown Hlay '47. John talked about his years as an OSU varsity football player and his coach, the legendary Woody Hayes.

During his senior year at Niles (Ohio) High School, John was recruited by several colleges. He chose OSU and was on the team from 1949-1952. The head coach when he was recruited was Wes Fesler. Fesler was a former OSU star running back in the late 20s and early 30s.
He returned to OSU when he was named the head coach in 1947. He held that position until 1950. His 1949 team was the Big Ten co-champion and beat California in the Rose Bowl that year. John Hlay was a member of that team. John felt the coaching pressure got to Fesler when he left the position in 1950. That opened the door for OSU to bring in Woody Hayes.

John said during the recruiting process they told him, "You are our #1 fullback!" That impressed him - until the first day at practice when they had the backs line up on the field. John said he looked up and down the LONG line of his teammates and decided they may have stretched the #1 - just a bit. He felt, even at the age of 18, they may have told a few others that same story.

.John told a few humorous stories about incidents that occurred during his time on the team including one in 1951. Instead of going home for a week before the opening game, like many on the team had done, he and a couple of teammates went to a bar. As often happens on such occasions, a 'problem' occurred which resulted in Woody suspending John for 3-4 games. John had a conversation with Woody and was able to reduce that to a 1-game suspension. In John's senior year, and Woody's 2nd year, 1952 team had a 6-3 record, BUT, they beat Michigan!

John was recruited by Green Bay after college. The contract they offered him was $6500 for the first year. During the pre-season he was traded to the N.Y. Giants for the same salary. John had an ankle injury and could not practice at the beginning of the year. The Giants told him they couldn't keep him on the team that year, but he was welcome to come back the following year. John said he decided it was time for him to forgo the football life and find a real job. He met a lovely lady from the westside of Columbus, Jean Brown Hlay '47. They have been married for 55 years and have three children.

John brought a couple of newspapers published during his playing days. A Columbus Citizen-Journal had a large photo of John on the front page. John was proud to say he had played with two OSU Heisman Trophy winners - including Vic Janowicz who won the trophy in 1950.

The nominating committee, chaired by Nancy Hardy Smith '50, offered the following slate of alumni for the 2013 officers and board members:
President - Dorance Nichols Hornsby '63
VP - Bill Pabst '56
Secretary - Sharon Robinson Keaney '55 Jan
Treasurer - Bob Roach '57
Board members: Immediate Past President- Baileen Gary Dodd '48, Nancy Hardy Smith '50, Paul Pennell '57, Ray Pendell '46, Ed Schmidt '45, and
Lois Hunter Neff '55.

The election will be held at the November meeting.

Football Homecoming at West High
Sept. 28
The evening began with the 5:30 Homecoming Parade that wound its way around the Westgate area.
The West JROTC unit led the parade, followed by the West Band, Weskets, Cheerleaders, a float by the '63 class who was celebrating 50 years since their senior Homecoming, and decorated vehicles by a couple of West groups for the Homecoming Queen and King candidates to ride in.

The West Band marched onto the field in a pre-game performance. They were joined by the Alumni Band which included just two former Drum Majors this year.

The game was hard-fought, and the Cowboys had a great win against Columbus Africentric High School (which is in the former Mohawk Middle School building).

the Cowboys take the field

Click on the picture above to see others from the evening.

6th Annual Alumni Association Golf Scramble

August 10

proceeds benefit the West High Scholarship Fund

The Phoenix Golf Links,
3413 Jackson Pike, Grove City, 43123

New this year - low gross score: a net score adjusted by years as an Alum.
The cost is $60 per person, covered golf, cart, meal, door prizes and team & individual awards.

Optional but fun: 50/50 drawing, Pink Ball 50/50, Putting contest 50/50, and 17th hole par 3 shot $1-$5-$10 ($10/team) ($5) ($5)

Please contact Bill Kern '60 Jan. / kerncols@wowway.com /
(614) 837-8257 with any follow-up questions.

winners of the Low Gross Score

winners of the Low Gross Score, adjusted by years as an Alum!

Click on either picture above to see the names of the winners and other photos from the event.
2012 All-Class Potluck Picnic
July 20
Our 2012 picnic was a great success. We moved to a new location this year - Crossroads United Methodist Church (for those who no longer live in the area, Crossroads was previously Brookshire U.M. Church), at 1100 S. Hague at Briggs Rd. They have a large hall with a kitchen that fitted our needs perfectly. We thank Paul '57 and Sharon Dent Pennell '58 Jan. for obtaining the church for us to use.

This year's picnic committee was chaired by Barbara Stewart Hoyle '50. Barb and her committee kept everything organized and moving. The only glitch was the Kentucky Fried Chicken order we had placed. It was to be ready by 5pm - but the order wasn't ready when we went to pick it up! Colonel, you let us down..... But when we did get everything set out, the lines moved pretty quickly.

According to our sign-in sheets, 132 registered. We know a few, especially guests, did not register.

Once again Paul Ward '39 was our oldest alum attending. Paul brought his South High wife, Nancy.
The 40s alums showed up pretty well with twenty-three. The group included 2007-2008 Association President Robin Schmidt '49, 2001 Association President Donna Spring Falter '49 Jan., and 1996-1999 Association President Ed Schmidt '45.

The 50s alums always have the largest number attend any event. This year sixty-four signed in at the picnic. Included is 2005 Association President and 2006 Hall of Fame Honoree - Paul Pennell '57, 2002-2004 Association President Nancy Hardy Smith '50, and 2006 Association President and 2002 Alumni Hall of Fame Honoree Rev. Ed Sensenbrenner '50 Jan. Rev. Ed also gave the invocation.

The 60s alums were not well represented this year with only fourteen attending. Included in the 60s group was 2007 Hall of Fame Honoree Felix Hoover '67 and retired West teacher (but still substitute teaching at West) Sara McPeek Sampson '69.

There were five 70s alums attending, including our entertainment for the evening, Dave DeWeese '74. Dave played the piano and sang throughout the evening. Dave was the West Vocal Music teacher for eight years, in the 80s. His parents, William (East Alum) and mother, Juanita Gronbach DeWeese '45 attended their first West Alumni event. Former West ACOT teacher, Bob Howard, and his wife, Geri, attended. Bob has been involved with the Alumni Association from our start twenty years ago. He continues to maintain the Association database, he formats the Alumni Occident, and does a large array of other 'work' for the Association. And current West Band Director, Mark Sampson, attended with his wife, Sara. Also attending, former Hilltonia Gym teacher - Russ Friend '51.

Nancy Hardy Smith attends most class reunions with the Association collection of Alumni Association logo items and other items. She brought six boxes of items to the picnic and had moderate sales.

We didn't really check to see who came the furthest, but we do know Marny and Dale Elliott '58 attended from Champaign, IL.

Other Alumni Hall of Fame Honorees attending were 2000 Honoree Lois Hunter Neff '55, 2002 Honoree Lois Farrand Sensenbrenner '50 Jan., 2006 Honoree Sharon Dent Pennell '58 Jan., and upcoming 2012 Honoree Earl "Wimpy" Potts '51 Jan.

2012 Association Officers attending were President Baileen Gary Dodd '48, Secretary Sharon Robinson Keaney '55 Jan., and Treasurer Bob Roach '57. Board Member Ray Pendell '46 was in charge of the soft drinks.

Picnic Chair Barb Hoyle did a tremendous job of getting many door prizes. Several other alumni also garnered several items that were given away. It seemed like tickets were drawn for a long time. Door prizes included gift certificates to the Florentine, Schuman's Meats, Donato's Pizza, Kentucky Fried Chicken, etc., etc., etc. In addition, one of the local banks donated several 'goodie bags' with several items in each bag.

Thank you everyone who attended, and for those alums who didn't make it - it was your loss. We have several photos from the evening. Unfortunately, several wrote their names on their name tags with light pens, so we can't make out their names to identify them in the photos. We will list names for all we know or can get help identifying.

Siblings attend the picnic together
Janet Patterson Norris '61 Jan., Garry Patterson '65,
and Carol Patterson Horn '54

Click on the picture above to see several from the picnic!

May General Meeting

Newly named 2012 West Principal Mr. Jason Johnson

We had our annual meeting in the West Cafeteria with
Minelli's Pizza, salad, and soft drinks served.

Once again Dan Martin '72, West High principal, gave us his annual update on what is happening at West. Since he is moving to Northland High School at the end of the school year, he feels he is leaving the school in a better position than when he got there. Several programs have been instituted that have helped the staff and students. The graduation rate at West was about 40% when Mr. Martin arrived. He was hoping the 2012 goal of 90% graduation rate would be met.
Mr. Martin introduced Mr. Jason Johnson, currently an assistant principal, who will become the principal at the end of the current school year. He is anxious to move forward with the programs already in place and work with the staff to improve on in all areas possible.

Once again we were in Bradenton, Florida for our Mid-Winter Reunion.
Late Friday afternoon we had a wine and cheese party at the home of Buss and Eileen Watts Griffith '42. About twenty-five attended.

As usual, Eileen had prepared plenty of food and everyone enjoyed the time there. The Griffith home is right on the Bradenton River and is just a lovely setting for this popular alumni event. Our appreciation to our gracious hosts for opening up their home and providing such a wonderful event for our group.

Our Saturday luncheon at the Bradenton Country Club was enjoyable, as always. Sixty-three attended. As usual, the food was great.

A 50-50 raffle was won by Minda Ankrom Moore (daughter of Shirley Saylor Ankrom '50 Jan.) Bill Brown '53, and Jewel Beatty (wife of Gene Beatty '50). The remainder will be given to the Scholarship Fund.
2006 Alumni Association President - Rev. Ed Sensenbrenner '50 Jan., spoke about the current West Principal Dan Martin '72, the Alumni Hall of fame program, and other Alumni activities.

The group decided to hold the 2013 Mid-Winter Reunion the first weekend of March. Jack Morris '41 has already reserved the Bradenton Country Club for March 2!

Click on the picture above to see several from the luncheon!

1st General Meeting of 2012 - Jan. 26

We meet at Joey Changs in the Mill Run area off I-270 and Cemetery Rd. / Fishinger Rd.

Our speaker for the meeting was
Jim Remington '46 Jan.
Jim talked about his years of working with some former U.S. Presidents and vice presidents doing advance work on their trips. Several of the stories he related are documented in his book Advance to History where he talks about his advance work for presidents Ford, Reagan, and Bush.
Jim said much of his work involved arranging where the president's plane would be parked, who would be in the greeting party, where everyone would be sitting at an event, who would sit with the president, where the president and his party would stay, etc.
Over the ten years he performed this duty, he was on forty-two assignments which included several with V.P. Gerald Ford.
His assignments took him all over the world. He told several amusing stories involving the presidents and vice presidents and Barbara Bush, relating that Mrs. Bush was a real comedian and loved to play tricks on her staff, including the Secret Service.
Several of Jim's books were sold before and after he spoke. Jim related that his book sale proceeds would go to the West Alumni Scholarship Fund.
Jim also talked a little about his days as on the OSU Basketball Team, his last year as Captain. Jim entered the military after West so he could then go to college on his military service. At that time basketball players weren't eligible for scholarships. During Jim's days there was no heat in the coliseum - a potbellied stove provided the heat. The took the train to away games - not planes like they do today. There was no meal allotments to the team. Jim played with Fred Taylor, later to become the OSU head coach. Jim stayed in touch with Fred until his death and continues to stay friends with Mrs. Taylor and her four daughters, having lunch with them each year when he is in Columbus for the OSU Basketball Captains' Club game.

Also speaking briefly at the meeting was Mike Curtin, former Columbus Dispatch CEO, who is now running for the Ohio House in the 17th District. Mr. Curtin started at the dispatch as a reporter, often covering the political arena. He worked there for a total of thirty-eight years, rising to the position of CEO. The 17th District includes the west side of Columbus. Mr. Curtin talked a little about how important he feels the new casino will be for the westside, and how he feels it will improve the businesses in the area.

2011 Calendar Recap
October 11 Tuesday

General Meeting 6pm

General Meeting

During this meeting the slate of officers for 2012 were announced.
President - Baileen Gary Dodd '48
Vice President - Katie Lorenz Haddox '47
Secretary - Sharon Robinson Keaney '55 Jan.
Treasurer - Bob Roach '57
They were all elected at the November meeting.
Our speaker for the evening was
Ray spoke about Boy Scout Troop 45 that was organized at West in the early 30s. Former West Civics and Boys' Health teacher, Al Elliott, was involved in starting the troop. The troop leaders were West teachers. Ray joined the troop in 1940 when he started the 7th grade at West.

Ray believes that either Al Elliott or the father of one of the Scouts purchased property in the Hocking Hills for the Troop's use. The land was purchased from the owner of a sawmill in the area. The Troop planned to build a lodge on the land, which Ray believes was about five acres. Until they could get the lodge built, they stayed in a barn on the sawmill property.

The Troop made use of the unused slabs of wood cut from the sides of trees at the sawmill on the inside and outside walls of the lodge. The scouts went to the lodge most weekends in the fall when they weren't volunteering at an Ohio State University Football game. They also went there often during other times of the year where they would work toward earning their Scout badges. Ray said the large fireplace built in the lodge was faced with brick. The troop leaders painted their names on the fireplace bricks.

The Troop was active until 1965 when it was disbanded due to a lack of teacher involvement. The lodge is currently owned by the Hilltop Kiwanis whom the Troop gave it to when the Troop disbanded.

In reviewing the list of Alumni Hall of Fame Honorees, Ray found at least eight who had been members of Troop 45 - a great tribute to the troop leaders!
All of the 1997 Honorees were in the troop - Dr. Jack Miles '31, Dr. Beryl Miles '34, and Rear Admiral David Cockfield '50.
Others include Dr. Richard Slager '46, Col. Jack Morris '41 Jan., Richard Holycross '49, James Slager '48 Jan., and Wilfred 'Willie' Evans '50 Jan. A group of former Troop 45 Scouts meet for lunch several times a year.

We thanked Ray for his talk that was interesting and informative.
Any interested in joining this informal group at lunch can contact Ray at (614) 279-2664.

All Alumni and friends,
especially Class Reps.

October 3-6

West Coast Reunion

11th West Coast Reunion

October 3 – 6
Holiday Inn on the Bay
San Diego, California

All who attended this West Coast Reunion had a wonderful time. Said to have the best climate in North America, they typically have 300 days of sunlight a year and just 10" of rain. (Unfortunately, our last day was one of their rain days when they must have gotten at least HALF of their annual rainfall!)
The first evening we had a casual time to visit with everyone before we went to Ruth's Chris Steakhouse just next to our hotel.
On day two we took the Coronado Island ferry across the San Diego Bay to Coronado for a fun afternoon. It started to rain a little before we boarded the ferry, but not long after we got to the island the sun came out and we had a nice time touring the area.
After lunch we took the Coronado Trolly to the other side of the island to The Hotel Del Coronado. The group took time to tour The Del and surrounding grounds.
Later that evening the group had dinner at a local seafood restaurant On Wednesday several from our group took the Old Town Trolley around the San Diego area. That evening the group went across the street from our hotel to another great seafood restaurant.
After dinner, a group stayed in the hotel lobby to play a card game that Shirley Mercer James '52 had planned.
For 2012 possible West Coast Reunions locations discussed were visiting the California Wine Country again, Las Vegas, and possibly a west coast cruise. Our great alumni in the area are working on options!
Any with ideas or wanting to help with the planning may contact Shirley James - sug.james@cox.net, Mary Liles - lileco@sbcglobal.net, Marilyn Christie - michristie3@msn.com, or Joe and Tanya Caligiuri - jfcaligiuri@roadrunner.com.

Click on the picture above to see more from our time in
San Diego

All Alumni, especially those who live on the West Coast!

Sept. 23 Friday

Alumni Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony
2011 Annual Alumni
Hall of Fame Ceremony

J. Brent Bill '69
Robert Kern '55
Dr. Helen Marie McDaniel '36
Robert Sandusky '57

Brent Bill, Bob Kern, Bob Sandusky,
and accepting for Marie McDaniel, her nephew

Click on either picture above to see more from the event. Bios for each honoree are in the Hall of Fame 'room.'

All Alumni and friends
June 14 Tuesday

General Meeting 6pm
General Meeting
Our June general meeting was at Joey Changs restaurant at Mill Run, off I-270 and Fishinger Rd. west of Hilliard.
We meet in a private area.

Our speaker was Tom Ongaro '54 Jan.

Tom told the group about his more than 20-year attempt to get the train crossing just east of the Great Western Shopping Center repaired.
All Alumni and friends, especially Class Reps.
May 23

Alumni Scholarship Presentations -
West High Auditorium

Eleven seniors were awarded $1000 Alumni Scholarships during the 27th Annual Scholastic Departmental Awards program at West.

front row - Analiz Garibay, Caryl Sue-Ann Volk, Kaitlyn Kerns

back row - Henal Patel, Anthony Jordan, Kassandra Taylor, Joshua Thacker, Dariel Bustos Chaves

not pictured - Rosella Franklin, Jeremiah Link, Joshua Thacker
All Alumni and friends, especially those who contributed to the Alumni Scholarship Fund.

May 10 Tuesday

General Meeting 6pm

Our Annual General Meeting in the
West High Cafeteria!

We once again had our May meeting in the West Cafeteria. We had Minelli's Pizza, salad, and soft drinks for dinner.

West Principal Dan Martin '72 (yes, he is a proud West alum!) gave us his annual update on the status of activities and programs at West.

After enjoying the salad, pizza, and soft drinks, the meeting attendees listed to Mr. Martin update us on the status of West High.
Some who hadn't seen our Alumni Hall of Fame display, took an opportunity to walk to the front hall to see all of the plaques for our Honorees.

After the meeting, some of the alumni visited the Teachers' Lounge that is adjacent to the Library. The Alumni Association has offered to purchase new carpet and paint for the room. The carpet is very worm and stained and the walls are marred. One of the goals of the Alumni Association is to give back to West and the students. This is another way we are doing that.

Mr. Martin invited the group to tour the 2nd floor where some artwork was recently completed on the walls. It adds some interest to the walls and gives the students something to look at other than the blank walls.

All Alumni and friends, especially Class Reps.
April 12 Tuesday
General Meeting 6pm

April General Meeting
Our meeting was moved to Joey Changs' restaurant, in the Mill Run area.
All alumni were invited to our April general meeting.

Our guest speaker was Columbus NBC Channel 4 weekend news anchor Mindy Drayer. A 1991 Ohio State University graduate, she anchored at three other Ohio stations before moving to Channel 4 in 1998.
Mindy talked about her TV news experiences and her popular interviews with OSU Football players. Although she is a Westerville High School alum, we are proud to claim a little bit of Mindy as she is the daughter of our own Bob Drayer '48. Unfortunately, Bob died February 24 before Mindy talked with our Alumni.
A recap of Mindy's talk will be printed in the July Alumni Occident.

Mindy telling us how she got in to broadcasting.

Mindy letting us know how she met her husband.

Mindy and her mother.

Mindy with 2011 Alumni Association President
Baileen Gary Dodd '48

Mindy took a picture of the meeting attendees that she showed the following Saturday morning on the weekly news program she anchors.
All Alumni and friends, especially Class Reps.
2010 Calendar Recap
Sept. 24 Friday
Alumni Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony

2010 Annual Alumni Hall of Fame Ceremony

The 2010 Honorees are:
Wilfred 'Willie" Evans '50 Jan.
Dr. Forrest Flewellen '46
James Slager '48 Jan.
Jeanne (Ethel Mae) Thompson Cummins '43 Jan.

A dinner was held for the Honorees in the West Library. Because of rain, they were not introduced during half-time of the football game. Their plaques were presented to them in the Library.

James Slager, Forrest Flewellen, Tim Slager (accepting for his father, Jim Slager, who was unable to attend), Jeanne Thompson Cummins, Willie Evans.

Click on either picture above to see more from the evening.

All Alumni and Friends
Just a brief recap of our West High 75th Anniversary celebration in 2004.

May 22, 2004

Celebrating the
75th Anniversary of West High School

12:30pm - The newly rebuilt baseball field was dedicated in honor of the West High alumni.
1pm - The Open House was from 1pm until 5pm. Light refreshments were available. Additional food items were sold in the Cafeteria. West National Honor Society member students gave building tours throughout the day. Memory Books were sold for $2 each. The Memory Book starts with the first graduating class when the school opened in 1929 and continues to the present. It also features highlights from old yearbooks, remembrances, and ads. To request a book be mailed it is $5.
Commemorative 75th Anniversary T-shirts and coffee mugs were also sold during the day.
1:30 - A program was held in the Auditorium including various dignitaries and notable alumni. The West High ensemble presented a short concert.
2:00 - The Alumni Dance Band played in the gymnasium from 2pm until 5pm.

Click on the pictures above to see many more pictures from the event.

All Alumni, current and former teachers and staff, and friends of West High