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May 22, 2004

Alumni filled the Lobby early. Norma Carter Heyl '46 providing directions.

Everyone was anxious to register, get their name tags, and start their tour.

The same display cases.............. we remember them well.

Everyone was patient with our volunteers - who, by the way, did a wonderful job of moving everyone through the lines as quickly as they could,
Let's see what the students of today are doing.
More registering..................
The lines continued as more and more alumni arrived.
Joyce Stricker Miller '57 checks the program for the events of the day.
Volunteers 'manning' the Memory Book sales - Sharon Dent Pennell '58 Jan., Stan Deitchle '47 (who came all the way from Battlefield, MO to volunteer), and Alberta Seely Schneider '47. Alberta chaired the Memory Book Committee and spent many, many hours researching old yearbooks and school newspapers for the information.
Two of Columbus' Finest - Officer Thomas Paige (l) and Officer Willard McIntosh (r). Although neither attended West, they had a great day mingling with everyone.
Stopping to set a few minutes to talk - Marilyn Jones Reardon '46, Jane Jones Rousculp '51, Stanton Prior '46, and Anne Herbert Frank '48
The lines continued.................. Jackie Gross McPherson '47 helps answer a question. Sitting on the table in the back right - all the way from California - John Schmidt '36.
More artwork arriving .
Cy Wolske '50 and Dick Wolfe '50 Jan.

12:30PM -
The 2004 West Team and Coaches with their Runner's-Up Trophy for the Columbus Schools' League.
At 12:30 the team and coaches also celebrated the dedication of the West Baseball Diamonds and new dugouts as Alumni Field.
Pictures showing some of the construction process on the new dugouts.
Most of the work was done by volunteers.
Coach Wordon tells the attendees about the process they had gone through to build the new dugouts. Two were built at the boy's playing field and two at the girl's playing field.
The visitor's dugout at the boys field.
2004 Alumni Association President Nancy Hardy Smith '50 and 2002 Alumni Hall of Fame Honoree Rev. Ed Sensenbrenner prepare to unveil the new signage for the fields.
Nancy and Ed unveil the new signs recognizing both fields as Alumni Field!
Coach Wordon thanks Nancy for her help in getting Alumni Association funding to help with the dugout construction. He also thanked Donald Borror '47 for his donation of the wood that was used to build the dugout roofs.
Baseball team members listen to Coach Wordon talk about the construction process and the help provided by many to get the project accomplished. The team was having a cookout to celebrate their Runners-up finish in the City League Championship game the day before.
1:30PM -
The West Ensemble started the program in the Auditorium with selections from their wonderful spring program.
Their enthusiasm was contagious.
Everyone appreciated their professionalism and energy.
Lynda Olinger Bryant '61 Jan., Alumni Association Treasurer, and one of the leading forces behind the 75th Anniversary Committee, welcomes everyone to the 75th Anniversary of West High School on Powell Ave.
West Jr. ROTC members presenting the Colors
Korean War Veterans presenting an award to the West Jr. ROTC program
Guest speakers on the stage. l-r: Doug Lowery '76, State Rep. Dan Stewart '74, Judge Jim Graham '57, Aurealius Thomas '52, Judge Dana Deshler '55
l-r: Jack Edsell '48 Association VP; Baileen Gary Dodd '48, Association Secy.; Nancy Hardy Smith '50, West Principal Steve Kalliantas, Columbus Schools Superintendent Gene T. Harris, Ph.D.
West Principal Steve Kalliantas addressing the audience.
Columbus Schools Superintendent
Gene T. Harris, Ph.D. congratulating all former and current students and staff of
West High School on achieving this place in Columbus Schools History.
West Alumni and State Representative Dan Stewart '74 remembering his days at West.
Dan Stewart '74 presenting Steve Kalliantas
with a Proclamation from the
Ohio House of Representatives.
The Honorable Jim Graham '57,
Judge US Federal Court and 1999 Alumni Hall of Fame Honoree, remembering his days at West.
The Honorable Dana Deshler '55
David Dobos '73, former Columbus School Board President and member
Aurealius Thomas '52, All American Football player at The Ohio State University
Doug Lowery '76, Principal of Hilliard Memorial Middle School and 2004 National Middle Level Principal of the Year
West Jr. ROTC members standing at attention.
ROTC members retiring the Colors from the stage
Many in attendance joined the speakers on stage to say hello and remember their days at West.
A fan who knew Aurealius Thomas '52 would be speaking brought an OSU football helmet for Aurealius to autograph. Many others also had Aurealius autograph their 75th Anniversary programs. Judge Graham is also autographing a program.

The halls were filled with alumni visiting and remembering their days at West

In the hallway, going south from the lobby -
tables were filled with 75th Anniversary Logo items for sale bricks and pavers were sold, Association memberships were purchased,
a gift basket was raffled-off,
and West yearbooks were sold!

A hopeful alum buying a raffle ticket for the
gift basket.
Bricks and pavers for sale.
They will be installed this summer in the front lawn of West around the concrete and brick West sign.
The dedication ceremony is planned for 8/21/04.
Some of the pictures in the Hall of Champions that have lined the south and southwest halls for many, many years.
Hall of Champions' picture of Aurealius Thomas '52 representing his All American Football honor at OSU.
More Hall of Champions' pictures
More Hall of Champions' pictures.
Notice they are now in color!
Finding a familiar picture in the Hall of Champions
Bill Thompson '47 Jan. finds a chair to stand on when looking for his 1946 track team picture on the Athletic Hall of Fame wall as his wife, Cherie, looks on.
In the Library with the
Student and Alumni Art Show:
Retired West teacher Jerry Ocock visiting with Dick Weber '43, 1994 Alumni Association President, and Donna Inboden Weber '45.
Dick also taught at West and Donna worked in the school office.
Some of the student artwork
Close-up of one of the creative student pieces
More student artwork
More student artwork, getting a little larger.
Student artwork
A very large piece of student artwork
Alumni artwork
Ed Schmidt '45, Association President from '96 - '99, brought one of his 'earlier' paintings that he did while a student at OSU in the late 40s.
Ed continues to paint.
Painting by Ed Sparks '45
Jerry Ocock's aerial photo of West that he took prior to the former Greenhouse / central area being enclosed which resulted in the Library being moved from west side of the the 3rd floor to the new first floor area.
A close up of the photo. Jerry, a licensed pilot, flew the plane while taking the picture. He also framed the pictures himself.
Alumni artwork
Alumni artwork
Booklets offered by the Greater Hilltop Community Development Corp.
In the hallway outside the Library, Rita Elliott Stethem '53, Jan. is 'manning' the Yearbook Sales Table with interested buyers Mark Payne Jr., Vicky Jordan Payne '86, Maurice and Marcus Payne, with Vicky's niece Amasyah Mayo.
Ax Brofford '49 is waiting for his turn to see what yearbooks are available.
The sales tables stayed busy all day
Looking at 75th Anniversary Logo items for sale.
Nikki Kimmins with mom, Donna Workman Kimmins '71, at the Cookie Table.
At the Cookie Table - Amy Abram Coleman '83 with Nikki Kimmins.
One of the Memorabilia Tables set up in the Cafeteria. They were organized by decades.
A West Letter Jacket on display on one of the Memorabilia Tables.
Many books and pictures were provided by alumni to display on the Memorabilia Tables.
Cheerleader Letter Jacket on display.
The West Athletic Boosters had a snack table set up in the Cafeteria.
The West Athletic Boosters had a popcorn machine set up in the hallway outside the Cafeteria. l-r: Steve Oman, Teresa Bookhamer, Boosters Association Secretary, and Pan Oman, Boosters Association President. Their fundraising efforts support programs for the the West student-athletes.
2:00PM to 5PM
The Alumni Dance Band had a large contingent playing.
They sounded great, even in the Gym where the acoustics weren't that good.
A few just couldn't resist dancing to the music! Virginia Martin Brady '49 Jan. and Janice Hill Buckingham '48 Jan.
Former West Band Director Jack Lyles directed the band.
One of the Championship Banners
hanging in the Gym.
Lois Neff Gossett '50 joining the band.
Lois has performed with local bands all her life,
so it was natural for her to sing with the
Alumni Dance Band for the 75th Anniversary.
Watching and listening in the Gym.
Erin Stone '99 also joined the band singing several selections.
They sounded G-R-E-A-T!
Association VP Jack Edsell '48 takes his turn on the drums.
Erin Stone '99 singing while two stop by to listen.
Another of the Championship Banners hanging in the Gym.
West Alumni Dance Band group picture.
Historic painting in the West Gym.
The hallways stayed crowded right up to the end of the day.
Charlotte Cranston Prior '50 Jan. helping her mother, Lilly McCarley Cranston '29 enjoy the 75th Anniversary.
The stairs leading from the Lobby to the 2nd floor Office.
Doorway to the Office.
Alumni Hall of Fame display on the 2nd floor outside the Office.
Alumni Hall of Fame display on the 2nd floor outside the Office.
5:00PM -
Volunteers begin the cleaning-up and packing-up process.
6:00PM -
Just a few of the volunteers -
still smiling after a very busy day!
front - Gary Bryant 56, Lynda Olinger Bryant 61 Jan., Nancy Hardy Smith 50, 2nd row - Paul Pennell 57, Alberta Seely Schneider 47, Nikki Kimmins, Donna Workman Kimmins 71, Sue Hardy Garman 52, Jill Elleman Newcome 74, Jim Graham 61 Jan. 3rd row - Brian Miller 78 (here from California!), Sharon Dent Pennell 58 Jan., Barbara Timmons Ellis 57, Ronald Ellis 54 4th row - Shirley Levengood Edsell 52, Marti Halliday Watkins 50, Ray Pendell 46.
This and the following pictures were provided by Dick Borror '48, 2000 Association President.
Volunteer Norma Carter Heyl '46 in the Lobby
Volunteer Jackie Gross McPherson '47 making a note in the records.
Rose Mary Elliott Nichols '44 with great-grandson Quinn Hill.
Nancy Bailey Moore '47 with former West Nurse Pat Cozad Smart Paoletti '47