If you missed the last one on 2013, you're in luck:
The next MHS All-Class Reunion will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2018!
All-Class Reunion Co-Chairs Deb Franco Smith ('75) and Win Smith ('76) have announced our continuing schedule of meetings for our next All-Class Reunion to be held on June 30, 2018.
All MHS class members and their significant others are welcome to join the committee to help plan this every-five-year event. All meetings will be held in the Parsons Municipal Complex, better known as the former Milford High School building, 70 West River St.
MHS All-Class Reunion MEETING DATES in 2017
Monday November 27, 2017 Conference Room C
The 2018 meeting schedule will be set soon.
ALL MEETINGS START AT 6 P.M.
For more information, email Deb Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Chris Carroll ('74) at email@example.com.
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ATTENTION CLASS REPS: Send Updated Class Lists
Please continue to send Marty Merk your updated class lists, especially for those classes who have had reunions since 2013 and have updated classmate information. Please email your updated whole class lists to Marty at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marty also reminds everyone that this MHS All-Class web site is also keeping track of deceased class members. "Many thanks to Barbara Bourdeau, Ken Hawkins and Don Kosa for always keeping me updated when they hear anything," Marty said. Anyone with information on newly deceased MHS alum can also email that information to Marty at her email address: email@example.com.
'Yellow Building' is now River Park Apartments
Once known as the Diane Toulson building, and still called by some the "Yellow Building," the grand old lady underwent a $2.1 million HUD sponsored renovation in the early 1990s. The former Milford High School building, first opened in 1908, re-opened in 1992 as the 39-unit River Park Apartments for seniors and adults with disabilities.
Among the Milford High graduates currently serving on the River Park board of directors are Marion Mark Ahrens, Barbara Gaunya Bourdeau, Chris Carveth, Sue Quigley Johnson and Chris Carroll.
MHS grads and friends who wish to take a tour can email Carroll at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the last two All-Class Reunions, the Yellow Building was open for MHS alumni to visit and meet some residents, several of whom opened their apartments to visitors.
Do you remember what classes you had in the Yellow Building?
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Should Milford High alumni change Indian mascot?
With the Washington Redskins name recently under a hot national spotlight, sports teams with Native American names in general are coming under more scrutiny than ever, which brings up the question:
Should Milford High replace its Indian mascot?
Those in favor of keeping the mascot name and symbol will say that the "Milford Indian" name reflects the early history of our city when more than 375 years ago the chief of the Paugussett Indian tribe, Ansantawae, granted a piece of land along the Wepawaug River to the first English settlers in 1639.
Those in favor of changing the name point to movements across the country for sports ownership to change the names of such teams as the Cleveland Indians (baseball), Atlanta Braves (baseball), Kansas City Chiefs (football) and Chicago Blackhawks (hockey), saying that such "stereotypes" are both insulting and inaccurate. Years after these controversies simmered, all of the above names remain intact.
The propriety of using Native American names and images in sports has been a topic of public controversy in the United States and Canada since the 1960s. Numerous civil rights, religious, educational, athletic, and academic organizations consider the use of native names or symbols by non-native teams to be a harmful form of ethnic stereotyping which should be eliminated; however surveys of public opinion indicate that the majority of people in the United States support retaining the names and images in current use.
What do you think?
Send your comments to: email@example.com
... and see them reprinted here.
No reason to change after all these years
"Why should the mascot change after all these years? Plus, Milford High is not an active school, so who will make a case about this at this time? Leave it!!"
-- Susan Pyne Finney - Class of 1977 (Submitted on Nov. 13, 2017)
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Mascot name was a tribute to Native Americans
"In no way, shape or form, has, or was the Indian Mascot used in a derogatory or demeaning manor. It is a symbol of strength, perseverance, and unity. All of those qualities honor Native Americans. We must stop this irrational trend of looking for reasons to become offended. KEEP OUR MASCOT!"
-- Kim Oldack-Anderson - Class of 1974 (Submitted on Nov. 12, 2017)
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High School Mascot should remain the Milford Indian
"I think the mascot should remain as is ... the Milford Indian. This is the history we remember. Is the Yellow Building what we used to call West River Street Building? Some of us had classes over there. The 3rd floor is where I had to go for math. If you had the last class of the day there, you had to bring all your stuff with you because if you didn't you wouldn't make your bus on time. That's what I remember about West River St. Building."
-- Sharon Gormley Ballard - Class of 1969 (Submitted on Sept. 19, 2017)
Thanks for the comment, Sharon. Yes, the Yellow Building is also known as the West River Street Building. You would be amazed to see the inside of the same building today. Stop by for a tour at the next All-Class reunion.
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Indian symbol 'does not mock or compromise" people or cultures
"The Milford Indian mascot should remain the symbol of a proud tradition. The symbol does not mock or compromise any people's or cultures. It has always been held as a high standard of respect and excellence. To surrender our proud tradition to the current trend has no merit or reason."
-- Salvatore Castricone - Class of 1973 (Submitted Sept. 19, 2017)
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Classmate sees both sides; issue may be akin to confederate flag
"I see both sides of the issue. I was happy to see the confederate flag come down though, so perhaps we can change, too."
-- Sandra Hardy Pappas, Class of 1964 (Submitted November 2016)
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Alum says students were rightfully 'proud' to be 'Indians'
"Milford High School closed in 1983 and there have been no MHS teams in existence since then! MHS grads have no jurisdiction regarding today’s existing Milford Indians hockey team made up of Jonathan Law and Foran high students. Those of us who attended Milford High School were proud to be Indians - a proud people who succumbed to the white man's greed and disease. Genetically, I and others are proud of their Native American heritage; we feel fortunate to have grown up in the “Little City (Town) With A Big Heart” and never considered being a Milford Indian as an insult to us or to the original settlers of this revered seaside community."
-- Barbara Bourdeau, Class of 1955 (Submitted September 2015)
I bet many alum agree with you Barbara. And thank you for all your work on the All-Class Committee.
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Don't Change - Mascot is Part of Our Heritage
"No, the mascot should not be changed. It is part of the history of MHS and changing it for politically correct reasons would be wrong as it was never intended as an insult, but as an honor and still would be considered an honor today. You can’t erase the truth, it is what it is. I am proud we thought of our past in creating our mascot. It was all Indian land and heritage before we ever arrived. Keep the truth alive. Thank you."
-- Fran LaKernick, Class of 1966 (Submitted Summer 2015)
Thank you, Fran. Good points!
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Help sought in restoring old CGS murals
"Oh CGS by the Wepawaug, with your colors, white, gold and blue ...
we'll remember 'til we're very old, these years we spent with you ..."
(September 2014) -- Once standing proudly to the immediate right of the "Yellow Building," pictured above --> the CGS building fell to the wrecking ball in the 1980s.
But now an important part of the CGS legacy is being saved.
Carrie Bryant is co-chair of the Adopt a Mural fundraising committee, part of the Milford Arts Council.
Carrie writes to the Milford High School All Class Reunion Committee recently:
I am a member of the Adopt A Mural Committee (a sub committee of the Milford Arts Council). We are currently fundraising and trying to restore a WPA mural that hung in the old Central Grammar School on West River Street. We feel that this would be of interest to the MHS alumni as many of them attended this school.
For anyone wishing more information on how they can help by donating, please contact me, see below.
On behalf of the Adopt A Mural Committee, I greatly appreciate your assistance!
Adopt A Mural
Milford Arts Council
40 Railroad Avenue
Milford, CT 06460
HISTORY OF MHS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
While MHS class of 1933 was planning its 50th reunion, Committee Chairman Jim Rose learned of the city's plan to close Milford High School due to declining enrollment. At Jim's suggestion, the committee decided to make their celebration a reunion to be enjoyed by all previous MHS graduates. Invitations were sent to more than 10,000 people.
When the June 1983 ALL CLASS REUNION proved to be a social and financial success, its committee was faced with the dilemma of an overwhelming amount of net proceeds. After careful consideration, these funds became seed money for establishment of a Milford High School Memorial Scholarship.
A TRADITION WAS BORN!
Geneva Pike Anderson Cole "30", Paul Austin "53", Angeline Arciulo West "39", Antoinette Arciulo Mattioli "37", Joseph Dudding '57", George Field "34", Miriam Baltim Novenstein "47", Win Smith "54", Judy Baltim Rosa "61", Frank Matthews "61", and Jim Rose "33" served on the original Scholarship Committee.
In 1989 original SCHOLARSHIP GUIDELINES were amended and a MHS MUSEUM COMMITTEE was created. Members of the Scholarship Committee periodically elect new members to fill vacancies and all current members continue to also serve on the Museum Committee. It purchased and installed trophy cases at the Parsons Complex thereby establishing a fitting home for MHS MEMORABILIA in the hallway at inside gym entrance. MHS "53" donated a plaque to commemorate scholarship recipients, with names of the winners are inscribed each year. This plaque is permanently displayed in the MHS Museum.
In 1997 a vote of the sitting committee resulted in changing the name of the fund to THE JIM ROSE MHS SCHOLARSHIP AWARD.
In 2005 a guideline revision was made to waive a provision that a scholarship recipient have a relative who graduated from Milford High School. This became necessary as a result of a dwindling number of otherwise eligible students who could not meet such a requirement.
Since the initial ALL CLASS REUNION in 1983, subsequent reunions have been held in 1993 (Chair Jim Rose "33"), 2003 (Chair Bob Gregory "55"), and 2008 (Chair Bob Gregory "55"). These social and financial successes have continued to embellish fund receipts. However, we are faced with the fact that the number of MHS grads is dwindling and we look for ideas to perpetuate the spirit of MILFORD HIGH SCHOOL that will guarantee continuation of the JIM ROSE MHS SCHOLARSHIP AWARD.
Below is pictured Jim Rose "Class of 33" as King of the 2008 MHS ALL CLASS REUNION
Carolyn Fenn "24" as Queen of the 2003 MHS ALL CLASS REUNION
PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR IDEAS RE PERPETUATING THE SPIRIT OF MHS AND ITS JIM ROSE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
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PAST SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
1984 Holly Moldenhauer (MHS) Kellie Harcherik (MHS)
1985 Debbie Dayo (JFHS) Ross Levi (JLHS)
1986 Daniel Yerxa (JFHS) Karen Mason (JLHS)
1987 Kathleen Casey (JFHS) Kevin Phillips (JLHS)
1988 Betty Bain (JFHS) Jane Cronin (JLHS)
1989 John Pasquerello (JFHS) Janis Symanski (JLHS)
1990 Marie Lockwood (JFHS) David Marcovics (JLHS)
1991 Jennifer Rizzo (JFHS) Robert Richards (JLHS)
1992 Carl Ganza (JFHS) Mark Ponarski (JLHS)
1993 Allison Lee Novres (JF James A. Le Clair (JLHS)
1994 Joshua Clark (JFHS Kery Rainey (JLHS)
1995 NO AWARDS GIVEN (decreased investment earnings)
1996 Carl Sciortino (JFHS) Amanda Shinn (JLHS)
1997 Timothy Enright (JFHS) Jenniver Cornwall (JLHS)
1998 Jennifer Bottacari (JFHS) Christina Raineey (JLHS)
1999 Aedan Weinstein (JFHS) Elizabeth Kohler (JLHS)
2000 Casandra Dunn (JFHS) Kelly Ryan (JLHS)
2001 Chris Morse (JFHS) Erin Reilly (JLHS)
2002 Joan Fedor (JFHS) Jennifer O'NeillJLHS)
2003 Katherine Oakes (JFHS) Crystal Lee Rose (JLHS)
2004 Amanda Pina (JFHS) Emily Sopchak (JLHS)
2005 Stacy Kohan (JFHS) Breanna Hart (JLHS)
2006 Dana Bogan (JFHS) Caroline Hart (JLHS)
2007 Joe Marie Kasenek (JFHS) Keith Dessureau (JLHS)
2008 Kinal Patel (JFHS) Evan Hart (JLHS)
2009 Brianna Wilcox (JFHS) Sophgap Nok (JLHS)
Katelyn Hope (JLHS)
2010 Agata Wozniak (JFHS) Samantha Edwards (JLHS)
2011 Trevor DeEll (JFHS) Rebecca Giden (JLHS)
2012 Hannah Denicki (JFHS) Alevis Christy (JLHS)
2013 Christa Pala (JFHS) Elizabeth Voytershara (JLHS)
2014 Sarah Dunn (JFHS) Emily Romero (JLHS)
2015 Richard Kratzer (JFHS) Angelila Loma (JLHS)
Patrick Fitzgerald (JFHS)
2016 Brianna Dudding (JFHS) Julia Ftretter (JLHS)
Samantha Enders (JFHS) Adam Ftrerrer (JLHS)