Salem High School Alumni Association, Ohio

Sustaining Friendships and Memories Since 1882








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Attention, Students: Alumni Association scholarship applications for Salem High School students are due   March 15. Postsecondary scholarship applications are due April 1.


Welcome to the Salem High School
Alumni Association Website

Please explore the website, update your contact information, and see what scholarships are available for graduating students and alumni.



Click HERE for the latest newsletter.


New Website Feature: Listen to the Salem High School Band Concerts of the 1950s-1960s

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Listen to the melodious sounds of the Salem High School concert bands from the 1950s and 1960s led by Howard "Doc" Pardee.

Thanks to Doc’s foresight in recording the concerts and the generosity of his children and SHSAA alumni, SHSAA now has more than 15 hours of SHS concert band music online including classical, big band, jazz, marches, and Broadway tunes.

The Best of Doc’s Bands CD is available to purchase for $10.

Click HERE to listen from your computer, smartphone, or tablet.



2016 Alumni Association Annual Reunion and Banquet Held May 21st


Salem High School Alumni Association broke its record for scholarships by awarding $365,425 to 101 students including 58 graduating Salem High School students, 37 alumni, and 6 current students.

Bob Hickey, a 1950 Salem High School graduate, was the featured speaker as the 2016 Honored Alumnus.

50th, 60th, and 65th reunion classes spoke and invited guests included one from the class of '32 (84th anniversary).

Click HERE for scholarship recipients and photos.

Click HERE to read more and view/download pictures.

Click HERE to read thank you notes from scholarship recipients.

Salem High School Alma Mater


Barbara Butler Greene '44 is remembered for writing and composing the Salem High School Alma Mater as an SHS student.

Stephen Navoyosky '53 provided a choral arrangement. He saved an original recording of the 1964 SHS Robed Choir performing our Alma Mater which is now available on our website.

Click HERE to read more and listen.

Original Quaker Fight Song


The original "The Quaker Drive On Song" was
written in 1936 by Charles Freed '36, older brother of the famous DJ Alan Freed '40.

"The Quaker Drive On Song" was played by the Salem High School Marching Band from 1936-1948 but disappeared for more than 50 years.

Thanks to the detective work of Barbara Butler Greene '44 and Stephen Navoyosky '53, the song was rediscovered in 1994.

Click HERE to listen to the SHS Alumni Band in 1994 and read about the song.

Check Out Our Facebook and Blog Sites (no membership required)

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Click HERE to send us information about fellow alumni and events.            - click HERE

The Class of 1971 will meet Saturday February 18, 2017 at 9 a.m. at Adele's for breakfast.

The Class of 1966 will hold its monthly luncheon Saturday, February 18, 2017 at BB Rooners at 11:30 a.m.

The Class of 1967 will meet for dinner Feb. 15, 2017 at Boneshakers on East Pershing St. at 6 PM.

The class of 1966 will hold their monthly luncheon Saturday February 18,2017 at BB Rooners at 11:30.

The Class of 1967 will meet for dinner Feb. 15,2017 at Boneshakers on East Pershing St. at 6PM

The Class of 1968 will meet for dinner Feb. 22, 2017 at Ricky's English Pub, E. State St. at 6PM in the back room.

Reminder: Class of 1966 will have its monthly lunch at BB Rooners on January 21, 2017 at 11:30.

The eleventh annual Salem Ohio Day Southwest Florida will take place on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at Capt'n Fishbone’s Seafood Grill~Dolphin Room, in North Fort Myers. Reservation forms and checks are due by February 2, 2017. Please email for more information or call Tim or Sue Dean at 239-992-4793.

The SHSAA is the remainder beneficiary of the estate of Virginia Snyder, a 1943 SHS graduate and teacher. Please consider shopping the estate sale on January 14-15 and 21-22 from 9am-4pm.

We wish all of our alumni and friends a Very Merry Christmas!

Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah!

Photo of the Week: 1949 National Thespian Society officers hang out backstage.

Photo of the Week: There's one in every class. This class's clown is front and center as his classmates read Pride and Prejudice. 2010 Yearbook.

Photo of the Week: Up close and personal with the brass section of the 1963-64 SHS Band.

Thank YOU!
Thanks to everyone who donated to SHSAA on
We are happy to report that a total of $4,555 has been given for this year's #GivingTuesday . - click HERE

SHSAA partners with Amazon with the AmazonSmile program

Support our scholarship program every time you shop and at no cost to you.

Click HERE to learn more and sign-up.


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A Century of Memories

Salem High School

The Salem High School Alumni Association in conjunction with the Salem Public Library is proud to make available more than 100 years of Salem High School documents.

Search yearbooks for students, teachers, clubs, and organizations. 

Read Quaker newspapers from the early 1900s.

Learn about the early days of education in Salem (written 1876).


Proud of Our Military

Salem High School Alumni Association is proud of the rich military
experience of our alumni. 

Click HERE to read about alumni in the military and enter military
information on the association's military webpage. 

Click HERE to read local newspaper articles about the heroics
and sacrifices of our graduates in the military during World War II.

What does it cost to educate our children?
The escalating costs of college attendance adds urgency to our mission to help provide more scholarships to new Salem High School graduates and alumni. The alumni association is proud to have been able to give approximately $350,000 in scholarships annually in recent years. However, even while trying to help as many students as possible, the association's current funding allows for only about one-third of each graduating class to receive a Salem High School Alumni Association Scholarship. Though the majority of these are substantial scholarships of several thousand dollars each, SHSAA scholarships cover only a portion of college costs.


 Click HERE to read more.

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The Mission of the Salem High School Alumni Association is to recognize and award scholarships to deserving Salem graduates who are expected to continue their education in a manner that will bring credit to Salem High School. The organization strives to keep alive memories of high school days and friendships through the association newsletter, yearbooks, and archived records and memorabilia of Salem High School in the association office.

Our History: The Salem High School Alumni Association was one of the first high school alumni groups in Ohio and is one of the most generous in the country. Thirty-three Salem High School alumni met with several of their former teachers on June 14, 1882, and the following year began the tradition of holding an annual reunion banquet. Several years later, association members decided that they wanted to do more than keep alive memories of high school days--they also wanted to help outstanding graduates attend college. On June 20, 1903, the association established the first high school alumni scholarship fund in Ohio. Salem High School graduates and friends were contacted to raise funds, and within four years the group had enough money to buy a $1,000 bond. The $60 interest generated by the bond was awarded as the first alumni scholarship to Walter French when he graduated in 1908. Now in its second century of granting scholarships, the association awarded fifty-eight 2016 graduates, thirty-seven alumni, and six current students  a record-setting total of $365,425 in scholarships on May 21, 2016 at the 135th Reunion Banquet held at Salem High School.