Salem High School Alumni Association, Ohio

Sustaining Friendships and Memories Since 1882








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Welcome to the Salem High School
Alumni Association Website

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



Click HERE for the latest newsletter.

ATTENTION: SHSAA Scholarship Recipients

Second-half scholarship checks have been available since December 10, 2014.
You must provide a copy of your final first semester grades and show a photo ID.
Office hours are weekdays from 9 am until noon.

Upcoming Salem Ohio Day in Southwest Florida

The 9th Annual Salem Ohio Day in Southwest Florida
will be held Saturday, February 21, 2015, from 12 pm to 4 pm in
North Fort Myers. Reservations due February 10th.

Click HERE for the Reservation Form

Click HERE for Directions

$326,125 Given to Salem High School Seniors, Alumni, and Current Students


Share in the Salem High School Alumni Association's pride in awarding 104 scholarships this spring. On an annual income basis, SHSAA is ranked first among Ohio high school alumni associations. 

Click HERE for High School Recipients.   Click Here for Postsecondary Recipients.
Click HERE to view and download pictures.  Click HERE to read excerpts from the student thank-you notes.

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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 1900's

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


Alumni Association Annual Reunion and Banquet Held on May 24th


On Saturday, May 24, 2014, the SHSAA held its 133rd Annual Reunion and Banquet with a record amount of scholarship money, $326,125, given to 55 seniors, 37 alumni, and 4 current students. One new scholarship, the Lois A. Peters Memorial Business Scholarship, was presented along with three new awards--Leon H. Colley Award, Doris Tetlow Award, and Florence C. Schafer Award. Reunion classes attending were the Class of 1944, 1949, 1954, and 1964. Dr. Randy L. Hanzlick ’70, as this year’s Honored Alumnus, was the featured speaker.  

Click HERE to read more and view photos.

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.

Dr. Randy L. Hanzlick Is 2014 SHS Alumni Association Honored Alumnus

banquet2014SHSAA has selected Dr. Randy L. Hanzlick as the 2014 Honored Alumnus. A medical doctor, Hanzlick has been the chief medical examiner in Fulton County, Georgia since 1998. He has received numerous professional awards for his national efforts to improve forensic pathology practices and death investigation systems based on his work as the medical examiner for the county that covers the Atlanta metropolitan area, for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and at Emory University. Both the CDC and Emory are in Atlanta. Hanzlick was the featured speaker at the Salem High School Alumni Association's 133rd Annual Reunion and Banquet

Click HERE to read more.


Help Salem High School students - Click HERE to share your career information by completing our 10-question online survey. On behalf of Salem High School counselors, thank you to all who participate. This survey can only be taken once per computer.

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 $250,000 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-five 2014 graduates, thirty-seven alumni, and four current students,  a record-setting total of $326,125 in scholarships on May 24, 2014 at the 133rd Reunion Banquet held at Salem High School.