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 for both graduating seniors and previous graduates.

Click HERE for the latest newsletter.



Our office, with its new lobby, is now open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

We care about you --

Visitors will be asked to consider wearing facial coverings
and gloves if touching items (provided free for your use).

We request no more than 10 people in the building at a time
and maintain 6' social distancing.

2020 SHSAA SCHOLARSHIPS - $318,250 Awarded to 88 Students


2020 SHSAA scholarship recipients!

Click HERE for special online presentation...

  • Congratulatory letters have been received by Governor Mike DeWine, Congressman Bill Johnson, and 2020 Honored Alumnus Hon. Dean Hansell. Congressman Johnson also provided an inspiring video. (click items to view)
  • $318,250 has been awarded to 88 recipients receiving 98 scholarships including 52 for SHS 2020 graduates, 44 for postsecondary students, and 2 for current Salem students. 
  • We congratulate all Salem High School graduates and postsecondary students on their outstanding accomplishments. Since 1908, more than $7.9 million has been awarded to 2408 recipients.
  • We hope that these scholarships, which have been provided through the generosity of past alumni and friends of the association, will help our students pursue their career aspirations.
  • The association regrets that we will be unable to present the awards at our Annual Banquet in the attendance of proud parents, friends, and alumni.

Dean Hansell '70 Selected as Honored Alumnus

Hon. Dean Hansell, a 1970 graduate of Salem High School, has been selected Honored Alumnus for 2020.

After high school, Hansell graduated cum laude from Denison University where he was student body president and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated with a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law.

Hansell is a California Superior Court judge who was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown in August 2016. He was a former state prosecutor in Chicago and a federal prosecutor
in Los Angeles, where he also previously served as police commissioner.

He recently started a fund at the Salem Sustainable Opportunity Development (SOD) Center in his name as a scholarship for an SHS graduate looking to further his or her education in a vocational, technical, or credential program.

Because of this year's Annual Reunion and Banquet cancellation, Hansell has been asked to speak at next year's awards assembly.

Hansell has written a congratulatory letter to our graduating students. (Click HERE to read)

Recognizing Generosity – Introducing SHSAA's ‘Honor Roll’

The Salem High School Alumni Association was organized in 1882 and created the first high school alumni scholarship fund in Ohio in 1903. Since 1908, our association has awarded more than $7.9 million to 2408 recipients. Thanks to generous alumni and donors over the past 138 years, the association’s portfolio stands at nearly $10 million.

In order to standardize recognition of our past and future donors for their significant gifts in advancing the mission of the association, the Salem High School Alumni Association has created the following recognition societies:

1882 Founders Society: membership for donation of funds totaling at least $500,000

Leon H. and Enid Colley

Quaker Lady Society: membership for donation of funds totaling at least $250,000

John F. Cone ’44, Ph.D.; Max M. Fisher ’26; Charles F. Fox; Frederick E. '46 and Dana A Notman Gaunt; Robert '50 and Nancy Howell ‘53 Hickey, Leo '74 and Suzanne Hickey, Keith Hickey, Adam Hickey '06, Robert "Nick" '73 and Lois Hickey ‘77 Peters, Nicholas A. Peters '98, Benjamin Peters, and Hickey Metal Fabrication; J. Robert Sebo ’54; John P. Sharp Jr. ’46; Floyd W. Stone, D.D.S., and Cora May Reich Stone ’35

Quaker Sam Society: membership for donation of funds totaling at least $100,000

Joel E. Greenisen ’54; Emma Bauman Holmes ’43, Ph.D.; Howard (Doc) Pardee Family and scholarship benefactors; C. Richard and Dorothy Pozniko ’52 Beam; Florence C. Schafer ’23; Virginia E. Snyder ’43 and scholarship benefactors; John R. Stratton ’64, M.D., and Carolyn Webster-Stratton, Ph.D.; Doris Tetlow ’22; Salem High School Class of 1966; Salem High School Class of 1968

Leaders Society: membership for living donors of funds totaling at least $10,000 but less than $100,000

Nancy Cope Murphy ’58, Michele Cope Weaver ’60, and Susan Cope Guehl ’65; Philip ’61 and Marjory Greenisen; David ’66 and Kathleen Scahill Roberts ’68; and Matt Yerkey ’82, D.D.S., and Wanda Yerkey

Lifetime Society: membership for continuous annual donations of at least $100, recognized after three years of giving

Peter Apicella '82; Timothy Breit '71; Kevin '74 & Linda Bush; Cecil Chamberlain '69; Tim '78 & Melissa Moffett '78 Costa; Helen Schuller Cranmer '50; Scot Darling '80; Thomas Darling '80; Adna Day '57; Ingrid Nyberg Dorton '53; Bill & Jean Kiliman '71 Esposito; Charles '43 & Margaret Gibbs; Geoff & Kim Goll; John "Jack" Gottschling '54; Gerald Gross '49; InFaith Community Foundation; Carl W. Kaufman '52; Mary Hollinger Lepping '51; Millennium Machinery; Daniel Moore '95; M. Jay '66 & Mary Oana; Todd '81 & Julie Olson; Tom & Carol Keener '58 Patterson; Steven Sabol '62; Mark '78 & Wendy Storey '77 Saltsman; Bob '54 & Linda Sebo; Robert Sekely '77; Joe '66 & Madeline Patton '77 Shivers; Carole Shone Stein-Allison '57; William Urbanowicz '48; Bonnie Youtz Verminski '64; Robert Woolman '99; Matt Yerkey ’82, D.D.S., and Wanda Yerkey; Frank '82 & Glory Zamarelli; and Jeff '81 & Jennifer Secrest '82 Zimmerman

Legacy Society: membership for living individuals who commit to leave a legacy through estate planning and complete our Legacy Acknowledgement document (please contact us if we are in your estate planning)

Tim '78 & Melissa Moffett '78 Costa

Memorial Society: membership for deceased individuals or families who have given or bequeathed funds, or for whom memorial donations have been made, totaling at least $10,000 but less than $100,000

Ruth Ann Altenhof ’53; D. Nelson and Marion Bailey; John George Birk ’36; Burt (Carl) ’42 and Mary Capel; Fred E. ’25 and Doris S. Cope; Richard M. Coppock '56; Mary Anderson Dunn 1897; Wade ’29 and Stella Loop; William Guappone ’35; Harold F. Hoprich ’38, M.D.; Betsy Young Johnson ’59; David W. Jones ’43, M.D.; Henry ’37 and Aliliva Juhn; Joseph F. Kelley ’45, M.D.; Jack B. Lozier ’48; John Mulford Sr. 1917; Donald and Betty Roessler ’42 Greenamyer; Mildred Barber Schuster ’33; J. Floyd Stamp ’32; Dorothy Failer Sullivan 1921; Eleanor Szkola ’37; Olive Tetlow; Harvey Walken ’46; Edith Lynn White 1917; and Eugene ’27 and Virginia Young

The association’s Academic Merit Scholarships are provided through the generous donations of all donors to the Salem High School Alumni Association.

The association’s endowed Named Scholarships are bestowed in recognition of donation of funds totaling $100,000.

Charles F. Fox Medical Scholarship; Doris Tetlow Scholarship; Emma Bauman Holmes Vocational Scholarship; Florence C. Schafer Scholarship; Floyd and Cora May Reich Stone Vocational Scholarship; Greenisen College Leadership Scholarship; Greenisen Leadership Scholarship; Hickey Metal Fabrication Vocational Scholarship; Howard (Doc) Pardee Instrumental Music Scholarship; J. Robert Sebo Achievement Scholarship; J. Robert Sebo Bowling Green State University Scholarship; J. Robert Sebo College Scholarship; John F. Cone Humanities Scholarship; John Michael Pozniko Engineering Scholarship; John P. Sharp Jr. Engineering Scholarship; John P. Sharp Jr. Entrepreneurship Scholarship; John P. Sharp Jr. Outstanding Performance Scholarship; John P. Sharp Jr. Scholarship of Promise; John R. Stratton and Carolyn Webster-Stratton Medical Student Scholarship; Leon H. Colley Scholarship; Lois A. Peters Memorial Business Scholarship; Max M. Fisher Athletic Scholarship; Nancy Hickey Memorial Healthcare Scholarship; Nina J. Cone and Stephen F. Cone Music Scholarship; Salem High School Class of 1966 Scholarship; Salem High School Class of 1968 Scholarship; and Virginia E. Snyder Scholarship

Please notify the SHSAA office if you feel a correction is needed in any of these lists.

For more information, please contact us at 330-332-1427.

Our Gift and Recognition Policy is available HERE. Our Legacy Acknowledgement document is available HERE.

"Building for the Future" - Donations Top $325,000


Thank you to all who have supported our "Building for the Future" campaign to keep memories alive in downtown Salem.

We have successfully replaced the building's deteriorating front foundation and façade.  These repairs, along with renovation of the second floor, will assist in providing a welcoming and safe environment where alumni can gather and where high school memorabilia can be displayed when conditions allow.

On February 29 we held our Donor Open House, which was well attended (pictures below).

Although recognition for donations ended in 2019, we are still welcoming donations toward the project.

Click HERE for a listing of our generous donors.

Click HERE to donate at

Mail a check with a tribute to: SHSAA, 330 East State St., Salem, OH 44460.

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Class of 1949 Celebrates 70-Year Reunion

The Class of 1949 celebrated its 70-year reunion on Saturday, July 20, 2019, at the Salem Golf Club.

Class of 1954 Celebrates 65-Year Reunion


The Class of 1954 celebrated its 65-year reunion on Friday, May 17, 2019, at the Salem Golf Club. Many class members also attended SHSAA's 138th Reunion and Banquet at SHS the following evening.

Class of 1959 Celebrates 60-Year Reunion

SHS Class of 1959 enjoyed its 60-year class reunion at the Salem Golf Club on July 13, 2019.

Class of 1974 Celebrates 45-Year Reunion

SHS Class of 1974 enjoyed their 45th reunion on Saturday evening, September 28, 2019, at the home of classmate Dave Warren.

Class of 1979 Celebrates 40-Year Reunion

Classmates from the SHS Class of 1979 enjoyed their 40th reunion on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at the Timberlanes Complex.

Class of 1984 Celebrates 35-Year Reunion

The Class of 1984 celebrated its 35-year reunion on Friday, July 26, 2019, at Liebe Wein in downtown Salem.

Class of 1989 Celebrates 30-Year Reunion

The Class of 1989 celebrated its 30-year reunion on Saturday, July 27, 2019, at the Timberlanes.

Class of 1999 Celebrates 20-Year Reunion

The Class of 1999 celebrated its 20-year reunion on Saturday, July 27, 2019, at The Foundry in Salem.

Class of 2009 Celebrates 10-Year Reunion

The Class of 2009 enjoyed its 10-year reunion on the deck of BB Rooners on Saturday, August 17, 2019.


Listen to the Salem High School Band Concerts of the 1950s-1960s


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.

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

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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.

Alumni Remembrance

Our database includes more than 20,000 alumni from as far back as the first
graduation class of 1865. The ability to search for classmates has been available for many years. Now a convenient feature has been added so that fellow alumni, family, and friends can narrow the search to deceased members of the Salem High School family.

The Alumni Remembrance section includes the ability to display recently deceased alumni and to search by class year or name including family names across generations.

You can make a lasting gift to the association in the name of an alumnus/alumna or
as a class gift to help future Salem High School graduates.  All donations are tax deductible and will be listed in the semi-annual association newsletter.

You can also search through more than 100 years of yearbooks dating back to 1915
to view pictures, read about activities, and relive the past of Salem High School.

Click HERE for Alumni Remembrance.

The Evolution of Quaker Sam

The Salem High School mascot that has come to be known as Quaker Sam has evolved over the decades.

Many people think the Quaker man mascot started in the 1950's thanks to the efforts of Coach John Cabas; however, a male Quaker figure made appearances in yearbooks and Quaker newspapers much earlier.

Read more in this article prepared with source material from the Salem Historical Society, Salem Public Library, and our alumni association and published in SHS football and basketball programs.

Click HERE to learn more.

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.

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

Click HERE to learn more and sign-up.


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.

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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).


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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Our Mission: The mission of the Salem High School Alumni Association of Ohio is to award scholarships to qualified students; to manage assets including memorabilia for future generations; and to honor the organization’s past by nurturing friendships and enriching memories. Regular membership of the association is comprised of the graduates and past attendees of the Salem High School in Salem, Ohio.

The organization strives to keep alive memories of high school days and friendships by publishing the association newsletter, maintaining a website, interacting through social media, making available yearbooks and Quaker newspapers online, aiding the class coordinator with reunions, and housing in the association office archived records and memorabilia of Salem High School.

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. The association is now in its second century of granting scholarships. On May 1, 2020, the association awarded 98 scholarships--52 to seniors, 44 to alumni, and 2 to current students--for a total of $318,250.  The total awarded since 1908 is now more than 7.9 million dollars to 2408 recipients.