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.


"Building for the Future" Fund-Raising Campaign


Click HERE to watch our "Building for the Future" video.

Our Salem High School Alumni Association’s Building for the Future campaign aims to raise funds to replace the crumbling façade of its building. This will ensure preservation of SHS memorabilia and keep our facility safe and useful to our alumni.

Please help us "Build for the Future" with a donation of any amount.

Individuals who donate $100 or more will be listed on engraved plaques inside the new entrance to the building:

  • Foundation Level: $100 to $999
  • Cornerstone Level: $1,000 to $4,999
  • Pillar Level: $5,000 to $24,999
  • Marquee Level: $25,000 or more

Classes whose members collectively donate $10,000 or more will be recognized on a special Quaker Circle plaque.

Other giving opportunities that will be designated with distinct signage: Office/Reception Area: $25,000; Open Stairway: $50,000; SHSAA Sign: $75,000; Atrium/Lobby: $100,000.

Because this project will take approximately 4 months, we ask you to please call ahead if you are planning a visit. The front access will be blocked with scaffolding.

Visitors are asked to use the back entrance located in the alley running behind the building. Free parking is available in the lot between the alley and Key Bank.

Our phone number is 330-332-1427, and office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. until noon.

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Salem High School Alumni Association Awards Annual Scholarships


 On May 18, 2019, the Salem High School Alumni Association
awarded 99 scholarships, totaling $364,875.

Click HERE to view scholarship recipients.

Click HERE to view and download color photos.

2019 Alumni Association Annual Reunion and Banquet Held May 18

Retired Marine Corps Lieutenant General Robert Ruark ’77 (left) and Retired Air Force Major General Jay G. Santee ’77 (right) were the featured speakers as the 2019 Honored Alumni.

Click HERE to read more.

George Spack ’69 spoke on behalf of the
50-Year Class.

John R. Stratton ’64, M.D., and his wife, Carolyn Webster-Stratton, Ph.D., were on hand for the first awarding of the medical student scholarship that they funded.

Click HERE to read more about the banquet and view/download photos.

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.

Six New Scholarships Offered to Alumni in 2019

Virginia E. Snyder Scholarship - This award may be presented to an SHS graduating senior or an SHS graduate enrolled in an English or English-related program at an accredited four-year college or university. Examples of eligible programs include, but are not limited to, English, creative writing, American literature, British literature, rhetoric and composition, and journalism.

John P. Sharp Jr. Entrepreneurship Scholarship - This award may be presented to an SHS graduate who is currently enrolled in an accredited four-year college or university, entering at least his or her third year, and enrolled in an entrepreneurship or entrepreneurial studies (major, minor, certificate, or master’s) program.

John P. Sharp Jr. Engineering Scholarship - This award may be presented to an SHS graduate currently enrolled in an accredited four-year college or university, entering at least his or her third year, and enrolled in an engineering program leading to a bachelor’s degree or beyond.

John P. Sharp Jr. Outstanding Performance Scholarship - This award may be presented to an SHS graduate who is currently enrolled in an accredited four-year college or university, is entering at least his or her second year, and demonstrates a versatile college experience. The applicant must show a diversity of interests within multiple areas such as his or her academic program, co-curricular activities, and/or work experience.

John P. Sharp Jr. Scholarship of Promise - This award may be presented to an SHS graduating senior who will be enrolled either in a bachelor’s or an associate degree program at an accredited college or university or in a technical program of study at an accredited school. Applicant must demonstrate commitment to his or her future plans and provide examples that show strength of perseverance when faced with a difficult situation.

Stratton Medical Student Scholarship - The John R. Stratton and Carolyn Webster-Stratton Medical Student Scholarship may be presented to a Salem High School graduate who is enrolled in a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree program at an accredited medical school in the United States. Applicants must be in good standing.

Click HERE to read more in our Newsletter.

New Stratton Scholarship Helps Medical Students


John R. Stratton ’64, M.D., and his wife Carolyn Webster-Stratton, Ph.D., contributed $100,000 to the Salem High School Alumni Association in December 2018 to create a new scholarship to lessen the debt load of SHS graduates who are enrolled in medical doctor (M.D.) programs.  The John R. Stratton and Carolyn Webster-Stratton Medical Student Scholarship was presented for the first time in May, 2019.

Stratton is a professor of Medicine/ Cardiology at the University of Washington (U.W.) in Seattle. Webster-Stratton is a licensed child psychologist, an emeritus U.W. professor, a pediatric nurse practitioner, and creator of the Incredible Years® Series of books, manuals, DVDs, and evidence- based intervention programs for parents, teachers, and children that are designed to prevent and treat young children’s behavioral problems and to promote their social and emotional competence.

Stratton asked the SHS board to give one $10,000 scholarship from the principal of the couple’s gift each year for 10 years. “We are grateful to Dr. Stratton and Dr. Webster-Stratton for this generous gift, and I am pleased that the board embraced this new approach to help SHS graduates who have taken on the academic and financial challenges of pursuing medical degrees,” said Marilyn Wilson Ward ’79, first vice president and chair of the Scholarship Committee.

Click HERE to read more in our Newsletter.

Sharps Leave Large Bequest to Association

John P. Sharp, Jr. ’46 and his wife Linda Anne Frazer Sharp have left a bequest in excess of $450,000 to enable the Salem High School Alumni Association to create multiple new named scholarships.

Ashley Frazer Sperling, the couple’s eldest niece and executor of their estate, will develop criteria for the new scholarships, perhaps assisting with the unmet financial needs of SHS alumni enrolled in the second, third, and fourth year of undergraduate programs and incorporating the couple's interest in entrepreneurial and artistic pursuits.

Click Here to read more in the association's newsletter.

Virginia E. "Jinny" Snyder ’43 Bequest


SHSAA announces the completion of the funding for a named scholarship based on a $94,598 bequest from Virginia E. "Jinny" Snyder ’43, who taught physical education at the Salem Junior High School from 1953 to 1975.

Contributions from two classes and several individuals completed the $100,000 necessary for a named scholarship, which was given in memory of Miss Snyder for the first time in 2019.  

The Association thanks the many generous donors who have helped to honor the memory of Miss Snyder through a scholarship that will benefit Salem High School graduates for many years to come.


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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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.


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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 18, 2019, at the 138th Annual Reunion and Banquet, held at Salem High School, the association awarded to sixty-five 2019 graduates, seventeen alumni, and three current students a total of $364,875 in scholarships.  The total awarded since 1908 is approximately 7.6 million dollars.