AACHS https://centralhighalumni.com/ Thu, 01 Dec 2022 21:46:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.1 https://centralhighalumni.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/favicon.ico AACHS https://centralhighalumni.com/ 32 32 231 50th Reunion https://centralhighalumni.com/reunion/231-50th-reunion/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 23:11:43 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=11658 231 50th Reunion The 231st Class of CHS has confirmed May 6, 2023 for our 50th Reunion. No other details are available at this time.

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231 50th Reunion

The 231st Class of CHS has confirmed May 6, 2023 for our 50th Reunion. No other details are available at this time.

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Notice to AACHS Membership – Join the Board of Managers! https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/nominations/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 20:56:54 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=11593 The post Notice to AACHS Membership – Join the Board of Managers! appeared first on AACHS.

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Join Us For Breakfast and Football on Thanksgiving Day! https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/thanksgivingbreakfast/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=4920 Join your fellow alums, students, faculty and friends on Thursday, November 28th at 8:45 AM at the Tiffany Diner (9010 Roosevelt Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19115) for a hearty breakfast, good conversation and plenty of school spirit!

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Don’t miss this year’s annual Thanksgiving Day breakfast before the big game on November 24, 2022!

Thanksgiving Breakfast

8:15AM-9:45AM at Tiffany’s on the BLVD (9010 Roosevelt Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19115)

Annual Thanksgiving Central Lancers vs. Northeast Vikings Game
10AM at Northeast’s Charles Martin Memorial Stadium.

The cost is $35 which includes breakfast and a game ticket.

Buy your ticket online today by November 21st. 

(Other forms of payment accepted – Venmo, CashApp, Check – instructions below)

For those who want to attend the breakfast only, the cost is $25 per person. 

Please consider sponsoring a student to attend!

For questions or if you require special accommodations, contact the Alumni Office at 215-845-3308 or alumnioffice@centralhighalumni.com

Additional Forms of Payment

Venmo AACHS Lancers
Cash App $AACHS Lancers

Join fellow alums, students, faculty and friends on Thursday, November 24th for breakfast, networking and plenty of school spirit before the annual Thanksgiving Day game.

Thanksgiving Breakfast @ Tiffany's

GO CENTRAL, BEAT NORTHEAST!!

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1836 Society Thank You Event https://centralhighalumni.com/giving-news/1836-society-thank-you-event/ Mon, 17 Oct 2022 15:20:19 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=11195 To Learn More about the 1836 Society or to Become A Member, please click here. Current 1836 Society members and new members who join before November 1st are invited to attend the exclusive event at the Barnes Foundation on November 3rd, 2022.  1836 Society members will get a special glimpse into what students learned in […]

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1836 Society Event

Current 1836 Society members and new members who join before November 1st are invited to attend the exclusive event at the Barnes Foundation on November 3rd, 2022. 

1836 Society members will get a special glimpse into what students learned in class and observe an interactive display of two students’ Modigliani-inspired sculpted artwork being made during the event. 

The program will kick off at 2:30 PM with student-led docent tours followed by remarks from President Davis (264), performances by student musicians, interpretation discussions of the featured student artwork on display.

Members will receive an email on October 24th on how to RSVP for the event.

 

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271 10th Reunion https://centralhighalumni.com/reunion/271-10th-reunion/ Thu, 06 Oct 2022 01:29:14 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=11076 271 10th Reunion On behalf of the 271st Class of Central High School 10 Year Reunion Committee, we are excited to announce,  271’s 10 Year Reunion will be held at: The Felt Factory1523 E Wingohocking St, Philadelphia, PA 19124Saturday, November 26th, 20228:00 pm – 12:00 am Attire: Dressy Casual Ticket Cost: $100 | $125 | $140 […]

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271 10th Reunion

271 10th reunion infographic

On behalf of the 271st Class of Central High School 10 Year Reunion Committee, we are excited to announce, 

271’s 10 Year Reunion will be held at:

The Felt Factory
1523 E Wingohocking St, Philadelphia, PA 19124
Saturday, November 26th, 2022
8:00 pm – 12:00 am

Attire: Dressy Casual

Ticket Cost: $100 | $125 | $140 (tier pricing depending on how early you buy your ticket)
Tickets can be purchased here: https://chs271.ticketleap.com/271reunion10/

FAQ 

What does my ticket include?
Upon arrival, you will check in to receive a name tag and seating card. After checking in, please select a seat at any table. Your ticket includes a four-hour open bar and buffet dining. The buffet will only be available for two hours, so please arrive in a timely fashion. We highly encourage guests to bring cash for staff tips.

Is there a different price if I don’t drink?
Unfortunately, the price is the same as it includes charges for the venue, vendors, and staff.

It’s going to be cold in November, will there be a coat check?
Yes, a complimentary coat check will be available on the first floor. Please check in your coat before heading upstairs to the Manor Hall. 

Is there parking available?
Yes, a parking lot is available free of charge. However, because an open bar will be available throughout the night, we highly recommend using a ride service or car-pooling. 
Please drink responsibly, 271. We want EVERYONE to have a fun and safe night.

Can I bring a guest?
Yes, everyone can bring one guest. If you plan on bringing a guest, please purchase two tickets.

Can I purchase tickets at the door?
Unfortunately, no. As much as we would love to accommodate those last-minute folks, food and an open bar are prepared in advance per person. Therefore, the last day to purchase tickets will be Friday, November 11th, 2022. 

What if I am unable to attend my reunion?
You can still participate by making a gift to AACHS in honor of our class [https://centralhighalumni.com/tribute-gift/]. Look forward to communications from the class on future opportunities for “when we congregate again.”

Questions, comments, and concerns should be directed towards CHS271Reunion@gmail.com

Sincerely,

Kobi Amissah
Ramon Guzman
Shakarr Hawkins
RJ Lualhati
Karen Machin 
Tykia McWilliams

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Celebrate World Teachers’ Day https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/worldteachersdaychs/ Tue, 04 Oct 2022 15:53:46 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=11019 Celebrate World Teachers’ Day On October 5th, join Central alumni as we thank our educators by helping to fulfill school supply wish lists provided by School-Based Teacher Leaders (SBTL) of the following departments: English, Math, Social Studies, and World Language.  This is a great opportunity to support the nearly 140 teachers and over 2400 students at […]

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Celebrate World Teachers' Day

On October 5th, join Central alumni as we thank our educators by helping to fulfill school supply wish lists provided by School-Based Teacher Leaders (SBTL) of the following departments: English, Math, Social Studies, and World Language. 

This is a great opportunity to support the nearly 140 teachers and over 2400 students at Central High this school year. 

Purchase items from any and all of the departments to help fulfill their Amazon school supply wishlists.

Wish lists are currently live, and you can make your impact in as little as 5 minutes!

 “We thank you for your consideration of supporting the Social Studies Department of Central High School! These wish list items will help to fill-in the gaps between what the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) provides and what we need to support our amazing students.”

– Lisa Sheldon-Matje, SBTL Social Studies Department

AACHS is a registered 501(c)(3) charity on AmazonSmile. The AACHS receives 0.5% of all eligible purchases on that website at no extra cost to you. That can really add up if everyone participates. 

Support Central on Amazon by selecting the AACHS as your charity of choice.

As alumni, you can help to provide an unrivaled experience  enriched by generous contributions from all corners of our community — for Central students.

A heartfelt thank you to all the exceptional teachers, including the many alumni in the education sector around the world; it’s an important role you play in the lives of students.

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276 5th Reunion https://centralhighalumni.com/uncategorized/276-5th-reunion/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 22:27:48 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=10963 276 5th Reunion Hi everyone! Thanks to everyone’s input on the Google form we shared via email and Facebook, and with the help of the rest of the 276 cabinet, I’m excited to announce when and where we will be having our 5-year reunion… When: 6-9 PM Saturday, November 19th, 2022 Where: Underground Concepts Broad […]

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276 5th Reunion

276 5th Reunion flyer

Hi everyone!

Thanks to everyone’s input on the Google form we shared via email and Facebook, and with the help of the rest of the 276 cabinet, I’m excited to announce when and where we will be having our 5-year reunion…

When: 6-9 PM Saturday, November 19th, 2022

Where: Underground Concepts Broad Hall and Foundation (699 N. Broad St., conveniently right off the Fairmount BSL stop)

Price: $60 | $65 | $70 (tier pricing depending on how early you buy your ticket)

If you’re not familiar, this duo bar/club is located right under the iconic Philly hotel, the Divine Lorraine. Broad Hall is equipped with a state-of-the-art sound system and dance floor where we’ll be having 277’s own, DJ iLLMATIQ! Then a few steps down the hall is Foundation, a bar perfect for catching up with each other over some food or a drink.

Speaking of which, I’m also excited to talk about the delicious catering for the event. Appetizers will be served, organized by former Top Chef contestant and restaurateur, Chef Natalie Maronski. And for drinks, there will be an open bar from 6:30-8:30 PM

The reunion will run from 6-9 PM, but if you’re still looking for some fun afterwards, there is a “Travel by Map” afterparty from 10 PM-2 AM. This is one of Broad Hall’s favorite groups to host because it’s a bunch of throwback classics from all around the world, so definitely stick around if you’re interested. Cover is free of charge.

Tickets can be purchased here: https://bit.ly/276reuniontix

P.S. If you have any questions please feel free to submit them to this form: https://bit.ly/276reunionquestions
For access to a running list of FAQs: https://bit.ly/276reunionfaq

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Meet & Greet at Central High School https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/meet-greet-at-central-high-school/ Tue, 06 Sep 2022 19:08:45 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=10906 Please join us for a Meet & Greet with President Katharine Davis and esteemed faculty of Central High School as we ring in the school year and the start of a new era.

Hear President Davis share her vision for the upcoming year
Learn about upcoming events hosted by the AACHS
Connect with fellow alumni
Meet current students!

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Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on October 19, 2022 https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/hall-of-fame-induction-ceremony-on-october-19-2022/ Sat, 20 Aug 2022 22:29:05 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=10703 We look forward to seeing everyone at the Knowlton Mansion in Northeast Philadelphia on Wednesday, October 19, as we celebrate the accomplishments of the newest inductees into the Central High School Hall of Fame. Register!

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Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on October 19, 2022

We look forward to seeing everyone at the Knowlton Mansion located at 8001 Verree Road (Rhawn Street and Verree Road) in Northeast Philadelphia on Wednesday, October 19, as we celebrate the accomplishments of the newest inductees into the Central High School Hall of Fame

Come learn about the extraordinary achievements of this year’s living, alumni inductees. All are leaders in their respective fields, and they all once walked the hallowed halls of Central High.

The nominees include a leader in the music and entertainment industry, an inventor in flow cytometry technology, poets and writers, a composer, an artist, and a comic book publisher.

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Among the inductees are the following:

Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz (255), New York Times bestselling nonfiction writer and poet; Shawn Gee (248), music and entertainment industry leader; Major Jackson (245), poet and author of five collections of poetry; Hankus Netsky (231), musician, composer, conservatory leader, musicologist; Larry Sklar (225), inventor of new medical technologies; James Warren Taubman (190), comic book publisher; and Stephen Werblun (229), renowned courtroom artist.

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Quiara Alegría Hudes (254) will emcee this year’s induction ceremony.

Hudes was inducted into the AACHS Hall of Fame in 2011.

  • Registration starts at 5:30 pm. Hors d’oeuvres and dinner fare will be served at 5:45 p.m., followed by the induction ceremony at 6:45 pm and a dessert reception.
  • Tickets are $85 for classes prior to 275 and
  • $60 for members of the 275 and after.
  • Tickets for current faculty are $60
  • We encourage everyone to buy an extra ticket or tickets to allow current students to attend. Add $60 for each student you wish to support.
  • Finally, some of you may want to attend just the induction ceremony and the dessert reception that follows. The ceremony will begin at 6:45 pm. The price for the ceremony and dessert option is just $40.


Pay tribute to the inductees and Central by purchasing advertisement space in our Induction Program.
 

See below to download the form. You may choose to pay online or by check — be sure to send the form to David Kahn (220) at dkahn@sed.com when submitting the form and electronic pdf files.

If you prefer to mail these items, they may be sent to David Kahn’s attention.

Mailing address:
The Associated Alumni of the Central High School of Philadelphia (AACHS)
ATTN: HOF 2022/David Kahn
P.O. Box 26580
Philadelphia, PA 19141-6580

For more information about the Central High School Hall of Fame, please visit our HOF page!

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208 65th Reunion https://centralhighalumni.com/uncategorized/208-65th-reunion/ Sat, 06 Aug 2022 01:58:56 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=10636 208 65th Reunion October 16 2022 at Lulu country club.

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208 65th Reunion

October 16 2022 at Lulu country club.

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246 35th Reunion https://centralhighalumni.com/uncategorized/246-35th-reunion/ Sat, 06 Aug 2022 01:49:55 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=10628 246 35th Reunion Our 35th reunion is at The Garden at Cherry St. Pier. It will be on Sept. 24th, from 6-9 p.m. The Garden at Cherry St. Pier is located at 121 N. Columbus Blvd at the Cherry Street Pier, Phila., PA 19106.

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246 35th Reunion

Our 35th reunion is at The Garden at Cherry St. Pier. It will be on Sept. 24th, from 6-9 p.m. The Garden at Cherry St. Pier is located at 121 N. Columbus Blvd at the Cherry Street Pier, Phila., PA 19106.

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264 Mini-Reunion https://centralhighalumni.com/uncategorized/264-mini-reunion/ Wed, 27 Jul 2022 02:26:17 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=10595 264 Mini-Reunion Hey 264! The results are in from the survey we ran about a 264 “mini-reunion” this year — and we’re doing it! When: Saturday September 24th, 4-8pm What: 264 1st Annual Happy Hour … casual drinks at a bar in Philly. Where: TBD … if you know any centrally located bars that would […]

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264 Mini-Reunion

Hey 264!

The results are in from the survey we ran about a 264 “mini-reunion” this year — and we’re doing it!

When: Saturday September 24th, 4-8pm
What: 264 1st Annual Happy Hour … casual drinks at a bar in Philly.
Where: TBD … if you know any centrally located bars that would let us host a happy hour for minimal venue fee, please let me know!
How much: I’m aiming for $0 ticket price (just pay for what you drink).

If you can make it on September 24th, please e-mail me and let me know you’re in (and if you’ll have a +1), so I can get a rough tally.

More details to come in the coming few weeks!

Michael

[Please contact the Alumni Office if you need Michael Segal’s e-mail address.]

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198 70th Reunion https://centralhighalumni.com/uncategorized/198-70th-reunion/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 18:08:00 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=10472 198 70th Reunion Dear Classmates of the 198th Graduating Class of Central High School: It is 70 years since our graduation, and we will have a reunion to celebrate such a milestone. For many reasons to long to explain here, the reunion will take place on Zoom. Please hold the date of Sunday, June 26, […]

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198 70th Reunion

Dear Classmates of the 198th Graduating Class of Central High School:

It is 70 years since our graduation, and we will have a reunion to celebrate such a milestone. For many reasons to long to explain here, the reunion will take place on Zoom. Please hold the date of Sunday, June 26, 2022, at 2:00 PM eastern time, 11:00 AM western time, for this exciting Zoom Reunion event.

The Zoom Reunion planning and execution is being co-chaired by Stan Amberg (“Zoom Master”) and Les Weinstein. Art Helfand will be assisting Stan and Les in this endeavor. Our thanks to these guys for taking on this monumental task.

More written information and instructions regarding the Zoom event (and how to access the event) will be forthcoming.

Please direct any questions to Stan Amberg and Les Weinstein by contacting the Alumni Office at alumnioffice@centralhighalumni.com. Thank you!

Regards to all,

Jerry Cooke
198 CHS Class Secretary
Email: jcooke4@juno.com

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Ring in a New Tradition: Charter Day https://centralhighalumni.com/giving-news/charterday/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 18:05:43 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=10410 Charter Day is here: today marks the start of a new AACHS tradition! June 13th is the date that Central High School was chartered. Starting this year, we encourage you to join us as we celebrate Charter Day by revisiting those “glorious days of old” and leading the way for future generations to preserve our Central traditions. How can you ring in the new […]

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Ring in A New Tradition - Charter Day!

Charter Day is here: today marks the start of a new AACHS tradition!

June 13th is the date that Central High School was chartered. Starting this year, we encourage you to join us as we celebrate Charter Day by revisiting those “glorious days of old” and leading the way for future generations to preserve our Central traditions.

How can you ring in the new tradition today? 

    • Make a contribution to our newly established Charter Day Campaign  monthly gifts of $18.36 or higher will receive a special Central-themed token of our appreciation! 
    • Reach out to a classmate or teacher, and plan a get together; check the reunions page or attend an AACHS event to reconnect.
    • Message your class representative and see how you can get involved with your class and Central! Visit this year’s Spring Journal to identify your class rep or contact the Alumni Office.
    • Post your favorite CHS memory on our Facebook page – be sure to include #CharterDayCHS.
    • Take a picture with your spiritwear and tag us on Instagram.

Celebrate Central today, and every day. As the newest class has joined our alumni community – the bell rung as a symbol of commencement – here is some sage advice from one alumnus:

 “Here’s the rule – you can only ring the bell three times,” Ramon Guzman (271), AACHS Board Member and President of the 271st Class reminds us, as he reminisces on that moment ten years ago!

One: It is special to think of how many of us have rang the bell and connected our history of ‘those glorious days of old’ to present-day scholars.

Two: To know that every single class that graduated from Central heard it, and all future ones will, too – is a special tradition to keep alive.

Three: Join me in honoring our dear old High with a new tradition annually on June 13th: Charter Day!

The investment you make on this special day of giving will provide vital resources to every student, department, and program—the areas of greatest need to support and sustain academic excellence at Central High School. 

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Katharine Davis (264) Selected as 15th President of Central High School https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/katharine-davis-264-selected-as-15th-president-of-central-high-school/ Wed, 20 Apr 2022 20:01:00 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=10249 Ms. Davis will make history as the first woman, and first person of color, and the first alumnus in nearly 40 years, to serve as President.

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It is my great pleasure to announce to you the selection of Ms. Katharine Davis, a proud member of the 264th graduating class, as Central High School’s 15th President!

Ms. Davis is a strategic, poised, and reflective leader, now serving as principal at C.W. Henry Elementary School in Mount Airy, from which she matriculated. At Henry, she has led academic gains, diversified the school faculty, garnered grants for arts and school facilities, and maintained open communication with a range of stakeholders.

Before returning to Henry, she served as co-principal at Warren G. Harding Middle School, as a fellow at Cayuga Elementary School, and as a teacher and assistant principal in New York City schools.

She earned an undergraduate degree from Cornell University, and a graduate degree from Pace University.

This is a historic moment – Ms. Davis will be the first woman, and the first person of color to serve as President of Central High School. She will also be the seventh alumnus to lead the school – the first in nearly 40 years.

Ms. Davis’ selection was the product of a robust and rigorous process which included students, parents, faculty, staff, administration, and alumni. The Presidential Advisory Committee, led by Assistant Superintendent Ted Domers, Ed.D. unanimously selected Ms. Davis as their choice, as did Chief of Schools Evelyn Nuñez, Ed.D., Chief of Talent Larisa Shambaugh, and Superintendent William R. Hite, Ed.D.

Mr. Jeffrey Petty will continue his service as acting President until June 30th, and our community is lucky to have him at the helm during this time of transition. Ms. Davis’ tenure will begin on July 1st.

I know that our alumni community will stand ready to support our next President in strengthening Central, and making sure it is a diverse, welcoming academic community that continues to prepare the next generation of creators and leaders.

In the coming weeks, we will share more about the Presidential transition and introductory events, but in the meantime, please join me in enthusiastically welcoming Katharine Davis (264) – Central’s next President!

Neil Deegan (263)

President, Associated Alumni of Central High School

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216 61st Reunion https://centralhighalumni.com/uncategorized/216-reunion/ Sat, 09 Apr 2022 19:15:22 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=10184 216 61st Reunion Our 61st Reunion for the 216th graduating class will be held over the course of two days, October 13th-14th, 2022. We kick off our reunion on the evening from 6PM-11PM on October 13th, 2022 at the Rittenhouse Grill located at 17th & Locust Streets, Philadelphia. We hope to tour Central on October […]

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216 61st Reunion

Our 61st Reunion for the 216th graduating class will be held over the course of two days, October 13th-14th, 2022.

We kick off our reunion on the evening from 6PM-11PM on October 13th, 2022 at the Rittenhouse Grill located at 17th & Locust Streets, Philadelphia.

We hope to tour Central on October 14th – final details will be determined after the beginning of the school year. A bus is available for those staying in Center City.

Reunion Person: Michael Bell, 216
Class Representative: Paul S. Cherry, 216

Please contact the alumnioffice@centralhighalumni.com if you would like more information. Michael Bell is the main contact for the reunion. Thank you!

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255 25 + 1 Reunion https://centralhighalumni.com/uncategorized/255-25-1-reunion/ Sat, 09 Apr 2022 03:49:30 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=10177 255 25 + 1 Reunion 255 @ 25 plus 1 Reunion (26 year reunion) Friday, June 17 2022 6:30 pm – 10:30pm Franklin Institute Philadelphia, Pa $125 per tiçket Group picture outside on the steps of the Franklin Institute at 7:00pm. Reunion contact: Cheri (de Vries) Harrison 255chs96@gmail.com

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255 25 + 1 Reunion

255 @ 25 plus 1 Reunion (26 year reunion)

Friday, June 17 2022
6:30 pm – 10:30pm
Franklin Institute
Philadelphia, Pa
$125 per tiçket
Group picture outside on the steps of the Franklin Institute at 7:00pm.

Reunion contact:
Cheri (de Vries) Harrison
255chs96@gmail.com

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261 20th Reunion https://centralhighalumni.com/uncategorized/261-20th-reunion/ Sat, 09 Apr 2022 03:31:38 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=10164 261 20th Reunion Date: July 30th; 7-11pm NEW LOCATION: Banca by Di Bruno Bros. 600 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 Dress: Semi-Formal A spacious indoor venue, delicious food, 2hr Open Bar, elegantly gorgeous decor, a DJ spinning, and endless good times  guaranteed for the night! See you there! Class Website: CHS261.com Contact Info: 261CentralReunion@gmail.com

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261 20th Reunion

Date: July 30th; 7-11pm

NEW LOCATION: Banca by Di Bruno Bros.
600 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Dress: Semi-Formal

A spacious indoor venue, delicious food, 2hr Open Bar, elegantly gorgeous decor, a DJ spinning, and endless good times  guaranteed for the night! See you there!

Class Website: CHS261.com

Contact Info: 261CentralReunion@gmail.com

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218 60 + 1 Reunion https://centralhighalumni.com/reunion/218-61st-reunion/ Sat, 09 Apr 2022 02:49:50 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=10153 218 60 + 1 Reunion 218 Central High School 60 +1 ReunionBARRY BRAIT1901 John F Kennedy Blvd.Philadelphia, Pa 19103BARRY0772@aol.com RE:  Central High School Reunion Class of 1962 1). Friday June 2, at Central High – a luncheon and chance to meet the new President, Katharine Davis, 15th president of Central High School, 2).  Saturday June 3 at Marriott Conshohocken Courtyard,111 […]

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218 60 + 1 Reunion

218 Central High School 60 +1 Reunion
BARRY BRAIT
1901 John F Kennedy Blvd.
Philadelphia, Pa 19103
BARRY0772@aol.com

RE:  Central High School Reunion Class of 1962

1). Friday June 2, at Central High – a luncheon and chance to meet the new President, Katharine Davis, 15th president of Central High School,

2).  Saturday June 3 at Marriott Conshohocken Courtyard,111 Crawford Avenue, West Conshohocken, PA 19428 (610-941-5600) 5:00 PM>>>> 11:00 PM.

We have selected a buffet menu

     a).  Rooms per night have been set aside at the Hotel from Thursday night through a Sunday check out. Reservation (Before May 13, 2023) can be made through Marriott at 800-228-9290/800-831-4004 or through the web at Marriott.Com

3)   Our class will be accepting donations for An Assembly Speakers Fund for the Sophomore and Junior Classes.

Significant others or accompanied guests are most welcome to attend all events.

Your presence is most important to us. If finances are a problem please contact Barry Brait (BARRY0772@aol.com) and there will be assistance.

Masking will be by choice, but if not vaccinated we expect you would be tested appropriately close to the event dates.

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249 30-ish Reunion https://centralhighalumni.com/uncategorized/249-30-ish-reunion/ Sat, 09 Apr 2022 02:30:12 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=10135 249 30-ish Reunion WHEN: SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 2022 7PM-11PM WHERE: WATERFALL ROOM BY SWAN CATERERS 2015 S WATER ST, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19148 PARKING: BEHIND HALL AND ACROSS THE STREET UNDER I95 PRICE: $75 PER PERSON WHAT’S INCLUDED? OPEN BAR, 9 HOT STATIONS, SWEETS TABLE, COFFEE, TEA, NAME TAG, GIFTS, DANCING, LAUGHS AND SMILES AND TEARS […]

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249 30-ish Reunion

WHEN: SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 2022 7PM-11PM

WHERE: WATERFALL ROOM BY SWAN CATERERS

2015 S WATER ST, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19148

PARKING: BEHIND HALL AND ACROSS THE STREET UNDER I95

PRICE: $75 PER PERSON

WHAT’S INCLUDED? OPEN BAR, 9 HOT STATIONS, SWEETS TABLE, COFFEE, TEA, NAME TAG, GIFTS, DANCING, LAUGHS AND SMILES AND TEARS AND GREAT NEW MEMORIES!!

PAYMENT METHOD: PAYPAL (chs249@gmail.com), VENMO (@Maria-CarpenterYanga) , CHECK (PM me for address).

!!!!NEEDED!!!!!: EMAIL WARRIORS TO GET THE WORD OUT, DJ AND PHOTOBOOTH. PLEASE EMAIL CHS249@GMAIL.COM WITH INFO!

Please spread the word to all 249ers! Any questions can be sent to chs249@gmail.com If you do invite staff, please let me know! They need to be paid for!

PAYMENT WILL BE COLLECTED STARTING IN JANUARY 2022

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241 40th Reunion https://centralhighalumni.com/reunion/241-40th-reunion/ Sat, 09 Apr 2022 02:14:13 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=10128 241 40th Reunion First e-mail announcement sent Brothers of the 241st, The reunion planning committee is pleased to announce the details of our 40th Reunion, which will take place at Maggiano’s Little Italy at 12th and Filbert Sts. in Center City Philadelphia. We’re hoping you will join us to celebrate the 40th anniversary of our […]

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241 40th Reunion

First e-mail announcement sent

Brothers of the 241st,

The reunion planning committee is pleased to announce the details of our 40th Reunion, which will take place at Maggiano’s Little Italy at 12th and Filbert Sts. in Center City Philadelphia. We’re hoping you will join us to celebrate the 40th anniversary of our commencement from our beloved Central High School.

Our event will be held on Friday, November 25th, 2022 from 7:00pm to 11:00pm. Dinner is being served at 8:00pm and there will be a full-service cash bar.

The cost to attend is $135.00 per person, which includes a commemorative 241 40th Reunion t-shirt.

Seating is limited to 100 guests. Therefore, we are encouraging our brothers to make their commitment to attend as early as possible.

Please RSVP to:

241Central82@gmail.com

If you’re writing a check, please send an e-mail to the above address to get check pay-to and mailing info.

Be sure to specify your t-shirt size and color preference (send us an e-mail if you didn’t get the e-mail announcement with the visuals)

To pay via Venmo, make your payment to:

Nicholas Taweel
@CentralHigh241

PLEASE NOTE: At the time of the event, the venue will follow the guidelines set forth by the City of Philadelphia pertaining to any Covid-related mandates.

Second e-mail announcement sent (that included visuals of all swag options)

Brothers of the 241st,

As we make our way towards our 40th Reunion, we will continue to focus our thoughts not only on reconnecting with our brothers to celebrate this particular milestone, but also on giving back to the institution that has given us the guidance and enlightenment to properly pave the path that has brought us to this juncture.

With this in mind, we will once again be leveraging our non-profit to establish an endowment to Central High School on behalf of our graduating class. To raise funds for this endowment, we have established tiered pricing with various swag associated with each level of contribution as follows:

Tier 1 – base price for all attendees
CHS 241 40th Reunion Attendance + T-Shirt (with 40th Reunion logo)
[specify size and color]
$135.00

Tier 2
CHS 241 40th Reunion Attendance + T-Shirt (with 40th Reunion logo) and choice of Polo or Long Sleeve T-Shirt (each with 241 logo)
[specify sizes and colors]
$185.00

Tier 3
CHS 241 40th Reunion Attendance + T-Shirt (with 40th Reunion logo)+ Hoodie and choice of Polo or Long Sleeve T-Shirt (each with 241 logo)
[specify sizes and colors]
$241.00

Swag prices à la carte:
Individual T-Shirt (with 40th Reunion logo): $40.00
Individual Long Sleeve T-Shirt (with 241 logo): $55.00
Individual Polo (with 241 logo): $55.00
Individual Hoodie (with 241 logo): $70.00

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Central’s 15th Presidential Search Update: Central HSA & AACHS Joint Meeting https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/centrals-15th-presidential-search-update-central-hsa-aachs-joint-meeting/ Fri, 08 Apr 2022 19:28:13 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=10111 On Wednesday, March 30, there was an information session regarding the search for the 15th President of Central High School.

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Central's 15th Presidential Search Update: Central HSA & AACHS Joint Meeting

On Wednesday, March 30,  an information session occurred regarding the search for the 15th President of Central High School.  It was co-hosted by the Home & School Association and the Associated Alumni of Central High School.  Dr. Ted Domers, Assistant Superintendent of Learning Network 1, provided updates and responded to questions.  You can view the entire meeting in the video below.

A leadership profile was generated with community input.  This profile offers a snapshot from a variety of stakeholders.  The Presidential Search Advisory Committee is using the leadership profile as part of its review with all candidates.  

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A Message From Outgoing CHS President https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/a-message-from-outgoing-chs-president/ Fri, 08 Apr 2022 19:07:41 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=10098 President McKenna shared his thoughts in a special address to the CHS Alumni Community.

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A Message From Outgoing CHS President

President McKenna shared his thoughts in a special address to the CHS Alumni Community:

“As I reflect upon my ten years of leading Central High School, I will always appreciate my time at ‘Dear Old High’. I will miss so many things about Central High School. The daily interactions with students have been particularly special to me. I have always been impressed by the intelligence and commitment to excellence that our students have demonstrated over the years. Central students understand the importance of dedicating themselves to our academic program and the traditions of our school. Central High School excels because year after year, motivated students from across Philadelphia come together with focus and passion for learning.

The CHS faculty have been an integral part of the success of our school. Their dedication to the art of teaching is what has enabled our students to navigate one of the top high school academic programs in the nation. I will always be appreciative of the time and energy they expend each day to develop rigorous educational experiences for our students. Our faculty understand the mission of our school and challenge our students to put forth their best.  

I will be forever grateful to the Associated Alumni of Central High School. Their belief in my leadership has been an integral part of my administration’s success. Whenever I have asked for assistance, their members have been there to provide financial support and guidance when needed. I am indebted to the members of the board for supporting my initiatives during my tenure. The alumni association’s love and passion for Central High School is commendable and will continue to sustain our school’s excellence.

Thank you for a decade of inspiration, growth, and learning. To lead Central High School has been an experience that I will forever cherish. The relationships I have formed with members of the community have changed my life for the better. I have learned the importance of tradition and history by being a part of one of the most historic educational institutions in Philadelphia, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and our nation. In my new role in the School District of Philadelphia, I will continue to support and fight for Central High School. Go Lancers!”

Please visit this link for an additional message from President McKenna, recorded at yesterday’s luncheon.

On behalf of the alumni community, we wish President McKenna the very best in his next chapter. We know that his positive impact will be felt at Central for many years to come. 

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AACHS Celebrates Women’s History Month https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/aachs-celebrates-womens-history-month/ Mon, 21 Mar 2022 22:36:44 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=9941 AACHS Celebrates Women’s History Month As we recognize Women’s History Month, we are reminded of the upcoming 40th anniversary of our alma mater becoming co-ed.  It’s the story of our legacy with which most of us have only slight familiarity — many brave young women entered Central’s hallowed halls for thousands more to follow. But this was not achieved easily.  The AACHS […]

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AACHS Celebrates Women's History Month

As we recognize Women’s History Month, we are reminded of the upcoming 40th anniversary of our alma mater becoming co-ed.  It’s the story of our legacy with which most of us have only slight familiarity — many brave young women entered Central’s hallowed halls for thousands more to follow. But this was not achieved easily. 

The AACHS Office, proudly run by two of Central’s alumnae, connected with numerous trailblazers who shared their experiences and thoughts on those first years at attending a previously all-boys institution. In reflection,  alumnae who experienced an even-split student body at Central, who excelled in girls’ sports, organized student clubs, and participated in musical performances, shared their reactions and realizations of the lacking opportunities and resources available to the alumnae who attended Central only a decade earlier. 

Join us, alumni, as we celebrate the changemakers and extraordinary alumnae whose contributions helped shape our co-ed legacy over the last four decades; who championed the rich traditions and academic excellence, making Central what it is today. 

Here are ways to support the work of our alumnae:

  • Honor the memory or legacy of a Central alumna by making a tribute gift here
  • Nominate an alumna to the Central Alumni Hall of Fame or Central Faculty Hall of Fame; one whose achievements has made strides in their field, or left an indelible contribution to their community.
  • Send a note of thanks to an alumna – let us continue to show our support and gratitude!
  • Post a photo of an alumna and tag the AACHS to highlight the remarkable individual #leadingtheway #centralhighalumni
 

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Central’s Next President https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/centrals-next-president/ Fri, 25 Feb 2022 22:30:13 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=9838 I am writing you today to share information regarding the selection process for the 15th President of Central High School, and how our community can get involved and share their input throughout this process.

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Central’s Next President

Alumni,

I am writing you today to share information regarding the selection process for the 15th President of Central High School, and how our community can get involved and share their input throughout this process.

Timothy J. McKenna, the 14th President of Central High School, announced earlier this month that he will be ending his tenure on April 1st.

We are grateful for Tim’s leadership, his commitment to the Central community and for the great skill and empathy with which he guided Central for the last ten years – particularly during the last two years, amid a global pandemic.

Our alumni community will play an important role in selecting Central’s next President.

First, I encourage all alumni to share their thoughts on the qualities that Central’s next President should possess. You can share your thoughts by clicking here.

Three members of the Central Alumni community will be represented on the advisory committee. If you are interested in serving as a part of this committee, please click here to express your interest.

During the week of March 7th, a town hall meeting will be held to allow all those with a stake in Central’s future to share their thoughts. Keep an eye out for more information on that event, details of which we will share by email and through social media on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

By ensuring that many voices are heard during this process, I am confident that Central’s 15th President will be a leader who can continue Central’s tradition of excellence.

To read the full letter sent out from Dr. Ted Domers, Assistant Superintendent of Learning Network 1 and the leader of this process, please click here.

If you have any questions, please reach out to me directly at president@centralhighalumni.com or to the Alumni Office at 215-845-3308 or alumnioffice@centralhighalumni.com.

Thank you,

Neil Deegan, 263
President, Associated Alumni of Central High School

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229 50th Reunion (delayed by two years) https://centralhighalumni.com/uncategorized/229-50th-reunion-delayed-by-two-years/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 18:03:59 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=9775 229 50th Reunion (delayed by two years) The Reunion Committee looks forward to seeing you celebrate with us in May of 2022 for our much anticipated “Celebration of Life”—our 50th (52nd) Reunion and our 70th birthday year! Our committee met “on the day that will live in infamy,” and it is now the moment of […]

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229 50th Reunion (delayed by two years)

The Reunion Committee looks forward to seeing you celebrate with us in May of 2022 for our much anticipated “Celebration of Life”—our 50th (52nd) Reunion and our 70th birthday year!

Our committee met “on the day that will live in infamy,” and it is now the moment of truth! We need to establish your desire to attend our activities. These include:

  • Friday May 13th—a tour of the school, followed by a luncheon under a canopy on school property (due to COVID, the Philadelphia School District is prohibiting any large crowds from gathering in school). Our school president, Mr. Tim McKenna, is allowing us to tour the school in groups of 20. Spouses are invited. The luncheon is free to everyone who is paying for Saturday night’s dinner. For those who are only attending the Friday tour and lunch, the cost is $25 per person.
  • Saturday May 14th—dinner event at the Marian House 507 Kings Hwy S. in Cherry Hill, NJ at 6pm and, of course, spouses are invited. There is a cash bar and a lavish buffet dinner.  The cost is $102.29.
  • Friday May 20th—CHS 229 Night at the Phillies! Provided that there is an MLB season next year, the Phillies will face the LA Dodgers. Tickets are $25 per person and once again, spouses are invited.


Payment is available in one of three options:

  • A check payable to “CHS 229” and mailed to
    Frank Piliero
    c/o MCCS
    704 Haywood Dr.
    Exton, PA 19341
  • VENMO FRANKA-Piliero
  • PayPal frankp197@aol.com

 

Let us hear from you and confirm that “The 229 is fine!” We would like your positive response to be as quick as possible but no later than February 15th.

Let us all hope that 2022 is a better year for all of us!

The Committee: Frank Piliero, Barry Rosenberg, David Laskin, Tom Arasz, Frank Marciante, David Seltzer, Wes O’Brien, Michael Kaufman and Tony DiMartino.

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🎶 With Joyful Hearts Once More We’ll Sing 🎶 Thanks to You! https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/%f0%9f%8e%b6-with-joyful-hearts-once-more-well-sing-%f0%9f%8e%b6-thanks-to-you/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 02:01:54 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=9712 As this interesting, unusual year that was 2021 comes to a close, I wanted to express my heartfelt appreciation for you, alumni. Despite all the challenges 2021 provided, your continued support of Central's current and future students resulted in milestones the AACHS is proud to share

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🎶 With Joyful Hearts Once More We’ll Sing 🎶 Thanks to You!

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As this interesting, unusual year that was 2021 comes to a close, I wanted to express my heartfelt appreciation for you, alumni. Despite all the challenges 2021 provided, your continued support of Central’s current and future students resulted in milestones the AACHS is proud to share:

  • Thanks to you, our Leading the Way for Innovation & Creativity Campaign is two-thirds of the way to its goal. We saw a record-breaking Giving Tuesday with a generous match from our own Kyle Andeer (251). In addition, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has awarded the AACHS an additional $5 million grant.
  • Thanks to you, the AACHS held virtual events that brought together students and alumni globally. From our well-attended Alumni Speaker Series, to our annual Career Day with its unprecedented participation of over 130 alumni, these events helped provide students insight into the lives of alumni who have made great strides in the arts, athletics, and medical fields.
  • Thanks to you, Central students continued to experience enriching academic opportunities. Your donations supported our award-winning Robotics program, school trips to witness the Inauguration of a new President, and supplied classrooms with state-of-the-art software, books and materials, to highlight a few.

I am excited and energized for 2022; with the guidance of our Executive Director Cynthia Lech (263), Development Manager Natalie Zitter (260), and the stalwart support of our Board of Managers, the AACHS is working on innovative and engaging ways to bring our alumni together, and to support our students and faculty at Central. 

We cannot do it without you — every gift matters. As the end of the year approaches this Friday, please consider supporting our work with a tax-deductible contribution.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2022, from our AACHS family to yours, and if I haven’t said it enough, thank you.

Warmly,

Neil Deegan, 263
President, AACHS

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Giving Tuesday 2021 Recap https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/giving-tuesday-2021-recap/ Fri, 03 Dec 2021 03:57:19 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=9657 Giving Tuesday 2021 Recap Central High Alumni like you stepped up and responded to make this year’s #GivingTuesday the most successful one yet. Over 340 alumni and friends made gifts on #GivingTuesday, many for the first time. We are excited to report that because of YOU, the AACHS raised over $125,000! Thanks to the generous […]

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Giving Tuesday 2021 Recap

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Central High Alumni like you stepped up and responded to make this year’s #GivingTuesday the most successful one yet.

Over 340 alumni and friends made gifts on #GivingTuesday, many for the first time. We are excited to report that because of YOU, the AACHS raised over $125,000!

Thanks to the generous matching gift from Kyle Andeer (251), the total raised for #GivingTuesday 2021 was over $225,000. 

Let’s keep this momentum going! If you didn’t make a contribution on Giving Tuesday, you still have a chance to make a difference in the learning experience of current and future students at Central High with a contribution today.

THANK YOU for such a great start to the giving season!

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Marcus Parker (260) and Mea Meeks (260) https://centralhighalumni.com/marriages/marcus-parker-260-and-mea-meeks-260/ Sat, 27 Nov 2021 21:47:24 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=9631 We met as two scrawny teenagers at Central. We attended a few classes together and had gained mutual friends over the years. A playful relationship was developed where the both of us were constantly teasing each other (mainly Marcus) One of our last interactions was when we signed each others yearbooks, wishing each other well and going our separate ways.

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Marcus Parker (260) and Mea Meeks (260)

“We met as two scrawny teenagers at Central. We attended a few classes together and had gained mutual friends over the years. A playful relationship was developed where the both of us were constantly teasing each other (mainly Marcus) One of our last interactions was when we signed each others yearbooks, wishing each other well and going our separate ways.

Flash forward to 260’s 15-year high school reunion — We picked up right where we left off in high school, with Mea being entertained by Marcus’ shenanigans. We had a few run-ins that night during the reunion when Marcus wasn’t on the dance floor or pouring drinks (that’s a whole other story.) Before the night ended we exchanged numbers, managed to make plans to meet in Chicago to hang out agreeing that would be a good meeting place between Philadelphia and California.

Marcus texted 1st the day after the reunion. Initially our text convos were never flirty or romantic, just small talk getting each other through our work days. Despite our different schedules, and timezones, we kept in contact for months. Our conversations grew from 1-2 texts a week to long conversations almost daily. Neither one of us realized that we were developing a deep, meaningful friendship.

Marcus came back to Philly after 7 months of us reconnecting. We shared one of the most incredible nights togther to date. Who knew an unplanned 1st date would be the defining event that would make us inseparable?!?

On December 20th, 2018 nearly 9 months after Mea’s big move to California, with Mea’s father’s blessing Marcus asked for her hand in marriage and she said Yes! Marcus had been conspiring with Tracey to help choose the most gorgeous ring. He had planned for us to finally take our trip to Chicago that we talked about the night we reunited at the reunion; but once he finally got the ring he no longer wanted to wait and asked the same night.

We said “I do” on September 15th, 2019 in Philadelphia surrounded by our loved ones. Since then, we have been blessed with a beautiful baby girl, Lila.”

Marcus Parker (260) and Mea (Meeks) Parker (260)

Marcus Parker (260) and Mea Meeks (260)

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Valerie J. Valentine (251) and Quincy M. Walcott (251) https://centralhighalumni.com/marriages/valerie-j-valentine-251-and-quincy-m-walcott-251/ Sat, 27 Nov 2021 21:27:41 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=9623 We met in advisory .... we're friends, we were each asked by other people to set them up with the other. We ended up liking each other & then .... til death did us part. We have 2 amazing kids Brittany (27) & Brandon (17), Brandon wears Quincy's # for football!!!

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Valerie J. Valentine (251) and Quincy M. Walcott (251)

“We met in advisory …. we’re friends, we were each asked by other people to set them up with the other. We ended up liking each other & then …. til death did us part. We have 2 amazing kids Brittany (27) & Brandon (17), Brandon wears Quincy’s # for football!!!”

—Valerie J. (Valentine) Walcott (251) and Quincy M. Walcott (251)

Valerie J. Valentine (251) and Quincy M. Walcott (251)

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Justin Mosley (265) and Jaleesa Howard (266) https://centralhighalumni.com/marriages/justin-mosley-265-and-jaleesa-howard-266/ Sat, 27 Nov 2021 21:13:40 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=9613 The first time we spoke to each other was in brief passing while walking Central’s hallways. I was in the 9th grade and Justin was in the 10th and didn’t know each other at the time. I remember I was holding a cake and he jokingly asked me for a piece (not having a clue who I was) to his surprise I said sure, we both laughed and that was that! It wasn’t until I was in the 10th and he was in the 11th grade, and we both ended up in the same geometry class, that we would really meet.

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Justin Mosley (265) and Jaleesa Howard (266)

“The first time we spoke to each other was in brief passing while walking Central’s hallways. I was in the 9th grade and Justin was in the 10th and didn’t know each other at the time. I remember I was holding a cake and he jokingly asked me for a piece (not having a clue who I was) to his surprise I said sure, we both laughed and that was that! It wasn’t until I was in the 10th and he was in the 11th grade, and we both ended up in the same geometry class, that we would really meet. Seated right next to each other, Justin asked me for a pencil, and as cliche as it sounds the rest was history! We spent the entire year becoming best friends!

That summer we went our separate ways, and hadn’t seen or spoken to each other. The next school year came around and I remember Justin being a senior, came into the lunch room that morning and was looking GOOD!! Me and my friends joked that summer treated him well, but even then, to me we were just friends. Who can believe that once again we were in the same math class! We would push our desk together and cut up the entire class (which may or may not be the reason I ended up in summer school, but I’ll save that for another day). We were still only friends! In fact we both were dating other people and would often give each other relationship advice.

Literally same thing friends all school year until the very end, but this time something was different. Justin was a senior! There would be no more math classes together. I remember I signed his year book and made him promise that this summer he would keep in touch. I gave him a signed graduation teddy bear that had my number on it telling him to call me, he promised he would. Well that very night he called me and asked me out for ice cream. It was during that date that he finally revealed that he wanted to get to know me as more than friends.

I was shook… I mean it made since looking back but in that moment your gurl was shook!! We started dating that summer, stayed together 5 years before we got engaged, got married 10/30/11 had a baby boy Jayce two years later, had another son Jameson four years after that, and now are coming up on 10 years married 10/30/21. We have a beautiful home in Mt Airy, we have started two businesses @shotsbymosley where Justin is a wedding photographer and @wedbymosley where I am a wedding planner. We have built a great life together we are truly best friends. It’s all because of meeting at Central! Hoping our boys will follow in our footsteps and go to Central too! Go Lancers”

—Justin Mosley (265) and Jaleesa (Howard) Mosley (266)

Justin Mosley (265) and Jaleesa Howard (266)
Justin Mosley (265) and Jaleesa Howard (266)

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Christian Lucia (273) and Brianna Sartori (274) https://centralhighalumni.com/marriages/christian-lucia-273-and-brianna-sartori-274/ Sat, 27 Nov 2021 21:00:08 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=9603 We met during my sophomore year and Brianna’s freshmen year. We had the same lunch and started hanging out around Christmas break 2011. We have officially been together since March 5th 2012. We just were married on June 25th 2021. Central was such a great place for us to meet, it helped cultivate our ideas, make friendships, and gave us inspirations to work towards.

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Christian Lucia (273) and Brianna Sartori (274)

“We met during my sophomore year and Brianna’s freshmen year. We had the same lunch and started hanging out around Christmas break 2011. We have officially been together since March 5th 2012. We just were married on June 25th 2021. Central was such a great place for us to meet, it helped cultivate our ideas, make friendships, and gave us inspirations to work towards. We recently bought a house and have two dogs. If it was not for Central we wouldn’t have met.”

—Christian Lucia (273) and Brianna (Sartori) Lucia (274)

Christian Lucia (273) and Brianna Sartori (274)

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Grettel Mendoza (260) and Brandon Logan (259) https://centralhighalumni.com/marriages/grettel-mendoza-260-and-brandon-logan-259/ Sat, 27 Nov 2021 20:44:57 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=9589 After knowing eachother in school, we ended working with eachother right after high school. After 3 years of friendship, we were inseparable. Happily together now for 17 years with 3 girls.

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Grettel Mendoza (260) and Brandon Logan (259)

“After knowing eachother in school, we ended working with eachother right after high school. After 3 years of friendship, we were inseparable. Happily together now for 17 years with 3 girls.”

—Grettel Mendoza (260) and Brandon Logan (259)

Grettel Mendoza (260) and Brandon Logan (259)

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225 55+1 Reunion https://centralhighalumni.com/uncategorized/225-56th-reunion/ Sun, 21 Nov 2021 18:45:58 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=9581 225 55+1 Reunion

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230 50th Reunion (delayed by a year) https://centralhighalumni.com/uncategorized/230-50th-delayed-by-a-year-reunion/ Fri, 19 Nov 2021 21:22:39 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=9564 230 50th Reunion (delayed by a year) Our 50th Reunion (rescheduled from March 2021) will be held over two days. Saturday night dinner: Saturday March 5, 2022 at 6:15PM Place: Swan Caterers-Waterfall Room, 2015 S. Water St, Philadelphia 19148 Sunday morning brunch: Sunday March 6, 2022 at 10AM until ? Place: at the home of […]

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230 50th Reunion (delayed by a year)

Our 50th Reunion (rescheduled from March 2021) will be held over two days.

Saturday night dinner: Saturday March 5, 2022 at 6:15PM

Place: Swan Caterers-Waterfall Room, 2015 S. Water St, Philadelphia 19148

Sunday morning brunch: Sunday March 6, 2022 at 10AM until ?

Place: at the home of class rep Larry Plotkin, centralhigh230@comcast.net

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275 5th Reunion https://centralhighalumni.com/uncategorized/275-5th-reunion/ Thu, 18 Nov 2021 21:21:49 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=9536 275 5th Reunion Support the 275 Class Gift Campaign! https://centralhighalumni.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/275Central-High-School-1.mp4 Eventbrite (to purchase tickets): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/275-class-reunion-tickets-165332902161 Facebook Event: https://fb.me/e/9mHSwdwE2 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chs_275/ Email Address: 275chs@gmail.com

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270 10th Reunion https://centralhighalumni.com/uncategorized/270-10th-reunion/ Thu, 18 Nov 2021 21:17:41 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=9526 270 10th Reunion Purchase tickets: 270tenyear.eventbrite.com

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270 10th Reunion

Purchase tickets: 270tenyear.eventbrite.com

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251 30th Reunion https://centralhighalumni.com/uncategorized/251-30th-reunion/ Thu, 18 Nov 2021 20:45:33 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=9520 251 30th Reunion Date: June 18, 2022 Complete details: https://251reunion.com/ [AACHS Webmaster’s note: that is an awesomely impressive class reunion site.  Well done!]

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251 30th Reunion

Date: June 18, 2022

Complete details: https://251reunion.com/

[AACHS Webmaster’s note: that is an awesomely impressive class reunion site.  Well done!]

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215 60th Reunion https://centralhighalumni.com/uncategorized/215-60th-reunion/ Thu, 18 Nov 2021 20:39:44 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=9514 215 60th Reunion Date: 5/14/2022 More details coming soon!

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215 60th Reunion

Date: 5/14/2022

More details coming soon!

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214 60th Reunion https://centralhighalumni.com/uncategorized/214-60th-reunion/ Thu, 18 Nov 2021 20:36:44 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=9508 214 60th Reunion Date: 4/22/2022 More details coming soon!

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214 60th Reunion

Date: 4/22/2022

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206 65th Reunion https://centralhighalumni.com/uncategorized/206-65th-reunion/ Thu, 18 Nov 2021 20:31:57 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=9502 206 65th Reunion Dates: 10/8/22-10/9/22 Place: Springfield Country Club, Springfield More details coming soon!

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206 65th Reunion

Dates: 10/8/22-10/9/22

Place: Springfield Country Club, Springfield

More details coming soon!

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204 66.5 Reunion https://centralhighalumni.com/uncategorized/204-66-5-reunion-2/ Thu, 18 Nov 2021 20:27:56 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=9496 204 66.5 Reunion Date: 6/5/2022 Time: 4PM Place: Bluestone Country Club, Blue Bell Details coming soon! Please contact Art Magilner to RSVP to the reunion.

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204 66.5 Reunion

Date: 6/5/2022 Time: 4PM
Place: Bluestone Country Club, Blue Bell
Details coming soon! Please contact Art Magilner to RSVP to the reunion.

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Giving Back on Giving Tuesday https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/giving-back-on-giving-tuesday/ Thu, 18 Nov 2021 19:36:50 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=9485 Giving Back on Giving Tuesday The holiday season is just around the corner, and we invite you to kick it off with us by Giving Back on Giving Tuesday! Giving Tuesday is an opportunity for people around the world to come together to support a cause close to their hearts. Take part in this special […]

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Giving Back on Giving Tuesday

Giving Back on Giving Tuesday

The holiday season is just around the corner, and we invite you to kick it off with us by Giving Back on Giving Tuesday!

Giving Tuesday is an opportunity for people around the world to come together to support a cause close to their hearts. Take part in this special day by making a donation to the AACHS and help us provide state of the art facilities and 21st Century learning opportunities for the students at Central.

This year all contributions received for Giving Tuesday will be matched up to $100,000 by a generous alumnus, Kyle Andeer of the 251st class! 

Want your donation to have an even bigger impact? Many employers double, or even triple, charitable donations made by employees, retirees, or spouses. See if your employer will match your gift and be sure to inform the Alumni Office if a matched gift is on its way.

Plus – there’s another easy way you can make an impact. If you are shopping online on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, be sure to list AACHS as your preferred charity when making AmazonSmile purchases and a portion of the proceeds go directly to support AACHS.

Mark your calendars for November 30th, spread the word, and contribute on Giving Tuesday!

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1836 Society, 2021-2022 https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/1836-society-2021-2022/ Sat, 13 Nov 2021 23:01:19 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=9476 1836 Society, 2021-2022 The 1836 Society is composed of a special group of alumni and friends whose collective generosity guarantees that Central remains a place of educational exploration and personal growth for students seeking to reach their full potential. We are grateful to the many who help to ensure that the mission of the AACHS […]

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1836 Society, 2021-2022

The 1836 Society is composed of a special group of alumni and friends whose collective generosity guarantees that Central remains a place of educational exploration and personal growth for students seeking to reach their full potential.

We are grateful to the many who help to ensure that the mission of the AACHS will fund vital programming and guide our students for generations to come.

Each year, the financial contributions of the 1836 Society members diminish the obstacles students face through their support of life-changing scholarships, advancement of academic programs, and opportunities for innovation and creativity towards first-class learning facilities.

“Although I can never repay our ‘Dear Old High’ for the outstanding education, amazing experiences, and cherished life-long friendships it has given me, I can ‘pay it forward’ by being a member of the 1836 Society. My monthly contribution is just one way of ensuring that my fellow Lancers/future alumni will benefit from even better resources than I had as a Central student, and I hope that my support will inspire others to do the same. Join the 1836 society today!” – Karima Bouchenafa (249), AACHS Vice President

To become a sustaining member, simply make a minimum gift of $1,836 annually; gifts can be made at once or in recurring payments. 

Please also consider increasing your impact through an employer match program — click to see if you qualify.

No matter how you choose to support the AACHS, your contribution makes an impact! Thank you.

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Career Day 2021 https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/career-day-2021/ Wed, 27 Oct 2021 17:36:57 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=9427 Career Day 2021 On Monday, November 22, 2021 the AACHS will proudly present its annual Career Day program virtually to this year’s seniors and juniors, the 281st and 282nd classes. Although students are back in the building, it still remains closed to visitors so the Program & Alumni Engagement Committee has decided to hold this […]

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Career Day 2021

Career Day 2021

On Monday, November 22, 2021 the AACHS will proudly present its annual Career Day program virtually to this year’s seniors and juniors, the 281st and 282nd classes.

Although students are back in the building, it still remains closed to visitors so the Program & Alumni Engagement Committee has decided to hold this year’s Career Day virtually again.

Since this event is now virtual, alumni from around the country and world can join us. We would love for you to participate this year and share your knowledge and expertise with the students.

The program will start at 8:00 a.m. with a virtual kick-off meeting followed by online sessions via Google Classroom that will conclude at 2 p.m. with participants returning to the main room after their sessions have ended.

This program has been a success in the past due to the contributions of alumni who are willing to give their time back to Central High School.

Last year, our move to a virtual event led to one of the most successful Career Days yet, with over 75 alumni participating.

Please fill out this form by October 29, 2021 if you are able to join us. Assignments of class sessions will be provided at a later date.

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Sip or Treat https://centralhighalumni.com/event/sip-or-treat/ Mon, 11 Oct 2021 18:05:40 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=9347 Join Us for the Sip or Treat Event! Let’s get sPoOkY and support our beloved AACHS for the return of the popular Central SIPS event!  Enjoy free entry, food & drink specials, and celebrate the school we love with classmates and alumni while enjoying the beautiful, iconic, and nationally historic Divine Lorraine!  Come for the camaraderie, stay for the […]

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Join Us for the Sip or Treat Event!


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Let’s get sPoOkY and support our beloved AACHS for the return of the popular Central SIPS event!  Enjoy free entry, food & drink specials, and celebrate the school we love with classmates and alumni while enjoying the beautiful, iconic, and nationally historic Divine Lorraine! 

Come for the camaraderie, stay for the optional costume contest and prizes for this Halloween-themed event!

A portion of proceeds will be generously donated to the AACHS. 

Many of the venues at the Divine are newly reimagined by one of our own, AACHS board Vice President Robert Del Femine (235), as part of underground concepts.

RSVP encouraged, ID (21+) and proof of vaccination are required for entry per current City of Philadelphia mandates.

Please visit the Eventbrite Page for more details and to register.

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We’re Hiring: Development Manager https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/were-hiring-development-manager/ Wed, 06 Oct 2021 18:00:00 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=9257 We’re Hiring: Development Manager The Associated Alumni of Central High School of Philadelphia seeks a full-time dynamic Development Manager that will keep pace and help grow our organization. The mission of the AACHS is to encourage and support the School’s high standards of scholarship, integrity and democratic values, to facilitate and maintain pride in Central […]

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We’re Hiring: Development Manager

The Associated Alumni of Central High School of Philadelphia seeks a full-time dynamic Development Manager that will keep pace and help grow our organization.

The mission of the AACHS is to encourage and support the School’s high standards of scholarship, integrity and democratic values, to facilitate and maintain pride in Central High School and, as well, to encourage an impact upon community growth through financial and personal involvement, while broadening social and professional relationships among its alumni. We do this through supporting programming at the school, providing day-to-day support to the school community, and by engaging our alumni community to support the continued success of Central High School students.

The successful candidate for this position will be energetically committed to the mission of the AACHS. We are seeking someone who thrives in a variety of environments, can handle multiple projects simultaneously and has strong time management skills, and has at least 2-3 years experience working in fundraising or an administrative and communications capacity in a non-profit setting.  Familiarity with fundraising campaigns, accounting processes, stewardship, and non-profit or board management culture is highly recommended.

A key member of the team, the Development Manager reports to the Executive Director. This position is full-time and the typical work schedule will be five days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the main office located at Central High School. 

Consideration for remote work may be available, however, reliable transportation is required.

Salary is commensurate with experience. The AACHS offers a generous benefits package including paid time off, paid holidays and health coverage.

Key Responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Development:
    • Gift Processing and Acknowledgement
    • Oversee systems for donor prospecting, research, and pipeline development
    • Research potential grant opportunities and apply when appropriate
    • Prepare donation spreadsheets and reports
    • Research, promote, and manage new Development/Fundraising programs
    • Assist in the planning, management and execution of in-person and virtual events

  • Communications:
    • Interface with alumni, community partners, CHS administration, staff, and students
    • Manage broadcast email program and social media accounts
    • Maintain and update the AACHS website and promotional materials for campaigns and fundraising opportunities
    • Oversee Alumni Journal, a publication distributed to all Alumni and friends digitally 

  • Administration
    • Provide general administrative support 
    • Adhere to standard operating procedures 
    • Oversee AACHS database and maintain proper record keeping 
    • Develop and oversee volunteer/internship program

  • Board Support
    • Support board members in their volunteer work and service on behalf of the association 
    • Represent AACHS office at board and committee meetings, external meetings and events as assigned


To apply, please email the following: Cover Letter, Resume, and two References to alumnioffice@centralhighalumni.com.

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From Student to Teacher https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/mike-horwits-spotlight/ Thu, 30 Sep 2021 14:00:00 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=9089 From Student to Teacher Ask any student from the last 15 years about Michael Horwits and they’ll know exactly who you are talking about, and they’ll likely have a story to tell. Chances are he’ll also remember them and have a story to tell as well. Mr. Horwits (251) is a 3rd generation Lancer, Central […]

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From Student to Teacher

Ask any student from the last 15 years about Michael Horwits and they’ll know exactly who you are talking about, and they’ll likely have a story to tell. Chances are he’ll also remember them and have a story to tell as well.

Mr. Horwits (251) is a 3rd generation Lancer, Central Social Studies teacher, member of the AACHS Board of Managers, and one of the biggest and loudest advocates for Central students and alumni that you’ll meet.

Mr. Horwits with a group of students at the Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C.

He is also the sponsor of the Jewish Student Union, Varsity Boys Tennis Coach, Tournament Director of PIAA XII Golf, and class sponsor for numerous classes, including the current senior class 281.

After a year and a half of virtual teaching, Mr. Horwits didn’t take this past summer to relax before returning in person to school in the Fall. Instead, he packed his summer by spending countless hours evaluating and scoring AP US Government & Politics exams, participated in an intensive three-week C-SPAN Teacher Fellowship to help create new educational resources for teachers nationally, and was the recipient of Thomas Jefferson University’s Centennial Educator Award, nominated by Katie Chin (280).

“I have never met a more passionate and driven teacher than Mr. Horwits. He endlessly devotes his time towards the community and to the students of Central. Mr. Horwits is the epitome of what a Central student is – compassionate, ambitious, and excellent.” – Katie Chin (280)

Mike never thought as a student that he would have the opportunity he has today. Now in his 17th year teaching at Central, 24th year as a Philadelphia Public School teacher overall, he still feels lucky every day to be able to give back to the current students and make a difference in their lives. “When you look at how a group of people can work together to be effective leaders in all walks of life – that’s what Central’s all about,” says Mr. Horwits.

He takes special pride in the relationships he has built and maintained with students in every class since he started. Mike finds ways to provide each student a memorable Central experience.

As the Chair of the AACHS School and Student Engagement committee, he and the committee work to build connections between current students and the alumni community through events such as the Alumni Speaker Series and Central Night at the Phillies.

“Supporting the AACHS is truly a way to give back to Central students and provide them with enhanced learning opportunities, networking skills, and leadership training.”

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Giving Tuesday Announcement https://centralhighalumni.com/giving-news/giving-tuesday/ Thu, 16 Sep 2021 14:00:00 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=9003 This #GIvingTuesday, we ask that you help us to exceed our goal of having 500 donors participate and make a gift on November 29, 2022.

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Circle Tuesday, November 29th on your calendar. It’s #GivingTuesday!

Support AACHS on Giving Tuesday. Your generosity will help Central students to use their education to improve their communities, country, and world.

Let us continue to rejoice in the record-breaking success of last year’s Giving Tuesday, which resulted in $253,000 from 420 donors! 

The AACHS is beyond grateful for the generosity Kyle Andeer (251) provided in his matched contribution of the first $100,000 raised on Giving Tuesday last year! 

Kyle has shared over the years his appreciation for our alma mater, recognizing that Central High School is a place filled with nurturing and dedicated teachers, who help guide students on the path to success.

This #GIvingTuesday, we want to exceed our goal of having 500 donors participate and make a gift on November 29, 2022.

Please consider making your tax-deductible gift, and join us as we Celebrate Central. Cherish Central. Choose Central. 

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving where millions of people join forces to collectively contribute to a cause they believe in. You can be a part of this incredible day by donating to the AACHS to help us provide today’s Central students with the tools they need to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Your donation can have an even bigger impact: Many employers double, or even triple, charitable donations made by employees, retirees, or even spouses. Click here to see if your employer will match your gift or talk with your HR department.

Mark your calendars now for Tuesday, November 29th and make your plan to take part in Giving Tuesday by supporting the work the AACHS does for today’s Central High School students.

How to make a gift to Central through The Associated Alumni of Central High School of Philadelphia, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization?

Online:  Make a one-time gift, pledge, or recurring donation through our secure online gift form with your credit card or bank account.

By Mail:  Please make your check payable to The Associated Alumni of Central High School of Philadelphia and send it to:

The Associated Alumni of Central High School of Philadelphia (AACHS)
P.O. Box 26580
Philadelphia, PA
19141-6580

By Phone:  Please call the Alumni Office at (215) 845-3308.

Gift of Securities (Stocks, Bonds, and Mutual Funds):  To maximize the tax-deductibility of your gift, please call us for instructions for the direct transfer of your securities to The Associated Alumni of Central High School of Philadelphia.

Matching Gifts:  Some companies double or even triple employees’ gifts to Central. Your employer might be one of them! Many companies also match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses. To find out if your employer will match your gift, please check using this form or contact your Human Resources Department.

Planned Giving:  Include a gift to Central in your will or trust and make your mark on the future. To learn more, please review this page. For those who have already considered leaving AACHS in its planned giving, please inform us so we can thank you for your generosity and support.

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Back to School Message https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/back-to-school-message/ Tue, 24 Aug 2021 16:18:50 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=8824 For The First Time In Forever Tuesday, August 31st will be an exciting day for the Central High School community. It will be the first time since March 2020 that the full student body will walk through Central’s doors to learn from each other and our remarkable faculty and staff. “This year we will get […]

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For The First Time In Forever

Tuesday, August 31st will be an exciting day for the Central High School community. It will be the first time since March 2020 that the full student body will walk through Central’s doors to learn from each other and our remarkable faculty and staff.

“This year we will get back to the business of educating the best and brightest students in Philadelphia here on our beautiful campus,” says Central President Timothy J. McKenna.

This first day of school is a moment to celebrate.

The last 17 months have been difficult for Central students – missing important milestones like prom and graduation, losing the camaraderie of sports, clubs, the melodic sounds coming from the music department, and just being together with schoolmates. Students and faculty alike are looking forward to resuming these highlights of the high school experience, while adhering to new safety protocols that are being put in place to make this year a safe one for all members of our school community.

We thank all those who have supported Central as we navigated these uncharted waters. “We continue to ask the alumni to support our students, especially at this time,” said McKenna as he strives to create a return to normalcy.

As alumni, you can make a huge impact on the experience of today’s students, through moments like Career Day, financial support for the Capital Campaign and special projects we fund for the school, and by being an active member of our alumni network. While the school will remain closed to visitors, President McKenna looks forward to welcoming alumni and friends back to our school building in the future.

There has never been a more critical moment to invest in Central High School. Make a gift today to the AACHS and support the students of today and the alumni of tomorrow.

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Auditorium Seat Sale https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/auditorium-seat-sale/ Mon, 16 Aug 2021 13:19:36 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=8757 Leave A Lasting Legacy At Central! Dedicating an auditorium seat is a great way to create a permanent legacy at Central for you, a family member, or a loved one. You can also pay tribute to a teacher who left a lasting impression or a classmate who became a lifelong friend. The seats are selling […]

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Leave A Lasting Legacy At Central!

Auditorium Seat Sale

Dedicating an auditorium seat is a great way to create a permanent legacy at Central for you, a family member, or a loved one. You can also pay tribute to a teacher who left a lasting impression or a classmate who became a lifelong friend. The seats are selling fast and the AACHS has decided to extend our limited time offer of $300 per seat until September 30, 2021. There’s no better time than now to take advantage of this special offer before the price goes up to $500 later this year.

With the generous support of Joan and the late Bernie Spain (198), new upholstered seats were installed after a fire in the auditorium in October 2010 and they were made available to alumni and friends to dedicate. Once purchased, a brass plate, with up to three lines of your personal inscription, will grace the armrest of a seat for all future students to see.

Other opportunities for naming recognitions and dedications can also be made – click here to learn more or contact the Alumni Office for further discussion.

Learn more about the auditorium seats and dedicate your seat today!

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Piece by Piece – A Sign of Resilience https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/piece-by-piece-a-sign-of-resilience/ Wed, 28 Jul 2021 19:34:55 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=8670 Piece by Piece – A Sign of Resilience When schools closed in March 2020 no one knew how long until they could return or what to expect. As the days turned to weeks turned to months, students realized they needed to get creative to stay connected. “The whole ensemble experience is making music together and that […]

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Piece by Piece - A Sign of Resilience

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When schools closed in March 2020 no one knew how long until they could return or what to expect. As the days turned to weeks turned to months, students realized they needed to get creative to stay connected. “The whole ensemble experience is making music together and that was instantly taken away from everyone,” said Music Department chair, Mr. Ben Blazer, “we had to find creative ways to keep students together and engaged.”

That is just what the music department did – students and teachers alike learned new skills to transition to a virtual world. Throughout the school year students in all aspects of the arts have managed to produce wonderful pieces of visual and performance art, coming together as one from the comfort and safety of their own homes. For many of the students this was their first time using a digital audio workstation and, while there was a learning curve, they all rose to the occasion. For the teachers, a lot of time was spent putting all the pieces together, but it was well worth it with many new skills learned that have enhanced the overall experience and trajectory of music and arts education. 

During the 2020-2021 school year, the drama department put on a virtual production of A Christmas Carol and musical review of student solo performances; students created an online art gallery to show their projects; and the orchestra, band, ensembles, and choir produced multiple masterfully edited videos, including the ever-popular Resilience rendition by the CHS choir written by composer Abbie Betinis, making it seems as if they were all performing as one. It all culminated in an online Spring Celebration of the Arts.

While it is still unclear what the return to school will look like in the Fall, Mr. Blazer is hopeful that students will once again be able to produce music and theatrical performances together in person. He looks forward to the time when this can happen in the new performing arts center. 

The new state of the art facility will include a full scene shop to create theatrical set pieces, a gallery to display student art, and a multi-functional space that will not only benefit the Music and Art departments but the entire school at large. “The successful completion of the Leading the Way Capital Campaign will reinvigorate the campus and allow for a space that is commensurate with the abilities of our students; it will enable the school to showcase the talents and hard work of our students,” said Mr. Blazer. “To support the arts is to support the academic mission as a whole.” 

The unforeseen circumstances that required teachers and students to adjust to a new way of learning proved the resounding need for modern technology in academic practices. An investment in Central High School will ensure future success for all students. Make a gift today to the Leading The Way Capital Campaign to help ensure a bright future for our promising student artists. Support the students of today and alumni of tomorrow.

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Central Student Joins School Board https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/central-student-joins-school-board/ Fri, 16 Jul 2021 18:46:50 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=8640 Central Student Joins School Board Students in the School District of Philadelphia will have a seat at the table during Board of Education meetings represented by a rising junior at Central High School. The AACHS congratulates Rebecca Allen (282), who is one of just two high school students citywide to be chosen as Student Board […]

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Central Student Joins School Board

Rebecca Allen (282)

Students in the School District of Philadelphia will have a seat at the table during Board of Education meetings represented by a rising junior at Central High School. The AACHS congratulates Rebecca Allen (282), who is one of just two high school students citywide to be chosen as Student Board Representatives for the 2021-2022 school year. In this role, they will represent their peers by sharing student concerns with the Board at its monthly meetings and by reporting Board deliberations and actions to the student body.

Ms. Allen is looking forward to beginning her new role next month and hopes to give voice to student concerns and work toward addressing those issues, with the ultimate goal of improving school experiences for all District students. “My goal is to lift the voices of minority students and marginalized groups, which include students with disabilities, first generation students, and students of color,” said Ms. Allen. She would also like to see students given more of a say in their curriculum.

At Central, Ms. Allen co-founded UNHEARD (Uprooting Negligence by Habituating Equity and Anti-Racism through Real Discussions), a group that holds discussions and workshops focused on equity and inclusion. She is looking forward to hopefully returning to Central at the start of the next school year, having spent nearly a year and a half learning virtually from home. “Virtual learning was hard to manage and made it really difficult to make connections with people,” said Ms. Allen. She hopes that her love of learning will lead to a deeper understanding for cultivating relationships with students and serving as an advocate among her peers.

Join us in congratulating Rebecca by making a gift to the AACHS today to enhance the student enrichment programs that produce future leaders at Central. Your gift supports the students of today and the alumni of tomorrow!

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Celebrating Successes https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/celebrating-successes/ Thu, 08 Jul 2021 17:01:20 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=8607 Celebrating Successes From The Past Year It has been an unusual school year as you can imagine. During this challenging time, the AACHS board has been meeting and working virtually – but we have not missed a beat. We have continued to ensure that students at Central receive the best education and resources in the […]

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Celebrating Successes From The Past Year

It has been an unusual school year as you can imagine. During this challenging time, the AACHS board has been meeting and working virtually – but we have not missed a beat. We have continued to ensure that students at Central receive the best education and resources in the city. This is in large part thanks to our alumni and CHS community who really stepped up to help in many ways!

Below is a snapshot of some successes from the past year, in addition to highlights of our newest alumni, the 280th graduating class of Central High School, shared by President Timothy J. McKenna during the 2021 Annual Meeting.

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Central students are working to become the next generation of leaders, even as they deal with the unanticipated challenges that the pandemic created. In the 280th graduating class there were 2 National Merit finalists, 6 National Merit semifinalists, and 14 National Merit commended students. There were 152 students that scored a three or better on at least three AP examinations, including 10 students that were national AP scholars, scoring four or better on eight or more AP exams. These truly are remarkable achievements when we consider the hardships students faced with the unexpected shift to virtual learning.

Members of 280 have accepted seats at top universities around the nation – University of Pennsylvania, Temple, Penn State, Drexel, Howard, Pitt, MIT, University of Chicago, Emory, Cornell, Tufts, Villanova, Thomas Jefferson University, University of Oregon, Sarah Lawrence College, UNLV, and many more. Central students are attending top universities and representing our school across the country, undoubtedly driving progress to shape a more equitable society.

“Our students are achieving their goals because the AACHS and Central community has provided a network of support so that they may thrive in their professional and personal endeavors,” said President Timothy J. McKenna about the 280th class.

The AACHS provides financial support that keeps our school ahead of the curve. We are moving forward, but we still need your assistance through alumni involvement and philanthropy. The Leading the Way Capital Campaign is crucial to us continuing our goal of offering cutting edge learning experiences for our students and faculty. 

There has never been a more critical moment to invest in Central High School. Make a gift today to support the students of today and the alumni of tomorrow.

We hope you have a chance to re-energize and relax this summer! The Alumni Office is a phone call or email away. Please feel free to reach out and connect anytime.

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Speaker Series Featuring Quiara Alegria Hudes (254) https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/speaker-series-featuring-quiara-alegria-hudes-254/ Fri, 18 Jun 2021 14:50:05 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=8516 Watch the recording of our Speaker Series event featuring Quiara Alegria Hudes (254).

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Speaker Series Featuring Quiara Alegria Hudes (254)

Quiara Alegria Hudes

On May 4th the AACHS held the first Alumni Speaker Series event featuring Award-Winning Playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes (254), Noted Poet Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz (255), and former CHS Creative Writing teacher, Carole Nehez. If you were unable to join us “live”, the event was recorded and is available to watch any time on our YouTube page. Be sure to catch the moment when Yale is mentioned as being not as good as Central! You can also read a full transcript of the event here.

As mentioned during the program, teaching arts and promoting creativity in young minds is vitally important. Please consider making a donation to our Leading The Way Capital Campaign to help foster the next generation of creative writers and performers at Central.

The event was a huge success and widely enjoyed by everyone who attended. We would love to hear your thoughts about the event to make future ones even better. If you have any comments you would like to share, please email us at alumnioffice@centralhighalumni.com.

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LaShonna Holloway (255) and Bryan Johnson (255) https://centralhighalumni.com/marriages/lashonna-holloway-255-and-bryan-johnson-255/ Sun, 23 May 2021 20:12:16 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=8476 Bryan and I met in 1992 during our freshman year (class of 255!!). The first time we met, we locked eyes in the hallway and that was the moment where our souls connected. Naturally, we wanted to get to know each other better. One day after gym class, Bryan and I stayed behind to sit on the bleachers to talk. I’m sure we both missed our next class or two. We both remember it being an amazing conversation and at the end Bryan gave me his gold chain to wear.

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LaShonna Holloway (255) and Bryan Johnson (255)

“Bryan and I met in 1992 during our freshman year (class of 255!!). The first time we met, we locked eyes in the hallway and that was the moment where our souls connected. Naturally, we wanted to get to know each other better. One day after gym class, Bryan and I stayed behind to sit on the bleachers to talk. I’m sure we both missed our next class or two. We both remember it being an amazing conversation and at the end Bryan gave me his gold chain to wear. Later that day Bryan met me outside of my math class and I thought that was sweet of him but it was to frantically ask for his chain back because he knew it was fake and feared it would turn my neck green. After that, he figured this was the reason why I decided not to follow through with the courtship. Little did he know, I thought he was trying to “score a touchdown” way too quickly.

Over the years we maintained our friendship, keeping up with each other’s successes and accomplishments even as life led Bryan to Illinois and me to New York City. 27 years later, the timing was right for our souls to reconnect as it had in 1992. We were both visiting Philadelphia for Labor Day weekend and attended a gathering at a mutual friend’s home. I arrived first, enjoying the brief moment to catch up with long-time friends. Bryan arrived later on that evening and it was a pleasant shock to me because I had forgotten that he would even be there. As Bryan would tell it, when he walked in, I was the first person that he saw and it immediately hit him that I was “the one”. Eventually the night was over and we both parted ways as we’ve done so many times in the past, but this time things were different.

One week later, while Bryan was contemplating this new feeling and his next move, I was also feeling the same and was compelled to reach out instead of relying on chance and circumstance bringing us back together. The conversation revealed that through our growth and journeys in life, there still remained an undeniable connection and a strong compatibility that was worth exploring. Frequent trips to New York solidified our bond and it became very clear that we wanted to share the rest of our lives together and finish what was started so many years ago. During one particular visit to New York, Bryan planned a wonderful dinner, paired with a visit to the Rockefeller Christmas Tree. I could tell that he was nervous about something. Surrounded by thousands of holiday tourists, Bryan popped the question. Our love triumphed through the pandemic and we were able to say “I do” on April 10, 2021.”

—LaShonna Holloway-Johnson (255) and Bryan Johnson (255)

LaShonna Holloway (255) and Bryan Johnson (255)

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Spencer T. Clayton (260) and Tia Burroughs (260) https://centralhighalumni.com/marriages/spencer-t-clayton-260-and-tia-burroughs-260/ Sun, 23 May 2021 19:58:31 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=8468 Although Tia and I knew each other at Central, the story of our relationship started almost fifteen years after graduation with a chance meeting at an academic conference in San Diego. We talked at length and once we realized that we were both on the same return flight to Philadelphia, Tia switched her seat so we could sit next to each other and continue getting to know each other.

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Spencer T. Clayton (260) and Tia Burroughs (260)

“Although Tia and I knew each other at Central, the story of our relationship started almost fifteen years after graduation with a chance meeting at an academic conference in San Diego. We talked at length and once we realized that we were both on the same return flight to Philadelphia, Tia switched her seat so we could sit next to each other and continue getting to know each other. Our first date was a week later and by the end of that year, we were engaged. Admittedly, our relationship confused a lot of our classmates who barely remember us talking to each other at Central–especially at our fifteen year reunion–but now we are happily married and incredibly thankful that we both made the decision to matriculate at Central all those years ago.”

— Spencer T. Clayton (260) and Tia Burroughs Clayton (260)

Spencer T. Clayton (260) and Tia Burroughs (260)

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Jennifer Maguire (262)and Kevin Norton (262) https://centralhighalumni.com/marriages/jennifer-maguire-262and-kevin-norton-262/ Sat, 01 May 2021 01:32:39 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=8446 Throughout our time within Central hallowed halls, Kevin and I only shared two classes. We had known each other before high school, but we were not close; he is the cousin of a friend, and we would occasionally end up at the same get-togethers. However, he left an impression on me in those two measly classes.

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Jennifer Maguire (262) and Kevin Norton (262)

“Throughout our time within Central hallowed halls, Kevin and I only shared two classes. We had known each other before high school, but we were not close; he is the cousin of a friend, and we would occasionally end up at the same get-togethers. However, he left an impression on me in those two measly classes. In Ms. Harris’ English class, Kevin sat across the room from me. He was quiet, but now and then, he would whisper something to the cool kids seated around him, and they would burst out laughing. Intriguing – check. And in Ms. Jones’ Gym class, he always held the door, not just for me, but anyone, and did so with a pleasant smile. Manners – check. After graduating, I was preparing to go to another area college, but stars aligned, and I accepted a last-minute opportunity to go to Temple University. Upon moving into a dormitory, I found myself struggling to open my mailbox in the lobby, turned right, and saw another student struggling with theirs. Of course, it was Kevin, and we were instant friends grasping at a bit of familiarity and helping each other in this new world. We stayed in the friend zone for a while until we could not take the angst of it anymore. Now, 16 years later, we are married, still living in Philadelphia with the hopes of sharing our favorite Alma Mater with our two sons. It’s Central – that should go without saying.”

—Jennifer (Maguire) Norton (262) and Kevin Norton (262)

Jennifer Maguire (262) and Kevin Norton (262)

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Join AACHS for a Virtual, Central-themed Quizzo Event! https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/join-aachs-for-a-virtual-central-themed-quizzo-event/ Thu, 29 Apr 2021 22:11:10 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=8420 On June 17 at 7PM, join Central students and alums for a virtual Quizzo event!

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Test your knowledge of Central and Philadelphia history and bring glory to your Central class or friend group! The event will feature four rounds of puzzling trivia questions that will be sure to leave you equally excited and stumped! 
 
The cost is $10 per person, and proceeds from the event will benefit the AACHS.
 
This event is open to all members of the Central High School community.
 
Registration requires you to include a “team name” and any relevant information if you would like to compete in a specific team; feel free to not include one and be placed on a team where you can meet other alums! Please also consider sponsoring a student to compete in a student team – include the number of students during registration under the attendees field.
 
Advance registration is required by June 15, 2021. Please register here. The Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants the day prior to the event. 

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AACHS 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/aachs-2021-virtual-annual-meeting/ Thu, 29 Apr 2021 22:06:32 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=8394 You are cordially invited to attend the Annual Meeting of the AACHS on Thursday, June 3, 2021, beginning at 7 PM!

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You are cordially invited to attend the Annual Meeting of the AACHS on Thursday, June 3, 2021, beginning at 7 PM.

Click here to register, and you will receive the Zoom link by email in advance of the meeting!

This event will take place virtually from 7PM – 9PM with a formal program followed by breakout sessions where you can connect with alumni, CHS administration and faculty, and students.


A special guest speaker – a current Central student – will share their first-hand experience as they navigated through a challenging year filled with complex lessons of growth and change. Musical performances by the three largest ensembles – orchestra, choir, and band – will be displayed throughout the evening.

The Annual Meeting is the organization’s signature event of the year, attracting up to 400 alumni, students, administrators, faculty, and staff a year. We hope to see you on June 3rd! #leadingtheway #centralhighalumni

Register today! The Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants the day prior to the event.

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Check out the Spring 2021 Alumni Journal! https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/check-out-the-spring-2021-alumni-journal/ Mon, 05 Apr 2021 03:46:01 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=8378 The latest edition is chock full of news and updates from Central and your fellow alumni. Check it out!

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The Spring 2021 Alumni Journal is here!

This edition is chock full of content including an update on our Leading the Way campaign, a report on our first ever virtual Career Day, an introduction to the Association’s first full time executive director Cynthia Lech (263), a reflection by Dr. Steve Burnstein (222), and a remembrance of Dr. Sheldon Pavel.

Also included, as always, are notes from school President Tim McKenna on what’s happening at Central, AACHS President Chuck Steinberg (221), Column B from Bruce Yasgur (216), and updates from all of you in our Alma Matters section.

A lot has transpired since our last Journal was published last summer. Take a few minutes to learn about what’s happening at Central and your fellow alums in this edition of the AACHS Alumni Journal!

You can read the Spring 2021 AACHS Alumni Journal by clicking here.

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Quiara Alegría Hudes (254) To Kickoff Virtual Alumni Speaker Series on May 4th https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/speakers-series-kickoff-may-4-21/ Fri, 26 Mar 2021 21:23:05 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=8356 Quiara Alegría Hudes (254) to kickoff AACHS Virtual Alumni Speaker Series on Tuesday, May 4, 2021

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The AACHS is excited to present our virtual Alumni Speaker Series, which will feature alumni thought-leaders who will discuss their work and lives since graduating from Central High School. The series will kick off with playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes (254) on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. Eastern. Poet Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz (255) will serve as the moderator and Carole Nehez, Hudes’ and Aptowicz’s creative writing teacher at Central, will also join the discussion.

“At Central my love for literature really began. And my understanding of how to gather in community with my Philadelphia neighbors – i.e. my classmates – in the name of activism and civic engagement soared,” said Ms. Hudes.

There will be time reserved during the event for a question-and-answer session.

A member of the Central High School Alumni Hall of Fame, Ms. Hudes is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Water by the Spoonful. Ms. Hudes wrote the book for the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical In the Heights along with other plays and musicals that have been produced around the world. Ms. Hudes also wrote the screenplay adaptation for In the Heights, which is set to debut in movie theaters and stream simultaneously on HBO Max in June 2021. Ms. Hudes also has a new memoir, My Broken Language, which will be published in April. Join us for this thrilling evening when Quiara Hudes shares stories from Central High and behind-the-scenes conversations about Broadway!

“Programs provided by the AACHS support the Leading the Way Capital Campaign project, a multi-phased master plan to renovate and create world class facilities that our students deserve at Central High,” said Central President Timothy J. McKenna.

This Zoom event is free and open to all members of the Central High School community. Advance registration is required by Friday, April 30, 2021. Please register here. The Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants prior to the event.

Stay well, stay safe, stay connected!

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Order your Alumni Cardigan! https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/order-your-alumni-cardigan/ Tue, 09 Mar 2021 05:04:04 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=8299 You have until March 22nd to order your very own Central High School cardigan!

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Now you can order your very own Central High School Cardigan, but only until March 22nd at 10 PM!

Thanks to Mr. Steve Innamarato and the 280th class, you too can participate in this senior class tradition. 

These cardigans are crimson, with the Central High School logo embroidered on the chest, your name (limited to 10 characters) over the right pocket and your class number embroidered over the left, both in gold lettering.

Sizes from Youth Large to Adult XXXL are available.

The price is $60 – which includes shipping.

These are well crafted, high quality garments that will last for years to come.

How to order – 2 step process:

  1. Complete this Google Form for name, class number and size. See chart below for sizing guidance.
  2. Then, click here to pay online! The cardigan will be shipped to the address you specify. 

Remember, all orders must be placed by March 22nd at 10 PM.

For more information, contact Mr. Innamarato at sinnamrato@philasd.org.

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Yvonne Lutz (252) and Paul Jesiolowski (252) https://centralhighalumni.com/marriages/yvonne-lutz-252-and-paul-jesiolowski-252/ Sun, 28 Feb 2021 02:39:06 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=8269 Paul and I met in the orchestra. I remember the first time I walked into the room at 14 years old I saw him standing behind the timpani. My eyes were instantly drawn to him, I found him to be so handsome. We didn’t date right away.

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Yvonne Lutz (252) and Paul Jesiolowski (252)

“Paul and I met in the orchestra. I remember the first time I walked into the room at 14 years old I saw him standing behind the timpani. My eyes were instantly drawn to him, I found him to be so handsome. We didn’t date right away. We were friends, I would pretend to shoot my bass bow at him like I had a bow and arrow and he shared his pineapple chunks with me. By junior year he had become my very best friend. I shared everything with him and by senior year I was trying to decide if I wanted to date him and risk losing his friendship. After we graduated I finally made the leap and we dated for 8 years before we finally got married. We will be celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary in a little over a month. We have two amazing boys, one 14 year old getting ready to graduate 8th grade and one 18 year old getting ready to graduate none other than Central High School (280!). I love having such a long and rich history with my husband and I have CHS to thank for that.”

Yvonne (Lutz) Jesiolowski (252) and Paul Jesiolowski (252)

Yvonne Lutz (252) and Paul Jesiolowski (252)
Yvonne Lutz (252) and Paul Jesiolowski (252)

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Jade Uffelman (270) and Pierre Powers (270) https://centralhighalumni.com/marriages/jade-uffelman-270-and-pierre-powers-270/ Sun, 28 Feb 2021 02:28:31 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=8262 Our love story actually started pre-Central! Pierre and I grew up in the same neighborhood and have known each other for ~18 years. It wasn't until high school where we bonded freshman year on the track team (he taught me how to properly run long distance) and took the bus home together.

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Jade Uffelman (270) and Pierre Powers (270)

“Our love story actually started pre-Central!  Pierre and I grew up in the same neighborhood and have known each other for ~18 years. It wasn’t until high school where we bonded freshman year on the track team (he taught me how to properly run long distance) and took the bus home together. He and I were platonic friends- we were both in long term relationships during our time at Central. We reconnected in our mid-twenties when we ran into each other during a night out in center city (a bar called Frankie Bradley’s). We hit it off effortlessly, I realized that this man had become boyfriend material. We have been dating now for about two and a half years. We share a home, animal babies (2 dogs and a kitty), and go on fun/spontaneous excursions all the time! It really pays off to be friends first, love second. We partly attribute our great friendship to the nurturing environment that Central had provided! 270! <3”

Jade Uffelman (270) and Pierre Powers (270)

Jade Uffelman (270) and Pierre Powers (270)

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Yadira Curet (260) and Oswaldo Toledo (259) https://centralhighalumni.com/marriages/yadira-curet-260-and-oswaldo-toledo-259/ Sun, 28 Feb 2021 02:01:31 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=8242 It started off with him standing me up for my senior prom because of Mardi Gras. LOL! He came back and apologized in his Marine uniform (swoon).

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Yadira Curet (260) and Oswaldo Toledo (259)

“It started off with him standing me up for my senior prom because of Mardi Gras. LOL! He came back and apologized in his Marine uniform (swoon). I gave him my number and we went on a few dates. A month later we started officially dating. After my first year of College at Penn State he proposed and here we are 3 kids in and living our best life.”

—Yadira Curet-Toledo (260) and Oswaldo Toledo (259)

Yadira Curet (260) and Oswaldo Toledo (259)

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Black and White America: Accepting Responsibility for What Happens Next https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/black-and-white-america-accepting-responsibility-for-what-happens-next/ Wed, 10 Feb 2021 23:26:53 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=8145 Dr. Steve Burnstein, 222, shares his experiences and reports out on the efforts of the AACHS Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

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by Dr. Steve Burnstein, 222

Born and raised in the largely Jewish, predominantly Caucasian Logan section of Philadelphia, we counted six synagogues that represented three denominations of Judaism, all within a relatively small area.  We even had a ritual bath, or mikvah, in the neighborhood. In my class at the Logan elementary school, there was a single student of color and every one of our neighbors on the street where I grew up was white. It was not until I matriculated at Central that I experienced racial and ethnic diversity for the first time. This was as much a part of my Central education as the subjects I studied.

By referencing concurrent, but similar events it is not difficult to establish the motivation for George Floyd’s odious treatment and his groundless killing by officers of the Minneapolis police department on May 26, 2020.  In fact, both were predictable and Mr. Floyd’s murder was a carbon copy of prior heinous actions by police that  were documented in the senseless killings of Michael Brown (Ferguson, Missouri, 2014), Walter Wallace (Philadelphia, 2020) and so many other African Americans.  Equally revelatory to me was the fact that more African Americans died in police shootings during 2019 than in protests related to Mr. Floyd’s killing the next year1. Racism had been a scourge throughout history, but it was not until the 17th century that it reared its ugly head in the United States as slaves were brought to the Americas from Africa and the Caribbean in chains.

Our three sons grew up in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, a neighborhood whose demographics were predominantly white. Perhaps, the fact that Logan was so homogeneous made Cherry Hill seem diverse. Nevertheless, it was not unusual for me to come home to what my wife described as “the United Nations of Cherry Hill,“ our sons at the kitchen table engaged with their friends in conversation and attempting to empty our refrigerator. I do not recall ever being witness to a racist incident that involved them or their friends.

Shortly after George Floyd’s death, our youngest son, Keith, age 40, asked me if I acknowledged racism and considered it to be a long standing and serious societal problem. Although I felt that his two-pronged question was rhetorical, my answer was, of course, “yes.”  Unbeknownst to me at the time, he was already active in the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement in New Orleans where he lives. This did not surprise me, but his next question caught me off guard.  “Dad, since you attest to the existence of racism and its negative effect on society, do you feel that you might harbor some racist beliefs yourself?” I never considered this to be a problem until my son posed his question and thereby demonstrated how easy it had been for me not to think of myself as racist.

Despite the fact that my Father often made racist comments, I thought I’d been successful in avoiding their influence, never feeling that his intention was to have me agree with his opinions or to emulate his behavior. Perhaps, I was naïve by  attempting to change his ingrained beliefs, but I never gave up .

Nevertheless, encountering a group of African American men on the street at night results in a reflex, fearful emotion that I first experienced as a child. I have always regretted this, but still have difficulty controlling it.

In a subsequent conversation, my son asked me how I might become a voice that decries racism. “OK, Dad, since you acknowledge that racism is widespread and hurtful and that it has had an effect on you, what are you going to do?” As the result of some self examination and after the consideration of various options, I decided to become involved in the BLM movement at Central.  Several AACHS board members joined me on a committee in order to respond to problems at the school whose genesis seemed to be related to matters of racial equity and inclusion.  Our focus would be to draw upon the resources of AACHS to help in providing a more comfortable atmosphere for the students through a partnership with faculty, alumni and administration.

A group of talented and dedicated AACHS Board members began to meet and collaborate with existing BLM groups such as Central Alumni for Black Lives (CABL),  Black  Lancers and The African American Student Union) AASU.  Working with fellow board members Alana McGill, 256, Marisa Block, 265, Cecil Johnson, 244Josh Liss, 247 and AACHS President Chuck Steinberg, 221, has been a productive and satisfying endeavor resulting in the publication of information on the goals and objectives of the AACHS Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and plans for several projects. A relationship with the bright and enthusiastic members of CABL has generated many ideas to benefit students who are currently impacted not only by problems with racism, but also by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Members of AASU and the Black Lancers have offered invaluable suggestions and insight. We are now working with Elizabeth Williams Wesley, Director of Equity and Inclusion at the school, most notably in an effort to increase the matriculation of African American students which was recently found to have decreased. As always, President Tim McKenna is utilizing his leadership skills to assure that the students continue to experience the kind of education and conducive environment that brought them to the school.

AACHS has given myself and my colleagues the opportunity to support a cause that merits careful and deliberate consideration and encourages participation by all,  irrespective of race or ethnicity.  That cause is the elimination of systemic racism and its replacement with programs that support diversity, equity and inclusion.

Activities of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee

  • BOM Members working with CABL, AASU and Black Lancers
  • Membership: Steve Burnstein, Josh Liss, Alana McGill, Cecil Johnson, Marisa Block, Chuck Steinberg

 

Goals and Projects

  • Expand the number of people of color on the AACHS board by helping the nominations committee to identify and recruit graduates who worked with AACHS as students +/or have interest in joining the board or one of its committees
  • Create an alumni network offering students information on careers, undergraduate and graduate education
  • Work with President McKenna, the CHS DEI Director and others to increase the number of African-American student matriculants and help to assure their success at the school
  • Help CABL, AASU and Black Lancers to achieve their goals and offer assistance with their projects as a coalition including the Committee on DEI
  • Eliminate any and all systemic racism at the school

 

Author’s Note: My love and profound thanks to Keith, our dear son. Remembering my Dad with love and respect

Footnote: (1) USA Today; MacDonald et al. 7/6/20

 

 

 

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Dr. Sheldon Pavel, 13th President of Central High School, Has Died https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/dr-sheldon-pavel-13th-president-of-central-high-school-has-died/ Mon, 08 Feb 2021 16:43:53 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=8130 Dr. Sheldon Pavel, the 13th and longest serving President of Central High School, has died.

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Portrait of Dr. Sheldon Pavel

It is with the deepest sorrow that we share news of the passing of a trusted leader, dear friend, and true icon of Central High School.

Dr. Sheldon Pavel passed away on Sunday, February 7, 2021.

Dr. Pavel is the longest serving President in the history of Central High School, spending 28 1/2 years as the head of our school, from 1984 until 2012.

Even after his retirement, Dr. Pavel remained a mainstay at Central and AACHS events and gatherings, and was a huge advocate of the AACHS capital campaign project, Leading the Way.

Dr. Pavel’s contributions to Central are countless – he was a consistent positive voice of support for our community.

He was an advocate for inclusivity, ensuring that all students and faculty – including women who attended and taught at our beloved school – were respected.

He was devoted to making a difference at Central and cared deeply for each student – and he made every encounter feel uniquely personal.

Anyone who was fortunate enough to know Dr. Pavel was touched by his kindness, his humorous wit, his ability to listen and offer the best advice.

Our hearts are heavy, and to say that he will be missed is a tremendous understatement.

Our sympathy, prayers, and warmest wishes for peace and comfort are with his family and loved ones.

More information will be shared here at centralhighalumni.com and by email when it is available.

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Meet The Executive Director: Cynthia Lech, 263 https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/meet-the-executive-director-cynthia-lech-263/ Sat, 23 Jan 2021 14:08:20 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=7962 The AACHS Board of Managers is pleased
to welcome Cynthia Lech (263) as the organization’s first full-time executive director. She’s no stranger to the AACHS, having served on the Board of Managers for several years.

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The AACHS Board of Managers is pleasedAACHS Executive Director Cynthia Lech to welcome Cynthia Lech (263) as the organization’s first full-time executive director. She’s no stranger to the AACHS, having served on the Board of Managers for several years. “I’m humbled and honored to have been selected and to represent the organization in my new role as executive director. As a proud graduate of Central High School, I look forward to leading the AACHS in its new chapter – to fulfill the mission of the organization and expand our impact and outreach,” said Lech.

Her priorities include taking the AACHS to the next level through the execution of these three pillars of a five-year strategic plan: reconnect and engage with alumni through creative and enhanced digital programs and social media; diversifying revenue streams; and building community, business and foundation partnerships. “Our hope is that our engagement efforts will provide alumni and friends a platform to talk about the exciting and innovative projects at Central High and the AACHS so that we may widen our network through corporate sponsors or matching donors,” said Lech. Her critical skills will guide AACHS in realizing its long-term strategic vision. The strategic plan includes the goal of completion of a very bold and ambitious Leading the Way initiative, which comprises the construction of a Performing Arts Center and renovations to include a new STEM Center.

Lech looks forward to working closely with the staff and Board of Managers to grow the impact of the organization. She wants to recognize the tremendous effort by the Board of Managers, whom she calls an amazing group of talented and selfless people who have made the organization what it is today. Lech encourages alumni and students to volunteer with the AACHS. There is no shortage of opportunities to help enhance the AACHS narrative. She welcomes the opportunity to hear from you; please connect with her at cynthia@centralhighalumni.com.

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Patricia Ramos (265) and Sean Ballentine (266) https://centralhighalumni.com/marriages/patricia-ramos-265-and-sean-ballentine-266/ Wed, 06 Jan 2021 02:41:11 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=7909 Lancers and libraries. She noticed him while at a group training for their after school jobs at Philadelphia Public Libraries. They first met each other in the 3rd floor middle corridor of CHS in between the buzzer rings. Sean was walking out of choir rehearsal down the hall towards the steps with Patricia's childhood best friend, Stephanie Waskiewicz 266.

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Patricia Ramos (265) and Sean Ballentine (266)

“Lancers and libraries. She noticed him while at a group training for their after school jobs at Philadelphia Public Libraries. They first met each other in the 3rd floor middle corridor of CHS in between the buzzer rings. Sean was walking out of choir rehearsal down the hall towards the steps with Patricia’s childhood best friend, Stephanie Waskiewicz 266.

Knowing she had seen him at the library before, Patricia was excited to meet another library Lancer. He was rightfully creeped out that Patricia seemed to know he worked at a library, but this awkward humor helped to break the ice and put smiles on both their faces for this first official meet.

Stephanie formally introduced Patricia and Sean and what followed were countless meetings at lockers in between classes, round trips on the 8-bus, school dances, dates, and bonding over laughs, movie quotes, and Harry Potter. Engaged in January 2016, married in November 2017, and thankful for the memories of dear old high.

P.S: The favor was returned to Stephanie as Patricia was the one to introduce Stephanie 266 to her husband Arkadiy 265 ;)”

—Patricia (Ballentine) Ramos (265) and Sean Ballentine (266)

Patricia Ramos (265) and Sean Ballentine (266)

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Catherine McClendon (266) and Darren Brow (266) https://centralhighalumni.com/marriages/catherine-mcclendon-266-and-darren-brow-266/ Sun, 03 Jan 2021 15:39:26 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=7892 We met on the front lawn at the end of our sophomore year -- back when Half-Day Fridays were still a thing. In typical 16-year-old boy fashion, Darren hurt himself trying to impress me (read: he fell out of a tree).

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Catherine McClendon (266) and Darren Brow (266)

“We met on the front lawn at the end of our sophomore year — back when Half-Day Fridays were still a thing. In typical 16-year-old boy fashion, Darren hurt himself trying to impress me (read: he fell out of a tree). We became friends and began dating in 2006. We graduated from Central and then Temple before getting married in 2015. We recently welcomed Delaney to our family who is a little sister to big brother, Grayson.”

Catherine (McClendon) Brow (266) and Darren Brow (266)

Catherine McClendon (266) and Darren Brow (266)

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Nancy Abraham (272) and Noel Abraham (270) https://centralhighalumni.com/marriages/nancy-abraham-272-and-noel-abraham-270/ Fri, 01 Jan 2021 01:17:21 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=7831 It was the first day of high school at the infamous Central High, and me and my good friend were exploring the school during our lunch, unsure of where to go. My friend ran into someone she knew, an upperclassman.

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Nancy Abraham (272) and Noel Abraham (270)

“It was the first day of high school at the infamous Central High, and me and my good friend were exploring the school during our lunch, unsure of where to go. My friend ran into someone she knew, an upperclassman. He introduced himself to me and brought us to the alcove, what we now know as a staple to our high school experience.

The upperclassman, Noel, kept us company and started a friendship that would last a lifetime. Every day during our lunch, we would meet at the alcove and joke around with one another. Our friendship grew past talking during our lunch period and turned into texting every day. Noel, an upperclassman who just so happened to have the same lunch period as me, became my best friend.

Fast forward ten years, Noel and I are now recently engaged and in the process of planning our wedding. We owe our love to Central High. Please see attached a picture of us during my freshman year/his junior year (2009-2010) in the Alcove at Central High and a picture of us now during our recent proposal (2020)!”

Nancy Abraham (272) and Noel Abraham (270)

Nancy Abraham (272) and Noel Abraham (270)

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Jorge Moyett (247) and Catherine E. Calimer (248) https://centralhighalumni.com/marriages/jorge-moyett-247-and-catherine-e-calimer-248/ Fri, 01 Jan 2021 01:04:16 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=7821 I was a freshman, he was a sophomore.

There he was changing for football practice on the 2nd middle hallway. Me minding my own business was walking towards him and saw he was in his underwear, I just looked and he said: “what the @$!* are you looking at?”

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Jorge Moyett (247) and Catherine E. Calimer (248)

“I was a freshman, he was a sophomore.

There he was changing for football practice on the 2nd middle hallway. Me minding my own business was walking towards him and saw he was in his underwear, I just looked and he said: “what the @$!* are you looking at?”

I walked away but I knew I was going to marry him!

We didn’t start dating until Aug 88 and that was because I called him for a football picture. He played football all 4 years and I ran track.

We dated, broke up. Dated again on and off for years. We remained friends all the while.

We dated others. He got married and divorced. But on September 1, 2019 we finally became man & wife.

35 years of friendship, 32 years of love!

Jorge Moyett (247) and Catherine E. Calimer (248)

Jorge Moyett (247) and Catherine E. Calimer (248)

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Amanda Murray (265) and Terrance Taylor (265) https://centralhighalumni.com/marriages/amanda-murray-265-and-terrance-taylor-265/ Fri, 01 Jan 2021 00:55:58 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=7815 We met in gym glass in 11th grade
and were best friends for a year after. Then we started dating in 12th grade and have been together for almost 15 years now.

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Amanda Murray (265) and Terrance Taylor (265)

“We met in gym glass in 11th gradeAmanda Murray (265) and Terrance Taylor (265) and were best friends for a year after. Then we started dating in 12th grade and have been together for almost 15 years now. We got married in 2014 and welcomed our first child later that same year. We now have a 6 year old boy and a baby on the way (due in June 2021)!”

Amanda (Murray) Taylor (265) and Terrance Taylor (265)

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Shareese Barnett (257) and Napoleon Nelson (257) https://centralhighalumni.com/marriages/shareese-barnett-257-and-napoleon-nelson-257/ Fri, 01 Jan 2021 00:46:27 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=7806 We met in Mr. Bronstein’s chemistry class in 10th grade. We remained friends until the middle of senior year. We dated through college and got married right after we graduated. We now have a 16-year-old son and a 13-year-old daughter. Still going strong 23 years later!

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Shareese Barnett (257) and Napoleon Nelson (257)

“We met in Mr. Bronstein’s chemistry class in 10th grade. We remained friends until the middle of senior year. We dated through college and got married right after we graduated. We now have a 16-year-old son and a 13-year-old daughter. Still going strong 23 years later!”

Shareese (Barnett) Nelson (257) and Napoleon Nelson (257)

Shareese Barnett (257) and Napoleon Nelson (257)

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How I Met Your Mother https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/how-i-met-your-mother/ Mon, 21 Dec 2020 04:35:38 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=7657 Steve Burnstein (222) owes his 53 year marriage to Central.

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By Dr. Steve Burnstein (222)

Steve Burnstein, 222

I would not have met my wife, Joyce, if I’d matriculated at any high school other than Central. Female students would not be admitted to the school for another 23 years when we first met at summer camp in 1961, which marked the start of a 60 year bond.  

In 2021, we will celebrate our 53rd wedding anniversary. 

Having just completed a demanding freshman year, the prospect of a summer respite was appealing. Therefore, when my friend, Bob Auerbach (222), proposed that I join him as a waiter at Camp Lindenmere in the Pocono Mountains, arm twisting was unnecessary. The discounted fee for waiters and lobbying by two sisters who relished the prospect of my absence helped to score parental approval. At age 15, I was poised to enjoy a summer free of nagging parents and annoying teenage sisters, clearing the way for new relationships, particularly with young women. 

When I met Joyce Steinberg in 1961, she was 13 years old, too young for a “worldly” Central man like me. In my third summer at Lindenmere, I became a counselor and while greeting campers as they arrived, I saw a lovely young woman that I could not place. After someone identified her as Joyce Steinberg, I was stunned and  smitten. She was no longer a child, but rather a beautiful young woman that I wanted to become acquainted with. 

A minor roadblock existed; being a student at Northeast High School, Joyce was, so to speak, “the enemy.” In spite of this, I attended both her junior and senior proms. Graciously, she endured some teasing about her Northeast allegiance at my senior prom, but our relationship withstood the challenge. Joyce was good about sitting on the Central side during alternate Thanksgiving football games, better than I, who griped in the Northeast stands every other year.

After college graduations in 1968, we married. Bob Auerbach, our unofficial matchmaker and Rick Hammel (221), a friend since we were toddlers and recently of blessed memory, served as ushers at the ceremony. We three Central alums and our families have kept in contact through the years, enjoying celebrations and offering succor for one another during difficult times. Bob and I once again became classmates in medical school and I bragged about Rick each time I read a book or article that he had written.

My election to the AACHS board of managers in 2011 not only gave me the opportunity to render assistance and teach anatomy and physiology to the students, but also to rejoin the Central family. Early on, no one at the school, not even my good friend, Bob Auerbach, realized that Joyce and I were being gently guided to one another, nor that she would become the love of my life. The result is three fine sons and two wonderful grandchildren, but more importantly, our 53 year marriage is not the norm and has not ended in divorce.   

I do regret that my sons, grandkids and wife could not have experienced Central as students.  According to my calculation, that might have been possible if Joyce and I were born 20 years later. But actually, I wouldn’t change a thing. 

Steve (222) and Joyce Burnstein

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212th Class Helps Fund Chromebooks for Central Students https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/212th-class-helps-fund-chromebooks-for-central-students/ Mon, 21 Dec 2020 04:15:22 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=7647 The 212th class raised over $11,000 to fund laptop computers for Central students learning virtually during COVID.

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by Otto Mills (212)

Several months ago, the 212 Reunion Committee decided to request contributions from its  class for another gift to help students directly.  We have already established an award in the memory of our Sponsor, the late Dr. Gerald Hamm; it is given to a senior at Commencement to help defray college costs.   When asked for a recommendation for our second one, President Timothy McKenna replied that some students could not afford Chromebooks, and would be appreciative of having a loaner while at Central.

Fred Goldstein (212) served as chair of this activity which raised $11,200 from members of the 212th class (including a donation from our class treasury).  This amount will allow the purchase of 37 Chromebooks to loan to students while attending our alma mater.  A sticker, created by Fred’s daughter, Tova Goldstein, will be placed on each Chromebook.

This sticker, designed by Tova Goldstein (daughter of Fred Goldstein, 212) will be placed on each Chromebook funded by the 212’s fundraising campaign.

President McKenna wrote:

I am so pleased that the 212th class has decided to support our current students with new Chromebooks.  During this historic pandemic, your generosity will support them as they work virtually to complete our rigorous academic program.  I thank all of the members of this class who have donated funds for this contribution to our school.”

From Lynn Norton Robins, Director of Development for AACHS:

I’m so glad that the 212th class had this opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Central students. You have accomplished your goal!  With your help and insistence, the 212th class has set the perfect example of leadership ~ in that giving to the AACHS as a class makes for a very impactful and meaningful experience for the donors as well as the recipients.  I hope this is the first of many opportunities for the 212th class to give back.

Fred Goldstein (212) delivers stickers to President Tim McKenna at Central in July 2020.

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Meet the Executive Committee: David Kahn (220) https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/meet-the-executive-committee-david-kahn-220/ Sat, 19 Dec 2020 20:07:12 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=7591 One of the first things David Kahn (220)
 remembers about coming to Central High School in the 9th grade was being handed the Barnwell Handbook.

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David Kahn, Central Archivist/Historian

One of the first things David Kahn (220) remembers about coming to Central High School in the 9th grade was being handed the Barnwell Handbook. “We all learned about the school very quickly from that handbook. We studied that book and learned about the history of Central and the rules of conduct,” said Kahn. Little did Kahn know at the time that decades later he would be overseeing the school’s archives that hold material that dates back to the early 1800s. Kahn is now Central’s Archivist/Historian after landing on the Board of Managers in 1998 and serving as secretary, vice president and president of the AACHS. You may remember seeing his Thanksgiving Day video when there was no Central-Northeast football game.

The archives weave a story of the development of education in Philadelphia and the example that it set for the country. “It shows a history of the opportunity given to students of various economic and racial backgrounds to go on and develop and become leaders in the city in municipal government, business, medicine, law and as artists and musicians. Central is a parallel to the history of Philadelphia and its development in every way,” said Kahn.

“I think Central prepared us in a way that college didn’t. Pretty much anybody I know from our era and even current eras will tell you that the memories from Central are far more meaningful and important and far different than their college and post graduate experiences were,” said Kahn.

Why should alumni support Central? “My message to alumni is to pay it forward. Those who came before us provided for us and we are here to give to the students of today and of tomorrow and to continue this process and the message that they will come back when it’s their time,” said Kahn.

Join David and your fellow alumni and consider making your tax-deductible gift today! Donate Now! Your gift matters!

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“Wellness Wednesdays” Focuses on Stress in 2020 https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/wellness-wednesdays-focuses-on-stress-in-2020/ Thu, 26 Nov 2020 03:44:00 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=7256 Take some time to watch the recording of this installment of "Wellness Wednesdays" for some strategies to help you cope in this unique moment.

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Licensed clinical psychologist Stephanie B. Mattei, Psy.D. (249), the co-founder of the Center for Acceptance and Change, was the special guest for October’s installment of “Wellness Wednesdays”.

Stephanie discussed mental health and wellness and stress management in this remarkably challenging time. Research has shown that anxiety is being experienced by more people than ever in the United States. Chronic anxiety can lead to more serious issues down the road, and so being attentive to mental health and wellness is essential.

Take some time to watch the recording of this installment of “Wellness Wednesdays” for some strategies to help you cope in this unique moment – and keep your eyes on your inbox for information on the next installment of “Wellness Wednesdays”!

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For First Time Since 1918, No CHS Football on Thanksgiving https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/for-first-time-since-1918-no-chs-football-on-thanksgiving/ Thu, 26 Nov 2020 03:15:53 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=7241 The traditional Thanksgiving game has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

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The Central / Northeast rivalry game has been a Thanksgiving Day mainstay since 1892, and for every year since 1896. The only exceptions – 1918, and 2020.

Like 1918, our nation is in the midst of a global pandemic. Indeed, the entire 2020 Public League football season was cancelled as a result of the public health emergency which has changed our lives considerably since this past March.

AACHS Archivist and Historian David Kahn (220) visited Charles Martin Memorial Stadium at Northeast High School to share a message with all of us about the history of the game, and the importance of staying engaged with Central particularly at this challenging time.

A generous donor has agreed to match all contributions, up to a total of $50,000 on Giving Tuesday this year, December 1st. That means that your contribution can have DOUBLE the impact for the students of Central High School.

While we can’t be together this Thanksgiving, let’s come together on Giving Tuesday, December 1st, to support Dear High. Visit CentralHighAlumni.com/givinghome on December 1st to make your contribution to AACHS.

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Meet the Executive Committee: David Birnbaum, Vice President and Marisa Block, Recording Secretary https://centralhighalumni.com/e-mail-archive/meet-the-executive-committee-david-birnbaum-vice-president-and-marisa-block-recording-secretary/ Thu, 12 Nov 2020 20:41:15 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=7300 David Birnbaum, Vice President and Marisa Block, Recording Secretary When David Birnbaum (265) and Marisa Block (265) arrived at Central as freshmen in 2002, their relationship got off to a bit of a shaky start. Marisa described herself as bright and chipper every morning while David was tired and grumpy. They didn’t like each other […]

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David Birnbaum, Vice President and Marisa Block, Recording Secretary

When David Birnbaum (265) and Marisa Block (265) David Birnbaum and Marisa Blockarrived at Central as freshmen in 2002, their relationship got off to a bit of a shaky start. Marisa described herself as bright and chipper every morning while David was tired and grumpy. They didn’t like each other very much but two years later he asked her out and the rest, as they say, is history. They recently celebrated their 5th wedding anniversary.

Both of them had a sibling that went to Central, so they knew that’s where they would go to high school. “Central is the greatest democratic institution in the city of Philadelphia. For teenagers in the city, it’s the great equalizer of opportunities. Your economic status does not matter.You are given a legitimate shot to make something of yourself in a way that in our democracy I think we often discuss as a goal but may not live up to it. However, at Central democracy exists,” said Birnbaum. David is an attorney. Marisa is a teacher.

They have taken key leadership roles with the AACHS Board of Managers. David serves as a Vice President and Marisa is Recording Secretary. They want to help the board reach out to new and young alumni to be more involved. “Central is such a big part of our lives and offered us so much as students that it felt really important to support the school,” said Block.

They hope their story will inspire you to give generously to the AACHS. “We had some of the best times of our lives at Central. Donating is one of the best ways to make sure that students this year have that opportunity and students next year have that opportunity and those opportunities continue to grow and not shrink,” said Birnbaum.

Join Marisa, David and your fellow alumni and consider making your tax-deductible gift today! https://centralhighalumni.com/support/. GivingTuesday is  December 1st. Your gift matters!

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Wellness Wednesdays Continue — October 28th! https://centralhighalumni.com/event/wellness-wednesdays-continue-october-28th/ Wed, 07 Oct 2020 22:35:25 +0000 https://giving.volrosmik.com/?p=6763 Stephanie Ostrich Mattei, 249, is confirmed for our next installment of Wellness Wednesdays! Join us on Wednesday, October 28th, from 7 pm to 8 pm. The topic is “Managing Stress in 2020 – a.k.a Survival!”. Join us for an important conversation on mental health and wellness and stress management. To register, click here!

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Stephanie Ostrich Mattei, 249, is confirmed for our next installment of Wellness Wednesdays!

Join us on Wednesday, October 28th, from 7 pm to 8 pm.

The topic is “Managing Stress in 2020 – a.k.a Survival!”. Join us for an important conversation on mental health and wellness and stress management.

To register, click here!

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Reunion post for Home page https://centralhighalumni.com/home-page-reunions/reunion-post-for-home-page/ Fri, 18 Sep 2020 22:13:56 +0000 https://giving.volrosmik.com/?p=6074 Virtual or online reunions are currently scheduled for the following classes: 204, 206, 215, 217, 218, 225, 229, 241, 249, 251, 255, 261.

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Virtual or online reunions are currently scheduled for the following classes: 204, 206, 215, 217, 218, 225, 229, 241, 249, 251, 255, 261.

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Meet the Executive Committee: Neil Deegan, Vice President, 263 https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/meet-the-executive-committee-neil-deegan-vice-president-263/ Thu, 27 Aug 2020 19:46:00 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=7302 Neil Deegan, Vice President, 263 It wasn’t long after graduating from college that Neil Deegan started going back to Central to take part in the school’s annual Career Day. While he was a student at Central, he worked closely with the AACHS committee that worked on building the new Barnwell Library so he already knew […]

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Neil Deegan, Vice President, 263

It wasn’t long after graduating from collegeNeil Deegan, AACHS Vice President that Neil Deegan started going back to Central to take part in the school’s annual Career Day. While he was a student at Central, he worked closely with the AACHS committee that worked on building the new Barnwell Library so he already knew the players and had a unique sense of what the volunteer-driven organization did for Central’s students. He joined the Board, which had been looking to cultivate younger leadership and more diverse members, and not long after that became a vice president. “You’re not just a name on a list, there’s real work being done here every day,” said Deegan.

Deegan is also editor of the Alumni Journal. It’s the most-read publication put out by the AACHS, but he admits there’s room for improvement. We need more alumni to get involved with content creation which will lead to more diversity of thought. “People really care about the Journal,” said Deegan. “I like that it generates passion and interest,” he added.

Get involved with and support the AACHS! “Reach out and tell us what you’re interested in and we’ll put you to work doing something meaningful,” he said. “This is an exciting time to be at Central. We’ve embarked on a very audacious capital campaign to upgrade the campus. The AACHS is leading the charge and continues to make sure Central remains a cohesive community for the long run,” Deegan added. Want to learn about how you can be more involved? Contact nominating chairman David Kahn at dkahn15@gmail.com.

Deegan took a leadership role as his way of giving back. “I truly believe that Central changed the direction of my life,” said Deegan. He recounted an experience where history teacher Ron Romoff (227) shaped his decision to focus on politics in college. “He left an indelible mark on me,” said Deegan. Deegan is managing principal at Rittenhouse Political Partners.

Join your fellow alumni and please consider making your tax deductible gift today! https://centralhighalumni.com/support. Your gift matters!

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Check out the Summer 2020 edition of the Alumni Journal! https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/check-out-the-summer-2020-edition-of-the-alumni-journal/ Tue, 30 Jun 2020 22:34:00 +0000 https://giving.volrosmik.com/?p=6615 Just in time for the 4th of July holiday weekend, check out the latest edition of the Alumni Journal!

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Just in time for the 4th of July holiday weekend, check out the latest edition of the Alumni Journal!Summer 2020 Journal thumbnail

Click here to read the latest issue.

In this issue, read about the impact of COVID-19 on the Central’s students and alumni, and some of what our alumni are doing to make a difference in these challenging times. Check our our salute to the 279, photos from recent reunions, an update on the Leading the Way campaign and so much more.

Don’t forget to share with us what is happening in your life! Send a note to alumnijournal@centralhighalumni.com and you might just see it in our next edition.

Stay safe, stay healthy and stay connected!

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Central High School Celebrates the Arts…Virtually https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/central-high-school-celebrates-the-artsvirtually/ Thu, 25 Jun 2020 22:39:00 +0000 https://giving.volrosmik.com/?p=6618 The celebration of “the 279” continues!

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by Brad Segall, 237

The celebration of “the 279” continues! Every year, the Arts at Central recognizes the artistic talents of many of our students with spring concerts along with artwork, photography, sculpture, production design and other media displayed in the first floor main hallway of the school. The COVID-19 pandemic had other plans this year, but that didn’t stop the students. “The absence of live arts events during the pandemic was deeply felt by the Central community. We often turn to the arts in times of crisis as a vehicle to express our emotions, where words may not provide the full scope of what we feel. With this in mind, the arts and music department faculty wanted to create a forum to celebrate the amazing talents and works from our students throughout the 2019-2020 school year. Although our virtual celebration of the arts does not replace a live event, I’m pleased that we are still able to share the hard work, dedication, and passion of our students with everyone,” said Benjamin Blazer, School Based Teacher Leader for the Arts.

The AACHS joins with the arts community at Central High School to make this virtual gallery/concert hall available to the Central High Community for your enjoyment. Please browse at your leisure. This YouTube video is a preview of what is available in the virtual gallery/concert hall. Here is the link to the full art/music presentation it’s a high resolution slideshow with sound and is best viewed in fullscreen mode on a Windows or Mac computer. [You will need to download the free Prezi Viewer from your phone’s or tablet’s app store to view the presentation on iOS or Android devices.]

Mr. Blazer would like to thank his fellow department members, Mr. Bevenour, Ms. Durkee, Mr. Franchetti, Ms. Gruzwalski, Ms. Keefe and Mr. Kelsey for all of their hard work on this collaboration. A big thank you goes out to all of the Central students who contributed works to this celebration!

If you were moved by the extraordinary talents of these students, please join your fellow alumni and support the arts at Central by making a gift to the Capital Campaign.

Stay well, stay safe, stay connected!

CHS Virtual Arts Celebration

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279 Commencement Is A Virtual First https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/279-commencement-is-a-virtual-first/ Tue, 23 Jun 2020 23:18:00 +0000 https://giving.volrosmik.com/?p=6626 The commencement ceremony for the 279 class was unlike any other - exclusively digital.

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The commencement ceremony for the 279 class was unlike any other – exclusively digital.

The ceremony was broadcast on the School District of Philadelphia’s television channel and website, and produced by Peter Kelsey, a member of the faculty.

Special thanks to Stephen Innamarato (Faculty) for uploading the file to Youtube for all to enjoy!

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The AACHS Fall 2019 Alumni Journal Now Available! https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/the-aachs-fall-2019-alumni-journal-now-available/ Mon, 25 Nov 2019 16:06:51 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=4941 The AACHS Fall 2019 Journal issue of the AACHS Alumni Journal is now live!

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The AACHS Fall 2019 Alumni Journal Now Available!

Alumni Journal Fall 2019

The AACHS Fall 2019 Journal issue of the AACHS Alumni Journal is now live!

Inside are great updates from our fellow alumni, news on upcoming reunions, a look back at our successful annual meeting and dinner and big news on the Leading the Way capital campaign!
 
Take a moment to find out what’s happening at Central and with your fellow alums, and read the latest edition of the Alumni Journal!
 
If you know a fellow Central grad who is not currently receiving the Journal – encourage them to sign up for our mailing list!
 
See you on Thanksgiving at the Tiffany Diner and Northeast High!

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Central Alum and World War II Veteran Celebrates 104th Birthday https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/central-alum-and-world-war-ii-veteran-celebrates-104th-birthday/ Mon, 09 Sep 2019 20:33:01 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=4900 Fred Gomez is not the kind of guy who spends time sitting around the house, despite turning 104 years old on September 9th, 2019. Twice a week, he takes transportation from his son’s home in Maple Glen, Montgomery County to the Central Bucks Senior Center in Doylestown, Bucks County where he shoots pool in the […]

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Fred Gomez is not the kind of guy who spends time sitting around the house, despite turning 104 years old on September 9th, 2019. Twice a week, he takes transportation from his son’s home in Maple Glen, Montgomery County to the Central Bucks Senior Center in Doylestown, Bucks County where he shoots pool in the billiard room they named after him two years ago. When he’s not shooting pool, he’s in the pool, swimming regularly at the Ambler Area YMCA.

It was at the Senior Center on September 4th where family and friends gathered to celebrate his longevity and spirit. What keeps him going? “I don’t worry about tomorrow or the next half hour,” said Gomez, who graduated from Central High School in June, 1936, a member of the 166th Class. “I can’t sit still, I have to always be doing something,” he added.

Gomez was born in New York City in 1915. His family moved to W. Berlin, New Jersey where he attended a one- room schoolhouse. They moved to Philadelphia where he attended Central.  “I loved Central,” said Gomez, who even as recently as seven years ago ran into another member of the 166th Class.  After graduating from Central, Gomez spent time in the Civilian Conservation Corps, a voluntary public work relief program where he helped build the Hoover Dam near Las Vegas. 

At the start of World War II, he worked at the Philadelphia Navy Ship Yard. He was a member of the U.S. Navy Reserve and volunteered for active duty. He served on the destroyer USS Carroll throughout the war and was a Seaman 1st Class. The USS Carroll’s home port was Pearl Harbor and Gomez served in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters.

During his birthday celebration, Gomez was given a citation by the Associated Alumni of Central High School, a proclamation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for his life accomplishments, a birthday card from U.S. Senator Pat Toomey and commemorative challenge coins from the Warriors’ Watch Riders.

“I don’t believe there’s a secret to living a long life,” said Gomez, who added “take life as it is and I think you’ll be better off.”

Join others on social media (Instagram: centralalumni) in wishing Fred a happy birthday! 

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Central High School Groundbreaking Marks Start of Major Renovation/Expansion  https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/chs-groundbreaking/ Tue, 04 Jun 2019 15:00:39 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=4859 The School District of Philadelphia, along with Central High School and the Associated Alumni of Central High School held a groundbreaking ceremony at the school today to mark the start of construction for Phase 1 of a unique public-private partnership called “Leading the Way for Innovation and Creativity.”

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CHS Groundbreaking 2019
CHS President Timothy J. McKenna, Superintendant Dr. William Hite Jr., Governor Tom Wolf, Joseph M Field 192, Dick Prinz 212, Chuck Steinberg 221

Central High School Groundbreaking Marks Start of Major Renovation/Expansion 

Designed to Create a Lasting Legacy for Future Students 

PHILADELPHIA, PA (June 4, 2019) – The School District of Philadelphia, along with Central High School and the Associated Alumni of Central High School held a groundbreaking ceremony at the school today to mark the start of construction for Phase 1 of a unique public-private partnership called “Leading the Way for Innovation and Creativity.”This project will expand, renovate and reinvigorate the campus at Ogontz and Olney Avenues. The project will create a world-class learning environment for future generations of high school students in Philadelphia. 

The School District of Philadelphia approved $8.1 million which will be used for the initial site development for the project. Phase 1 includes a new parking lot for staff, students and visitors which will be handicapped accessible, feature new lighting and will be infused with sustainable infrastructure to manage stormwater. The parking lot will be constructed at a lower elevation allowing for the removal of deteriorating retaining walls and narrow driveways that divide the campus. The campus vehicular entry will be moved away from the busy intersection of Ogontz and Olney Avenues and will be wider and safer for incoming and outgoing traffic. The project also includes a new drop-off loop for students. Outdoor spaces that are useful to academic, social, athletic and operational needs are incorporated, including outdoor STEM classrooms and an area designated for loading and deliveries. 

Dr. William R. Hite, Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia, said “Though we end the 2018-2019 school year today, we also look ahead to the future, and to the success that we expect from our Central High School students who will benefit from this exciting investment. The transformation of Central’s campus will lead to expanded academic opportunities for students, especially in the arts. We are proud to be able to support students this way as they prepare for college and career.” 

Central High School President Timothy J. McKenna said “today we begin the transformation of our campus in an effort to improve the educational opportunities for the students at Central High School.” He added, “This is a historic day for Central. I couldn’t be prouder of our past, present and where we are going in the future.” 

Phase 1 of the project will pave the way for the future construction of a state-of-the art Performing Arts Center on the north lawn of the campus just outside the historic main entrance to the school. Central alumnus Joseph Field (192) is the lead benefactor for the project. Mr. Field is the founder of Entercom Communications Corporation and a local philanthropist who supports arts and music programs throughout the Philadelphia area. Eager to give back to the school, Mr. Field offered a $10 million gift to kick off the capital campaign. He never forgot how difficult it was, as a student, to perform in the school’s existing auditorium. “Today, thanks to Dr. Hite and the School District of Philadelphia, Central High begins a major infrastructural construction project that will remedy shortcomings in its building’s 1939 design and solve problems that have surfaced over its 80 year life,” said Mr. Field. He added, “Solutions to those problems and issues plus other modifications are all necessary pre-conditions to the start of construction of the Performing Arts Center.” 

The anticipated completion date for Phase 1 of the project is the Fall of 2020. Construction work is being done by Bencardino Excavating Incorporated and Paramount Electrical Services, LLC. MGA Partners of Philadelphia is the architectural firm for the project. 

Chartered in 1836, Central High School is the 2nd oldest public high school in the country. It was one of the last schools constructed in Philadelphia prior to the start of World War II. 

About Central High School 

As a college preparatory public school, Central High challenges students with rigorous academic programs to prepare them for the demands of higher education. Building upon the diversity in our school, we aim to prepare students to contribute and thrive in a heterogeneous world. We will enable students to develop problem solving skills, a life-long passion for learning, and aspirations to be thoughtful leaders of their generation. For more information, visit https://centralhs.philasd.org 

Ms. Ashley Zesserman, Governor Tom Wolf, and 278th class recent graduates
Ms. Ashley Zesserman (CHS Teacher), Governor Tom Wolf, and 278th class recent graduates
Governor Wolf signing the historic Central High Visitors Book
Governor Tom Wolf signing the historic Central High Visitors Book

About The Associated Alumni of Central High School 

The mission of the Associated Alumni of Central High School is to encourage and support the School’s high standards of scholarship, integrity and democratic values, to facilitate and maintain pride in Central High School and, as well, to encourage an impact upon community growth through financial and personal involvement, while broadening social and professional relationships among its alumni. For more information, visit https://centralhighalumni.com 

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AACHS Journal – Winter 2019 Edition https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/aachs-journal-winter-2019-edition/ Tue, 05 Mar 2019 15:25:05 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=4792   The 2019 Winter Edition of the AACHS Alumni Journal has arrived! This edition contains information on the 2019 Annual Meeting; an article on Hall of Fame recipient, Betty Liu; new options for school spirit wear; the AACHS President’s message: “all about the kids” and much more! Please send any feedback to alumnijournal@centralhighalumni.com. Thank you! For those […]

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The 2019 Winter Edition of the AACHS Alumni Journal has arrived! This edition contains information on the 2019 Annual Meeting; an article on Hall of Fame recipient, Betty Liu; new options for school spirit wear; the AACHS President’s message: “all about the kids” and much more! Please send any feedback to alumnijournal@centralhighalumni.com. Thank you!

For those who would like to get more involved with AACHS, we are seeking a website content editor, contributors to the Alumni Journal, and members to assist the AACHS Law Committee. If interested, please contact alumnioffice@centralhighalumni.com.

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Signature Annual Meeting Event will feature two inimitable speakers! https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/2019-annual-meeting/ Thu, 21 Feb 2019 17:57:59 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=4756 Join us on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 5 PM for The Associated Alumni of Central High School’s Annual Meeting and Dinner at the Sonesta Rittenhouse Square (1800 Market St., Philadelphia). We are honored to announce our two inimitable speakers for the evening’s program: Jane Golden and alumna Trang Do (261). Ms. Golden is the Founder and Executive Director of Mural […]

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Join us on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 5 PM for The Associated Alumni of Central High School’s Annual Meeting and Dinner at the Sonesta Rittenhouse Square (1800 Market St., Philadelphia).

We are honored to announce our two inimitable speakers for the evening’s program: Jane Golden and alumna Trang Do (261). Ms. Golden is the Founder and Executive Director of Mural Arts Philadelphia, and Ms. Do is a CBS 3 Eyewitness News General Assignment Reporter. Speaker Bios are below.

The Annual Meeting & Dinner is the organization’s signature event of the year. Attracting up to 400 alumni, students, administrators, faculty, and staff a year, the Annual Meeting features the coveted Disharoon award ceremony, AACHS President’s report and the election of officers and members of the AACHS governing body, the Board of Managers.

This year’s dinner will feature a cocktail reception hour beginning at 5PM, followed immediately by our program and dinner. Come out to hear from our two speakers, as they impress upon us their personal and professional experiences in the field of media and arts and how they have positively affected the city and community.

Parking (new option): We suggest parking at the William Penn Garage located at 19th & Ludlow Street. AACHS has obtained special pricing of $10/car. To secure a voucher, select the appropriate “PLUS Wm. Penn Garage” parking” ticket option.  For those who have already paid for their admission but would like to obtain a parking voucher, please register again for the new voucher-only option. Vouchers will be handed out to those who preregistered by April 29th 2019 at the registration desk. Alternatively, valet parking is available at $17/car at the Sonesta Rittenhouse

Meet some of our remarkable current students as they leave a lasting impression while providing first-hand accounts on the great things happening at Central today including our exciting capital project to improve Central for the students of tomorrow. As always, you may share this wonderful experience by sponsoring a current student for $85.

Proceeds from the Annual Meeting & Dinner benefit AACHS’ mission to support student success at Central today and in the future. As a sponsor or attendee, you or your company will enable students to develop problem solving skills, a life-long passion for learning, and aspirations to be thoughtful leaders of their generation.

Please register online to reserve your seat today or download the AACHS Annual Meeting 2019 Printable Form to send by mail. 

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, May 2, 2019.

Thank you,

AACHS President Steve Chappell (209) and the AACHS Board of Managers

 

 

 

 

SPEAKER BIOS:

Jane Golden, Founder & Executive Director, Mural Arts Philadelphia                          Photo Taken By: Steve Weinik

 

Jane Golden has been the driving force of Mural Arts Philadelphia since 1984, overseeing its growth from a small city agency into the nation’s largest public art program, a global model for transforming public spaces and individual lives through art. Under Golden’s direction, Mural Arts has created over 4,000 works of public art through innovative collaborations with community-based organizations, city agencies, nonprofit organizations, schools, the private sector, and philanthropies. In partnership with a range of city agencies, she has developed groundbreaking and rigorous programs that work through art to make strides in youth education, restorative justice, and behavioral health.

Golden has also overseen a series of increasingly complex, ambitious, and award-winning public art projects, as well as launching the knowledge-sharing Mural Arts Institute in 2017. Sought after nationally and internationally as an expert on urban transformation through art, Golden has received numerous awards for her work, including the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship Award, the Philadelphia Award, the Hepburn Medal from the Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center at Bryn Mawr College, and Philadelphia Magazine’s Trailblazer Award. In 2018, she received the Anne d’Harnoncourt Award for Artistic Excellence from the Arts + Business Council of Greater Philadelphia, and the Dare to Understand Award from the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and serves on the Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Council, the Penn Museum Advisory Committee, and the board of directors of The Heliotrope Foundation.

Trang Do (261) General Assignment News Reporter, CBS 3 Eyewitness Team

Trang Do (261) came home to join the Eyewitness News team as a general assignment reporter in March of 2016.
The Philadelphia native had previously been an investigative reporter with WMAR-TV in Baltimore, Maryland. Trang started her professional career as a Washington, D. C, correspondent for KTVQ-TV in Billings, Montana. She has also reported and anchored in Huntsville, Alabama at WAFF-TV and in York, Pennsylvania at WPMT-TV.

Trang graduated from The Central High School (261) and University of Pennsylvania magna cum laude and worked as an intern at CBS 3 during her senior year in college. After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and Spanish at Penn, she went on to complete a Master’s degree in journalism from the Medill School at Northwestern University. Trang is a member of the Asian American Journalists Association. She and her husband, Kevin, make their home in the Kensington section of Philadelphia where she grew up.

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Central High School President Honored For Commitment to Education https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/central-high-school-president-honored-for-commitment-to-education/ Wed, 13 Feb 2019 18:45:41 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=4746   The Associated Alumni of Central High School would like to congratulate Central President Timothy J. McKenna for receiving the coveted Martin L. Glassman Commitment to Education Award from the Schoolmen’s Club of Philadelphia. The award was given to President McKenna during the organization’s Annual Awards and Holiday Dinner in December, 2018. “I’m honored to […]

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Central High School’s 14th President, Timothy McKenna receives Martin L. Glassman Commitment to Education Award! Photo Credit: The Schoolmen’s Club of Philadelphia

The Associated Alumni of Central High School would like to congratulate Central President Timothy J. McKenna for receiving the coveted Martin L. Glassman Commitment to Education Award from the Schoolmen’s Club of Philadelphia. The award was given to President McKenna during the organization’s Annual Awards and Holiday Dinner in December, 2018.

“I’m honored to be recognized by my peers for the work I’ve accomplished over my 23-year career in education,” said President McKenna. “As a lifelong Philadelphian, I’m proud to lead Central High School, an historic education institution in our city.”

The Schoolmen’s Club of Philadelphia dates back to 1902 and its mission is to promote the social and professional aspects of educational life in the city of Philadelphia and to aid in the betterment of educational conditions. The Schoolmen’s Club has a rich history of service to educators and children in Philadelphia.

 

Martin L. Glassman Commitment to Education Award Recipient, Timothy McKenna (center) with CHS Faculty, Staff and Alumni. Photo Credit: The Schoolmen’s Club of Philadelphia

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CHS Ranked Top Overall High School in Philadelphia https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/chs-ranked-top-overall-high-school-in-philadelphia/ Thu, 31 Jan 2019 08:30:27 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=4728 Central High School is not only the top high school in the city of Philadelphia, but the top overall school, according to the 2017-2018 School Progress Report (SPR) released by the School District of Philadelphia. This is the second consecutive year that Central has achieved that status. The SPR ranks schools in the areas of […]

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Central High School is not only the top high school in the city of Philadelphia, but the top overall school, according to the 2017-2018 School Progress Report (SPR) released by the School District of Philadelphia. This is the second consecutive year that Central has achieved that status. The SPR ranks schools in the areas of achievement, progress, climate – and for high schools – college and career readiness. Central’s overall score is 95%, up from 91% in the previous year’s report. The School District of Philadelphia uses the SPR as an innovative tool to support, respond to, and improve Philadelphia schools.

“I’m so incredibly proud to lead a school where the students, staff, parents and alumni are dedicated to the tradition of excellence,” said Central President Timothy J. McKenna. President McKenna added “it’s evident by our School Progress Report score that our students have bought into our academic program and I feel confident we are creating the next generation of leaders.” McKenna also provided a video message to students, alumni, faculty and staff, and parents in congratulations for the success. See the video here

“The data from our SPR reports confirm what we have known for some time — that our schools across the city are improving in the areas that matter most to student success,” said Superintendent Dr. William Hite.

“Today, we recognize the hard work of our students, teachers, principals, families and community partners who have made this progress possible. The possibilities for all of our students are limitless when we work together to make our schools safe, engaging places for students to learn and grow. There is more work to be done, and I am grateful to be part of this community that is committed to our students’ continued growth and success.” 

The School Progress Report includes both District-led and charter schools throughout the city. 

For more information on the happenings of Central High School, The Associated Alumni of Central High School, please add us on our social media platforms.

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Help Wanted! (Experience in Corporate/Financial Governance Matters) https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/help-wanted-experience-in-corporate-financial-governance-matters/ Tue, 15 Jan 2019 22:29:03 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=4710 The AACHS is seeking the assistance of an individual(s) with experience in corporate/financial governance matters to aid in the drafting of governance documents for various projects in which AACHS is or will be engaged. Interested parties should contact Andrew Kessler (243) at kessler@litchfieldcavo.com. Thank you.  

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The AACHS is seeking the assistance of an individual(s) with experience in corporate/financial
governance matters to aid in the drafting of governance documents for various projects in which
AACHS is or will be engaged.
Interested parties should contact Andrew Kessler (243) at kessler@litchfieldcavo.com. Thank you.

 

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Central Alumnus Donates Personal Papers to Central High School https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/central-alumnus-donates-personal-papers-to-central-high-school/ Thu, 20 Dec 2018 16:42:16 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=4689 Central alumni, faculty and students now have the opportunity to get a glimpse into what it was like to be on the front lines of the world’s financial markets over the last half century. Central alumnus Eugene (Gene) Rotberg (188) has gifted selected speeches and articles to Central High School. Mr. Rotberg, a lawyer and […]

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Eugene Rotberg (188)

Central alumni, faculty and students now have the opportunity to get a glimpse into what it was like to be on the front lines of the world’s financial markets over the last half century. Central alumnus Eugene (Gene) Rotberg (188) has gifted selected speeches and articles to Central High School. Mr. Rotberg, a lawyer and international investment banker, served as Vice President and Treasurer of the World Bank from 1968 to 1987. Prior to that, he served 11 years with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Mr. Rotberg chose Central to house these important documents for several reasons.I benefited from the diversity of my fellow students at Central and that opened my eyes to different cultures from around the world,” said Mr. Rotberg who also said the diversity of Central High School was immeasurably enhanced by the addition of women to the student body. “I would not have made this donation to the school had women not been admitted,” Mr. Rotberg added.

Mr. Rotberg said Central had a very accomplished faculty that facilitated his understanding of literature, history and the humanities. He said they are inseparable and provided a solid foundation for what he would achieve in his professional life working closely with developing countries. The materials are in four parts. The first part is “Globalization, Poverty and Protectionism,” which deals with the economic conditions in the developing world. In particular, these articles/speeches describe the forces at play in developing countries which account for the trade imbalances between industrialized and developing countries and why these forces are irreversible. The second part is “Finance, Capital Market and Systemic Risk,” which deals with the world of finance over the last 50 years. These articles/speeches describe how and why the financial savings of the industrialized world will continue to be channeled into developing countries to support their economic development. The third part is “Emerging Countries and the Debt Crisis,” which deals with the debt crisis of the 1970s/1980s which put the world banking system at risk. The fourth part includes published articles that primarily describe Mr. Rotberg’s role as Vice President and Treasurer in the Bank’s financial operations.

Mr. Rotberg, who was inducted into the Central High School Alumni Hall of Fame in 1979, said these subjects are not typically taught in the high school classroom and it’s important for high school students to understand the effects and links between globalization and domestic economic policy. He hopes his donation sparks other alumni to consider making gifts to Central. The materials can be accessed at www.generotberg188.com or by hard copy at the Central High School library.

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76th Reunion for the 177 Class https://centralhighalumni.com/uncategorized/76th-reunion-for-the-177-class/ Wed, 10 Oct 2018 21:40:08 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=4636 The 177th Class celebrated its 76th Reunion on Monday, October 1, 2018. The reunion was held at the Delmonico’s Restaurant on City Avenue located inside the Hilton Philadelphia Hotel. The men in attendance as pictured on the right included Milton Dienes, Paul Isakoff, and Fred Lehman. H. Leon Bradlow sent a short video to his […]

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The 177th Class celebrated its 76th Reunion on Monday, October 1, 2018. The reunion was held at the Delmonico’s Restaurant on City Avenue located inside the Hilton Philadelphia Hotel.

Fred Lehman (seated), Milt Dienes (behind Fred), Paul Isakoff (right) celebrating their 76th Reunion of the 177th Class.

The men in attendance as pictured on the right included Milton Dienes, Paul Isakoff, and Fred Lehman. H. Leon Bradlow sent a short video to his fellow classmates and lifelong buddies with some endearing comments and that he was looking forward to the next reunion.

Stephen Chappell, AACHS President (209) had this to say: “David Kahn, AACHS Archivist (220) and I had the pleasure of being invited to the 76th reunion of the 177 class.  The class has met every year since graduating in 1942.

We had a delightful time, bringing them up to date on what’s going on at school and with the Alumni Association, and listening to their experiences when they were at Central and since.  We hope we’ll be invited to their 77th.”

We recognize 177 class for their reunion tradition and hope that other reunion classes share in the sentiments and joy of meeting with fellow classmates annually as the 177 class has done for 76 years. #leadingtheway

Left to Right: David Kahn, Fred Lehman, Milt Dienes, Paul Isakoff, Steve Chappell, Monica (Paul’s granddaughter), and Harriet Dienes

 

 

 

Left to Right: David Kahn, Fred Lehman (front), Milt Dienes (behind Fred), Steve Chappell, Paul Isakoff ( Front)

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One Point. One Request. AACHS Lawyers, the CHS Mock Trial Team needs your help. https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/one-point-one-request-aachs-lawyers-the-chs-mock-trial-team-needs-your-help/ Mon, 01 Oct 2018 13:12:22 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=4622 One point. That was the margin by which Roman Catholic High School defeated Central High School to win last year’s citywide high school mock trial championship. Lina Bader, Central’s faculty mock trial sponsor, is determined to see a different result this year. In order to accomplish this, the Central High School Mock Trial team is seeking alumni […]

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Photo taken by David Castro (Parent of 279 class member Anja Castro-Diephouse)
                                                                                  Back row: Alex Kitsmarishvilli (278), Siobhan McAtamney (279), Louisa Hanson (279), Gabrielle Mateo (278), Neve Shaver (278), Heather Kodhelaj (280), Anja Castro-Diephouse (279), Kimberly Danni (278), Steven Torres (278), Hannah Cheatham (278), Kevin Hang (278) Front row: Maximillian Hall (279), JJ Park (278), Jacob Wycoff (278), Yesenia Rodriguez (278)
One point. That was the margin by which Roman Catholic High School defeated Central High School to win last year’s citywide high school mock trial championship. Lina Bader, Central’s faculty mock trial sponsor, is determined to see a different result this year. In order to accomplish this, the Central High School Mock Trial team is seeking alumni who are seasoned trial attorneys.
Ms. Bader genuinely believes that in order for the students to be more skilled trial advocates than those who compete for other high schools, it requires a group of attorney alumni who volunteer to coach and to assist the team. With the additional help, and all of the CHS team’s top performers from last year will return for their senior year (Class 278), offering Central a very realistic opportunity to bring home the championship.
Steven Torres (278): “Mock trial helped me break out of my shell and open up to new ideas and critical thinking. Thanks to our hardworking coaches, I was able to become more well-rounded. Not only did I develop better analytical and presentation skills, but I developed some amazing friendships. Our team became a family, and we uplifted and supported each other.”
Ms. Bader, excels as a biology teacher at Central High School, and does her best to lead the Mock Trial team as its faculty sponsor. But, she is not a lawyer. She feels that if the team receives help from some alumni lawyers, Central could easily take over the top spot. The students need assistance with objections, cross-examination, witness preparation, and even such rudimentary matters as where to stand in the courtroom.
Louisa Hanson (279, Exec Board Member): “Mock trial has helped me develop both my writing skills and quick-thinking skills, and my team has become family to the point that late practices feel like a labor of love rather than an inconvenience.”
Likely, the vast majority of us feel tremendous appreciation for the high school experience we had at Central. If you are a lawyer with trial skills, and a little bit of time to spare, this is a great opportunity to give back. You will see how beneficial volunteers’ time could be in the lives of Central students.
Please contact Ms. Bader at Lbader@philasd.org. She will coordinate your efforts to assist the Central Mock Trial Team. This experience will be a great one for you and it will provide the students first-hand experience that will help those who want to continue in the legal field.

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The Summer/Fall 2018 issue of the AACHS Alumni Journal https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/the-summer-fall-2018-issue-of-the-aachs-alumni-journal/ Thu, 13 Sep 2018 15:15:19 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=4590 The AACHS Summer/Fall 2018 Journal issue of the AACHS Alumni Journal is now live! In this edition, we have a recap of the annual dinner which broke all attendance records, a preview of the upcoming Alumni Hall of Fame event, a reflection on important moments in Central history and more. Of course, we have our favorite recurring […]

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The AACHS Summer/Fall 2018 Journal issue of the AACHS Alumni Journal is now live!

In this edition, we have a recap of the annual dinner which broke all attendance records, a preview of the upcoming Alumni Hall of Fame event, a reflection on important moments in Central history and more.

Of course, we have our favorite recurring features including Column C, Alma Matters, news on reunions and more.

There’s no time like the present to read through this season’s Alumni Journal; subscribe today at https://aachs.z2systems.com/np/clients/aachs/subscribe.jsp.

Please share your feedback – and if you aren’t receiving the Journal via email, sign up today by emailing: alumnijournal@centralhighalumni.com.

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Project Cool Breeze https://centralhighalumni.com/all-news/project-cool-breeze/ Thu, 06 Sep 2018 02:34:38 +0000 https://centralhighalumni.com/?p=4571 School bells rang for the commencement of the 2018-2019 school year last week, just days before Labor Day. While many students hoped for one more summer day albeit in the sweltering heat, this year, for the first time in the school’s history, students and teachers returned (or were welcomed) to classrooms that are air conditioned. 75 window unit air conditioners – a generous donation from the 228th Class – were installed over the summer by the Philadelphia School District employees.

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School bells rang for the commencement of the 2018-2019 school year last week, just days before Labor Day. While many students hoped for one more summer day albeit in the sweltering heat, this year, for the first time in the school’s history, students and teachers returned (or were welcomed) to classrooms that are air conditioned. 75 window unit air conditioners  – a generous donation from the 228th Class – were installed over the summer by the Philadelphia School District employees.

CHS students in newly air-conditioned room
CHS Students in classroom enjoying the new window air-condition unit.

Steve Kaplan (228) writes, “Above all else Central is about achieving academic excellence and the opportunities that come to students who do. Project Cool Breeze is a simple, but sober acceptance of the fact that it’s challenging enough to attain academic excellence – for both students and teachers – without having to endure 90 degree classrooms. By helping to create a more fertile learning environment, the 228 is helping to support Central’s primary mission. We invite other classes to join us in supporting Central. There is only ONE CENTRAL!”

It’s your presence and dedication to the Associated Alumni of Central High School (AACHS) that sets Central apart from other schools in the city.

Think back to your first day at Central and the impact of your experience. What can YOU do now to make an impact on the lives of the students who are walking through those front doors today? A gift to Central’s Capital Campaign is the perfect way to make that impact right now.

Please consider making your tax-deductible gift today! For more information on how you can help lead the way please contact Director of Development, Lynn Norton Robins, at development@centralhighalumni.com.

Lynn Norton Robins
Director of Development, AACHS
development@centralhighalumni.com

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