Euclid High Schools Alumni Association - Making Connections
At its core every alumni association is about making connections. Since 1991, the Euclid Public Schools Alumni Association (EPSAA) has been making connections, between alumni, current students and the Euclid Schools. At the end of April, the EPSAA participated in two significant "reunion" events that brought together hundreds of people to reconnect with friends, teammates, and most importantly, memories. On Friday night, April 27th, head Euclid football coach Jeff Rotsky, his coaching staff and about 100 members of the middle and high school football teams, met football alumni members from the 1970s through the 2010s. Sharing pizza, soda, and a few "war stories," it was a unique opportunity to connect current student -athletes with those who donned the blue and gold uniform before them. As a celebration of the tradition of excellence in high school football, it was fitting to have a few Euclid Schools Sports Hall of Famers in the crowd, including Tom Wandersleban '77 (Michigan), Antoine "Tony" Fisher ('97, Notre Dame, Green Bay Packers, St. Louis Cardinals) and Tom Banc, former coach of some of the most successful teams and accomplished student-athletes Euclid has fielded in its 110 years of playing football.
The next day, during the E-Room Farewell event (the multi-purpose room will be torn down in June to make way for construction of a new, consolidated middle school), hundreds of eager alumni flooded the E-Room to take one last look at the place where homecoming dances, proms, study halls and other memories were created. Alumni who hadn't connected with classmates in years ran into old friends and shared a story or two about the E-Room or time spent together at Euclid High School. Realizing the strength of pride and affection of Euclid's alumni for their alma mater, the event was conceived and planned by the Euclid Schools administration. Current students scooped out root beer floats and served popcorn from the concession stand (the one with the really cool Panther mosaic!). Nostalgic alumni reserved bricks from the future demolition of the E-Room and commemorative brick pavers were sold for future installation at the new football stadium. Looking toward the future, the EPSAA looks forward to planning and participating in similar reunion-like events, where alumni can reconnect with the places and people who inhabit some of their most cherished memories.
The EPSAA is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization that seeks to strengthen the ties between our Euclid alumni, the Euclid community, and our Euclid Schools. If you're a Euclid graduate, including the former Central and Shore High Schools, and want to learn more about the Association and its activities, visit our website at euclidschools.org/alumni.aspx. If you would like to get involved with the Association, particularly fundraising, reunion support, archiving memorabilia, and traditional and social media communications, please e-mail your interests to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at (216) 797-7895.
Greg Fondran is the Director of the Euclid Public Schools Alumni Association.