Author Archive for Withrow Alumni

Withrow Weight Room Upgrades

Two Physical Fitness facilities were created in 2006 as part of the major building renovations and serve over 400 students yearly as part of the academic Physical Education programs and athletic team training. One facility emphasizes cardio-vascular training, and the second facility emphasizes weight training. Unfortunately, both facilities used the same 3/8″ floor covering on top of the concrete floor. This proved woefully inadequate for the weight training facility, resulting in an unsafe, unsanitary, and unsightly classroom environment. Further, as Denny Duermit ’69 (Alumni Board member, Withrow Athletic Hall of Fame member, and 14 year Walnut Hills Basketball Coach) simply states, “Our current Weight Room facility is embarrassing and puts Withrow at a significant disadvantage relative to other Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) in attracting and preparing our stu­dent-athletes for competitive play now and beyond high school.”

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2017 Withrow Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

An induction ceremony on February 10, 2017 celebrated the 2017 Class of the Withrow Athletic Hall of Fame.  To view the members of the Withrow Athletic Hall of Fame, click HERE. Note that  biographies of members can be viewed by clicking on their names. Photos of the induction ceremony may be viewed by clicking HERE.

The inductees in this fifth class of the Withrow Athltic Hall of Fame are, viewing photos left to right:

Horace Pumphrey ’42 – Football; Joe Brefeld ’57 – Baseball, Basketball, Football; Tyrone Hill ’86 – Basketball; Brandon Hunter ’99 – Basketball; Skyler Willis ’11 – Track, Volleyball

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Withrow’s Will Ernst & Otis Williams in CPS Hall of Fame

Withrow Alumni Otis Williams ’54 and Will Ernst ’52 were inducted into the 2017 Class of the Cincinnati Public Schools Athletic Hall of Fame. For a full program and listing of the CPS Hall of Fame 2016 Inductees, click HERE

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Alumni Association Projects, Spring 2017

Withrow Tower Clock Repair

Not long after restoring the lighting in the Clock Tower it became apparent that the four clock facings were losing time at different rates. Since they are operated by one master controller installed in 2007, it was determined that the four individual clock motors driving the clock hands were severely affected by the high heat and condensation levels at the top of the Tower. For the previous almost ninety years, the clocks were operated by a set of massive gears with thick German milk glass clock faces which had made them impervious to these conditions. To address the issues, a non-mechanical thermodynamic ventilation system similar to home attic ventilation systems has been installed utilizing inconspicuous louvered vents. This summer the Verdin Company will replace the clock motors involving the use of a 125′ boom lift. Total cost of this replacement work is $10,000. By the start of 99th school year, Withrow’s Clock Tower will accurately shine again. YOUR support of any amount is greatly appreciated.

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President’s Message

By Vincent Stitzel ’59, Tower News, Spring 2017

In 2016 Alumni resources were allocated for very important projects. A list of those expenditures may be seen at Alumni Association Projects .  The Alumni Assn. has three criteria for monetary support:

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