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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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Withrow Tigertown Book Drive

In our continuing quest to increase Withrow student literacy levels, we are kicking off the first Tigertown Book Drive for the Jane Greene and Diane Roland Reading Center located in the Withrow Alumni Center. Your $20 tax-deductible contribution will provide a book with a donor name plate and increase the selection of literary content available to our students. We’re looking to develop a larger collection in the following subject areas:


Civil War/Reconstruction
Great Migration to Pre-Civil Rights
Civil Rights
Post-Civil Rights to Present
“Hidden Figures” throughout history (Fannie Lou Hamer, etc.)


Slave Narratives (EX.: Frederick Douglas, Harriet A. Jacobs)
Harlem Renaissance (EX.: Zora Neale Hurston, Countee Cullee, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright)
Post-Harlem Renaissance/Jazz Age (EX: James Baldwin, Maya Angelou)
Civil Rights/Post-Civil Rights (EX: Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Alex Haley, etc.)
Contemporary Social Commentary (EX: Nelson George, Michelle Alexander, etc.)

Poets throughout AA History (EX: Phyllis Wheatley, James Weldon Johnson, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Gwendolyn Brooks, Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, Saul Williams, Jessica Care Moore, etc.)

Please help expand the reading selection at Withrow by clicking on the Donate Button below.
On the PayPal Donate page, feel free to suggest authors we can add to the list. Thank you for your generous support.

Withrow Alumni Assn. Projects Report – Fall 2016

Taiwan Experience: For a second year, WAI was a catalyst in providing four students the opportunity to enrich their lives outside the classroom by being a part of a sixteen day exchange program in Taipei, Taiwan.  Read More →

New Lights for Withrow’s Clock Tower

newtowerlights03Nine years after its prior restoration, the clock facings on the tower again radiate at night like a beacon in the sky. Board member Dave Blocksom ’68 has overseen the replacement of the lighting by The Verdin Company with energy efficient LED lights in water proof housings. Your Board encourages YOUR support of any amount to keep the clock tower radiant at night.  You can make a donation to Relight the Clock Tower by clicking HERE.

Withrow’s Clock Tower Radiant at Night

tower_night384x384That headline and picture first appeared as an article in our Fall of 2007 Tower News following the complete restoration of Withrow’s clock mechanisms and facings.  The response of Alumni to financially support the restoration was overwhelming.  For the next nine years (or approximately 35,000 hours), the Clock facings did radiate at night like a beacon in the sky. Unfortunately, today, the current lighting system is now beyond repair; and all 48 florescent bulbs and ballasts are burnt out.  Board member Dave Blocksom ’68 (retired from a career in residential construction) thoroughly researched lighting options and presented to the Board of Trustees a plan to replace the lighting system with energy efficient LED lights in water proof housings.  The new system will have an approximate life of 20 years.  The cost to replace the system for all four clock faces is $6,700.  Your Board encourages YOUR support of any amount to keep the clock tower radiant at night.  You can make a donation to Relight the Clock Tower by clicking HERE.