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Withrow Fine Arts Continue to Flourish

by Christy McTigue Backley ’66

“Once a Tiger, Always a Tiger” is a catchphrase dear to the hearts of Withrow alumni. We all feel it, that warm nostalgia triggered by a name, a song, a photo of our beautiful campus, but few of us act on it. A notable exception is Zach Riggins, class of ’72, photo above. He came away from his 25-year reunion with an inkling of an idea — an idea that percolated over the years and finally grew into a full-fledged plan to return Withrow to its glory days (and rightful position, many would say) as Cincinnati Public Schools’ leader in fine arts.

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Greetings From The Principal’s Desk: Withrow 2020-2021

I hope this letter finds all Withrow High School Alumni and your families doing well. What a year! Our 2020-2021 academic year was very eventful, to say the least. The global COVID-19 pandemic caused us all to truly pause and be thankful for life and our families – there was definitely no playbook for this nor how to educate students during such a crisis.

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Principal’s Message – Withrow 2019 – 2020

Greetings from the Principal’s Desk:

What a year 2020 has been! After a banner Centennial Year, 2020 will forever be remembered as the year of COVID-19 – the year that has greatly impacted, changed and transformed every life on the planet. From wearing masks to social distancing, this pandemic has definitely challenged us all.

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Withrow Students Learn Work and Social Skills Through Tiger Diner

Your donations to the Withrow Alumni Assn help support Tiger Diner, an innovative program with two praiseworthy goals: first, to show appreciation to faculty and staff; and second, to provide 16 students with multiple disabilities the opportunity for job training and preparation.

Once a month, students prepare and serve a delicious lunch. During the week before, all students cook the food and bake the desserts. On the day of Tiger Diner, they set up the tables and get the food ready to serve. Jobs include hostess and wait staff. Since Withrow has three separate lunches, students rotate among jobs.

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From The Principal’s Desk

by JERRON T. GRAY

What an awesome Centennial Celebration! From the Orange-Out on Fountain Square to the Golf Outing, Alumni Basketball Game vs Woodward, the packed-house Gala at Jack Casino and the elegant Tower Lawn Brunch, what an amazing celebration week! All I can say is WOW!!!

To be a part of history and to have met so many distinguished Alumni from all across the city and country was truly a tremendous honor. Our Centennial Celebration put on display grand Tiger Pride. All of Cincinnati Public Schools and the City of Cincinnati stood watching in awe and shared in our Withrow tradition, culture and pride. This was a celebration to remember and will never be forgotten!

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