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Centennial Message from Principal Jerron Gray

As we embark upon our 100th Centennial Celebration year, it is with great honor and excitement that I am addressing you at such a time as this!

This being my first year as Principal – leading almost 1,300 students, Withrow University High School is positioned for greatness. We are forging a new era of culture and academic identity enhancing our fine arts, athletics and academic programs.

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Centennial Message from Principal Jerron Gray

As we embark upon our 100th Centennial Celebration year, it is with great honor and excitement that I am addressing you at such a time as this!

This being my first year as Principal – leading almost 1,300 students, Withrow University High School is positioned for greatness. We are forging a new era of culture and academic identity enhancing our fine arts, athletics and academic programs.

It’s inspiring to see Withrow alumni coming together to plan the various events during the Centennial year. We are seeking your support for all of these events. The Withrow Sounds Again performances on May 9th-11th is an important first step in enhancing the music and theater opportunities available at Withrow. The events during the Centennial Weekend, September 6th – September 8th, 2019 will benefit Withrow’s athletics and the School of Business.

Strong athletic and music programs are important to student development, but it’s especially important that Withrow have a strong academic identity. Therefore, we’ll be enhancing our current Business Career Technical program to prepare our students for college and the workforce marketplace of the 21st Century.

Our aim is to develop, equip and prepare gifted and talented students to thrive and excel in any arena they encounter – making Withrow High School a premier high school program in the city, state and country. We currently have a strong Business Management Pathway and will be adding a Business Logistics Pathway next year – both pathways culminating in opportunities for our students to be engaged in paid internships or apprenticeship programs within our local business community.

It is our hope that you will join us in continuing this 100 year legacy of excellence by supporting our students in any way that you can – enabling them to experience academically, artistically and athletically, what it truly means to be a Withrow Tiger.

I so look forward to meeting each of you during our Centennial Celebration Events. Please, make plans to be there – it will be a celebration that you will remember for a lifetime! Whatever support that you can provide will be greatly appreciated!

Once a Tiger, Always a Tiger!!! See you at the Centennial Events!

All the Best,
Jerron

Jerron T. Gray, M.Ed.
Principal

 

 

Withrow Super Alums Step Up

By Dave Blocksom
The Board of Trustees has been planning several projects and events to celebrate Withrow’s Centennial during 2019. Please join us for the Withrow Sounds Again in May and a Withrow Centennial Weekend in September. In addition to getting alumni back to campus, getting our students involved in the celebration, and enhancing the buildings and grounds for the celebration, we would be remiss if we didn’t use this opportunity for a Centennial fund raising campaign.

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50 Years of Withrow History in Annuals

by Bob Linnerberg ’63

From the onset, the stated objective of the Annual has been “to make a true picture of school life” at Withrow. Anxiously awaited every spring, the yearbook has been a mirror of the times, and occasionally the troubles, of life in Cincinnati’s largest high school.

The first East High School annual was published by the senior class in 1920. The literary editor that year was Dorothy Pearce Atkins. She returned to Withrow in 1926 as an English teacher and remained until her retirement in 1961. Named The Tiger by the class of 1922, the annual remained so named as long as the school was called East High. Jokes and baby pictures of seniors, popular in the 1920s, were dropped from later annuals. The sixth annual in 1925 was the “first” Withrow High School annual.

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Retired Staff Luncheon

Christy McTigue Backley

 

by Christy Backley ’66

On September 1, 60 retired Withrow staff members gathered in the Alumni Center, which most remembered as the library, to kick off a year of events the Alumni Assn. has planned to celebrate Withrow’s Centennial. 

Along with socializing and reminiscing about their days at Ohio’s most beautiful public school, attendees enjoyed browsing through artifacts, lunch by Eatwell Catering, background music played by Withrow’s string ensemble, a welcome message from new principal Jerron Gray, and tours of the renovated school.

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