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President’s Message – Spring 2020

by Dave Blocksom ’68

Pandemic News
With the COVID-19 school closure, we are trying to help the students in any way we can while they are out of school. We are directing donations to the Principal’s Fund to be used by the principal at his discretion. To make a donation to the Principal’s Fund, click HERE and select Principal’s Fund.

Well-fed Tiger Athletes Perform Better
A few years ago, Alumni Assn. Board of Trustees Vice President, Carol Mitchell Lawrence ’84, started a program called Fuel Our Tigers to raise money to provide game day meals for our football players. At the beginning of this school year, the Board voted to expand this program to include home and away game day meals for all student athletes. Before, the pandemic school closing, the program was projected to provide over 7,000 meals to 475 student athletes for the school year at a cost of around $21,000. Withrow’s student athletes and coaches thank the alumni for their generous donations, which help fund this program. If you would like to help this program, please Donate Now by clicking HERE and select Help Fuel Withrow Tigers Before Sporting Events.

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President’s Notes


I want to personally thank all of the volunteers who helped to make our Centennial year celebration a success. Special thanks to Carol Mitchell Lawrence ’84, Rich Eby ’59, and Nichelle Bolden ’84 and their committees who staged the Centennial Gala Weekend events. More than 1,060 alumni and guests attended our Gala Dinner and After Party, 600 attended our Alumni basketball game, 60 participated in the golf outing, and 160 joined the Sunday Brunch and Tour. Proceeds from these events funded the Major McNeil scholarships, the Withrow School of Business, and Withrow’s athletic department. Alumni from every class between 1944 and 2019 participated in the events; for many, this was their first alumni event. The Centennial certainly raised Withrow’s profile in the community!

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Withrow Centennial Orange Out on Fountain Square – September 4, 2019

The Centennial Orange Out is the first Alumni Assn. event that used social media as the exclusive contact tool with alumni. A perfect evening with music and Proclamations honoring Withrow’s 100 years. Photos are courtesy of Michael McCray ’73, who owns Coast2Coast Images Photography Studio. If you’d like copies of any photos, please contact Michael McCray.  

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Withrow’s Centennial Weekend Celebration and More

Graduation good news. 85% of Withrow’s Senior Class graduated this May and received over $4.7 million in scholarship money. A special congratulations to Salutatorian Isaiah Houston and Valedictorian Kristian Young.  Read the introductions of Isaiah Houston and Kristian Young during the graduation ceremony.

We are now half way through Withrow’s exciting and historic Centennial Year and more is being planned. There’s been a renewed interest in Withrow History and Alumni. Bob Linnenberg ‘63, Christy McTigue Backley ‘66, Dave Blocksom ‘68, Dennis Goens ‘69 and others have done a lot of research over the last year to put together two interesting documents. First is a listing of 100 years of Withrow facts. The second is a listing of Notable Withrow Alumni.

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Withrow and the Alumni Assn. Have New Leaders


By Ms. Kareem Moffett, PhD, Withrow LSDMC Chair
Welcome our new Principal, Mr. Jerron Gray who comes to Withrow from Walnut Hills High School where he was an Assistant Principal and teacher. The decision to recommend Mr. Gray as our new Withrow Principal was unanimous and we are excited about the new direction of Withrow leadership and sincerely believe that the staff will continue to feel supported, respected and valued as we move into the Withrow Centennial celebration of 100 years of excellence in education. Many plans have been secured already and other Centennial events are underway that promise to highlight the longstanding tradition that Withrow alumni value. 

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