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Withrow Centennial Gala

HAPPY BIRTHDAY WITHROW!!!

Join us for a Centennial Gala celebration of Withrow’s 100th birthday.

September 7, 2019
Jack Casino, 2nd Floor
Doors open at 5 pm
Dinner will be served promptly at 6 pm
Tickets are $75
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Join your fellow alumni and friends
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The Withrow Alumni Association cordially invites all alumni to attend this once-in-a-lifetime soiree as we celebrate Withrow milestones and memories throughout the decades. The program will be hosted by our very own Tiger Alum Jenell Walton ’89, left, and CPS Superintendent Laura Mitchell, right, will be the keynote speaker. Pastor KZ Smith ’87 will offer a blessing. Invitations to other special guests are in the works. The program will commemorate 100 years of prolific Withrow history, as well as honor a few Tigers who made significant contributions along the journey. 

Proceeds raised from this event will benefit the Withrow Business Education Program

Alumni currently involved are Coordinators: Carol Mitchell Lawrence (’84) and Rich Eby (’59), Communications Manager-Nichelle M. Bolden (’84), Marketing Manager-Kitalena Mason (’98), Gala Program Manager-Angelia Burney-Farrell (’84) and Dave Blocksom (’68). Other alumni representing classes scheduling reunions in 2019 include: Kay Eby (’59), Jackie Flaig (’64), Karen Carol Brentley (’69), Sandra Butler (’74), Joanne Stenson-Sawyer (’84), Allison Courtney Hunter (’89) and Sheva Stephens (’89), Danielle Goodwin (’94), James Isaac Robertson (’99), Sahara A. Shackelford (’99) and Keyanna Crossty (’99). 

Buy your Centennial Gala tickets online by clicking HERE. Ticket sales will run until July 1st, 2019. For cash ticket sales, the Tiger Ticket Committee will be available in the Withrow gym lobby on Saturday June 29th from noon-4:00 p.m. If you are celebrating a milestone reunion year, for example, the classes of 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, etc., please coordinate with your class reunion contact for Gala seats. To contact your class coordinator, send an email to withrowcentennial@gmail.com including your name and class year. We are looking for class representation from 1961 and 1962 to round out the 60’s, 1978 and 1982 to round out the 70’s and 80’s. We’re also looking to increase class participation in the 90’s and 2000’s. If you know someone from those graduating years, please share the information and encourage other classmates to attend. Please continue to check the Centennial Celebratons button on the Home page and follow our Facebook page WithrowHSAlumni for a ticket sales link and other updates. If you have any questions, send an email to withrowcentennial@gmail.com.

Need hotel room to stay:
Hilton Garden Inn – Cincinnati Midtown$125.00 per night plus tax – Free parking and WiFi
2145 Dana Ave, 45207

Reservation Instructions:
Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Cincinnati/Midtown
Group Name: Withrow High School Centennial Group Block
Arrival Date: 06-Sept-2019 – Departure Date: 08-Sept-2019 

Two easy ways to complete reservations with your group rate:
Booking LinkYour exclusive web booking link is listed below. Simply input the travel dates, and the site will display your group rates. Then proceed with the online reservation.
Note: The entire URL must be copied and pasted for it to work properly:

 https://secure3.hilton.com/en_US/gi/reservation/book.htm?inputModule=HOTEL&ctyhocn=CVGMDGI&spec_plan=WHS&arrival=20190906&departure=20190908&cid=OM,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT

Phone Reservations –  A reservations line is available 24 hours a day. Simply dial (513) 361-9800 and press 1 to connect with reservations.
Be sure to reference Withrow High School Centennial Group Block when completing your reservation.

The cutoff date for Withrow High School Centennial Group Block is August 9, 2019, and we ask that your reservation is completed prior to this date.

 

Withrow Centennial Golf Outing – Friday, September 6, 2019

Location:           Reeves Golf Course at Lunken Airport
Registration:     10 am, arrive on site
Shotgun Start:  11 am
Format:              Four Person Scramble – 1 putt rule & no handicaps
Single Entry Price:  $100 that includes

  • 18-hole greens fees w/riding cart
  • 1 Lunch Ticket for a sandwich and snack bag
  • 1 Drink Ticket – 16oz can domestic beer, 20oz bottled soft drink
  • All tax and gratuities
  • Use of practice facilities
  • A Centennial Golf Outing momento
  • A $40 donation to the Major McNeil Scholarship Fund

The Major McNeil Scholarship Fund was established in March 2015 by the Class of 1984 and is currently administered through the Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation. Bianca Martin ’15 the first scholarship recipient is currently an Academic Honor Society junior at Central State University.

Buy your tickets online by clicking HEREEntries on a first-paid, first-served basis

Join your fellow alums and other friends for a day of fun in the sun. You can play individually with other classmates or put together a foursome from your class. For the most fun, play any tees you wish. Come prepared for closest to the pin and longest drive contests.

Entries must be received by August 20, 2019.
Program is planned to finish by 5:30 pm for those attending an evening event.

We are soliciting sponsors for this event. If you own or work for a company willing to sponsor this event or wish to help with reservations or in any way, please fill-out the Centennial Golf Outing Volunteer form by clicking HERE.

This event is being planned by, left to right, Terrence Sherrer, Sr. ’84, Rich Eby ’59, and Lynn Moore ’57. Feel free to contact any of them by email at withrowcentennial@gmail.com

Current volunteers include Tom Williams ’65, Felix Maye ’86 and John Apgar ’68.

 

 

Withrow Tower News – The First 50 Years

By BOB LINNENBERG ’63 

“If it happened—it’s here” was the winning slogan submitted by sophomore Jeanne LeFeber ’50 in a contest held by Tower News in the fall of 1947. She was awarded a $10.00 prize for her entry, which was to appear in the Tower News masthead for the next 30 years.

The first edition of East High School’s The Tower News was issued April 22, 1921. Printed at school, the newspaper contained no advertising and cost 5 cents. Student Horace Wersel was given credit for suggesting the name for the paper. The students at East High had chosen to have a newspaper instead of a magazine; and in this regard, Tower News remained the first and only public school newspaper in Cincinnati for almost a decade.

Published bi-weekly, the paper consisted of club news, stories, poems, essays, cartoons, and humor. All aspects of sports news, both male and female, were prominent. In the ensuing years, alumni news and events were heavily featured. By the late 1920’s, the paper expanded into a weekly publication and added more cartoons and gossip.

In 1929, it became necessary to print Tower News out of school, and the business staff was expanded to bring in advertising.

By the early 1930’s, with the depression at its worst, the paper was scaled back to bi-weekly and fears were evident that, due to lack of sales and advertising, Tower News would have to cease publication altogether. The student body rallied, and the paper continued throughout the Depression.

World War II brought the paper back to a weekly publication. War news and stories of alumni and former students in service were prominent along with the usual sports, clubs and activities, and gossip. Instructions for air raid drills, and the sometimes humorous results of air raid drills, were featured along with articles about the Victory Corps and similar war time activities. Times may have been difficult but the most copy was given over to the popular “swing” bands of the time. What the hit songs were and where and when the bands were playing in the Cincinnati area helped relieve the stress of wartime life. Weekly casualty lists were published on the first page throughout the war.

In 1944, Tower News held a contest for new school songs. Suggesting that “On Withrow” was a “parody” of “On Wisconsin”, the Editors wanted to replace it with something specific to Withrow. With the school name changed from East High to Withrow High in 1924, Tower News had sponsored the same  contest to get rid of the “On Wisconsin” tune. Both contests were unsuccessful. However, the 1944 contest for an Alma Mater had a winner. With Sigma Gamma awarding a $25.00 prize, junior Rowena Hezlep’s words remain the Alma Mater to this day. The song, with music by choral director Leo Grether, was presented on Class Day 1945.

Over the ensuing years, the Tower News remained a weekly paper. For special occasions, and for the year 1956, a six-page paper was possible. Special sports issues were common in the fall as was the Minstrel/Sounds of Withrow issue in the spring; an April Fool issue highlighted the wit of the Tower News staff. The Class Day issue at the end of the school year was prepared by the departing seniors, and the underclassmen took over the assignments for the next school year.

In the fall of 1965, the Board of Education bought Withrow a printing press; and the Tower News once again was printed in-house. It was reduced to a bi-weekly publication, but because advertising was no longer necessary, the content remained the same.

During most of its run, Tower News enjoyed an All-American or a First-Class rating from the National Scholastic Press Association. Withrow students knew they had good reason to be proud of their paper, and the national recognition was icing on the cake. And, after 50 years, the price may have doubled—but was still only 10 cents.

Withrow Memorial Gifts

Many Withrow alums are friends with other alums throughout their lives. When we lose alums and friends, many of us would like an opportunity to remember them and the origin of their friendship. Therefore, for those who want to pay tribute to a lost friend and alum by making a donation to the Withrow Alumni Assn., please click HERE. On the next screen, select Yes under the question “Do you wish to make a Memorial, Tribute, or other Special Gift?”, fill out the form and select the Donate Now button. You’ll be directed to a PayPal payment page to complete your memorial gift. Thank You.

Thank You For Ordering Homecoming Tickets

Thank You for ordering tickets to the Withrow Homecoming football game on October 14, 2016. You may pickup your tickets at the gate. Let’s have a winning Homecoming.