All 2020

2021-2022 Withrow Athletic Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

On January 21, 2022, an induction ceremony for the 2021 and 2022 classes of the Withrow Athletic Hall of Fame took place in the Withrow gym. Last year’s 2021 induction ceremony was cancelled due to Covid. To view the members of the Withrow Athletic Hall of Fame, click HERE. Note that  biographies of members can be viewed by clicking on their names.

Photos of the induction ceremony may be viewed by clicking HERE. The basketball game for that night was cancelled due to Covid problems on the opposing team.

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…Arching Bridge and Shaded Valley…



by Bob Linnenberg ‘63

Daily, occasionally, or in the annual graduation Bridge Walk, generations of Withrowites have crossed the graceful footbridge at the entrance to our beautiful grounds, but few know that it might never have been built. In 1915 the architects at Garber and Woodward had to make a decision on what to do about the ravine that ran along Madison Road in front of the proposed East High School.

When it became  apparent that it would be too expensive to fill in the entire ravine, it was decided to design and build a footbridge over it. Palladian in style, the concrete and brick open spandrel arch bridge proved to be the  proper practical and esthetic choice, and its construction was endorsed by the president of the Cincinnati Board of Education, Dr. John M. Withrow.

In the years following, it was sometimes necessary  to maintain and make repairs to the understructure and decking, always at the expense of the Board of Education. By 1979, however, lack of funding led to the bridge’s having deteriorated to such an extent that it was condemned as unsafe by the City of Cincinnati. A ten-foot high fence was erected at either  and to block its use.

The Friends of Withrow, spearheaded by community activist Monica Nolan, was created, and volunteers, alumni, friends and students raised over $150,000 to help fund the repairs. Reopened in November 1981, the bridge was dedicated in honor of Miss Nolan’s sister, Nora May Nolan, a popular English teacher at Withrow from 1953 to 1976 and the main force behind the beautification of the school grounds. Annie Glenn, wife of Ohio Senator John Glenn (the first man to orbit the earth), was guest of honor at the bridge re-opening ceremony. In 1983 Withrow High School was listed on the  National Register of Historic Places.

By 2010 the bridge was once again showing signs of deterioration. Substantial repairs to the concrete arch and columns were needed. Bricks were missing or dislodged on the walking deck.Withrow Alumni Inc., the successor to the Friends of Withrow, needed to raise $50,000 toward the cost of repairs, with the Board of Education covering the balance. At a cost of $130,000, repairs began in June 2011 and were completed in Spring 2012. The bridge had a new deck and water guides. Repairs to the understructure were made, but some major repairs had to be deferred due to, once again, lack of funding.

After 100 years the bridge remains an iconic symbol of Withrow. It is in  active use by students, alumni and friends, many of whom have contributed to its maintenance and care. The annual Bridge Walk is still an important and emotional experience for graduating seniors, which hopefully will continue for another 100 years.

President’s Message – Fall 2020



by Dave Blocksom ’68

… all our hearts are won
Bob Linnenberg’s timely article, briefly describing the history of our historic bridge, highlights the investments that the alumni have so generously made over the years for the upkeep of the bridge. Unfortunately, we have again reached the point where we need to make structural repairs to the bridge now in order to avoid more costly repairs later.

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Beyond the Classroom – Withrow Athletics

by Jonas L. Smith, CAA, Withrow Athletic Director

The Withrow Athletic Department’s culture and mindset have changed drastically over the past few years. We have revamped our coaching staff with highly qualified individuals in all our sports. Our coaches truly understand the meaning of a student-athlete. That means school sports are an extension of a classroom, and they teach responsibilities of time management, working with others, and paying attention to detail. Withrow’s coaching staff understands academics come first and athletics second.

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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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