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. 

Withrow has a tradition of excellence and quality education for students. Not only recognized as one of the most beautiful campuses in Ohio, Withrow has been home to famous Alumni and community leaders-all of which proudly say ‘Once a Tiger, Always a Tiger!’. We have faced many challenges, triumphs and monumental events, and as Tigers, we relentlessly pursue excellence. 

The Withrow LSDMC is committed to supporting high expectations for our students, families and staff and we value your input and need your inclusion. Please consider attending a meeting this upcoming school year and join me in welcoming Mr. Jerron Gray to the Withrow family of Tigers!  

By Dave Blocksom ’68
I was elected President of your Alumni Association at our May Board of Trustees meeting. As a member of the Board of Trustees for the past five years, I’ve served as Vice President, Secretary, Chair of the Campus Maintenance Committee, Chair of the Archives Committee, and a member of the Finance, Data Base Management and Reunion Committees. I’m also the Alumni representative on the Withrow Local School Decision Making Committee, which advises the Principal. I retired six years ago from a 38 year career in the residential construction industry, the last 28 years of which I had my own custom home building and remodeling company. My Father (’38), uncles, sister (’74) and brother (’75) were Withrow grads and my Mom taught at Withrow (’67 – ’83). Lots of Tiger bloodlines. My Mom and aunts were Walnut grads (who knows why). I live in the Columbia-Tusculim area and have lived in the Withrow traditional school district my entire life.

Carol Mitchell-Lawrence ’84 was elected Vice President.  Carol is a lifelong resident of Madisonville and is currently the Director of Human Resources Internet Technology at Macy’s. Carol has worked for Macy’s since graduating from Withrow, and she’s been a member of our Board for three years.

Patty Hoskins Dilg ’71 was re-elected Secretary. Patty is currently Director of Operations for Matthew 25 Ministries. She was there at the beginning of M25M with founder Wendell Mettey ’64. Patty has been a member of the Board for four years and was instrumental in setting up our cloud based data base system.

Mark Anderson ’72 moved from the Treasurer’s position to Board Bookkeeper. He has been a Board member for four years and works at Rippe & Kingston.

After seven years as President, Vince Stitzel ’59 moved upstairs to Chairman of the Board.

After seven years as Executive Director, Jack Cover ’59 retired from that position and will remain a member of the Board. Jack will play an important role as a school staff liaison and continues to bring a historical perspective to the Board.

I will also serve as Treasurer as we delegate Jack’s many responsibilities as Executive Director among the new leadership team. After the transition is complete, a younger Assistant Treasurer will be appointed and eventually assume the position of Treasurer.

Although this is a generational change in leadership, we will still carry out the mission of supporting the students, staff and alumni as we’ve done since 1995.

Three Board members retired at the end of their Board terms in May. We thank Bill Hastings ’68, Kathy Johnson ’81 and Joseph Allen ’02 for their service.

We welcomed four new members to the Board: Darius Davis ’08, Caroline Clark Moore ’88, Zachery Riggins ’72 and Pat Stephens Hunley ’78.

We’re proud of the diversity of our 30 member Board of Trustees not only by gender and race but by age (class of ’59 – class of 2010), education level (high school grads to master’s degrees), socio-economic status, marital status and zip code. We truly represent a cross section of 100 years of Withrow.

Withrow Archives Update
In 2005, as Withrow was undergoing its $43 million renovation, the Withrow Alumni Association and the College and Career Center moved from first floor classrooms into Withrow’s second floor library, which was no longer being used as a library. At that time, a dedicated and enthusiastic group of alumni moved the crowded Withrow museum from the first floor to the Library (later renamed the Holwadel Alumni Center). Boxes of long stored memorabilia were painstakingly organized, catalogued and placed on display on the library bookshelves. Thanks to their efforts, we have one of the finest displays of high school memorabilia in the city, if not in the country. This, our Centennial year, makes the collection even more meaningful.

Missing yearbooks
With that said, we are missing some critical pieces in our collection. We would like to have two yearbooks for each school year in our permanent collection (in addition to the extra yearbooks we sell). We are missing yearbooks for the following years: 1965, ’68, ’70, ’71, ’72, ’73, ’77, ’79, ’80, ’85, ’87, ’93, ’98, and ’99. If any of you have a yearbook from those years and would like to donate it to our archives, please contact us at withrowalum@gmail.com.

Reunion Tours
If your class is having a reunion, we give two-hour campus tours to reunion classes on the Saturday of your reunion weekend. A highlight of the tour is our Alumni Center and the renovated auditorium.

College and Career
In 2012, the College and Career Center functions were taken over by the school counselors, and it is no longer located in the 2nd floor library. In 2015, the Alumni Assn. established the Jane Greene and Diane Roland Reading Center for students in the library.

Lastly, I want to thank you, our Alumni, for your financial support. If it wasn’t for your support we couldn’t carry out the many project we undertake for our students, Withrow staff and campus.

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