Three $1,000 scholarships were awarded at the HHS Awards Night Ceremony on May 23 to Amelia Thomas, Emily Young and Brandon Boris. Amelia will attend Regis College in the fall where she plans to major in neuroscience. Emily will be pursuing nursing degree at the University of New England. Brandon will be attending the Savannah College of Art and working toward a degree in graphic arts.
One scholarship was awarded in memory of alumnus Bev Johnson '51, a life-ling resident and active member of the of Town and the wife and mother of four other alumni.
Another was awarded in memory of Gus Moynihan who taught at HHS for 36 years and was the father to three HHS alumni.
The third scholarship was awarded in recognition of alumnus Pat Caouette who guided the Alumni Association for her many years and continues to be a valuable historical resource for the Association.
2015 & 2016 Alumni Association Reunion
Brief summaries, a few photos and lists of those who attended reunions in 2015 and 2016 reunion are provided on the Events Page. Additional photos from other reunions appear on the "Photos" page.
Annual newsletters are mailed in the late spring. If we have your address and you’re a member of the Alumni Association and have been out of high school for ten years or more, you'll receive the newsletter annually. If you’re not a member you'll only receive the newsletter every five years, on the 5-year anniversary of your class's graduation year. If we don’t have your address you’ll never receive a newsletter. If you’ve recently moved or if you haven’t been receiving the annual newsletter, please email us your address. This will help reduce the time spent trying to locate people and will also help to reduce postage costs by minimizing the number of newsletters that are mailed to incorrect addresses. And please check out the Alumni Search page. You might find your name or the name of someone whose address you know.
THE 2019 ANNUAL REUNION IS COMING SOON !
And it’s something different this year.
An informal afternoon gathering on August 17 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.
at the American Legion Hall in Contoocook
Food, which will be catered by Dimitris, will be provided throughout the afternoon so arrive at your convenience. There will be a cash bar. Soft background music will be provided by Mark Alan Bartram who plays frequently at Hermanos in Concord and many other area locations.
Hopefully people will get together on their own after the reunion to extend the day’s festivities.
The cost is $25/person. Advance reservations are required and must be received by August 10.
As additional enticement there will be guided tours of HHS on the 17th from 10:00 a.m. to noon.
If you who haven’t been inside the high school since construction of the last addition, or maybe even since the first in 1963, you’ll need a guide to figure out where the “old” ‘53 high school was as the interior spaces have changed dramatically.
Alumni Association Membership
Anyone who attended HHS, regardless of whether or not they graduated from HHS, is eligible to become a member of the Alumni Association. Lifetime dues, which are currently only $10.00, help to offset our relatively small annual operating expenses for such things as the printing and mailing of the annual newsletter and the website. Money received from dues is extremely important for the survival of the Association. So if you are not a member please consider joining to show your support for the Association. If you don’t know whether you’re already a member please contact us and we’ll check our records. If you graduated from HHS between 1984 and 2010, or in 2015, you are a member of the Association because all classes during those years paid the dues for the entire class.
Please Send Us Your News
We Want to Hear From You
The "News" page is always in need of news to keep the website interesting. Our website readers are our "reporters" so please send along your news. If you'd like to serve as "Decade Representative" to act as a collector of alumni news from the decade you attended HHS, please let us know by using the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of this page.
Help Us Locate Missing Alumni
Over the past year there has been a recent increase in correspondence from missing alumni to update their addresses. If you're not sure if the Alumni Association has your current address please check out the Alumni Search page which contains a link to a very long list of those with missing addresses. Who knows, you may be on it or know the address of someone who is.
* * * 2018 Scholarship Award * * *
The Alumni Association officers and Board of Directors met in April and decided to award a $2,000 scholarship to senior Abby Houston who will be attending UNH in the fall to study bio-medicine. Abby's ultimate goal is to be accepted into the UNH nursing program, become a nurse practitioner and, as a member of the Peace Corps, be stationed in a country where she can serve the less fortunate as a nurse. This scholarship, which was presented to Abby at the HHS awards night ceremony on May 24th, was made in memory of Pert Gaskill, a longtime HHS teacher and resident of Contoocook.
Welcome to the official Hopkinton (NH) High School Alumni Association website! This is a FREE site so please don't be confused by other sites such as Alumni.com and Classmates.com that may ask you to sign up for a fee. These are commercial sites and although they may provide a way to connect with former classmates, that's about all they will do except take your money. SO BEWARE! However, if you have money you'd like to get rid of, we'll gladly accept donations to our Scholarship Fund or General Fund.
To navigate through the website simply click on the "Home Page", "News/Obits", "Alumni Search", "Odds & Ends" and "Photos" headings above.
To go back to a previous screen please remember to use the left arrow in the upper left corner of the webpage instead of the "X" in the upper right corner of your screen. Otherwise you'll find yourself having to log onto the website again.
We need your input to keep this website "fresh" otherwise we may be forced to make up "stuff". So please send us news of marriages, births, deaths, class reunions or other important and interesting events in your lives that you think might be of interest to others. Or check out the "Guestbook" feature near the bottom of this page to provide information, ask questions or see the comments of others. And please check out the "Alumni Search" page and help us find missing alumni.
SPECIAL ITEMS OF INTEREST
One of the original website pages has been renamed "Odd & Ends". Please take a look and think about submitting a story or anything else that you think might be of interest to others.
The Alumni Association is hoping to team up with the HHS Guidance Office in 2019-20 to conduct a "Career Day" at which time interested alumni would meet with HHS students who are considering their futures and interested in learning about various careers. Who among us would not have benefited from such an opportunity when we were in high school? So we're looking for alumni who would be willing to meet with students to discuss careers and to answer students' questions. This would be a great opportunity for the students and a great way to show students how the Alumni Association can have a positive impact on their futures. Anyone interested in participating in this forum is asked to contact Pete Lincoln. UPDATE:Dyan Goodwin '78 (a Managing Director and Private Client Advisor with Bank of America) and Stephanie Chapman '05 (an operating room nurse at Brigham and Women's Hospital) have contacted Pete to say they're interested in participating in this "event". Pete, a retired structural engineer, also plans to participate.We hope to hear from others.
Bill and Mary-Jane (Barnard) Sterling ('52/'53) have again shown their strong support for the Alumni Association by making a very generous contribution to our scholarship fund in June. This contribution was made in memory of Bill's younger brother Carleton, a member of the Class of 1961 who died in September 2018. A review of the list of various scholarships awarded to graduating seniors reveals that the Sterlings have been long time supporters of secondary education through a scholarship in their own names and through a scholarship in the name of Bill and Carlton's parents, William C. & Doris Sterling. William C. Sterling was a long time Hopkinton Superintendent of Schools in the 1950's and 60's. And it's noteworthy that Mary-Jane's brother Bob ('50) and his wife Delana were instrumental in "jump-starting" the scholarship fund that was re-established in 2011.
5/1/19 - Robin French Calley '86 and her husband John have decided to move to Florida so the Association will be losing our valuable Vice President and "raffle girl." She will be missed and very hard to replace! As a result the Association is looking for someone to fill a position on the Board, but not necessarily as the VP if one of our current officers or board members is willing to take the position.
The Association is looking for a volunteer who would be willing to "take over" as webmaster of this website. Anyone who might be interested is asked to contact Pete Lincoln.
The Association's officers and board members met on May 1 to review scholarship applications from members of the Class of 2019 who plan to further their formal education beyond high school. Look below to see who was chosen to receive this year's scholarships totaling $3,000. Thanks to all who have helped make scholarships possible by contributing.
Please, we need your help! Specifically, volunteers to help collect news for the website. Ideally there will be one or two people from the 50's and one person from each class starting in 1960 that will be willing to keep their ears open for news items that would be of interest to alumni and then forward that information to Pete Lincoln. If we don't get volunteers we may be reaching out to you.
To those in the classes of '54, '59, '64, '69, '74, '79, '84, '89, '94, '99, '04, '09 or '14 who may be planning your own reunions instead of attending the Alumni Association reunion, let us know of your plans and we'll post the information on this website. And if you have photos from a reunion, email them to us and we'll post them on the website, too.
Unfortunately more names are fairly regularly added to the "In Memoriam" section of the News/Obits page.
A link to the "I Grew Up in Tookie and Loved It" Facebook page can be found at the bottom of the page.
Connect with other HHS Alumni by becoming a Facebook friend.
Annual scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors in memory of HHS alumni, faculty or prominent Hopkinton residents who have had an important impact on the Alumni Association, the High School and its students or the community. Since this fund was established in 2011 we've raised approximately $70,000 and awarded twelve scholarships. Being able to award future scholarships to deserving seniors will help maintain a strong connection between the Alumni Association, the High School and high school students. This is very important if the Alumni Association is to survive. So please consider making a contribution. Any amount will be greatly appreciated. If you wish to make a contribution in someone's memory, that will be noted in the list above of those who have recently contributed to the Scholarship Fund.
PLEASE USE THE GUEST BOOK TO LEAVE A COMMENT, ASK A QUESTION OR VIEW THE COMMENTS OTHERS
Alumni Association's General Fund
Money from the General Fund is used to help support Association activities, including printing and mailing of the annual newsletter, the website and the annual reunion which, at best, is a break even event. Except for donations from alumni, the General Fund's growth is primarily limited to money received from lifetime membership dues. Donations are still needed in order to ensure the long-term survival of the Association. So please consider making a donation. And if you have any suggestions as to ways the Association could raise money for the General Fund please let us know.
We'd like to hear from you. If you've retired or have moved onto another school please let us know what you're doing. If you'd like to be added to the Alumni Association's mailing list please let us know. And please know that you're always welcome at the annual reunions.
The 2019 newsletter was mailed in early June. Provided that we have your correct address, all members of the Alumni Association who graduated through 2009 and all non-members within that same time frame whose high school class will be celebrating a 5-year anniversary should receive a newsletter. If you don't receive a newsletter but think you should have, let us know and we'll try to determine why you didn't get the newsletter. And please look at the Missing Alumni page to see if you or some friends are on the list. Regardless of whether you received a newsletter, everyone who attended HHS is invited to attend the reunion. Just open the Alumni Reunion Reservation Form above, print it and return it before August 10.
In late January 2017 the Alumni Association learned that our application to the IRS for tax exempt status was approved, effective October 30, 2016. Hopefully this will encourage more alumni to make tax deductible donations to the Association's scholarship and general funds. The process of obtaining tax-exempt status required the original 1946 By-Laws, now referred to as the Articles of Organization, to be revised and expanded to more precisely define the purpose of the Association and explain how Association funds are used. Please take a look at the Articles and let us know if you have any comments.
2019 marks 50 years since you graduated from high school. Hard to believe? Well here's your chance to get together to renew past friendships, compare life experiences and just simply have a good time.
We're trying to locate some of your classmates whose addresses are unknown: Tony Blair and Sharon Colby. John Winzeler, Jr. has been found! There are several others who were at one time members of the Class of '69 that we'd also like to find. Debbie Davis comes to mind; we think we've found Mark Linsenmeir and Paula Mayo Verrastro has contacted the Association. If you can think of others please let us know.
Please think about using the Guestbook feature above to leave messages for those in your class to encourage them to attend.
* * * * We Need to Find Missing Alumni * * * *
The Missing Alumni List on the Alumni Search page was updated again last fall. Please review it and let Pete Lincoln know if you can provide addresses for any of the "missing." And if you are in contact with former classmates on Facebook, please encourage them to visit the website.
The Class of 2018 deserves to be acknowledged for their thoughtful decision to dedicate their yearbook to Paul Wunderlich, a member of the Class of 1952 and the No. 1 fan of all HHS sports teams. Click on Paul's name in the adjacent photo to see the yearbook's dedication page.