3/4/17 - The search for a Treasurer and Board Member is over !
Ray Martin '65 has agreed to take over as treasurer for his brother Curt '67. And John Johnson '68 has agreed to fill the position of long time Board member Edie Houston '51 who "retired" in 2016. Edie, our "historian", provided us with a wealth of information over the years for which we are extremely grateful. We'll miss her at Board meetings but will always look forward to seeing her at the annual reunions.
HHS Alumni Association
Officers & Executive Board
President - Pete Lincoln ('65)
Vice President - Robin French Calley ('86)
Secretary - Marianne Brown Pollock ('62)
Treasurer - Ray Martin ('65)
Jackie Mole Ruggles ('61)
Tracy Weatherbee Martin ('82)
Nancy Gielar Eaton ('69)
Meredith Astles ('06)
John Johnson ('68)
2017 Scholarship Award
Two $1,000 scholarships were awarded at the HHS Awards Night Ceremony on May 25 to seniors Lillias Whitehead and Matt Lewis. Lillias will attend Oklahoma State University in Stillwater in the fall where she plans to major in psychology. Matt will be pursuing an engineering degree at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY.
These scholarships were made in memory of alumni Blanche (Conant) Roberts '46 and Bonnie (Barton) Wilson '67 who passed away this past year. Blanche was a regular at the annual banquets, full of energy and never without a smile. As the mother of Dexter and Shirley, she had a special connection to those in the Classes of '65 and '70. Bonnie was a lifelong Town resident and longtime member of the Maple Street School staff where she served as a special needs instructor and a familiar face to many younger alumni who passed through the halls at Maple Street.
12-29-14 - Alumni Assn. now has a safe!
Thanks to generous donations from alumni and the careful planning and physical assistance of George Sharpe '66, Jim Schoch '71 (the operator of Schoch Auto Body's wrecker that was used to lift the 700# safe), Jimma Schoch '93, Matt Sharpe '00 and Emerson Cayer, the Alumni Association now has a new safe in the basement of the Town Clerk's office. It was a tight fit through an opening with 1/2" to spare but the crew pulled it off. So we now have a secure place to store our records, photos, yearbooks, etc., but no money! We're currently missing yearbooks from 1954, 65, '69, '70, '73, '74, '82, '87, '88. '90, '93-'97 and 2000-2016. If you have items of interest that you'd like to add to our "collection" please mail them to P.O.Box 1, Contoocook, NH 03229 or drop them off with Tracy Martin at the Maple St. School.
2017 ANNUAL HHS ALUMNI REUNION
August 19, 2017 at the American Legion in Contoocook
5:00 - 6:30 : Social hour with hors d'oeuvres and cash bar
6:30 - 7:30 : Buffet by Hart's Turkey Farm featuring hand carved roasted turkey and baked ham, fresh mashed potatoes and butternut squash, vegetarian lasagna, carrot relish, cold pickled beets, cranberry sauce and chutney, cole slaw, garden salad, fresh baked rolls, apple crisp and coffee.
Following dinner: A brief business meeting, raffle, prizes for oldest and youngest alumnus and for the alumnus traveling the greatest distance, and dancing with music by DJ Brad Chareth. Maybe even a dance contest.
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.
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.
* * * 2016 Scholarship Award * * *
The Alumni Association officers and Board of Directors met on April 9 and decided to award $1,000 scholarships to seniors Hannah Bassett and Samantha Brewer. Hannah will be attending Hobart & William Smith Colleges in New York and Samantha will be attending UNH. These scholarships will be made in memory of Don Symonds '49, a longtime participant and past President of the Association and Dick Mitchell '52 who, despite a long battle with MS, could always be counted on to attend the annual alumni reunions with a cheerful face. Both will be greatly missed.
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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", "News", "Events", "Alumni Search" 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
In March the Alumni Association received an extremely generous donation to our Scholarship Fund from Bill and Mary-Jane (Barnard) Sterling, members of the Classes of 1952 and 1953. We're very appreciative of the Sterling's donation and hope that this will inspire others to contribute as a way to demonstrate the Association's support for HHS students who plan to further their education beyond high school. 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 his brother 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.
The Association's officers and board members met on April 22 to review scholarship applications from high school seniors planning to further their formal education beyond high school. We decided to award $1,000 scholarships to two members of the Class of '17. Additional information is provided further down on this page.
Robert Mandel '77 (email@example.com) has left a message in the Guest Book asking if anyone in his class knows of any plans for a 40 year reunion. The answer is "yes"! Bob Anderson '77 (firstname.lastname@example.org) has notified the Association that the class plans to get together at the Assn's annual reunion in August. Deb Young '77 (email@example.com) has been in contact with many class members to let them know of these plans. For those in the Class of '77, please pass along this news to your classmates.
For those in the Class of '92, who we understand got together in late May to celebrate their 25th anniversary, please email some photos and we'll post them on the website.
To those in the classes of '52, '57, '62, '67, '72, '82, '87, '97, '02, '07 or '12 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.
A few "Miscellaneous News" items have been added recently but there is always the need for more.
Unfortunately more names are fairly regularly added to the "In Memoriam" section
Susie (Hankins) Tullis '64 won the 2016 raffle for a two night stay at the West Branch Pond Camp in Maine and decided to give the prize to Adam Keiser, the contractor she and husband Dave had hired to build an addition to their home. Adam's review of his family's stay at the Camp is on the Events Page
Alumni Search Page:
Please review the missing alumni list and help us locate those that are missing. And if you are in contact with any of the missing on Facebook, please encourage them to contact the Association.
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 have raised approximately $40,000 and awarded eight 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 below of those who have contributed to the Scholarship Fund.
PLEASE USE THE GUEST BOOK TO LEAVE A COMMENT, ASK A QUESTION OR VIEW THE COMMENTS OF 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.
50 years ago in 1966
The Hawks boys basketball team, coached by Dan Parr, continued their winning ways, completing the '65/'66 regular season with an 18-0 record and breezing through the State tournament to capture the Class M title, Hopkinton's third consecutive boys basketball championship. During the regular season the Hawks outscored opponents by an average of 28 points per game.
Jump ahead 50 years to 2016
The Portsmouth High School girls basketball team under Coach Dan Parr, now 78 years old, finished their regular season with an 18-0 record but unfortunately lost to Hanover in a semi-final tournament game and finished the season with a 20-1 record. News Alert: Dan retired from coaching in 2016-17 but still teaches psychology at Portsmouth HS with time for Sue and golf.
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 to attend the annual reunions.
The 2017 newsletter was mailed in mid-June to all members of the HHS Alumni Association who graduated through 2007 and those non-members within the same time frame whose high school class will be celebrating a 5-year anniversary, provided that we had your correct address. If you didn't receive a copy but think you should have, let us know and we'll try to determine why you didn't get the newsletter.
In late January 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. This exemption also enabled us to mail the annual newsletter for less than 12¢/copy, resulting in a savings of nearly $500! 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. We will ask for comments regarding the Articles during a very brief business meeting at the August reunion.