WHO ARE THEY?
(Akron) Manchester classes 1944 thru 1960 — all students who attended the "Old " High School on Manchester Road, prior to the new high school opening in 1961.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN:
Manchester's earliest graduating classes , 1944 and 1945, founded the "Old School Alumni" group on the occasion of their 50-Year Reunion. In the years following that milestone, an annual event grew to include all 17 classes from the original Manchester High School building . This unique alliance is a separate forerunner of the Manchester Alumni Association, which was formed in 2001 to include grads from both the old and new high schools.
"OLD SCHOOL" ENDURING LEGACY:
Old School Alumni members have generously contributed, to date, thousands to the MHS Alumni Scholarship Fund, which annually provides stipends to deserving seniors for their college educations. In addition, a special "Old School" scholarship was awarded to 2018 graduate, Jordan Campbell, 2019 graduate, Selah McKenney, and 2020 graduate, Zach Walker, for their outstanding achievements in the classroom and their dedicated service to the school and community.
ANNUAL "OLD SCHOOL" REUNION :
A yearly reunion of all Old School members began as a picnic , but the group quickly outgrew two previous locations. The event is now a catered dinner at the beautiful Coventry Oaks Pavilion in Firestone Metro Park, located off S. Main Street near the Firestone Country Club. Attendance averages between 125 – 150. ALL former '44 – '60 students are welcome at the reunions (whether you graduated or not), as well as any former teachers. It's a great time to reminisce and renew old Panther friendships!
See Gallery below for pictures from the 2018 reunion!
For the health and safety of our "Old School" alumni, the reunion will be CANCELED for 2020. A decision on further reunions will be considered in the Spring of 2021. If you have a change of address or are no longer interested in being on the mailing list, you may contact Marilyn (Combest) Young (Class of '51) at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone @330-882-6607.