Hello Henry ford High School class members of 1976!!
Can you believe that next year 2016 will be 40 wonderful years
since high school?
Well!! There's a lot
to do and the class of ‘76 committee would like to hear from you, so please
come out to our first fund raiser and share your vision for next year's big event!!
A $20.00 dollar donation is being
requested for this event!!
The time has come for me to pass on the torch to a new
webmaster of the Henry Ford High Alumni website.I have been maintaining this website since
2004 when I took it over from Mike Zapolski (Class of ’63) and who was the
original website creator in 2001.
It’s now time for a new generation to take it over.If you are interested in this long term endeavor
you should meet the following requirements;Be a Henry Ford High graduate, knowledgeable in web design and
layout.HTML, mySql and PSP is very
helpful but not required. Work with the
newly formed Alumni Association.Take
over responsibility of the Henry Ford High School Alumni Facebook page with
over 2900 followers.Continue to offer
for sale HF Yearbooks (proceeds from sales help pay for the website hosting and
domain name registration). Continue to record
the history of the school and memories of HFHS grads.Represent all alumni from the first
graduating class of 1960 to present day. Keep the Trojan spirit alive by staying up to
date with current events happening at HFHS.
Please send your web hosting experience and why you would
love to do this along with your contact information, to me at
A group of Henry Ford High School Alumni have formed the first ever Alumni Association for HFHS Grads. Leon Johnson Jr., one of the organizers and a 1987 grad says, "a temporary board is in place who are doing the intial work to form the organization and set the process in motion." The group has filed with the State of Michigan to form the 501 (c3) organization. Johnson also says, " this group is made up of mostly alumni from the classes of 86, 87', 88, 89, 90 and we have had classes of 80 and 81 at our meetings.
We have been having meetings once per month." They also have on IT person working on creating an association website.
Johnson says at their next meeting they will be working on "incorporation, 501 c3 status, election of officers, raising money for
operating, insurance for officers and events, planning what will be the
signature events for the association.
Our P.O. Box number is 2966 Southfield Mi. 48037." For infomaion about the association you may contact Leon Johnson Jr. at 2four8-93three-74zero9.
The newly formed association has also started a fundraiser to help the kids at Henry Ford with some expenses that are needed this year. They have created a gofundme page to collect donations. http://www.gofundme.com/HFHSAA
The next association meeting will be held at Henry Ford High School on Monday, June 15th @ 6 P.M. room 133 near the gym and tennis court and is open to all HFHS Alumni.
Being part of high school band or orchestra is something that you will never
forget. It's something that stays with you forever. For many, we are
still playing those instruments, whether it be just messing around, in a garage band or full time
band. For many, our children are playing those instruments as well. Can you
imagine a world without music.
From HFHS Music Director Richard L. Case;
"After a long absence, Henry Ford High School is restarting the music
program!! As one can expect, there are many items that are in need
of repair or replacement due to so many years of neglect. Being in
urban Detroit, we need help in order to achieve our goals. Help us
restore this great program to its' former glory. All proceeds from
this will go directly to the students by repairing/replacing instruments and
providing for the essentials of band. This includes but not limited
to stick purchases for Drum Line, reeds for Concert Band, instrument repair,
and instrument purchase. Please see our supporter levels, bronze, silver,
gold, and platinum."
Donations to the HFHS music department can be made at the following website.
This has been confirmed by the webmaster of the HFHS Alumni website.
For those of us that attended HFHS in the "old" days, the new
renovation and change of learning techniques and opportunities are something
that we could only have dreamed of. Teachers that have class sizes that
are easily managed and can give each student undivided attention. Class
programs that let the student go at his/her own pace. In our day, it was either
keep up or get left behind, which happened to a lot of us.
Ford High is now an EAA (Education Achievement Authority) school. As
stated on their website, "As an Education Achievement Authority (EAA)
school, we share the vision of an innovative student-centered approach to
education, which allows students to learn at their own level and pace, in a safe
“A safe environment,” now that’s good to hear. I remember the days in the
late '60’s and early '70’s (remember, I’m an old timer) that just going into a
lav was taking your life into your own hands. There was a good possibility that
you would come out with a few bruises.The lav was filled with so much cigarette smoke you could cut it with a
knife. At least back then we only beat each other up, never even thought about
carrying a weapon. Once in a while you heard about someone who got caught with
a knife or pair of brass knuckles.
The completed renovation of the school has also brought in new technologies
so that students will have online learning at home or outside the school.
Now, that would have been nice to have way back when, when a lot of us had to
go right from school, to our jobs.For
me, on a work program schedule, I was out of school by about 11:30. I’d walk to
the corner of 7 Mile and Evergreen and catch the bus downtown to work the rest
of the day at my father’s women’s clothing store on Woodward Ave. Who had time
Looking at what the school has to offer as far as classes, their website
lists all the things you’ll need to survive in life. Some math and personal
finance, public speaking, Spanish (a must have today), some science and biology
and of course, music.
They offer sports as well. The Trojans are still on the football field and
basketball court and they have tennis, track and field, baseball and cheerleading,
is that a sport? What I didn’t see is
swimming. I wonder if the pool has taken a dive after all these years.
They offer some family resources and activities as well.Also, they mention a Henry Ford Alumni
Group.Maggie Ramos from Ford High is
the Academic Engagement Officer and has been in touch with the webmaster of
this site and expressed a strong desire for more communication and association
with former alumni. In that respect this website will offer any assistance that
we can. We look forward to hearing from Ms. Ramos and her ideas on having alumni
participate in some way or another.Henry Ford High Alumni have excelled in all facets of life and can offer
a wealth of knowhow.Maybe you could be
invited to speak at a pep rally.
The Henry Ford High School Class of 1977: the saga continues. Turn the pages to follow our story, reunion after reunion. Also obtain information on our upcoming 40th reunion and other events.
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