Exceptional Thanks to Former HHS Foundation Pres… Howard Call, Class of ‘57
For his Leadership, Time, and Effort as Foundation President since 2004
Howard Call notified the Board that he was stepping down as President of the Alumni Foundation this year after 10 years of extraordinary leadership and proactive service. There is no way to express the gratitude of the the Alumni Foundation Board for his passion, time, and energy spent on enhancing the organization for the mutual benefit of the high school, students, alumni, and Highline community. Howard Call has been an outstanding role model and contributor to the success of the Highline High School Alumni Foundation for the past decade!
Attached is a summary of the evolution of the Alumni Foundation and the achievements of many of our past leaders.
The Alumni Foundation was started in 1995 by Uli Chi (1970), Scott Salzer (1971) and Sally Carey Newton (1970). Uli Chi was the initial president and served from 1995 to 2000. This group helped fund the original scholarship of $500 in 1995 which was awarded to Misty McDonald in memory of Harry E Lemon.
In 1996 Sally, Scott and Uli were able to fund 4 scholarships: Harry Lemon Memorial to Heather McCelland, Emily Nishiura Herod scholarship to Ann Ngoc Huynh, and the Uli Chi Math Scholarships to Ingrid Backston and Jon Campbell.
Sally Carry Newton became the 2nd Alumni President Serving from 2000 until 2004.
Early proactive Board members were Betty Thomas Carter '45, Pete McDougal '45, Patti Stewart Burgess'50, Cathy Hughes Low '69, Georgina Busch Wickland '56, Dick Dahlgard and Bill Odekirk '54, and Joanne Bakken Pease '70, many of which are still active in helping the Foundation's growth and development.
The Foundation's Balance of Funds in 1995 was a little over $3,100. Today it has grown to $200,000 and the Foundation has awarded nearly $500,000 in total scholarships. From one $500 scholarship in 1995 to twenty three in 2014!
Scholarships continue to grow with the recent matching gift of Michael Walsh of over $23,000 and the introduction of a new ecommerce tool on the Alumni website for donors to contribute online.
To help market the Alumni Foundation: a membership mailing system was established, a new Alumni newsletter was published with reunion information, class representatives were recruited to build a directory, and advertising displays were provided at the Burien market.
The directory was made available and scholarships increased due to marketing and increased funding. A golf tournament was established along with an an annual HHS all class reunion, plus the community became more aware of the Foundation with their participation in the July 4th parade.
In 2004 Howard Call became President and established the Athletic Hall of Fame and Alumnus of the Year awards. Participation and fundig continued to increase and a Senior Reception helped provide greater community interest.
With nearly 30,000 Highline High School graduates the Alumni Assocation hopes to reach out to achieve 4,000 to 5,000 members over the next few years thru reunions, the Alumni website, Facebook, and other advertising venues.
The current goals of the Alumni Assocation involve: 1) attracting a greater number of classes (especially new graduates) , 2) increasing our overall membership, 3) providing scholarships to all academic departments along with speciality scholarships, 4) more involvement in special project needed that benefit the high school, 5) improving the coverage and quality of the annual newsletters, 6) continued growth of the database, 7) and obtaining more community involvement, exposure, and awareness!
We greatly appreciate all the past service and achievements of our Alumni presidents (Uli Chi, Sally Carey Newton, and Howard Call) and the many proactive committee volunteers.
If you are intersted in joinning the Alumni Foundation please contact one of our Board members and thanks to everyone for your voluntary contributions.