South High School Columbus, Ohio

South High School Images
from the South High Centennial Celebration in 2000

South High School 
Football and Track Field 
Band Room 
Band Door 
Hall Camera 
Door Contest 
Auditorium 1 
Auditorium 2 
Aud Left Hall Doors 
Centennial reception 1 
Centennial reception 2 
Band Room at Barrett Jr High 1955 

I attended South High School from 1957 to 1960. My activities included being in senior choir, and one semester on the Optic staff.   I was also in the cast of the operetta Brigadoon because I was in senior choir.  I just loved that music.

Speaking of music, I'm so glad I'm from that era in my life because of the music we had in high school.   I'll mention a few of singers and groups I can remember like Elvis, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, JP Richardson "The Big Bopper" and also all the Do Woop sounds.   I also remember Dr. Bop on WCOL "The little boy down in the gravel pit" and was "always back on the scene, with a stack of shellac and his record machine."  As you can tell, I remember so many things during my years at South, it's just too bad I lacked the study skills at the time to have high grades.

Starting in the summer of 2007, South was remodeled replacing the band room and it took up to two years.   Check the Design Group site about the South project.  Barrett Jr. High (the original South High School) which is now closed, it was remodeled to be used for the South students during the South project.  Barrett then may be the new location and offices of the Columbus Board of Education, although I recently heard Barrett was torn down..   Keep monitoring the SHSAA Site for updates and pictures. 

On November 20th, 2006 it was announced that after carrying the South Urban Academy name since the late 1990s, South has reverted to its original name: South High School.  The Columbus Board of Education made the change official, the result is the elimination of the urban academies program at South and several other schools.


For reunion information view the South High Alumni Site.

Do you live in Florida?   Did you know there is a Annual Bulldog Luncheon. Often held in Tampa with a Social Hour following the Luncheon. Please contact Eloise Hackett (941.355.7280) for the date, details and directions.

My Class of 1960 held our 50th Reunion on September 18th 2010 at the Germania Club, then the next day most of us attended the annual Alumni Picnic and Car Show at the South Side Y Park. With my wife out of town, and two dogs at home in Athens, I had to leave early on both days so the picture layout that I might normally do will be reduced.

Images can be seen here!

Reunion Information ... If possible, please add to and update as needed. ( Thanks!

For the Class of 1952 contact Mary Wittmann Westinghouse 614.855.8009.
For the Class of 1958 contact Delores (Dee) Stewart Kimberly 740.881.5132 (

For the Class of 1960 contact David Drumm ( or Anita Johnson ( The class of 1960 held our 55th reunion this year on Sept. 19th. Contact Dave or Anita for details and maybe some images.

For the Class of 1961 contact Joyce Clark (
For the Class of 1962 contact Cheryle Hoover Meier 614.759.6773 or Beverly Howell Mollette 614.279.1381.
For the Class of 1964 contact Beverley Oursler Truax 614.851.9865
For the Class of 1965 contact Lynn Hunt 614.895.7821 email (
For the Class of 1967 contact Brenda Reese Willhite at 614.235.5108.
For the Class of 1970 contact Karen (Haas) Yost at 614.444.9436 email (
For the Class of 1972 contact Larry Latta 614.882.1519 (
For the Class of 1981contact Ben Assmann (
For the Class of 1987 contact Cheryl Perry (

Living in Florida?

Did you know there is a Annual Bulldog Luncheon. Often held in Tampa with a Social Hour following the Luncheon.
Please contact Eloise Hackett (941.355.7280) for the date, details and directions.

I've recently added a lost classmate page for all classes.   Are you trying to find a lost classmate? Just maybe you will find them listed here.   Please let me know if you'd like to be listed, or know someone who does.  

I also have several Schiller Park images and the homes around Schiller Park linked from my Columbus history page.

The SHSAA Picnic and Car show is held in September .

Images from past Picnic and Car Shows.

There are always games for the kids and adults. 
The food is Baked Chicken, Bratwurst, Hot Dogs, Salads, Veggie Trays, Coffee, Tea, Pop, Beer and Desserts.

Here's a
map that shows how to get to Y-Park (1570 Rohr Rd Lockbourne, OH).

Please contact our Alumni Association President Jim Driggs at 614.893.8174 for dates, details and tickets.

I believe The Annual Swan Club Alumni Picnic
held during the summers has been discontinued.

Pictures from the 2008 Swan Club Picnic

My 1960 Class 46th Year Reunion In Pictures

In 2006, our class held our 46th year reunion at the Germania Club.  I really enjoyed myself, but wish I could take back time and do things differently by approaching each person who attended to introduce myself.

I thought the name tags were a good idea using our senior pictures on them, and I believe the committee did a great job putting the reunion together.  The Germania Club proved to be an ideal location with plenty of room for visiting and having dinner.   I'm glad one of our classmates was a member and was able to reserve the building for us.

I put together a picture page of random shots that were taken during the reunion.  David Boatwright and Sharon Huff Hart also sent me their images to be posted too!  If you attended and would like to share your images please send me a few of your pictures.  Thanks! I recently received a picture from Don Ellis of the 1959 Scoreboard Crew and thought I'd post it here.

A few months after the reunion, I got together with Barbra Baker Hathcock and Phyllis Stevens Strickland who lived in Georgia before her death.   The three of us drove around south Columbus reliving the old times.   Phyllis brought a picture of her home room when she attended South which was led by the wood shop teacher Mr. Becker. (If interested, here's a much larger image)

South Links

For alumni meetings always remember they meet at Plank's Café on Parsons Ave, not the High Street location.

Be sure to view the student designed South High School Site  and the
South High Alumni Site. Both are listed here because one is a .com and the other is a .org and one may not work.  

For some current statistics about South, visit the South High
National Test Result Page

A few years ago, South High School was remodeled and most areas look like a new school... Wow!

Please use my email links from my home page to let me know you were here.
Thanks to Lou Plank for this picture of the Barrett Band and Orch in 1947

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