DUE TO NEW TECHNOLOGY
In early December 2023, our FHS '66 website will be undergoing an upgrade being made by MyEvent, our service provider. The upgrade is meant to enhance performance and functionality. This is necessary due to changing technology. All of the content will be kept but the pages will likely look different. Your FHS '66 website staff may also be making our own visual changes after the service provider has completed their technical improvements. Your patience and understanding are appreciated, as is your continued interest in our class website. Thank you!
FAIRVIEW HIGH SCHOOL
The school was located at
2408 Philadelphia Drive in Dayton, Ohio.
"Fairview High School was no different from any other high school in Dayton, Ohio in the 1960s. It was simply made of brick and stone and glass. What was different though, were the friendships. The bonds that were forged by a chance meeting of students in a hallway, sharing a table at lunch or simply sitting behind the same person for fours year in a homeroom. A point in time when life was simple. When we cruised the drive-ins and when we learned about 'rock and roll' and most important we discovered friendships."
This was written in February 2009 by Tom Kender, FHS Class of '66.
While viewing the website, we hope you remember everything that made Fairview great and many dear old friends!
GOT YOUR BACK
An Award-Winning Short Film Based On A
True Memoir By Marc Jennings. Produced by Linda Scholl Cruea and daughter Darce Cruea.
The film is set in the 1960's and recreates the adventure of seven buddies climbing a neighborhood water tower. It perfectly recalls life and friendships during the days when we were young.
In the early 2000's, Tom Kender inspired a few classmates to write about our years at FHS. One of the stories was written by Marc Jennings as a tribute to Steve Cruea and Jim Swanson. Steve and Jim are no longer living. Steve's wife Linda Scholl Cruea and their daughter Darce Cruea produced this award-winning film adapted from Marc's true account about one night in the lives of a group of good friends. You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jF8UpZ03DS8 and we encourage you to view it. The setting of the film has been changed from Dayton, nonetheless, it is an adventure like those many high school students may have had...when we were young.
You may click on the photo to enlarge it.
1-Leslie Bacon Smith 2-Joyce Rossell Przybylowicz 3-Carole Egusa Garland 4-Karin Hendrickson Dillman 5-Sharon Sickels Kocevar 6-Linda Stevens Probst 7-Mary Smith Plott 8-David Mitchell 9-Carol Haller Logsdon 10-Bruce Trowman 11-Dwight Woessner 12-Karen Dicken Shemensk 13-Linda Poynter 14-Deedy Dryden Humphrey 15-Linda Cremeens Kelso 16-Scott Kelso 17-Bill Bridges 18-Don Moshos 19-George Echko 20-Charla Cook Hoernermann FHS '67 21-Dave Wyse
Not in this photo but attended the gathering were; G.G. Arnett, Barry Todd, Mike Tsocaris, John Landsiedel FHS '67.
OUR BIG 75th
Saturday, May 13, 2023
This event started at 12:30 and took place at Chappy's Social House in Centerville, OH. A great group of classmates attended! Thanks to Deedy for planning the gathering. Click on the photo to enlarge it.
55TH PLUS 1 FHS 1966
EVENING EVENT ON SATURDAY 9-10-22
AT THE DAYTON COUNTRY CLUB
You may click on the class reunion photo to enlarge.
Back Row: George Echko, Bill Kistner
Next to last row: Mike Tsocaris, Alan Schwab, Barry Todd, David Mitchell, Gary Goldflies, Jim McLefresh, Alice Nierenberg Cotman, Bruce Trowman, Joe Dixon, Dwight Woessner
Middle row: Tom Kender, Don Moshos, Don Kitain, Carol Haller Logsdon, Dave Gates (teaching staff), Ginny Dilts von Reichbauer, Mary Smith Plott, David Wyse
Next row: Deedy Dryden Humphrey, Susie Harris Kurtz, Janice Baron Gerhart, Andi Cowan Young, Karin Hendrickson Dillman, Marti Hoover Kistner, Nancy Caplan
Front row: Jeanne Parker Boitnott, Arlene Calico Gates (teaching staff), Nancy Howard McSain, Linda Scholl Cruea, Leslie Bacon Smith, Marlene Greenfield Schultz, Suzanne Wellbaum, Sharon Sickles Kocevar
Kneeling: Bill Bridges (NOTE: Susan Chudde also attended was not available for the photo.)
MORE PHOTOS AND REUNION DETAILS ARE LOCATED ON THE 55TH PLUS 1 REUNION AND PHOTO ALBUM PAGES
BULLDOG NEWS PAGE
Remember to view the BULLDOG NEWS page
for the most recent OBITUARIES
and much more information.
"THE BLUE and GOLD" SONG!
A youtube video performed by our FHS '66 Classmate, Don Kitain. It also features some of the classic images of Fairview High School.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW VIDEO
'66 CLASS LUNCH WAS HELD
FRIDAY APRIL 16, 2021
4 p.m. until 6 or 6:30 p.m.
Tom Kender, who lives in Texas, was visiting friends and family in Dayton in mid April, so local classmates got together for a gathering! As always, the Springtime lunch was in honor of Nancy Marker. The event took place on Friday April 16, 2021 at Chappy’s Social House in Centerville, OH. A group of sixteen or more were very glad to be together!
NEWEST BOOK BY CLASSMATE
MUGGED BY REALITY
Please see the "BULLDOG NEWS" page for info.
NEW JUKEBOX LINK!
Thanks to Alice we have an easy to use link to some nostalgic music. Click on the link below. Next enter your favorite year and then click on "Hit Me" to listen to some great oldies.
Click here for the link.
Shown above is the Fairview High School Seal. In a statement written about Principal Don Longnecker’s 42 years of service at Fairview, the then Assistant Principal Theresa Folger noted, “Every student and teacher feels the warmth of his smile and his hearty handclasp. This handclasp is exemplified in the seal of the school which he helped to design many years ago. The motto which stands over the entrance shows the breadth of education which he envisions for everyone. This school proposes to lead youth towards healthful, broadminded, service seeking adult life.”
(The quote is taken from a document printed in the 1962 FHS yearbook.)
BRUISER! OUR BULLDOG MASCOT
Perhaps you remember this popular cheer at FHS sporting events:
"We are the Bulldogs. Mighty, mighty Bulldogs.
Everywhere we go people want to know
who we are. So we tell them. We are the Bulldogs.
Mighty, mighty Bulldogs!"
BRUISER'S NEW HOME
Directly above, Bruiser is shown residing in his new home at the Fairview PreK-8 School. The school, which opened in 2011, is located at the corner of Elsmere and Hillcrest. Our marble Bulldog Mascot is now encased in glass and standing ever proudly in the PreK-8 lobby. It was stated on page ten in our '66 yearbook, "Bruiser symbolizes the spirit, the enthusiasm, and the diligence with which we have striven to take advantage of the countless opportunities available to us to become responsible citizens in the American society." We hope his mighty Fairview spirit reaches out to many young students in his new home for decades to come. During our years at Fairview High, Bruiser stood on a pedestal in the senior cafeteria. He was later moved to the Third and Main hallway. GO BULLDOGS!
FRESHMAN WELCOME LETTER
FRESHMAN FOOTBALL CHAMPS!
FRESHMAN PLANNING COMMITTEE
ARE THOSE REALLY OUR SCOTCHETTES?
REMEMBERING THE MASCOT
GIFTED BY THE DPS TO THE
NEW NW BRANCH OF THE DAYTON METRO LIBRARY
New Library Where Fairview High
The Longnecker-Folger Fountain, which proudly graced the first floor interior hallway wall facing the center stairway on Hillcrest, will be installed in the new Dayton Metro Library Northwest Branch. This branch will be built on the former site of Fairview High School at the corner of Philadelphia Drive and Hillcrest in Dayton, Ohio. It was announced at the Northwest Branch groundbreaking ceremony on June 24, 2014 by John Carr, Chief Construction Officer of the DPS, that the Dayton Public Schools is gifting the fountain to the Dayton Metro Library.
The fountain was originally crafted by Rookwood Pottery and presented to Fairview High School from the Fine Arts Association – 1934, as stated in the 1935-36 Fairview Handbook. It was dedicated to Mr. Longnecker and Miss Folger. The highly recognized Rookwood Pottery Company in Cincinnati, Ohio has been creating art pottery and architectural tiles since 1880.
We have several alumni to thank for the preservation of this historic fountain. First, Bob Mousaian FHS ‘62 for initially contacting the DPS to obtain permission to remove the fountain along with the 1929 Fairview Tower Fountain prior to demolition of FHS and then storing these two fountains. Also thank you to Al Donaldson ’65 and Betsy Hopkins ’63 for assisting Bob with the labor-intensive removal. Thank you to Dan Wolfe ’65 for his continued contact with the DPS concerning FHS artifacts and establishing a conversation with the Dayton Metro Library and Ruetschle Architects to encourage them to consider displaying at least one significant FHS artifact in the new NW Library. Plans have been drawn for installing the Longnecker-Folger Fountain. Dan Wolfe attended the groundbreaking and provided the information and photo. Please express your appreciation to those dedicated alumni mentioned above when you see them for helping to preserve FHS history. Thanks to all alumni who have voiced their concern and desire to save Fairview High School artifacts.
OPENING OF THE NEW NORTHWEST BRANCH OF THE DAYTON METRO LIBRARY
Saturday April 23, 2016
Grand Opening on April 22
(click here for Metro Library details)
(Dayton Daily news article click here)
VIDEO OF FAIRVIEW'S FINAL DAYS
The first section of this youtube video, created by John Moraites FHS '55, shows a great final tour of the school followed by the demolition. The last part shows the FHS Class of 1955 reunion in 2012 at Marion's Pizza.
FHS FINAL TOUR VIDEO
TWO OF OUR FAVORITE TEACHERS!
ARLENE CALICO AND DAVE GATES
Read an interview with them on the "Faculty and Staff" page.
MR. ROBERT BRUGGEMAN
Mr. Bruggeman passed away on September 25th, 2015 at the age of 88. He was a well known Fairview faculty member. Our sincere sympathy to his family, many friends and the vast number of students who admired him. An interesting interview with Mr. Bruggeman is shown on the "Faculty and Staff" page of this website. His obituary may be found by clicking on the links listed below. The Dayton Daily News obit is legacy.com, however, the tributes.com obit contains more information.
FHS BASKETBALL COACH
Faculty member, Don Barger, died at age 85. For thirty years, he dedicated his life to serving as an admired coach, teacher and discipline administrator. Coach Barger passed away February 16, 2013. We extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends. For a link to the obituary please click here.
AVAILABLE TO ORDER!
A BOOK ABOUT FAIRVIEW HIGH SCHOOL
Is your memory of Fairview still vivid? At times do you feel like you could reach out and the grand old lady would be as she was in the 1960s?
Rediscover her and learn more about Fairview than you may have known during your four years there. Take a giant step back and have an in-depth conversation with her. The book Understanding (Fairview High School, 1960s, Dayton, Ohio) is hardback, full color, 102 pages with 200 photos. Enjoy images that may be fading from your mind. Understand her.
Written by Dan Wolfe, Class of 1965, this book is a definite keepsake! Layout and design by Jeri Jones Bland, ‘66. Photos were taken by Charles Schommer, ’44; Tom McLefresh, ’62; Jim Lied, ’62; Robert Hauff, ’63; Dan Wolfe, ‘65 and Jeri Jones Bland, ’66. Many others also contributed photos and memorabilia or responded to the Legacy Project questionnaire.
The book is available to you at cost directly from our online printer. (NO compensation of any kind goes to any alumni involved with creating this book.) The printer's current cost is $48.39 plus shipping. To order and to view a preview of the book, please click on the printer's direct link http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/3214610 . Or view their website at www.blurb.com/bookstore and enter Understanding in the search bar. IMPORTANT NOTE: $48.39 is blurb.com's pricing at the date of this posting and is subject to change without notice.
HIGH QUALITY PEN & INK RENDERING OF FHS AVAILABLE IN TWO SIZES!
This wonderful pen and ink rendering of Fairview High School was created by Doug Hauff, class of '65. Click on the image for enlarged viewing. The drawing is available in two sizes. 11"X17" prints priced at $15.00 each plus shipping and 8"X10" prints priced at $10.00 each plus shipping. To purchase, please contact Doug by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
OUR FAIRVIEW '66 YEARBOOK
Thanks very much to Tom Kender for putting this together.
Click on the link below for viewing.
FHS 1966 Yearbook
OTHER FHS CLASS WEBSITES
A great deal of work went into all of the Fairview sites and it shows!
Check them out often. Click links below to view.
An informative and witty blog about Fairview
written by DAN WOLFE, FHS '65.
A must read. Facts about FHS that you may not have known.
We hope you enjoy your Fairview Class of 1966 website.
Come back often!
YOUR WEBSITE COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Jeri Jones Bland, graphics and site management
Jim McLefresh, calendar, directory, maps and communications
Sandie Sturdivant Merriam, site advisor
John Pichler, technical and internet advisor
Dwight Woessner, finances
Bill Kistner, financial assistant
Special recognition, appreciation and thanks to Deedy Dryden for her dedication to our class. She plans and coordinates our reunions and many class lunches. Deedy also continually updates her FHS facebook page.
Our many thanks to Mike Levitt, who was kind enough to write the "Conditions of Use Notice" and to Rick Bader for assisting Mike. Also a big thank you to Tom Kender, who has given us the stories on the "Tower Of Memories" page and many touching videos of our classmates. Sincere thanks to Dan Wolfe, Class of '65, for renewing our acquaintance with some of the FHS faculty through his creative writing, also for his concern and efforts to document existing Fairview artifacts. Thank you to many, many others for your continued encouragement and kind words of support!