FHS CLASS OF 1966
ANNUAL SPRING LUNCHEON

After considerable thought, the luncheon is being postponed until late summer or early fall because of COVID-19.  Details will follow as we learn more about the virus and how things go as America gradually weans itself back to normal.  The "Class Luncheons" page shows pictures of the 2019 luncheon along with many other past years.  

Scroll down below the photos of FHS to view our 1966 MAY DAY. 

 

Photo by Tom McLefresh, Fairview Class of 1962. Fairview High School was located at 2408 Philadelphia Drive in Dayton, O
Photo by Tom McLefresh, Fairview Class of 1962. Fairview High School was located at 2408 Philadelphia Drive in Dayton, Ohio.

Fairview High School shown at the corner of Philadelphia Drive and HIllcrest in Dayton, Ohio.
Fairview High School shown at the corner of Philadelphia Drive and HIllcrest in Dayton, Ohio.

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!


 

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Not so long ago . . . remember . . .
May Day Queen Bonnie Bloom and King Reed Putnam

MAY DAY 1996
Every Spring Fairview celebrated May Day on the school grounds with a traditional May Pole Dance and the selection of a Queen and King. 
The Class of 1965 May Pole Dance
The Class of 1965 May Pole Dance
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The 1966 evening May Dance was held in our school gym. Shown in the center of the photo are our class May Day Queen Bonnie Bloom and King Reed Putnam. Included in the photo are the Junior Attendants Lonn Jackson and Nancy Mathews and Senior Attendants Dwight Woessner and Linda Cremeens. Want more photos? The FHS Class of '65 May Day Queen and her court photos are shown on the "Dances-Plays-Events" page of this website.


 

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GOOD NEWS!
WE WILL KEEP GROWING!

In 2020, the Fairview '66 website committee is committing to continue this website for another three years! Please let us know if there is anything you would like us to add to the site. Use the "CONTACT US" option in the side menu to send us a message. Your i
nformation, ideas and photos will be considered for posting. We can all help make the site even better in the years to come. As always, thank you for continuing to view the site and for keeping our friendships and school spirit active! 
 

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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.)

The banner displaying the school motto was attached to the archway over the main hallway of Fairview. The main entrance
The banner displaying the school motto was attached to the archway over the main hallway of Fairview. The main entrance of the school was only a short distance away, allowing the motto to be easily seen when entering the building and walking to classes. The photo is circa 1930. The banner remained until the Fairview school building was permanently closed in 2010.
Principal Don Longnecker and Assistant Principal Theresa Folger welcome students at Fairview's main entrance.
Principal Don Longnecker and Assistant Principal Theresa Folger welcome students at Fairview's main entrance.
 

 
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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!"

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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!

 

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MEMBERS OF FAIRVIEW'S 1966 
SENIOR CLASS TOURED NEW YORK CITY
Click on news article image to enlarge.
Thank you to Jim McLefresh for submitting this article originally printed in the 'News-Journal', Mansfield, Ohio dated
Thank you to Jim McLefresh for submitting this article originally printed in the "News-Journal", Mansfield, Ohio dated Wed. May 18 1966, page 11.


 

REED WINS OHIO'S TOP
NEWSPAPER BOY AWARD!
Click on news article image to enlarge.

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FRESHMAN WELCOME LETTER

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FRESHMAN FOOTBALL CHAMPS!

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FRESHMAN PLANNING COMMITTEE

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ARE THOSE REALLY OUR SCOTCHETTES?

For the 1963 Fairview Follies, our athletes entertained us as Scotchettes!
For the 1963 Fairview Follies, our athletes entertained us as Scotchettes!
 
 

REMEMBERING THE MASCOT

A former student, Fran Miller, scanned photos of the Mascot that the former owners' daughter (FHS Class of '46) suppli
A former student, Fran Miller, scanned photos of the Mascot that the former owners' daughter (FHS Class of '46) supplied. The two ladies and several other FHS alumni found out by chance during a church lunch that they all attended. The photos have been shared with many alumni. Thank you. The Mascot was owned by Dick and Doris Hopping and was located on Hillcrest across the street from FHS.
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Photo of the Fairview Longnecker-Folger Fountain as it appeared at Fairview High School.  Photo taken by Tom McLefresh,
Photo of the Fairview Longnecker-Folger Fountain as it appeared at Fairview High School. Photo taken by Tom McLefresh, FHS Class of 1962. The fountain was created by the famous Rookwood Pottery in Cincinnati, OH and presented to the school by the Fine Arts Association in 1934.

FAIRVIEW'S
LONGNECKER-FOLGER FOUNTAIN
GIFTED BY THE DPS TO THE
NEW NW BRANCH OF THE DAYTON METRO LIBRARY

New Library Where Fairview High
School Stood


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)

The Longnecker-Folger Fountain shown after restoration and installation in the new library. The library stands on the ol
The Longnecker-Folger Fountain shown after restoration and installation in the new library. The library stands on the old Fairview High School lot. Fountain restoration was done by Bob Mousaian, class of '62. Photo by Bob Mousaian.
Architect plans for installation location of the Fairview Longnecker-Folger Fountain. See the brick wall area in the roo
Architect plans for installation location of the Fairview Longnecker-Folger Fountain. See the brick wall area in the room rendering and the red circle on the floor plan map. Photo supplied by Dan Wolfe, FHS Class of 1965.
Al Donaldson, FHS Class of 1965, helped Bob Mousaian remove the Longnecker-Folger Fountain. Bob kept the fountain in sto
Al Donaldson, FHS Class of 1965, helped Bob Mousaian remove the Longnecker-Folger Fountain. Bob kept the fountain in storage until ready for installation in the new library.
Betsy Hopkins FHS 63, Al Donaldson FHS '65 and Bob Mousaian FHS '62 also removed the FHS Tower Fountain. Fountain remo
Betsy Hopkins FHS 63, Al Donaldson FHS '65 and Bob Mousaian FHS '62 also removed the FHS Tower Fountain. Fountain removal was labor intensive work!
Remember running to your next class up these steps? This is the center stairwell of Fairview High School facing Hillcres
Remember running to your next class up these steps? This is the center stairwell of Fairview High School facing Hillcrest. The FHS Longnecker-Folger Rookwood Fountain, which was located on the first floor, can be seen under the archway as it stood during our years at FHS. Photo by Robert Hauff, FHS Class of 1963.


 
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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

 

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Arlene Calico and Dave Gates 1966
Arlene Calico and Dave Gates 1966

TWO OF OUR FAVORITE TEACHERS!
ARLENE CALICO AND DAVE GATES

Read an interview with them on the "Faculty and Staff" page.


 

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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.
tributes.com     legacy.com


 

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FHS BASKETBALL COACH
DON BARGER

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.

 

Mr. Reynolds, FHS faculty, photo from the 1965 yearbook
Mr. Reynolds, FHS faculty, photo from the 1965 yearbook
THANK YOU MR. REYNOLDS
Many of us may still have some of the announcements, booklets and programs from our days at FHS tucked away in our scrapbooks. We have Mr. Reynolds to thank for those professionally printed pieces that we still appreciate today. Please take time to read the interview with Mr. Reynolds on the "Faculty and Staff" page.

 
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AVAILABLE TO ORDER!
A BOOK ABOUT FAIRVIEW HIGH SCHOOL

Understanding

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.

 

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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 dhauff65@yahoo.com

 

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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.
     Class of 1967     Class of 1968
Class of 1958     Class of 1961      Class of 1963



 

CHECK OUT THIS INFO!

  • THE METCALF STAINED GLASS IS TOTALLY RESTORED AND NOW HANGING IN THE NEW FAIRVIEW PRE K-8 SCHOOL.  More on the "FHS Stained Class" page. 

  • BRUISER'S REVENGE BLOG by Dan Wolfe, FHS '65 - click the link www.bruisersrevenge.blogspot.com/

  • "I READ THE NEWS TODAY, OH BOY"  a blog by our classmate Tom Kender ireadthenews.blogspot.com

  • ​FAIRVIEW WWII ERA jumbo post card which was sent to alumni serving in the military has been added to the "Memorabilia" page.

  • TWO ALBUMS ON THE PHOTO ALBUM PAGE DOCUMENT PART OF FAIRVIEW'S HISTORY! Thanks to Charles Schommer, FHS Class of 1944, we can view the 1913-1914 Fairview Yearbook. Charles complied the pages from the old book and sent them to us. They are now viewable in an album on the "Photo Album" page. This is wonderful look back in time. Charles also created a slide show of photos in the album titled A Look Back, showing Fairview High the way we remember it. Thank you Charles!! To enjoy these photos please go to the "Photo Album" page and scroll down to the albums near the bottom of the page. 

  • View the "MR. and MRS. FAIRVIEW" page for a brief audio-visual presentation starring two of our favorite former FHS principals.

  • OLD DAYTON SCHOOLS! This site contains photos and info about old schools in the Dayton area. You will find FHS, Loos, Cornell Heights, Gettysburg, Fairview Elementary and many other schools familiar to you!  http://www.oldohioschools.com/montgomery_county.htm

  • DAYTON HISTORY LINKS!! Excellent! You will enjoy these! Carillon Historical Park link:  http://www.daytonhistory.org/index.php . View a memorable video titled "Let's Go Down To Rikes" by Think TV at  http://video.thinktv.org/video/1434909165# Dayton History Books link http://www.daytonhistorybooks.com/index.htm

GREAT OLDIES MUSIC!
Try this website to hear the many old songs you remember!
http://www.1959bhsmustangs.com/VideoJukebox.htm#

Select your favorites from many decades of tops hits. 
Another link to some of the Top Hits from 1966.

 

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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.  She also continually updates her facebook page about FHS.

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!

FAIRVIEW CLASS OF '66 WEBSITE NOTICE ON CONDITIONS OF USE

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