in 1987 at the request of the Board of Trustees of the Upper
Arlington Education Foundation, the Upper
Arlington Alumni Association is a strong organization
whose purpose is to keep UAHS Alumni, faculty and friends
connected both to each other and to the school district. There
are few public high schools in the country who are fortunate
enough to have such an active and interested Association!
UAAA, a sub-fund of the UAEF, now maintains a database of
more than 30,000 alumni records.
UAAA Web site, Bearalums.com,
offers an email directory for each graduating class, along
with alumni and community news. The Association provides updated
rosters for class reunions as well as mailing labels for various
UAHS groups wishing to contact their alumni about special
events and reunions. Our email database now contains more
than 12,000 entries, having started with merely 314 email
addresses in 2001, when Bearalums.com was born.
a monthly newsletter, Traditions,
which contains news of class reunions, articles about alumni
and the district, and class news. Once mailed twice per year,
our newsletter is now delivered via email, allowing us to
distribute this publication more affordably and in an environmentally
responsible manner. If you are an alum of UAHS, you can sign
up at Bearalums.com and receive your own monthly issue
UAAA has hosted a Block
Party at Barrington Elementary School after the annual
Upper Arlington Fourth of July parade; for the past ten years,
the event has been sponsored by John Kost, UAHS Class
of 1974 This party has become a community tradition, offering
a central gathering place for residents to enjoy great food
and camaraderie on the Fourth. UAAA has also hosted three
Alumni Night picnics, held before the first home football
game. You can see photos of all these events at Bearalums.com's
Photo Gallery page.
on the Fourth of July, UAAA presents two
alumni awards. The Outstanding Alumnus Award is given
to an alum who has generously dedicated his or her time to
the service of the Upper Arlington Alumni Association and
its mission. In 2011, our honoree was the late Hastings music
teacher and director, Suzie Matthews, Class of 1976.
Alumnus Award is presented to an alum in recognition of his
or her personal, educational or career achievement. The 2011
Distinguished Alumnus Award was presented to Dan Minutilli,
Class of 1976.
the list of other UAAA honorees here.
UAAA helds its first fundraiser, The
Golden Bear [Pre-Hibernation] Rock Fest. The November
event celebrated the 50-year anniversary of The Ravens, a
local rock band who has provided entertainment for Central
Ohio for the past half-century. The fundraiser was such a
success that UAAA plans to have another dance party in the
fall of 2013.
to learn more about UAAA and, if you are an Upper Arlington
High School alum, please make sure that we have current contact
information for you. Thank you!