NHS graduates lead charge for alumni association

Bob Mitchell and Tom Lane are on a mission. The two Norwalk High School graduates are proud of their education and they said it is "time to contribute something back" to the school system.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

Bob Mitchell and Tom Lane are on a mission.

The two Norwalk High School graduates are proud of their education and they said it is "time to contribute something back" to the school system.

The two have formed the Norwalk City Schools Alumni Association. The first alumni reunion will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Aug. 19 at Norwalk High School cafeteria.

The event is free to attend, and no reservations will be required. It will be casual dress and light refreshments will be available.

In addition to alumni, all former and present teachers, administrators, non-teaching staff, board of education members and guests are invited.

"Anybody who ever attended Norwalk City Schools or who was associated with the schools are invited," said Mitchell, a 1957 NHS graduate.

Many of the people who attended and graduated from St. Paul would be eligible because most of them attend kindergarten at the public school, Mitchell noted.

Lane, a 1955 NHS graduate, had two sons graduate from the school Mark in 1977 and Erik in 1982.

"For 15 years we've had a class picnic in my backyard," Lane said. "I know where everybody in my class is dead or alive. I send a letter to everybody in my class each year.

Mitchell had two daughters graduate from NHS Denise in 1987 and Jody in 1990.

"This is a long time coming," Mitchell said. "Because it was our 50th (reunion), I felt it was time to contribute something back to Norwalk City Schools."

Mitchell and Lane got together and talked about making it a reunion of the 50s. From there it "exploded ... let's do it for everybody," Lane said.

The two said there was an informal committee of about 13 people working on the reunion.

"We want more input and people involved," Mitchell said. "We had a chance to be organized or to get things done. We got things done," Lane said.

The committee urges anyone who attended Norwalk City Schools to contact others about the reunion.

For more information, call Mitchell at (419) 681-1317.

Reflector Intern Gilly Scherz contributed to this story.