Welcome Alumni!

 

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

It is the mission of the Lebanon High School Alumni board to secure the continued tradition of the Alumni Day activities by providing means for all Lebanon High School alumni to congregate on an annual basis and promote school spirit, good will and camaraderie within each class. We are committed to participating in the further education of the graduating class through the established scholarship fund.


NEW DATE FOR ALUMNI DAY 2023

The board held a special meeting to set the date for Alumni Day next year. We're moving it out one week to June 17, 2023. This will get us past Dartmouth graduation while hopefully keeping it close enough to the end of the school year before families head out for summer vacation. At this point, we've just focused on the parade, but we will be discussing other Alumni events when we begin our regular monthly meetings on Sept 8th. Please consider joining the board. We meet once a month and the meetings average 90 minutes - more or less. We're only a board of 10 and sure could use the help.


NEW PARADE ROUTE FOR 2023

Due to anticipated construction on Kimball Street in June, we have changed the parade route for 20203. The floats will still gather in the lower parking lot as always. But this year you will leave the lower parking lot behind Village Pizza, turn left onto Hanover St (up Benton Hill), continue around Colburn Park, then back down Benton Hill and into the lower parking lot behind Village Pizza.


Happy 70th Anniversary LHS Alumni Association!

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the LHS Alumni Association. It was founded on an idea of Bob Jones ’33, when he and his family were driving home from a family event in Ohio one June. They got to Springfield, Vt, and were stopped in traffic waiting for their Alumni Day Parade to pass, which he recalled being quite long. The following Saturday he happened upon the Steven’s High School Alumni Association’s parade in Claremont. Again, a fairly long parade.

This peaked Bob’s interest and once he was home, he got together with fellow classmate Maxine Nelson to talk about the possibility of Lebanon having such a parade. They met with then school Superintendent William English about the idea. Mr. English offered the help of Thelma Manchester to find local people to get things rolling. They formed the Association in 1952 and named Frank Hough ’31 as our first president.

In an interview for the Association’s 50th Anniversary, Frank recalled the first parade. The 27 or so floats were lined up on Bank Street from HW Carter and Son’s, to what was then the high school. That must have been quite a sight! Ken Haley ’53 was in charge of the afternoon festivities. After the parade, the alumni gathered at Eldridge field for a ball game and track events. The evening found them in the dining room in lower Town Hall for their first banquet. The turnout was so large that they moved it to the high school the following year.

Dues back then were only $2 per year, and they were still able to turn a profit which eventually led to the formation of our scholarship fund.

There is a very interesting video posted on our Facebook page and website which was made for our 50th anniversary. It has interviews with Bob Jones, Frank Hough, and other alumni.

Fast forward to 2022 and the Association is still active, but for how much longer? Our board sits at only 11 active members, with an average age of 58. Interest in the annual banquet/dance is steadily dwindling. If we have any chance of keeping this treasured Association going, we need new members to come on board and new ideas on how to bring back interest. Please consider becoming a board member today!


2022 Newsletter