Cleveland High dedicates new Alumni

By CHRISTY ARMSTRONG
Posted 8/18/18

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Cleveland High dedicates new Alumni

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Before the Cleveland High School Blue Raiders hit the field Friday night,  lstudents, faculty and alumni dedicated the school’s new Alumni Walk. 

The Alumni Walk is a paved walkway between the school’s main building and Benny Monroe Stadium which includes an open area with park benches.
This project was completed this summer after the CHS Alumni Association launched a fundraising campaign. Hundreds of alumni and community supporters donated toward the cause.
“We could not be any happier with how it turned out,” said David Beckler, a 1967 CHS graduate who helped organize the fundraising drive. “This is something people will be able to use and enjoy for years to come.
The school’s alumni group was looking for a way to give back to the school, and the idea came about after discussion with CHS Principal Autumn O’Bryan and Cleveland City Schools Director Dr. Russell Dyer.

The new walk is located in place of what had before simply been a grassy median between two parking lot sections. It can now be used for everything from outdoor class activities to the “Raider Walk” marches made before each football game.
With music from the school’s marching band, cheers from cheerleaders and applause from others in attendance, the atmosphere was festive during the walk’s dedication.
“The thing  I think makes this really special is  Cleveland High School is really proud of our tradition, and we try really hard to connect our past to our present and our future,” O’Bryan said. “It’s very fitting to know we are dedicating a walkway … to illustrate this connection between our alumni and current students.”

O’Bryan thanked the CHS Alumni Association and many others who contributed toward the Alumni Walk’s cost of more than $30,000. The donors included many individuals, as well as the Allen Jones Foundation, which provided nearly $16,500 and trees to be planted nearby.
Special thanks were also given to alumnus Joe Hardwick, who served as project manager, and the Bradley Cleveland Public Education Foundation, which helped organize the school’s alumni group.

Dyer also praised the efforts of those who helped make the new walkway possible. He said the community support means much to both to the school and the school district as a whole.

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