Please keep a close watch on our Upcoming Reunions page for any schedule changes due to COVID-19. We've heard from several Reunion Committees in the past few weeks: one birthday party event has been cancelled, one event has been rescheduled to October and others are evaluating whether to cancel their events.
With heavy hearts, the KBHSAA Board voted to CANCEL the June 27 DAA Banquet & Silent Auction due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope to see you at next year's event on Saturday, June 26, 2021.
WARNING: Beware -- there are websites posing
as Bradford Alumni and/or Bradford High School!
Welcome to the OFFICIAL Kenosha Bradford High School Alumni Association, Inc. (KBHSAA) website! This is the Alumni Association's ONLY endorsed-official website. Don't be taken in by organizations purporting to have a connection with our alma mater, which have no connection whatsoever to Bradford High School and our local community in Kenosha, WI. We encourage all alumni to join KBHSAA.
From left to right: The Annex (built in 1890, razed in 1980);
Kenosha High School, later renamed in honor of Mary D. Bradford (completed in 1927); and
Mary D. Bradford High School (opened for the 1979-1980 school year).
Sending Birthday Wishes!
Please join us in wishing a happy 100th birthday to Eileen Osterberg (Molinaro), Class of 1937. Her son, Max, writes that she received a letter of congratulations from Jim Kenney, Mayor of Philadelphia, PA, and was invited to attend the annual Mayor's Centenarian Celebration held in late May 2019. The annual event recognizes the contributions of Philadelphia residents who have reached their 100th (or later) birthday.
Question for our membership:
Bill Stanley (1947) writes, "The high school name changed from Kenosha HS to Mary D Bradford HS while I was there. Even after the name change, the letters I received for participation on the Swim Team remained as a "K". Do you know what year they converted the letters to a "B"?
We're putting the question out to our membership: please reach out to us via the Contact Us page, letting us know what year you graduated and whether you received a "K" or "B" for lettering in sports. Thanks in advance for helping answer this inquiry!
Responses have begun arriving: Roland "Ron" Krumpos (1957), plus Jerry Barr and Tom Brickley (both 1958), report they received a "K" for lettering in their respective sports. Just in… Lynn Marchesini Kortright (1969) tells us the change to a "B" occurred in 1966.
On behalf of KBHSAA and Bill Stanley, thanks to all those who took time to help out with this "project"!
Mary D. Bradford Stadium
We were pleased to see the number of donated benches at Mary D. Bradford Stadium has grown this year... it's the perfect place to meet members of your group or to have something to eat before a sporting event. There is still plenty of space if you would like to order a bench in memory of a loved one or if your Class would like to be represented. The benches are available in black (pictured below) or red. If interested, please email Adam Sulko, Bradford's Interim Principal (email@example.com), for more information.
The KBHSAA bench, installed at Bradford Stadium in September 2016.
Looking Forward to 2019-2020
We are already working on articles for the fall edition of the Newsletter, as well as preparing recommendations on 2020 scholarship offerings for KBHSAA Board consideration. If you may be interested in giving a scholarship in memory of a loved one, please visit our Fund a KBHSAA Scholarship page.
We are excited to welcome two new KBHSAA Board members: Adela (Lebron) Hessefort, Class of 1974, and Oliver Debe, Class of 2009.
Have you been thinking about nominatiing a classmate for consideration for the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award? The DAA Nomination Form is now available here, and submissions are due by January 31, 2020. On our Upcoming Class Reunions webpage, you'll find several "Save the Date" notices for 2020 and beyond. Please be sure to visit our Upcoming Special Events webpage, which casts a spotlight on Bradford High School fundraisers -- several in the very near future -- and activities. We also welcome submissions to be posted in support of events involving KBHSAA members. The For Sale: Spy Yearbooks page has been updated with donations received over the summer.
As always, we encourage Bradford classmates to stay in touch, via this website and individual Class Websites.
Recap: 2019 DAA Banquet & Silent Auction
On Saturday, June 22, Randy Vaccaro (1973), President, welcomed 116 attendees to the annual DAA Banquet & Silent Auction at the Kenosha Country Club. He introduced the KBHSAA Officers for 2019-2020 and those who serve on the KBHSAA Board, and thanked all of them for their service. Our Silent Auction saw some bidding wars and when it ended, we raised nearly $2,700 for the KBHSAA Scholarship Fund. We send Thanks to our Silent Auction Donors whose generosity made the auction possible.
After a delicious meal served by KCC’s attentive wait staff, Joyce Sorensen (1969), Scholarships Chairperson, introduced twelve of the sixteen 2019 Scholarship Recipients to the audience. We wish them all the best as they set off on their journey in pursuit of a college education.
Alice Schwalbe (1960), Vice President, stepped to the podium to handle introductions for the DAA portion of the event, including recognition of past DAA recipients in attendance. We were touched by the life stories shared by this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award honorees.
Michelle Serpe (1967) closed out the event with the traditional Roll Call of Class Years, and Peter Schwalbe (1959) led the audience in singing the Bradford “fight song.”
~ ~ ~ About the KBHSAA ~ ~~
We sponsor an annual Alumni Banquet & Silent Auction, recognizing recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award and Bradford High School seniors selected to receive scholarships granted and/or facilitated by KBHSAA. We serve as a resource for information on upcoming Bradford High School Class Reunions and individual class year websites. We are also happy assist alumni classes with initial information and suggestions for their class reunions. We publish an online bi-annual Newsletter that keeps paid Bradford Alumni members up-to-date on news items submitted by members from all classes, as well as recaps and photos from Bradford class reunion events. Each year, we support publication of Bradford High School's Spy yearbook with placement of a full-page ad; here is a link to the 2019 KBHSAA ad.
If you're not already a member, we hope you'll consider joining KBHSAA. Please visit the Alumni Membership page to download then print the Membership & Donation Form. KBHSAA is an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) organization. Your membership dues include the online Newsletters and contribute to the programs and many scholarships the KBHSAA offers to current Bradford students.
If anyone you know is interested in creating their own class reunion website, we'd highly recommend the host site we use. Please use the link below, which includes our Alumni Promo Code M1159803 (the KBHSAA receives credit for referring any new site):
Did you know you can generate donations for KBHSAA as you shop online?
We have listed KBHSAA with online retailer giant Amazon, which donates a percentage of each eligible sale to the charitable organization of your choice. If you shop on Amazon, please bookmark the www.smile.amazon.com website as your starting point, log in using your Amazon ID & password and choose Kenosha Bradford Alumni Association, Inc. as the cause you wish to support.
We have also listed KBHSAA on the website www.iGive.com in the hopes of generating income for the Alumni Association. (Here's how it works: iGive is a free service to causes and members. There are no costs/obligations, no hidden fees. iGive members can generate donations by shopping at any of 2100+ Stores. As a member, when you shop via iGive special links, an "iGive Cookie" is assigned to your browser. This tells the store, "Here is an iGive Member," using a meaningless member ID number. The store reports back with this number and the amounts for the donation to your cause. iGive never has any access to any payment information. You don't need to enter any codes, notify the store or iGive... it is all automatic, as along as you start your online shopping excursion from the iGive store list. Make it simple by installing an iGive button on your desktop. How can you help? Register at the iGive website and choose Kenosha Bradford High School Alumni Association, Inc. as the cause you wish to support.
Please tell your fellow classmates about these programs... it's a quick and easy process that can do much good for KBHSAA. Thanks in advance for your consideration and for supporting the Alumni Association.
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