Top row, left to right:
Kenosha High School (opened for the 1849 school year, razed in 1890);
The Annex (completed in 1890, razed in 1980);
Bottom row, left to right:
Kenosha High School, later renamed in honor of Mary D. Bradford (completed in 1927); and
Mary D. Bradford High School (opened for the 1980-1981 school year).
Welcome to the OFFICIAL Kenosha Bradford High School Alumni Association, Inc. (KBHSAA) website! We encourate all alumni to join KBHSAA, an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) organization. You'll find the Membership & Donation Form here. This is the Alumni Association's only endorsed, official website.
KBHSAA is your source for authentic Spy yearbooks and Alumni T-shirts. Proceeds from the sale of these items, along with membership dues and donations, support KBHSAA programs, such as our Scholarship Fund, the Distinguished Alumni Award program, our biannual Newsletter (secure content available online for KBHSAA members) and Class Reunion Committee financial support. Each year, we support publication of Bradford High School's Spy yearbook with placement of a full-page ad. All the funds we raise stay in the Bradford High School community you recall from your high school days.
Don't be taken in by organizations claiming a connection with our alma mater, Bradford High School, and our local community in Kenosha, WI.
Did you know you can generate donations for KBHSAA as you shop online?
We have 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 2000+ 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; you'll receive an email confirming the donation amount earned by your purchase once the order has shipped. (iGive never has any access to any payment information.)
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. Visit the iGive store list and the stores you shop regularly, then click on the iGive "My Stores" link and bookmark it on your desktop. 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.
Please tell your fellow classmates about this program... 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.
~ KBHSAA Board of Directors
02/22/2024: Today we launched our Campaign for Silent Auction Donations… letters will be sent out via USPS and, in some cases, hand delivered to local businesses by some of our very dedicated KBHSAA Board members. We have also reached out to about a dozen organizations through their respective websites.
We are hoping to raise $4,000 with this year’s Scholarship Fund Silent Auction, to be held in conjunction with the Distinguished Alumni Awards Banquet on Saturday, June 15. If you own a local business and would like to help out with this endeavor, please reach out via the Contact Us page. We will launch our Sneak Peak: Silent Auction web page in early March.
In 2023, KBHSAA scholarship offerings totaled $21,500 (12 scholarships); this year’s scholarship offerings total nearly $30,000 (17 scholarships). We’d like to thank our membership for their continued support of the KBHSAA Scholarship Fund. You may view historical data for our Scholarship program here.
In the meantime, save the date and plan to attend the DAA Banquet & Silent Auction on June 15... we look forward to seeing you there!
02/18/2024: We noticed a scrapbook in the KBHSAA Archives at the ESC, which was compiled by the Alumni Association Board to cover the Centennial Meeting held on June 11, 1949 and marked the 100th Anniversary of the dedication of the first free high school in Southport (now Kenosha).
The event drew over 350 attendees from 19 states. Alumni Association members who were unable to be in attendance received a copy of the Souvenir Program prepared for the event (pictured at right if you are viewing this page on a laptop; or, above if you are viewing it on your Smartphone), which included:
01/18/2024: We noticed this event on the BHS Daily Announcements this morning ... we're thinking the timing is perfect ahead of the NFL playoff games this Sunday!
12/14/2023: Today we received word of a funding drive organized in support of Northside Outfitters, a thrift store inside Mary D. Bradford High School, which provides clean clothing and personal care items to students at no cost. Various students, classes and clubs help wash donated clothing and keep the store organized. Northside Outfitters' access to laundry facilities is limited, which limits what we can have available to students. Our goal is to install laundry facilities so we can regularly wash clothing donations and make them available to students. The informational flyer for this fundraiser is available on the BHS and Community Events page.
Donations via cash or check (payable to Bradford High School) may be brought to the Attendance Office at Door #1 on school days from 7:30AM until 3:00PM or sent via USPS at the address below. Donations sent directly to the school have the added advantage of 100% of the donation amount benefitting Northside Outfitters.
Bradford High School
3700 Washington Road
Kenosha, WI 53144
Northside Outfitters is also set up to accept donations online here, but please note that the host website takes a percentage of the donation proceeds.
Every donation makes a difference, so thanks in advance for considering a donation to Northside Outfitters. Questions? Please feel free to contact:
12/12/2023: The Fall 2023 edition of the KBHSAA Newsletter included a brief notice indicating the nomination form for our Distinguished Alumni Awards program was available on page 6, as well as posted on the KBHSAA website. We are pleased to report we received the first nomination form yesterday via USPS.
If you have been thinking about a classmate or family member who has made significant contributions to his/her community and who serves (or served) as a positive role model, please put those thoughts on paper and submit your nomination ahead of the January 31, 2024 deadline.
Then please save the date on your calendar for the annual DAA Banquet & Silent Auction on Saturday, June 15, 2024, which will once again be held at the Kenosha Country Club. If you own a business or would like to personally donate an item for the Silent Auction, which benefits the KBHSAA Scholarship Fund, please reach out via the Contact Us page so we may arrange for local pick up of the item.
12/05/2023: This evening we posted details of the 2023 Gingerbread House Showcase on our BHS and Commuity Events page. It is an annual event organized by Frau Ishmael, who is a teacher at Bradford. We send our thanks to Melissa Otwaska, BHS Library Admin, for emailing us the details for this event. The Gingerbread House pictured at right is one of the entries from the 2022 Showcase.
Everyone in the Kenosha Unified community – including alumni – is welcome to build and decorate a Gingerbread Creation and submit pictures to be posted online. The deadline for submitting photos of your creation is Monday, December 18. Please visit the BHS and Commuity Events page for more info.
Wouldn't this would be a fun thing to do with your children or grandchildren?
10/24/2023: KBHSAA activated its Current Scholarship Offerings web page on October 6, 2023. We send our thanks to BHS Principal Brian Geiger and Brian Schulz, School Counselor, who have been very supportive as we look for ways to increase student interest in the 2024 KBHSAA Scholarships. The week of October 9, Mr. Schulz emailed a link for our Scholarship Offerings to seniors and their parents/guardians. On October 12, we updated the web page with an additional scholarship, for a total of 17 scholarships valued at $29,946.
We were excited to receive the first scholarship application on October 20! If you have children or grandchildren who are Bradford seniors this year, we hope you will encourage them to apply.
Later this week, KBHSAA will launch its promotional campaign for the scholarships, using the poster below, which will be distributed to Bradford staff members who serve as Advisors for Sports, Clubs and Activities, as well as in key hallway locations throughout the school.
Sending out our very best wishes to
Ernie Tenuta, Class of 1942
on the occasion of his 100th birthday,
coming up tomorrow, September 8!
07/11/2023: We have relocated the KBHSAA Home Page Archive to the list of links on the left side of this page.
07/08/2023: KBHSAA fiscal year ended on June 30, and we realized today we had not shared the full page ad purchased for placement in 2023 Spy yearbook... you may view it here.
Results for our annual Scholarship Fund Silent Auction, held in conjunction with the Distinguished Alumni Awards Banquet on Saturday, June 17, have been posted on the Thank You 2023 Silent Auction Donors web page. We would also like to thank those in attendance at the DAA Banquet, who supported our Scholarship Fund by participating in bidding on the many great items available at this year's event.
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