WARNING: Beware -- there are websites posing as the Bradford Alumni Association and/or Bradford High School!
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. 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.
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 1980-1981 school year).
July 20, 2021: We learned a lesson on screen resolution vs. resolution for photographic prints today and must reverse course on some of the photos we thought would be workable replacements for the photos on our DAA plaques. We are back to needing photographs for each of the DAA honorees listed below in dark red font.
July 19, 2021: Many thanks to KBHSAA Board members Adela Lebron Hessefort '74 and Dick Gentz '65 for their work at Bradford High School on July 16, organizing and packing up the Distinguished Alumni Award (DAA) plaques ahead of the construction project.
We had initially counted 12 plaques whose DAA honoree photos will need to be replaced or restored, as they had faded due to the sun streaming through the windows near the Auditorium entrance. Upon closer inspection, there are nearly 30 photos needing replacement or restoration. We were amazed to see some of the photos look as if they have been shredded; we're fairly certain they will crumble when we try to remove them from their frames.
Photo restoration is quite costly, so we will try to reach DAA honorees and/or their surviving family members to see if replacement photos may be located. We've listed those DAA honorees (along with the year they were recognized and their respective class years) for whom we are in need of contact information. If you have information for any of them (or their surviving family members), please reach out via the Contact Us page or call Randy Vaccaro, KBHSAA President, at 262-551-0510.
2012: John Charles Wavro ’57 – John promised to send photo.
2001: Michael Martino ’73 – Replacement photo in hand.
The late Valentine Lagodich Hoff ’74
2000: Frank (Gerolmo) Gero ’47
John Cibrario ’58 – Rosemary promised to send photo.
Steve Houghton ’72 – Replacement photo in hand.
1999: George F. Cudahy ’52 (photo found online not viable)
Stephen Lesavich ’77 – Replacement photo in hand.
The late Sr. Jeanne C. Lippert ’40
Thomas Oakland ’58 (photo found online not viable)
1998: Richard C. Schneider ’47 (photo found online not viable)
Robert F. Simons ’64
1997: The late Nick M. Butera ’36
1996: The late George W. Halladin ’67
1995: The late Patricia Exton Taylor ’40
The late Lynn Rasmussen Owen ’51
Kenneth B. Lemke ’64
1994: The late Maclyn McCarty ’29 (photo found online not viable)
Willis H. Schaefer ’47 (photo found online not viable)
Karen Ostlund ’61 – Replacement photo in hand. Sandra Paulick, Class of '61 website admin tells us Karen will be running the Boston Marathan in October!
1992: The late Louis K. Brandt ’32
Matthew C. Andrea ’36 – Replacement photo in hand.
William J. White ’56 – Replacement photo in hand.
1991: Mary D. Bradford (photo found online not viable)
1990: The late Warren J. Taylor ’30
The late Raffaele Suriano, D.D.S. ’39
Daniel J. Travanti ’58 – Replacement photo in hand.
As we work to locate replacement photos, we will also begin cleaning all of the plaques to get them ready to be photographed before they are returned to Bradford High School.
July 12, 2021: While browsing on the Mary D. Bradford High School website this morning, we noticed a link to the virtual 2021 Bradford Convocation Awards Ceremony, hosted by Principal Brian Geiger.
Immediately below, we spotted an article entitled Student Showcase, recognizing Bradford seniors "for their hard work and dedication to the art of dance. We recognize them for going above and beyond, digging deep within to find and create meaning in their work, challenging themselves to stay motivated although they have been virtual most of the year." The final project of Bradford senior and KBHSAA scholarship recipient Adrianna Terrell '21 is featured here: Rejuvenation Screen Dance.
KBHSAA wishes all 2021 graduates the very best as they move on to the next chapter in their lives.
June 28, 2021: The KBHSAA marked the 130th Anniversary of its founding by the 1891 graduating class at the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards (DAA) Banquet held at Kenosha Country Club this past Saturday. A crowd of about 80 people were present at the event, which honored the DAA recipients for 2020 and 2021, as well as the KBHSAA Scholarship Recipients for both years… a circumstance brought about by the Corona virus pandemic.
The evening included the KBHSAA Scholarship Fund Silent Auction, which kicked off at 5:00PM. When the bidding ended at 7:30PM, all but one item had been snapped up by savvy shoppers looking for good deals on seven gift baskets underwritten in part by Thrivent Financial, as well as gift cards and merchandise donated by local businesses, several members of the KBHSAA Board and Bradford alumnus, all of whom are listed on our Thanks Silent Auction Donors web page. The event raised $831 for the KBHSAA Scholarship Fund!
Oliver Debe ’09 served as the master of ceremonies for the evening. Randy Vaccaro ’73, KBHSAA President, welcomed everyone to the event and thanked the small-but-dedicated group of volunteers who serve on the KBHSAA Board for their service this year. He also thanked all KBHSAA members for their generous support of the Alumni Association’s programs. It is, after all, the donations from our membership that keeps our Scholarship Fund growing each year. Alice Schwalbe ’60 stepped up to the podium to deliver the invocation before dinner was served by KCC’s attentive wait staff.
Joyce Sorensen ’69 introduced Carmella Ciotti Huser and Mary-Anne Smoler Thompson, both from the Class of ‘57, who spoke from the heart as they talked about the scholarship they funded in memory of their classmate, Judith Mikulsky Zachar, who passed away in 2020. Joyce asked the 2020 and 2021 Scholarship Recipients in attendance at the event to gather nearby and invited each of them up to the podium to speak about their college plans and aspirations. The program for the event detailed each scholarship and scholarship recipient – you can view the complete lists here for 2020 and 2021. Several of members in the audience remarked to Pres. Vaccaro later that evening about how very impressed they were with the kids’ speeches. We wish all of the scholarship recipients the best as they venture off to college or continue their second year of college – we know they’ll make us proud!
Oliver called upon Jean Teising ’45 to introduce Scott Woroch, who was accepting the commemorative DAA plaque on behalf of his late father, “Gene” Woroch ’40. Jodi Ritacca Carlini ’69 launched a short video introduction by her nephew, Sean Lewis (weekend anchor for WGN-TV in Chicago) and invited her 9-year old grandson, Aiden Souter, to join her at the podium for a few moments before accepting her DAA plaque. Dan Balk delivered the speech his father-in-law, John Gregory ’52, had intended to present (he was under the weather and unable to attend the event). Sheryl Becker ’65 shared a loving tribute to her late brother, Mike Dean ’60, whose teaching career made a difference in so many young lives.
We were privileged to have some memorabilia on display next to the plaques for the four DAA recipients being recognized at this year’s event: motorcycle memorabilia from John Gregory and an Emmy belonging to Jodi Ritacca Carlini. Our DAA program, established in 1989, honors outstanding individuals who attended or graduated from Mary D. Bradford (formerly Kenosha Central) High School. It recognizes people who have contributed significantly to their profession and/or community, who are positive role models for all Bradford High School students. You’ll find the complete list of DAA honorees here on our website.
Oliver called Lee Arneson ’57 to the podium to wrap up our event with the traditional Roll Call of Class Years. Before beginning the Roll Call, Lee mentioned how very special it is that the Bradford Class of 1940 still gathers for a reunion each year. This year the group will celebrate its 81st reunion, and its members are now 99-100 years old. Lee told the Scholarship Recipients she hopes they and their respective classes of 2020 and 2021 will beat that record!
Kindly visit our Photo Gallery to see the photos taken by Heather Vaccaro ’01, which captured the event from start to finish… we hope you’ll enjoy them!
March 29, 2021: The small envelope awaiting pick up from our P.O. Box at the Downtown Post Office held a wonderful surprise… enclosed was a donation from a local couple whose note read:
We send our heartfelt thanks to these KBHSAA members for their generous support of our organization. We have allocated their donation to the KBHSAA Scholarship Fund.
KUSD 2020-2021 Theatre Arts Productions: VIRTUAL!
We usually spotlight the KUSD Theatre Arts productions being staged at Bradford High School in the fall edition of our Newsletter, but as our publication was going to print, there was no information available. An article in the Kenosha News on November 6 told us all KUSD Theatre Arts productions will be virtual this year due to the COVID-19 virus. We visited KUSD's Theatre Arts web page and just had to share what we found:
We are the only ones working!
On behalf of the KUSD theatre staff – we want you to really think about this. All across the country regional, professional, and amateur theaters are dark. Pros at all levels are side hustling because all of the theaters are closed!
You! Us! All of us in Educational Theater are carrying the torch, the “ghost light” for an entire industry that has been sidelined due to the virus.
We are making history. Embrace whatever comes next and be proud. SO PROUD of your piece in that. You are doing what no pro in the country is right now. And they love you for it. They are on your side, no matter how hard it seems - no matter how weird or non-traditional.
You are the art! ON WITH THE SHOW!!! We’re gonna crush this season!
We look forward to next year's productions and hope you’ll join us in supporting KUSD Theatre Arts in 2021-2022.
We're sending belated birthday wishes to Delbert Smith, Class of 1939, who recently celebrated his 99th birthday, smiling and waving to those who organized a surprise parade past his Florida home.
It's official: Class Reunion events for 2020 have been cancelled
It's been a difficult year throughout the country due to COVID-19. All of the Class Reunion Committees that had planned to hold events this year have officially been cancelled, except for Class of 1940 classmates Charles Heide and Marie Pfeiffer Goff who met briefly to reminisce about the Reunions they've attended over the years since graduating from Kenosha High School. A recap of their reunion will appear in the fall edition of the Newsletter.
Several Reunion Committees have given us a heads up on plans to host a Class Reunion next year... you'll find more information on our Upcoming Class Reunions web page. So stay tuned, stay in touch and stay safe in the meantime!
Today (08/03/2020) we received a nice note from Anita Herrmann (1954), who made a donation to the KBHSAA Scholarship Fund, directed to the annual Valiere Anderson Petersen (1930) Award for Excellence in Music scholarship. Thank you for keeping up a strong Alumni group!
We recently revamped our KBHSAA Scholarships web pages to make it simpler to view our list of 2020 Scholarships Awarded and, on the separate Historical Data: Scholarships web page, you can look back at scholarship dollars awarded and scholarship recipients over the years going back to 2001. We hope you'll take a few minutes to browse through these web pages... and then take pride in being a member of the Alumni Association that gives back to its community with a scholarship program for seniors graduating from our alma mater. Go Bradford!
Giving the gift of a KBHSAA membership
08/03/2020: Just in... Tom Brickley (1958) jumped on the bandwagon with a gift membership for his classmate, Laura Vandenberg Bistrick. Thanks, Tom... and we appreciate your kind email last week about our website!
07/21/2020: Our thanks to Pat Costigan Hall (1957) for the gift membership given to her classmate, Margaret Doty Bittner. The enduring friendships made while attending Bradford High School play a role in our "coming of age." The older we get, it seems the years fly by faster and faster. The Class of 2020 won't begin to understand that statement for many, many years. We think you'll agree that celebrating memories shared with classmates keeps us young at heart. In the years since graduation, we've grown a little older, a little wiser... but we'll always be Red Devils.
Looking Back on 2019-2020
We welcomed two new KBHSAA Board members to our team: Adela (Lebron) Hessefort, Class of 1974, and Oliver Debe, Class of 2009. Our 2019 fall edition of the Newsletter requested nominations be submitted for the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award and announced the Scholarship Offerings for 2020. The KBHSAA Board held its annual holiday gathering at Baker Street in early December, and before we knew it, the month of December had rushed by. The Board takes the month of January off and met as usual in mid-February, when we were just beginning to hear news reports about the Corona virus in Wuhan, China.
Our lives were going along as usual, and then in mid-March, life as we knew it came to a screeching halt. We sheltered in place and limited our contact with those outside our immediate family, as part of the WI Governor's "Safer at Home" order, which was meant to help slow the spread of the Corona virus. Wisconsin schools, public and private, were closed, as were universities. Businesses throughout the state were closed as well, except for those deemed essential (like grocery stores, pharmacies, hardware stores and providers of service relative to maintenance on our vehicles and home). Like many of our friends, we patronized our local "mom and pop" restaurants that remained open for take out or curbside pick up, and we added an extra $5-$10 as a tip when we picked up an order.
In late April, the KBHSAA Board made the difficult decision to cancel the annual DAA Banquet & Silent Auction.
KBHSAA extended the deadline for applying for its scholarships into early May. The Scholarship Committee met via teleconference to discuss the applications they had read through from this year's "crop" for Bradford seniors. In the end, KBHSAA awarded a total of 15 scholarships with a dollar value total of $23,957. The seniors and the DAA honorees we did not get to meet at the DAA Banquet this year will be invited guests for next year's event.
Every year, KBHSAA supports publication of the Bradford yearbook with placement of a full page ad. Our camera-ready 2020 Spy yearbook ad was submitted on May 22, and we share it with you here.
The For Sale: Spy Yearbooks page has been updated with donations received before the New Year. The KUSD ESC reopened just this week (June 8th), so if you are interested in purchasing a Spy from our inventory (housed in a locked storage area at the ESC), we are once again able to access them.
As always, we encourage Bradford classmates to stay in touch via this website and individual Class Websites.
Stay well and stay safe!
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.
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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