Chicago High School Reunions – South Shore Area

UPCOMING REUNIONS – 2008 -2009 will see MANY reunions – is your school, neighborhood or area planning one?  Please let me know.  If you’re planning to attend a reunion make sure you call and reserve ahead.  Nothing is worse than herds of people without reservations showing up hoping to be fed. 

These reunions are described in more detail with contact information in my free monthly email me at  email South Shore News Spot Newsletter – For your free copy


The combined California, Illinois mini South Shore reunion party photos are finally posted!

Their home page has links to tons of photos from all our minis and the 45th and 50th that you attended!


Aquinas High School – 50th (1959) reunion – Fall 2008 – The 50th high school reunion from Aquinas High School is in the planning stages.


NEW ENTRY – Bowen 1968 – Any news about a Bowen class of ’68, 40 year reunion? If not people should get it together and try to get it done- we have such a lazy class- me included- anybody interested I would certainly be willing to get involved- thanks- great letter as usual.


Bowen High School – 65th Birthday Bash – The 65th Birthday Bash for Bowen High School’s class of 1960 projected date is August 18 in Chicago.  More information is coming.  Meanwhile, we’re just anxious to find everyone. 


Bowen High School – Class of 1958 – The Bowen graduating classes of January and June 1958 is planning their 50th year class reunion October 3 and 4 to be held at the Calumet Country Club located on 175th Street in Homewood, Illinois and we are trying to locate graduates.  For the January, 1958 class,  

Bowen High School – 40th Class reunion – We are beginning to plan our 40th reunion for Bowen.  I would like to send out information to find my colleagues.  


Bowen High School – Class of 1969 reunion – There will be a 40th reunion for the Bowen class of 1969 on July 25, 2009


Bryn Mawr Grammar School – 1958 reunion – They have found all their past grads except Susan Skogsberg.  The reunion will be this summer, date to be determined soon. 


Hirsch High School – Classes of 1958 – 50th reunion – The event is planned for August, 2008.  


Hirsch High School – January & June classes of 1959 They are making plans for a 50th reunion to be held June 11, 12, 13 2009.  Tentative plans are for an informal dinner on Thursday, a pizza party Friday evening and a dinner/dance on Saturday.  We are looking for missing classmates. 

Hirsch High School – 60’s Reunion – Here is some info on the Hirsch ’60s (go Huskies) reunion this summer. It is scheduled for August 8-10, 2008 in Matteson, Illinois.  Hirsch has a pretty well organized alumni association and a great website with lots of pictures.   

NEW ENTRY – Horace Mann 1950 and South Shore 1954 – We need your help. My name is Marilyn Kitzis Goldsmith class of Horace Mann 1950 and South Shore 1954. We are looking for classmates from the class of Horace Mann ’50. Bob Greitzer and I would like to have a get-together this summer. It would be a possible dinner or Sunday brunch. The problem is we are having problems locating many who no longer live in the Chicagoland area. We would love to see everyone, so please get in touch. 


Hyde Park High School – January and June 1958 – 50th reunion – Ann Shlensky (in Chicago) is planning a 50th reunion of Hyde Park High School 1958 to be held Saturday, September 20, 2008. 


Hyde Park High School – 1963 reunion – (welcoming 1961-1965 grads) – The Class of 1963 is planning a reunion for August 29-31, 2008.   The reunion is welcoming the classes 1961 to 1965. All classes are welcome and invited to participate.


Update – Just an update that things are well on their way for Aug 29-31 here in Chicago.  This 45th HP reunion is missing your response.  Were you planning on coming?

Jeffrey Manor Reunion – The annual MANOR Picnic, will be on Saturday August 2nd; for those wanting additional information please contact me,  


Luella Grammar School – Class of 1969 – Charity reunion – The Luella Class of 1969 is sponsoring a charity reunion the weekend of July 4th 2008. It’s open to ALL graduates, family and friends of Luella. The is a charity event, and will be co-sponsored by the Junior Cancer League a Chicago-based organization founded 55 years ago by residents of Jeffery and Merrionette Manors. Please stop by our web site for more information.


Luella/Bowen Reunion – 1957-1972 reunion – The event is planned for summer 2008.  It is open to all alum, family and friends and it has events and a charity function. There is great response from people who attended Luella and Bowen from 1957-1972. 


St Ignatius 50th reunion – Contact Jim Foley 


South Shore High School – Class of 1948 Reunion is planned for this fall?  There has been some talk – stay tuned! Carl Godman (Evanston, IL) ’48 graduate and Shirley Hoff, Valparaiso, IN, Jan. ’48 graduate are in the beginning stages of putting together a reunion of the 1948 classes.  


South Shore High School – Class of 1956 – Birthday party – There is a reunion in the planning for a birthday party for all the graduates of South Shore’s class of 1956.  It seems most of us are turning 70 this year.  Hopefully it will help find 28 lost classmates. 


FINAL CALL – January 1956 South Shore High School Class Birthday Party – June 13, 2008 from 5 pm – 10 pm at the Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 South Michigan, Chicago, Ill .Anyone interested can contact

South Shore High School – 70th Birthday Party – Class of June 1956 –   The 70th Birthday Party for the June 1956 Class of SSHS will take place on Saturday evening, October 18, 2008. It will be at The East Bank Club in Chicago. The invitation will come out in April. If anyone has any questions they can contact 


South Shore High School – Class of January 1958 reunion – The event will be held on Saturday June 21, 2008 at the Erie Cafe in Chicago.  It just happens that both this reunion and the June 58/January 59 reunion are on the same day.  This reunion will be at the Erie Cafe in Chicago. 


South Shore High School – Classes of June 1958 and January 1959 will be held from June 20-22 in Skokie.  The combined reunion is June 21, 2008 at Maggiano’s in Skokie.  The January class was small with only 99 graduating students which is why the groups decided to combine the reunion.  Many students in the January class went to Summer school to graduate early and became class of June 58.  We have had all our past reunions together.  Dress is informal (no ties – no jeans). Bookmark our web-site for any updates and messages.   


Time is drawing near!!  If you are procrastinating and haven’t sent your reservation to Birdie yet – “just do it!”  And, we need your completed questionnaire as well, even if you have decided not to come. We are looking forward to seeing everyone again, acting like teeny-boppers and trying to leave the aches and pains of age behind us for the weekend. It should be lots of fun – but YOU being there will make the difference.

By the way – please check out our web page for photos, and missing persons. If you know where they are, forward the information to them and let me know.

South Shore High School – Class of June 1959 50th reunion –CORRECTION from

last month’s issue – South Shore High School Class of June 1959 50th reunion  is tentatively scheduled for October 16, 17, and 18, 2009 and may be in Downtown Chicago. The planning committee is meeting on April 27, 2008 to discuss the options. We have had mini-reunions in Los Angeles, Washington, DC, San Francisco, Scottsdale, and plans for one in Houston in May and New York City or Bucks County, PA in June or July.

South Shore High School – Class of 1963 reunion – The event will be held on Saturday July 26, 2008 at the home of a Cleveland classmate.  Send inquiry with name including maiden name, address,  phone, email, cell number – SSHS class of 1963 

South Shore High School – Classes of June 1960 to 196645th reunion – The June Class of 1963 is planning the 45th reunion from SSHS. The event will be at The South Shore Cultural Center on Saturday, November 1, 2008. It is for SSHS graduates from the years 1960 through 1966, although graduates from other classes are welcome, space permitting. A portion of the ticket price will include a donation to a Scholarship Fund for current SSHS students.  


South Shore High School – Class of 1968 40th reunion – planned for September 2008.  It will include the classes of 1967 and 1968 AND 1969.  


St Felicitas – June of ’58 – 50th reunion – Dates have not been set as of this date. I hope to have a final date by June 1. Preliminary discussion called for late September early October. Missing in Action for our 50th year reunion St. Felicitas Class of 1958
The folks listed below have left the radar screen and we would like to locate as many as possible. I’m hoping that some members of the readers of your South Shore Newsletter will remember a few of them and may still now how to contact them. Some of you will have known them in high school and thereafter. So lend a hand if any of these names rings your bell.

Janice Altendorf, James Beaghan, John Berquist, Joseph Bishop, Susan Brooks, Gail Caron,  Dixie Doody, Muriel Dore, MaryLeigh Durham, Jack Elenteny, MaryJo Feldt, George (Russ) Fischer, Kathleen Fitzgerald, Margaret Flanagan, Terrence Fogarty, Nancy Gracyk,  Kathleen Hawkey, Michaelene Hoy, Thomas Husum, Bernard Kerwin, Maryann Krakowski,  Robert Lavery, Robert Leinweber, George Liptak, Mary Louridas, Jean Martinson, Ronald Mikus, Walter Mitchell, Sue Moran, James Nauer, Thomas Nolan, James O’Connell, Eileen O’Malley, Hannelore Skony, Donald Steffens, Valerie Stevens, Margaret Stopka, Mary Francis Tiernan


This is not just a South Shore High School newsletter/blog.  It is for all greater South Shore area schools from 1940-1970.  It is for Bowen, Aquinas, CVS, Hyde Park, Hirsch, Leo, Carmel, Mendel and everyone with a South Shore connection.  I would be glad to use any other school logos I receive in a usable format. Thanks Caryn

10 Responses to “Chicago High School Reunions – South Shore Area”

  1. 1 RONALD DISHMON June 20, 2008 at 12:01 am





  2. 2 Franklin Pieszak July 7, 2008 at 2:38 am

    Just found this website or blog.
    I was in the South Shore class of ’47, but was short one class, so I graduated in January ’48.
    It is now July 08 and I apparently missed the 60th reunion of the class of ’47.
    Now live in Texas, but let me know dates of reunions.

  3. 3 Louise E Burg July 10, 2008 at 5:29 am

    I am a ’66 graduate of The Faulkner School for Girls (now closed). My sister, Mary, graduated in ’69. Faulkner alumnae just enjoyed an all-class reunion weekend at the end of June. Our coordinator, Barbara Samans ’63, planned the first all-class reunion in 2003, which had grown from her original plan of her class’s 40th. My ’66 class had a 1st, 5th, 10th, 15th and 20th reunion events but none until we participated in the 2003 & 2008 all-class reunions. We are planning another for 2013 and hope to update you about that if you still have your website then, Caryn. One of my brothers, Bruce E. Burg, graduated from South Shore HS in ’64. He lives in New Lenox (near Joliet) now. He has been in touch with a few old friends from South Shore. My longtime friend, Hollis (Delaney) Bernstein, graduated from South Shore in ’67 and has lived in Oak Park for a number of years. I was the only Faulkner girl to be a member of the Penny Tri-Hi-Y from the South Shore YMCA. I wonder if any of your contacts has any memories of the Tri-Hi_y or Hi-Y clubs or the JCC that several of my (Jewish) friends belonged to. Another longtime friend, Chuck Kincaid, was a South Shore ’65 grad. He lives in Hammond now. Thank you for providing this website. Sincerely, Louise E Burg PS Which school did you attend and which class? leb

  4. 4 Melanie January 20, 2009 at 3:52 am

    Mrs. Burg Did you teach at Faulkner? I went there in the 70’s as well as my brother and your name sounds so familar.

    Melanie Carter

    • 5 Barb Samans October 30, 2009 at 3:44 am

      Melanie Louise’s mother did teach at Faulkner. Not sure if Louise has responded to you already.
      barb Samans,class of 1963

      • 6 Melanie Carter Carvalho December 3, 2009 at 4:14 pm

        I have not had a chance to look at my yearbook to see who was the teacher. I did not write to her yet either. Thank you for letting me know. I will contact her.


  5. 7 paula levy April 10, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    I am trying to locate Mitchell Gross who graduated from Bowen High School around 1960-61. He lived in Jeffrey Manor and had a brother named Stephen.
    Paula Levy

  6. 8 mike jaral June 2, 2011 at 3:44 am

    Hi, went to parkside from 1945 to 1953, but last 6 months went to bradwell. anybody out there from my class at parkside. gail garvey, barbara toth, sandra nitzkin, teddy darch, barry zizook, rennie goldman. many more, to many to list.

  7. 9 sheldon and dorothy February 24, 2012 at 4:56 am

    Hi.. I was in the :” first “graduating class of South Shore. Does anyone stll exist? Mrs. Smith chose me as the best singer. Dee Banko

  8. 10 Carolyn McCarter June 15, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    Do you know if there is any info if CVS will be having any type of 50th reunion? Thanks.

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