Created by Hounds for Hounds – this website is YOUR COMMUNICATION HUB to all PHS Greyhounds, friends and faculty, now and in the future.
Our Mission is to provide a safe, secure and FREE website to better connect and inform Pullman High School Greyhounds Alumni, friends and faculty.
This website has been viewed in all 50 States and on all continents, except Antarctica!
We plan to keep the site FREE for your use well into the future.
Our “web team”is located in Washington, Idaho and Oregon. Webdesigner, Sierra Gormsen, attended Pullman Schools until high school. She affiliates with PHS ’97. Other web team members, Jerry and Sheryl (Sorenson) Sodorff, and Kay Pierce are PHS ’69.
In order to better reach most classes and unify our alumni, the PHS 100-Year All Alumni Reunion committee created this website.
- We are going to do more research for the PHS history from 1960-2010 and will add it as we go.
- Please let us know if you have any history we should include.
- We plan to keep the site FREE for your use well into the future.
- A certain amount of excess funds from the reunion will support the site and help purchase software and other things to spiff it up.
- Donations and supporters are always welcome, but not mandatory. If you would like to chip in, please contact us for more information.
- Please tell other Hounds about this site.
Here is an article about the 100-Year Reunion:
PHS alumni plans for centennial celebration – again
Research finds first senior class graduated in 1910, not 1892 as previously recognized
Daily News staff writer
Transcribed for web by: Sierra Gormsen
Pullman High School alumni will celebrate the school’s 100-year birthday for the second time this year.
More than 300 alumni celebrated the school’s centennial anniversary during a reunion in 1992, but soon after the reunion and alumna found out through research that the school’s 100-year birthday wasn’t until 2010.
“They actually celebrated 100 years of public schools,” said Sue Druffel, who is part of the class of ’58 and lives in Salem, Ore. “We didn’t realize it when we did the reunion in 1992.”
Druffel said her sister Midge Bashaw, part of the class of ’49, was the one ho discovered the Pullman School building opened in 1892, but only for grades 1-8.
“It didn’t include the high school,” she said.
The discovery came while Bashaw was researching on the high school’s history for the 1992 memory book. Luckily, Bashaw found the interesting fact before the book’s publication.
Druffel, who wrote and edited part of the book, said in 1892 students wishing to continue with their high school education enrolled in a prep program that was offered at the Washington Agricultural College, now known as Washington State University.
A few years later, the Pullman school system began to add high school grades one by one. Druffel said the first senior class graduated in 1910, making 2010 the centennial of the first high school graduating class.
A committee formed by alumni already is planning a “100-year All Alumni Reunion” in Pullman this summer to celebrate.
Reunion Chairwoman Kathleen Pierce, who graduated in 1969 and lives in Nampa, Idaho, said a small group of alumni had plans to get together in Pullman this summer, but the centennial called for a bigger celebration.
“It just seems like that’s what we need to do…,” she said, “because this is 100 years and it’s a big deal.”
Druffel, who is serving as the assistant chair in planning the celebration, said she is excited about the fact that people will be able to reconnect with individuals they went to school with.
“For that reason… this is well worth having again.” She said.
Pierce said the reunion will take place July 2-4, with several activities throughout those days, including individual class reunions. The main event will be a banquet and car show, which will take place at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories event center.
Pierce said the deadline for alumni to register to take part in the reunion is June 1.
The reunion planning committee has created a Web site to help spread the word. Druffel said she is expecting about 600 or more to participate.
“We anticipate a lot of people coming, even in this economy,” Pierce said.
Pierce said they need interested people to help get the word out, to generate a list of all faculty from 1972-2010, to work on the history of the high school from 1960-2010 and to volunteer for other tasks during the reunion.
Druffel said Pullman High School chose not to participate in the reunion Although Pullman High School Principal Joe Thornton said that was not entirely true.
“We are going to make the high school available,” he said, adding that he will try to get staff who are around for the summer to participate in the activities.
Thornton said the group was hoping the high school would provide a student band and organize a parade. But, he said, it’s difficult for school officials to get a group of students together during the summer.
Staff also are not on contract durning the summer, he said.
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