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Updated 5-20-2020

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Use the "Contact Update" link on the left to reach a form which can be printed out, filled in and mailed to the P.B.A.A. Database manager.  Keep your information up-to-date so that classmates, reunion committiees, and P.B.A.A. mailings can find you..

Thank you, ”Polar Bear Nation”

As a new chapter is about to begin for our beloved North High building, we too here in PBAA had to prepare for the transition. We were informed that all of our memorabilia, merchandise, etc. that was stored in the building would need to be removed prior to the work beginning. This was obviously not going to be an easy task. Much has been accumulated over the years. On a few, cold early winter days in December, “Polar Bear Nation” came together to help us with the sorting, packing and moving of all of our items. It is now all safely stored away until such time that we are able to return it to the building and resume our proud heritage. We would like to thank everyone who helped in any way but special thanks go to Mike Lephart, Elaine Botkin, Laura Zimmerman, Keith Sheumaker, Roger Hamilton, Roger Hott, John Hoker, and Pam & John Sanders who handled all of the preparations and arrangements for this major task.

Bear In Mind

ANNUAL FACULTY LUNCHEON - Due to the COVID 19 virus pandemic and the uncertainty of having a venue the annual North High faculty meeting is canceled for June 2020. Plan on June 17, 2021.

ARE YOU MOVING? - Don’t forget to let us know your new address if you move. With every issue we mail, a few ROARS are returned because the Polar Bear has moved to a new den and didn’t let us know. The Post office only forwards them for a limited time. Email us at: with your new address or call at 614-263-3471.

PBAA MEETINGS – Our next meeting is scheduled for May 13, 2020. We meet on the second Wednesday of every month at 7:00 PM. Our monthly meetings are held at Clinton Heights Lutheran Church, 15 Clinton Heights Ave. (across the street from Clinton Elementary). Everyone is welcome. Come and join us.

PBAA MEMBERSHIPS – It’s never too late to get a new or renew your membership in PBAA. It is especially important this year to send in and renew your membership since there is NO North On The Fourth. We will be doing some updating on the mailing list for the ROARS so, if you haven’t renewed in a couple of years, you want to make sure your dues are paid to keep receiving it. Simply fill out the form and return it to us. If you are a Lifetime Member and have never received a certificate, please notify us so that we can verify it and send one to you.

MEMORABILIA DONATED – Thank you to everyone who graciously donated any kind of memorabilia to PBAA.

POLAR BEAR MERCHANDISE – Another casualty of the renovation process going on at North is the sale of our PBAA Merchandise. Along with everything else we had in the building, ALL of our merchandise had to go into storage and is not readily available to access. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to resume sales later in the year. Contact Jackie Wilson at 740-967-8367 for more information.

YEARBOOKS AVAILABLE – PBAA does have a collection of extra yearbooks that are available. At the present time, we have at least one from most years except for 1964, 1965, 1970, 1971 & 1974. As in the past, if you are interested in obtaining a certain yearbook, we do ask for a donation of $20 (additional $5 if shipped). You can submit your request by emailing us at, call Elaine Botkin ’74 at 614-263-3471 or mail to PBAA, 718 Fairlawn Dr., Columbus, Ohio 43214. If we are unable to fill your request, we will add you to our waiting list. If you were previously on our waiting list, please contact us to confirm your information as well. We need to make everything current.

SPECIAL EVENTS – If you are planning any kind of a Special Polar Bear gathering and would like to get the word out, please send us the information to: and we will be glad to include it in future issues of the ROARS. Next deadline is July 25, 2020.

THANK YOU – I would like to thank everyone who has at anytime submitted a story for us to print here in the ROARS. This issue has a few first-time contributors and your willingness to share a story with us is greatly appreciated, as all have been over time. This is what I had hoped for when I took over as Editor. This is for ALL of us.

DO YOU HAVE A STORY? – If you have an idea for a story for us to print in the ROARS, please write it and send it to us to share with everyone. We are always looking for input and would love to hear from you. Please email all stories to us at or snail mail to PB ROARS, 718 Fairlawn Dr., Columbus, Ohio 43214. Deadline for submission for the August issue is July 25, 2020.