People often inquire about PBAA activities and what we do with the money that we make selling our merchandise. The answer is that we support PBAA, help the school, plus other worthwhile causes. There are no salaried workers. We are all volunteers. We have to rent the school each year for North on the Fourth. After researching we have come up with the following timeline of PBAA activities. There are most likely things that we have forgotten to include.
First all class reunion on July 4. PBAA founded by Wally Palmer, Don
Holliday, Don Smith, Doug Ford, Bob Reid & Dale Hunt. Don Holliday
’56 became 1st president. One page newsletter sent out.
School gave us storage closet on 2nd floor and a small display case
in front hall.Feed a Polar Bear adoption at Columbus Zoo
First members inducted into Polar Bear Hall of Fame (Mike Hagely &
Earl Hickman), Wally Palmer ’56 became 2nd president. Newsletter
named The Polar Bear ROARS Stadium renovation begins.
Helped with fund raising for computers & decorated Alumni Literacy
Enhancement Center at North Education Center (NEC). ROARS expanded
to 10 pages & Dwight Weed ‘31 becomes editor. Our meetings
move from cafeteria to room 122. Columbus Zoo polar bears sent to
Restored flagpole on football field. Donated screens for NEC nursing
school. Restored silver tea set. Bishop Watterson leased football
stadium. Received memorabilia from Columbus Public Schools. Leeann
Faust ‘58 becomes editor of ROARS & it expands to 12 pages.
Presented Alumni Awards to graduating seniors of North Education Center
High School (NECHS).
Funded sound barrier wall for library. Began decorating display window
on 3rd floor (Placed mannequins in North High outfits on display).
Purchased concrete Polar Bear for auditorium. Restored “I Hear
America Singing” mural.
North High Alumni Choir founded by Linda Mathers ’58 with assistance
of leeann Faust ’58 and Kathy Davey Woodrow “58 as director.
Restoration of C.D. Everett bold relief bust plaque. Purchased air
conditioners for room 122. Participated in Clintonville Sesquicentennial.
Began printing the Darnbrough North High History.
1997 - '00
Alumni raise $100,000 for Polar Bear Sculpture Fund for Columbus Zoo
(with ONHC & NHWAA).
Made improvements to auditorium sound system. Web page launched.
Sign in front of school – chose design and raised funds. Leeann
Faust ’58 becomes our representation on North Education Center
Advisory Board. 1st participation in Clintonville Arts Festival. Old
North Hi Club donated memorabilia collection to us. Dick Wilson ’59
becomes 3rd president. Sock Hop held in gym.
We have broken panel in girls restroom door on first floor replaced.
Purchased a computer. Leeann Faust ’58 becomes Alumni Choir
manager. Memorial plaque in front hall (For $25 name of deceased alumni
can be added). Faculty luncheons resumed. Moved from storage closet
on 2nd floor to storage room off stage. Purchased tent. Polar Bear
sculpture at zoo dedicated on July 2.Second Sock Hop held in gym
2000 - '01
Sponsored building being placed on list of Columbus Historic Properties
Purchased Columbus Historic Properties plaque plus one for the National
Registry of Historic Places (Plaques dedicated on July 4). Memory
Book collection completed. Corner stone uncovered.
Cleaned trophies in front hall case. Had piano in music room repaired.
Donation to Thomas Benson Leavitt Scholarship Fund. Hagely Field Foundation
founded. First North High Night at Hagely Field. Food gift certificates
(Tim Hortons) given to NECHS honor roll students. Became members of
Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce.
We had stone trim at bottom of outside back door replaced. First participation
in the Clintonville Vintage Car Cruise. Sponsored Christmas Concert
at North – Choir (called the North Community Choir and family
invited to sing for this occasion) joined Clintonville Community Band
- for benefit of Clintonville/Beechwold Community Resource Center.
Donation to Thomas Benson Leavitt Scholarship Fund made. Second participation
in Cruise-the-Ville. Sponsored second annual Christmas Concert at
North – Choir joined Clintonville Community Band - for benefit
of Clintonville/Beechwold Community Resource Center.
Made donation to assist North Education Center Students on field trip
to Underground Railroad Museum in Cincinnati. Made donation to Thomas
Benson Leavitt Scholarship Fund. Free computer workshops offered to
North alumni. Third participation in Cruise-the-Ville.
North becomes a “Swing School” for other Columbus High
Schools undergoing renovation. All programs of North Education Center
relocated. The building receives many needed improvements at the expense
of Columbus Public Schools (porch repaired, elevator updated, gym
steps replaced, new floor in gym, new brick sidewalk). We participate
in Cruise-the-Ville once again. August - East moves into building.
We give East on Arcadia a banner to hang in the gym
Donate $500 to East on Arcadia’s new drama group. Donate to
Army Reserves Lima Company. Purchase a new computer. Donate $5,000
to Columbus Zoo toward the 2010 move of the Polar Bear Sculpture to
new Polar Frontier. Summer meetings held at Cord Camera.
Summer meetings held at Virginia Russell’s condo party room.
Jim McDonald becomes director of Alumni Choir. Donated to Dennis Lewis
Scholarship Fund. We attend groundbreaking of Polar Frontier at Columbus
Zoo. East moves out of North in December (Yea). Building closed Boo).
Virtual High School occupied three rooms of building. Meetings held
at Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce from January through August.
PBAA inducted into White Castle Crave Hall of Fame. Renovations made
to building - 18 rooms re-carpeted or floors restored , 80% of walls
painted, library floor replaced & new carpet installed, new ceiling
in gym, stage refinished, window air conditioners replaced, auditorium
doors put in storage and replaced. August Linden McKinley STEM moves
in to building. Donated extra copies of memory Books to Clintonville
Historical Society. Donation made Operation Buckeye and PBAA members
become volunteers and supporters.
We are VIP’s at opening of Columbus Zoo’s Polar Frontier
on 5-6. Don Holliday ‘56 retires as membership chairman replaced
by Sue McCutcheon Dickson ’78. Summer meetings held at Clintonville
Area Chamber of Commerce. Support of Operation Buckeye continues.
We are given a party at on December23 at White Castle #4 (Arcadia
& High) before it closes forever on December 24 2010
New WEB site, northhighpolarbears.org launched – John Botkin
’74 webmaster. Summer meetings held at Clinton Heights Lutheran
Church. Elaine Siens Botkin ‘74 becomes membership chairman.
Hagely Field gets new score board. $1,000 donation made to Operation
Buckeye and Columbus Zoo. Linden McKinley STEM moves out of North.
Meetings held at Clinton Heights Lutheran Church from January through
August while school is closed. Bought new computer. North becomes
Columbus International High School at Historic North High School (Ameer
Kim ElMallowany principal) in August. Room 125 becomes Memorabilia
Office &memorabilia storage. We are asked to put a history of
North High School display in the art gallery on the 3rd floor. Sports
pictures returned to frames in front hall. We participate in International’s
1st Annual Community Day (12-1-13)
1st Annual Alumni Appreciation Basketball Game (1-25-13) vs East.
All meetings & choir rehearsals now held at North. Room 122 becomes
Alumni Reception Center. School name changed to Columbus North International
We move Office Memorabilia Storage Room from 125 to 122. Mailing address
changes to 718 Fairlawn Dr, 43214. First regular graduation since
1979. Beginning of PBAA Alumni Speakers Series on Sept. 5 with Bonnie
Mar Hammersly of Defense Dept. We once again take part in Community
Day at the school.(9-20-14). Principal Ameer Kim El-Mallowany moves
to LA. Our new principal is Kenny Lee. Donation of $1,000 made to
CNIS to assist in programs. We sponsor the Polar Bear 5k Run/Walk
on Nov. 9 to benefit Honor Flight (sends veterans to Wash. D.C. to
see monuments). Legacy added too name of Speakers Series & Don
Voss speaks to juniors & seniors. We buy new polar bear costume.
Legacy Speakers Series continues in May with Mary Haley Leavitt ’54
speaking to seniors & is invited back. Took part in Community
Day at CNIS. Pictures of our principal’s and plaques hung in
122 & Vietnam plaque hung in front hall. Purchase 2 American flags
for school. Section of Barbra Guy’s 1948 which once hung in
the music room, restored by Stella Hickman. Polar Frontier at Columbus
Zoo has 1st surviving baby polar bear which is named Nora.
Yearbooks we lent to to Columbus Public Library to scan are put on
their WEB site. We receive commendation from the Senate of the State
of Ohio. Our support of Operation Buckeye continues. We share 122
with a classroom. Two sets of twin polar bears born at Columbus Zoo
after Nora is moved to Oregon Zoo and 3 babies survive.