Upper Arlington High School graduates, former teachers and administrators and the rest of the community will have a chance to see familiar faces and see plans for the district's future at the third annual Alumni Day on July 1.
As many UA residents, past and present, are gearing up for the community's annual July 4 celebration, the Upper Arlington Alumni Association is seeking to bring people together and recognize standout UAHS students and staff through Alumni Day, an open house from 1-4:30 p.m. at UAHS, 1650 Ridgeview Road.
"Alumni are there to see the people they graduated with and they want to see teachers and administrators they had be honored," UAAA President Ron Johnson said. "I think the term 'homecoming' is a good term to apply to it.
"With all the Fourth of July being the time classes are returning, it's a good time to have it."
Alumni and community members are invited to tour the high school on Alumni Day. Current UAHS students will be on hand for those who would like a guided walk-through.
UAAA board members will be there to meet, greet and help returning alumni and other guests, and to provide information about association memberships.
As tours go on throughout the afternoon, the UAAA also will hold awards ceremonies at 2:30 p.m. for Outstanding Alumnus and Distinguished Alumnus, and there will be at least one induction into the Educator Hall of Fame.
"The Outstanding Alumnus award recognizes an alum or group of alumni who has generously dedicated his or her time to the service of the Upper Arlington Alumni Association and its mission," said Alice Finley, a UAAA board member and Upper Arlington Education Foundation executive director. "This service can include volunteer time dedicated to the schools or the community.
"A Distinguished Alumnus is an alum or group of alumni who is honored for his or her personal educational or career achievement."
Finley said the Educator Hall of Fame was established in 2007 by former UAHS Principal and current Upper Arlington City Council President and Mayor Kip Greenhill to honor "the best of the best" Upper Arlington High School teachers.
"The award is expanding to include teachers and administrators of all grade levels, preschool through grade 12," Finley said. "To be eligible for the Educator Hall of Fame, nominees must have been a full-time educator in the Upper Arlington Schools for at least seven years, must have been retired from the school district for at least five years and must have achievements in education that have distinguished them from contemporaries."
This year's award winners and inductees will be announced before Alumni Day. More information about the honorees will be available at BearAlums.com.
In addition to the traditions of Alumni Day, UAAA representatives noted this is a good time for people to get back to UAHS.
The district currently has plans in place to reconstruct the high school and rebuild or renovate the district's five elementary buildings.
Finley noted that 2018 will be the last fall for the current Marv Moorehead Stadium, and a new high school is expected open in 2021 and be completed by fall 2022.
"School district personnel will be interviewing alumni to gather their memories of experiences in the stadium and the high school," Finley said.
"This will be one of the last three years for alumni to come back to see the existing high school," Johnson said. "It's also an opportunity to casually visit it, and the district will have schematics and information available about the new high school" and five elementary schools.
"I think, for a lot of people, that's going to be important to see where we're going," Johnson added.
Other open house events include:
* The Bear Essentials Store will be open.
* Music will be provided by the class of '69 and '71 rock band The Girlfriends and the UAHS Marching Band.
* School district memorabilia will be on display.
* Donatos and Schmidts will have food available for purchase.
More information about the open house is available at BearAlums.com.