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February - 2018


2nd Pirate Picnic - June 2

34th Annual Golf Outing - July 7

35th Annual Bean Dinner - Oct. 13


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Beans and fun!


Pirates and their family and friends gathered at the Mental Memorial Golf Course in Galloway Oct. 14 for the 34th Annual Alumni Bean Dinner.     Representing classes from the 1940s through the 1970s, some 115 Pirates and their guests were in attendance. Dick Driscoll, ‘52, CHSAA director of special events, served as emcee, with plenty of good jokes

    Entertainment was provided by a female singer called Bernie, who sang a good variety of golden oldies. In addition to everyone devouring lots of yummy beans, hot dogs, coneys, cookies and cakes, there were many happy door-prize winners.

   “It was a delightful afternoon, with a highlight being our salute to our military,” Driscoll said. “This October invite your classmates, and family and friends to be part of the fun at this year’s Bean Dinner. Let’s increase our attendance. The more the merrier for good food and good conversation.”

Historial Programs

The Columbus Historical Society has two historical programs on tap this winter and early spring.


    On April 24, Ancient American Indian Mounds of Central Ohio will be explored by Brad Lepper, curator of archeology for the Ohio History Connection. Participants will gather at the Shrum-Mound-Campbell Memorial Park, where Lepper will talk about Shrum Mound, along with the massive mound that stood  where Mound and Central streets now intersect and other ancient area Indian earthworks. Both events are free, but registration’s required. For more information, contact the Columbus Historical Society, 614-224-0822; www.columbushistory.org.



March 21, Steve Spicer will delve into Canal Boats and the People Who Operated Them; and on April 18, a field trip will visit the Columbus Collegiate Academy-Dana at the renovated Dana Elementary Building.

For more information, contact Josh Edwards, 614-234-4355;  josh.edwards@mchs.com.


COSI needs you

Eight hours a month is all it takes to join your fellow Pirates as a COSI volunteer.          

    All sorts of volunteer opportunities are available, and you either can sit or stand while you work. Roll up your sleeves and help out in areas like Little KidSpace, Experience and Guest Operations.

    For more information or to become a volunteer, contact Terri Gregoroff, manager of volunteer and community resources (tgregoroff@cosi.org; 614-228-2674 ex 2552).

Central—one of a kind!

Central High School was a high school unique in many ways. Of course, we Pirates, we River Rats, already knew that, didn’t we!

     For example, Central was one of the country’s first high schools to have a vocational school within its walls. Welding, printing and hospitality (restaurant and cooking) were just a few of the courses offered. Starting in the 11th grade, a student could spend half days for two years taking his or hers chosen course, hoping at graduation to land a job with their newfound skills. One of my friends worked for years in the printing trade because of his Central studies.

     At one point, a special trade school was built at the back of Central for boys who had trouble adjusting to regular school curriculum. This was a separate school of sorts, and the boys weren’t really part of Central.

     In the ‘50s and ‘60s, Central had a night school program for additional studies or to take a course one had missed or failed. To my knowledge, Central was the only area school to have an evening school.

     Our alma mater also was rather unique in its design, boasting wide horizontal halls on the first and second floors, with the third floor being much smaller. All floors, except for the third floor, consisted of a large hall with opposing “wings” on either end, where the majority of the classrooms were. Classes were held in the basement and on the first and second floors, then, later, on the smaller third floor. Not sure why the third floor was smaller

     Does anyone know why?

          Pat Hatfield Peacock, ‘58, ppeacock@columbus.rr.com


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Our Alma Mater

words by Mary E. Taylor  
music by Annie Lisle

There's a school we'll cherish ever,
By the river side. 
In our hearts she'll reign forever,
Be our fondest pride; 
Many lessons she has taught us -
Honor, faith and truth; 
Many joys she too has brought us;
Glorified our youth.

Central's name we'll keep unsullied
In our work and play; 
Ever mindful of her honor,
Serve her every way. 

Sons and daughters, sound her praises, Sound them far and nigh, 
Sing our love for dear old Central, dear old Central High

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The Central High School Alumni Association
P.O. Box 842
Hilliard, OH  4

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