ARCOLA ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
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News
Archived News

High School Building Centennial

Arcola High School opened its doors in September 1917. Construction History, compiled by Sue Stout.

Oldest Living Alumni

The Arcola Alumni Association will honor Arcola High School’s oldest living graduates in the coming months. To recommend an Arcola High School alumnus for recognition, complete the form.

Alma Grace Swick Harshbarger, a 1931 AHS alumna, is the March 2015 honoree.

Thomas B. Blagg, a 1938 AHS alumnus, is the April 2015 honoree.

LaVonne Smith, a 1935 AHS alumna, is the July 2015 honoree.

Ruth & Bob Holaday, 1942 and 1943 AHS alumni respectively, are the February 2016 honorees.

Rodie Van Gundy King, 1943 AHS alumna is the March 2016 honoree.

Bob Van Cleave, 1941 AHS alumnus is the December 2016 honoree.

Lowell Garrett, 1944 AHS Alumnus is the March 2017 honoree.

Frances Sisk Thompson, 1944 AHS Alumnus is the February 2018 honoree.

Joe Hopkins, 1941 AHS Alumnus is the June 2018 honoree.

Harold Butler, 1945 AHS Alumnus is the July 2019 honoree.

Wanda Roberts Dilliner, 1944 AHS Alumna is the November 2019 honoree.

Veterans

The Arcola Alumni Association has initiated its Veterans Recognition project. To be included, a person must meet the following criteria:

  • Attended and/or graduated from Arcola High School
  • Served in any branch of the U.S. Military
  • Currently serving or received an honorable discharge

Click for additional information about the Veterans' Recognition project. Complete and return the form to recommend a veteran for recognition.

Recent Class Reunions

We've added pages containing pictures and information from recent class reunions.
If your class had a reunion since 2005, we'll publish group pictures and information.
Forward the information via E-mail.

ALERT! ALERT! ALERT!

We have recently been made aware of E-Mail solicitations to Arcola alumni for memberships, merchandise, etc.   The solicitation includes a link to the www.alumniclass.com website - which is NOT the Arcola Alumni Association's website.

AT THIS TIME, THE ARCOLA ALUMNI ASSOCIATION DOES NOT OFFER LIFETIME MEMBERSHIPS NOR ARCOLA HIGH SCHOOL MERCHANDISE.

OFFICIAL ARCOLA HIGH SCHOOL MERCHANDISE IS ONLY AVAILABLE FROM VYVERBERGS, FROM VARIOUS ARCOLA HIGH SCHOOL ORGANIZATIONS, OR AFFILIATED BOOSTER GROUPS.

DO NOT subscribe/purchase merchandise via the www.alumniclass.com website with the intention of joining the Arcola Alumni Association or supporting local businesses/organizations.

Events
Archived Events

Class of 1955 Reunion

The Arcola High School Class of 1955 will celebrate their 66th reunion on July 10, 2021 at Shae's Pub in Arcola beginning at 4:30 PM. All AHS graduates are invited to join the Class of 1955.

2020 Arcola Distinguished Alumni Honorees

The Arcola Alumni Association proudly announces the seventh class of Distinguished Alumni. The honored Arcola High School alumni and their year of graduation are:

William Robert "Bob" Fortney, deceased (AHS 1944)
Virginia L. Fortney (AHS 1952)
John V. "Jack" Fishel (AHS 1956)
John G. "Corky" Clark (AHS 1962)
Dennis R. "Denny" Thompson (AHS 1968)

Due to the current COVID-19 concerns, the alumni association is unable to responsibly move forward with plans for a banquet to honor these Distinguished Alumni in 2020. We anticipate honoring the 2020 and 2021 Distinguished Alumni in 2021.

Questions/Comments to arcolaalumni@yahoo.com
Last Revision May 6, 2021