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News
Archived News

Arcola Community Economic Development (ACED) Logo

ACED is looking for talented individuals willing to create and submit a logo, that will be voted upon, to be used as the new “ Marketing Brand” for the group. Deadline for submissions is Monday, October 15, 2018.

For full Style and Concept Guidelines, please contact Tom Mulligan via email or view the website.

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.

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.

Assistance Needed

Help is needed in identifying students in the 1909 freshman class.

Events
Archived Events

2018 Distinguished Alumni Banquet

The sixth annual Distinguished Alumni banquet will be held Saturday, October 6, 2018 at the Kaskaskia Country Club. The reception begins at 5:00 PM, followed by a buffet dinner at 6:00 PM. Recognition of the honorees will begin at approximately 7:00 PM.

The honored Arcola High School alumni and their year of graduation are:

Lt. Col. Edmund P. Smart, deceased (1952)
John Douglas “Doug” Mullikin (1958)
Charles “Skip” Lee (1968)
Steven Earl Bumpus, deceased (1978)
John VanGundy “Van” King (1979)

All family and friends of the honored guests, as well as AHS alumni and others, are invited to attend the banquet. You need not be an Arcola High School graduate to attend this special event. Reservations for the banquet are being accepted. For additional information, contact Kendall Moore - (217) 268-4034 or (217) 246-4515 - or Judy Thomas - email or (217) 259-3493.

Again this year, banquet sponsors will be prominently recognized. Distinguished Alumni banquet sponsors support projects in the Arcola schools with their tax-deductible donations. Banquet sponsors will be listed in the Distinguished Alumni Banquet program booklets, banquet PowerPoint presentation, on the Arcola Alumni Association website at www.arcolaalumni.org and in the Arcola Record-Herald. Sponsor forms and donations must be received by Saturday, September 22, 2018, in order to be included in all above listings. Your donation, in the amount of $100.00 or more (payable to Arcola Foundation), is tax-deductible and will be used for projects in Arcola schools. Arcola Alumni Association has recently ordered additional trophy cases - funded in part by banquet sponsors - to display many athletic, scholastic, band and chorus awards. Each contributor may have his/her name or business listed. Alumni may include maiden name and year of AHS graduation with their listing. Contact Larry Bushu - email or (217) 268-3740 - for additional information.

AHS Class of '78 Reunion

The class of 1978 is planning on getting together for a 40th reunion on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Shae's Pub & Grub. This will be an informal gathering with a happy hour and appetizers starting at 6:00 PM. There will also be several tables reserved so folks can order what they'd like for dinner around 7:00.

Please let John Fishel know via email if you think you can make it.

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Last Revision September 24, 2018