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Taft Class of 1976 40th Reunion

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2016 William Howard Taft Hall of Fame

Congratulations to the 2016 William Howard Taft Hall of Fame inductees!

The 2016 William Howard Taft Hall of Fame election ended on May 15th as 2,974 votes were cast by graduate alumni, retired teacher alumni and Taft High School employees. The initial objective was to induct the TOP 20 vote recipients in each of the two categories. As we experienced "ties" in some of the vote returns there are 24 graduate alumni and 22 retired teacher alumni who will be inducted into the William Howard Taft Hall of Fame on Sunday, September 18th at Cave La Cave located on Mannheim Road in Des Plaines, IL from NOON to 5PM. TICKETS are available NOW by clicking the "Purchase HOF Tickets" tab above.

Here are the voting results:

107 votes for Sam Ozaki
100 votes for Julio Tiritelli
80 votes for John Swider
78 votes for John Brow
75 votes for Donald Giannetti
69 votes for Irv Stein
66 votes for Beverly Conrad
63 votes for Wally Freedman
62 votes for Norman Bakall
62 votes for Dan Lyons
62 votes for Edith Strandberg
59 votes for Ed Mitchell
51 votes for Wally Lynch
49 votes for John Blacharski
49 votes for Jim Smilgoff
46 votes for Art Tarvardian
45 votes for Rita Hansen
40 votes for Carol Fink
39 votes for Robert Goldberg
37 votes for Joseph Giambrone
36 votes for Errol Pearlman
36 votes for Raffe Simonian

110 votes for Gregg Schumacher (1961)
105 votes for Donna Miller (1958)
80 votes for Steve Ek (1983)
79 votes for Gordon Lund (1959)
67 votes for Ken Kortas (1960)
59 votes for Stu Dunn (1960)
57 votes for Jack Dustin (1968)
51 votes for Rich Bolinder (1970)
48 votes for Joseph Bartel (1959)
47 votes for William Eckholm (1968)
45 votes for Mary Kay Haben (1973)
39 votes for Ronald Barth (1959)
38 votes for Phyllis Holmen (1966)
36 votes for Mike Costanzo (1970)
35 votes for Brian Arnspiger (1961)
34 votes for Gary Blohm (1960)
33 votes for Gordon Arnspiger (1957)
33 votes for Jack Lichtenberger (1963)
32 votes for Margie Kosinski LaCerra (1970)
31 votes for Tom Day (1958)
31 votes for Debbie Ewanic Allen (1970)
31 votes for Barbara Knudson Newlin (1959)
31 votes for Dean Krone (1970)
31 votes for Robert Zaun (1958)

Thank you for voting.
The Taft High School Foundation

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Taft Students in the "New" Black Box Theater

The Foundation is pleased to announce its most recent completed project at Taft High School.  The refurbishment of the so-called BLACK BOX THEATER is located in the "new" addition of Taft High School completed in 1975, over 40 years ago.  The wood floor had never been refinished and our team of specialists completed the work over the Christmas break in late December. 

Photos of the renovated Black Box Theater








The Foundation Board of Directors:

Rich Bolinder (1970 alumnus)
Carol Gerhardt Horschke (1944 alumna) Honorary Director
Penni Isaacson (1959 alumna)
Frank Klimala (1973 alumnus)
Dr. Sharon Manjack (Taft Special Education Teacher)
Dr. Art Tarvardian (Emeritus Principal of Taft High School)
Rick Winge (1970 alumnus)

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