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Memorial Service for James J. Stamm

Dear Taft High School graduate alumni, retired teacher alumni, faculty and friends:

On Sunday, October 23rd from 1:00pm to 2:00pm there will be a Memorial Service for James J. Stamm in the auditorium of Taft High School. All of you are welcome to attend. The service will include words from Mr. Stamm's family, his close friends and others. Mr. Stamm's video presentation made to friends and family in 2013 will also be shown at that time. The Taft High School Mixed Chorus will sing the TAFT ALMA MATER song written by Mr. Stamm.

Please join us for this heartfelt celebration of one of Taft High School's many wonderful teachers.

Thank you.


In memoriam: Mrs. June Weinstein

Mrs. June Weinstein passed away on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. She was 92 years old and is survived by her three children Stuart, Jim and Susan. The family has graciously requested any donations be made to this organization as June was the strongest advocate and most dynamic leader of the Taft High School PTA during the 1960's and 1970's. Her tireless efforts working with the Chicago Public School system and the City of Chicago politicians literally built the "new" addition to Taft High School in 1976 providing new classrooms, offices and music assembly halls for the students at a time when the high school was overcrowded with thousands of students eager to learn and excel at Taft High School. Mrs. June Weinstein was an inspiration to women and men everywhere as she forged her business plan to help Taft meet the needs of the growing Northwest side demand for quality public education.

June was inducted into the William Howard Taft Hall of Fame in September of 2016 for her courage, leadership, inspiration and vision that over the past four decades made Taft able to educate thousands more children and to this day she has not been forgotten for her achievements. She never will be forgotten at Taft High School. She was Taft High School's staunchest parent advocate and most beloved leader of the Taft PTA. She will be remembered as long as William Howard Taft High School remains the vibrant Chicago public high school that it is today. Which it will be forever.

On behalf of the 40,000 Taft alumni, the 3,300 current Taft students, the 260 Taft teachers and staff members, we extend our heartfelt sympathy to her family and offer our thanks to a dynamic, inspiring woman for the generosity and the commitment she made to William Howard Taft High School. Thank you, Mrs. Weinstein. Thank you very much. We miss you.

Richard A. Winge
Taft High School Foundation

Mark Grishaber
William Howard Taft High School

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







Taft Students in the "New" Black Box Theater




The Foundation Board of Directors:

Denine Hermesdorf-Anderson (1988 alumna)
Lynn Halicki Arnold (1970 alumna)
Rich Bolinder (1970 alumnus)
Art Ellingsen (1968 alumnus)
Michelle Falco (2006 alumna)
Carol Gerhardt Horschke (1944 alumna) Honorary Director
Penni Eichen Isaacson (1959 alumna)
Dr. Art Tarvardian (Emeritus Principal of Taft High School)
Rick Winge (1970 alumnus)

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