Taft High School Foundation - Chicago, Illinois

Taft Class of 1976 40th Reunion

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Taft Students in the "New" Black Box Theater

Foundation Board Member and Class of 1962 alumnus, Dave Barth, directed the brand new Taft High School Foundation Alumni Mixed Chorus at the Taft High School Christmas Concert held on December 16th.  Over 35 Taft alumni performed songs for the 680 attendees in the audience as part of the Christmas concert featuring current Taft High School Students.  Future performances of the Foundation Mixed Chorus will be held at Taft High School in June, 2016.  If you are interested in joining the Foundation Alumni Mixed Chorus please send an email to us by using the CONTACT US tab at the top of this page.  Director, Dave Barth will promptly contact you with details about participating in the chorus.  Go Taft Alumni Chorus, Go!

Photos from The Taft Foundation Alumni Mixed Chorus




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.  The project took over 8 days as sanding, floor board repairs and three coats of finish were applied (as you can see below) to the "new" floor.  While many of you made donations to make this project happen, a special thank you goes to 1944 Taft alumnus Robert Forney and his wife, Marilyn Forney for their generous donation to fund the majority of this project.  Again, THANK YOU, Mr. and Mrs. Forney for your kindness and generous support.

Finally, if you have not yet voted in the 2016 William Howard Taft Hall of Fame NOMINATION vote please visit www.VoteTaft.org to do so.  All Taft alumni and Taft retired teachers are entitled to vote to nominate up to FIVE Taft Graduate Alumni and up to THREE Taft Retired Teacher Alumni.

Best wishes to you for a happy and prosperous 2016.

Very truly yours,
The Board of Directors
Taft High School Foundation

Photos of the renovated Black Box Theater









The Foundation Board of Directors:

Susan Miller Aldrich (1961 alumna)
Dave Barth (1962 alumnus)
Anita Bernacchi (Past President of the Taft PTSA, Board Member of the Taft Local School Council and Taft Parent)
Rich Bolinder (1970 alumnus)
Carol Gerhardt Horschke (1944 alumna) Honorary Director
Penni Isaacson (1959 alumna)
Dr. Sharon Manjack (Taft Special Education Teacher)
Ted Pirpiris (Local School Council Emeritus Chairman)
Dr. Art Tarvardian (Emeritus Principal of Taft High School)
Rick Winge (1970 alumnus)

Note: This is the foundation website for William Howard Taft High School located in Chicago, Illinois