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2ND ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER

May 15, 2015 by JusTina Fowlkes (Register to contact)

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Reunion Date: FRIDAY, JULY 31, 2015

2ND ANNUAL ALL PONTIAC HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER
FRIDAY, JULY 31, 2015
LAFAYETTE GRAND (DOWNTOWN PONTIAC)
$35 PER PERSON

THIS IS FOR ALL ALUMNI OF PONTIAC SCHOOLS....THIS IS A SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER FOR PONTIAC SCHOOLS. THE COMMITTEE FORMED BY ALUMNI FROM PONTAC CENTRAL, PONTIAC NORTHERN AND PONTIAC CATHOLIC. PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD

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THERE WILL ALSO BE A CENTRAL VS NORTHERN BOWLING FUNDRAISER ON FRIDAY MAY 22 AT 7PM. JOIN US AT AIRWAY LANES (M59 & CRESCENT LK RD). COST $15 INCLUDES 3 GAMES AND SHOES.

Saving PCHS name

October 30, 2014 by Theodore Sevigny (Register to contact)

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Dear PCHS Alumni,

Below is a letter I sent to the Mayor of Pontiac and the President of the Pontiac Board of Education. I know it's lengthy but after our Class of 64 reunion and visiting the city I felt like I needed to express my concern. As I said in the letter I don't have any emotional attachment to the present building but I sure have a lot of emotional attachment to the name. So, I'm hoping that you share the same feeling and would like to register your opinion by modifying this note to match your background and experience and send it also to the mayor and the school board. The president of the school board is Ms. Karen Cain. Her email is *****@pontiac.k12.mi.us. Feel free to pass this on to other PCHS alumni.

All the Best

Ted



-----Original Message-----
From: ted7e <*****@aol.com>
To: dwaterman <*****@pontiac.mi.us>
Sent: Wed, Oct 22, 2014 5:29 pm
Subject: PCHS Building


Dear Mayor Waterman,

I was born and raised in Pontiac and I'm a 1964 graduate of Pontiac
Central High School. This past August I returned to my home town to
celebrate our 50th anniversary reunion of PCHS. It was wonderful
seeing so many classmates and former teachers. Truly it brought back
so many wonderful memories of that time.

During my visit to Pontiac I spent a day driving around the city. It
brought tears to my eyes to see how much it has changed...for the
worse. Pontiac Motor, GM Truck and Coach (where I worked for a number
of years) gone. Pontiac Mall closed. The elementary and junior high I
attended (Webster and Washington) closed. Of course you are more than
aware of the situation.

The other evening while cruising on-line I came across a WXYZ News
Report of Jul 2013 that discussed vandals breaking into the closed
PCHS. That upset me greatly. While I don't have any particular
emotional tie to the present building I do have a huge emotional
connection to PCHS. The report said the school district would take
corrective measures. Yet, this past August I noted unprotected broken
windows on the second floor. The broken glass windows now allow, rain,
snow, to enter the building and just add to the increasing decline and
decay of the building.

I'm sure the WXYZ report created a firestorm of protest from citizens
and alumni over the condition of the once flagship school of the city.
I would hope that someone was fired for the way the school and it's
contents were left abandoned and unprotected. Yet, I fear there has
been little improvement after seeing the building in August. I would
hope that the building would be emptied of all files, equipment, and
trophies and truly reviewed, organized, and secured. To me that means
that all doors are welded shut, windows on the ground floor a covered
in metal and welded closed. Windows on the second floor should be
covered and secured by either metal or strong plywood.. The only
entrance to be used by maintenance should be the main doors facing
Huron St. I know this is a School District responsibility but I would
like to think it's important enough for city government to be involved
also.

In regards to the other closed schools I would hope that the School District
Facilities administrator or his deputy or city employees would inspect each building on a weekly basis.. The city is not that large and for a weekly drive-by and walk around is not that demanding and discrepancies could be
quickly identified and corrected.

The Board of Education and their administrators as well as all city
officials are entrusted by the taxpayers of Pontiac to protect and be accountable for ALL PROPERTY,
past and present. Any failure to do so is inexcusable. The situation
at PCHS is more than that it is downright outrageous! One would hope
that the Board of Education as well as City Hall would realize that the
closed and abandoned PCHS is a symbol of Pontiac. Unfortunately, it is
now as much a symbol of Pontiac as the closed decaying Michigan Central Railroad Station in Detroit is for that city. PCHS sits on the main route from the west into Pontiac. Do you really want that decaying building to be a symbol of a once great city? I don't think so.

Obviously, the city doesn't have the money to tear it down and it will
never be repaired to be used again. So, I have a simple solution which
will lesson the emotional pain that PCHS graduates feel and passerby's
see as a symbol of a once proud school. In the US Navy once a ship has
been decommissioned and either sent into mothballs or scrapping they
physically remove the name of the ship. The ship just becomes a item
devoid of identity or history. It just becomes a hulk. But it's name
continues to live in history.

I would strongly urge the Board of Education, with pressure and urging
from your office, to remove any and all signage that identifies 300 W.
Huron St as PCHS. With the removal of that proud name that meant so
much to so many for 50 years the building then becomes a hulk and not
a constant reminder of the loss of a great institution and its many
memories and traditions. After all what is the purpose of leaving the
name and logo on the building? I would also say this should be done to
all the other closed schools in the district. Take down the
identifying signs and marquee's and just completely board up and really
secure the buildings. The cost of such an effort should not be over
powering. It would give the citizens a feeling of pride that the names
of the schools have gone into the history books not left to decay at
the side of the road.

Sincerely,

Theodore Sevigny (PCHS Class of 1964)
CDR, USNR (Retired)

8609 Jutland Pony Ct
Gainesville, Virginia, 20155

Official Transcript

August 31, 2011 by Crystal Hawkins (Register to contact)

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Could someone send me information on getting my official transcript class of 1976? Urgent!!!!! *****@att.net

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