120 West Lee St., Louisville, KY 40208
Alumni Association Director: Mike McDaniel, Class of 1964
Office Staff: Jerry Church, Class of 1953
Webmaster: Virginia McCreary Taylor, Class of 1963
Our primary function is to keep in touch with our graduates and help them keep in touch with each other, especially in major projects such as organizing class reunions. Many people have enjoyed participating in our email listing, which provides a quick and always-accessible means of locating classmates. Please take a moment to verify that we have your correct listing, if you wish it published. If you don't see it, or if it is out of date, please take a moment to let us know. If your mailing address changes, please advise us by phone, mail or email. Note that we have had to take down the "Information" form because of its irresistible attraction to foreign spammers. When submitting information updates, please always provide your graduation year and name at graduation.
The Alumni Academic Endowment is administered by the Community Foundation of Louisville. The principal of this fund stands at $125,000, most of which was contributed by John Doll '25-1/2. In seven years the fund has produced over $50,000 to support the Manual academic teams. From January 2000 to July 2001 the Association's contribution was $2,650.
The L. J. "Butch" Charmoli Scholarship, a $1,000 scholarship, is given each year to two senior scholar-athletes who exhibit the qualities of service, character, scholarship and athletic leadership. It was started many years ago by several members of the Class of '49. That class and other Brook & Oak Alumni have contributed over 80% of the funds for this scholarship. Funds are administered by the Community Foundation of Louisville. The principal now stands at $60,000. Contributions from January 2000 to July 2001 were $15,500.
The Athletic Fund was established six years ago to help the athletics department fund the 19 (now 20) different sports at Manual. The Association buys ads in programs and, working with the athletics director, has helped with special projects. Since its inception members of the Association have given over $20,000 to support Crimson athletics. In the past 18 months, however, donations to this fund have been less than $1,000. This is unfortunate ... please help us support our teams!
The Bob Griffith Marching Band Fund has, in the last five years, awarded over $10,000 to provide uniforms, music and travel expenses for the award-winning Crimson Sound. Named for the Hall of Fame Band Director Bob Griffith, who put "Marching Manual" on the map, contributions from January 2000 to July 2001 were $2,300.
The Arntson-Baer Stadium Fund is the newest. Established in 2000 to help refurbish Manual Stadium, it had received $1,300 as of July 2001. Since the last issue of the newsletter, an agreement of sorts has been reached to renovate Manual Stadium in stages over the next five years. The Jefferson County Public Schools, the Alumni Asociation, Manual High School and City and County governments will all cooperate in restoring our historic stadium to the showplace that it once was. Phase I of this project was begun this past summer: The grandstands on the visitors' side were sandblasted and repainted. Next the home stands will be painted and work will begin on upgrading the stadium lighting. We must raise $17,000 as our part of Phase I. We need your help!
The George Mueller Leadership Award is privately funded and is presented to leaders of each year's Senior Class. This year $500 awards were presented to Emily Hanauer, Kelley Connolly, Andraea LaVant, Benjamin Powell, Christopher Childs and Taylor Guthrie.
The Wall of Honor. In 1993 Jim Hudson, '60 and Lou Vassie, '54 had a vision of a place within Manual that would commemorate the generosity of alumni and friends who wished to donate to the Alumni Association and its many programs. One section of Alumni Hall (First Floor, Center Hall) is now adorned with plaques that represent hundreds of donors of tens of thousands of dollars. Families, friends and classes have also used the Wall of Honor as a way to remember classmates and loved ones or to make a statement of their support for "dear old Manual." Thousands of people every year take time to view the attractive plaques and comment on the generosity they represent. Phase I of the Wall of Honor is now complete, and we are accepting contributions for Phase II. Plaques may be purchased for $250, $500, $1,000 and up, and nameplates for $100. Gifts may be designated for the General Alumni Fund, the Academic Endowment, the Charmoli Scholarship Fund, the Athletic Endowment, the Bob Griffith Band Fund, or the Mitre Award. These are minimum suggested amounts -- feel free to give more! Gifts are 100% tax deductible.