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Spotlight On: Friends of South High

south-high-fundAs Horace Mann said, “Education then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men, the balance-wheel of the social machinery.” Enhancing the education and the overall high school experience of the students of South High in Minneapolis is the mission of the South High Foundation.

As stated on their website, the South High Foundation provides financial assistance and support for programs at South High School, “that directly enhance the students overall high school experience by enriching their academic, cultural and extracurricular experience; and to support and enhance their ability to further their education.”

Public schools across the country have felt the budget crunch of the past few years. The South High Foundation has mitigated the financial impact by awarding grants and scholarships to teachers and students. On average, over $100,000 in grants are awarded each year in scholarships, and over $60,000 a year in grants to staff and the community.

Examples of the projects and programs they help fund are:

  • Music Department (Band and Choir)
  • Boys Baseball Team
  • Girls Softball program
  • Purchasing new Apple Laptop computers for Language Arts program
  • Scholarships to students to attend the State Student Council Convention
  • Scholarships to students to attend Eagle Bluff Environmental Center
  • Scholarships for the continuing education of alumni
  • Funding for an Anti-Truancy Campaign
  • Auditorium Upgrades
  • And many more!

Created in 1983 by then-Principal and alum George Dahl, Assistant Principal Jerry Cady, and alum Dick Westby, the Foundation has grown significantly as parents, alumni, and community members work to support the school’s programs and projects. The South High Foundation relies on individual donations as well as fundraisers such as the annual pancake breakfast, plant sale and golf tournament.



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