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Thursday, January 11th, is a late-start day for Southwest High School students. Students should plan to be at school by 10 AM as 1st hour will start at 10:05.

 Learn more about the Southwest Foundation and how you can get involved at our UPCOMING board meeting on Wednesday, January 24th.  If you'd like more information Please call our executive Director Joanne Kaufman at 612-504-0479 or send a note to  Hope to see you on the 24th!


The Southwest Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to work with Southwest High School and its alumni to create an exceptional educational experience for all Southwest students.  The Foundation raises money to support academic, athletic, and artistic opportunities for students and to provide scholarships to graduating seniors.

happy New Year!

It's a new year and time to once again help us to make a difference for every student at Southwest high school.  

Your donation will help to provide:

  • Math equipment and supplies and exam fees

  • Books and curriculum

  • Other school clubs and activities

  • ACT preparation classes

  • 9th and 10th grade play, guest artists, guest actors

  • Field trips & classroom supplies

  • The Link Crew student mentorship program

  • The 9th Grade Academy to promote community and school spirit

  • Project Success to help students dream and plan for their futures 

  • Technical personnel to support assemblies, classes, rehearsals, and performances in the Auditorium

  • Wellness Day and activities throughout the year to focus on student mental and emotional well being

  • Graphing calculators

  • Resources for newcomer English language learners at Southwest

  • Somali and Spanish interpreters for Fall and Early Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences

  • Supplies for the new culinary, food and nutrition classes

  • Offsite testing locations

  • Scholarships for graduating seniors

  • Field trip for IB Japanese students with visitors from our sister school in Japan - Kasugaoka HS,

  • Student scholarships for CAS projects

  • Offsite testing locations

  • Supplies, student awards, & postage

  • Field trips and incentives for School within School program

  • T-shirts for the Southwest student ambassadors group

  • Actors to help prepare IB assessment Shakespeare scenes

  • Supplies for students in the ASD program

  • Passport to College workshop

  • Author visits

  • Respect Retreat with Youth Frontiers

  • Model UN local and Chicago conferences

  • Many after-school clubs and activities

And more!  

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Distinguished Alumni awards -- Make a Nomination Today!

Distinguished Alumni Committee member Ruth Usem '57 with Distinguished Alumni Bob Rishovd '59 at the Awards Ceremony on October 8, 2016

Distinguished Alumni Committee member Ruth Usem '57 with Distinguished Alumni Bob Rishovd '59 at the Awards Ceremony on October 8, 2016

It is time once again to start planning for our Distinguished Alumni Awards to alumni for their outstanding contributions to their community, alma mater, or country in their chosen career or community service. The committee will start meeting in January to begin the process.  

 The 2017 Distinguished Alumni were: John Hetland '48, Iric Nathanson '57, Tom Neiman '65, Gene Winstead '68, and Lizz Winstead '79.  

The Foundation encourages alumni to nominate their friends, family, and classmates who are deserving of this award. The Distinguished Alumni Committee, chaired by former Foundation President Nancy Rose Pribyl '81, reviews all nominations and selects the winners.  To make a nomination, please click here to print a nomination form and mail it to the Foundation's address: 3414 W. 47th St., Minneapolis, MN 55410. If you would like a nomination form mailed to you, please call Nancy Rose Pribyl at 952.250.9891.

The Committee looks forward to hearing about the amazing accomplishments of Southwest's alumni community.


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