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Southwest Foundation welcomes a new board chair!


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In January 2018 the Southwest Foundation welcomed a new Chair, Adam Barret.  A member of the class of 2000, Adam has served on the board for several years and  has been active on various committees including Distinguished Alumni, Communications and Fundraising, and more!  Adam is excited to serve his alma mater and the students of Southwest!  Welcome Adam!  If you'd like to get in touch with Adam please send him a note here.

As we welcome Adam we say farewell to past Chair Kristen Ruffner. Thank you Kristen for your professionalism,  hard work and dedication to Southwest High School and the Foundation!

You can help Southwest Students become leaders with a donation here!

Southwest High School Business Directory

If you are a Southwest Alumni or a current Southwest Parent and have a business, any type of business, you'd like alumni and parents to know about, please let us know!  We are compiling a list of alumni and parent owned businesses as a resource for other alumni and parents!  You can let Joanne Kaufman know by email at or give us a call at 612-504-0479!  

Do you have a yearbook to donate?

The Hennepin County Library is archiving all the yearbooks for all the high schools in Minneapolis.  They are still looking for print copies of 1961, 1969, 1973, 1977, 1983, 2012 and 2013 from Southwest High School.  If you have an extra yearbook from any of these years, we are trying to help them fill in the holes in their collection.  If you would like to donate a volume that is missing from their collection, please Contact Special Collections by phone at 612-543-8200 or email at

Yearbooks are available on a walk-in basis at Special Collections located on the 4th floor of Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall. 

Learn more about the Southwest Foundation!

Our board meetings are always open to our Southwest community.  We meet the 2nd Wednesday of every month in the conference room adjacent to the administrative offices just inside the front door.  Our next meeting is coming up on Wednesday, March 14th, at 6 PM.  Come and meet our board and find out how you can get involved!   If you'd like more information Please call Joanne at 612-504-0479 or send a note to  

Hope to see you on March 14th!


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!  

Make your donation here


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

Our Distinguished Alumni Awards recognize alumni for their outstanding contributions to their community, alma mater, or country in their chosen career or community service. 

 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, current families, and the community 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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