Connect with Us --Foundation Working on Alumni Directory!

The Southwest Foundation supports academics, athletics, and the arts at Southwest High School.

This spring, In honor of southwest's 75th anniversary, The Foundation is working with Harris Connect to create a new alumni Directory. Alumni, Please Watch your mail for a postcard on how to update your contact information and order a directory (if you want one). The Foundation hopes this project will allow alumni to connect with each other and learn about 75th Anniversary events. For more information on the directory project please click here.


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.



the Party at the 1010 is back!

Yes! If you missed it last April, don't miss this one! Southwest parents and alumni will be partying to benefit the Southwest Foundation and its work for Southwest's students. Like last year, the venue will be the cool 1010 space in Uptown. There will be great food, drinks, entertainment, conversation, and a chance to meet each other and Principal Bill Smith. Join Southwest parents, alumni, staff, and community members on Thursday, April 14, 7-10 pm, at 1010 W. Lake Street (under the CVS in Uptown). 

To rsvp please email:

Southwest Foundation supporters enjoy the 1010 party in April 2015                                                                  

Southwest Foundation supporters enjoy the 1010 party in April 2015                                                                  

success stories


Southwest Students studying japanese advance to nationals!

The Japan Bowl is a national competition to test the ability of high school students throughout America who are studying the Japanese language.  It is modeled on a quiz show format and aims to make the study of Japanese challenging and enjoyable.  The Upper Midwest Regional Competition was held at Normandale Community College on Saturday, February 13th, 2016.  There were three levels: level II, level III and level IV. The Southwest level IV-B students won first place in their level! This team is now eligible to participate in The 2016 National Japan Bowl Competition, to be held in April in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The students representing Southwest at nationals are: Isabella Gold, Taylor Nelson, and Devon Olson. Japanese teacher Kyoko French leads the Japanese Culture Club and coaches the students who participate in the Japan Bowl.

Your support of the Southwest Foundation will help send the winning students to nationals! The Foundation gives Southwest High School funds to help winners in academic contests go to regional and national competitions.

To see everything the Foundation will fund with your support, click here.

Southwest students studying Japanese advance to nationals in the Japan Bowl!

Southwest students studying Japanese advance to nationals in the Japan Bowl!


Distinguished Alumni awards

Distinguished Alumni Committee members Tom Neiman '65 and Emelia Carroll '09

Distinguished Alumni Committee members Tom Neiman '65 and Emelia Carroll '09

Next fall the Southwest High School Foundation will award its first Distinguished Alumni Awards to alumni for their outstanding contributions to their community, alma mater, or country in their chosen career or community service. 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, will be reviewing the nominations and selecting the first winners. In addition to Nancy Rose Pribyl '81, Committee members include Adam Barrett '00, Emelia Carroll '09, Ted Colburn '53, Kelly Doran '75, Diane Darr '48, Tom Neiman '65. Jack Rice '59, Ruth Usem '57, and Southwest parent Jenny Warner. 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.


Click here for more Southwest news.