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It is time once again to start planning for our Distinguished Alumni Awards recognizing 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, 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 or send an email to Joanne here.  Nominee submissions are due March 1, 2018.

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

The 2016 Distinguished Alumni were Burton D. Cohen '48, Cora Jane Blanchard '52, Mark Ptashne '57, Robert C. Rishovd '59, Harvey Feldman '61, and Tracy McMillan '82.

Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

The 2016 Inductees into Southwest's Athletic Hall of Fame are athletes: Corey Colehour '63, Mike Fermoyle '66, Jim Hancock '49, Greg Murtha '75, Marni Orthey-Lamberty '92, Karyn Polland '83, and Forrest Tahdooahnippah '03. Coach Jamie Pleasance, The Lundeen Family (Bob, David, Tom, Paul, Charlie, and Diane), Booster Bob Perkins '45, and the 1962-1965 Southwest Cross Country Teams will also be inducted. These alumni celebrated with other Southwest alumni, family, and friends at the All Sports Reunion in August 2016. To see photos, go to the Athletic Hall of Fame website at

Athletic hall of fame inductees announced

The Southwest High School Athletic Hall of Fame has announced the 2015 inductees:

Coach- Bob Hoisington 

Booster- Al Crary 

Team- 1951 SW Football Team and  1969, 1970,1971, 1972, and 1973 SW Cross Country Teams ( these teams won five consecutive  CC state titles and will be going in as a group)

Family- Rotsch Family

Athletes- Tim Wahl, Jamie Cheever, Jack Thommen, Clint Andrus, Peter Graves (formerly Peter Aurness), and Herb Schoening

This entire group was honored at a dinner and all sports reunion at Interlachen Country Club in August 2015. For photos, please go online to


Alumni Advisory Team

The Southwest Foundation is grateful to the Alumni Advisory Team who helped make the Turn on the Lights Campaign a success.

Members of the team are:

  • Burt Cohen '48

  • Kelly Doran '75

  • Harvey Feldman '61

  • Dan Froehlich '75

  • Vic Greenstein '64

  • Greg Murtha '75

  • Jack Rice '59

  • and Ellyn Wolfenson '73

Go Lakers!

Alumni  – Stay Connected

Having a reunion?  Looking for someone to give your class reunion a guided tour of Southwest?   Please send all reunion info and other information to  or call 612-504-0479.

If you would like to act as a class contact for your class please let us know and we will post your contact information with your class information on our website (also linked on facebook).


Southwest Alumni Give Back: Harvey Feldman’s Story

Generous ideas can appear in unusual places! When Harvey Feldman, Southwest High class of 1961, attended a Friday night football game at Washburn High in 2011, the excitement of the whole community coming together for a game under the lights gave him an idea.  Southwest High students should also experience that same excitement and sense of community on their own home field.

“It was a no-brainer,” he says. “For guys like me, who didn’t take high school very seriously, all my education came on the athletic field, came from that experience. I was no great player, but it was an incredible experience being a football player at Southwest High School.”

He believes the lessons he learned playing sports at Southwest are what made him a successful businessman, and he offered up to $300,000 in matching funds to upgrade the stadium—starting with the lights. His generous gift made lighting the field for football and soccer games possible.

“The school deserves to have a first rate playing field for kids who want to participate in sport.  It’s right that it comes from someone like me. It’s absolutely right. I got something out of the school system and I can give something back.”

In August, Mr. Feldman was admitted to the Southwest High School Athletic Hall of Fame as a Booster of Southwest sports. In addition to his gift for the lights, Mr. Feldman also gave the school district the money to air condition the school’s auditorium—a great support to academics and the arts because of all the classes and programs that happen there. He also supports academics with gifts to the Southwest Foundation for the ACT and PSAT prep courses and with scholarship funds that provide $5,000/year for four years to each student receiving his scholarship.

Southwest is fortunate that Mr. Feldman is still thinking about more ways he can help. “I’m not done,” he says. “There is a lot more I can do for my school.”