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alumni directory update

Harris Connect, the school directory publisher the Foundation hired to create a new alumni directory has merged with another publisher and is now called Publishing Concepts. This merger has delayed the printing of the Southwest directory and that of many other schools. Publishing Concepts has let us know that the printed directory will be mailed to alumni who ordered it in March. The Foundation and some alumni have received CD Roms with the information. From what we know from other schools the directories generally arrive about two weeks after the CDs, which would have them arriving in mailboxes the week of March 20 or 27th.

The Foundation sincerely apologizes to alumni who ordered a directory. We are very sorry for the confusion about when it will arrive and for the delay.

2016 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

Distinguished Alumni Awards -- 2017 Nominations now open

In 2016, the Southwest Foundation began awarding the first Distinguished Alumni Awards. The first Distinguished Alumni were honored at Southwest's Grand Opening, Open House, and Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony on Saturday, October 8th. Here are the 2016 Distinguished Alumni: Burton D. Cohen '48, Cora Jane Blanchard '52, Mark Ptashne '57, Robert C. Rishovd '59, Harvey Feldman '61, and Tracy McMillan '82. 

Southwest has so many possible distinguished alumni candidates. Please nominate alumni that you believe deserve this recognition. Click here for the nomination form or call Nancy Rose Pribyl '81 at 952.250.9891 if you'd like a nomination form mailed to you. Completed nomination forms may be mailed to Southwest Foundation, 3414 W. 47th St., Minneapolis, MN 55410. The deadline for nominations for the 2017 awards is March 1, 2017.

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

Looking for someone to give your class reunion a guided tour of Southwest?

Contact Dr. Bill Smith, Principal at

Please send all updated reunion info to 

If you would like to act as a class contact for your class please contact Ellen van Iwaarden, Executive Director, and we will post your contact information with your class information.


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.”