Robin pride lives on with Robbinsdale HS Alumni Association
When thousands of Robbinsdale High School alumni flocked to their all class reunion last October, Howard Schwartz, Robbinsdale Class of 1969, knew that spirit for their former high school needed a home.

"We knew we had to do something more," said Schwartz, co-chair of the newly formed Robbinsdale High School Alumni Association.

For students of Robbinsdale High School, the closing of their school in 1982 left many feeling as though they had lost their home. But now the Robbinsdale High School Alumni Association, a nonprofit formed this year, will serve as an outlet for proud alums to give back to the district.

"We're really excited about getting back into the life, the ethos, if you will, of this district and to be welcomed to do it," said Schwartz, who also worked as a teacher for Robbinsdale Area Schools.

Now Robbinsdale Middle School, the former Robbinsdale High School building on Toledo Avenue North served more than 22,000 students from 1956 until 1982 when the high school closed due to shrinking enrollments.

Latisha Gray, director of marketing and communications for Robbinsdale Area Schools, says the creation of an alumni association is a gift to students who will benefit from donations and volunteer hours.

"It's certainly a win win for our district because when people see them [alumni] in our schools, they know 'wow, look at these great, successful people,' and they are part of this district," said Gray.

You can almost feel the pride when Howard Schwartz talks about his old high school, and now he's recruiting other Robin alums back to the nest for the sake of the next generation.

"Calling all Robins to get involved, to care about these kids like we cared about our own school and to do what we can to make this district the prideful district that we all recall participating in as students," said Schwartz.

The Robbinsdale High School Alumni Association will soon present a $3,000 check for hands-on learning grants in the school district. For more information on getting involved with the alumni association, click here.

Alexandra Renslo reporting

July 18, 2014


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