Independence High School
Alumni Association Update
Memories of Bill Taylor & Mike Foor
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The Educator of Excellence Awards

Honoring the late Mr. William (Bill) Taylor and Mr. Mike Foor.
March 11, 2024, in the IHS Multimedia Center.
Pizza served at 11:30 a.m.
Awards presentation at noon.
All are invited.

The Independence High School Alumni Association will present two "Educators of Excellence," awards honoring 79 years of combined service to Bill Taylor and Mike Foor.

Mr. Taylor taught from 1956 until 2001, and Mike Foor is a current teacher who began his career in 1990. These two outstanding faculty members have combined to reached approximately 7000 students in our school district through their cumulative years of service! The noon presentation will be preceded by travel and nature slides taken by Mr. Taylor. Multiple speakers will be present to offer memories of the award recipients.

Monetary donations for a Buckeye tree and bench in Elmwood Park honoring Mr. Taylor will be accepted as well as donations for the food items provided. Alumni Association membership renewals & new member sign-ups will be available. The Alumni Association is a 501(c)(3) organization.

More information: Call, text, or email Bob Wagner, '66, at or cell: 757-202-7750.

Solar Eclipse Happy Hour

Hosted by the Alumni Association
All graduates and their significant others are welcome to our Solar Eclipse Happy Hour kicking off the weekend before the Solar Eclipse on Friday, April 5th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The Alumni Association is sponsoring a BYOB, (beer or wine,) Happy Hour at the Independence Civic Center. Yes, beer and wine are permitted on the campus for this event! This "Bring Your Own Spirits," is one of three pilot events allowing alcohol on the premises and approved by the Independence Civic Center. You may also bring soft drinks and we encourage guests to bring an appetizer or snack to share. You must be 21 years or older to consume alcoholic beverages on the premises. There is no cost for this event, but a donation to the Independence High School Alumni Association would be appreciated.

For more information, please contact one of these IHS Alumni:
Dale @ 216-407-8657
Kelly @ 216-410-6151
Joanie @ 216-233-1885

Mark Your Calendar for these Meetings & Important Dates

The Alumni Association meets quarterly on the second Monday of the month in March, June, September and November.

Newsletter Submission Deadline for the Spring Spectator is Sunday, May 19th.

Newsletter Submission Deadline for the Winter Spectator is Sunday, November 17th.

Donations and Memorabilia

We are always looking for Memorabilia from your high school years. If you have rings, class photos, yearbooks or other memorabilia, particularly from 1926 thru 1928, 1931 thru 1944, 1946 thru 1951, 1992 and 1994, you would like to donate, please email Bob Wagner ('66,) at

Want to join the Alumni Association?

Promoting educational memories, one class at a time. The Alumni Association welcomes all graduates from Independence High School. We offer memberships of one, two and three years at $10.00 a year, or five years for $40.00. Join and receive the bi-annual editions of the "Spectator" newsletter! Click here to join the Alumni Association, or email Bob Wagner ('66,) at

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