Class of 1952 Helps Celebrate Class of 2017

Riverside’s sixty-sixth commencement was held Sunday, June 4, 2017, at Mentor Schools Fine Arts Center. Approximately 300 students received their diplomas. What makes the graduation significant is the date of the commencement. Riverside’s first graduation was for the class of 1952 and it was held 65 years ago on June 4. In recognition of this graduation three members of the class of 1952 led the class of 2017 and faculty into the auditorium. Participating were Howard Davis, James Hayer, and George Hadden. In addition the names of the class officers…

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16 Years of Quacking

Sixteen years of effort and over $90,000 raised in funds have established the Grand Riv-Har Duck Race as a respected annual tradition shared by the Riverside and Harvey alumni associations. Although known as long-time rivals in sports, the hatching of the Duck Race idea represents a classic example of how two neighboring school systems can achieve success by working toward the common good. Eventually hundreds of enthusiasts would become participants in the fund -raising efforts. The Duck Race history has had many twists and turns, just like the river that…

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Art Martin (1973) Reaches Kilimanjaro Summit

At the age of 59 Art Martin, Class of 1973, now a practicing cardiologist in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, was training for an Iron Man race and discovered he might have a medical problem. After completion of the race, he was diagnosed with tonsil cancer. Treatment required three doses of chemotherapy and radiation. However, as a result of the first treatment, he lost his hearing. Since his early 50s, Art has been a triathlon athlete and at the age of 59 completed a full Iron Man competition. Then his brother taught him…

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2017 Alumni Picnic Another Hit

The RHS Annual Alumni Picnic was an enjoyable event. Held on August 12, 2017, approximately 117 people, many from distant areas, attended the gathering at Painesville Township Community Center. Besides local alumni, others were from Massachusetts, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. A note from Carl Taylor, Class of 1968, states, “As you know, I have attended the last two years, and yes, I do enjoy it. I have been able to connect with someone I had not seen in years and was able to have a great conversation. The…

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Class of 1962 Celebrates at 55-Year Reunion

The RHS class of 1962 held its 55-year reunion in early September 2017.  The reunion centered on three events: a golf outing at the Painesville Country Club Friday morning , an informal get-together and cocktail party at Pickle Bill’s in Grand River Friday evening with special guest Loretta Vandervort from the RHSAA, and dinner and drinks at the Elks Club in Painesville Saturday evening. Prior to the kickoff of events on Friday, the twelve member reunion planning committee got together Thursday night for a final review of assignments and a…

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Walk Down The Halls of Ivy

Submitted by Mary Zmecek-Lette The Halls of Ivy Recently a friend and I had an opportunity to take a sentimental journey through the halls of Riverside High School. We wandered alone – and even though the building was relatively empty, felt and heard noises and voices from years gone by. On the wall in one of the hallways we saw this verse: “There are those whose lives affect all others around them, quietly touching one heart Who in turn touches another, reaching out to ends further than they would ever know.”…

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2017 Scholarship Recipients

At Riverside’s 2017 commencement ceremony, Wallace Baker Brainard, Jared Bucholtz, Asiah Rusnak, and Mackenzie Wolf each received a $1,000 scholarship from the RHS Alumni Association. In addition to the academic achievements, extra-curricular and community involvement, and the association requiring the writing of a short essay, at least one of each student’s parents/guardians or grandparents must have graduated from RHS. Wallace Baker Brainard, better known as Baker, plans to attend the University of Cincinnati and major in architecture. While at Riverside he held an officer’s position each year in Student Council…

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The First Beaver

The Man Behind the First Beaver Artwork When Riverside High School opened in 1949, the school district was starting with a clean slate. School colors, along with a mascot, needed to be chosen. Finally after much thought, research, and contests among the students, faculty and staff, it was announced on December 20, 1949, that the “Beaver” would be the mascot for Riverside. The first Beaver was drawn by Charles “Chick” Dickinson. The cover on the first yearbook, which was published in 1952, contained a drawing of that Beaver and continued…

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Quick History of Riverside

In 1944 a resolution was passed by the Painesville Township Local Board of Education to build a new combined high school and junior high school. Previous to this time, students in this area had attended high schools in neighboring sections.Because of World War II and the accompanying building shortages, the actual construction was postponed until 1948. The fall session of September, 1949, opened with seventh, eighth, and ninth graders in attendance. In the following school year the enrollment increased to include the tenth and eleventh grades. All six grades were…

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The Grand Riv-Har Duck Race

Often called the “Battle of Painesville,” the Riverside-Harvey football game has become a legend since the two high schools serving Painesville split into two districts more than 65 years ago. Rivalry between the two districts reaches a peak as the date of the game approaches each football season. Another event representing cooperation and community spirit, but no rivalry, has also become legendary: the annual  Grand Riv-Har Duck Race, now being organized by both schools’ alumni associations. The 16th Duck Race is scheduled for Saturday, September 9, between 11 a.m. and…

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