Stevens High School Alumni Association


SHS Cardinals


Claremont,  New Hampshire


SHS Cardinals

SHS Cardinals

SHS Cardinals

            Stevens High School Circa 1910     SHS Circa 1960      Stevens High School Circa 2000

Stevens  High School - Circa 1910
SHS - Circa 1960
Stevens  High School

 Stevens High School  2016    Photo by Kenneth Coulombe '59

        Welcome !    Visit often.

          We're proud to be the oldest active high school
                  alumni association in the nation !


           Stevens High School
                 Built from a gift from Paran Stevens.  SHS opened in 1868.
                 Mascot       -  Cardinal
                 Colors        -  Red and Black
                 Yearbook   - "The Red and Black"
                 Fight Song  - "Glory to Stevens"  sung to  "Glory to Dartmouth"
                 "The Alumni Song"  words and music by Evelyn Miles Paskevich '35



To All Class Representatives:

Here we are again looking for class news for the Annual Newsletter scheduled to go out in late February, 2017.

As it takes a huge amount of time to put this newsletter together, we are asking that you get your class news article to us by the January 15th deadline. What your class did this year, what your plans are for the coming year, or any other interesting news about your class and classmates is news worthy and what we are looking for. Your classmates undoubtedly want to know what the class has in the planning stages. So, please send your article to us by email at the above email address or by the postal service at the Opera House Square address. If you have a picture of your last reunion, send that along also and we will try to scan it into your article.

We’d like to hear from as many classes as possible. If you are no longer undertaking this position, please pass this along to whoever your new rep is, or let us know, and we will do the contacting for you.

On June 10, 2017, the Alumni Association will be celebrating its 69th consecutive parade. The chosen theme is “Movies From Your Graduation Year”. So, get your class up and moving. Parade rules can be found on the alumni website. The Association is planning again this year to award cash prizes for the five best SHS class floats. Whether these prizes continue in future years will depend on sponsorships and donations.

PLEASE ……….Out of respect for your Alumni Association, do not plan class reunions at the same time as the Alumni Banquet on Saturday evening from 6:30 to 9:00 pm.

As an added thought, why not plan for your class to attend the banquet. Where better to reunite than at the school where so many memories of your years together began---Stevens High School!

The cooperation of ALL classes in planning their individual activities is necessary. It will be deeply appreciated by all the loyal hardworking members of The Oldest Active High School Alumni Association in the USA. Thank you.

If you have questions, contact the alumni office at 603-542-8987, or snail mail or email at the above addresses.

Warm Regards,

Sonya LeBlanc Lawson, Secretary

SHS Alumni Association

Clarification Regarding Commemorative Rings for Stevens High School Football team

It has come to my attention that Stevens High School Alumni members are under a misconception that the SHS Alumni Association is sponsoring a fund-raiser to raise the necessary funds to purchase commemorative rings for the Stevens High School football team in honor of their winning the State Division III championship game in November 2016. We, however are not sponsoring this event.

The Stevens Alumni Association has been asked by a parent if it would consider making a donation toward a goal of $6,000, and that is all. We will bring up this request for a donation at the January monthly meeting for discussion. We have also said that donations may be sent to Stevens High School Alumni Association to be held in a separate account, and then transferred to the high school football fund.

If anyone should need further clarification, please call the Alumni office at 603-542-8987.


Douglas LeBlanc, President

SHS Alumni Association


Current College Students – Check This Out

There are six scholarships available to 2nd, 3rd. and 4th year students. The criteria is that a letter of intent and need be sent to the alumni office prior to April 15 of any given year. They must also include a short biography of their accomplishments, a recommendation from one of their instructors, and a transcript for the first semester of their current classes.

SHS Alumni Association
PO Box 710
Claremont NH 03743

Attn: Carolyn LeBlanc


Stevens High School Alumni Association

24 Opera House Square, Box 29

Claremont, NH 03743

Telephone 603-542-8987

Greetings to my fellow Stevens Alumni,

Already, another year has come and gone and Fall is upon us. We did not meet over the summer months, but Dick Girard again offered to initiate a 1/20 club promotion to start generating funds to boost the parade fund. This past year left us in better shape than last year, and thanks to the generosity of individual classes, the 50 year class, and the general membership who responded to our “cry for help”, we are able to move ahead to start planning the 2017 annual reunion. The parade fund thermometer is back atop the hill in front of Golden Cross Ambulance Services which indicates the increase in parade funds as donations come in.

We are again good to go for the June 10th, 2017, Alumni Weekend. We all should feel good that we have so many supporters from local businesses, the alumni membership, and even people that have no affiliation with Stevens Alumni who come forward to help. I suspect that being the oldest active alumni association in the country, we are well known for the numerous scholarships we award to deserving students, and for the annual alumni weekend and parade that attracts many people from near and far who fill the surrounding hotels, motels, and eating establishments.

So, yes, we had another wonderful alumni weekend kicked off by a parade led by parade marshal honorary member Charlie Gessner, present business teacher and IT guru, and his lovely wife Karen, chosen by the 25yr (1991) class. Another popular highlight was Pat, the New England Patriots mascot, and two of the Patriots’ cheerleaders. They signed football fliers and mingled with the crowd along the parade route bringing many smiles to young and old alike. Dick Girard, alumni VP, booked Milo the NH Speedway mascot along with some of their speedway trams and one of their pace cars. Even Ronald McDonald joined the festivities and rode in the parade waving to the crowd from his perch atop his vehicle.

We want to keep this tradition alive and feel that the membership is on the same page, so we will continue to do what we can to raise funds and rely on your support. Whether it is a donation or words of support, we appreciate it all. We will forge ahead with our endeavors to keep the SHS Alumni Association traditional weekend a reality.

Yes, we have funds to start organizing our parade for 2017, BUT, and there is always a BUT, if the tradition continues, we have to keep thinking to the future and keep building the parade fund to cover the expenses, and not to be forgotten is the operating fund that keeps our office up and running and pays the general monthly expenses. There is no fulltime secretary at the office thus, we are there as we can find the time to go in and attend to the backlog of work that needs to be done, and believe me, it is never ending. The mailing list and card file can easily take up a couple of hours a day just to keep it current.

I was reminded just recently that it will be our 150th reunion in five years, 2021, and we should start thinking about something more elaborate than the norm to celebrate this special date. Put on your thinking caps and send us your thoughts and ideas.

As you can see, we are being proactive in trying to generate the much needed funds for our parade and general fund and; If we all paid our dues, still $10 by the way, how much would that be? Enough to have a “Bang Up” parade and pay all our yearly expenses with some left over. What a wonderful feeling that would be for all of us.

Please, let’s keep this organization of 7,500 plus members the “Oldest ACTIVE High School Alumni Association in the USA”.

Our new caterer, Country Kitchen, again provided us with a fantastic meal at the alumni banquet and we have already asked them to return to cater the banquet next year.

The banquet is where we recognize the students who receive scholarships. We gave $65,700 in scholarships to 35 seniors and 12 post-secondary students. The investments continue to grow, and we anticipate helping seniors and post-secondary students again this coming June with earnings from these funds. Tom Zuttermeister, our investment advisor, continues to invest conservatively and wisely. Our portfolio is reviewed semi-annually by the scholarship committee. Note: Any monies donated for scholarships cannot be used for general operating expenses.

In closing, “Thank You” to those who have faithfully supported us year after year, and to those of you who have not been able to, it is not too late to start. Remember, it is not necessary to pay back dues. Any amount is very much appreciated. Every dollar counts.

As always, we are open to new ideas and your comments. You can call the office at 603-542-8987 or I can be reached at 603-542-8510. David Hale works to keep our website updated with news and alumni updates. You can visit at stevensalumni or vist our Facebook page.

With your support, we can make this another memorable year for the alumni association and Claremont.

One more note of interest. We had over 38 businesses support our newsletter this past year, we must be doing something right. We suggest that if your class received a $200 cash award for your float entry in June, please send the sponsor a Thank You note!


Doug LeBlanc, President

Proud member of the Class of 1963

And Stevens High School Alumni Association


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Stevens High School Alumni Association

Meetings are held at 5:30 PM on the third Wednesday of the month.

January 18th location: SRVRTC in the Teal Lantern Restaurant located on the Arrowhead side of the building.  Take Robert Easter Drive to get to side entrance.

June 10, 2017
PARADE THEME: “Popular Movies From Your Graduation Year”



Order Form


Quantity Price / ea. Postage TOTAL

New! SHS Alumni Recipe Book – Volume II – 350 Members’ Favorites



Black mid-weight lined Jacket 

Red fleece lining, embossed Alumni Logo left front

100% polyester, washable, all sizes



T-Shirts, Red - Med___ Lg___ X Lg___

XX Lg ___

Black available as special order



Old Yearbooks ________Year

(These are Collectors’ Items)




8 oz. Coffee Mugs – 2-sided design

SHS Sketch – Alumni Logo

$ 6 ea. or

2 for $10


Cardinal Red Sweatshirtsw/Alumni Logo -- Sm___Med___ Lg___ X Lg___

XX Lg ___

Black available as special order




Large Red Zippered_________

Large Ecru W/Blue Strap________



Order TOTAL______________

Mail Order Form to:

Stevens High School Alumni Association

24 Opera House SQ, Box 29, Claremont, NH 03743

Please make checks payable to “Stevens High School Alumni Association”


Do not forget to register your class float for the June 10th, 2017 parade.

Anyone whether alumni, business, non-profit or individual has to register. Please contact Robert Stringer at or phone

603-542-5129 and he will email the registration form or mail it if you prefer.

Complete parade rules and regulations are included in the packet that Bob sends to you.

Alternate contact: Richard Girard co-parade chairman phone 603-543-6398


Starts at Stevens High School, south on Broad Street to the Middle School, west on South Street to West Pleasant Street, north to Pleasant Street to Opera House Square, right onto Broad Street and back to Stevens High School.


Theme of Parade “Popular Movies From Your Graduation Year” - Clearly incorporated and executed.

Identity: - Visual display of: School Name, Class Year and Title of Float.

Construction & Workmanship - use of different and clever materials.

Creativity & Originality: - Animation - Music - Special Effects: Overall Beauty and Charisma, permeated by float and/or characters.

Dimensions:- Strict compliance, No Float to exceed 12’ in height, 9' in width AND 35’ Long, does not include the truck or cab. The 35’ is just the trailer that the float is built on.

Float height and width will be measured at the time of inspection. The Claremont Police Dept. (603) 542-9538 will do inspections for safety reasons prior to and including Friday prior to the parade on Saturday. Float must be REGISTERED and INSPECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PARADE.

Dear Stevens High School Alumni,

The City’s Planning and Development Department wanted you to know that there are exciting things going on here in Claremont!

As of May 2016, there are four major economic development projects underway in the City. CANAM Steel (formerly Eastern Bridge/Structal Bridges) purchased a large lot from Jewell Trucking to accommodate major growth. Jewell Trucking, in turn, has just constructed a brand new trucking and office facility in the Syd Clarke Industrial Park. North Country Smokehouse has purchased three lots in Syd Clarke Park and is building a brand-new, 66,000 square foot food processing facility right up the road from Jewell’s new facility. New Hampshire Industries has purchased a 130,000 square foot building off River Road, to move their entire company down to Claremont from Lebanon. These projects are just more evidence that Claremont’s economy is growing.

Claremont companies are hiring. Red River Computer, National Field Reps, CANAM Steel – hiring. Valley Regional Hospital, Matrix Aerospace, North Country Smokehouse – all hiring. And that’s just to name a few – there are great jobs available in Claremont.

Claremont’s City Center has seen its own resurgence. A few great downtown restaurants have anchored a big turnaround, and new stores are popping up every few months. And two new arts organizations – The Claremont MakerSpace and Amplified Arts – have joined existing organizations like the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts and the Claremont Opera House to expand the City’s cultural offerings.

So, a message for Stevens Alums who have moved away from the City or from New Hampshire – we think it’s a great time to consider moving back to Claremont. Companies are hiring, housing prices are affordable, and the community is moving forward. Check out for more information, and feel free to contact the Planning and Development Department here.

All the best on your alumni weekend,

Nancy Merrill and Zach Williams

Claremont Planning and Development

Bob Stringer, Les St.Pierre, Bev Janelle, Jim Miles and Dick Girard attended the June 11th council meeting for the mayor’s signature on the proclamation to officially make the week of June 5th thru June 11th Alumni Week.  Council members from left to right Scott Pope, Vic Bergeron, Carolyn Towle, Keith Raymond, Bruce Temple, Allen Damren and Nick Koloski.  Mayor Charlene Lovett signed the proclamation and presented to Bob Stringer representing Doug LeBlanc, President who was not available for the meeting.
         Photos by Kenneth Coulombe '59

Recent Website Changes

Jul 21, 2016      Added  More Parade 2016 photos   By Stephen C. Fitch '76
Jun 22, 2016      Added  Parade 2016   Photos by Kenneth Coulombe '59
Apr 11, 2016      Added our 2016 SHSAA Newsletter.

Stevens High Band Photos  Stevens High Band

                 More Parade 2016 photos   By Stephen C. Fitch '76
                 Parade 2016   Photos by Kenneth Coulombe '59
                 Parade 2015   Photos by Kenneth Coulombe '59
                 Parade 2014   Photos by Kenneth Coulombe '59
                 Parade 2013   Photos by Kenneth Coulombe '59
                 Parade 2012  &  Banquet 2012  Photos by Kenneth Coulombe '59
Parade 2011    Photos by Kenneth Coulombe '59
                 Parade 2010    Photos by Kenneth Coulombe '59   
                 Parade 2009    Photos by Kenneth Coulombe '59   
                 Parade 2008    Photos by Kenneth Coulombe '59
                 Parade 2007    Photos by Kenneth Coulombe '59       
                 Parade 2006    Photos by Kenneth Coulombe '59                         
                 Gallery    Alumni pictures  (classes, teams, trophies, art, ...)  by Kenneth Coulombe '59
                            Would anyone recognize the second picture (
image 2/17) class ?  Please let us know.

        shsaa logo       SHSAA Documents,
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                 In Memoriam

                 Alumni Association   Mission Statement                 

                 Officers,  Board and Committee Members:   2012-2013

                ( Note- the "Missing  List"  is in the process of being updated.  May 18, 2013. )                            

                 Contributions  -  Dues, Scholarships, Fund Raisers  

              Parade Information   (Please, all alumni, read these new rules.)        

                 Alumni Newsletters  and   Banquet Programs  
Paran Stevens and Stevens High School history

Stevens High School Alumni Association history

              Alumni Association sale items:  Alumni Memorabilia   Attire   Cupboard  


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                                    SHS  Red and Black yearbook cover history.

Hotel Claremont   Claremont related links
that may be of interest
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Claremont, NH... Small City Reborn, Pt. 1
                    Claremont, NH... Small City Reborn, Pt. 2
                    Claremont NH Mill District Part 1 - History
                    Claremont NH Mill District Part 2 - Walking Tour
                    Claremont NH Mill District Part 3
                    Claremont NH Mill District Part 4

             Stevens High School website    
             School Administrative Unit #6    

             Claremont School Reinvestment Committee

             e-Ticker News of Claremont

             SooNipi Magazine        Sunapee area articles and photographs.                    
                 Claremont, NH  website         

Greater Claremont Chamber of Commerce    

Valley News       News source of the Upper Valley.                   

Historic Claremont Opera House                                       

Claremont NH Weather . com        

             Arrowhead Recreation Area

             Claremont Re-visited  Photos by Steve Noyes. '61       

             Elevated Claremont views  Photos by Armond Denis.  '60

             Aerial views of Claremont  October 2010 photos by Armond Denis.  '60
                          (These are large pictures, so scroll up, down, left, and right if necessary.)

             Claremont Bicentennial (1764 - 1964) A brochure of events and history. 

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Stevens High School Alumni Association
24 Opera House Square, Box 29
Claremont,   NH   03743

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Suggestions and material for our SHS Alumni website are welcome at any time.