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SHS Debate Team debate team ranked #1 in nation - KARE11 News

"Debate competitions are a lot different in a pandemic, but it hasn't stopped Clara Conry and Gabe Chang-Deutsch from winning back-to-back state championships." Reported by KARE11.

SHS Principal Brett Stringer featured on KARE11 News on Jan. 7th broadcast

"It's... important to make sure that students see adults listening to them and supplying that space," South High Principal Brett Stringer said.

SHS relief fund is set up to help
South High families in need

To provide critical aid to students and families facing loss of livelihood, experiencing food insecurity and/or dealing with the current health crisis, the South High Foundation has partnered with School Social Workers to create the “South High Emergency Relief Fund.”

In recent months, families already at a financial disadvantage have been steeped further into economic uncertainty––due to the concentration of destruction on and near Lake Street, as well as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lead social worker Sheri Harris says, “Trauma is one thing we help students with, but we rely on donations to help students with basic, immediate needs. In one instance, all eight members of a family contracted COVID. We purchased gift cards for food delivery because no one in the family was in a position to cook. In another instance, a student’s mother became ill, and as a result, unemployed. The student got a job to help, but donations helped them to make ends meet. We have yet another family in shelter; another student living on his own; and a family out of work, for whom unemployment benefits will not be coming, as they are undocumented. The stories are countless, and the generosity––of community, alumni, and caring citizens in Minneapolis, across the country and around the world––is not only desperately needed, “it’s life-affirming for families to know people care.”

Donors may give via GiveMN or personal check, and will receive a letter documenting their gift as a tax-deductible donation. Funds will be administered by School Social Workers and given directly to families in need, who are encouraged to request assistance by emailing or by calling 612-405-8321. Search: “Friends of South High” | Click: “Add a Dedication” Who: SHS Emergency Relief Fund

Personal Check: Make payable to “Friends of South High” Memo: SHS Emergency Relief Fund Mail to: South High Foundation, 3131 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN, 55407

The South High Community thanks you for your support!

Foundation Support for the "Voices" course

"VOICES" is an elective course that is unique to South High. It is a co-taught course that offers English and Social Studies credit to seniors enrolled in the course.

The Foundation has provided support for at least the last half-dozen years.

Year Amount
2014-15 $940
2015-16 $960
2016-17 $1,610
2017-18 $1,050
2018-19 $1,050


For the 2020-21 school year, "VOICES" worked on a project in partnership with Minnesota Pubic Radio.

The killing of George Floyd

"... a monthlong series looking at how the community has transformed the site of George Floyd’s killing — 38th Street and Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis — and at the people behind its transformation. It is the culmination of reporting over several months, and a partnership with South High School to engage neighborhood youth in telling their community’s story."

Below you can access the last half-dozen episodes. (Click on the students' names to learn a bit about them.)

Bringing the ‘Icon of a Revolution’ to George Floyd Square
Peyton Scott Russell’s black and white painting has become a symbol in a global movement
Simon Hofmann and Azalea Anderson
December 22, 2020 3:13 p.m.

'Right thing to do': Volunteers turned bus into 'MASH unit' at George Floyd Square. They're not done yet.
Leo Peterson and Ashlyn Ziegler
December 23, 2020 5:20 p.m.

Metro State student envisions a future of mutual aid
Samira AhmedSundus Ahmed and Lillian Wunderlich
December 24, 2020 2:00 p.m.

South Mpls. poet stirs the imagination with poem about police reform
Junauda Petrus asks: What if we 'give the Police Department to the grandmothers?'
Maya Edmonds and Freya Hauer
December 28, 2020 7:00 p.m.

At 38th and Chicago, Agape Movement turns ‘street energy into community energy’
The nonprofit trains young people to participate in community patrols
Anton Jahn-VavrusPablo Giebink Valbuena and Ilyas Bouzouina
December 30, 2020 6:24 p.m.

'Like Uber Eats for therapy': South Mpls. man helps connect community to mental health care
Hamda AbdiHelene FrancisAtticus Keezer-Dow and Olivia Sather
December 31, 2020 11:45 a.m.

'This circle is about healing’: Gardener sees himself as caretaker of the energy at George Floyd’s Square
Laurel Bandy and William Domeier
December 31, 2020 4:00 p.m.


... and a few older items of interest ...

Click here to open a PDF file with Elmer Koch's reflections on his years of service to the Foundation.

School Administration - South High School has a new Principal.

Here's an interview of Ray Aponte, South's retired principal, and Mary Mackbee, retired principal of St. Paul Central High. Click on this link to go the nearly hour-long MN Public Radio broadcast.

About the Neighborhood: Seward Neighborhood History.

Foundation supports students in the Project Lead The Way program.



And ... Football under the new Lights!!

The new athletic field saw its first action at the football game - under the lights!! - on Aug. 29th. Note that the Foundation played a key role in the planning and renovation of the athletic field. Click on this link to go to the KARE-11 news clip. It's about two minutes (after the inevitable advertisement!).

Or click here for a StarTribune article from September 22nd.

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Photos related to the book, A People's History of the Seward Neighborhood

Inside the old Birchwood Dairy:

Part of the book's cover:

For more information contact Dick Westby one of the primary authors. (And tell him the Foundation Website sent you!).

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Check out this video on one of the efforts at South supported by your donation to the Foundation and its Grants program. Click on the controls at the lower left.

A calendar of upcoming activities:

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The Mission of the Friends of South High Foundation: provide financial assistance and support for programs at South High School that directly enhance the students’ overall high school experience by enriching their academic, cultural and extracurricular experience; and to support and enhance their ability to further their education.