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Welcome back, Union Redskin alumni! Union Public Schools invites you to reconnect with your alma mater, former classmates and old teachers. We also would love for you to visit, watch our games and shows, participate in activities and volunteer your talents. You are Redskins for Life, after all!
Union offer offers a number of ways for you to reconnect and we keep making improvements.
Union Alumni Center
In 2012, Union opened the Union Alumni Center, located in the main entry area for the High School. The center features memorabilia from throughout the district’s history as well as computer access to all the yearbooks as well as old photos. Union plans to keep updating the center, adding video from former alumni and staff members.
Class reunions are coordinated by alumni, who plan reunions, special functions and maintain contact information of former classmates. Union Public Schools provides a calendar to post events and may post additional information as it becomes aware of them. Union does not oversee or plan reunions. Union will work with alumni for special arrangements, such as providing tours of school buildings, for reunions, but it does not always know when reunions may be scheduled unless someone contacts the District or plans to hold reunion activities on Union property.
— Union Schools (@UnionSchools) July 17, 2013
If you are coordinating an alumni event and need information or wish to post something on Union’s alumni calendar, please contact us!
“Whether we are male, female, short or tall – we are Redskins. Whether we play sports, attempt to play sports, join a spirit squad, sing in the choir, act in productions, play in the band, produce artwork, do all or none of these things, we are Redskins. Whether we are first in our class or last in our class, we are Redskins. Whether we are staying close to home, attending college out of state, getting a job out of high school or enlisting in the armed force, we are Redskins.”
Alumni, you are a “Redskin for Life!” Visit our Alumni Facebook Page!
Did you know this piece of history about the Union Alma Mater?
The original tune is from "Annie Lisle," an 1857 ballad by Boston, Mass., songwriter H. S. Thompson. The tune was later used as the Alma Mater for Cornell University, and has since been used by colleges and high schools all over the country including ours.
It took the work of a few people to rediscover the original lyrics and the tune for the Alma Mater used by Union High Schools in the early half of the 20th century.
Shortly after Denise Vaniadis, retired Director of Student Life, came to Union in 1992, she worked with then Principal Dave Stauffer and Kenille Elmore, then director of Union Choirs, to bring back the Alma Mater which had not been sung in decades.
“Denise and Dave were instrumental in wanting to bring back the Alma Mater,” explained Linda Blythe, an administrative assistant at the High School. “Kenille was the choir director at the time. I know we were singing the Alma Mater in 1994-95. We have sung the Alma Mater in all assemblies, retreats and graduations since then.”
Elmore found the lyrics.
“The words I found in an old Union yearbook,” Elmore recalled. “I think it was the 1921 yearbook. Then, I found the tune that was used. Doug Henderson arranged two tunes for my choir. One was too contemporary sounding, the other was more traditional. That is the one I started using and is still being used to this today. Hopefully, this history will never get "lost" again.”
UNION HIGH SCHOOL ALMA MATER
Union High stands proud forever!
Loyalty rides high.
Memories, forget them never
As the years go by.
Friends, we make from year to year.
Watch as goals are reached
Union High will always be dear
To our destiny.
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Union alum looks back on 1946
Union Alums Look Back: 1946 grad, Violet Rothrock-Howard https://t.co/crnLVGDppb— Union Schools (@UnionSchools) February 10, 2016
Sale at U-Wear Spirit Store Friday; 20 percent off!
Just in time for Valentine's Day! The U-Wear Spirit Store is having a 20-percent off sale Friday, February 12. See inside for some of the items on sale. continue reading
Union election tomorrow! Polls open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Union’s 95 school buses transport 10-thousand-500 students and collectively travel a distance equivalent to a round trip from Houston, Texas, to Seattle, Washington-- --every school day! It is essential that we replace older, high-mileage buses to sustain efficiency, ensure safety, and avoid breakdowns on busy highways. Proposition 2 on the February 9 bond issue calls for 8 regular route and two special education buses. Please remember to vote Tuesday, February 9! continue reading
Vote today; polls open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Remember to vote today! Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. today, Tuesday, February 9. A list of polling places is posted inside. continue reading
Alumni news: A look back to 1963
Union Alums Look Back: 1963 Grad Sandra Porter-Person Brown https://t.co/K3lGsS60ua— Union Schools (@UnionSchools) February 5, 2016
Walk-in absentee balloting today, Friday
Walk-In absentee balloting at the Election Board office (555 N. Denver) is Thursday, February 4, and Friday, February 5, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. For more information, call the Tulsa County Election Board at 918-596-5766 or 918-596-5780. continue reading
Congratulations to Russell Dennison
John Moreland, Class of 2004, performs on Colbert