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New Stivers Alumni Room Announced


Wilbur Wright High School Alumni and The Dayton Board of Education
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Please view the photos of the New Stivers Alumni Room.  It's size is approximately 41 feet by 28 feet.  Our WW Alumni Room was 30 feet by 75 feet.  We have been told that we can't have our Alumni Room back at the school because of cost.  To build Stiver's  the cost was to be an amount of approximately $20 MILLION.  The approximate total cost was just $40 MILLION!   I don't understand how the "Powers that be" can just pick and choose what schools can and cannot have an Alumni Room.  It is especially WRONG since the school was built and named by one of the brothers that put Dayton on the map of the world! 
 
 This is a travesty and a slam in the face of the people of Dayton that have a vested interest in the History of Dayton.  This action is certainly instilling that "History doesn't really matter".  The Wilbur Wright Alumni Room featured the photos of all the graduates of the high school.  Many of the people that attended Wilbur Wright became very well known, not only to the Dayton area but all over the United States!  It is my opinion that RESPECT for the History of the school that groomed and gave young people a foundation should not "Go Gently into the Night", as Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) wrote.  But Rage, rage against the dying of the light. (Or in our case, the powers that be)
 
We have been told that we could build our own building just off Pleasant St.  The architect estimated that the cost for us would be between $275,000 and $350.000.  I made note that we were asked to talk to them about making an Alumni Room inside the school so that the students could be proud and appreciate the history that was a result of the school .  If we can't come up with $10,000, how were we to find an extra $275 to $350,000 to pay for the building and then have utilities, taxes and maintenance on top of the initial cost.  I extended my sympathy for having wasted their time and ours.
 
I have been very upset with the communications.  I will be in touch with the Dayton Board of Education to see if we can resolve the insensitivity of the judgments rendered to us thus far.
 
Please respond with your opinions and suggestions.  We have many treasures that should be on displayed in the school where the Alumni Room opened in October 1988.  We had news coverage by the Dayton Daily Newspaper of the ribbon cutting ceremony , with
Archie Lewis, '51, the former Mayor of Kettering, Gerry Busch '45 and Diana Lee (Riddlebaugh '62) along with the "Homecoming Dance".
 
Thank you for your time and look forward to the next 2 sets of photos.
 
Sincerely,
 
Diana Lee (Riddlebaugh'62) Schwieterman
President of the Wilbur Wright High School Alumni Association
P.O. Box 291858
Kettering, OH 456429

Ground Breaking for New School
[UPDATE]

Dear Gwen and Alumni;

I was hoping that I could announce that the Dayton School Board was going to give us an Alumni Room inside the new school. On Thursday August 26th, (My husband the civil engineer from AK Steel, myself, Guy Gifford and Ron Vincent both in the class of 1956) had a meeting with that architects that are still designing the school plans. They showed us a space on the left side of Pleasant Street where we could build, a building that they would draw up that belongs to the Dayton Board of Education. That would cost approximately $275,000 to $300,000. We would have to have our own furnace/AC, utilities, water & plumbing, insurance and pay for the electric and security.

What a deal. I told them that we were not under that impression and considered the meeting a waste of our time. They get paid by the hour so it was no skin off their back. When we left we were looking and considering the catacombs that are under the auditorium for our room. Problem is they want us to get someone that can clear out the dirt and prepare it for a room that would only have a 6 foot ceiling in it. Still not good!!

I am trying to get other help with this matter and won't have much of a clue for a few weeks. This is a FULL TIME JOB. Some people said that there won't be an Wilbur Wright High School Alumni after I die because nobody else has had time and energy to pursue the project. A few say, to just auction off all the stuff in the Alumni Room and be done with all the stress.

The other item that needed to be addressed is, "A Hall of Fame", "Walk of Fame" etc. The guys at the Milton Club are considering this idea. One of them want it for all the jocks that played in sports. I feel that the girls would be totally left out of that equation. I feel that the people in military and anyone that did good to help the communities and add such notables as Vic Cassano class of 41, Dot's Supermarket (class of 42) Robert and ??, and everyone that is listed at the end of the DVD of the Grande Finale. EX; Bing Davis, Gerry Busch, Archie Lewis, Dave Gilbert, etc etc .......... I told them as they are going down all the names in the list it would be easier to search out the 3 categories at once then do each name 3 times. If we don't have a room to display anything in, where are they going with this???

I have the plaque that hung in the Alumni Room with names of those people to donated $100 or more to the Alumni Association, inscribed on brass panels. We will need donations if this room transpires, Pray for a miracle!

How would you handle this? What are your thoughts about the Alumni Room?

Sincerely,
Diana Lee (Riddlebaugh'62) Schwieterman
298-7764 around 9 PM hopefully.


Ground Breaking for New School

Dayton Public Schools officials joined city leaders, community members and school alumni at a July 27 ceremony on Huffman Avenue to break ground for Wright Brothers PreK-8 School, the 26th and final building in the districtís school construction program.

Wright Brothers School will incorporate the original auditorium from the former Wilbur Wright High School, which stood on the site.

The iconic structure will be incorporated into the building design to become part of a new and vibrant learning community. The atrium will house items for the proposed Wilbur Wright High School Hall of Fame.

Diana Riddlebaugh Schwieterman who is a Wilbur Wright alumni said, "There was so much history. Wilbur Wright was a city within itself. If you missed a day of school, you really missed out on a lot!"

The new school is expected to be completed by winter of the 2011-2012 school year.

Video: http://www.whiotv.com/news/24407194/detail.html


School Demolition Begins
(Click on picture below to enlarge)



More pictures...

Dear Alumni;

I hope that you enjoy these treasure photos of Wilbur Wright High School. It was the High School Pilots home from 1941 till 1982. Then it became a middle school from 1983 until 2010.

After being built in 1926 Wilbur Wright was an elementary school that started with Kindergarten. Some of the students in the class of 1943 never left the school building for the 13 or 14 years that they attended the school. I hope you are able to download the photos to store in our History of Wilbur Wright.

I still have some copies of the DVD's that were made of the Closing ceremony and interior of the school Memorial Weekend, 2009. The donation of $29.00, with the check made out to the Wilbur Wright Alumni will allow the DVD to be shipped to your home.

Sincerely,
Diana Lee (Riddlebaugh) Schwieterman
President of the Wilbur Wright High School Alumni Association
P.O. Box 291858
Kettering, Ohio 45429

To see a view of the new structure and schedule click here.


The attachments are what was presented at the meeting last night. 
 
There is to be space against the auditorium/hall wall for some of the artifacts from the original Wilbur Wright High School.  The committees (no clue who - but the Dayton Board has the final say) as to what the colors of the new school will be and what the new name will be.  I am hoping that they will stay with Red & Black and maybe since it was used along with the Red & Black and it helps to add light to the colors.  I will be having another meeting later this week or early next week and will try to make more progress with the board.  It's not the best, but it's the best that can be done right now with all the state rules and such. 
 
UPDATE: The windows have been removed and the asbestos clean up is in progress.  I have been told that there will be a ceremony for the removal of the KEYSTONE and shortly after that the demolition will begin.   John Carr was supposed to let me know today with the dates.  I will let you know as soon as I receive that information. That may begin as early as the next 2 weeks.  I have been given permission to save some "Bricks"  and they will be saved once the wrecking ball has began.  I would like to have a number of the people interested in having a brick or so.  I will continue to do everything I can but will need help with the bricks etc.
 
Stay in touch by going to these web sites: www.WilburWrightalumni.com & www.gopilots.org.    You might want to see the official last graduate from Wilbur Wright High School at www.staylit.com.  He is a really super person and gentleman.  Don't forget about the ALL WILBUR  WRIGHT ALUMNI REUNION, that is to be held the first or second weekend of August 2010.  More information to follow.
 
Please pass on the school information to our alumni that doesn't have e-mail.  To help the alumni receive information, please gather and forward any alumni e-mail information to me. 
 
Diana Lee (Riddlebaugh '62) Schwieterman
President of the Wilbur Wright High School Alumni Association
P.O. Box 291858
Kettering, Ohio 45429
(937) 298-7764

... from Diana Lee
A DVD that was made Memorial Day 2009 weekend of the closing ceremony, THE GRANDE FINALE through
Diana Lee. It is complete with photos/video of the inside of the school plus wonderful speakers that told stories of our school day life at Wilbur Wright and the wonderful teachers/students that made Wilbur Wright such a wonderful school. WWAA need donations and for $29.00 you may have a DVD that tells the history of our school. There is also a list of very well known Alumni that can be seen on TV as well as all over the United States. Make out checks to the Wilbur Wright Alumni Association and send it to the P.O. Box address below.

The school structure is to be demolished in 2010 and a new grade school built on the former site.

Diana Lee (Riddlebaugh) Schwieterman
President of the Wilbur Wright High School Alumni Association
P.O. Box 291858
Kettering, Ohio 45429