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Registering on this website is free. Just click Classmate Profiles, find your name, and create your profile. If you don't find your name, you can send us an email, and we will add your name to the roster.

However, this site is sponsored by the Hobart High School Alumni Association. We are a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to supporting Hobart High School and its alumni. If you would like to join the HHSAA, your donation of $10 or more entitles you to membership, and is tax-deductible. Lifetime memberships are now available for $100 per person.

You can find out more about us by clicking the HHS Alumni Association link at the left. You are under no obligation to become a member of the HHSAA.

Your donation to the HHS Alumni Association will help provide scholarships to HHS students, Hobart alumni going back to school, and professional development grants for HHS teachers. Memberships are on a calendar year basis, but new and renewed memberships on or after Homecoming weekend run until December 31 of the following year.

We encourage you to send a check, made out to Hobart High School Alumni Association, to us at: HHS Alumni Association, PO Box 68, Hobart, IN 46342. Your membership is $10 (or $100 for a lifetime membership).

If you don't send a check, you can use this Donate button below to pay with your PayPal account, or with your credit card. (We prefer the PayPal account; otherwise, we have to pay a fee.)

Your $10 donation entitles you to Full Membership with voting rights, and you will receive our newsletter, The Brick-and-Mortar Board, by email. You will also be emailed a colorful certificate of membership, suitable for framing. Thank you!


PROFILE UPDATES


•   Mike Enrico (Enrico) (1977)  11/21
•   Ted Semper (1974)  11/18
•   Lori Olkoski (Adams) (1984)  11/15
•   Larry Koziol (1958)  10/28
•   Johnathan Boyd (2006)  10/28
•   John Lancaster (1968)  10/26
•   Kerry Mehok (Tucker) (1996)  10/22
•   Kaylynn Gilliana (2011)  10/7
•   Mary Campbell (Boston) (1970)  10/4
•   Alice Rebeck (O'Connor) (1965)  10/4
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WHERE WE LIVE


Who lives where - click links below to find out.

21 live in Alabama
3 live in Alaska
68 live in Arizona
8 live in Arkansas
64 live in California
29 live in Colorado
3 live in Connecticut
2 live in Delaware
154 live in Florida
40 live in Georgia
5 live in Idaho
77 live in Illinois
1,180 live in Indiana
12 live in Kansas
24 live in Kentucky
5 live in Louisiana
9 live in Maryland
7 live in Massachusetts
34 live in Michigan
19 live in Minnesota
3 live in Mississippi
20 live in Missouri
1 lives in Montana
2 live in Nebraska
12 live in Nevada
1 lives in New Hampshire
4 live in New Jersey
5 live in New Mexico
9 live in New York
29 live in North Carolina
1 lives in North Dakota
30 live in Ohio
4 live in Oklahoma
15 live in Oregon
12 live in Pennsylvania
15 live in South Carolina
1 lives in South Dakota
34 live in Tennessee
62 live in Texas
4 live in Utah
1 lives in Vermont
23 live in Virginia
22 live in Washington
2 live in West Virginia
18 live in Wisconsin
1 lives in Wyoming
1 lives in Ontario
1 lives in Albania
1 lives in France
4 live in Germany
1 lives in South Korea
1 lives in New Zealand
1 lives in Spain
1 lives in Thailand
1 lives in United Kingdom
14,942 location unknown

 
 

R.I.P., Jim Johnston Sr.

Legendary coach, state and national pole vaulting champion, Brickie basketball all-time high scorer, phys ed teacher, and head of a well-known family of athletic stars Jim Johnston, Sr. has passed away. He was known to many as Coach, and often referred as JJ. His son Jim Johnston Jr. is the assistant track coach at Hobart High School, and grandsons Riley and Cody, are senior and sophomore, respectively.

Our sympathies go out to the Johnston family.

Click here for the memorial page for JJ here on our website.

Click here for the obituary on the Rees Funeral Home website.

Click here to see the funeral service on Facebook live Saturday at noon.

Click here for a story about the Johnston family in the NW Indiana Times.


Happy 10th Anniversary to Us!

Happy 10th anniversary to the Hobart High School Alumni Association! The HHSAA was founded on July 17, 2010, and we spent the first year of our existence planning for the first BrickieFest, which occurred in July 2011 and brought in over 1600 people!

We announced in our May newsletter that we would celebrate our 10th anniversary with a Scholarship Drive, and we are happy to say that over $850 has been raised for that effort. If you would like to contribute, send your tax-deductible check to: HHSAA, PO Box 68, Hobart, IN 46342, and write "Scholarship Fund" in the memo line. Scholarships remain the largest expense item of the association.

Our mission remains: "The mission of the Hobart High School Alumni Association is to develop and maintain a close relationship between Hobart High School, its constituents, and its alumni for their mutual benefit. The Association is committed to, and involved in the support and well-being of Hobart High School and its alumni."

Thank you for your support!


Rosalind Howell Passes at Age 92

Our sympathies go out to the Howell family. Rosalind Howell, widow of legendary football coach Don Howell, has died at the age of 92. Here is a link to Rosalind's obituary: https://www.randallroberts.com/obituary/Rosalind-Howell


Congratulations To Our Newest
Board Member, Debbie Vega!

Members of the Hobart High School Alumni Association elected the slate of officers presented in May, including a new member to the board, Debbie Vega, Class of 1971.

Here is the current list of HHSAA board members:

OFFICERS
Paul Addison, Class of 1970 (President)
Lynn Sheets Kostbade, Class of 1966 (Vice-President)
Debra Broker Opolski, Class of 1970 (Treasurer)
Tracy Estabrook McCullough, Class of 1978 (Secretary)

AT-LARGE MEMBERS
Craig Osika, Dean of Students, Hobart High School
Beth Scott Barney, Class of 1970
Debbie Vega, Class of 1971

STUDENT MEMBERS
Adam Barney, Class of 2021


Hobart Historical Society Wants Your Stories!

Hobart Historical Society BuildingThis year is the 175th anniversary of the Hobart School System. (The first school building was built in 1845 where the Masonic Temple stands today.)

The Hobart Historical Society is looking for stories of your school experiences, whether as a student or teacher. The stories could be of your favorite/least favorite teacher, a funny incident in science class, shenanigans on a field trip, how you got caught skipping school to go to the beach, or even how you met your spouse in English class. It could be something from elementary school, middle, junior high, or high school. It doesn't matter if you graduated in 1941 or 2019. They want your stories! If they get enough stories, they will be published in a book celebrating this important event.

Send them to: Hobart Historical Society, P.O Box 24, Hobart, IN 46342-0024.

NOTE: Our HHSAA newsletter has a feature called Your Brickie Stories. If you would like your stories printed in our newsletter, send them to paul@hobartalumni.org.


Class of 1965 Reunion is Canceled

Barb Phillips Rowley of the HHS Class of 1965 has informed us that their reunion for August 22 has been canceled, and has been rescheduled for August 21, 2021.


Our May 2020 Newsletter is Out!

Click here, or click at the left on HHSAA Newsletters, and then click on the top link. Our May 2020 edition of The Brick & Mortar Board, the newsletter of the HHS Alumni Association, has been published. This issue includes:

  • We announce our 2020 scholarship winners, and launch a 10th anniversary Scholarship Campaign.
  • The Annual Dinner Meeting is canceled, but paid members of the HHSAA will receive a ballot in a week for the election of board members and officers.
  • Our Alumni Spotlight is on Jim Dagenais, Class of 1961, who served as a corrections officer in California and Afghanistan.
  • The HHSAA all-class Homecoming Picnic is still scheduled for Saturday, September 26, at Festival Park.
  • And all the regular features: Your Brickie Stories, Class Reunion Roundup, New and Renewed Members, and Recent Obituaries, which link to the website.

Annual Dinner Meeting Canceled for 2020Dinner image

There will be no Annual Dinner Meeting of the Hobart High School Alumni Association for this year. The meeting was originally scheduled for Friday, May 8, but with schools being closed until the end of the school year, and the stay-at-home order, all due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the meeting will not be possible at that time. And because nobody knows now how long the situation will last, rescheduling can not be done at this time, either.

The election of board members and officers normally takes place at the Annual Meeting, so this year, ballots will be emailed to paid members of the HHS Alumni Association (and sent by regular mail to those who do not use email). Those ballots will be sent out on or about May 8, the original date for the meeting.

We have also awarded scholarships to HHS seniors at the Annual Meeting. Those scholarships will still be awarded, and the recipients will be announced in our next newsletter as soon as they are chosen. Applications are still coming in, and the committee will meet promptly after they are all received, and make the decisions as soon as possible.

We hope you still have Saturday, September 26 marked on your calendar for the HHSAA Homecoming Picnic at Festival Park. That event is still scheduled, and we all hope people will be able to gather together again. Keep an eye on this website for further information.

Keep safe and keep healthy!


Class of 1959: Do You Have Any
Information on Missing Classmates?

Would you go to the In Memory pages for the Class of 1959. You can click "In Memory" at the left, and select "Graduating Year: 1959", or just use this linkhttp://www.hobartalumni.org/class_inmemory.cfm?year_id=1959&inmemory_default_sort=0&yp=. Near the bottom, there are a number of classmates for whom the year deceased is missing, and in some cases where the year is known, there is no more information than that.

If you have any information on classmates who have passed, would you send it to Deanna Maxwell Kwasny at kwas1@comcast.net. It would be greatly appreciated.


Information from John Mattix on the
2021 All-Class Reunion

John Mattix has sent the following information about the 2021 All-Class Reunion, as the group at this year's reunion voted to change the date and the venue:

The 2021 Reunion will be held at:
The Manatee Recreation Center in The Villages, FL.
1512 Hillsborough Trail
The Villages, FL  32163

The date is February 20th, 2021; and it will run from 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM. The actual time of the banquet will run to about 3:30 PM, allowing time for cleanup.

The cost per person has not been determined, as a caterer has not been selected. I also must decide if the caterer will provide a cash bar; or if it will be BYOB. We are moving it back the start time an hour from 11:30 AM to 12:30 to allow attendees more time to arrive, as it is farther for some to drive!

I know this is an early notification; but this is a significant change from the past; and it's what the attendees at the last Reunion voted on. If anyone has any questions they can contact me. 

John Mattix
215-514-1582

hoosier_1968@hotmail.com


Snowbirds and Others Flock to Lakeland,
Florida, for the 2020 All-Class Reunion

HHS alumni from 1970-71

Standing: Kevin Fenwick (1970), Mark Haller (1971), Dave Smythe (1970). Seated: Paula Freeville Luedtke (1970), Patty Brown Helminski (1971), Mitch Gowan (1970).

HHS alumni from 1972-74

Standing: Debbie Guernsey Jenkins (1973), Claudia Shurr Smythe (1972), Elaine Booten Haller (1972). Seated: Roger Jenkins, Renee Rippe Denault (1974), Lori Williams (1974), Valerie Fedorchak Esserman (1972).

John Mattix and Paul Throne

John Mattix (standing) and Paul Throne.


Craig Osika is named 2019 Coach
of the Year by the Post-Tribune

The Post-Tribune has named Hobart Brickie Head Football Coach Craig Osika as the 2019 Coach of the Year. Click here for the article. Nice going, Coach Osika!


Congratulations, Coach Osika,
on an Amazing Football Season!

The Hobart Brickies' winning streak and chance for the state title ended Friday night with a 29-24 loss to the East Noble Knights. However, it was a fantastic season under second-year coach Craig Osika, with the Brickies winning 11 games in a row and going all the way to the semistate game. Congratulations, Coach!

Read the full story in the NW Indiana Times.


 

Order Your Brickie Window Clings!

HHSAA Window ClingLooking for a gift for your newly-graduated Brickie?

You can get Hobart High School window clings for $3 each, or two for $5, by sending your check, made payable to the HHS Alumni Association, to Lynn Kostbade, 410 N. Joliet Street, Hobart, IN 46342.

Another great idea is a lifetime membership to the HHS Alumni Association, for $100. Send your check, made payable to the HHS Alumni Association, to HHSAA, PO Box 68, Hobart, IN 46342. Please include the name, addresss, email address and graduating class of your lucky lifetime Brickie!


Classmate Obituary Information Welcome

We do our best to keep up with listing obituaries for HHS alumni. We are able to find most obituaries that have the words "Hobart High School" in them, but many do not. If you come across any online obituary notice that is not posted in the "Recent Obituaries" page on this website by the time of the funeral, please send the link to me at info@hobartalumni.org, along with the classmate's year of graduation, if you know it, and I will post it right away.

Thanks to Gorjean Quick, who just sent me several obituaries from the Class of 1963.


 Do You Have Class Reunion News to Share?

If your class is having a reunion later this year, or in 2020it's not too early to start letting people know about it. Please email us at info@hobartalumni.org, or email me (Paul Addison) personally at paulhaddison@gmail.com. Let us know the class year, the date, time and place of your reunion (however much you know at this time), and the name of the person to contact for more information. Thanks!

 
Click "Class Reunions" at the left to see all upcoming class reunion information, including future years.

Listen to What Was Playing When
YOU Were in High School

Do you remember the songs that were on the radio when you were in high school? Click on the "What Was Playing" link at the left, and you'll find YouTube links to five songs for every year going back to 1900! You may have heard them on the radio, at your class dances or prom, on the jukebox at Abbott's or Pete's, in your own room at home, or on YouTube or MTV!

Thanks to Jennifer Eastwood Davis, Class of 1962, for compiling this extraordinary list! Because they are links to YouTube, Vimeo and the like, they often go out of date. We are doing our best to keep the list up to date with working links. If you find a link that doesn't work, please email us at info@hobartalumni.org, tell us what year and what song link isn't working, and we will try to fix it right away.

Music can bring back lots of memories. What was playing when you were in high school?


Yearbooks Available Online from the
Lake County Public Library

The Lake County Public Library has been digitizing Hobart High School yearbooks. Most of them from 1908 to the present are online. Click "HHS Yearbooks Online" at the left to access the collection. You don't need to register or log in, and you can save the yearbooks as PDF files.

 
The HHS yearbook was called Aurora until 1946, when its name was changed to Memories.

Survey Results for Redesigning the HHSAA
Website to Include Smartphones

Thanks to all of you who responded to our survey about redesigning this website so that it will look good on smartphones and other mobile devices, and still look good on traditional desktops and laptops. The results show strong support for such a redesign. However, as webmaster, I have been reading comments from other sites who use Class Creator (who provides the programming services for this site), and there are still a few bugs to be worked out. Not all features of the site work correctly yet on all phones.

So, we will wait a little while, as Class Creator fixes the few remaining problems, and then we will go ahead with the redesign. For those of you using desktops and laptops, there will be a minimum of changes to the way it looks for you.

Here are the summary results to our survey questions:

1) Do you have a smartphone that you use to access the Internet?
Yes (83.3%), No (16.7%)

2) If "Yes" to #1, have you ever tried to access the HHSAA website on a smartphone?
Yes (30.0%), No (57.5%), N/A (12.5%)

3) If "Yes" to #1, would you be likely to use a smartphone to access the HHSAA website if it were redesigned to look good on a smartphone?
Yes (65.0%), No (17.5%), N/A (17.5%)

4) Would you mind a few changes to the HHSAA website to make it look for everybody, if it meant that it would look good on a smartphone as well as a desktop, laptop or tablet?
Yes, I would mind (9.5%), No, I wouldn't mind (90.5%)


Yes, We Have a Facebook Page!

If you use Facebook, please visit our Facebook page. Just login to Facebook, and search for Hobart High School Alumni Association, or paste this into your browser address bar: https://www.facebook.com/hohighalumni/

Facebook is frankly much better suited for classmates talking to each other than this website is. There is a Message Center on this website, but it requires notifying the other person by email, and they have to come back and login here to get the message. Facebook is just quicker.

Plus, you'll get news about special events on the Facebook page, as well as here.


 

Follow Us On Twitter!

If you have a Twitter account, we invite you to follow us @hobartalumni. We will not bombard you with announcements, but we will keep you up to date on upcoming class reunions and other events.


Once Again: Don't Confuse Us
with www.AlumniClass.com!

Several people have joined the website at www.alumniclass.com, and some have even paid $10 for it! That website is for selling merchandise (not that there's anything wrong with that), but that is not the Hobart High School Alumni Association site. This one is!

Our site costs nothing to register. In fact, you can see everything except classmate profile information (email addresses and regular addresses) without signing in at all.

You won't get news of HHS alumni activities on the other site. They have no affiliation with Hobart High School or the HHS Alumni Association. Be sure to stay tuned at www.hobartalumni.org!


Welcome to the HHSAA Website!

The HHS Alumni Association raises funds for scholarships! We awarded one scholarship at our first HHSAA annual meeting in April 2012, and have awarded two or more at every annual meeting since. Donations for scholarships are tax-deductible and can be mailed to: HHS Alumni Association, PO Box 68, Hobart, IN 46342-0068. Write "Scholarship Fund" in the memo line. Thanks!

Do You Share An Email Address? If you share an email address with another HHS alum, you can use the same email address as your login, as long as you have a separate password! Remember, your Primary Email Address is your username to login.

Do You Have a Profile on the AlumniClass.com Website? That's Not Our Site!
Many of you have a profile on a website called AlumniClass.com (www.alumniclass.com). If you look at the bottom of their page, you will see this disclaimer: "This Site is independent of and has no association with any school, school district, or web site."

Linking from the HHS site: Recently, the Hobart High School website (www.hobart.k12.in.us) changed its Alumni link from the AlumniClass.com website to this one. If you created a profile on that website, it is still there, but please be reminded that AlumniClass.com is not the real Hobart High School Alumni Association. Our apologies for any confusion.

Are You Getting Annoying Emails?
If you are receiving email notifications from this site about people who have registered or changed their name, you may be subscribed to their profiles without meaning to. Just click on Notify Me at the left, then under Profile Subscriptions, check Unsubscribe From All Profiles In All Years. That should take care of it.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Welcome! Everyone who ever attended, taught at, or worked at Hobart (Indiana) High School is invited to join BrickieFest.

CLASS REUNION COORDINATORS, or anyone with your senior yearbook: Please contact me at info@hobartalumni.org or paulhaddison@gmail.com and send me the year of your class, and the names of all known classmates. Please note any classmates that you know are deceased, so that we can mark them for the In Memory page. The only way to register classmates on this site is for us to have their names and years first.

CLASSMATES: Click Classmate Profiles. If your year is listed, click on it and search for your name. Otherwise, click on Year Unknown. If your name has not been loaded yet, click Contact Us. Just send me your NAME and YEAR of graduation. I will add your name to the list, and you can set up your profile.

TEACHERS AND STAFF: If you have ever taught or worked at Hobart High School, but did not attend as a student, click on Classmate Profiles, Year Unknown, and send me your name, email, your position and years taught or worked. I will add your name to the list.

We want to get all HHS alumni, teachers and staff registered on this site!

Thanks,
Paul Addison (coordinator)

If you have a link to an obituary for a deceased classmate, please send it to me (paulhaddison@gmail.com), and I will post it on the In Memory page for that classmate. Same thing with pictures: I'll post them on the classmate's In Memory page. You can always go to a classmate's page and add comments or tributes.

My thanks to Jennifer Eastwood Davis (Class of 1962), for sending me links to obituaries for well over 100 classmates!

Privacy concerns: There is an option that you can select in your profile that says that only registered classmates can view your profile details. We recommend that you select that option. This site is exclusively for Hobart High School alumni.

PHOTO SIZES
Please keep your photos to a reasonable size, say 100 Kb or less. We expect thousands of people on this web site. Thanks!