HHS Coaches Don Howell and JJ Johnston Honored
Hobart High School's football field will now become "Don Howell Field at the Brickyard", and the track there will become the "James T. 'JJ' Johnston Track". The School Board approved the recommendations at their January 21 meeting.
No Virtual All-Class Reunion on February 27
After many conversations, we have decided NOT to host an all-class virtual reunion on February 27. The idea of it was to replace the Florida reunion which John Mattix has hosted for several years. We both conducted surveys, and from the people who had regularly attended the Florida reunion, the response was not particularly enthusiatic. John and I would like to thank Dr. Peggy Buffington for offering to set up the technology if we had decided to host the event, but we'll have to let the idea go for now.
The HHS Alumni Association is still planning to hold the All-Class Homecoming Picnic in the fall. There will be more details on that as the time approaches. And, of course, John plans to host the Florida All-Class Reunion next February!
Thanks, and let's hope this COVID business is over soon!
Our New, Improved Website Is Live!
The new website design is now in place. For desktop users, you'll see three small differences: 1) you can click the Sign In button to the right, or the User icon at the top right to log in (it looks a little like a person), 2) the first links are across the top, with the rest on the left, and 3) to see the Member Functions like Edit Contact Info, Change Password, and Log Out, you'll click on the User icon.
Smartphone and tablet users will notice a remarkable improvement in the look of the website. Until now, the entire page was squeezed into one screen. Now it is much easier to read. Smartphone and tablet users should click on the User icon to log in, and the Menu icon (three horizontal bars) for all functions.
Click on "Website Redesign" at the left or click here to see a description and sample screen shots of the new look.
We hope you like the new design. Try it on your smartphone or tablet. Email us at email@example.com if you have any comments or problems.
Change of Plans: The Class of 1965 Reunion has been rescheduled for August 6-7, 2021.
Our December 2020 Newsletter is Out!
Click on the HHSAA Newsletters link, or click here to see the latest issue of The Brick & Mortar Board, the newsletter of the Hobart High School Alumni Information. It includes:
Order Your Brickie Window Clings!
Looking 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com, or email me (Paul Addison) personally at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
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 email@example.com, 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.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.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!
Paul Addison (coordinator)
If you have a link to an obituary for a deceased classmate, please send it to me (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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.
Please keep your photos to a reasonable size, say 100 Kb or less. We expect thousands of people on this web site. Thanks!