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REUNION 2015


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Dreux American High School was open from 1960-1967.  The first graduating class was 1961.  The school closed in January of 1967. 

We have a very active alumni association.  There have been 6 major reunions over the past 15 years, the last being held in February of 2013 in Orlando, FL.  We have found 1,200+ alumni, faculty and staff!!

 

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**NEWS**

 

REUNION NEWS: (3/20/14) The Reunion Committee is planning to have the next Dreux AHS All School Reunion in 2015.  They are tentatively looking at either the last weekend in April or first weekend in May in San Antonio, TX.  Keep checking back for further details and confirmation of dates and location!

NEWS ALERT: (1/22/2014)
The January 2014 edition of the Dreux AHS Alumni Newsletter was sent out this week.  If you did not receive it, please be sure to check your spam or junk mail to make sure it didn't go there for some reason.  One feature included in this newsletter is a scanned copy of the VERY FIRST issue of Notre Viking dated October 22, 1960.  

Also, January is a great time to pay dues to become a member of the Dreux AHS Alumni Association since Dues are based on a calendar year!  We appreciate any and all support!  It helps pay for the website, the newsletters, finding lost/missing alumni, maintaining the alumni database, assist with reunion expenses, etc.  I hope you will consider support our efforts!  Just go to the Dues section of this website for more information.  Thanks!

NEWS ALERT: (10/27/13)
Ron Holland, brother of Shirley Holland '63, provided this great piece of film of the Dreux students getting ready to board the bus for the Prom at the Eiffel Tower in Paris. This was the Prom in '62 (61/62 school year). Bill McLeod of the Dreux Air Base Veterans Group has posted it on YouTube. Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=PBytF-t4n5I

There are also some other links there as well regarding Dreux.  Check it out!

NEWS ALERT: (5/26/13)
It is with EXTREME sadness that I discovered that former Dreux Principal, Ross Tipton, passed away May 20, 2013.  He was 102 years old.  Mr. Tipton SO loved hearing from all former Dreux students over the years. He was the Principal at Dreux from the fall of 1964 until they closed the school in early 1967.  I have posted his obituary in the In Memoriam section of this website.

NEWS ALERT: (4/21/13)

Some veterans who were stationed at Dreux Air Base have just established a website for those veterans who were stationed at Dreux and/or those who lived there.  It just launched so I am sure they will be adding to it and tweaking it in the coming days.  The web address is http://www.dreuxairbasefrancememories.org  Be sure to check it out and make a comment on their their blog! 

REQUEST FOR PARTICIPATION (3/22/13)
I received the following email from Mr. Allen Dale Olson and wanted to pass it along in case you would like to participate:

"As a one-year administrator at Dreux High School (1962-63), I take great interest in the Dreux High School Alumni Association Newsletter. And as a senior administrator on the European Dependents Schools Directorate, I took special interest in Dreux and other U.S. installations in France  in 1967 while working on transferring school assets from France to the Benelux and Germany. To say nothing of my attachment to Dreux when my daughter was born there (in the Evreux Hospital) in December 1962.
 
It's on her behalf that I'm calling attention to the Museum of the American Military Family, a project she created just over two years ago. As you can see from the website -- www.museumoftheamericanmilitaryfamily.org -- there is a category called "School Stories." Your work with Dreux Alumni and my personal experience years ago tell me that the Dreux Family could have plenty of interesting and historic stories to add to the site.
 
Please take a look at the site with an eye to inviting your Newsletter readers to submit stories to our Museum. We are interested in photos, documents, memories, and any commentary related to military family life. If you have questions or seek additional information, please let me know.
 
I appreciate very much your devotion to keeping the spirit of Dreux High School alive, and I look forward to stories from Dreux students and faculty.
 
Cordially, 
Allen Dale Olson

DREUX WINE AND BEER PILSNER GLASSES! (3/15/13)
We had some Beer and Wine Glasses with the Dreux logo on them left over from Reunion 2013 in Orlando.  If you are interested in getting some of them, click here for who to contact for details.

2013 Dreux Reunion Photos! (2/18/13)
I have uploaded some photos from the 2013 Dreux Reunion in Orlando.  Click here to view the photos.  If you would like me to post any photos you took at the Reunion, please send them to me via postal mail on a CD.  Email me and I will give you the address.  Thanks to Charles Shellhorn for maintaining this site for our photos!

View our past Dreux AHS Newsletters!  (11/29/12)
In case you haven't received our Dreux AHS Newsletters via email or your email provider is blocking them for some reason, you can now read them online when they become archived. Just click on the link below.

 

View our DREUX AHS NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE

If you have are any other ideas for articles in the newsletters, just shoot me an email. We will most likely feature the upcoming Reunion for the next few months, but after the Reunion I will be looking for news and stories!  If you would like to write an article for the newsletter, I welcome that as well. 

UPDATED 1/26/13: I am looking for copies of early "Notre Viking" newsletters or later called "The Viking Newsletter"  Thanks to Betty Taplin (Wood), I now have all of the newsletters from the 1960/61 school year, including the very first edition dated October 22, 1960!  I am specifically looked for the May 1962 and June 1962 newsletters, but any newsletters after that time would be really good too! If you have any of those tucked away anywhere, it would be wonderful if you would scan them and email them to me or make copies and send them via snail mail. Email me and let me know...Thanks!  

NEW FORMAT FOR DREUX NEWSLETTER!  (8/15/12)
I am now using Constant Contact to format and send out the Dreux newsletters.  I think they look a lot more professional than just a regular email.  It is SO much easier for me to do it this way as I can send out the newsletters to everyone at the same time and don't have to blind copy. IF you did not receive it, let me know.  The email will still look like it came from me, so it should not have gone into your spam, but you might check your spam mail just in case.  You may need to put *@constantcontact.com in your address book. You may also need to make sure your spam filter allows emails from constantcontact.com so it doesn't block the email.  

DUES NEWS!
You can now pay your DAHS Alumni Association Dues using a credit card through a special Pay Pal Account we have set up! See below:

Please select your payment option (number of years) using the drop down menu below and tell us your Class Year (i.e. what year you graduated even if you did not graduate from Dreux) and your Maiden name, if applicable. If you were Faculty/Staff, please select that option under "Class Year". Then click on the "Pay Now" button. You will be taken to the Paypal secure web site to complete the transaction using either a credit card or your Paypal account.

Dues
Class Year
Maiden Name, If Applicable:

Update on Guestbook (7/22/12):  I have added a new Guestbook.  As mentioned below, the company that provided our prior guestbook no longer supports it and it went away!  So please sign in and let us know you visited the website!

I have uploaded a link to our old Dreux Guestbook entries.  Guest Gear no longer provided the Guestbook that we were using. Fortunately they did send me the file of all of our prior guest book entries so I put it in the best format I could for those who would like to check it all the old entries. 

We now have 509 Dreux alumni as members of our Dreux American High School Group page on FACEBOOK! That number keeps growing!  Facebook has changed the format for Groups, so there has been LOTS of interaction going on now in the Group.  If you are a member of Facebook and not currently a member of our Dreux AHS group page, either search for the Group page using the Facebook Search feature and "Request to Join the Group" or send me (Vicki Key) a Friend Request and I can add you to the Group.  It is a closed group so that only those affiliated with Dreux can become members. 

DUES:  If you want to see if you are current on your Dues, click on the Dues/Directory button.  It should be up to date on those that have paid dues for 2013+.  If you would like to renew your Dues, there is a Dues Form on this website.  Click on the "Dues and Directories" tab on the left side of this page. We appreciate your support of our efforts in keeping everyone connected and finding alumni!

  Check out the Dreux American HS Alumni Page on Facebook!

OLDER NEWS:

Charles Sibert was stationed at Dreux Air Force Base from January 1960 until April of 1961 and has written about his assignment at Dreux.  Lots of stories, memories and photos.  Thought you all might want to check it out.  Click here.

Check out the photos from Dreux that former Principal Ross Tipton provided and some other photos provided by Michel Guilmain who lives in the old housing area at Dreux and purchased the pictures from a former press photographer .  Click on the Photos button on the left side of this page. Do you see yourself in any of the photos?

Peter Giorgi, a former teacher at Dreux, passed away on September 6, 2009 in Tucson, AZ.  His obituary can be viewed on our "In Memoriam" page.

I have uploaded the class/faculty photo pages of the Dreux yearbooks on the website.  Click on the "Yearbooks" button on the left side of this page to access them.  The 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965 and 1966 Yearbook photos have been uploaded. There was not a yearbook for 1967 because the school closed at mid-year.

There are five (5) Dreux High School polo shirts (XXL only) left over from a prior Reunion.  If you are interested in purchasing one of them, please email Vicki Key.  Click here for info and photos of the shirt. UPDATE:  SOLD OUT! They went like hotcakes!

Did you know that there are 465+ Dreux alums/former faculty on Facebook!  We have set up a Dreux American High School Group on Facebook.  If you are a member of Facebook and I don't know it, please let me know.  It's a great way to locate old friends, get connected and stay in touch!  By the way, some of the women have put their maiden names as their middle names on Facebook and that is very helpful in letting your former classmates know that is you!

Donald Page, who was a Dorm Counselor at Dreux during the 61/62 and 62/63 school years, passed away May 31, 2008 in New Preston, CT.  He was married to Alice Duffy, who was also a Dorm Counselor at Dreux, for 44 years. You can view his obituary on our In Memoriam page.

I found an interesting article about Dave Hewitt '63 who attended Dreux during the 1960/61 school year.  In 2006, he was inducted into the TEC (Technology) Hall of Fame which recognizes those individuals whose careers have best exemplified excellence in professional audio production and design.  He joins other Hall of Famers such as George Lucas, Sam Phillips, Frank Zappa, Bob Moog, Ray Dolby and Quincy Jones, just to name a few.  Click here to read about his induction.  Congratulations, Dave!

Norman Schulz, Coach and Phys Ed teacher at Dreux in 1960/61 and 1961/62, passed away November 10, 2007. Click on his name in the "In Memoriam" section of the website to see his obituary.

Photos from the 2007 Reunion in Las Vegas are now available for viewing. Click here to access the site. Thanks to Charles Shellhorn for setting up the site and uploading the photos he received.  If you have pictures that you want included, please send them to Charles.

Coach John A. Manzoline passed away June 19, 2007 in Munising, Michigan. 

Mr. Cedric Hannon passed away on June 1, 2007.  His obituary was in the Seattle Times (6/5/07).  He was a teacher at Dreux and attended the 1995 Reunion in Las Vegas.  You can sign his guest book at www.eycfc.com, click on Obituaries and do a search using his name.

We learned that Dr. Marina Valenzuela-Smith passed away in November of 2005.  As most of you know that have attended prior Dreux Reunions, Ms. Valenzuela attended many of the Reunions, the last one being the 2004 Reunion in Atlanta.. She will certainly be missed!

Former Dreux teacher, Mr. Paul G. Francis passed away on January 6, 2007 in Palm Springs, Ca.  Click on his name in the "In Memoriam" section of this website to view his obituary.  You can also sign his guestbook until January 2008 at www.legacy.com by doing a search of his full name, Paul George Francis.

Be sure to check out the "Found, but Lost Again" section on the "Lost Alumni/Faculty" page of this website.  The section is located towards the bottom of the page.  These are people for whom we once had mailing addresses, but the addresses are no longer valid.  If you know the whereabouts of any of the folks, please email Vicki Key at VickiK3275@aol.com.

**Important**  If you use some sort of SPAM Blocker on your email, please be sure to allow receipt of mail from VickiK3275@aol.com . We don't want you to miss out on important information regarding Dreux alumni activities.

**Important**  
If your area code has changed in the last few years, please update us with the new one!  We are also trying to get as many email addresses as possible since that will be the primary method of communication on Dreux activities.  So please make sure you notify Vicki Key if you change email addresses!!

Become a member of the Dreux Alumni Association for $40/yr and not only will you be supporting YOUR Alumni Association to keep it active, but also the efforts of the Alumni Association in locating everyone and keeping everyone connected! For information on how to mail in your dues, please go to the Dues/Directories section of this website. A Dues Form is available on that page for your convenience.

Click here to read Memories of Dreux from former teacher, George Aune.  It's a great letter!.