Homestead High School Alumni Newsletter | Monday, April 1 , 2019 | Vol. 4
Alumni Spotlight: Margaret Bussone,
Class of 1962
You'd be hard pressed to flip through any given Tartan yearbook (even back when it was called Crest ) without finding at least one photo of Ms. Margaret Bussone adorning the pages. As a member of the very first graduating class of Homestead High School in 1962, Ms. Bussone stuck to her MTSD roots and went on to teach French at the high school until 2012. Though she has been retired for nearly seven years, Margaret is still very much active in the Mequon and greater North Shore communities.
Batter Up for a Flashback to the '70's!
Are you a proud member of the classes of 1970-1979? If so, join your classmates for a night of summer fun and nostalgia as Homestead alums and the Lakeshore Chinooks present '70's Night at Kapco Park on Thursday, July 11, 2019! Just $25 gets you a ticket to the baseball game, snacks, and two drinks!

Homestead alumni will have the chance to mingle in a reserved tent area, participate in between inning events, and submit old high school photos for display on the big screen during the game. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the game starts at 6:35 p.m. Stay tuned for more details, and don't miss out on this great reunion event!
MTSD History Moment:
Donges Bay Elementary School
It seems obvious that Donges Bay Elementary School was named for its location on Donges Bay Road, but where did "Donges" come from? According to a 2006 Donges Bay website archive, we know that Jac Donges was the first of his family to make an impact in the Mequon-Thiensville area:

"History tells us that in 1842 Mr. Jacob Donges and his wife emigrated to Milwaukee from Germany. In 1860 they had a son, Jacob Jr. Jacob Jr. or Jac, as he preferred, grew up to become an entrepreneur businessman. His successful ventures included investment in Lake Michigan real estate. He owned several miles of lakeshore property north of Milwaukee along what would become known as Donges Bay. Some of the land was co-owned by Jac's friend, Fred Usinger, (founder of the Usinger Sausage Co.) and John Schuch who built Chalet on the Lake resort and restaurant. The restaurant overlooked the Bay until 1992 when it was razed to make room for further real estate development."
Homestead: Then ... And Now
Homestead's exterior in black and white in 1975 as a weathered Highlander stands embedded in brick.
The same view of Homestead in 2019 - a refurbished Highlander stands guard nearby the Highlander Walkway.
Highlander Highlights: Where Are They Now??
We caught up with three graduates from the Class of 2018 to see how life is going outside of Homestead. Click their names below to catch up and find out what's new and what they miss about being a Highlander.
Cheerleaders stood in a fountain, Annie hit the stage, computers came in multi-colors, and FUZE was a thing....can you guess the year??
Did you guess? It was 2005!
Upcoming Events & Reunions
Weekend of June 7, 2019

June 28-30, 2019

1970's Reunion Baseball Game Night
Hosted by the Lakeshore Chinooks
Thursday, July 11 - 6:35 p.m.
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