September 2018
The Shaker Schools Alumni News
Shaker Schools Alumni Hall of Fame

C ongratulations to our 2018 inductees into the Shaker Schools  Alumni Hall of Fame! 

They are:  Dr. Abby Abelson, 1970, Michael Green, 1980, David A. Hansell, 1971, Judy Harris, 1966, Aaron David Miller, 1967, Kathy Roth-Douquet, 1982, Jamil Smith, 1993 and Abdul Williams, 1990.

The newest class of the Shaker Heights High School Alumni Hall of Fame is comprised of eight men and women who have made significant contributions to the fields of health and medicine, law, foreign policy, advocacy, journalism, and arts and culture.

To read their bios and for more information visit our new  website !

Help us honor our 2018 Shaker Alumni Hall of Fame members at dinner on  Saturday, September 29  at 6:30 pm at Shaker Heights Country Club. Advance registration is
required by September 21. Tickets are $60 per person and can be purchased  online .

Homecoming Weekend: Join Us in the Celebration on September 28-29
All are invited to "Come Home to Shaker" for a community Homecoming celebration!
Friday, September 29, Raider Nation Night Out  at The Dealership from 7 - 11 pm (adults only). Admission is free. Food trucks options as well as beer and wine will be  available  for  purchase.  Registration  is appreciated so we can plan ahead! 

Saturday, September 29,  Pre-Game Family Festival on the Oval  from 11 am - 1 pm. Admission is free. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

The Big Homecoming Football Game  at 1 pm at Russell H. Rupp Stadium at the High School with special seating for alumni.

Spread the word:  We'd love your help promoting this event to all Shaker alumni, residents and community members. This is a community celebration for everyone, not just alumni! Thanks so much for sharing our  Facebook Event page  with others! For more information visit
Woodbury Celebrates 100 Years
All former students and staff are invited to join a celebration on September 29 from 3-6 pm. Enjoy a tour, a musical tribute by the orchestra, and refreshments. RSVP to  Chuck Candel  or  Ruth Heide .

Keep an eye out on Shaker Schools social media and in Woodnet for upcoming Centennial events.
Announcement: The Shaker Schools Foundation and Alumni Have a New Website!

We are thrilled to announce that the Shaker Schools Foundation and Shaker Schools Alumni have a new website! Check out our new and improved look!   


Other big news: The Shaker Shop is coming online! We are so pleased that the Shaker Heights School District will sell Shaker items, including the Shaker Alumni t-shirts online. We will let you know when the site is up and running. For official Shaker Raider items, visit here.

Funds for Fernway
Shaker alumni throughout the world have been incredibly supportive in response to the devastating fire at Fernway on July 10

Shaker Schools Foundation  has a  Fernway Fund  to help with recovery and assistance efforts from the fire. The Foundation received a generous challenge grant to the  Fernway Fund  from the Green family, whose daughter is a Fernway alumna, to assist with the more immediate needs at the school in the upcoming year. We are pleased to announce that over $33,000 has been raised through community gifts so far! Thank you to all who have participated!

The Shaker Schools Foundation will continue to accept gifts to the Fernway FundWatch this #FernwayForever message   from Mr. Hayward.
Alumni Notes: Share Your News!
We love to hear great news about our Shaker alumni. Have something to share? Drop us a line at
Welcome back to Shaker! This school year,  Joia Warren , Class of 2006, joined the Shaker Heights High School team as the  Senior Lounge Monitor and Student Activities Supervisor. She is also a volleyball coach for the Shaker Raiders. She received her BA in Marketing from Alabama State University and her MBA from Cleveland State University. We are so pleased to have you at Shaker!
Congratulations to newly elected Wisconsin Supreme Court  Judge Rebecca Dallet , Class of 1987! We are so proud of your achievement. Read more about her win  here . We wish you well!

Congratulations  David Peterjohn, Class of 1983. David is the new Chair of the School Counseling Department replacing Eileen Blatter who retired at the end of last school year. Best to David!
Congratulations to Kendra Agee-Barney, Class of 2002. Kendra is a new school counselor at the Shaker Heights High School. Read here for more information about Kendra. Congratulations Kendra! 
Reunion Roundup: Come Home to Shaker!
This picture features the Class of 1968 Reunion Planning Committee members: Rosean Kaufman Schmidt, Trish Hrutkay Seeger, Bonnie Rogoff, Jon Kandel and Bobby Kirshenbaum.
Come home to Shaker and reconnect with your classmates! Many reunions have taken place this summer season with more to come this month and in November. If you are from the class years of 1988, 1998 and 2008, make sure you are part of the fun!

For reunion details and Facebook page information, please  visit our website.
Hope to see you soon!
The Class of 1968 had an amazing 50th reunion. It is always special to come home to Shaker no matter how long you have been away.  Members of the Class of 1968 should visit the class  webpage   to see all the fun!    
This year we also welcomed home Shaker reunion groups from the graduating classes of 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978 and 1993. We'll feature some pictures in our next E-Newsletter, but always stay connected by following our Shaker Schools Alumni Facebook page.  
My Shaker: David Rust, Class of 1967
David Rust, Now and Then
Where are you now and what are you doing?
I have been a photojournalist at CNN since 1980. I have covered assignments on all seven continents and all 50 states while documenting the news. Assignments in war zones have included the first Gulf War, the war in Croatia, the Bosnian war, the war in Kosovo, the war in Lebanon, conflicts in Israel and the West Bank, the first Chechen war, the war in Afghanistan, and the second Iraq war.
I have witnessed almost every type of natural disaster, including earthquakes in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Mexico City, and Haiti, volcanic eruptions in Hawaii, many hurricanes, tornados, wildfires, an avalanche, landslides, blizzards, and floods. I have covered every U.S. presidential election since 1980, and elections around the world. I have also covered the rise in mass shootings around the nation.
Over the years I have worked on numerous documentaries and was the primary camera for stories on baseball in Cuba, life at the South Pole, and a scientific expedition under the Arctic ice cap in a fast attack nuclear submarine.
Tell us a little bit about your Shaker experience.
I was born in Southern California. I enjoyed a happy, laid back school life...until the end of my junior year of high school. My father was asked to relocate to a company in Cleveland, Ohio. I didn't know much about Cleveland, but my expectations weren't very high. When I first drove through Shaker Heights, I was pleasantly surprised.
On my first day of school at Shaker Heights High School, the vice-principal informed me that I wasn't wearing a belt and therefore was in violation of the school's dress code. He let me stay in class that day, but I needed to correct the violation by the next day. Things did get better. I found students and teachers to be friendly and welcoming. It immediately became apparent that the school was dedicated to developing the academic ability of its students. 
After graduation, I went to Kent State University. I was on campus when students decided to torch the ROTC building after the revelation that U.S. forces had secretly bombed targets in Cambodia. I was in ROTC at the time. Soon the National Guard appeared on campus and the protests escalated until four students were shot and killed by guardsmen on May 4,1970. During the four days of demonstrations, the events were covered first by local media and, eventually, by the national media.
I was fascinated by how the coverage was orchestrated and presented on television and in the newspapers. I didn't always agree with what I saw, but it sparked an interest in learning about journalism.
I returned to California and began taking journalism classes at Pasadena City College. In 1980, I signed on with the first 24-hour television news operation, Cable News Network (CNN). 
How did the Shaker schools prepare you for your future? Any advice for current students?
Shaker laser focused on preparing us for college and long term education after high school. Academically they made me step up my game and put me on a road to take advantage of career opportunities when they were presented.
I will always remember my chemistry teacher, Mr. Melick, who helped me learn how not to procrastinate. I appreciated the time he spent to nudge me in the right direction and I still think about his words to this day.
My advice to current students is to find something that you are passionate about. Don't be afraid to venture into different directions until you find that passion. Life is too short to spend your career laboring to make money without getting personal fulfillment along the way. During my career I never cared about the paycheck but found the passion I had for the job resulted in more financial satisfaction that I ever expected.  
My Shaker is all about you! Share your story with us or by email or  phone at 

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