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Brenda Lilly Brooks, 1977, is organizing NHS alumni Polarettes for a homecoming performance on October 16th, 2015.
Please private message Brenda on Facebook HERE for information


DAYTON, OH - The Dayton Demolition are pleased to announce that Jack Collins is the inaugural head coach of the team. Demolition Owner Bill Dadds made the announcement and reintroduced Collins at a press conference in Dayton on Saturday.

Collins a Canadian Hockey League alumni, left the game due to mounting injuries. With his competitive playing days over, Jack returned home to Dayton, Ohio, where he was a graduate of Northridge High School, and did what many other high school graduates did at a time when the car industry in Dayton was flourishing.  He began a career at the General Motors plant in Vandalia, got married and raised a family.

In 1999 Jack was able to take combined knowledge and experience to professional hockey.  The Dayton Bombers of the ECHL.  His first job with the team was working as the team statistician or “eye-in-the-sky” for the team’s head coach.  The Bomber’s head coach at the time realized Jack brought more to the table than first realized.  One being his professionalism, and work ethic, the following season Jack was given  added responsibilities, working video for the team, scouting other teams in the ECHL, and eventually the team’s assistant hockey coach.

In 2009, the Dayton Bombers hockey organization closed at the end of the season.  For the second time in three decades, Jack would leave home to further his career in hockey.  This time to Evansville, Indiana as the head coach of the Evansville Icemen a member of the All-American Hockey League (AAHL). 

The sacrifice paid off in the end, with Jack leading the Icemen to the AAHL championship winning the Davidson Championship Cup and leaving his mark on Evansville ice hockey.  The following year the City of Evansville was awarded an ECHL franchise, and kept the name the Icemen.  However, Evansville was not able to keep Jack, as he decided to return to his wife and his home, Dayton, Ohio.

For the 2011-2012 hockey season Jack decided to take a year off from hockey, and for the first time in six decades, he was out of hockey.  The sabbatical would only last a year, the following summer it was announced that Dayton was awarded a Federal Hockey League (FHL) franchise, playing their home games at Hara Arena.  The same arena decades earlier, Jack had watched his first professional hockey game, and the rink where he played his youth hockey. 

With the assistance of lifelong friend, and former Dayton Gem great Guy Trottier, Jack was given the opportunity to be an off-ice coach under head coach Marc Lefebvre during the Demonz first season in 2012-2013.  The Demonz finished in first place, however lost to Danbury in the finals.  What looked to be a championship season, as the Demonz had clinched first place by early February, with over a month to spare in regular season play.  The party would have to wait another year.

Stephen Dale Marlowe, NHS Class of 1992

Stephen Dale Marlowe


Karen Smith Forrer, my high school English teacher, gave me a monogrammed folio when I graduated, with the stipulation that I use the pad within to write the great American novel.

I made sure to copy the first page of Digging Up The Bones onto it when I completed the final draft. Write? Check.

As for the great, American, and novel, looks like I’m in luck. Apparently, good enough American stories will meet those requirements. I’m delighted.


The voters in the Northridge Local School District voted to approve a bond issue and maintenance levy to build a new consolidated school. The State of Ohio will supply forty-two million dollars of the fifty-five million dollar project. Ground breaking is expected to start sometime in 2016 and possibly be ready for the 2018/2019 school year.


From the Dayton Daily News, April 26, 2015
Rhonda Cupp is a fifth-grade
math teacher for the
Northridge Local School

   Rhonda Cupp
Education: Northridge 1983 Antioch-McGregor M.Ed.
Family: Husband, two sons, seven grandchildren
Grew up in: Proud Northridge Polar Bear
Length of teaching in Northridge: Seven years
Favorite thing about Northridge:  Our sense of family. polar pride and community support of our schools.
What's the one thing that describes you: Honest.
Greatest teaching achievement: Changing negative attitudes and fears about math.
Favorite about my job: Those "Aha" moments when students realize the magic of numbers!

There Is Hope For Our Youth Of Today
April 18, 2015, By E.J Larrick, NHS Tennis coach

The Northridge boys tennis team played very well with a short handed roster today. We had 3 players taking the ACT and therefore could not play in the tournament this weekend. The boys were unable to defeat Greenview and Valley View. Several boys played their best matches so far, but just could not keep up and overcome being without half of our normal varsity team. However Colman Jepson won the championship and became the first boy to win gold at this annual tournament. By winning first singles he also became the first overall singles champion from Northridge. These milestones were overshadowed only by the class with which Colman ended the tournament. The player he defeated from valley view to win the tournament won the first set against Colman and started suffering from cramps half way through the second set. Colman was already in the lead and controlling the majority if that set. After winning the second set and beginning a third set he voluntarily allowed his opponent an extra injury timeout to treat his injuries. By rule a player can only take one timeout for an injury per match unless the injuries are two or more different injuries. With Colman up 4-1 in the third set his opponent suffered yet another cramp and could not finish the match. He defaulted the match to Colman. Before we gathered for awards Colman asked "do you have an extra gold medal for him? He deserves it. He was beating me until he got hurt and then he wouldn't give up until he couldn't stand up." I told him that unfortunately we only had one gold medal to award for first singles. After I awarded Colman his first place medal he walked over to the valley view player and gave him the first place medal, shook his hand and said "you earned this today".
That is pure class and something very few high school athletes would do willingly and he did do without saying anything to anyone or having anything said to him. The gold medal and the wins truly mean very little after that moment. I would trade any amount of championships for a moment like that any day.
Today I am one very proud coach.

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Dale Herzog, Northridge High School 1973

If you want to put your thumb on the pulse of an economy, one place to look is building trades. Dale Herzog, Alumnus of Northridge High School in 1973 in Dayton, who heads the Dayton Building & Construction Trades Council, says many of the approximately 20,000 workers his unions cover in the Dayton area are getting busier with new construction projects.

When the economy is booming, businesses build, retrofit and refurbish, and that means they hire construction workers. When the economy is weak, then you see what happened with the recent recession.

The construction industry — business and homes — lost 2.2 million jobs from 2006 to 2010, according to government data. The situation is slowly improving. Still, the industry has recovered just 30 percent of the more than 2 million jobs lost from 2006 to 2010, the government said in January.

And 2014 was a relatively good year: The industry gained jobs at more than twice the rate of the overall labor market, USA Today reported in January 2015. Fifty-two percent of subcontractors surveyed reported "an improving market," according to the Engineering News-Record’s Construction Industry Confidence Index survey, also released in January.

Dale Herzog, executive director of the Dayton Building and Construction Trades Council, sees it all, at job sites for commercial buildings, public schools, Central Ohio Honda plants, at the Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway and elsewhere.

Many of Herzog’s workers, represented by some 18 local unions, are going back to work. In fact, he needs more of them.

"I cover all the way to Sidney," Herzog said. "I know our people are short."

We recently sat down with Herzog for 3 Questions. What follows is edited and condensed.

Q-1: What is the council? Whom do you represent?

Herzog: "A collection of unions. It’s all the construction workers across the Dayton area. We cover like ten counties, ten or eleven counties. Anyone from a carpenter, a bricklayer, plumbers, electrical workers — there are 14 or 15 crafts. …

"All of people have apprenticeship programs that take these kids out of high school. A big thing right now is the living wage. We start a kid out of high school and into most of our apprenticeship programs. At McDonald’s, they’re trying to get employees $10 an hour. We start them anywhere from $10 to $12 to $13 (an hour) — up to $15 or $16 an hour, depending on what craft it is."

"I’d say in the Dayton construction trades, we probably have close to 20,000 (members). It’s hard to say because the economy went bad in 2008 and a lot of people lost a lot of their workforce."

Q-2: Are those trades and crafts getting busier?

Herzog: "Oh yeah. It’s booming right now. We have a shortage of workers. We just went to the Jobs for Ohio career days they had a couple of weeks ago at the Convention Center (Young Adult Career Fair, March 4, Dayton Convention Center). … A lot of our crafts were down there. They had some good hits on bringing people into apprenticeships. You just can’t train them fast enough.

"I don’t know where they think they’re going to get more skilled workers if they try to do away with the unions. We are the backbone of the workforce. We train the workers."

"We had the casino. We have Good Samaritan North. A lot of that is being done by our people. We have a bunch of schools. We have … Fuyao. My last count is 85 electricians are working in there (retrofitting Fuyao’s Moraine plant)."

Q-3: I know you’re steadfast against "right to work" laws, but why? Are you concerned about the political climate leading to a renewed bid for that kind of law in Ohio?

Herzog: "We’re helping the economy. We pump more back into the economy than we ever take out. Our people all have insurance and they have pensions, and retirements. They’re not a burden on society. …

"The problem with right to work is it’s not worded right. Right to work is the right to work for nothing. For less.

"We have to rebut that, because we don’t want Ohio to be that way. And after Senate Bill 5, how it went down, I’m surprised that anybody is putting anything into that. This state does not want right to work.

"The governor (John Kasich), after he sponsored that SB 5 bill, it got shot down so badly, he told them, don’t bring it to him. We backed Kasich in this last election, as a construction trades council, because he told us he was not for right to work."

EDITOR'S NOTE - Dale Herzog and the Dayton Building & Construction Trades were the volunteer builders of the Northridge Alumni Veterans Memorial.

     A Church Like No Other    
The Grafton Kennedy School on Wagoner Ford Road in Northridge is the home of the First Heavy Metal Church of Christ.   See video here.

Polar Bears Are District Champions
The basketball Polar Bears defeated Cincinnati Roger Bacon for the district championship March 11, 2015, at University of Dayton Arena 74 to 61. The Bears were down 22 - 7 after the first quarter and 42 - 32 at the half. They came back in the third quarter to tie it at 51. It was all Bears after that.

  When Dayton was Home to the Gypsies 
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Bill Sandifer, Class of 1953

  Story from Bill Sandifer, Class of 1953  
We worked Shifts of 4 days on & 4 days off and during our 4 Days On, we worked 4 hours On and 4 hours Off.  We were at a place called Schneeberg,  Germany (Snow Mtn.) and the 2 winters I was there we had our first snow in October and it lasted until May.  They used the heavy duty snow machines to keep our road up the mountain clear.  We had WALLS of snow down the road of 18 FEET high and had a base of snow by December of 80".  Even on our days off we often got  snowed in and had to stay on the mountain.

We got paid Hardship Pay for being in such a remote we saved a lot of money.

We all learned how to ski.  In April of '58, I made a Spring Run down the mountain.  Got thru the woods ok but just as I was going into the Meadow, I saw a stump sticking a couple inches out of the snow.  No problem with the stump.  I hopped over that easily but lost my balance on the other side.  I broke my left ankle and had to have an operation with a metal plate and screws.  Was in Nurenberg Hospital for 3 weeks...then back to the mountain.

While on crutches on the mountain, I ventured out into the Compound about 9pm one night.  The weight of my cast made me fall thru the snow.  I went up to my armpits with my crutches out to each side on top of the snow like wings.  I couldn't get myself out.  We had 3 dogs and they came over barking & barking & licking my face.  I kept screaming & they kept barking.
Finally after about 20 minutes one of my buddies happened to come outside & heard the noise....pulled me out...temp was about 15 degrees.  While in a cast (12 weeks) I didn't pull any duty.  Our equipment was up a narrow, circular stairway and I couldn't make it up there.

And to think we got paid Hardship Pay.....  

Zoup!, a restaurant chain that specializes in soup and also serves sandwiches and salads, will open its first of four Dayton-area locations this spring at 1028 Miamisburg-Centerville Road (Ohio 725) near McEwen Road in Washington Twp., Kevin Forrer, co-franchisee of the restaurant, said this afternoon, Jan. 26.

The franchise owners are shooting for a May 1 opening, Forrer said. The 2,150-square-foot restaurant will have 20 to 24 employees and will seat 50 to 55, he said.

Forrer and his wife Karen (NHS 1985), of Troy, and Brian and Patti Wood, of Mason, are the franchise owners and Dayton-area developers for Zoup! Forrer said Monday the franchise owners are looking to open Zoup! locations in the Austin Landing (Miami Twp./Springboro) area, the Cornerstone of Centerville (Centerville/Sugarcreek Twp.) area, and the Mall at Fairfield Commons area in Beavercreek over the next two to three years, for a total of four restaurants in the region.

Forrer also serves as the supervisor of basketball and football officials for the Greater Western Ohio Conference (GWOC).

Zoup! offers 12 rotating daily varieties, including low-fat, vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free options, and also serves made-to-order salads and sandwiches. Customer favorites include Chicken Potpie, Lobster Bisque and Vegetarian Split Pea.

Northridge School Purchases Church


Northridge school has purchased a church next to the district’s service center. The ‍Northridge Local Schools Board of Education voted in favor of purchasing of the First Baptist Church ‍Northridge, 2330 Timber Lane.   
The school district wanted the property because it would allow it to have easier access to its service center, according to Superintendent Dave Jackson. The two-story brick church also sits across the street from ‍Northridge High School, 2251 Timber Lane.

“It will allow us to access from what is now our service center and transportation building directly out onto Timber Lane, which we don’t have access currently,” Jackson said. “We’ll be able to take our buses directly from our service building out onto Timber Lane, which is where our school buildings are located.” The district currently has to send the buses out through the neighborhood behind the church in order to get onto Timber Lane. “We haven’t decided what, if anything, we want to do with the building,” Jackson said.

The district used approximately $225,000 from the board’s general fund to purchase the property. The purchase also serves another purpose for the district.  “This continues our efforts to protect our borders across Timber Lane. Churches have been purchased often times by charter schools, and we want to protect our borders from opening up charter schools across the street,” Jackson told school board members. Board members Tina Fiore, Glenn Jones and Margie Lairson voted in favor of the agreement, while Margie Glock abstained from voting. Mark Brumley, another member, did not attend the meeting.

Steve  Veg, who has pastored the church for 34 years, said church officials decided to sell because its dwindling congregation could no longer afford to pay for the church’s operations.  “Our congregation is to the point where we just can’t meet the bills,” Veg said. Twenty years ago, the church had at least 220 members. Today that membership has decreased to approximately 50. “A lot of the kids have moved away. Young couples have moved away. We’ve hung on until we can’t hang on any more,” Veg said.  The pastor attributed the decline in membership many things, one being the loss of jobs in the Dayton-area, which he said forced a lot of his younger parishoners to leave the area. Another reason for the decline is larger churches, he said. “There is just a lot of the bigger churches out here which offer more than what we can do right now,” Veg said.  Plus, Veg, who also serves as a chaplain for several fire departments, said he is retiring as a pastor at the end of the year. The church’s last service was scheduled to take place on Nov. 30, 2014  

Bryan Denniston, NHS Class of 1981

Nine years ago, Bryan Denniston of Tipp City was given a death sentence. Diagnosed with end stage pulmonary hypertension at just 43 years old, Denniston was told to get his affairs in order and to expect he would live just six more months.

“I will never forget that day,” Denniston said. “I was always healthy and worked out daily and all of a sudden, I couldn’t breathe.”

Since that time, Denniston has continued to survive by carting several oxygen tanks everywhere and taking many medications. He obviously surpassed the life expectancy and was finally put on the transplant list four years ago. While waiting, he continued to live life to the fullest, taking his beloved Honda motorcycle across the country and strapping 22 bottles of oxygen to the vehicle.

The past few years, however, have been rough ones for Denniston, who grew sicker and sicker and eventually had difficulty even walking outside to his mailbox.

Just in time, Denniston was given a new set of lungs at Cleveland Clinic in July of this year. “After several dry runs and no lungs, I thought I was a goner,” he said. “I am normally a 190 pound guy, and I was down to 120 pounds and needed almost 40 liters of oxygen just to sit in bed all day.”

Denniston’s lung surgeon, Dr. Gosta Pettersson at the Cleveland Clinic, performed his transplant using a unique method called bronchial artery revascularization or BAR, to help ensure a higher success rate for the procedure.

“The lungs have small arteries that go along the airways,” Pettersson said. “Most lung transplants are performed without restoring these arteries. That gives the airways and the lung tissue a somewhat worse start.”

Petterson, a native of Denmark who has been performing transplants using this technique since the 1990’s, said he has always done the procedure this way and that traditional lung transplant patients suffer and could die from airway complications.

“If you do this procedure correctly, you will end up with a beautiful airway and lungs that fit nicely,” Petterson said. “Over the years it has been proven that lungs transplanted this way have a better success rate, and chronic rejection is lessened.”

For Denniston, the new lungs he received from an anonymous donor have made all the difference. “Basically my heart was taken out,” he said. “I had seven chest tubes but within three days, I was completely off oxygen and it was the first time in four years for me. I felt like a newborn baby and I had to start over — breathing on my own and walking.”

Today, Denniston is a warrior for organ donation and is passionate about the need. “The technology today is amazing and all my doctors have a talent that kept me alive for nine years with medicines and an oxygen pump and that was miracle enough,” he said. “But I must say to anyone out there that you can donate kidneys, lungs and your heart and save someone’s life. It’s such an unselfish act and a beautiful gift.”

Denniston, who today is back to riding his motorcycle, light jogging and is happy to be up to 160 pounds, is enjoying life and grateful to his wife, Cindy, who was his high school sweetheart, his children, daughter Cassie and son Jake and of course, all the many people who supported him along the way. “It’s amazing hearing from people you don’t know who tell you they are praying for you,” he said. “I have a 56 percent chance of making it three years, and I know rejection usually kills most patients, but I take it day by day and live my life to the fullest. I’m just like a little kid at Christmas. I just like living

Never-heard Guided by Voices album comes with new GBV beer

One of Dayton’s best-known bands has its own beer.

Sam Calagione, the founder of the Delaware-based Dogfish Head Brewery, celebrated the release of BEER Thousand with a video posted earlier this week on Facebook.

He gave details on how fans can get a never-heard Guided by Voices album.

As legend has it, Calagione says Guided by Voices drank “truck loads of lager beers,” 20 years ago during the recording of its classic album “Bee Thousand.”

Calagione said he listened to the simply made, indie classic while working on plans for his “simple” brewery.

“DIY is in the blood of Dogfish Head and DIY is definitely in the blood of GBV,” he said.

Beer Thousand, an imperial lager, “is brewed with 10 grains and 10 hop varieties and clocks in at 10 percent ABV. 10x10x10=BEER Thousand,” according to the Facebook post.

Guided by Voices announced its latest break-up in September and canceled shows.

Guided by Voices formed in 1983 at Northridge High School and disbanded in 2004. The “classic” GBV lineup regrouped in 2010.

As part of the beer’s release and collaboration with GBV frontman Robert Pollard, Dogfish is selling 1,000 box sets of six 750ml bottles with a never-released 10-inch vinyl of a 1994 Guided by Voices show. There are 10 songs on the album.


Mirepoix Pictures Presents NightSong
John Adrian Riley, NHS 1958, and Jeremy Greenwell star in this new film. Nightsong tells the story of Kevin Hall, a music journalist who's devotion to his career has put immense strain on his personal life. Kevin doges his next interview to travel to Appalachia to interview Lester Ervin, a once-renowned folk musician who peaked in the 1960's. The film examines how the choices we make affect our lives. Though Kevin's journey, we contemplate man's capacity for change and explore one's need for connection: to our land, to our past, and to one another.

Father and Grandfather In World War II


William E, King and Jack King (1939), grandfather and father of Judy (1968), Janice (1971), and Joy (1978). Dayton newspaper 1941 or 1942. Jack was a member of the NHS class of 1939. Heroes...? bet...

The Sauer Tarzinski Education Fund, hereafter referred to as STEF, is dedicated to education enrichment for students of the Northridge Local School system. STEF shall engage in activities including but not limited to:

(1)  Providing funding for teachers to use field trips, guest speakers, demonstrations, assemblies and/or any other purpose that be of benifit to the education of students of Northridge Schools.

(2)  To receive contributions and donations of money, other property or services so that the purposes of STEF may be carried out.

(3)  To do all things necessary or incidental to carry out the foregoing purposes.

We are always looking for people who want to get involved and help Northridge students. A little time today may help many  students tomorrow. Consider attending one of the STEF meetings.

 To view the complete story about the STEF organization, please visit our website HERE. 

Check out these fine wheels owned by NHS alumni. Have a special car, submit a picture, HERE, of your car for posting on the alumni car show.  
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1955 Chevrolet BelAire and 1955 Ford Thunderbird
Old Northridge High School

NHS Alumni Car Show
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