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MHS alumni group has a plan for center, museum

Article From Manhattan Mercury
Leah Fliter, Staff Writer

If you’re a Manhattan High School graduate who’s pining for the good old days at MHS, you’re in luck. The nine-month-old Manhattan High Alumni Association has plans for your very own alumni center and museum, which will soon be in place at the school’s east campus.

Organizers hope the association and the center will improve communication and pride among alums. Association president Dave Fiser, a 1957 graduate, is president of the association, which was officially incorporated last November. He’s looking for MHS graduates, whether recent or long-past, to join the group, whose purpose is — according to its articles of incorporation — to “communicate with alumni and friends of Manhattan High School, to promote Manhattan High School to students, graduates, and friends; and, generally advance awareness of the quality of education within Manhattan High School.”

The alumni association’s pet project at the present is the alumni center and museum, which will be in rooms 112-113 at MHS-East. Fiser credits alum Don Pady, class of 1955, with coming up with the idea for the museum, which Fiser hopes will open in the next few months. He says it will include memorabilia, “a wall of fame” and possibly a couple of computers for alumni use. “We’re just getting started,” he said. Anyone who wants to donate memorabilia may call Fiser at 537-9123 or e-mail him at

MHS principal Terry McCarty is in charge of the wall of fame. He envisions it “as a way of bringing together all the different areas of the school to support the school.” McCarty said he’s still doing research, but “I know Manhattan High School has produced some outstanding individuals, whether it be in fine arts, performing arts, athletics, (or) academics.

For more information, visit the association’s website: It has links to past classes and other information about membership and activities.