Mary D. Bradford High School Class of 1973 welcomes you to its web site!
It's for you... best of all, it is absolutely free! Find your name on the list of Classmate Profiles and register now to log in and create your own profile page (upload photos and let your classmates know what you've been up to since our days at Mary D.). Classmate address, phone number(s) and email address are required for verification purposes when you create your profile.
This is the only endorsed OFFICIAL website for the Bradford High School Class of 1973. Don't be taken in by organizations purporting to have a connection with our alma mater which have no connection whatsoever to Bradford High School and our local Kenosha community.
You may be wondering if your contact information (i.e., address and phone number) is secure on our website. When you post changes to the mailing address and phone numbers in your profile on the website, an automatic notice of the update is sent to our Site Administrators, Randy and Jan Vaccaro. We have “checked the box” to Block Profile Visibility for everyone listed on the Class of ’73 website. This blocks public and search engines from accessing the information contained in your profile. Classmates who are logged in on the website cannot see your street address or phone numbers, but they may see photos and any personal narrative you share in your profile. If you send a message to a classmate through the website, they will see your email address.
In March 2021, we obtained a secure certificate for our Class of '73 website, so you'll no longer receive a warning from the web browser you're using that our website is not secure.
05/14/2023: Sending our thanks to Joe Ferraro, Susan Shemanske, Kathy Dosemagen Sepulveda and Diane Grzegorczyk for their generous support of the Bradford Class of 1973 Scholarship Fund. We have raised $455 thus far and hope to raise $1973 to fund a scholarship for a 2024 Bradford senior, which will be administered by the Bradford Alumni Association.
Reservations for the Reunion are arriving steadily, although we're a bit disappointed upon opening them to find some of our classmates have not included an update for the 2023 edition of the Class of 1973 Memory Book, even if it's just a few short sentences.
P.S.: Happy Mother's Day!
04/26/2023: Yesterday we received word of the first donation for the Silent Auction being held in conjunction with our 50th Reunion on Saturday, September 16: a lap quilt and matching pillow (pictured at right), created by Debbie Cody Landre. She chose fabrics in Bradford colors of red and black, combining them with gold to signify the 50-year anniversary of our graduation from BHS. Nicely done, Debbie! We can hardly wait to see an updated photo of the quilt once you get it back from the company doing the long-arm quilting.
We’ve also heard from Victoria Greibel Hessefort that she plans to donate a gift basket for the Silent Auction. Randy Vaccaro has donated a DuraClick Pen and Pencil set (pictured below, right), crafted in his home workshop; it features Birdseye Maple hardwood with stainless steel knurled hardware in a gun metal finish that has kind of an industrial vibe.
We’ve set a goal of raising $1973 for the Class of 1973 Scholarship and thus far have raised $270. Classmates are encouraged to donate an item for the auction or via check payable to KBHSAA to be sent along with their Reunion Registration form. We send our thanks to the following classmates who have donated funds for the Scholarship: Jim Dorr, Peter Barca, Julieann Scherer Sinnen and Randy Vaccaro.
Proceeds from the Silent Auction will benefit the 1973 Class Scholarship, which will be administered by the Bradford Alumni Association (KBHSAA), an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) organization, to be offered for a 2024 Bradford senior.
04/04/2023: This afternoon we emailed the BHS '73 Class Reunion Packets to 95 classmates; you may view the list of classmates to whom emails were sent here. We've only had 2 emails bounce back as undeliverable, and we've already moved those two names to our list for mailing labels. On Thursday morning, we will drop off the Reunion Packets being sent via "snail mail" at USPS Downtown. Watch your mailbox, kids!
The Reunion Packet includes a list of Classmates for whom we have no contact info whatsoever. If you are in touch with anyone on that list, we hope you will mention the upcoming 50-Year Reunion to them. Tomorrow morning, we will make the Reunion Packet materials available on our website.
03/10/2023: 50-Year Reunion Update!
Friday, September 15, 2023
6:00PM Ice Breaker at Kenosha Brewing Co. (4017 80th Street)
No reservations required for this event... show up and renew old friendships! Cash bar, and you may order food at your own expense off KBC’s menu… options include appetizers, salads & soup, sandwiches and entrees/tacos/pasta plus the Friday night AYCE special… and we noticed some interesting options on the KBC Beer Menu.
Saturday, September 16, 2023
Stella’s Casa Capri (2129 Birch Road)
5:00PM - 6:30PM Cash Bar / Snacks / Silent Auction
6:30PM - 8:30PM Buffet: Pizza, Chicken Wings, Salad and Homemade Desserts
Reservations required; mail your registration by 06/30/2023 to get the discounted rate!
Deadline to register: 07/31/2023
Note: Thanks to the Reunion Committee for their work on verifying classmate mailing and email addresses. We're sorry, but due to competing projects, we are estimating the Reunion Packets for our 50-year event will not go out until March 31.
09/09/2022: This morning we added a Classmates Not Registered page to the Class of '73 website. We hope those who are active on our website will take a look at those listed and, if you have contact information or an email address for any of them, please reach out to them with an invitation to join our website.
Please note, you must be logged in to your Classmate Profile in order to view the Classmates Not Registered page, as well as the In Memory page.
08/14/2022: Yesterday morning, we added Dave Wallen to the In Memory page and included his photo from the '73 Spy. He passed away in 2007, which was before the BHS Class of 1973 website was established. Unfortunately, we've not been able to locate a published obituary.
REUNION COMMITTEE REQUESTS YOUR ASSISTANCE
July 6, 2022: During the first 6 months of this year, we have seen the loss of several '73 classmates, all of whom have been added to our In Memory page. We added photos of most of those classmates who've passed, some photos from published obituaries and some from our Spy yearbooks.
The Reunion Committee will be looking ahead to organizing the 50th Reunion for the Class of 1973 to be held in 2023. We ask each classmate to keep us posted on changes to his/her mailing address, phone number(s) and email address. Thanks in advance for your help!
Hope you are well and living life to the fullest!
June 8, 2022: We just learned that John Cibrario, mathematics teacher and baseball coach for Bradford High School for more than 30 years, has passed away. He touched the lives of so many young people in his time at BHS. You can read his obituary here. Rest in peace, Mr. Cibrario.
Support the Bradford High School Alumni Association
We hope you'll consider supporting the Kenosha Bradford High School Alumni Association (KBHSAA) by becoming a member. Please visit the Alumni Association's official website for more information on its mission to provide annual scholarships to deserving seniors and recognition of Distinguished Alumni for their achievements.
The KBHSAA has previously honored five of our classmates as DAA recipients:
KBHSAA recently completed its DAA Plaque Restoration project, which included having our classmate, Don Sebetic, photograph the plaques. Those photos have been posted on the KBHSAA website on the Close-Up: DAA Honorees web page. The DAA plaques are on display in the hallway just east of Bradford's Main Entrance.
We'd very much like to see another deserving member of the Class of '73 nominated to receive DAA consideration next year. The nomination form is available here on the KBHSAA website, and nominations must be postmarked by January 31, 2023.