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, the info is only visible 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.
05/14/2022: The Reunion Committee will meet soon to begin discussing plans for the 50th Class Reunion to be held in 2023. If you're local to the area and may be interested in joining the Committee, please reach out via the Contact Us page to offer your services. We've heard from classmate Debbie Cody (Landre) this week with an interesting idea for a Silent Auction, the proceeds of which would be used to fund a scholarship for a deserving Bradford senior.
04/07/2022: We're excited to announce our classmate, Susan Shemanske, has been chosen as a 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. She will be honored at the KBHSAA DAA Banquet & Silent Auction on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at Kenosha Country Club. Click here for details of the event... hope you'll consider attending!
November 9, 2021: Heads up to those classmates who were active in Bradford Choirs under the direction of Roger Tweiten way back when. A Bradford Choir Reunion had been planned for late September but was cancelled due to COVID concerns. Just received word of a Bradford Choir Reunion/Zoom Call with Roger Tweiten set for this Sunday, November 14, at 10:00AM.
The phone number and PIN for the Zoom call will be emailed to those on the Choir Reunion email list tomorrow (November 10). If you'd like more info on how to participate in the Zoom call, please shoot an email to Eddie Bedford ’69: email@example.com.
P.S.: Roger Tweiten suggested we all share a paragraph update of what we have been up to the past 50 years. Feel free to post on the Facebook group page: Kenosha Bradford H.S. Choir Reunion or to send an email to Roger c/o his wife, Verna: Vtweiten@sbcglobal.net.
REUNION COMMITTEE REQUESTS YOUR ASSISTANCE
November 5, 2021: The older we get, the more quickly time seems to fly by. It's been just over 3 years since our last reunion. Next year, the Reunion Committee will be looking ahead to organizing the 50th Reunion for the Class of 1973. We ask each classmate to keep us posted on changes to his/her mailing address, phone number(s) and email address. Hope you are well and living life to the fullest!
Last summer, we completed an update to the In Memory page, adding photos of most of those classmates who've passed. Some of the photos are from published obituaries and some were taken from our Spy yearbooks. We are still wishing we could update the listings for those classmates for whom we do not have the year in which they passed. If you can help us fill in the blanks, please reach out to us via the Contact Us page. Thanks in advance for your help!
It's July 1, 2020... by now you're probably all tired of the COVID-19 news... nevertheless, we hope all are well and staying safe! Today we updated our Oh No – Bouncing Emails! page, which lists the names of 16 classmates who are currently unable to receive emails through this website, along with instructions to be followed to correct the problem.
Fellow classmates, if you are in direct contact with any of those classmates, kindly reach out to them and ask them to update the email address in their profile.
The Reunion Committee thanks you for your assistance!
In other news, KBHSAA recently announced its 2019 scholarship recipients;
the senior selected to receive the Class of 1973 Scholarship in the amount of $773 is
Amanda Yackley, who plans to major in Biomolecular Engineering at MSOE.
Blink of an Eye: 45-Year Reunion!
Thanks to all who turned out -- by our count, a total of 11 classmates -- for Friday night football at Mary D. Bradford Stadium on September 7. We cheered on the Bradford Red Devils and fondly recalled the times we watched our classmates playing for Bradford at Lakefront Stadium. Unfortunately, the 2018 Bradford Red Devils were defeated by the Oak Creek Knights… final score 28-7.
Our Saturday night event kicked off at 5PM with cash bar, snacks and the Silent Auction, a fundraiser for the Class of '73 Scholarship Fund. We'd had 91 people sign up to attend the September 8 event, and another 9 people paid at the door. We send our thanks to Hondo and our attentive waitstaff for keeping those wonderful Casa Capri pizzas coming throughout the evening. Thanks also go out to our talented bakers on the Reunion Committee: Debbie (Mink) Ruppa, Claudia (Stoyer) Nickerson and Jan (Martin '74) Vaccaro for the homemade cookies, lemon bars, etc.
When we announced the closing of our Silent Auction at 7:30PM, we asked Janine Hunter (who had dropped in with her cousin, Alisa [Ruffolo '82] Taleronik to draw the winning ticket for the Door Prize. Sharon (Martin) Gename was the winner, taking home a tote bag cooler containing Snap-on T-shirts, hats, socks and a pair of sunglasses.
The Silent Auction was well received, with several spirited bidding wars between classmates over popular items. We send our thanks to the many local businesses that donated merchandise or gift certificates for our Silent Auction. If you live in the Kenosha area, we hope you will support these businesses with your patronage… you'll find them listed on our Thanks Silent Auction Donors webpage. Thanks to all who participated in our Silent Auction; several classmates snapped up some great deals. When it ended, we had taken in $490 for our Scholarship Fund. We’d also like to thank those classmates who so generously supported our Class of ’73 Scholarship Fund appeal with a donation to KBHSAA (the Bradford Alumni Association). The Class of '73 Scholarship in the amount of $773 will be offered for a 2019 Bradford senior and will be administered by KBHSAA.
In the Photo Gallery, we have posted a dozen photos taken by Randy. If you were one of the many classmates taking photos with your Smartphone, we'd love to have you add them to the Photo Gallery for the 45-Year Reunion. You may upload them if you're comfortable doing so, or simply email them to website administrators Randy and Jan Vaccaro at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or if you'd prefer to send them via text message, please send a quick email to request the phone# to which you may send them.
Organizing a reunion and getting the word out to as many classmates as possible takes a great team effort. Be part of that team by keeping us updated on any changes to your directory data. You may contact us through the website, or reach out to a Reunion Committee member via telephone if email is not something you typically do (leave a voicemail if you don't get through to a human being -- we may not always answer calls from phone numbers we don't recognize).
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 four of our classmates as DAA recipients: Michael Martino in 2001, Peter Barca in 2005 and, in 2019, Louis Covelli and Vince Ruffolo. We'd usually suggest you take a few minutes to check out the DAA plaques in the hallway the next time you have occasion to visit Bradford High School, but they were taken down ahead of the current construction project. KBHSAA has taken this opportunity work on restoring the plaques, as many were found to need DAA honorees' photos replaced. The restoration work is complete, and our classmate, Don Sebetic, is working with KBHSAA to photograph the 120 plaques. The photos will be posted on the KBHSAA website upon completion of the project.
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, and nominations must be postmarked by January 31, 2022.