Downs, Kansas, High School Alumni Association

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Downs, KS  67437


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Updated 05-12-11



The mission of the Downs High School Alumni Association is to assist the alumni in the pursuant of excellence, continue friendships formed in the high school, build strong and mutually beneficial ties between its diverse alumni, promote good will in the community and create a dynamic alumni program that will stimulate interests, build loyalty & unity, increase involvement and generate support for the school among former students, faculty and friends.



The DHS Alumni Association was formed after the closing of Downs High School and consolidation of the USD 272 schools in 2003. Local members then worked to organize as a not-for-profit, non-stock corporation. The Corporation is organized exclusively for charitable, scientific, and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code of 1986. As of May 20, 2009 DHSAA, Inc. is recognized as a pubic charity with a 509 (a) (2) status. DHSAA, Inc. was organized and operates exclusively for educational and charitable purposes as a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the interest of Downs High School and the Downs community and promoting generally this education institution, our alma mater.



REUNION: Downs High School Alumni Association, Inc. hosts an annual alumni reunion each year during the annual Downs Celebration. A noon lunch is catered and enjoyed by DHSAA members and guests. A short business meeting is conducted and followed by a program including the presentation of the recipient of the current year DHSAA, Inc. scholarship. The afternoon is enjoyed by all with an a open house to the public with lots of visiting, hugs, laughs and smiles as memories are shared between old friends. Classes observing special reunions are invited to celebrate their day with everyone at the reunion at tables reserved just for them


SCHOLARSHIP: An annual scholarship of at least $300 is awarded to a graduating senior of Lakeside High School. The applicant must be a descendant of an eligible relative that was a graduate of Downs High School. Eligible relatives are limited to any parent, grandparent, great grandparent, aunt or uncle.  Applicants are required to submit the application with an essay entitled 'What Downs Means To Me' and attend the DHS Alumni reunion to receive the scholarship. Members would like to increase the amount of the award each year and fundraising for the scholarship is done during the reunion with raffles, ice cream floats and the sale of DHS Alumni items. Click to view past scholarship recipients.



DRAGONS DEN: View Photos Memorabilia from the former Downs High School is housed at the 'Dragons Den' at 813 Morgan in downtown Downs. Continued donations of DHS and Dragon memorabilia are needed so that the displays may be changed periodically. As monetary donations are received, more remodeling of the building will take place. The Dragons Den is open to the public during the week of the Downs Celebration. If you would like to visit, local members are available to assist and numbers are posted in the window.


WEBSITE: DHSAA maintains a website that all alumni are encouraged to visit and submit their personal profile.  The website contains information concerning classmates, class reunions, and announcements for the DHSAA, Inc. Current class contact lists are also requested to add to the alumni database.


MEMBERSHIP: All DHS alumni are asked to join at a cost of $10.00 per graduate, per year, even if unable to attend the reunion. Funds are used throughout the year to help with expenses associated with building taxes, insurance & upkeep, website and reunion expenses


MEMORIALS: Monetary donations have been previously received from the Vivian Cowley Memorial and Georgia Domoney Memorial, who were former alumni members and DHS graduates. In 2011, the Streit children set up a yearly grant of $500 to be used as the Lawrence and Anna Streit Family Scholarship. This scholarship is administered by DHSAA under the same guidelines as the alumni scholarship.

Since DHSAA, Inc. is a tax-exempt organization, memorials and large donations made to DHS Alumni Association, Inc. are tax deductible. Dues, donations and memorials can be sent anytime to DHSAA, Inc. Donations in any amount are welcome and appreciated.