July 2021: EHSA President’s Message

We’re calling all English alumni for an Olympian effort in fundraising.


At the risk of alienating our alumni friends and families, I’d like to talk about GIVING. Upfront I want to thank those who have given to English High Association and to our Alma Mater in the past. We have asked for and you have given of your dollars, efforts and stories….many thanks!
But we’re in a challenging fundraising campaign to elevate English High School Association to where we belong in the minds of many graduates. This inspiring determination is continuing on the tail end of a very difficult period for all of us and our loved ones. But with your help this is an organizational goal we will accomplish collectively for the good of public education in Boston as well as English.
For Wayne Lucas ’68 (EHS 1967-68 Cross Country Captain, 2-mile Reggies Champion) and Greg Hayes ’67 (EHS Class A State Champion 4 X 100 Relay) track runners, they know we are approaching our last fundraising leg. Both, active Board members, have been instrumental in leading the charge to get the word out to all alums and classmates. It’s always exciting to hear from graduates who have received our newsletter or Annual Appeal letter and want to help out. Maybe this is your year to donate $200 in honor of our 200th Anniversary? Many have stepped up to this level of generosity already; it will make a difference in achieving our $1MM goal this year.
Support is coming from all levels: City, State and Washington DC and at the White House. Many will demonstrate their support via video at our 200th Celebration Virtual Event:
  • Dr. Jill Biden
  • Honorable Marty Walsh
  • Governor Charlie Baker
  • Former Governor Michael Dukakis
  • House Speaker Ronald Mariano
  • Mayor Kim Janey
  • City Council President Pro Temp, Matt O’Malley
The list goes on and on…and if their messages do not inspire you then please read on to Lisa Henderson-Carter’s ’94, story of overcoming obstacles with the support English gave her at a crucial time in her life in this newsletter.
By the time this hits your inbox please take some comfort in knowing our schools’ academic guardians continue the Mission of English High today as it was in 1821:
Educating Boston’s working-class families’ sons and daughters to go to college and be successful citizens.
They are our future Alumni Association. With timing luck, you will also read a comprehensive Boston Globe article on English High’s 200th by Tom Farragher.
We are spreading the word. Jump on this bandwagon!
Thanks, for reading..Onward!
Mike Thomas’67
Honor…Achievement…Service to Mankind