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Mission Statement

THE MISSION OF THE HARDING HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION OF OKLAHOMA CITY IS TO MAINTAIN CONTACT WITH HARDING ALUMNI, PROMOTE CLASS REUNIONS AND PROVIDE FUNDING FOR INSTRUCTIONAL NEEDS, INCLUDING SCHOLARSHIPS, FOR QUALIFIED GRADUATING SENIORS OF THE OKLAHOMA CITY PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM, WITH A FOCUS ON HARDING CHARTER PREPARATORY HIGH SCHOOL AND HARDING FINE ARTS CENTER.

About the HHSAA

The Harding High School Alumni Association (HHSAA) of Oklahoma City is a 501c3 organization whose membership is comprised of all students who attended the former Harding High School.  These include classes graduating from 1958 through 1968.  As of 2007, our membership will also include those who graduate from Harding Charter Preparatory High School and Harding Fine Arts Center.

A SHORT HISTORY OF THE HARDING ALUMNI ASSOCIATION OF OKLAHOMA CITY

Harding began as a junior high school in approximately 1925, graduating its first documented class of ninth graders in 1928. In 1955, Harding was changed into a combination junior high and high school, whose first senior class graduated in 1958. Only ten more senior classes graduated before Harding was changed into a middle school in the summer of 1968. In May 2003, Harding’s doors were closed, only to re-open shortly thereafter as a new college-preparatory charter high school. Many Harding alumni gave of their expertise and finances to prepare the school for its resurrected mission.

In June 2003 our ageless and energetic former Latin teacher, Marjorie Miller, suggested that the Harding alumni get together on an all-class basis to provide a way for Harding graduates to stay in touch and support the school. During the 2003-2004 school year many of us discussed how to create an all-class alumni association, but no one knew how to set it up and get in touch with the graduates. In the Spring of 2004 Phil Kernan arrived from Nevada to visit his parents and help set up the HHS’64 reunion. He immediately saw the need for a dedicated organizer and put his life on hold for more than two months to assist with the reunion and open it to all classes. With the able assistance of many other alumni, Phil worked for hours every day at the school, assembling class mailing lists and sending out notices for the all-class event, including an opportunity to join the new all-class alumni association. Harding’s new principal graciously opened the building for HHSAA organizational meetings and hosted the memorable welcome assembly in the school’s auditorium on the Saturday morning of the reunion.

On the strength of the positive alumni response towardHarding Charter Prep High School, the HCP Administration graciously assigned space to be utilized as a Harding Alumni Room. This Alumni Room is currently located at the South end of the Library/Media Room. It is furnished with a complete set of Marionette Newspapers and Aquila Yearbooks, scrapbooks with clippings and photos from the early years, trophies from high school and middle school years and several other memorabilia items. We even have a copy of the original 1928 Junior High Yearbook. The Harding Alumni Association welcomes donations of memorabilia from any former students and their families. Our alumni are always welcome at the school -- just check in at the front office and journey down memory lane.

After June 2004 HHSAA formed a Board of Directors with representatives from each graduating class (plus 1969 and 1970), and officially incorporated as a 501-c-3 nonprofit organization. Current Officers and members of the Board of Directors are listed on their corresponding web pages. HHSAA offers a $10.00/year annual membership or a $100.00 lifetime membership. HHSAA is dedicated to fostering contact among the graduating classes, helping with class reunions, publishing newsletters to Harding graduates, supporting educational excellence throughout Oklahoma City, and welcoming new Harding graduates as members, beginning in May 2007.

Did You Know that Harding High School was Considered the“Crown Jewel” of Oklahoma City Public High Schools?

1. 90% of Harding High School graduates attended college. This compared to other high schools in the area where, at best, 60% of graduates went to college.

2. Performance of Harding High School students as a group on standardized tests was in the top 2% nationally, far above other Oklahoma City high schools.