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Alumni dues are $25 per quarter or $100 annually.  You can pay your Alumni Dues here.  Click on the Donate button below and pay by debit or credit.  You can also pay by check or money order payable to NHS Class of 1971 and mailed to Robert Dobyns, 3413 Stonesboro Road, Fort Washington, Maryland 20744.





•   Dwight Caster  6/21
•   Lena Downing (Handy)  6/23
•   George Davis  6/25
•   Doris Basker  7/4
•   Tony Carter  7/14



(A 501c3)  


January 14, 2024


SUBJECT: Planning for 2024 and Reflections on 2023  

Dear Classmates,

We hope this letter finds you and your families well.

We are entering another year where COVID-19, RSV, and the Flu are still impacting our members and their families. We understand that these respiratory challenges will be with us for the long term, so please continue to be vigilant.  In light of these challenges, the Executive pressed on with planning for 2024 by conducting its offsite in Williamsburg, Va on Jan 13, 2024.

As usual, we had a great turn out of Officers and Committee Chairs at the offsite. I congratulate each member of the Executive Committee for their continued hard work in preparing for the offsite and their dedication, commitment, and candor in discussing key issues to arrive at the best decisions in the interest of the Association.  The Offsite was very productive and the Officers and Committee Chairs who attended took the opportunity to socialize and bond with each other.  

The offsite began with breakfast at 9:00am and lasted until 10:00am. There was plenty of food for all. Breakfast time provided an opportunity for the Executive Committee members to have personal conversations regarding their families, other classmates, general health concerns/tips, and other topics for the general benefit of all. Breakfast was followed by a productive business session from 10:00am – 12noon. We had several members join the offsite via zoom. Following the business session, attendees gathered to watch the two football games. 


The following alumni members will serve as your Officers and Committee Chairs for the next several years:

  • Officers


Position                                              Individuals


President                                       Charles Holden

Vice-president                                Lena Downing - Handy

Recording Secretary                      Sarah Keeve Laws

Correspondence Secretary            David Wiggins –Lead,                  

                                                       Dwight Caster-Assistant

Treasurer                                       Robert Dobyns

Assistant Treasurer                        Diane Owens Crosby

Chaplain                                         Marshall Parker

Historian                                         Raymond Jones                                                                                                                    Committee Chairs

Position                                             Individuals


Membership                                     Gwendolyn Rollins

                                                         Tish Butler- Assistant

Public Affairs                                     Lena Downing-Handy

Recognition & Awards                       Carolyn Parker

Budget and Finance                          Lena Downing Handy

                                                          Charles Holden - Assistant

Program and Activities &                   Brenda Yerby Bullock

                                                           Reunion Planning   

Scholarship Committee                       Flossie Dobyns,  Lead

                                                             Lena Downing Handy

                                                             Raymond Jones

                                                             Tish Butler

                                                             Caroloy Parker

                                                              Marshall Parker          

This year will mark 53 years since we all walked across the stage at NHS. We are about to begin planning for our 55th Anniversary celebration in 2026.However, we are not waiting until 2026 to bring classmates back together.We will continue to have our annual gatherings in 2024 and 2025. Please mark your calendars for our annual cookout in Sept 2024.We are in the process of coordinating the location and confirming the date now and will be communicating that information to you very soon.

Reflection on the past year. On a sad note, we lost one of our own, Becky Jenkins King on August 28, 2023.  We also lost a key member of the NHS family, Mrs. Holly Paige Curtis Swann on February 14, 2023.  Mrs. Swann served as a registrar for the Guidance Department at Northumberland High School. Mrs. Katie Walker assumed Mrs. Swann’s duties for scholarships, and we will be working with her in 2024. On a more positive note, we awarded a $1000 scholarship to Quinton Jones at the NHS Annual Scholarship Night on May 22, 2023. Quinton is now attending the University of Richmond.  Our plan is to award another $1,000 scholarship to a graduating senior in 2024.  We had our annual gathering on 16 Sept 2023, at Sharon Keyser’s parent’s home at 965 Honest Point Rd, Lottsburg, VA 22511. The cookout was very successful. We had approximately 70 attendees. Good food and fun were had by all. 

As you can see, we are still working hard to keep our Association relevant. We are trying to maximize every opportunity to allow our classmates to socialize with each other and give back to our community. If you are not actively involved with your Association (paying your dues or serving in a position), we ask that you consider doing so because your Association needs you.

Several classmates, friends, and family members are recovering from or are experiencing illness. We ask you to reach out and check on each other and just love on each other and keep everyone in prayer.

We hope that each one of you will be blessed with good health and happiness in 2024 and beyond.

Again, please remember that respiratory illnesses are still a challenge for most of us, especially at our age, so please stay safe.

If you have questions about the Association, please feel free to email the Association at or give me a call at 757-714-9009.



Charles M. Holden


Northumberland High School Alumni Association.













NHS Class of 1971 Alumni Association Awards a Scholarship


The Northumberland High School Alumni Association awarded a $1000 scholarship to Quinton Jones.  Quinton is  a 2023 NHS graduating senior.  He has a 4.5 GPA and ranks #4 of 97 graduating seniors.  He plans to attend The University of Richmond and major in Political Science.

The NHS Class of 1971 Alumni Association, Inc. is a non-profit, 501c3, tax exempt organization established to promote the spirit of alumni unity and camaraderie and to provide community service in the Northumberland County area.

Each year the Association conducts a community service project with a primary focus on NHS.  The project for 2023 was a $1000 scholarship. Its scholarships are presented to students who have demonstrated exceptional performance in academics, leadership, community service and indicated a desire to pursue higher education at a two-year or four-year college or university.

NHS Class of 1971 Alumni Association supports scholarships and other community charitable activities through public donations. 





We would like to get in touch with you.   Please complete your profile.  If anyone knows how to get in touch with someone else, either contact them yourself and tell them about it or pass the information along to someone who will.  Before we got high tech, word of mouth worked and it still does.  We just need to use it.

I am looking for the whereabouts of teachers from Fall '66 to Spring '71.  The committee has decided to include teachers from both schools and all grades.  If anybody knows anything about any of these teachers, please help me out. 

UNKNOWN AT PRESENT: (If anyone knows anything about the status of the following teachers, please provide us with the information)
Larry Fields - Shop, Vocational Agriculture - 1968 - 1969
Charles Scott - Science, Vocational Agriculture - 1968
Gregory Craig - English - 1969
Barbara Bowers - English - 1969
George Whalen - English - 1969
William Shield - Science - 1969
James Townsend - Agriculture - 1969 - 1971
Doris Booker - English - 1970
Jerry Durham - English - 1970
George Griffin - Agriculture - 1970
John M. Creger - Vocal & Instrumental Music - 1971
Barry Stevens - Art - 1971

Thank you, Kathy Simmons Shirilla