History of the ZAA

History of the ZAA

History of the ZAA

The Zanesville Alumni Association was organized in 1994 by Jennifer Stewart. In May 1996, the first $500 scholarship was awarded to ZHS senior Leah Mason Hauser. One $500 scholarship was awarded each year from 1996 to 2010, except for 1998, 2005, 2006, and 2008, when two $500 scholarships were awarded. A total of $9,500 was given to graduating seniors during this time.
 
The ZAA was reorganized in October 2010, and one $1,000 scholarship was awarded in 2011. In 2012, three $1,000 scholarships were awarded, and in 2013, 2014, and 2015, four $1,000 scholarships were awarded. Beginning in 2016, the plan was to award four regular $1,000 scholarships from the ZAA, and one $1,000 engineering scholarship donated by John Darringer, Class of 1960.
 
Funds for scholarships are raised by two main events each year. One is the Homecoming Dinner held in the fall before the ZHS homecoming football game. The other is the sale of discount cards sponsored by local businesses. We hope to expand on the opportunity for individual scholarships offered by our alumni. Those can be either a one-time scholarship or can be set up as an ongoing scholarship offered every year. Funds are also obtained through the sale of individual Alumni memberships. Dues are only $10 per year, due each December. Lifetime memberships are available for a one-time fee of $150. If a person has been out of school for 50 years, the lifetime membership is $50. 
 
Funds are also raised through donations. These can be made to honor an individual, or in memory of an individual. In addition to awarding scholarships, the ZAA has been involved in the dedication of the new high school, the burial of a time capsule at ZHS, and our members change the display in the entryway between the front doors at ZHS. We also are a resource for class reunion committees in terms of ideas for venues, decorations, favors, fund raising, etc. Collecting, inventorying, storing, and displaying memorabilia is another service provided by ZAA. Our collection of the Comus yearbooks is nearly complete. The first Comus we have was a weekly that was written in 1896. 
 
ZAA is growing every year and we are always open to suggestions and new ideas from our association members.

Our Alma Mater

ZHS Alma Mater
Listen to the first verse of our alma mater, as sung by The Symphonic Chorale.
PLEASE NOTE: Although written in 1915 by Bernard Mechling, the song did not become our Alma Mater until 1922, when Norris F. Schneider suggested it. We have included the little-known third verse, which is especially meaningful to alumni. We thank Franz Schneider (Norris F. Schneider's son, who is also a lifetime member of the Zanesville Alumni Association) for providing us with the third verse.

Dear old Zanesville High we love you,
And for you we'll ever cheer
And the praises we are singing
Will echo year to year,
Like an old friend ever faithful
We are with you, do or die,
You're the right school,
Blue and White school
Dear old Zanesville High.

Onward, Upward – is our motto
Through the long and happy days,
And the victories we are winning
Will add new praise to praise,
While for you, dear Alma Mater,
We will sing it to the sky –
You're the right school,
Blue and White school
Dear old Zanesville High.

With a loyalty unmeasured,
We will guard your honored name;
We will strive with hearts unfailing
To bring you added fame.
Tho' life calls us from our home town,
In our dreams we'll hear the cry -
You're the right school,
Blue and White school,
Dear old Zanesville High.
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