An Alumni Newsletter

Winter 2006 


Class of 1967 Announces 40 Year Reunion

Contributed by Ellen Neihoff VanderRoest and the class of 67 Reunion Committee
The Henry Ford High Class of 1967 reunion committee has announced a date for their 40 year class reunion of Saturday, September 8,2007. Plans for this once in a lifetime event are still in the planning stages, however, the search for lost classmates is ongoing. The committee has created a "Class Website" on the website to keep you updated with information along with a Contact Form so you can update your address information. Please visit their Class Website for the latest information on dates, times and activities.

Class of 1997 Reunion?

Contributed by the HFHS web team
Class President Anavia McClure has registered on the alumni web site and is eager to get some plans started for a 10 year reunion. If you would like to get more information about a reunion or maybe even help out, then, you will want to get in touch with Anavia through the alumni web site.


Original Webmaster turns over the Galaxy CD

Contributed by the HFHS Webteam
Picture of Mike Z.Many of you know Mike Zapolski, Class of 1963. Mike is the original designer and webmaster of the Henry Ford High website which he created back in 2001. Mike also created the Galaxy CD after borrowing yearbooks from fellow classmates from the years 1960 through 1980. It took hours and hours of scanning page after page, however, his endeavor has lead to many classmates purchasing his Galaxy CD and enjoying their time browsing through not only their own yearbook but those of fellow friends and classmates. Mike has been charging a nominal fee for his hard work and those fees helped pay for his time and effort. 

Recently, Mike turned over the Galaxy CD to the Henry Ford High School Alumni website. We will continue to produce the CD and sell the disk for the same price that Mike did.  The web team would like thank Mike for his gracious donation to the Alumni website. All proceeds from the sale of the Galaxy CD's will go toward keeping the Alumni website online and enhancing the features that we can offer to you.

The New Galaxy CD

Contributed by the HFHS Webteam
The Galaxy CD (1960-1980) now comes with Laser Etched Labels using Lightscribe technology burned into the CD. No more paper labels that may come off or get jammed in your cd drive. These disks will last for years to come. Custom labels with your Senior photo or personalized photo are also available for a small extra charge.

Bonus! High resolution scans of The Pugliesi Photo's have now been added to the Galaxy CD.

NEW! Now available for DOWNLOAD at a discounted price. 

Want to learn more about the Galaxy CD. CLICK HERE

to Win a Galaxy CD in the Photo Mystery Contest

Former faculty member, Mr. Edward Pugliesi, has donated his personal photo collection (from the mid 60's) to the Alumni web site. Many of the photos are unidentified portraits of classmates. He is requesting that we try and identify the classmates and present the photo to the alum in the photo, hence the Photo Mystery Contest. The contest ends December 31st. 2006. Visit the web site for all the details.

New Constellation Map now displays your old street address

Now this is cool!
Would you like to see the house you grew up in or take a virtual tour of the Ford High neighborhood? Now you can.

The new constellation map powered by Google Maps  will now display  the house you grew up in along with the entire Ford High neighborhood. This is a fun feature that has been added to HFHS Alumni website and should be viewed by all visitors.

HFHS Alumni web site reaches 1200 registered members

Still growing by leaps and bounds the Henry Ford High School Alumni website has registered over 1200 Alumni. Are you a member? If not, maybe it's time you registered.


Cheryl Blanton Herrmann – Class of 1982

A race to beat strokes
Reprinted from the Detroit Freepress

Cheryl Blanton Herrmann, 41, nurse manager of the stroke unit at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, consults with staff at the hospital last month. Herrmann ran the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in San Diego, Calif., on June 3 to raise funds for the American Stroke Association. Her sister and mother died at 36 and 55, respectively, after suffering strokes.

Stroke symptoms

  • If you have any of these warning signs of a stroke, seek medical help by calling 911 immediately:

    • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
    • Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding
    • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
    • Sudden difficulty walking, dizziness or loss of balance or coordination
    • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

Picture of Cheryl Blanton Herrmann When Cheryl Herrmann, 41, hit mile 22 of the marathon, her knee gave out.  She refused to stop running.
It wasn't the thrill of winning that gave her the courage to continue.

Herrmann, a Detroit resident, was running on the Detroit Train to End Stroke Team, raising money for the American Stroke Association in the Rock'n' Roll Marathon in San Diego, Calif., on June 3.

Herrmann's sister, Detroit resident Trenice Baker, died of a stroke last fall at age 36. Their mom, Yvonne Baker of Detroit, died in 2002 from a stroke when she was just 55.

"At mile 22, I cried out to them, You have to help me get across this finish line,"  Herrmann said. "At that very moment, another runner tapped me on the shoulder."  The stranger yelled out, 'You can do it!" Herrmann said, "he ran in front of me and on his jersey it said, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."   "It was so powerful. I dragged myself to the finish line."

She cried when she completed the race. "I was so elated. I was so grateful and overwhelmed," she said. "It's such an emotional experience to think your body could take a physical and spiritual journey like that. There are no words that can describe that for me. "At the marathon, she helped raise more than $4,000 for the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association.

A family in shock

Herrmann was with Trenice Baker shortly after her fatal stroke left her crumpled on the sidewalk not far from her sister's home. "All three of her children were there," said Herrmann. "They were in shock." Baker died 10 days later. The family donated Baker's organs to save others.

"My brother spoke at her funeral. He said, I know whoever got her heart — theres probably some 60-year-old woman who's doing cartwheels. They probably are thinking, Grandma whats happened? " said Herrmann. "Thats just the way she was. She just enjoyed life."

Today, Herrmann and her brother care for their sisters young children.

The clock ticks

One reason Herrmann ran the marathon was to draw attention to strokes and to help people learn what to do if they feel its symptoms, said Herrmann, who is nurse manager of the stroke unit at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

A treatment that can limit damage caused by strokes is available, but you have to get to the hospital within a few hours for it to be effective, she said.

"The clock starts ticking at the very moment you were last seen normal," she said. "Time loss is brain loss. Maybe you're walking through the mall and someone says,  I can't move my left leg.  People around them should call 911."

Detroit native Timika Williams, 32, who now lives in Redford Township, ran the San Diego race in honor of her dad, who died after two strokes and a lifetime of heart disease.

Williams raised $3,946 in the marathon, thanks to donations from coworkers and area businesses.

"If I can help one person and they could help one person, it would be like a domino effect," she said. Ryan Davis, 27, director of the Train to End Stroke Program, said that last year, southeast Michigan runners like Herrmann and Williams provided $366,224 to help fund stroke programs stressing education, research and advocacy. Herrmann said her sister's too-brief life made an impact on those who knew her.

"I was so afraid to go to this marathon — just being away from my kids," she said. "I did it anyway. One thing she taught me was to live life to the fullest."

For more information about strokes, call the American Heart Association at 248-827-4214, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., or visit

Happy Holidays to you and your family from the Henry Ford High School alumni web team.


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