FAQs

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What is the Western High School Alumnae Association, Inc. (WHSAA)?

The Western High School Alumnae Association was reactivated and incorporated as a 501c3 non-profit membership organization in 1986. It was formed to support the preservation of Western High School, the oldest all girls public high school in the United States. WHSAA was organized in 1899 with Henrietta Szold as the first president. The first meeting was held January 18, 1900 and the first annual meeting was held May 7, 1900. The first Association actively reigned for 45 years, however Western did not have an active Alumnae Association from 1945-1986.

How can I join the WHSAA?

All Western High School graduates are eligible for membership in the Association. Graduating seniors are inducted in the Association during Commencement Exercise in June. Upon graduation, seniors have one (1) free year of membership. You may join online or you can download a form and mail in your payment.

How much are dues and how are they used?

Dues are $20.00 each year. Dues help to defray the costs of scholarships, printing, postage, supplies, equipment, software, maintenance and other related costs of running the Association.

When and where are meetings held?

The Association holds two annual meetings each year. One in the Fall and the Spring. The meetings are usually held at Western High School on Falls Road and Coldspring Lane, unless other arrangements are determined by the Executive Board.

Does the WHSAA plan class reunions?

No, the Association does not plan class reunions. The Association will provide classes with a guide on how to plan a successful class reunion, a listing of class members in the database (based on availability), and use of the bulk mail permit. Classes may also use our tax-exempt number when purchasing items for the reunion. When using the tax-exempt number, classes must donate at least $100 towards the Associations Scholarship fund.