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Seitzer, ’77 Pens Book – Inspires a Documentary →  November 17, 2022

Jeff Seitzer’s (’77)  memoir, The Fun Master: A Father’s Journey of Love, Loss, and Learning to Live One Day at a Time (SparkPress 2022), which reviewers have called “bold and heartwarming,” beautifully crafted,” and “witty, Sedaris-esque,” has inspired a documentary, Danger Amidst the Beauty: The Ethan Seitzer Story, produced by the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project.  The documentary will […]

Alex Harz Climbs Everest →  August 1, 2018

Alex Harz, CHS 1991, has successfully climbed Mount Everest and made it back to base camp safely! Believed to be the first Eagle to reach the summit of Mount Everest, Alex has been training for months in preparation of this adventure.

Clay Lomneth Captures an Image for Eternity →  July 13, 2017

Clay Lomneth (’06) captured a rare moment in history. It was the funeral of Fae Moore, who died in 1943 at the Battle of Tarawa in the Pacific, and whose remains were identified recently by DNA.  Moore was a Nebraska native and the story was shared in a recent Omaha World Herald article. This photo […]

Henry Cordes, Class of ’81 →  April 19, 2017

World-Herald reporter Henry J. Cordes and Matthew Hansen have won the 2016 Thomas C. Sorensen Award for Distinguished Journalism for their investigative series on Goodwill Omaha.  See full story on

Clark Lauritzen, Class of ’95 →  April 19, 2017

Clark Lauritzen, CHS 1995, was going to become the new President and Chariman of First National Bank of Omaha and First National Bank of Nebraska. Clark becomes the 6th generation of his family to lead First National Bank. Congratulations, Clark! Read the full story of Clark’s promotion from an Omaha World-Herald article written by Cole Epley.

CHS Really is the Crown Jewel →  September 3, 2013

Gail (Braddock) Quagliata’s photography project “Documenting the Dwindling Number of Manhattan Bodegas” was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal. Gail, who graduated in 1998  shared how she has realized the impact that her opportunities at Central High School impacted her life. I really do credit my time at Career Center and as photographer for […]

Poetry Collection Published →  April 10, 2013

Zan Bockes’ (’76) first collection of poetry, “Caught in Passing,” is now available. She earned her BA in English and BFA in Creative Writing at UNO and went on to finish her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Montana. She lives in Missoula, Montana with her husband.

Alum Covers Many Miles →  September 4, 2012

Their infatuation may have started the day they had to plumb each step forward in the rain with their hiking sticks to avoid falling into the peat bogs, or perhaps when they survived five feet forward visibility, driving rain and the cold to ascend and then find their way down the mountains of England’s Lake […]

Peabody Award, Guinness World Record →  July 6, 2012

Central High grad Harry Friedman (Class of  ’64) has received another honor: entry in the Guinness Book of World Records. His record is most Emmy Awards —11 — and most Emmy nominations — 37 — for a game-show producer. He is executive producer of “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune.” In May 2012, Harry Friedman (Class […]

Tom Cover (’60) →  January 16, 2012

Tom Cover, class of 1960 recently chaired a fundraising effort in his local community, St. George Utah.  Cover, also a Marine Corps veteran lead a program to design and construct a Veterans Honor Park, which was dedicated on 11/11/11 at 11:00 AM. A full ceremony with music, motorcycle guard, marching, presentation of colors, speakers, and […]

2006 Classmates Making Documentary →  March 24, 2011

Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette, both class of ’06, are currently working on a documentary film about urban farming in America, called Growing Cities. This summer they will visit city-dwellers across the U.S. who are addressing issues of human and environmental health, food security, and urban decay by growing food in their communities. Their film […]

Alums Reconnect & Marry →  March 24, 2011

Central Alums Rae Dickinson Keogh (’44) and Jarvis Freymann (’44), who attended Central together (1940-44) recently reconnected. Rae & Jarvis had gone their separate ways after high school, married others and raised their families. Both had become widows and last summer they came back together and were married in Washington DC, where they now make […]

Robert X. Fogarty (’01) →  March 15, 2011

Robert X. Fogarty (’01), 27, is the director of and founder of Dear World. He started after assisting the City of New Orleans to evacuate 18,000 residents without cars in advance of Hurricane Gustav, the largest hurricane evacuation in U.S. history. trains 500 volunteers each year to assist in the event of […]

Steve Marantz (’69) Authors Book →  January 9, 2011

Steve Marantz (’69) reported for newspapers in Kansas City and Boston, and for ESPN, for 35 years.  Only then did it occur to him that what happened at Central early in 1968 might have been the best story he never wrote.  Those who were there will never forget it.  Those who weren’t can read about […]

Andrew Binkley (’96) →  October 27, 2010

Andrew Binkley, former Omaha artist, has been a featured artists at a recent international art exhibition.  Binkley was born and lived in Omaha till graduating from Central High School in 1996. The exhibition is SURVIVAL 8 Art Review being held within the Strzegomski Bunker (Air-raid Shelter) in Wroclaw, Poland and organized by the ART TRANSPARENT […]

W. Alan Ruge (’65) →  October 27, 2010

W. Alan Ruge, class of ’65 and his wife are currently serving as Peace Corps Volunteers in Ghana, West Africa.  They recently celebrated in KwakuSae with the dedication of the new kindergarten/preschool building and to “unveil” the completed World Map.  The celebration included a ribbon cutting, dignitaries, the school children sang and the local bamboo […]