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Alumni Association Projects

The Houghton High School Alumni Association sponsor several projects, and encourages HHS alumni to help make them a success. Learn more about each:

Alumni Gifts to Houghton High School

At each All-Class Reunion it has been a tradition for the Alumni Association to present a gift to Houghton High School. Here is a list of the gifts from each reunion:

2012 - Elementary Garden Donation
2009 - Piano and LCD Monitor
2006 - Restore Class Pictures
2003 - Bugni Field Locker Room Update
2000 - Risers for Chorus and Band
1997 - Scoreboard for New Elementary Gymnasium
1994 - Lettering/Signs for Houghton High School
1991 - Lighting for Bugni Field
1988 - Began Project to Sponsor Chairs in New H.S. Auditorium
1985 - High School Auditorium Renovation
1982 - Draperies for High School Auditorium
1979 - Scoreboard for Bugni Field
1976 - Public Address System
1973 - Modernize Clock System


Sponsor a Chair in the Alumni Theater

In 1988, the Alumni Association began a project for alumni members to sponsor a chair in the Alumni Theater of the new Houghton High School. The auditorium is used for concerts, theatrical productions, cultural events, and community events. Alumni members may sponsor a chair with a $150 donation to the Houghton-Portage Township School District. A brass plate with the donor's name and graduation date will be affixed to a chair in the Alumni Theater. Chairs may also be sponsored in memory of others or by groups and organizations.

To sponsor a chair, mail a $150 check along with your name and date of graduation to:

Houghton-Portage Township Schools
Superintendent's Office
1603 Gundlach Road
Houghton, MI 49931


Bernard F. Gaffney Scholarship Fund

The Bernard F. Gaffney Scholarship Fund was established in 2000 to honor the memory of Mr. Gaffney who was the principal of Houghton High School from 1937 to 1961 and the Superintendent of Houghton-Portage Township Schools from 1961 to 1966. Mr. Ted Gaffney, along with a group of alumni from the Class of 1947, has been instrumental in establishing and promoting the scholarship fund. The purpose of the fund is to help students or graduates who demonstrate character, need, and determination to achieve their specific educational or training goals. The fund is administered by the Keweenaw Community Foundation.

Scholarship Recipients

2015 - Callie Aittama and Kayla Jacobson
2014 - Renee Anderton and Thomas Strome
2013 - Cheyenne Kaufman and Ashley Laux
2012 - Dylan Turpeinen
2011 - Julie Hauring and Jessica Ahlborn
2010 - Annica Gillis
2009 - Alysen Salo
2008 - Benjamin Bachran
2007 - Madline Northy and Menjya Li
2006 - Danielle Teter

If you interested in making a contribution, you may do so online at the Keweenaw Community Foundation's website :


Click on the "Give Now" Tab and click on "Donate" - make sure the donation is specified to Gaffney Scholarship Fund) or mail a check to:

Keweenaw Community Foundatiaon
235 Quincy Street
Hancock, MI 49930

Phone: 906-482-9673
Fax: 906-482-9679

E-mail: mail@k-c-f.org
Web site: www.k-c-f.org