January 2021


Shaker Schools Alumni Hall of Fame Nominations Open January 11, 2021

hall of fame 2020

We are excited to open the nomination form for the 2021 Shaker Schools Alumni Hall of Fame on Monday, January 11, 2021. On that day, the link will go live on our Alumni webpage and on Shaker Schools Alumni Facebook.

We look forward to celebrating our Class of 2020 Shaker Schools Alumni Hall of Fame inductees in April 2021. To read their full bios, visit our website.


Save the Date for A Night for the Red & White: A Virtual Celebration!

Saturday, March 6, 2021, 8 pm EST

What is “A Night for the Red & White”?
  • Shaker’s annual fundraising event to benefit all students in the Shaker Schools
  • Even in a pandemic, the show must go on! This is a unique, virtual celebration!
Why should I attend?
  • See fabulous student performances and art featuring today’s talented students.
  • Support Shaker! Help the students who follow in your footsteps.
  • There’s a global pandemic, so my calendar is open that evening.
Who will I “see” there?
  • Shaker alumni and favorite teachers! Shaker friends and neighbors!
  • Classmates from your Shaker era in the mini-reunion class breakout rooms immediately following the event.
 Who will be honored?
  • The founding and beloved MAC Scholars Advisors: Mrs. Mary Lynne McGovern and Mr. Hubert McIntyre. Help us celebrate their contributions to Shaker!
What is the cost and how do I register?
  • We want you to join us to celebrate Shaker, so access to the virtual one-hour event and alumni breakout rooms is FREE. Special All-Access Premium Passes are also available, featuring premium Shaker swag.
  • You will be able to support Shaker students by bidding on the exciting raffle and silent auction packages.
R&W 2020 co chairs and michael tate

We are thrilled to have Michael Tate, Class of 1985, return as our event emcee. Join Michael as he reminisces about his Shaker Schools experience and shines the spotlight on fellow alumni and current students. 

Watch for more details and registration information on our website and social media! 

Update from the District

2020 certainly wasn’t the year any of us expected, yet our students and teachers consistently rose to the challenge with grit and determination. Please enjoy this look back to see all we were able to accomplish by being resourceful, caring, and innovative. You can be proud of your Alma Mater, because #WeAreShaker!

Hockey Celebrates 50 Years!

December 3, 2020, marked the 50th Anniversary of the Shaker Heights High School Hockey Program! “We were a rag-tag bunch,” 1970-71 co-coach Bob McBride said of the team. “Nobody knew what to expect. We weren’t sure what we had or what we were going to do. I had no vision we were going to do well. It’s—like—we’ll go play and see what happens.” Since then, a lot has happened: the program has earned seven state titles, most recently in 2013, and was a three-time state runner-up. View pictures and read an article celebrating the first day of Shaker hockey written by Dr. David Udelf, Psy.D., Class of 1971.

Want a little more Shaker Hockey nostalgia? Enjoy a fantastic story about a mystery hockey card. Rogers Sportsnet (a big sports media station in Toronto) featured the story. Who is on the hockey card? Enjoy the video

Providing New Pathways in Engineering, Robotics and Machining

This year, Shaker Heights High School installed new cutting-edge machining equipment purchased with the Shaker Schools Foundation’s Innovation Fund. This equipment allows High School students to pursue exciting new career pathways in engineering, robotics, and manufacturing, and to earn Career Tech Education credentials.  

Dr. Joe Marencik, head of the Shaker Heights High School Science Department, teaches Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing & Robotics. He was excited to add to the more high-tech “toys” for the students to gain hands-on experience, including 3D printers, laser cutters, a thermal vacuum former, a wind tunnel, industrial robots, and industrial mills and lathes. Machining and manufacturing teacher Marty McGuan agrees. “Students will be getting an extensive amount of hands-on experience working with hand tools, power tools, and the various machine shop tools,” he says. “There is no shortage of what a student can learn in this classroom. They can really become practitioners of the mechanical arts.” 

If you are interested in learning more or being a Community Industry Partner to provide our students with real-world experiences please contact Holly Coughlin at the Shaker Schools Foundation (coughlin_h@shaker.org or  216 295-4325.)

The Road Back Home: Laura Englehart, SHHS ‘01, Returns to Shaker

What brought you back to Northeast Ohio?

My husband, Joey Mallin, and I moved back to Shaker in 2016 when our daughter was one year old. Our daughter is now 5, and our son is 2. Joey and I both grew up in Shaker and graduated in the Class of 2001. I went to Onaway and he went to Lomond. We were not high school sweethearts, but after college, we reconnected while living in Washington, D.C. We moved back to the Cleveland area for work and soon realized that Shaker Heights was truly home.

Why Shaker?

We needed to be in a community that values and believes in public education and celebrates differences. We wanted our kids to grow up being able to walk to school with their neighbors. And we wanted a walkable, tight-knit neighborhood. We were thrilled to find our street was filled with children who attend Shaker Schools. Our block holds pizza parties every other week in the summer. It’s the community we remembered, and it’s exactly what we wanted.

In 2019, you became Director of Economic Development for the City of Shaker Heights. What does that involve?

My role is to support and grow our local business community and revitalize our commercial districts. This position is the perfect integration of my earlier career experiences. I spent nearly seven years working for U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, earned a JD/MPA at Cleveland State, and joined a private law practice in 2013. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work for my hometown and build on both my public and private sector career experiences. (Read about Laura’s impact on the local business community in Shaker Life.)

What are some of the highlights you recall from your Shaker education?

My experiences in the Shaker Schools shaped who I am today. From an early age, my teachers taught me how to view the world from different perspectives. I remember high school students coming to my sixth grade class at Woodbury to talk openly about race during a Student Group on Race Relations (SGORR) classroom visit. I knew then that I wanted to be part of SGORR when I was a high school student, and I did. I traveled overseas with the marching band, became close friends with exchange students from Germany, and was inspired to later study abroad in college.

What’s it like having your daughter at Onaway now?

There are about five or six incoming Shaker Kindergarteners we know of who are also the children of Class of 2001 graduates. Of course, due to the pandemic, the start of this school year has been anything but normal. Despite the circumstances, our daughter’s Kindergarten experience in a remote learning format has been pretty remarkable. We have been impressed with Shaker’s thoughtfulness and attention to detail. The teachers are clearly going above and beyond to be creative and innovative. We’ll be thrilled when we can all gather together safely and get back some normalcy. But for now, we’re grateful that everyone is working so hard to try to make this situation the best it can be.

Thank You for Keeping Shaker Schools Foundation’s Mission in Motion!


Thank YOU for stepping up and supporting the Shaker Schools Foundation’s 2020 Mission in Motion Appeal. We all know that 2020 has been anything but an ordinary year, yet our Shaker students and teachers have risen to the challenge with remarkable grit and poise.

This year we asked for your help. We encouraged new support through an Alumni Challenge that matched first time gifts from alumni. Through this effort, we recognized 91 new alumni donors who raised over $15,000. Our generous alumni challenger has extended the matching offer into the new year: if we can reach 100 new gifts by January 31, we will receive an additional $1,000. These funds will ensure that the Shaker Schools Foundation is able to support the opportunities that make our schools outstanding.

Thank you for having our students’ and teachers’ backs during this most challenging time. We welcome you to learn more about the Shaker Schools Foundation. We wish you a happy and healthy 2021!

Let’s Get Together….By Zoom!

Although in-person reunions did not happen in 2020, it has been wonderful watching so many class groups gather by Zoom. If you are interested, we are here to help you coordinate a get-together. So far we have hosted Zoom events in Atlanta, Boston-Rhode Island, Chicago, Washington, DC and the New York City areas. It was fun being with Alumni MAC Scholars and Shaker Hall of Fame members. We have enjoyed remarks from Shaker Superintendent, Dr. David Glasner, and high school principal, Eric Juli. Coming up in early 2021….Class of 1956 and SGORR Core Leaders.

Would you like to host a virtual gathering in your area or with your class? Email us and we will help make it happen! It feels good to go home even virtually!


Stay Connected

Reunion Time!

Like so many things, in-person reunions did not take place in 2020. We look forward to reunion season starting later this year and we hope to welcome reunion groups to Shaker. We will continue to update our website with up to date information.

Make sure that we have your updated contact information so that your friends can find you and we can share Shaker information with you. Thank you!

Complete the Alumni Survey!

We love staying connected with our Shaker graduates and learning about their time at the Shaker Schools.

Please take a moment to complete a brief alumni survey to help us keep in touch and better target our communications with you. Your responses will be used only for this purpose, and will not be shared with any outside party or vendor.

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