Celebrating Generations

of Shaker

As we get ready to celebrate the 30th year of A Night for the Red & White, we are telling the stories of families whose love for Shaker spans multiple generations. Share your Shaker Story at shakeralumni@shaker.org.

Jones Family

The Jones family has had 18 students attend the Shaker schools since 1967, with the first enrolled at Byron Junior High! Shown here from left to right are: Ryan Charles Jones ’06, Leah Danielle Jones ’10, Peter Lawson Jones ’71, Lisa Payne Jones ’76, and Evan Cooke Jones ’18.
 
Five words that describe Shaker Schools:
“Singularly diverse and intellectually challenging!”

Freiberg Family

The Freiberg family spans three generations in the Shaker schools, which includes 12 students since 1937! Their clan includes 12 Shaker students over 3 generations who attended Moreland, Sussex, and Fernway Elementary Schools.

Why do they love Shaker?

As Glen Freiberg, ’70 says: “Shaker prepared us for college!” Glen’s immediate family includes several Shaker grads, including his father Elmer, ’48; brother Ian, ’73; and daughter Morissa, ’04. Ian’s late wife, Paula, ’70, also taught at Fernway Elementary for 30 years.

Krasnoff/
Stein/
Kopf/
Shuler Family

So much love for Shaker from this three-generation family, with 7 students over the years! They have a special love for Moreland and Lomond, as well as the music and theatre departments. Their first student graduated in 1940, and their most recent in 1995.
 
Five words that describe Shaker Schools:
Betsey Stein Kenyon, 1966: Excellence, Diversity, Idyllic, Uplifting and Familial
Laurie Stein Marsh, 1970: Celebrated, Magical, Progressive, Idyllic and Inspirational
Andrew A. Kopf, 1995: Enlightening, Quality, Picturesque, Motivational and Transformational

Jordan Family Offspring

This Shaker family includes 8 Shaker students over 3 generations who attended Ludlow, Onaway, and Fernway Elementary Schools! The first family member graduated in 1969 and the youngest will graduate from Shaker in 2029!
 
Five words that describe Shaker Schools:
“Exciting…Challenging…Fun…Exceptional…Prideful”

The Holmes Family Legacy

Celebrating two generations (maybe one day three!) of the Holmes Family!
 
Their family includes 4 Shaker students over 2 generations starting their journey at Ludlow. The first family member graduated in 1966 and the most recent in 2012.
 
Five words that describe Shaker Schools:
“Inclusive and family-oriented environment.”

Stout Family

Celebrating three generations of the Stout Family!

 

Their family includes 13 Shaker students over 3 generations who attended Boulevard and Sussex Elementary Schools. The first family member graduated in 1973 and the youngest will graduate from Shaker in 2032.
 
How do they describe Shaker in 5 words?
“It’s a family tradition!”

Warren/
Libman/
Brodsky
Family

This Shaker family has enjoyed the Shaker schools for 4 generations, including 6 Raider students and 2 Raider teachers!
 
The first family member, Grace Warren, began as a kindergartner in 1925. The youngest family member, Shayna Brodsky, will be a member of the Class of 2036.
 
The family has enjoyed Sussex, Lomond, Ludlow, Mercer, Onaway, Woodbury (as a high school and as an upper elementary), Byron, Shaker Middle School, and Shaker High School.

Weitzner/
Wasman Family

Celebrating three generations of the Weitzner/Wasman: Raiders since 1981!
 
Their family includes 6 Shaker students over 2 generations who attended Boulevard, Lomond, Malvern and Mercer Elementary Schools and 1 Shaker Schools science and health teacher! The first family member graduated in 1981 and the most recent in 2017.
 
Five words that describe Shaker Schools
As shared by Wendy Weitzner Wasman, Class of 1981: Diverse; Challenging; Uniting; High-quality education; Lifelong connections.
 
Interesting to share that Wendy’s mom, Harriett Allen, was featured in a recent issue of Shaker Life magazine for her efforts to gather her neighbors for weekly dinners on Fridays at Gridley Park.

Buis/
Gardner
Family

Celebrating three generations of the Buis/Gardner Family: Raiders Since 1987!
 
Their family includes 6 Shaker graduates over 2 generations who attended Moreland, Mercer and Boulevard Elementary Schools, 1 student currently at Onaway and another to start her Shaker Schools soon! The family most recently celebrated a Shaker graduation in 2021!
 
Five words that describe Shaker:
As shared by Nicole Gardner, Class of 1990 and a current Shaker Schools employee, her five words that describe Shaker Schools: Unique, diverse, cultured, well rounded, and family-oriented.

Heinlen/
Strang/
Uth Family

Celebrating the Heinlen / Strang / Uth Families: Raiders Since 1951
 
Shaker longevity! These interrelated families have 3 generations and soon a 4th generation student that includes:
– 8 Shaker students that attended Fernway, Lomond, Onaway, and Sussex Elementary Schools and graduated from Shaker High School between 1964 and 2006. The family is thrilled that there is a 4th generation Shaker student who will be part of the Class of 2039!
 
– 7 Shaker Schools employees (past & present) at Shaker High School, Shaker Middle School, Mercer, and Moreland Elementary Schools.
 
It all started with Fred Heinlen who taught and coached at Shaker HS from 1946-1980, winning two state baseball championships and authoring the definitive book on baseball coaching.

Klein/
Behrens/
Whay
Family

Celebrating four generations of the Klein/Behrens/Whay Families: Raiders since 1929!
 
Their family includes 17 Shaker graduates over 4 generations who attended Fernway, Lomond and Moreland Elementary Schools and 2 students are currently in the Shaker Schools. The family most recently celebrated a Shaker graduation in 2021!
 
As shared by Dustin Klein, Class of 1987, his grandmother 103-year-old Ruth Behrens Klein, Class of 1936, tells many Shaker stories.
 
One special memory is her teacher who would tell the class, “Please don’t be like little milk jugs, where we fill it up and you pour it right back out. Instead, learn to think.” For four generations, this continues to be wise advice and the Shaker way.

Tillman/
Paci/
Lowery Family

Celebrating 3 generations of the Tillman/Paci/Lowery Families: Raiders Since 1963!

This Shaker family attended Moreland and Boulevard Elementary Schools. They most recently celebrated a Shaker graduation in 2021 and the next student will graduate in 2026!

Five words that describe Shaker:
As shared by Ramona Paci Lowery, Class of 1989 and member of the Shaker Schools Foundation Board of Trustees, Shaker Schools to her and the family are:
“innovative, diverse, opportunities, community and caring”. 

Johnson/
Williams/
Garrison
Family

Celebrating 2 generations of the Johnson/Williams/Garrison Families: Raiders Since 1966 

Eight members of this Shaker family attended Moreland, Mercer and Onaway Elementary Schools. They most recently celebrated a Shaker graduation in 2018 with upcoming Shaker graduations in 2022 and 2025!

Five Words that Describe Shaker:
As shared by Darlene Garrison, Class of 1988 and Woodbury 6th Grade teacher, Shaker Schools are:
“Tight-knit community, educational excellence, life-long relationships, diverse school district, warm and welcoming.”

Dyer/
Wilkinson
Family

Celebrating 2 Generations of the Dyer/Wilkinson Family: Raiders Since 1962!
 
Seven members of this Shaker Family have enjoyed deep ties with Boulevard Elementary School calling it the “foundation” of their education and a fabulous way to grow up. They have fond memories of walking to Boulevard, kickball with friends and teachers who showed them so much care. The Wilkinsons most recently celebrated a Shaker graduation in 2015 and another student will graduate in 2022!

 

Five words that describe Shaker:
On behalf of the family, Mary Wilkinson shared that Shaker Schools are: smart, fun, inclusive, diverse, and textured.

Kelley/
McWilliams
Family

Celebrating 3 Generations of the Kelley/McWilliams Family: Raiders Since 1961!
 
Seven members of this Shaker Family have enjoyed deep ties in Shaker attending Moreland, Boulevard, Mercer, and Lomond Elementary Schools. Don Kelley, Class of 1975, shared that in 1961 he was one of the first African American families to participate in Shaker’s Integration program.
 
For his family, Shaker has provided an outstanding education in a multicultural and exciting environment. The youngest members of the family will graduate from Shaker in 2022 and 2023!

Chin/
Gendreau
Family

Celebrating 3 Generations of the Chin/Gendreau Family: Raiders Since 1962!
 
Ten members of this 3 Generation Shaker Family have enjoyed Shaker Schools attending Moreland, Sussex, Lomond, Onaway and Boulevard Elementary Schools! As shared by Jimmy Chin, Class of 1968, their family is proud of Shaker Schools and thrilled that the next family member will graduate from Shaker in 2031!

Horowitz/
Ratner/
Weisberger
Family

Celebrating 3 Generations of the Horowitz/Ratner/Weisberger Family: Raiders Since 1955!
 
Thirteen members of this 3 generation Shaker family have grown up in Shaker Schools attending Lomond, Malvern and Onaway Elementary Schools! Four brothers, two spouses, five children and one grandchild have enjoyed Shaker Schools! They are thrilled that the next family member will graduate from Shaker in 2024!
 
5 words that describe Shaker schools:
As shared by Ilana Horowitz Ratner, Class of 1968, Shaker Schools provide: Excellence, diversity, fun, nurturing relationships and leadership opportunities.

Taylor
Family

Celebrating 4 Generations of the Taylor Family: Raiders Since 1918!
 
his Shaker story begins in 1918 with Jim Taylor who was the first Shaker student in his 4 Generation family. All 8 Taylor men attended Boulevard and the 3 great-grandchildren are Onaway students! William Taylor, the second generation of this family, graduated in 1966 and has worked as an aide at Boulevard since 2006. His Uncle Tom, who graduated in 1950, is the only surviving brother of the original four and still gets together yearly with his Shaker High School classmates!
 
5 words that describe Shaker Schools:
As shared by the three youngest Taylors, Shaker Schools are: Diverse, intriguing, awesome, amazing, and phenomenal!
 
The next family member will graduate in 2029 and the 2031 grad will graduate 100 years after her great-grandfather’s Shaker graduation!
 

Polster Family

Celebrating two generations of the Polster Family: Raiders Since 1956!
 
This Shaker story begins in 1953 when Lewis and Elinor Polster moved their young family to the Ludlow area. They joined with a number of other white and black families to create the Ludlow Community Association. Their dedication led to Ludlow becoming the first successfully integrated community in Cleveland. The youngest family member started Ludlow Elementary School in 1956 with a total of 9 members of the Polster family graduating from Shaker Schools. The most recent family member graduated in 2011.
 
Five words that describe Shaker:
As shared by Judge Polster, Class of 1969, Shaker Schools provide excellence; diversity; challenge; friendships; and a stimulating environment.

SAVE THE DATE

 A NIGHT FOR THE RED & WHITE

30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2022, 7 PM

LANDERHAVEN IN MAYFIELD HEIGHTS

Check back on our website at shakerschoolsfoundation.org/events and on our social media for tickets and event information!

SHARE YOUR STORY

As part of the 30th anniversary of A Night for the Red & White, the Shaker Schools Foundation would like to highlight families who represent multiple generations of Shaker students. If this sounds like your family, or you know of a Shaker family that fits that description, we want to hear from you!

Email us at shakeralumni@shaker.org with the information.