Two major organizations work with alumni to support the school community: The GHS Foundation and the Golden Grads. The Foundation was started in 2002 by a group of alumni, staff, parents and others who envisioned the establishment of an endowment to suplement the public funding of the school. The Golden Grads group was formed in 1987 to bring together alumni who had graduated 50 or more years earlier and to raise money for scholarships for current students. Class Reunions are listed on the Foundation website. Other sites where alumni have registered include alumniclass and classmates.
The Foundation and Golden Grads are dedicated to preserving Garfield's rich heritage. An academic and cultural pillar in the community and a proud landmark of the city of Seattle, the school was built in 1923 and has served as a benchmark of quality public education for a richly diverse population. Alumni describe Garfield as a special place where they were given the chance to succeed, and where they learned to value and respect people from all walks of life.
March 2010: On the Right Track honored two Doctors in our community - Stanley Stamm (class of '42 and Abraham Bergman (class of '50) and raised funds for the Summer Bridge Program.
September 2008: The Return of the Bulldogs celebrated the opening of the newly renovated buidling with a special dedication of the Quincy Jones Performance Hall by this most famous alum (class of '50).
November 2007: Bulldogs Forever Gala features silent auction and honors Gary and Carver Gayton (class of '50 and '56) to raise monies for academics and endowment.
June 2006: Bulldog Bash before the Smash celebration of the closing of the school with a last look, reunion activities, souvenirs and entertainment.
November 2005: Special benefit evening to pay tribute to the Moriguchi family raised funds for an innovative new tutoring program.
November 2003: Kick off gala which honored Homer Harris, class of 1934 and included narrated slideshow, “Our Enduring Legacy”. See King County Proclamation.
This educational foundation provides leadership and support in gathering resources for the academic, arts, athletic, extracurricular and enrichment needs of Garfield and will be used to provide excellent instruction, cutting edge curriculum, and equipment in classrooms. The ultimate goal is to develop an endowment that will provide an annual sustainable source of funds.
The Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization, with by-laws filed with the State of Washington and the Alliance for Education serves as its fiscal agent. An event planner, Tiffany Crosby administers the alumni database. DONATIONS, inquiries and information may be sent to the GHS Foundation, P.O. Box 22344, Seattle, Washington 98122, 206-781-6639.
Golden Grads Events
Each June an Annual Luncheon honors an outstanding leader in the organization and the student recipients of the scholarships they sponsor.
The GGG's publish a bi-annual newsletter, collect dues and have reps from the classes of 1924-1961.