Friends of South High Foundation, Inc.

A nonprofit organization

We are so humbled by the generosity of our donors...thank you , thank you, THANK YOU!

Welcome to the 2020-2021 School year, during a Pandemic and amidst the Social Unrest in our Community.   Learning is seen through a different lens as our teachers and students are rising to the challenge!  Teachers are exploring new ways to keep students engaged and need resources.  The South High Foundation is ready to direct your generous donations where needed.  

Help us to support these programs, plus so much more!

  1. South Emergency Resource Fund (SERF) - The Social Workers at South are providing critical aid to students and families facing food insecurities, loss of jobs and family income or dealing with a current health crisis, further escalated by the destruction on and near Lake Street.  "Trauma is one thing we help students with, but we rely on donations to help students with basic, immediate needs." - Sheri Harris.
  2. South Athletics - With students/fans not able to attend athletic events, live streaming services are being provided.  Live streaming a Volleyball match is $400 and this expense was covered by South.  Your donations will support athletes at South.

These times will be one for the history books and will show the resiliency of South's staff, teachers, students and families 

Be Proud - Be South!

Be the difference in the academic and cultural enrichment of the students at South by supporting the Friends of South High Foundation! 

The Friends of South High Foundation is one of the first and oldest High School nonprofit support organizations in the country.  Established in 1983 by then-Principal George Dahl, Assistant Principal Jerry Cady, and alum Dick Westby, the South High Foundation provides unique and enriching academic, cultural and social programs and projects serving South High students, faculty, administration, and community. 

With over 11,000 active alumni, parents, friends and corporate sponsors; the Foundation focuses each year on providing over $80,000 of grant funding for various South High School programs and projects, ranging from support for the Writing Room, materials for the Robotics Club, support for the theater, dance, music and academic programs,  computers for the foreign language department, supplemental funding for athletic programs, and capital improvement projects including improvements to the South High Athletic Field.  In addition, the Foundation annually provides over $100,000 in scholarships for worthy seniors and graduates of South High.  Through the last 37 years, the Friends of South High Foundation has awarded $1,000,000 in Scholarships to South graduates to help them continue their education!  The Foundation also serves as a connection to the large South High alumni community through its Alumni Lunches, Newsletters, and our annual Pancake Breakfast. 

YOU CAN BE THE DIFFERENCE – your donation can make a powerful and positive impact on the educational and cultural experience of each of these deserving students!

The South High School Foundation is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) Corporation chartered in the State of Minnesota, MN.  All contributions are tax deductible as provided by law.

Please accept our most heartfelt thanks for your consideration – and for your generous contributions!

 Dance Company II students after rehearsing for a concert, in class.

Many thanks to those who contributed to the our  "Featured Fundraiser" during the 2019-2020 GiveMN Campaign.  We raised over $4,200 for the Ceramics and Dance programs at South High.

Thank you!!

Elizabeth Webster, 2019 Alumni, is dreaming of  being a ceramics teacher. Webster, who has been doing ceramics for four years, said “people see it as more of a hobby than a career path, so it’s hard, but once they see how much I love it and [see] what I can do with it, they get more on board.”  (excerpt from a story by Ellie Barnett-Cashman, Staff Writer from the Southerner, 12/10/ 2018)


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3131 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55407

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