Friends of South High Foundation, Inc.

A nonprofit organization

The above and to the left are photos are from of the 2021/22 South High Public Policy Debate team of Clara Conry and Gabe Chang-Deutsch duo in action.  They ended the year ranked #1 in the nation TWICE in the coaches poll, claimed their second consecutive State Championship; and made it to the semi-finals in the national Tournament of Champions.

Many thanks to our donors!!!  We raised over $4200 for the debate team.  Go Tigers!

GiveMN 2022 Campaign - South High Debate Team

To our amazing donors and families, this school year (2022-2023) our November GiveMN campaign is focusing on the needs of our Debate Team.  The Debate team is comprised of a diverse group of students competing at the local, state and national levels.  

South is the only team in the state and one of the only teams in the country that allows students to debate at the highest levels regardless of their parents' abilities to pay for travel.

Please help us in providing financial support for these students at South. During the pandemic, the debate team was able to participate in many more virtual tournaments nationwide, without incurring travel expenses.  Now that they are meeting in person again, they are wishing to send as many students as possible to these tournaments.

As members of the Minnesota Urban Debate League, these debate coaches are dedicated to its mission to: "empower students through competitive academic debate to become engaged learners, critical thinkers, and active citizens who are effective advocates for themselves and their communities."

"I coach debate because I believe it is one of the best forums in which students can learn to find and hone their voice, to become fierce advocates for causes they believe in, and to become passionate learners. Debate offers a unique opportunity for students from many different economic, social, and cultural backgrounds to compete against one another, and I think that is worth investing in."  Debate Coach Oskar Tauring-Traxlar

(Image - Team pic from left to right: Izak G.M., Nina N., Noah W., Peter D., Sofia B., Oskar T.T., Rose H,. Alex T., Sandy B., and Noah J. )

Please help us in supporting the Debate Team.  Donations received during the November Give MN campaign will be directed to this campaign, unless directed otherwise by the donor.

Be the difference in enriching the experience of South students by supporting the South High Foundation.

Be Proud—Be South!

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 alumnus 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 more than 11,000 active alumni, parents, friends and corporate sponsors, the Foundation focuses each year on providing more than $80,000 in grant funding for various South High School programs and projects. Past grants have ranged 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 the South Library, as well as capital improvement projects, including improvements to the South High Athletic Field.

In addition, the Foundation annually provides more than $100,000 in scholarships for worthy seniors and graduates of South High. Through the past 39 years, the South High Foundation has awarded over $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 annual Pancake Breakfast.

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!


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3131 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55407