Friends of South High Foundation, Inc.

A nonprofit organization

Our donors do not disappoint!  Many thanks for your contributions to our 2023 Campaign.  

We raised $4,827 for our students!

GiveMN 2023 Campaign - South High Music and Theatre Programs

South music students (Vocal, Band and Orchestra), attending a performance in Chicago in Spring 2023.The image above is from a Theatre practice session by South's students from 2022-23.

To our amazing donors and families, this school year (2023-2024) our November GiveMN campaign is focusing on the needs of our Music and Theatre programs.  These departments have been struggling since the pandemic and more recently with teaching positions cut, leading to fewer ensembles and opportunities for our students. These programs are rebuilding and need our financial support.

Please help us in providing financial support for these students at South. Your contributions would help fund current grant requests submitted by these programs:

  • Contracting with local musicians who provide private instruction music lessons for beginners to skilled musicians.
  • Collaborative connections with local Artists (Music Directors and Choreographers) in order to build skills related to performance and tech with theatre, then given the opportunity to display these skills.
  • Elementary and Middle school, "pathway" schools, visits by teachers and students from South.  South's students conduct work shops and mentor the younger students.
  • Student community building program trips.

Please help us in supporting the Music and Theater Programs.  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.

Student cast performing in the "Cabaret Showcase" Theatre event - Winter 2023.

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 Gerry 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 on providing more than $80,000 in grant funding yearly, for various South High School programs and projects. We have awarded over $2,000,000 in Grants to students and teachers within these last 40 years, supporting the Writing Room, materials for the Robotics Club and Project Lead the Way senior projects, Clubs such as Debate and Math, support for the theater, dance, music and academic programs, funding guest artists and local professionals, computers for the foreign language department, supplemental funding for athletic programs, Project Success and the South Library; as well as supporting Dances, year end Senior activities, and capital improvement projects, including improvements to the South High Athletic Field,

In addition, the Foundation annually provides more than $150,000 in scholarships for worthy seniors and graduates of South High. Through the past 40 years, the South High Foundation has awarded over $2,000,000 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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Friends of South High Foundation, Inc.

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Arts & Culture Education Community


3131 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55407