Brainerd High School
Brainerd High

50th Class Reunion
Fri-Sat August 23rd-24th 2019

Location: Craguns Resort on Gull
11000 Craguns Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401

Reservations 877-585-3285

Please check back from time to time for updated information on the location of this and other reunions.



Welcome friends and family of Brainerd High School Class of 1969 & other
Brainerd Minnesota High School alumni.

Hello! Some of you probably know me and others I know don't. I'm Tony Gebhard and I created and maintain the class web site at this time. Carol (Drahos) Thesing has volunteered to help me maintain and keep the information as up to date as possible going forward.

Home of The Brainerd Warriors
Updated 09-12-2018

May 1969 the senior class of Brainerd High School said good bye to classmates and teachers leaving our mark as the first graduating class from the new high school. Teachers and parents and our community joined together to give us the best academic education possible.

An education that has well equipped us with the basic 'life skills' that has enabled us to live successfully in the world today. Whether it was one year, or more this was our home, and at The Brainerd High School we made a lifetime of memories, formed eternal friendships, and learned invaluable lessons that helped to shape and mold us into who we are today.

We now have 403 left of the 465 classmates (430 graduated from BHS on May 29, 1969)

"Class of 1969 Scholarship" now open for donations

This can only be a reality with the help of all of us participating if we can. 

Below is the current status for this fund raiser

Updated November 19th, 2018

You are invited to Participate in Creating a Legacy!

Progress is being made in our goal for an annual “Class of 1969” BHS scholarship for a graduating senior to attain a one-time check for $500 toward their education, post completing their first school term. The first recipient will be awarded $500 from outright donations at the May 2019 Senior Award Night. They will also be recognized personally at out 50th Class Reunion in August 2019. 

WHAT AN OPPORTUNITY --to meet this student!   The $12,000 Goal is to guarantee that we would have $500 for a student recipient annually over the next 50 years+.  Once we meet this goal no further donations are required.

MATCH THIS CHALLENGE!!!  An anonymous donor has come forward willing to match the next $2000 donated by June 30, 2019.  WOW!!!  Let’s work to make this a reality………………………….  Donate now!!

Another option: Silent Auction 8/24/19

Donate a theme basket, gift certificates, sports tickets, tools, electronics, toys, your time-specialty, trips, or even cabin rental. Let’s get creative and have fun with this! Anything on which you would like to make a bid!
Contact Susan Koering for more information and ideas.  More to come in 2019

Giving back to the community by assisting our future leaders.   

How can this happen? With the support of the Brainerd Public Schools Foundation (BPSF) endowment program our application to start a tax-deductible fund for a graduating senior to be first awarded in 2019 had been approved.  If we can raise a minimum of $12,000 by August 2019 we can established an award of $500 to a graduating senior annually for many years.  No amount is too small to work towards our goal and is greatly appreciated. This is a wonderful way to show our Warrior Spirit and a means to pay it forward. The Class of 2019 scholarship recipient will be invited to our 50th class reunion celebration on August 24, 2019. 


Criteria for the Scholarship: To be awarded to a graduating senior who has been in the Brainerd School System for a minimum of five years. GPA of 2.5 or better and plans to attend an accredited trade school or two-four-year college. Prefer a student who has taken the initiative in the past year to actively participate in extracurricular projects in school or in the community that benefit others. Prefer a student who has not necessarily qualified for any other monetary awards available.

How to Donate:  For more information and the tax-deductible donation process click here  or visit the website. Please make reference to the Class of 1969 in the COMMENT/MEMO section for the funds to be added to our account. Donations can be a one-time contribution or monthly etc.  You can also use the form attached. Thanks so much for making a difference.

Testimonial from a Student:  There are many reasons why this scholarship has helped me and benefited my education. It has motivated me to take extra classes, allowing me to finish my AA degree just one year after I graduated high school. It also encouraged me to continue my education and pursue a bachelor's degree at University of Minnesota Duluth. Having this scholarship allowed me to explore a variety of classes and decide on a major field of study before transferring to a four-year college.

I am very grateful for having had this opportunity. Past BHS Grad Addy Ferrie

Thank you for your time and consideration from the “Class of 1969 Scholarship Committee”: Susan Koering, Sue (Kost) Mortenson, Jan (Lyscio) Hall, Tony Gebhard, and Kevin Hall.

Any questions please contact Susan Koering at or Sue Mortenson at


Brainerd High School Class of 1969, 49th annual get together information for 2018

Date:    August 11th, 2018
Time:    5:30 pm
Place:   The VFW 309 S. 6th Street Brainerd, MN 56401
RE:       Our annual get together

This is just an update to fill you in on our 49th annual get together.

Our 49th Class Reunion is approaching fast. We appreciate an early RSVP so we can get a better idea of how many will be joining us. Please RSVP your response to Tony Gebhard at as soon as possible if you are planning to attend. Registration is FREE

You do not have to register, we would just like to how many will be attending so that the VFW can have the appropriate staff to wait on us.

Pease come and have light dinner at The VFW prior to or during our get together. The VFW is not charging us to use the room so it would be nice to give them some business to help support our veterans. They will have a small menu with Hamburgers, Chicken Drummies, Onion Rings etc.

For the 49th class get together, we are only contacting people via e-mail. We are asking that you talk this up with other classmates that you know to make sure they have heard about our 49th reunion. As always, we try to get in touch with all classmates but the information we have may not reflect current e-mails.

The last time when I sent out the notice about the get together I had 140 invalid e-mails come back to me. If you know of someone that has changed their e-mail address please have them contact me so that I may update their contact information.

Hope to see you there!

Class of 1969 Reunion Committee

Here is a link to the Brainerd Chamber of Commerce for lodging accommodations:

If anyone would like to comment on this please send me an e-mail and I will share it with the rest of the committee.



Brad Hill Inducted into Brainerd High School Distinguished Hall of Fame

The late Brad Hill will be inducted into the Brainerd High School Distinguished Achievement Hall of Fame on October 7, 2011 in the high school cafeteria.
The late Brad Hill (left), Dr. Basil LeBlanc and Gayle Ober will be inducted into the Brainerd High School Distinguished Achievement Hall of Fame on Oct. 7 in the high school cafeteria.

Bye Editor Roy Miller

Remarkable careers in medicine, special education, music and the nonprofit field will be highlighted with the induction of three more graduates into the Brainerd High School Distinguished Achievement Hall of Fame.

Selected for this year’s hall of fame class were the late Brad HIll, Gayle Ober and Dr. Basil C. LeBlanc.

• Brad Hill, valedictorian of the Class of 1969, is being honored for his achievements in the field of special education. Summer employment at the former Brainerd State Hospital ignited Brad’s passion for better treatment and training of residents.

He developed a professional assessment test for developmentally disabled individuals. Known as the Scales of Independent Behavior, the test was coauthored with, Dick Weatherman, Richard Woodcock and Robert Bruininks. The test is widely mandated by states across the country. READ MORE

Class mate Mike O'Leary added to the Brainerd High School Distinguished Achievement Hall of Fame

Michael O'Leary's interest in international life was kindled when he spent his junior year in high school as an American Field Service exchange student in Swaziland. He spent the next eight years at the University of Minnesota where he gained a bachelor's degree in anthropology and his medical degree followed by a medical residency at the University of Hawaii. He also obtained an MPH in international health in Hawaii where he completed a second residency in preventive medicine and practiced clinical medicine in Hawaii for four years. READ MORE

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