Brainerd High School
Brainerd High

49th Reunion
Saturday August 11th 2017

5:30 P.M.
Location: ?

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 09-18-2017

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 405 left of the 465 classmates (430 graduated from BHS on May 29, 1969)

2019 "Class of 1969 Scholarship" now open for donations

Giving back to the community by assisting our future leaders.   Susan Koering, Class of 1969 .

How can this happen? The Brainerd Public Schools Foundation (BPSF) endowment program has approved our application to now start a tax-deductible fund for a graduating senior to be first awarded in 2019. If we can raise $12,000 by 12/31/18 we can award our first scholarship of $500 to a student the year of our 50th class reunion.  How nice this would be. A time to pay it forward. The scholarship recipient would be invited to our 50th class reunion celebration.

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: Visit the website for more information and the tax deductible donation process. 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. Thanks so much for making a difference.

Any questions contact Susan Koering at or Sue Mortenson at A thank you to other team members Jan Hall, Kevin Hall, Tony Gebhard and Sue Mortenson.

Brainerd High School Class of 1969, 48th annual get together information for 2017

Date:    August 12th, 2017
Time:    5:30 pm
Place:   The American Legion 708 Front Street, Brainerd, MN 218-829-2249
RE:       Our annual get together

This is just an update to fill you in on our 48th annual get together.

Our 48th 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 we can hire the appropriate staff to wait on us.

For the 48th 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 48th reunion. As always, we try to get in touch with all classmates but the information we have may not reflect current e-mails. This 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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