We are Taft - June Class of 1959:  Special Then - Special Now - Together Again & Staying Together!
This page was last updated: May 18, 2022
Welcome to the Taft 1959 Reunion Website.  This site was developed and produced by our late classmate Fred Allegretti. For Fred it was a labor of love and for us it is a wonderful repository of our schooldays at Taft and for announcing and reporting on our reunion activities. Explore the website for a walk down history. To find out what is happening at Taft today, click on “Other Taft Connections” to see how the school has grown and blossomed and continues to be one of the best high schools in the country. 

If you have questions or comments about any part of the website, or about any of our past or planned Reunion or Luncheon events, or information about our class or classmates in general, please contact any of the Reunion Committee members listed in the last section of the website. They will be happy to assist. THANK YOU!

TAFT June 1959 
Special Then, Special Now “Together Again”… And Staying Together!  

Your Reunion Committee
Coming Attractions
Spring Luncheon & Taft Graduation, Sunday June 12, 2022
63rd Class Reunion, September 30 - October 1, 2022


We ask you to consider donating to our Class (“Taft June 1959 Reunion”) to provide ongoing support for this website, class correspondence, our annual reunions and our periodic luncheons at Christmas time and spring. Class donations should be sent to our Class Treasurer:Donations:

Joe Bartel
7629 W. Isham Ave.
Chicago, IL 60631-1540

Make check payable to “TAFT Reunion 1959”

Donations may also be made to Taft High School and should be sent directly to: 

Mark Grishaber, Principal
Taft High School
6530 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago, IL 60631

Make checks payable to “TAFT High School” and reference the Taft June Class of 1959
Spring Luncheon, Sunday, June 12, 2022.  We are planning a spring luncheon on June 12 to be held following our attendance at the Taft Graduation. The Pizza Party will be held at our usual location, the Hilton Garden Inn, Des Plaines. Watch your email for an announcement and details to come.
Taft Graduation, Sunday, June 12, 2022.  Mark Grishaber, Taft’s principal, invited our class to attend the Graduation. He will provide transportation from the Hilton Garden Inn to the Graduation and back, provide reserved seats and recognize us at the ceremony. Watch your email for details to come.
Taft 63rd Class Reunion, September 30 - October 2, 2022, to be held at the Hilton Garden Inn. Our tentative plans include a Friday evening Pizza Party, a late Saturday afternoon reception, a full sit-down dinner that evening, and a farewell brunch at the hotel on Sunday morning. The cost will be very reasonable and we will leave plenty of opportunity to reconnect and enjoy visiting classmates.