Neenah Nation

An interactive newsletter for the online Neenah community

Welcome to the Neenah Nation!

Thank you for being a part of the Neenah Nation! The Nation is intended to be an interactive community of Neenah Joint School District alumni and supporters. Let us know about upcoming events or reunions and ask us questions about District history or what is happening today. To receive this newsletter in your e-mail, sign up at the official Neenah Nation website:

Alumni News

Seven Individuals Named to NJSD Hall of Fame

Seven prominent alumni and former staff members of the Neenah Joint School District will comprise the District’s second annual Hall of Fame class in 2016. Graduates Dr. Wellington Hsu, Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, Jean Kessler, Tom Wiesner and Ivan Williams are joined by former teachers Tom Berven and Patricia Westphal as inductees. The group is added to the 10 inaugural members honored last year in the Hall of Fame. MORE>>>

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Neenah Graduate Pens Disney's 'Zootopia'

Philip Johnston, a 1990 Neenah graduate, is the screenwriter of the Walt Disney Animation Studios film "Zootopia" that racked up more than $73 million in its opening weekend. The film is set in a world of anthropomorphic animals, which means foxes, rabbits, lions and the like walk on their hind legs and speak like humans. Jason Bateman, Ginnifer Goodwin and Idris Elba are among the actors lending voices.

Johnston also co-wrote another Disney hit, "Wreck-It Ralph," in 2012. "Ralph" was applauded by critics, landed among the highest-grossing films of the year and was nominated for an Oscar. Reviews for "Zootopia" have been outstanding with a 99 score on Rotten Tomatoes. The Toronto Sun calls it "a slam-dunk candidate for best animated feature in next year’s Oscars." (photo credit: Getty images)

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Ask the Neenah Nation

What is the history of the Rocket in front of Neenah High School?

The Rocket in front of Neenah High School was formerly located at the U.S. Cavalry Museum at Fort Riley, Kan. Known as "Honest John," it was donated to the school by the Center for Military History in Washington, D.C. in the fall of 1988. The project was an effort of the student congress to gain a mascot for the school. The class of 1933, parents of the class of 1988 and Neenah dentist Robert Hering donated money for the project. Installation and painting was provided by several local businesses, costing the school nothing.

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Upcoming Neenah Nation Events

1986 Class Reunion Set for July 30, 2016

The NHS Class of 1986 will hold its 30th reunion on July 30, 2016 in Neenah. Please see the Facebook page: 'Neenah HS Class of ’86 30th Class Reunion' for information and updates OR email us at:

1981 Class Reunion Set for August 20, 2016

The NHS Class of 1981 will hold its 35th Class Reunion on Saturday, August 20, 2016. Log onto FACEBOOK and join the group - Neenah High School Class of '81 - to receive all information and updates. You may also request information via email at We would LOVE to have teachers come and visit -- we will even pay for your admission to our event :)

1976 Class Reunion Set for October 1, 2016

The NHS class of 1976 will be celebrating its 40th Class Reunion on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Please log on to for more information or call Brian Verkuilen at 920-475-4636.

1977 Class Reunion Planned for August 5, 2017

Save the date for the NHS Class of 1977 reunion on August 5, 2017. More information will be communicated soon.

Have information about a reunion or upcoming event? Submit your information on the Neenah Nation website.

Vintage Show Choir Finale

Saturday, May 7th, 7:30pm

1275 Tullar Road

Neenah, WI

Vintage and Act II take to the stage for their annual Finale show on Saturday night in Pickard Auditorium. Tickets are $10 each and will available in the student services office at Neenah High School in April.

Class of 2016 NHS Graduation

Wednesday, June 1st, 7pm

1275 Tullar Road

Neenah, WI