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Cortland High School Alumni Association

Information and Purpose

The CHS Alumni Association (CHSAA) is an organization that welcomes participation from any person who has attended or graduated from Cortland High School, as well as any past or present employee of the Cortland Enlarged City School District.


The purposes of CHSAA are to provide services to alumni and encourage alumni advocacy for the school district by:

  • Acting as a clearing house for the distribution of alumni information

  • Supporting class reunion activities

  • Coordinating alumni activities

  • Providing an academic scholarship program for CHS Students

Recognizing outstanding achievements of CHS alumni by supporting the efforts of the CHS Distinguished Alumni Wall of Fame Committee.

Cortland High School Wall of Fame
Cortland High School Wall of Fame was established in 1999 by John Pilato Sr, Jr. High Administrator. First induction ceremony was in 2000 with the induction of 9 alumni. To date, over 50 CHS alumni have been inducted to the Wall of Fame. During the 2014 induction ceremony, the name of the Wall was officially changed to The John J. Pilato Sr. Distinguished Wall of Fame at Cortland High School in honor of John Pilato who was the impetus for establishing the Wall of Fame.

We have not had an induction ceremony since 2018 because of Covid, but on October 1, 2022, 9 new CHS alumni are being inducted. They are: Polly Berardi, class of 1954 - Community Service, Phillip Cinquanti, class of 1952 - Community Service, Gary Decker, class of 1988, Community Service, Sean Michael Fox, class of 1980 - Business, Clair Gutchess, class of 1920, Business, Lawrence Hinkle, class of 1972, Education, Gladys Larson, class of 1991 - Public Service, Kaaren Pierce, class of 1960 - Education, Dr. Melissa Deering Whidden, class of 1996 - Medicine.

Stay Connected

Foster the spirit of your alma mater! The CHSAA is a great way to stay in touch through past relationships, present students and events, and future opportunities to keep CHS a school of which we can all be proud.

One important way you can assist CHSAA is to keep us informed of where you are now. Help future generations of graduates get the most out of their high school experience by showing support & enthusiasm. 

Use this link to complete a brief form to stay connected. If you would like to increase your involvement, we encourage you to join one
of our committees using this link.

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Link to our Facebook page here: LINK



Mr. Robert J. Edwards, Superintendent

1 Valley View Drive
Cortland, NY 13045

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