Roses to the Salem High School Alumni Association and all of the wonderful people who support it. On Saturday night the Salem High School Alumni Association presented $283,375 in scholarships to 56 graduates of the Class of 2012 and to 13 alumni who are currently enrolled in college. The association has given more than $ 5,227,237.50 to 2,118 Salem High School graduates since 1908 when it awarded Walter French the first scholarship for $60. The association has held its banquet and reunion every spring since 1882. The investment portfolio the association started in the early 1900s with a $1,000 bond has grown with the careful management of the generous contributions of alumni and friends to more than $7.8 million as of March 31, 2012. Think of all the SHS graduates who have benefited.