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BlueWarriorWelcome classmates, friends and family of the Washington High School Class of 1954. Welcome also to other Brainerd Minnesota High School Alumni.

This site will provide a new place to locate old classmates, bring back good memories and discuss what we've been up to.

For those who have been out of touch for a long time; the Washington High School building is no longer being used as a school. The old building now houses offices for various School District activities. The gym is used for community recreation programs, Tornstrom auditorium is still used for concerts, the school board meets there and the old library area is being used as the school's "Memories Room". It continues to provide a place for school and community activities.

Washington High School was replaced a number of years ago by Brainerd High School which has 2 campuses, the Brainerd High School South Campus (Grade 9) and the Brainerd Senior High Campus (Grades 10 - 12). No matter the school name Washington High or Brainerd High - it is the same.



Hello, My name is Ellsworth Burwell. Some of you may have known me as "Butch". I attended school in Brainerd until my Junior year at Washington High.Ithen moved to California. Many years ago I was asked to be a guest member of the Class of 1954 which I proudly accepted. I've been to several wonderful reunions since. As thanks, I proposed to develop a website for the Class......READ MORE









  Please send news articles, Life Stories and photos to Joni Hill  
  USPS: 2310 Hillcrest Dr. - Brainerd, MN - 56401  


NEWS LINKS: Update October 26, 2016


NEW 12-23-2016 - I'm finally well enough to setup the Christmas Volume - Happy Holidays to all classmates!


NEW 10-26-2016 - Sad news - Dave Henderson passed away on October 20, 2016.


07-18-2016 - Sad news - George Magnan passed away on July 5, 2016


05-29-2016 - Sad news - Gotfred "Ole" Olson passed away on May 24, 2016


05-29-2016 - Sad news - Lou Ward passed away on May 23, 2016.


05-22-2016 - Sad news - Rodney Gordon passed away on April 23, 2016.


05-22-2016: Check the Classmate pages to see if a current picture of you is included. If not, please send a fairly recent picture to Joni Hill and it will be posted.


01-20-2016: Sad news - Joe Rohloff passed away on January 16, 2016.


LIFE STORIES or "What I've been up to": Update September 1, 2014

"Every human is an artist. And this is the main art that we have: the creation of our story"

Miguel Angel Ruiz


Your life story is a very important part of the "Class of '54" history Please create your story and this site will save it for posterity.


09-01-2014: Added Al Stedman's "What I've been up to story"


CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS: Update March 25, 2012




Just because the main construction job has been completed doesn't mean the work is done. I will continue to add items as they come to me. New pages (categories) will be established on the site as required if new subjects warrant it.


I will also maintain the site keeping all the pages current by adding news items, requests, letters, "what I've been doing" stories, photos, address updates, you name it, as we go along.



Website Contacts: Records . Webmaster
Regular mail: E J Burwell . 320 El Viento Street . Solana Beach, CA 92075