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Focus on Alums: Ryan Newman

Ryan Newman, now nicknamed “Rocket Man”, was born in South Bend in 1977. Ryan began driving at the age of four and competed in his first race at the age of four-and-a-half where he drove his first quarter midget race. By the age of 17 Ryan was champion midget racer and has since been inducted into the Quarter Midget Hall of Fame. He graduated with honors from La-Salle High School in 1996 and went on to study engineering at Purdue University, but continued to race. Ryan graduated from Purdue in 2001 with a degree in vehicle structuring engineering and the next year was his official Winston Cup Rookie year. He set a record for the number of poles won in a year and was named the Winston Cup Rookie of the Year. “It was unbelievable,” he said in an interview, “I have some of the best people you could as for on my team.” In 2003 he went on to win the Samsung/Radio Shack 500, the MBNA 400, the Tropicana 400, and the GFS Marketplace 400. In all he won twice as many races as any other driver. He is now married to his wife Krissie and has two daughters. Together they run Rescue Ranch, a charity to promote respect for animals, the environment, and wildlife through conservation and rehabilitation in North Carolina.




We believe that Co-Ex Grants are a benefit for students by supporting co-curricular and extra-curricular activities in South Bend Schools. These can be applied for by having a school representative fill out a grant application form.



Open to graduates of SBCSC high schools and children or grandchildren of SBAA members, we sponsor and fund numerous scholarships and provide all needed forms for applying.



We hold various gatherings and provide resources and planning assistance in order to better connect South Bend Alumni with others.


We support education in our schools by funding  co-curricular activities that are not tax funded and by instilling an awareness of the need for student service in the community.

Our main mission is to fundraise with the community in efforts to help assist local schools through providing students with grants and scholarships, so that they may purchase educational and extra-curricular items they would not otherwise be able to afford.

Additionally, we connect alumni of SBCSC schools through reunion services and various events.

Teachers who received grants from the 2016 Ace for Science tennis tournament are, from left, Mary Thorpe, Denise M. Domonkos, Jeanne Jasper, Sarah Torzewski, Emily Zablocki, David Barnes, Rose Calhoun, Susan Sakimoto, and Dave Van Dyke. Standing in back are Steve Luecke, executive director of the Alumni Association, and Margaret Dobrowolska-Furdyna, associate dean for undergraduate students in Notre Dame's College of Science.



Grants Given in 2017

Grant $ Funded in 2017

Students Assisted in 2017

Grant $ Funded Since 2010


Members of the South Bend Alumni Association are given the tools
and capabilities to connect, and stay connected, through the different services and resources we offer.


Monthly Lunch Club

Monthly Lunch Club

This monthly activity is for members and friends who want to socialize, catch up and enjoy a good meal. The program consists of conversation, lunch and entertainment and is offered to alums from all schools.


Reunion Planning

Reunion Planning

Planning a reunion can be time consuming and difficult to organize on your own. As a member, you can take advantage of the planning assistance we offer with our online services.




Lost your yearbook and want to be able to reminisce on the memories again? We have compiled years of yearbooks that we offer our alumni members.




Browse through the various publications South Bend alumni have written over the years and, if interested, purchase a copy for yourself!


Start benefiting now by becoming a South Bend Alumni member. Start your connection to the community today! If you have questions about your new membership, email sbaa@sbcsc.k12.in.us and we will happily assist you with your needs.



We work together with local sponsors who help us reach our goal
of assisting youth in South Bend Schools. We appreciate all those who stand behind us in our mission.

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