About Us

Who Is The OAA?

For more than 118 years, the Osbourn Alumni Association has awarded over $151,000 in scholarships and maintains a community of former students and graduates.

We support the teachers, clubs, athletics and administration and their many program needs in order to help provide our students with the best possible education experience.

OAA Timeline

1906  The Osbourn Alumni Association, OAA, was formed by 6 graduates from the previous years.  It was first known as the Manassas Institute Alumni Association and would also be known as the Manassas Agricultural High School Alumni Association and the Manassas High School Alumni Association.  The first banquet was held in June of 1906 in the old Manassas Institute Building on Grant Avenue.  Members were asked to bring a food item. Due to a violent thunder storm, the banquet did not adjourn as scheduled. Miss Lula D. Metz, a graduate and teacher, was President and Mr. Virginius Gilmore Iden was Secretary of the OAA.  


1907  The second banquet was held at the Prince William Hotel.  Miss Norma Round, one of the first four graduates from the Manassas Institute in 1896, was President.


1913 The OAA took on it’s first large project to raise funds to send Miss Eugenia Osbourn on a trip to Europe.


1914  Miss Eugenia went on her trip to Italy, Switzerland, France, and England courtesy of the OAA.  


1920  The OAA took on it’s next major fundraising project. The School Board threatened to close schools a month early in order to save money because school funds were low after the war due to the inflationary period. This action would have left the school unaccredited and it would have effected graduating seniors.  The OAA President, Mrs. Lula McManaway, asked the Manassas District taxpayers to pay their school taxes for a second time to keep schools open. Most of them paid!


1925  The OAA took on it’s third major project to build a gymnasium for the students to play indoor basketball. The students had been bouncing around from one place to another for thirteen years.  The OAA and the Patron’s League solicited funds, materials and labor to build the new Bennett gym.  At the time, it was one of the most modern gyms in Northern Virginia at the time.  The OAA held dances to recover some of the costs.  


1934 The OAA and friends sent Miss Eugenia on a trip back to Europe.  


1935  At the annual farewell banquet for the seniors, Miss Eugenia’s retirement was acknowledged.  Dr. William R. Smithey, University of Virginia, gave a speech and planted the seed that the school’s name should be changed to honor her work. Soon after, the school system changed the school’s name.  


1961  The OAA secured a book case in the library for old books and historical items.


1972  The OAA began talks on establishing a scholarship fund for graduating seniors.  


1980  The OAA began honoring an Alumni of the Year.


1990  The OAA began awarding scholarships to students.


2015  The OAA hosted it’s First Annual Homecoming Event to raise money for scholarships.  The event was centered around OHS’s Homecoming Game and consisted of a variety of food trucks for pre-game food and fun.  Lucky Whitehead, former OHS football player who currently plays for the Dallas Cowboys, donated his time to attend the event and help raise money. 


2016  The OAA waived the annual membership fee to encourage more former students and graduates to participate.


2018  The Inaugural $10,000 Reverse Raffle was hosted to raise funds for scholarships for graduating seniors.


2024  The Osbourn Inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame Class was announced & recognized as a joint effort of the OAA, the Osbourn Athletic Boosters and the Osbourn High School Athletics Department. 



Random OAA Facts

The first four graduates from the Manassas Institute to receive high school diplomas were:  Katrina Dodge, Roberta Lam, Jeannette Lyle and Norma Round. 


The Class of 1934 dedicated a portrait of Miss Eugenia to OHS.  It now hangs at OPHS.


OAA secured a marker for the Ruffner Building.


OAA secured insurance for students who participated in athletics.


Miss Emily James Johnson was one of the founding members of the OAA. She graduated from the Manassas Institute in 1901 and became a teacher in the community for 43 years.  


Board Members 



 President              Mark Olsen   ’79 
 Vice President     Tim Demeria   ’79

 Treasurer              Julia Saylors Hentz   ’74   (not pictured)
 Secretary              Rebecca “Becky” Verner  ’69



             Chrissi Blasius   ’97
             Anne (Sproles)  Dancy   ’62

             Joann Gaskins-Barrett   ’72
             Robyn Johnson   ’83  
             Molly Harrover Lane   ’81    (not pictured)
             Christen Miller   ’99    (not pictured)
             Rebecca Olsen   ’98    
             Anna Spall   ’15
             Jill Spall   ’86 
            Trish Spitler   ’83

            Lillian Orlich   Honorary Member    


We are always looking for Alumni that want to join the board, volunteer or share their ideas on how the OAA can support the local community and students!