Appleton East

Remembering Coach Perez

Coach Joe Perez passed away November 8. He was a teacher for 48 years at Wilson Middle School and Appleton East High School and served as the East boys’ and girls’ cross country coach for 51 years. Read the full obituary:

The Joe Perez Scholarship Fund will award post-secondary scholarships to one or more Appleton East High School cross country athletes each year, fulfilling the wishes of Coach Perez and his family.

Two anonymous Appleton East alumni will match gifts to the fund, up to $5,000 each. Memorial gifts will be matched through December 1, 2018.

To make a gift:

Visit Select Joe Perez Scholarship in the designation list.


Mail to Appleton Education Foundation, 122 E. College Ave., Appleton, WI 54911. Checks payable to AEF – Perez Scholarship.

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Class Reunions and Alumni Gatherings

Let the AEF know of upcoming East Class Reunions and other alumni gatherings. We will post them here.

Need current alumni contact information? AEF is maintaining contact info, contact Lori to get data.

Patriot Award

The Patriot Award is given each year to an alumnus/a who, through their achievements, has brought honor to themselves, to their school, and to their community.

Nominations are accepted year-round; however, nominations to be considered for the current school year are due by November 30th. An alumnus must have graduated at least 10 years prior to nomination to be eligible.  Nominees are active candidates for 10 years.

Download the nomination form.

Review previous Patriot Award recipients.