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Rewind for 13/2/16



BESS KELLY, Mother of Deceased Classmate Rod Kelly

Bess V. Kelly passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at the age of 94. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was preceded in death by her husband William Kelly and her son, Rod Kelly. She is survived by her son Charles Kelly and his fiancee, Karen Stern, her daughter-in-law Sandy Kelly, grandchildren Brendan Kelly, David Kelly and his wife Stacey, Alexandra Kelly and a great-grandchild, Gabriel Kelly. She graduated from the University of Arizona in 1943. She taught elementary school for the next 37 years in Tucson, Arizona and El Paso at Jones Elementary School in the former Smeltertown area and Lincoln Elementary School. Bess was a gifted, well oved teacher. Many of her former students stayed in touch with her throughout their lives. Her family would like to express their thanks and enduring appreciation for the loving care she received from Patty Avila at Ruthie¹s Place during the last years of her life. The family also wishes to thank Urmi Marquez for her care of Bess at Ruthie¹s Place. A memorial service was held on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at Sunset Funeral Home-West, 480 N. Resler Drive. Please visit the online guestbook at

Welcome to El Paso High School Centennial Year 2016.  Take a moment to view this video, take in the excitement, then, if your are not yet a member of the EPHS Alumni Association, take a couple of minutes to join at 

The Pride of El Paso • E-P-H-S Rah! Rah! Rah!

KTSM-TV News Presents Feature on EPHS Centennial

Linda Ong, a morning anchor for KTSM-TV, Channel 9, along with two cameramen were on the El Paso High campus to collect video and to conduct an interview with Janie Pierce Shockley (Class of 62) and Hannah Jay, a member of the 2016 Centennial Class.  The feature story was broadcast on Friday (5 February) during the News Channel 9 Today program.  Watch Ong's report by clicking here.

 CORRECTION:  Tigers Girls Soccer Ranked 2nd in State! 

When the folks at EPHS read that the undefeated Grils Soccer Team was ranked second in the Texas Girls Socccer Coaches Association Poll, they looked it up.  Just as they suspected, the report was incorect:  the Tiger Girls are not currently ranked second, they are Ranked FIRST in the State among 5A teams.  How about that!  Quite an accomplishment becasue you probably cannot recall when the last time was that a team from any high school in El Paso was ranked No. 1 in the state.  But as Coach CD Jarvis was heard to say, "The ball doesn't know what your ranking is," reminding his players it is what happens on the court or field that matters.  Well, the Tiger Girls took care of the ball on Tuesday ngiht with an impressive win over Bowie.  Although it is unofficial, the Bears were not able to make a single shot on goal and wound-up losing to the Tigers 5-0.

The Tigers remain undefeated in District with their next opponent on Friday, 12 Feb, Chapin at Chapin.  Then it's back to RR Jones Stadium to face the Jefferson Silver Foxes (game time 7 PM) at the half-way point of district play.  The Boys are riding a five game win steak into their clash with Bowie at Bowie Wednesday night.  The Tigers continue their quest for the District 1-5A Championship on Saturday, 13 Feb., 11 AM, against Chapin in RR Jones Stadium. 

Why not make plans to attend soccer games and encourage family and friends to do the same.  These players, boys and girls, deserve the support of thousands of fan cheering in the stands as they proudly repersent "la High" on the field.  The EPHS Soccer Boosters vend Krispy Kremes, pizza slices, chips, nachos, candy, kettle corn, and soft drinks at the games, so enjoy a snack while you take-in the action on the field and give a rousing Rah! Rah! Rah! for Ol' El Paso High!"  EPHS66, let's do this!

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Here's the Tweet from Felix Chavez, Sports Writer at the El Paso Times.  The Tiger Girls are quick, savvy, and undefeated in District.  EPHS hosts Bowie tonight at RR Jones Stadium.  If you like soccer, attend the game.  If you don't particularly care for soccer, come anyway and cheer for these girls!

El Paso High ranked No. 2 in the state in Class 5A girls soccer by the Texas Girls Coaches Association.

Tiger Swimmers Girls & Boys Teams Second at Region I Meet •

In Andrews, the El Paso High Girls swim team captured 484.5 points, second behind Lubbock High's total of 489 points; Jefferson was third with 228.5 points.  The Tigers captured three relays: the 200 yard Medley Relay, the 200 yard and 400 yard Freestyle Relays.  The Medlley Relay team consisted of Maddie Deucher (backstroke), Victoria Garcia (butterfly), Natalia Villa (breaststroke), and Rebecca Perez (freestyle).  Perez teamed with Emani Brown, Alexisi Correa,and Francesca Baca in the 4 x 50 freestyle relay triumph.  The final event of the gril's meet was the 4 x 100 freestyle relaly.  That winning regional team included Baca, Garcia, Villa, andDeucher.

Victoria Garcia won the individual 100 yard butterfly and Natalie Villa tied for first in the 100 yard breaststroke with Andi Acosta of Jefferson (that's were the half-point arose). 

In the Boys competition, EPHS trailed first place Lubbock High by 317 point as an indication of Lubbock's dominance at the meet.  Brandon Baca won both the 100 backstrokek and 100 yard breaststroke to fortify the Tigers efforts.

Relay Teams and Indivuduals finishing in the top three places of each event at Region advance  to the 5A State Championships.  The Tiger Swimmers are coached by Dow Farley and Betsy Ighnat.

EPHS Academic Decathlon Teams Wins Regional Meet

Once again, the Academic Decathlon Team from El Pash High came home with a championship trophy after winning the Regional competition on 29 January.  Gerald Newmann is coach of the Tiger teams which have found their way to the state finals more often than not!  The 2015-16 Academic Decathlon Team won the championship along with a first place finish in the rapid fire Quiz Bowl event.  Congratulations all the students and their dedicted coaches including EPHS Alumni Danny Favela (Class of '80) and Russel Lang (Class of 2008).  Now it's on to State for these Tigers!

EPHS Alumnus Coaches Broncos to Super Bowl 50 Triumph

Many EPHS66 classmates may remember Wade Phillips as a schoolmate in 1962 and 63.  He was in the Class of 65 while his dad, O.A. "Bum" Phillips, was head football coach at Texas Western (now UTEP).  When Bum landed another coaching position, Wade moved with the family to Port Neches-Groves, Texas, from where Wade graduated high school and went on to the University of Houston.  Bum would later become Head Coach of the Houston Oilers and the New Orleans Saints.

EPHS alumnus, Wade Phillips, Defensive Coordinator for the Denver Broncos, hoists the 2016, Super Bowl 50 Trophy in the team locker room following the Broncos' upset victory over the Carolina Panthers.

Wade eventually got into coaching football, too.  At one point, not long ago, Wade was elevated from Defensive Coordinator for the San Diego Chargers to Head Coach of the Dallas Cowboys, a position he held from 2007 until 2010.  Almost 30-years to the day after his father was fired by the Houston Oilers, Wade was named as Defensive Coordinator of the Houston Texans and was that team's Interim Head Coach when then Head Coach Gary Kubiak was hospitalized and later fired by the Texans.  Following the 2014 season, Kubiak was hired to replace John Fox at the Denver Broncos and in January last year Kubiak called upon Wade to join him in Denver.  On Sunday (7 Feb 2016), the Broncos' defense frustrated and stymied the high powered, only once defeated, offense of the Carolina Panthers to capture the 50th Super Bowl.  Wade Phillips, as Defensive Coordinator, is credited for devising the defensive scheme and directing the defensive play calling which resulted in the NFL Championship that had eluded Bum during his vaunted career and which Wade has sought throughout his coaching career from an east Texas high school, as an assistant in the NCAA, and since 1976 in the NFL. 

The Broncos team colors of navy blue, orange, and white approximate those of the El Paso Tigers and TWC, so we give Wade a grade of A for his choice of ties on Super Bowl Sunday!

 Special Hotel Rate for EPHS66 Quinquagenary Reunion 

For those who anticipate participating in the EPHS66 Quinquagenary Reunion, a room block has been reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn - University (at the corner of University Ave. and Oregon, St).  The Hilton Garden Inn - University is the headquarters for the reunion:  Reunion Check-In; Hospitality Room; the Dinner & Dance, and the Hasta la Vista Brunch are all scheduled to be at the hotel.  The location of the hotel is also convenient to El Paso High and to planned shuttle parking at UTEP for the EPHS Centennial Celebration on 8 October.  The hotel is also within two miles of the site for our mountainside Thursday evening Mixer.

Guest rooms reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn - University have a special rate of $90 per night plus Occupancy Tax (17% or $15.30) for single or double occupancy.  That rate includes the breakfast buffet which includes eggs cooked to order, pastries, hot and cold cereals, yogurt, fruits, and juices.  The regular price for the Terrace Breakfast is $13.00 plus sales tax.  The breakfast benefit is available for two persons per double room (one for single room) with coupons issued at check-in.  The breakfast coupon is eligible for the purchase of Terrace Breakfast at Sunday's Hasta la Vista Brunch in the hotel restaurant and outdoor terrace (weather permitting).

Reservations at the Hilton Garden Inn - University may be obtained by calling Advance Reservations at 915-351-2121 or on-line at  Be sure to use the Group Reservation Code EPH66 to qualify for the discounted room rate plus breakfast benefit. If you use the Hilton Hotels reservations center, be sure to specify the Hilton Garden Inn - University; there is another Hilton Garden Inn in El Paso located near the airport. 

The cut-off for reservations in the EPH66 room block will be 29 August after which rooms may be reserved at the best available rate.  The EPHS Class of 1961 is also holding its 55-Year Reunion at the Hilton Garden Inn - University on the same weekend and the EPHS Alumni Association is referring out-of-town alumni to this hotel for lodging for the Centennial Celebration.  Hence, rooms will be sought after even before the summer months arrive.  If you are an El Paso resident but think you may stay overnight at the hotel on Friday (and/or Saturday) night after the Friday Reunion Dinner & Dance, don't delay; lock-in your reservation before the EPH66 room block becomes fully subscribed. 

Centennial Celebration Year Kicks-off at EPHS

Story by Luis Carlos Lopez, El Paso Times

The proud El Paso High School family is celebrating as the historic "Lady on the Hill" turns 100 this year.

The school will turn 100 in September, and Tigers past and present got a head start on marking the milestone Thursday.

“There is not a more beautiful school from its architecture to its setting anywhere in the United States,” El Paso High School Principal Kristine Ferret said during the school’s launching of its centennial celebration, which will feature a Centennial Legacy Series on “100 years of Excellence, History Architecture and Trost.”

Henry Trost and Gustavus Trost were the architectural masterminds behind the high school, which was designated as a historic site in the 1980s by the National Register of Historic Places, according to alumnus Steven Blumenthal. In 1982, it was recognized by the Texas Historical Commission.

Ferret, who is the first woman to be named principal at the school, spoke in the high school’s auditorium Thursday to alumni and staff as she unveiled the yearlong series highlighting El Paso High’s architecture, as well as its military, sports, arts and leadership history.

Alumna Amada S. Flores, who graduated in 1963, said, “Hey, listen, we bleed orange and black."

She added, “Oh, I love it. We worked very hard for it. I’m a fourth-generation graduate.”

Flores said her grandfather, mother and brother attended the high school before her. Her nephews carried on the tradition.

The historic school at 800 E. Schuster and its alumni association on Thursday hosted the first of five legacy series presentations. The centennial homecoming celebration will be in October, during which school officials will attempt to set the Guinness World Record for the largest high school reunion. They will try to bring together more than 3,300 alumni, former faculty and staff. The celebration will conclude with a float in the 2016 Sun Bowl parade, school officials said.

"This is a banner year for El Paso High School and the proud community that surrounds this storied campus," El Paso Independent School District Superintendent Juan Cabrera said in an emailed statement. "The story of El Paso is the story of El Paso High School, so we are thrilled to share the celebration with the students, teachers and community members that are part of the great tradition of the Lady on the Hill."

According to the El Paso High School Alumni Association, the original El Paso High School started as Central High School in 1885. It was a two-story building at Myrtle Avenue and Campbell Street. With 10 rooms, it had an enrollment of 222 students. The high school was established on the second floor, with the first graduating class in 1887. The graduates were Kate Moore and George Prentiss Robinson.

El Paso High School alumna Lee Schwartz (Class of 1962) sits in the old apartment for the dean of students inside the school. Schwartz said a single woman was always the dean of students and lived in the apartment. (Photo: MARK LAMBIE/EL PASO TIMES)

In 1900, a new school was built at the corner or Arizona Avenue and Kansas Street. It now serves as the University of Texas at El Paso College of Health Sciences, according to the alumni association's website. In 1912, the school district's Board of Trustees purchased the four-block site where the school currently sits. It cost of $28,560. The school was built from 1913 to 1916 at a cost of $500,000.

According to the alumni association, replicating the school today would cost over $10,000,000. El Paso High’s Greco-Roman architecture was inspired by the Portico of Octavia in Rome.

El Paso High School opened its doors Sept. 18, 1916.

Ricardo Orrantia, a 1962 graduate of the school, said students from Juárez crossed over to El Paso to attend the school.

“They used to cross the border every morning. The rich, the poor and the weak; they all came,” Orrantia said.

Luis Carlos Lopez may be reached at 546-6381;; @lclopez4.

EPHS Centennial Website Now On-Line

El Paso High School is celebrating 100 years in it's historic home "on the hill" throughout 2016.  A website is now on-line which is designed to aggregate events, activities, and projects concerning the Centennial performed or presented by students or organizations affiliated with EPHS.  You'll find the the EPHS66 Quinquagenary Reunion is listed among the Cenennial Activities in the Centennial Celebration tab.   Although most, if not all of EPHS Centennial events are posted on, there may be additional information of interest to you, particularly regarding student involvement.  Visit the website and look around, particulary the photo gallery.  If you have photos you would like to contribute for the photo gallery, there is an orange "Photo Gallery" button at the top of the webpage which allows for submission to be E-mailed to the Web Administrator. 

From the Centennial website, donations may be made to support the school's Centennial's activities, those of the Alumni Association, the PTSA, or the Comemmorative Tile Project of EPHS Friends & Exes:  just be sure to select the organiztion to which you want your contribution credited before making an on-line donation.  The alternative, of course, is to go directly to the desired organization's website (donations for the EPHS66 Quinquagenary Reunion can be made from this websire; refer to the Convenient Links on the Main Menu to the left for websites of other organizations). 

February 2016 is amazingly unique?

A February like the one in 2016 won't come again during our lifetimes according to a message flying around the internt. Reportedly, in Chinese culture, this is considered most unique and is an opportunity for prosperity. What makes this February legendary?  Consider that in this February there are four Mondays, four Tuesdays, four Wednesdays, four Thursdays, four Fridays, four Saturdays, and four Sundays. Got it?  Well, accoring to a guy in Hong Kong, this only happens once every 823years.

A bit skeptical, are you?  Test the hypothesis. First, there are five Mondays in February 2016. In a month which has ony 28 days seventy-five percent of all years, there will be four of each day of the week in every year other than a leap year.  Look at 2015 on a calendar, a non-leap year, when the first of February fell on a Sunday and the 28th fell on a Saturday.  It is a simple example that 28 divided by 7 is always 4.  If you have forwarded the chain E-mail promising prosperity, you may want to lower your expectations and try again next year when, instead of 824 years ahead, February will again have four Mondays, four Tuesdays, etc. Perhaps we should have posted this story on April 1st?

Impressive Wins for Tiger Soccer

The EPHS Girls Soccer Team won all the marbles at The San Antonio Tournament, 14-16 January.  It is not without precedent that a high school soccer team scores as many as eleven goals in two consecutive games on the same day; it is quite unusual to shut-out the opponents while on a scoring rampage.  Nonetheless, that's just what the Tiger Girls did to advance to the semi-final round of the tournament where they again put on an offensive show, scoring seven goals, but they slipped a bit on defense allowing a single goal in the match.  Then, in the final game, the Tigers were unrelenting on offense with another seven goal performance while holding their opponents scoreless.  The Girls Team scoring margin for the tournament was plus 24!  BRAVO, Tigers!

The Tiger Girls are back in action on Tuesday, 19 January, at 7 PM in RR Jones Stadium against Jefferson.  The Silver Foxes, who participated in the same San Antonio Tournament, are picked as contenders for the District 1-5A crown. 

The EPHS Boys Soccer Team remained in El Paso where they participated in the 12-team EPISD Soccer Tournament.  The Tigers won the Consolation Championship defeating Bowie 4-0 for a third place finish overall. The tournament field included Cathedral, Coronado, Canutillo, Irvin, Lydia Patterson, Parkland, Americas, Horizon, El Dorado,and San Elizario in addition to the Tigers and Bears.

On Wednesday, 20 January, the Boys begin the District schedule against Jefferson at Jeff, then host Canutillo in RR Jones Stadium at 11 AM on Saturday, 23 January.

Find the Girls and Boys Soccer District Schedule at the EPHS Athletics tab of this website.


EPHS Cheerleaders Compete in State UIL Championship Meet

The EPHS Varsity Cheerleaders traveled to Arlington for the UIL State Spirit Championships on 15 January.  Among 77 teams in competition, the girls, representing "la High" for the first time, placed 42nd.  Needless to say, the cheerleaders were disappointed, but they gave good performances and learned important lessons as a result of the Spirit Meet process.  The top teams in the competition were co-ed and consisted of twice the number (and more) of team members as on the Tigers' 14 girl squad.  A bit forlorn that they did not bring back a trophy, the hard working cheerleaders return to stimulate spirit at basketball and soccer games throughout January, February, and March.  Some team is destined to finished last in every competition, but at the State Spirit Meet it would not be the Tigers of El Paso any where near the tail-end.

Tiger Swimmers Win Girls & Boys District Title, Again!

Story and photos by Kristopher Rivera, El Paso Times

El Paso High continues to reign over the District 1-5A waters.

On Thursday night, the El Paso girls won their seventh-consecutive district title, while the boys clinched their fifth-straight title.

“We have a program. The kids bought into it and work extremely hard,” El Paso High coach Dow Farley said. “We’re pretty lucky. This is the first step of championship season. It starts now and ends with the state championships.”

The El Paso High girls won with a total of 224 points, Jefferson was second with 125 points and Chapin was third with 67 points. The boys won with 169 points, Chapin was runner-up with 117 points and Burges had a third-place finish with 54 points.

The Tigers came out strong at the beginning of the District 1-5A Championship swim meet at the Socorro Student Activities Complex Aquatic Center.

El Paso High took first in the girls 200-yard medley relay with a time of a minute, 53.92 seconds. Jefferson came in second with a time of 1:58.37 and Chapin was third with a time of 2:16.42.

El Paso High also finished first in the boys 200 medley relay with a time of 1:44.59, followed by Chapin in second (1:47.56) and Austin in third (1:58.53).

In the girls 200 freestyle, El Paso High had a second-place finish by Francesca Baca (2:10.86) and a third-place finish by Renee Hernandez (2:14.56). The Tigers had another second and third place finish in the girls 200 individual medley: Elizabeth Licon (2:32.81) and Maria Guerrero (2:36.37), respectively.

The Tigers also took the top two spots in the 50 freestyle. Maddie Deucher had a first-place finish with a time of 25.49 and Rebecca Perez came in second with a time of 26.64. The Tigers took the top three honors in the 100 butterfly. Victoria Garcia finished with a time of 58.11, followed by Licon in second (1:06.10) and Emani Brown in third (1:09.51).

“(Coach) told us we have to be confident in ourselves. He reminded us that there’s no doubt we’ve worked the hardest,” said Garcia, who was named the girls’ swimmer of the meet. “We wouldn’t be here without the support of our team and coaches.”

Perez had a first-place finish in the 100 freestyle with a time of 58.99.

In the 500 freestyle, El Paso High’s Natalia Villa finished second (5:43.51) and Francesca Baca came in third (5:47.98). Villa had another second-place finish in the 100 breaststroke.

Jefferson’s Ale Acosta had a good night, finishing first in the 200 free (1:57.46) and the 500 free (5:12.26). Andi Acosta also had a big night for the Silver Foxes, finishing first in the 200 individual medley (2:19.34) and in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.86).

Toward the end of the meet, the Tigers’ 200 freestyle relay teams took top honors. The girls had a first-place finish with a time of 1:51.36 and the boys finished first with a time of 1:37.67.

In the 100 backstroke, two-time state medalist Garcia finished first (59.68) while Deucher silvered with a time of 1:00.76.

The Tigers powered through the relays all night, clinching the last event of the meet, the 400 freestyle relay. The girls won with a time of 3:51.94 and the boys won with a time of 3:28.17.

“It was a team effort. Coach pushes us hard in practice,” said Andrew Harmon, who was named the boys’ swimmer of the meet. “Our freshmen were phenomenal.”

Of the El Paso High freshmen, Garcia said, “A lot pushed through. We couldn’t be prouder of the babies; everyone stepped up.”

Further into the individual events on the boys side, El Paso had a first-place finish in the 200 freestyle by Harmon with a time of 1:50.57 and a second-place finish by Tyler Arnold, who clocked in at 1:56.92. Arnold also finished second in the 100 backstroke. In the 200 individual medley, Vittorio Kirken took first with a time of 2:10.43. The Tigers had a third-place finish in the 50 freestyle with Brandon Piel (24.85).

In the 100 butterfly, El Paso’s Mohammad Abdeljaber finished first (55.6) and Kirken came in third (58.66).  Abdeljaber had a second-place finish in the 100 breaststroke. Harmon had another first-place finish in the 100 freestyle, clocking in at 49.92.

El Paso’s Branson Baca finished first in the 100 backstroke and the 100 breaststroke with a time of 58.12 and 1:04.08, respectively.

“This momentum will pump us up to tackle regionals,” Harmon said.

Garcia added, “We’re coming out on a high and need to keep the adrenaline going for the whole team.”

Coach Farley said about 90 percent of his team qualified for regionals. The top six swimmers of each event earn a ticket to the meet.

“We’ll go in with a solid team; it’s one of the better teams we take,” Farley said. “We’ll have to up our game.”

The Class 5A Region I swim meet will be Feb. 5 and 6 at Andrews, Texas.

Kristopher Rivera may be reached at 546-6121;; @kgrivera on Twitter.

Former Students Form an EPHS ROTC Alumni Organization •

Former EPHS ROTC Cadets and Sponsors are invited to join an organization founded in 2003 to celebrate the comraderie engendered whille Cadets and Sponsors at EPHS.

 Some of these Tigers have been practicing close order drill to form alumni drill teams.  Those alumni are now drilling with the Cadets at EPHS in anticipation of participating in the EPHS Centennial Celebration Legacy Series - JROTC & Military presentation on 12 May 2016.  The marching Tiger alumni also envision participation in other events including drill meets and parades. 

For more information about the EPHS ROTC Alumni, visit .

Alumni Tiger Band Forming

If you were a member of the EPHS Tiger Marching Band at anytime, this is for you!  An Alumni Band is forming.  Even if you haven't played music in public since graduating high school, you have a couple of years to get back into action under the direction of UTEP Director of Bands Kenny Capshaw and Chito Portillo, formerly at UT-Austin.  If you are a musician, an EPHS alumnus, even if you didn't participate in band while in high school, contact the EPHS Alumni Band at Plans are for the Alumni Band to perform during the Centennial Celebration Year 2016 (maybe before and hopefully after, too).


The Class of 65 Reunion at Homecoming 2015

Pictured above are certainly not all the members of the EPHS Class of 1965 nor is it everyone who gathered for the 50-year reunion of the class, but you may recognize some of these Tigers who attended the 2015 Homecoming Assembly in the CD Jarvis Gym. The former students toured the EPHS Museum and watched the EPHS Alumni Association's EPHS history presentation in the auditorium before heading over to the packed gym for the assembly.

So, who are these persons?  Front row (l-r):  Fred Tovar, Becky Jackson, Sharon Wosika, Beverly McMahan, Bob Timmons, Al Berroteran, Arturo Rodriguez.  Standing (l-r): Connie Carrigan, Marian Frank, Beth Shectman, Meredith Morris, Leslie Fierman, Wayne May, Judy Baker, Danny Brown, Nic Broderson,  Walter Zimmer, JoEllen Perl, Maureen Copeland, and Fred Barber.  Thanks to Beverly McMahan Daughtry for the photograph.

You may recall that the gym construction was not completed until the Fall of 1965, four months after these alumni graduated.  The Tiger mosaic in the gym lobby was a gift from the Class of 1965, but some of the classmates had never before seen the mosaic, returning to their alma mater for the first time in 50 years.


  EPHS66 Quinquagenary Reunion Changed to October 2016   (Updated 16 Nov 2014)

Your Reunion Organizing Committee has decided to re-schedule the EPHS66 Quinquagenary Reunion to 6-9 October 2016 to coincide with the EPHS Centennial Celebration Canival which has been moved to 8 October 2016.  The move of the Carnival was made necessary when UTEP announced it had signed a contract with West Point for the Miners to play Army on 17 September 2016 in the Sun Bowl Stadium.  It was recognized by the committee putting together the Centennial Carnival (with concurrance by the EPHS Administration and EPISD officials, as well) that it would be impractical to stage the Carnival on the same day as the first ever contest between UTEP and West Point.  The long and important history of EPHS and the EPISD with Fort Bliss also mitigated against holding the Centennial Celebration Carnival on the same day as "The Army comes to town."  

The October date for the Carnival means that it will also coincide with EPHS 2016 Homecoming and permit EPHS66 alumni to enjoy the Homecoming atmosphere at the The School on the Hill in addition to participaing in the Carnival, probably the biggest event of the Centennial Celebration Year 2016. 

The Centenial Carnival on Saturday, 8 October 2016, is planned to center around three primary events:  an attempt to set a new world record for the largest high school reunion; the return of Saturday afternoon varsity football in RR Jones Stadium pitting the legendary El Paso Tigers against cross-town rivals, the Austin Panthers; and a concert in the stadium following the Homecoming football game.  The outdoor concert may  be capped-off with an aerial fireworks display.  Throughout the day, food trucks will be at the EPHS campus to provide a variety of fare for the gustatory delight of EPHS alumni from the 1940s through the Class of 2015. 

You will not want to miss the 50-year reunion of The EPHS Class of 1966 nor the opportunity to be counted as an alumnus of EPHS as our alma mater embarks on it's Second Century of Excellence!  Stay tuned for additional details over the next year and into the 2016 Centennial Celebration Year.  Please save the dates Thursday, 6 October through Sunday, 9 October 2016 for your EPHS66 Quinquagenary Reunion!

Have the Eagles Landed?

It's that time of year when the Berry College Bald Eagle pair are back in the nest, doing repairs and enhancements in preparation for a new clutch of eggs early in the new year.  The saga continues from egg laying, incubation, and hatching, through to fledging of eaglets in late April or May.  Tune-in to the Barry Collge Bald Eagles on-line for live-streaming by clicking on the link then save to your own browser as a Favorite or Bookmark.

New Mascot Art Adorns Gym Floor

As the CD Jarvis Gym turns 50-years old this fall, the building was repainted inside and out and the gym floor got a much needed reconditioning.  The gym arena was closed much of the summer as the floor's existing, aged varnish and paint were stripped.  Where the flooring had become uneven over the years, the planks were refastened and leveled, chips and holes were filled, and the floor sanded smoothe before new paint was applied and new, high impact varnish laid-down.  The gym arena floor was finally reopened on 21 August,  just prior to the start of classes for the 2015-16 school year.

The center court mascot art and surrounding font (pictured above & below) are dramatic departures from a traditional motif which it replaces and which adorns most gym floors at high schools and colleges across the US.  The new art depicts massive tiger claw marks which have ripped-open the gym floor to reveal a tiger peering out from underneath.

The school district agreed to pay of portion of the cost of new mascot art and center-court font, but the bulk of that customizing cost was to be paid by funds raised by the Volleyball Boosters and the Basketball Boosters, the principal sports utilizing the gym.  With gratitude, the following donors contributed funding necessary for commercial artist Jesse Corral to apply the unique artwork at center court of El Paso High's CD Jarvis Gym..

 Lee Schwartz (62)             Steven Blumenthal (66)

 Amada Flores (63)            Joe Herrera (66)

 Mark Blumenthal (64)       Anna Mares (80)

 David Wilbanks (65)          Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

 Ken Bruder (65)                 AIM Construction

 Cyd Goldfarb (EPHS Guidance Counselor)

  El Paso High Earns all Seven Distinctions on TEA Accountability 2015 

The Texas Education Agency's Accountability Ratings for all public schools was released Friday, 7 August 2015.  El Paso High School achieved all seven possible Distinctions.  El Paso High is the only one of the ten EPISD traditional high schools to earn every one of the seven Distinctions.  Additionally, El Paso High is  the only high school in the region to earn all distinctions three years in a row.  The categories which comprise the TEA Distinctions are these:  Academic Achievement in English; Academic Achievement in Math; Academic Achievement in Science; Academic Achievement in Social Studies; Top 25% Student Progress; Top 25% Closing Performance Gaps; and Postsecondary Readiness.

Another EPISD high school, The Silva Magnet School for Health Care Professions, a non-traditional high school, was again recognized by the TEA for accomplishment by attainment of all TEA Distinctions.  Also, Wiggs Middle School, the feeder to EPHS, was recognized for all Middle School Distinctions again this year.

El Paso High School named among America’s Best High Schools by U.S. News & World Report

El Paso High School has been listed as one of “America’s Best High Schools” as reported by U.S. News & World Report.  The distinction is based on key principles: that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college bound, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show it is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.

A three-step evaluation system is used in the analysis of "American's Best High Schools" by US News & World Report: 

Step 1:  This step determines whether each school's students are performing better than statistically expected for students in their state;

Step 2:  Schools meeting Step 1 criteria, the second step is to assess whether the school's students from traditionally disadvantaged populations – black, Hispanic and low-income – are outperforming disadvantaged students in the state;

Step 3:  Schools that made it through the first two steps became eligible to be judged nationally on the final step – college-readiness performance – using Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate test data as the benchmarks for success.

Congratulations to the Tiger team (students, parents, faculty, and staff) and community members who have worked to support and contribute to students' success at El Paso High School!

Thanks to the EPHS PTSA for providing the substance of these reports.

EPHS Fight Song Ringtone Now Available at iTunes

Strike-up the band with the familiar tones of the El Paso High Fight Song when your wireless phone rings.  Now,  for a mere $1.29 at the iTunes Store, you may download the fight song to your iPhone.  If you have an Android phone, word is that the same recording can be added to the ringtones of non-iPhone devices, as well.  A portion of every purchase of this ringtone benefits the EPHS Alumni Association, so hop-on and download a peppy instrumental rendition of the renowned chorus from "The Orange & Black!"

Special EPHS Baseball Caps Available for Purchase

    The EPHS Class of 62 has made available ball caps to help defray the cost of the Classes of the 60’s Party scheduled during the EPHS Centennial Celebration (specifically, 7 October 2016. the night before the Centennial Celebration Carnival and the same night as the EPHS66 Quinquagenary Reunion Dinner & Dance; hence, the Class of 66 is not participating in the Classes of the 60's Party). 
     The ball caps, as pictured above, are truly special as they bear an embroidered rendering of the front of The School with the letters EPHS.  On the back are the embroidered dates “1916 – 2016” in orange to signify the first centennial of El Paso High School in it's present location overlooking the city.
     The caps are priced $20.00 each (add $5.00 if shipping is required).   For more information and to place an order, contact Betty Ann Seiler at or by phone at (915) 584-1030.  The Class of 62 will accept checks or cash only – no credit/debit cards accepted at this time.  The ball caps are manufactured for Port/Authority, a major provider of uniforms and sportswear.

Special Edition Centennial Commemorative Mini Helmet •

Here's a chance to get a little piece of the El Paso High School Centennial Celebration Year and at the same time contribute to the uniqueness of theCentennial.  The El Paso High School Class of 1984, in conjunction with the EPHS Alumni Association, is sponsoring the Special Edition El Paso High Tigers Centennial Year Mini Football Helmets pictured above.  All  profits from the sale of these replicas of the official 2016 Season Tigers Football Helmets are devoted to the Class of 1984 Football Uniform Fundraiser. Tigers Football for the 2016 season will have unique uniforms (including the helmet design) which the Class of 1984 is helping to fund with your purchase of these special edition mini helmets.

The football helmets, actual and mini versions, display the art which appears on each EPHS Centennial Commemorative Tile (artwork courtesy of the El Paso High Tigers Friends & Exes).  The price for each Special Edition El Paso High Tigers Centannial Year Mini Football Helmet is $40.  Order on-line from Morse Sports, or, in El Paso, go to the Morse Sports store at 112 S. Stanton (phone: 915-533-2746).  The store is downtown, between San Antonio and Overland Avenues, next to the old Gateway Hotel building.

  NEW STYLE    EPHS Spirit Product for The Centennial Celebration Year

David "Tiger" Lujan is offerning a new, balck background design in the EPHS muffler series as displayed below.  "El Paso High School" with the face of a tiger on one side and "May Your Spirit Never Die" with a stylized "Tigers" reminiscent of the traditional El Paso High baseball uniform on the other side.  The previous muffler styles have sold-out.

The muffler (or scarf, if you prefer), is five-feet in length, made of easy care polyester yarn.  The text and design features are woven, not printed, into the muffler, so the features are long lasting. 

The project arose when Lujan was asked to help finance the EPHS 2016 JROTC Military Ball which has been held for several years in the school cafeteria. Because it is to be the Centennial Celebration Year, the JROTC would like to hold their annual ball in a party hall to give the occasion a special flair.  Lujan decided to design and sell a soccer style scarf and this is the thrid in the series.  The price remains at $20 each with an additional surcharge of $5 for each muffler if it is to be mailed to the purchaser.

To pre-order this version of the EPHS "May Your Spirit Never Die" muffler, contact David Lujan by E-MAIL or PHONE him at 915-276-9169.


EPHS Orchestra Website is a Classic!

You don't have to be a former orchestra musician or a fan of symphonic music to appreciate the El Paso High School Orchestra and their newly premiered website:

This Tiger aggregation is a string orchestra, but don't let that lull you into some sleepy stereotype.  If you'd like to see a rockin' orchestra click on the Musical Videos tab of the orchestra's website and watch both Part 1 and Part 2 of  2015 EPHS Tiger Night.  If that doesn't prompt you to want to stand-up, applaud and shout, you didn't have the sound turned-on.  You'll be proud of these Tigers!

Original Central School Bell is At Home at EPHS

The bell, which for years pealed from the tower of Central School at what was then the east side of downtown El Paso, is now part of El Paso High.  The bell arrived on campus on 15 October 2014 and was presented to the student body, faculty, and a crowd of alumni less than 48 hours later during the annual Homecoming Pep Assembly. 

The EPHS Alumni Association coordinated the transfer of the bell from the home of Ken Thomas, a retired EPISD employee, and alumni volunteers and voctional education students at EPHS will take part in the reconditioning of the bronze bell and the refinishing of the cast iron yolk and cradle.

The school bell was originally cast in 1885 in St. Louis, Missouri, by the L. M. Rumsey Manufacturing Co. which specialized in farm machinery and bells during the last quarter of the 19th Century until 1917 when the company closed.  High School for El Paso started on the second floor of Central School in September of 1885.  With the Old Central School Bell now at EPHS, an ad hoc committee is considering options on how and where the bell will be displayed.  One proposition being given consideration is to mount the bell on a custom-made trailer so The Old Central School Bell may initiate some meaningful new traditons at EPHS at the confluence of the end of the high school's first century and the beginning of it's second century of excellence in public education for El Paso.  In this option, the bell may be used during football games to mark scoring plays by the Tigers; as signal indicting initiation or conclusion (or both)  to graduations held in RR Jones Stadium; Memorial Day and Veterans Day Ceremonies on the front steps; Homecoming and Sun Carnival parades; and as part of other events on the campus and in the community.

Ken Thomas, the donor of The Old Central School Bell, told media before the Homecoming assembly that El Paso High was the ideal place for the bell because a) El Paso High is the succesor to high school at Central School; b) the JROTC program at EPHS was a continuation of the first JROTC unit in all of Texas which was formed at High School, then at Central School and it was Major James Gaines, an EPISD Assistant Superintendent for JROTC who saved the bell from oblivion and possibly the scrap heap; and c) El Paso High has an alumni association which cherishes and preserves the history of The El Paso High School dating back to the early days at The Old Central School.   Thomas also told reporters that he was very impressed on how competently and amicibly the personnel of the EPHS Alumni Association had acted in the three weeks since he offered the bell to El Paso High. The palpable excitement on the EPHS campus among students, faculty, and alumni, Thomas said, was evidence The Old Central School Bell has found it's rightful home.

Read a report about The Old Central School Bell at these links:  El Paso Times or EPISD .

Centennial Commemorative Tile Project Update

On 25 April 2015, additional Centennial Commemorative Tiles were mounted on the backside of the press box at RR Jones Stadium, completing that installation.  The second installation was begun on a wall between the Library/Cafeteira and the CD Jarvis Gym. 

Photo Courtesy Sandy Aaronson

The second installation site is being laid-out around a new center tile application which continues the Tiger motif seen on the press box installation and includes the popular verse from The Orange & Black, El Paso High's original fight song:  For when we're on the field of battle/ Then for our colors we will fight/ The Orange and Black will always stand for what we know is right! ...

Photo Courtesy Sandy Aaronson

To the left of the Tiger is a tile in tribute to Coach CD Jarvis with notation of the 1947 State Basketball Championship he lead.  Next to that is a tile for Coach Ken Morehead recognizing his 22 years as Head Baseball Coach at EPHS.  Further to the left is the tile purchased by Richard Crockett (Class of 1965) commemorating the Tiger basketball team of 64-65 which finished the season 3rd in State.

During the addition of tiles at the press box installation, it was discovered that the EPHS Class of 1966 tile was cracked and will have to be remanufactured.  The Class of 1966 tile was one of only two tiles on the top row until the new additions were made; both those top-row tiles were cracked by undetermined causes.  Each of those tiles, when remanufactured, will be added to a new installation on the EPHS campus.

Crack visible in lower right quadrant across "F" and "1" of "OF" and "1966."  Photo Courtesy Sandy Aaronson

EPHS Centennial Commemorative Tiles may still be ordered from the El Paso High Tigers Friends & Exes.  Find details elsewhere on this Home Page.  Proceeds from purchases of these tiles have been donated by the Friends & Exes to the EPHS Project 100, El Paso High School's PTSA campus enhancement and beautification project (find donation opportunities for Project 100 elsewhere on this Home Page).

Centennial Commemorative Tile Project Continues to Grow (Updated 29 Mar 2015)

Installation of Centennial Commemorative Tiles on the backside of the press box at RR Jones Stadium is nearly complete and the El Paso High Tigers Friends & Exes are turning their attention to the second installation site for tiles:  the wall surrounding the receiving area at the east end of the Library/Cafeteria Building.

The Centennial Commemorative Tile Second Installation site is to be on the wall at the right in this photo.  Note the new tables and benches installed as part of the EPHS PTSA's EPHS 100 Campus Beautification & Enhancement Project.  The new tables and benches were purchased with part of an additional $3,400 grant from the Centennial Commemorative Tile Project.  The "Eye of The Tiger" art on the wall of the Library/Cafeteria Building is a gift of the EPHS Class of 2012. (Photo courtesy Sandy Aaronson)

Pictured above is the Centerpiece for the Second Installation of EPHS Centennial Commemorative Tiles (Photo courtesy Sandy Aaronson)

Centennial Commemorative Tiles may still be purchased at the price of $135 each, with up to three lines of text to salute alumni, a family, faculty member, or an enterprise which has been a support to EPHS during it's first Century of Excellence.  To request an order from, use the Contact Us button on the Main Menu.  Be sure to include your name, your E-mail/postal address,  and a phone number at which you may be contacted, please.

On Friday, 26 September 2014, The EPHS Class of 1966  Centennial Commemorative Tile was mounted top row, center of the  first tile installation on the back wall of the press box of RR Jones Stadium.  The EPHS66 tile is situated immediately above the tile honoring the school's architects and engineers, Trost & Trost.  This placement recognizes The Class of 1966 as the EPHS Semi-Centennial Class.  (See The EPHS Class of 1966 tile on the top row, above the Tiger and "HIGH" in the photo below.)

The EPHS66 Centennial Commemorative Tile mounted top center (Photo courtesy Sandy Aaronson)

  The 16" x 16" tiles, commemorating the EPHS Centennial, are a project of the El Paso High Tigers Friends & Exes organization.  You may find additional images of the initial Installation of tiles at the press box in the EPHS Campus Photo Gallery.  The second installation of tiles is expected to accommodate an additional hundred or so tiles.   The EPH Friends & Exes initially donated $5,800 from tile sales to the EPHS PTSA for campus improvement and beautification also depicted in the EPHS Campus Photo Gallery.

The EPHS66 Quinquagenary Reunion Organizing Committee voted to assure that EPHS66, as a class, would be represented among the tiles which become a permanent reflection of the school's first century as it embarks on its second century. 

So that the purchase of the commemorative tile would not place a burden on the reunion organizing committee's treasury, it was agreed to off-set the cost with voluntary contributions from EPHS66 classmates.  Those who have contributed are listed below, but you may now join the list with your contribution of from $5 to $20, sent to EPHS66 Reunion, 2227 N Kansas St, El Paso 79902.  More infomaton about the Centennial Commemorative Tile Project and how you may purchase one is displayed elsewhere on this Home Page.  Thanks to these contributors:

   Arthur Nieto (Denver, CO)                  Grace Ruiz (Albuquerque, NM)

   Richard Baron (Santa Fe, NM)           Freda Nelson Evans (Tustin, CA)

   Angie Enriquez Heredia                     Norma Martinez Kernz

   Rose Mary Arreola Lopez & Fernie Lopez  Bob Novick

   Romie Pichardo Monteros                  Steve Blumenthal

EPHS66 Donates to Campus Improvement

The EPHS Class of 1966 is to be listed among the donors who have contributed to the El Paso High School PTSA's Outdoor Improvement Project for the school campus.  The EPHS66 Quinquagenary Reunion Organizing Committee voted to sponsor the planting of a tree on the campus during the 2014 beautification project in advance of the Centennial Celebration and thereby contribute to the enviornmental enhancement of the community during the school's second century.  The plan is to plant 100 new trees which will restore to the El Paso High campus its original compliment of trees during the first decade of "The School on the Hill."  Shrubbery and a memorial garden are also part in the beautification project.

The PTSA's Outdoor Improvement Project includes installation of secured trash recepticals variously around the campus to provide additional sites at which to deposit trash and to reduce litter in the area when the wind blows.  Additional picnic tables on the plaza outside the cafeteria are also part of the project as are replacement and additional concrete benches on the campus.

El Paso High to Get Birthday Makeover

That's the headline for an El Paso Times article discribing the Beautification Project at EPHS to ready the campus for the EPHS Centennial Celebration.  Although there are some inaccuracies in the Times story, it does describe the project which expects to plant 100 new trees and shrubbery on the campus along with a sponsored memorial garden, addition of concrete benches and tables, and the installation of commemorative tiles on the backside of the press box.  Read the "Makeover" story on the El Paso Times website: .  

For more information about ordering comemmorative tiles and about the EPHS PTSA's Beautification Project, scan down on this Home Page to the content section with the white background.

Read The Tatler On-Line

The EPHS student newspaper is still The Tatler but it's not a weekly anymore.  The newspaper is published bi-monthly and is available on-line.  Here's a link to the December 2013 edition of The Tatler

Link to KTSM-TV Special Report: The 1963 Battle for the Claw; the battle that never fought

This will link you to the KTSM-TV website for the story broadcast on 8 November concerning the football rivalry dating from 1930 between EPHS and Austin High and the interruption of that string of battles between the Tigers and Panthers in 1963 when President Kennedy was assassinated.

Volunteer to Contribute to Brain Function Research 

Scientists are currently testing many promising treatments that could help reduce cognitive decline and delay the onset of brain disease. Yet a major challenge for research is recruiting participants for studies.  Researchers need all sorts of volunteers to participant in clinical trials, not just those who are concerned about or diagnosed with brain disease.  Healthy volunteers are often needed, for a variety of reasons. 

The Brain Health Registry aims to speed up the drug discovery process by matching eligible volunteers with the right research study.  The brain health and lifestyle information shared by volunteers helps The Brain Health Registry efficiently identify what kinds of studies for which a volunteer may be qualified.  Once the Registry has identified a study for which a particular volunteer  may be a good match, the Registry will send an email describing the study and giving the volunteer more information about how to participate.

For more information and to volunteer, visit 

The Brain Health Registry

"You only understand the tradition if you were blessed enough to live it."

Welcome to the El Paso High Class of 1966 website

See a satellite view of the EPHS campus via Google Earth http://googol/maps/Xwd0L.  
 EPHS66 Quinquagenary Reunion & EPHS Centennial Celebration

Planning for the 50-Year reunion of the El Paso High School Class of 1966 is underway. The reunion will coincide with the Centennial Celebration of EPHS (1916-2016) at it's majestic location “on the hill.” That's why this website has been created, to help bring the class back together for some fun, some reminiscing, and to keep fresh the memory of our departed classmates. Make a commitment today to be a part of the Quinquagenary Reunion: it's not a reunion without you!

The Quinquagenary Reunion Organizing Committee has already formed and meets quarterly to plan a very special experience in 2015 or 2016. Want to volunteer or have suggestions for reunion events? Just send an E-mail through this website – first register, please. Find the Members Log-In box on this page and create your Classmate Profile. If you're not on the current list of classmates, please use the Contact Us tab on the left to get in touch. There is no cost to create a Classmate Profile and you decide what information may be displayed to other classmates.

The Organizing Committee elected these classmates to head the committee: Chairperson: Steve Blumenthal; Vice Chairperson: Bob Novick; Secretary: Fernando " Fernie" Lopez; Treasurer: Norma (Martinez) Kernz.

Reunion Committees are forming and volunteers are welcome (see Quinquagenary Reunion menu tab).

EPHS66 Quinquagenary Reunion, Homecoming & Centennial Carnivale
Tentative Schedule
3-8  October 2016      El Paso High School Homecoming Week
6 October                 Homecoming Parade & Eve the E Celebration  
5:00 -10:00 PM
             EPHS66 Quinquagenary Reunion Opens:  Registration & Mixer                               
7 October                 El Paso High School Open House & Pep Rally
Noon-8:00 PM
                  Guinness World Record Pre-Registration &
                                          Decade Reunion Parties at venues throughout El Paso
EPHS66 Quinquagenary Reuion Assembly, Homecoming Events, & Dinner & Dance
8 October                 Carnivale Day
Noon-10PM                        Campus Tours
3:00 PM                       Guinness World Record Class Reunion Attempt
6:00 PM                       Battle of the Claw Game: El Paso Tigers vs. Austin Panthers
9:30 PM                        Alumni Band Concert & Fireworks Display
                           EPHS66 Quinquagenary Reunion Participates in Festival Day
9 October               EPHS66 Quinquagenary Reunion Hasta la Vista Brunch

In addition to working toward a meaningful and memorable Quinquagenary Reunion, the Organizing Committee is also dedicated to assisting with the George Hodge Monument Project. You'll find information about the project honoring your classmate below on this Homepage. Your contributions for the monument project as volunteer and as donor will be appreciated.

Bookmark the website, return often, and look for new announcements as well as new Classmate Profiles. Help spread the word to other members of EPHS66 and friends from those good ol' high school days. If you Facebook, watch for news of the reunion, the centennial, and the George Hodge Monument Project at EPHS 66 Reunion 2016.

Whether as a visitor or as EPHS66, we want you to enjoy this website. Tony Baldi is the website administrator so suggestions, problems, and compliments should be addressed to him through the Contact Us tab.

Who is EPHS66? If you attended El Paso High School in the class that began as lowly 8th Graders in September 1961 and which graduated in May 1966, you are EPHS66. You needn't have attended throughout that five year period; you didn't even have to have graduated from El Paso High School; nor did you have to begin in 8th Grade: you are a member of the EPHS Class of 66 if you are a classmate and at heart an EPHS Tiger!


George Hodge Ball Park Monument Project

Available Now!  Take a virtual of tour of George Hodge Ball Park in the Photo Galleries menu tab.


A Conceptual Image displaying the George Hodge Monument at the site in the ball park where it is to be erected.

On January 8th, 2013, the El Paso Iindependent School District Board of Trustees approved an application from El Paso High School to name the new (completed in 2011) baseball & softball facility for EPHS in memory of George C. Hodge (EPHS Class of 66). The approved application included a monument concept of a tall hunk of quarried limestone on which would be attached a cast bronze plaque displaying a relief of George Hodge and a biographical sketch of him.

The El Paso High School Alumni Association has been authorized to collect donations for the George Hodge Monument Project. Contributions should be made payable to “EPHS Alumni Assn” and mailed to the following address:

EPHS Alumni Association

PO Box 5024

El Paso TX 79953

When sending a donation by check, please write in the Memo “George Hodge Monument” and your EPHS Class above the date (e.g., Co1966). All donations will be acknowledged. The EPHS Alumni Association is an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; donations may be deducted for income tax purposes to the extent allowable.

Any donation is welcome, but it is asked that all donors consider a minimum contribution of $15 – the equivalent of just $1.25 per month for a year. EPISD provides no funding for this project: all funds and donated materials and services must be collected from EPHS alumni and from the community. If you can help collect in-kind donations such as contractor services, transportation for the monument stone; the stone itself; etc., please contact Steve Blumenthal or Tony Baldi, administrator for this website, through the “Contact Us” tab.

Carl Campos (EPHS Class of 69) volunteered to provide architectural services for the George Hodge Monument Project and has created four conceptual shemes for the monument and ideas for a paved plaza with coordinated benches to surround the monument.  An EPHS committee adopted the design concept (see above) for the monument on 3 December 2013 from which final design work has been produced.  A architects rendering is displayed above, on the website of the EPHS Alumni Association (, and will be used in releases to news media in El Paso.

2016-2016 Association Offiecers

  •  President:  Michael Montes (Class of 1997)
  •  Vice President:  Steve Blumenthal (Class of 1966)
  •  Secretary: Patty Mena Garcia (Class of 1972)
  •  Treasurer:  Roberta Rodriguez (Class of 1974)

NEW POSTAL ADDRESS mail El Paso High School Alumni Association – PO Box 5024 – El Paso, Texas 79953

Annual Dues $16.  For meeting notices, events and other information:

"You only understand the tradition if you were blessed enough to live it."



EPHS Centennial Tile Project

El Paso High School has been a part of you for decades.  Now, as the historic "School on the Hill" is preparing to observe its Centennial, El Paso High Friends & Exes has devised a way for you to become a part of EPHS, literally.  Above is the 16-inch square tile purchased by the EPHS66 Quinquagenary Reunion Organizing Committee with individual contributions.  The displayed tile will be installed at the school to commemorate the Centennial Celebration.  Each high relief, etched tile is custom made with from one to three lines of personalized text (limit 21 characters and spaces per line). A tile may represent a family of EPHS students, an individual, a graduating class, a business, or a message.

The price per tile is NOW $135 plus $3 for each character over the alotted 60.  Payment to El Paso High Friends & Exes. 

For more information or to obtain an order form, contact EPH Friends & Exes Treasurer, Sandy Aaronson by E-mail or by phone 915-588-7888 (or use the Contact Us menu tab on the left to request an order form; be sure to include the E-mail or street address to which you want the form sent). 


Campus Enhancements Progress
Take a look at the continuing change at the corner on Schuster and Virgina. The top photo is of transformation from a weed ridden yard within a short chain-link fence to a school bus waiting area as it first appeared early in 2014.  The bottom photo is of that space now that some landscaping has been added and taken hold (April 2014)  

This is significant enhancement undertaken by the El Paso High PTSA, but it is by no means the only improvement undertaken by parents, faculty, and students to spruce-up the campus before the Centennial Celebration Year, 2016.  Additional evidence of the PTSA Outdoor Improvement Project is now displayed in an EPHS Campus photo gallery open on this website.  

Thank to the donors who made the Bus Wait Area project possible. The PTSA is still in need of donations and sponsors for these additions to the campus through the end of 2014:  Tree $200; Trash Receptacle $500; Classic 4' Bench $375; Classic 6' Bench $700; Classic Picnic Table $800; Round Table $900.  Click on the SONSORSHIP FLYER links in the EPHS ROAR below for more information.  The deadline for sponsorships is 1 January 2015.  The EPHS Class of 1966 has contributed for a new tree planted at our venerable alma mater; individual donors have contributed for additional items.

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El Paso High Is Turning 100!

The Lady on the Hill is turning 100 in 2016 and the PTSA has some very exciting projects to announce in anticipation of this historic event.

1. Because of an incredible gift by some very generous donors and the hard work and spectacular efforts of Jennifer Barr Ardovino and Desert Elements Landscape Design, LLC, the entrance along Schuster and Virginia will soon have new landscaping. Work will begin very soon. Our goal is to have this phase of the project completed by January, 2014.

2. You can participate in beautifying our beloved school and honoring your loved ones by making a general donation or purchasing trees, tables or benches for installation this Spring. All tables and benches will have a plaque stating in whose memory/honor the donation is made. All other donors’ names will be written on an El Paso High 100 Plaque, placed inside our school. Deadline for purchases is March 1. The sooner items are ordered, the sooner they may be installed. Please see the attached flier and/or go to the EPHS webpage – for more information.


3. Thanks to the generous donations of Pearson’s Tree Farm and the Christmas Tree purchases made by the following, we have planted beautiful new large oak trees at EPHS this week. We would like to thank:
Hugo Arreola, the Claflin/Crane Family, Diane Williams, Felipa Solis, Beth Lucas,
Gloria Ambler, Monica Benjamin, the Mowles Family, the Hallmark/Slavin Family, Judy Templeton, Susan Urbieta, Dan Knapp, Kristina Legan and Mike Bonilla.
The PTSA will again be selling Christmas Trees that will then be donated to EPHS. Look for a Tiger Roar announcement about this project soon.

4. El Paso High 100 will invite students to lead a national program, sponsored by El Paso Master Gardener Ileana Lazo-Kim, in partnership with Ms. Dawn Zumar. This group of students will learn about engaging in their environment and transforming spaces, all while serving and beautifying our school. Look for news about this exciting project coming soon...all students welcome. For more information you may contact Ileana L. Kim by email at
We hope you will join us in celebrating our city’s oldest high school!
If you would like to actively participate in this project or would just like further information, please contact Tricia Jay or Monica Henschel: We have many more plans to beautify our school and we could use your help to accomplish them.

EPHS Beautification Project Sponsor Sheet

EPHS is Turning 100!

PTSA OFFICERS - 2013/2014

President -
Monica Henschel

President Elect -
Victor Vazquez

1st VP-Programs -
Terri Bell

2nd VP-Membership -

Nancy Licon
Laura Leslie

3rd VP-Ways and Means -
Nancy Malooly

Secretary -
Julie Freund

Parliamentarian -
Angie Nickey

Treasurer -
Cindy Crane

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