Funeral Mass for Irene Araiza will be celebrated at 10 AM on Friday, 10 June 2016, at Saint Patrick's Cathedral.
Irene Araiza, 83, died peacefully in her sleep on May 7, 2016. She was a lifelong resident of El Paso, and a graduate of Texas Western College. Irene taught school for 31 years, 25 of them at El Paso High School. She was a P.E. Teacher, dance instructor, coach and helped countless numbers of students and friends. She was a member of St. Patrick Cathedral and was active in several ministries including St. Vincent de Paul, the homeboard ministry and the sandwich ministry. Irene is preceded in death by her parents Eduardo and Josefina Araiza, her lifelong friend Betty Cruzan and her brother-in-law Henry Wethmann. She is survived by sisters Delia Werthmann and Yolanda Nesom and 6 nieces and 12 great-nephews and nieces. She lived her life by Christian principles and was an advocate for those most in need. Her loving spirit will be sorely missed. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Patricks' Cathedral. Memorial Service to be held at a later date at St. Patricks' with Inturnment to follow at Restlawn Memorial Park. Services are under the direction of Hillcrest Funeral Home, 1060 N. Carolina, 598-3332.
QUINQUAGENARY REUNION -- Look Who's Registered:
Rosa Maria Arreola Lopez & Fernie
Yolanda Espinosa-Turnicky & John Turnicky
Jerry Guthrie & Patsy Guthrie
Bobby Jacobson & Gramine Jacobson
Jan Koortz Lyons & Gary Lyons (63)
Bill Latham & Tricia Latham
Fernando Lopez & Rosa Maria
Freda Nelson Evans & Mike Evans
Barbara "Cookie" Shults Drissel
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 www.elpaso.stayhgi.com. 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.
EPHS Centennial Legacy Series: ROTC & Military Service •
The third in a five part Legacy Series highlighting El Paso High School History "On The Hill," was presented in RR Jones Stadium on 12 May 2016. The outdoor setting was in keeping with the long history of military ceremonies in that stadium and military cadet inspections and parades on that very field dating back to 1916 when the school opened in its current and thrid site. The progam featured a Parade of Cadets, JROTC and Alumni ROTC drill teams, the 1st Armored Division Band from Fort Bliss, and vignettes of some Tiger alumni from the era surrounding the First World War through the decades to the Post 9-11 era.
A primary feature of the presentation, developed and produced by the El Paso High School Alumni Association was the use of a video wall to display photos, videos, and slides. It is shown here in stages of being erected and finally, in bright sun on the afternoon before the presentation. Although not as vivid as it appeared when in the umbra of the venerable "Lady on The Hill," the images on the 20' W x 12' H video wall did allow the audience to see clearly everything displayed thereon.
The presentation began with a performance of the EPHS ROTC Alumni Organization's Unarmed Drill Team. This team consists of alumni of classes from 1996 to 2014. They are led on the field by Rosie Holguin, Class of 1998. Among the drill team members are three veterans of the US Armed Forces: Air Force, Army, and Army Reserve.
The Armed Drill Team of the EPHS ROTC Alumni Organization was the final drill team to perform and they did so with panache, tossing M-1 rifles over-head and twirlling the weapons as if they were mere batons. The squad is commanded by Ralph Ruiz, Class of 1984, one of three Army veterans on the team. Another of those Army veteans, Walter Ganska (Class of 1984) flew in from Nebraska two days prior to the prefromance just to take part. Ganska and Ruiz are 1984 classmates of Jesse Marsden, one of the alumni who was spotlighted in the military history of The El Paso High School. Marsden resides in Athens, Georgia. When told two motnhs previous that his story may not be included, Marsden, a 25-year veteran of the US Navy (14 as an enlisted man and 11 as an officer), replied, "I was planning on coming anyway. I'll be there." He was
The EPHS "First In Texas" JROTC Armed and Unarmed Drill Teams also peformed during this episode of the Legacy Series. Both teams gave precision performances which were interrupted by applause from the audience. The Armed Drill Team is commanded by Cadet Sergeant Major Ruben Contreras. Cadet 1st Lieutenant Lizbeth Vargas commands the outstanding Unarmed Drill Team.
The El Paso High ROTC Alumni Armed Drill Team in rehearsal. At center is Ralph Ruiz (EPHS84) as rifles fly past his head north-south then east-west .
The JROTC Color Guard lead the Parade of Cadets to the west end zone. The Reviewing Party, on the field for the parade, was lead by Lieutenant Colonel Blue Huber, Chief Intelligence Officer of the 1st Armored Division, representing Lieutenant General Stephen Twitty, Commanding General of the 1st Armored Division and of Fort Bliss. LTC Huber was accompanied by Sergeant Major Laura Shade of the Office of G2, 1st Armored Division. Also in the Reviewing Party were EPHS Principal, Kristine Ferret; Renee Hernandez, President of the EPHS Student Council; and Dori Fenenbock, President of the EPISD Board of Trustees.
A brief biographical sketch of a sampling of EPHS alumni Killed-In-Action from World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War were read along with the vignettes of other alumni who are part of the rich miliatry history of "The Lady on The Hill." Following the sketch of each of below listed alumni, the 1885 Original Central School Bell was tolled once in that person's memory and in tribute to all who perished in our nation's wars. Amaley Quinonez, a volunteer from the Precussion Section of the Tiger Marching Band, tolled the bell.
Gwynne L Watson (EPHS 1910); James B "Buster" Biggs (EPHS 1914): William Deane Hawkins, Medal of Honor Recipient (EPHS 1931); Manuel Barraza (EPHS ); Ricardo Carrasco (EPHS ); Mario Enriquez (EPHS ); Jesus Maynes (EPHS ); Philip Sarabia (EPHS ); Willie Manzanares (EPHS 1964); and Freddy Ochoa (EPHS 1968).
Albert Miranda and Ramon Rosales of the EPHS Class of 1966 were paid tribute with a joint vignette. Albert was indeliblibly linked to the 1968 Siege of Khe Sanh in Vietnam by virtue of a photo by famed photographer David Douglas Duncan; that photo appeared in a February 1968 issue of LIFE magazine. On the same day the siege began in Vietnam (23 January 1968), Ramon was aboard the USS Pueblo which was attacked by North Korean Navy surface vessels and MiG aircraft overhead. The ship's captain was ultimately left with no option but to surrender and the crew, including two civilian oceanographers, were taken prisoner. Ramon was brutally treated by his captors, an ordeal which lasted eleven months before being repatriated on 23 December 1968. The nearly round-the-clock bombardment by artilary and mortar fire along with rocket propelled grenades and small arms fire at Khe Sanh was relieved after 77 days.
Bob Novick (EPHS66) was among six Readers who brought stories to life. Other Readers were Pat Moore (EPHS 1962), Patty Mena Garcia (EPHS 1972), Sylvia Vasquez (EPHS 1972), Leigh Ponsford Lovelady (EPHS 1975), and Alex Seufert (EPHS 2006). Michael Montes (EPHS 1997) was Announcer for the presentation. Steve Blumenthal (EPHS66) was Assistant to the Director for this production; Robert Manzanares (EPHS 1970) served as Research Assistant.
DVDs of the this tribute to the EPHS "First In Texas" ROTC and alumni in the military service are available through the EPHS Alumni Association for $10 each. Proceeds from the DVD sales support Broadcast Journalism instruction at EPHS. Contact Lee Schwartz (EPHS 1962) at email@example.com to order a DVD of this and other Legacy Series presentations.
El Paso High ROTC Alumni Unarmed Drill Team performs (left) under the lights to initiate the Legacy Series presentation in tribute to the "First In Texas" JROTC and Tigers' heritage of military service. Photo taken from the marble steps, Courtesty El Paso High Exes & Friends
Ten Tigers Named to All-District Baseball•
From a varsity baseball team that has reached the Bi-District Playoffs for the third year in succession after an absence of 18 years, El Paso High School Baseball placed ten players on the 2016 El Paso Times All-District Team.
First Team: Pitcher, Randall Lucero, Junior; Third Base, James Puga, Senior; Shortstop, Hayden Rash, Senior; Utility Player, Brandon Johnson, Junior.
Second Team: Second Base, Luis Hernandez, Freshman; Right Field, John Holemberg, Junior: Center Field, Truett Nickey, Junior; Utility Player, Brandon Fischer, Senior.
Honorable Mention: Christian Garcia & Edgar Santiago.
The Tigers are coached by Nick DeSantis who has been at the helm for baseball for three years.
Seven Tigers Earn All-City Soccer Honors •
The El Paso High Girls Soccer Team finished the season with 23 wins against only two losses. They won District, Bi-District, and Area championships before losing by one goal in extra-time to Wichita Falls Rider in Wichita Falls. From that team, five players, all underclassmen, have been named to the the El Paso Times All-City Girls Soccer Teams, and Coach Cruz Quezada was selected co-El Paso Times Coaches of the Year. First Team selections are Freshmen Halle Lauterbach and Isabella Benavides. The Girls Second Team includes Freshman Adriana Lopez and a pair of Sophomores: Jacqueline Balderrama and Adrienne Johnson.
Among the EPHS Boys Soccer Team which narrowly missed advancing to the Area Round, Ruben Arreola and Jesus Meraz, both Juniors, were placed on the El Paso Times All-City Boys Soccer Second Team.
Two Tigers are 2016 Gates Millennium Scholars •
El Paso High School students, Geraldine Cisneros and Dianna Herrera-Goudeau, have been named Gates Millennium Scholars for 2016! These Tigers are two of only seven students in the EPISD to be finalist this year. Bowie had two students selected, Burges one, Chapin one, and Irvin one.
The Soccoro ISD registered ten scholars and Ysleta ISD nine Gates finalist for 2016. Loretta Academy has one Gates scholar this year, but Cathedral takes honors in El Paso with 14 Gates Millennium Scholars for 2016. Cathedral has now had 59 of it's students selected as Gates scholars since 2009.
The scholarship was created in 1999 with a $1 billion grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support outstanding minority students. The foundation’s scholarship program will end in 2019. Only 1,000 students were selected from 53,000 nation-wide applications.
EPHS Top Ranked Traditional High School in El Paso Area •
Story by Lindsey Anderson, El Paso Times
Ten El Paso schools made U.S. News & World Report's list of the 2,673 best high schools in the country. All El Paso schools that made the cut are charter schools or in the El Paso and Ysleta school districts. El Paso's Harmony Science Academy, a charter school, ranked highest at 232nd nationwide. Also ranked were:
Valle Verde Early College: 717
Charter school Harmony School of Innovation-El Paso: 874
El Paso High: 1,192
Silva Health Magnet: 1,432
Charter school Davinci School for Science and the Arts: 1,573rd
Coronado High: 1,671
Del Valle High: 2,177
Eastwood High: 2,466
Hanks High: 2,562
U.S. News & World Report rated Dallas' School for Talented and Gifted the best in the country and the best in Texas.
The schools also made the list of the 204 best high schools in Texas, with Harmony Science Academy clocking in at 38th in the state, Valle Verde at 83rd, Harmony School of Innovation at 95th, El Paso High at 121st, Silva Health Magnet at 141st, Davinci School at 147th, Coronado at 155th, Del Valle at 184th, Eastwood at 199th and Hanks at 203rd.
The schools are ranked based on student performance on state tests, graduation rates and how well they prepare students for college.
Congratulations to the El Paso High Faculty and Administration together with students and parents for this outstanding performance recognition!
Centennial Celebration Alumni Band
Attention alumni of the EPHS Tiger Band. Luis Chico Portillo, of UT-Austin, is co-director with Kenny Capshaw of UTEP, for the Centennial Celebration Alumni Band. Get involved even if you live away from El Paso. Have fun and plan to play with the band at EPHS 2016 Homecoming and the EPHS Centennial Celebration, 8 October 2016.
Please share with all Tiger Band alum friends, family, and former band directors/assistant directors!
The banner shown above was previewed in January during a media conference initiating the EPHS Centennial Legacy Series, but it had it's debut on 24 March for the Legacy Series presentation about Sports at the El Paso High School "On The Hill." The unique banner will be displayed at various events during the Centennial Year, including the Centennial Celebration on 8 October when The Claw Game will be contested in RR Jones Stadium followed by the world record attempt for the World's Largest High School Reunion. The banner is also expeted to be marched at the front of the El Paso High School Centennial Section in the annual Sun Bowl Parade on Thanksgiving Day 2016. The El Paso High Alumni Association is also sponsoring a float to mark the centennial of "The Lady on The Hill" where the Sun Bowl was born and it's first three games played in 1936, 37, and 38.
Now that you've seen this new banner while it was displayed on the parking-lot fence across the street from the Schuster Avenueu entryway, take another, closer look. You may not see the image of the columnaide from the portico at the front of EPHS, but can you you make-out why this banner is named "The Tiger Eyes Banner"? Yup, that's a tiger looking back at you from behind the columnaide and superimposed text. Had you missed those amber eyes? You won't again, will you? The idea for the design for this 15-foot long banner came from Susan Torres Macias, the Student Activities Manager at EPHS; she is an alumna of the Class of 83. The banner was created under the direction of Jamie Rupley at El Paso's Perky Press. Anna Mares (Class of 80), an Alumni Association Director, generously underwrote "The Tiger Eyes Banner."
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 EPHSalum.com.
The Pride of El Paso • E-P-H-S Rah! Rah! Rah!
El Paso High Kicks-off Centennial Year with First Legacy Series Presentation •
EPHS Centennial Legacy Series: Architecture -- Program Sample •
A brief sample of the first Legacy Series presentation. This video produced by students of the EPHS Broadcast Journalism Class under the direction of Michael Reese, EPHS 2015-16 Teacher of the Year.
Perspectives, An Interview Program of El Paso Community College •
Sandy Aaronson (Class of 64) and Betty Ann Seiler (Class of 62) talk about the El Paso High School Centennial Celebration.
Another Landscape Change on the EPHS Campus •
The southeast corner of Virginia Street at Schuster Avenue was transformed in 2014 by the EPHS PTSA 100 Project as a chainlink fence was removed, a bench wall added along the sidewalk, and new xeriscaping applied to create a low-maintenance, welcoming bus waiting area inlcuding stone boulders with flat tops for seating. In fact, more than an enhanced bus stop, students daily used the remodeled area for lunch. The transition from the 2014 to 2016 is described in the photos below.
Now the El Paso High Exes & Friends, with financial support from the EPHS Classes of 63 & 64, have added an Address Monument facing the center of the adjacent intersection. EPHS 2015 Outstanding Ex, Amada Flores' AIM Construction was the general contractor, but Armando Aguilar was the stone mason who built the monument.
El Paso High's Garcia had successful season
Felix F. Chávez , El Paso Times 1:30 p.m. MDT March 26, 2016
Garcia won district and regional titles in 100-yard butterfly
During the course of her career at El Paso High, junior swimmer Victoria Garcia has developed into one of the most consistent swimmers in the city, while helping the Tigers remain one of the best teams in the city.
Because of her efforts, Garcia has been named this season's El Paso Times' All-City Girls Swimmer of the Year.
Garcia burst onto the scene two years ago, winning a state title in the 100-yard butterfly. Last year, she was third in the same event. This year at the Class 5A state meet in Austin, she finished sixth in the 100-yard butterfly and just missed earning a medal in the 200-yard medley relay, helping the Tigers to a fourth-place finish.
"I've always loved the butterfly and it's an event I've competed in for a long time," Garcia said. "It's like having a little baby, you nurture it, you see it grow, you keep working on helping it grow. I just love the event. I've learned so much the past three years. I can still be better at the event and I'm going to continue to try and get better.
"Finishing fourth in the relay at state was a great accomplishment. And the great thing is all of us return next year. We can learn from that experience and we still have the opportunity to medal next year."
Garcia's season included winning District 1-5A and Region 1-5A championships in the 100-yard butterfly.
"As a state champion, Victoria knows how to compete and win on the largest stage," El Paso swim coach Dow Farley said. "She continues to work extremely hard and has developed into a leader both in the water and in the classroom. She is a tremendous swimmer but more than that, she is an awesome young lady with great character. She is a joy to coach and has a promising future ahead of her."
Garcia hopes to get the opportunity to swim at the next level after her high school career is over. She's gotten attention from several schools and she'll soon take a visit to Texas Christian
"I'd love the opportunity to compete at the next level," she said. "I'm grateful for all the experiences I have had in my career and I feel like I've grown so much. Going forward, I'm going to keep working hard and trying to improve in so many ways."
First Team Girls: Maddie Deucher, Freshman and Natalia Villa, Sophomore.
Second Team Girls: Rebecca Perez, Sophomore; Francesca Baca, Freshman; Alexis Correa, Junior; and Emani Brown; Junior.
First Team Boys: Branson Baca, Junior and Andrew Harmon, Senior.
Second Team Boys: Mohammad Abdelaber, Sophomore and Tyler Arnold, Junior.
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 EPHS66.org, there may be additional information of interest to you, particularly regarding student involvement. Visit thewww.ephscentennial.com 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).
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.
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 theEPHS66 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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Painting the Town Orange & Black with El Paso High colorblock polo-shirts •
Modeled here by Ramon (EPHS66) and Sandra Sanchez (Class of 68), these shirts of 5 oz, 100% polyester snag protection plus tricot provide moisture-wicking, anti-microbial, and UV protection wear. At the left breast is embroidered "El Paso High" with a crouching tiger and the class year displayed below the tiger. Sale of these polo shirts benefits the Classes of the '60s Reunion Party on Friday, 7 October, at Sunland Park Race Track & Casion. The part is for all the classes of the 1960s save for EPHS66 which is having it's own party in celebration of its 50-year reunion at the same time. At only $35 a shirt (add $5 for shipping out of El Paso), these shirts do everything but sing the lyrics of "Be True to Your School" by the Beach Boys. Order your own from Alfonso "Mesita" Rangel (Class of 68), E-Mail email@example.com or call 915-201-6713.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: www.ephsorchestra.weebly.com.
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 cart 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.
The 1885 Original Central School Bell is displayed below after the bell has been cleaned and mounted on a custom-built cart with sign panels added to identify the bell and tie it to its home, The El Paso High School. Fernando Lopez (Class of 1966) volunteered to paint the bell cart and Nancy Schwartz (Class of 1966) donated the required primer, paint and other supplies.
Remaining to be repainted are original wrought iron yoke, holding the bell, and uprights, which cradel the yoke.
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 TileProject 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 beautificationalso 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 LopezBob 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: http://tinyurl.com/nyb5eoe .
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: http://tinyurl.com/ousqsjh
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.
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.
EPHS66 Quinquagenary Reunion Schedule
Early Bird Special
30 June 2016
6 September 2016
Memorabilia Not Assured
Quinquagenary Reunion Event
Homecoming or Centennial Activity
Thu 6 Oct
Noon to 5PM
& Hospitality Room
Hilton Garden Inn - University
6PM – 11PM
Classmate Mixer & Buffet
Home of Lee Schwartz & Bob Novick
6PM – 7PM
EPHS Homecoming Parade
Neighborhood around campus
7PM – 9PM
Eve of The E
RR Jones Stadium
Fri 7 Oct
8 AM – 10 AM
Hilton Garden Inn - University
EPHS Open for Touring
Lady on The Hill, Library, & Gym
1030AM -1145 AM
Class of 66 Assembly
EPHS Museum Open
EPHS Alumni Assn Reception
Noon - 1215 PM
Class of 66 Re-Gift Tiger Sign
1215 – 2 PM
Lunch With Friends
Homecoming Pep Assembly
CD Jarvis Gymnasium
Dinner & Dance Decorations
Ballroom – Hilton Garden Inn
Dinner & Dance
Ballroom – Hilton Garden Inn
Late Arrival Check-In
Centennial Parties of the Decades
Sat 8 Oct
George Hodge Ball Park re: George Hodge Monument
Balance of the Day Devoted to
EPHS Centennial Celebration Activities on Campus
World Record Attempt
EPHS Main Hall
Battle for The Claw
Panthers vs Tigers
RR Jones Stadium
World Record Attempt
Largest High School Reunion
Evening With Homecoming Friends
Sun 9 Oct
Hasta la Vista Brunch
Hilton Garden Inn Restaurant & Terrace
NOTE: Times and Locations Subject to Change 25-Apr-2016
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).
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 ephs66.org 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 (www.ephsalum.com), 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 ADDRESSEl Paso High School Alumni Association – PO Box 5024 – El Paso, Texas 79953
Annual Dues $16. For meeting notices, events and other information: www.ephsalum.com
"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 email@example.com 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.
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 – www.tigerptsa.org 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com. We have many more plans to beautify our school and we could use your help to accomplish them.
EPHS COLLEGE RESOURCES
Check out the newest resource to find information on numerous colleges and universities, college readiness, as well as the schedule of upcoming college visits and scholarship opportunities.