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Voluntary donation from $15.00 to as much as you desire to help underwrite the EPHS66 Quinquagenary Reunion 6-9 Oct 2016. Donations over $250, please Contact Us before payment.
REUNION SCHOLARSHIP FUND
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Percentage of Joined Classmates: 35.0%
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I-10 & Mesa Traffic Headaches Again This Weekend •
I-10 on the west side is shutting down for 26 hours starting Sunday, July 24 at 3AM Eastbound (closed from Sunland Park to Executive), and will have to detour onto Mesa, to Executive, while Westbound will close completely at 9PM, and the detour is the easy-peasy off-and-right-back-on-again at Sunland Park. Recommended: figure out some home improvement, poolside chilling, or backyard grilling for amusement. If venturing out Sunday, please allow extra time for an alternate route and expect increased traffic. There will be police at intersections to help traffic along. I-10 will be back open Monday, July 25 by 5AM. During this closure US85/Paisano bridge will start coming down, girders will be placed, potholes repaired, and shoulders swept. Next weekend, I-10 Westbound is scheduled to close for the same hours (3AM Sunday, July 31- 5AM Monday, August 1). Look for additional announcements regarding that closure. Please share.
Also, related to all that work, there will be nightly full closures the rest of the week, through Thursday. So: expect more traffic on N. Mesa at night, as well. For additional information and diagrams, refer to www.go10elpaso.com or click on the GO10 logo below.
Go 10 PROJECT:
Crews will demolish the US 85 Bridge this Sunday.
This operation will require the shutdown of I-10 in both directions for 1 night.
3 AM Sunday
DETAILS -- This 26-hour closure is necessary while crews demolish the westbound Paisano Drive (US 85) Bridge over I-10. In addition to demolition, crews will also be setting beams, repairing potholes on I-10, and working on a nearby culvert. This closure was initially announced on July 8th.
DETOUR -- Eastbound vehicles will exit at Sunland Park Drive, take a left on Sunland Park Drive to North Mesa Street (SH 20), then take a right on North Mesa Street (SH 20) to Executive Center Boulevard, and finally turn right on Executive Center Boulevard. Vehicles will be able to re-enter I-10 East from Executive Center Boulevard. Police officers will be stationed along the detour route to help keep traffic moving.
9 PM Sunday
DETAILS --This night time closure of I-10 West is necessary for the hanging of beams and the staging of a crane. The beams will be part of the new westbound Paisano Drive (US 85) Bridges over I-10.
DETOUR -- Westbound vehicles will take the Sunland Park Exit and re-enter I-10 West just prior to the Sunland Park Overpass. Detoured vehicles will not have to stop at traffic lights or pass through the Sunland Park Intersection.
Len Berry passed away on Monday, 27 June 2016. A memorial service for Leni was held 3 July in the Krupp Chapel at Temple Mount Siani, 4408 N Stanton Street.
EPHS66.org members may leave remembrances on Leni's page through the Memorial Roll.
EPHS66 Reunion Organizing Committee Meeting - 16 August •
The Organizing Committee (OC) for the EPHS66 Quinquagenary Reunion will meet on Tuesday, 16 August 2016, 6 PM in the Nest, upstairs at the Angry Owl Southwest Grill & Cantina, 4799 N Mesa. At this meeting, all Standing Committee Chairpersons are expected to report on the status of her/his committee. Classmates are welcome to attend the OC meetings whether or not a member of the OC.
To assure there is ample seating for everyone planning to attend, please notify us (CONTACT US) if you do or do not expect to attend.
Days Until EPHS66 Quinquagenary Reunion
QUINQUAGENARY REUNION -- Look Who's Registered:
Sue Acree Barnes
Ruben “Skippy” Andrade & Eva Andrade (Co67)
Rosa Maria Arreola Lopez & Fernie Lopez
Richard “Ricky” Baron
Barbara Boyles Blackwell
Terry Ann Carreon
Marina Cohen Lee
Irene Coronel-Navarette (Guest)
Alice Crombie Smith
Richard Dominguez & Espy Dominguez
Yolanda Espinsoa-Turnicky & John Turnicky
Cristina Estrada Moraga & Arturo Moraga
Leonard “Lenny” Fagelman
Judy Galatzan Weiser & Gary Weiser (Co64)
Louise Goldman Rice
Tony Gomez & Sandra Hinojos
Jerry Guthrie & Patsy Guthrie
Angie Enriquez Heredia & Alfonso Heredia
David Jacobson & Lynn Jacobson
Bobby Jacobson & Germaine Jacobson
Jan Koortz Lyons & Gary Lyons (Co63)
Bill Latham & Tricia Latham
Fernando Lopez & Rosa Maria Arreola Lopez
Robert Manzanares (Co70) (Guest)
Lili Martinez De la Torre (Co67)
Norma Martinez Kernz
Carol Mason Parker & Jimmy Parker
Mary Lou Natera Rivera
Freda Nelson Evans & Mike Evans
Robert D Novick & Lee Schwartz (Co62)
Irene Ochoa Sanchez
Mimi Pennies Stewart
Romelia Pichardo Lopez
Norma Rojas Cabello
Rosalind Rojas Gallegos (Co68) (Guest)
Estela Rosales (Guest)
Ramon Sanchez & Sandra Sanchez (Co67)
Barbara “Cookie” Shults Drissel
Marcie Smart Edwards & Gene Edwards
Charlie Smith (Co68)
Angie Somera Hernandez
Laura Stern Wagenhalls (Co67)
Luis Uribarri (Co90) (Guest)
Lydia Uribarri (Guest)
Rita Villa Pulley & Jesse Pulley
Pamela Yip Valle & Michael Valle
Rebekah Ruth Yip-Lee (Co65) (Guest)
Eddie Zissmand & Debbie Zissman
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 Classmate 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 now that the summer months have arrived. 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.
WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT Preregistration •
This is the Centennial Year of "The Lady on the Hill," El Paso's oldest and most celebrated high school. You are part of the 131-year history of the school and its 100-years "On The Hill." It is your privilege to engage in the Centennial of your alma mater AND help to establish a new world record for the largest ever high school reunion. Don't stand aside, get on to the playing field, literally!
Complete the WRA Registration Form on-line, or send by snailmail or E-mail with the required evidence that you attended El Paso High School (it's a lot easier than you might suspect);
Show-up on Saturday, 8 October, at EPHS between 9 AM and 1 PM to complete your registration and be issued a wristband so you may be counted;
Line-up when called to enter the playing field in RR Jones Stadium (at the Ange Street gate) and from there pass through the counting station with hundreds, hopefully several thousand, EPHS alumni, former faculty, and staff;
Celebrate one heck of a gathering of El Paso Tigers from the Class of 1936 through the Class of 2016!
Be a part of this unique opportunity to write another page in the storied El Paso High School history. Yes, waiting to go through the counting station then waiting on the field until everyone is counted may be a bit boring and a pain in the posterior, but in your lifetime, how many opportunities do you have to set a world record? Besides, just think of how many other Tiger alumni you'll meet on that day?
Register for the WRA on-line at the EPHS Alumni Association website http://www.ephsalumn.com/ephs-guinness-registration/.
You do not have to be a member of the El Paso High School Alumni Association to participate in this exciting WRA, but it would be welcome.
You do not have to join the EPHS66 Quinquagenary Reunion to participate in his exciting WRA, but you would probably be glad you did join the Class of 66 reunion anyway.
You do not have to attend the "Battle for The Claw" football game prior to the WRA, but it would be fun to cheer-on the Tigers as they once again defend "The Claw" by vanquishing the Panthers. The WRA Registration Form includes the opportunity to purchase tickets in advance and save $2 per ticket.
If you reside outside of El Paso and cannot come to la High on that Centennial Celebration Saturday, you may still play a role in the WRA by joining the Alumni Association (annual dues are $16 minimum, September through August) at www.ephsalum.com.
If you would like to participate in the WRA but have concerns about mobility (negotiating the steps, for example), plans include multi-passenger golf carts to transport participant with mobility issues from the Schuster Avenue level to the field level at Ange Street . Let the Alumni Association know that you may need assistance (there is a check box on the WRA registration form for this purpose) and the WRA Committee will contact you about how barriers may be overcome to allow you to proudly be among those counted.
Need some help to get copies of pages from the Spur? Use CONTACT US with your request and a pdf file will be sent to you by E-mail. (Refer to the Announcement below, World Record Attempt: Got a Smart Phone but not a Sanner?, for an alternative way to copy your evidence.)
Let's set a new world record togehter!
World Record Attempt: Got a Smart Phone but not a Sanner?
There is a smart phone app called CamScanner. Reportedly, CamScanner turns the camera of your smart phone into a scanner. Could be the ideal way for you to copy documents necessary for you to be counted on 8 October at RR Jones Stadium for the Guinness World Record Attempt for the Largest High School Reunion.
Get started with the CamScanner app. Use your smart phone to scan the full page with your photo from any edition of the EPHS Spur. Then do the same for the fronticepiece of that edition of the Spur (you know, the page at the front of the annual which shows the year). If you wish to do so, you may scan your ID and any other legal document as evidence of a name change, if needed. Then you can E-mail it all, with the completed World Record Attempt Registration Form (you will have scanned that, too) to the EPHS Alumni Association: email@example.com. No need to print copies and snailmail your pre-registration documents. But you'll still have to show-up on the morning of 8 October, to complete registration and receive a wristband to be counted as you enter the playing field. If you have access to a scanner and printer, it does help if you will submit hard copies, but in the absence of that equipment, your smart phone and CamScanner may well do the trick!
This is just another option to help pre-register as many Tiger alumni as possible in advance of 15 August when a processing fee of $10 is applied for each registration. If you are a member of this website, EPHS66.org, and need help to locate a photo in a Spur from 1962 through 1966, just use Contact Us and ask for your photo page and the "information page" form the respective Spur. Be sure to include your name, please. We'll scan the pages for you and send the files to you via E-mail. You may then print the pages, enclosed with your completed World Record Attempt Registration Form, and mail them to EPHS Alumni Association, POB 5024, El Paso TX 79953-5024 or E-mail the files to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't have a World Record Attempt Packet with detailed information and a WRA Registration Form? Us Contact Us on this website to request a packet be E-mailed to you. Please include your name, E-mail address, and a phone number with your request for a WRA Packet.
EPHS66.org is not affiliated in any way with CamScaner. The product's mention here is for informational purposes only.
EPHS Centennial Legacy Series: The Arts
Calling All Artists
Do you paint? Draw? Sculpt? Dance? Act? Sing, compose or play a musical instrument? Write prose or poetry? Design buildings, jewelry, textiles? Create flower or culinary masterpieces? We would like to acknowledge you at the September 8 Legacy Series: “100 Years of Excellence in the Arts”. Please provide the following information by Friday, August 19, 2016:
Name: (include maiden)
Grad year (or years attended) Artistic field:
Send the information to:
If you would be willing to donate one of your masterpieces for our September raffle please contact either Lee or Holli Berry:
Deadline for artistic donations: Friday, August 19, 2016.
Please join us for a Reception and Alumni Art Show at 6:15 on September 8, 2016 in the Main Hall at EP:HS.
Thank you for your support.
Questions: FriedaLee@aol.com or 915-526-2250
2016 Tiger Varsity Volleyball & Football Posted •
The 2016-2017 high school varsity competition begins on 9 August when the defending District 1-5A Champion El Paso Tigers Volleyball Team host the Americas Trail Blazers from UIL District 1-6A. That skermish is followed by the 12-team Riverside Tournament, then another home match aginst the extremely competitive Angeles from Loretto Academy. On the weekend of 19 & 20 August, the Tigers will be in the DFW area for the prestegious Byron Nelson Tournament which includes some of the top volleyball programs from north, central, and east Texas. Montwood, another District 1-6A team comes to CD Jarvis Gym for a match on 23 August. The Tigers then enter the 15-team Margaret Hussman Tournament hosted by Franklin High, and face two more Class 6A teams, Eastwood on 30 August. and El Dorado on 2 September. The Tigers then take on much improved San Eli on 7 September to complete a very busy and challenging pre-district schedule.
District 1-5A competition begins on 9 September in CD Jarvis Gym against Andress and continues with Home & Home matches with Bowie, Burges,Chapin, Irvin, Jefferson, and, of course Austin.
The Tiger football team will be trying to fill some big shoes left by graduating seniors when the Indians of Cobre HS (Bayard, NM) come to la High on 29 August. Cobre finished last season with an 8-4 won loss record and displayed that it can definitely put points on the board. Tigers Coach Robert Morales will be counting on some players with JV experience to shore-up an offense that sputtered during the 2015 season and lost it's promising wide receiver Trey Wolf.
It will not get easier in the second week of the season when the Tigers go to Hanks and in the following week travel to San Elizario to face a Lion team that surprised some opponents last season, including EPHS.
District 1-5A play begins at home on 22 September against the Andress Eagles. Then it's a short trip across town to face perennial district 1-5A power, Chapin, before the highly anticipated Battle for The Claw, Homecoming Game with the Panthers on Saturday, 8 October in historic RR Jones Stadium. To finish out the regular season the Tigers will host Bowie and Jefferson but travel to Irvin and Burges.
Graduation Ceremonies of the EPHS Centennial Year Class
Renewing a discontinued tradition at The El Paso High School, the graduates of the Centennial Year Class process from the front entrance of the historic school building, down the marble front steps into the stadium and on to the field where they are greeted by an array of thier teachers.
Each grauation gown of the Class of 2016 was embroidered with the official EPHS Centennial logo as displayed here.
Graduates in white gowns, the academic top two-percent of the Class of 2016, were given the honor to lead their 345 classmates in their procession from the school building to the floor of the stadium.
For the first time ever, the 1885 Original Central School Bell was a feature of the graduation ceremony at "The Lady on The Hill." The bell was peeled sixteen times by a member of the Semi-Centennial Class of 1966 to announce the procession of the Centennial Year Class. The bell is a direct link to the first graduates of El Paso High School when they officially began classes on the second floor the Central School in 1885. The All-EPHS Boy and All-EPHS Girl from the Class of 2015 took part in the celebratiory peeling of the bell to mark the conclusion of the graduation ceremony, one more symbolic act in the rich legacy that is The El Paso High School.
A large audience was assembled in the horseshoe stadium. For the first time in decaeds, a whitewash "E" on the mountain was part of the backdrop to the historic ceremony.
Once the Class of 2016 had processed onto the floor of RR Jones Stadium and taken their places, the EPHS "First In Texas" JROTC Color Guard presented The Colors. The National Anthem was sung by the EPHS Senior Choir accompanied by the Tiger Band.
An added feature to the 2016 graduation Ceremony was the addition of a video wall which provided a live view of each speaker, including the keynote by EPHS alumnus, Congressman Beto O'Rourke
The video wall also povided the opportunity to get up-close-and-personal as each graduate received her/his diploma and posed for a photo with Principal Ferret and Congressman O'Rourke.
The class of special needs seniors participated in graduation and received their dipolmas on stage as did their fellow classmates.
"Graduates, make arrangements with your parents before hand to meet somewhere in the stadium because families and friends will not be allowed on the field at the conclusion of the ceremony." Some did not read the memo.
A favorite spot for after-graduation photos is the front steps where many graduates and families posed with the 1885 Original Central School Bell.
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."
GRADUATION: The EPHS Centennial Year Class of 2016
Congressman Beto O'Rourke Addresses the Centennial Year Class of 2016 Graduation (6 min 30 sec video) •
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.
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 onFriday (5 February) during the News Channel 9 Today program. Watch Ong's report by clicking here.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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
Expired 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.