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Get in on the FUN - EPHS Alumni Assn Bowling Party, 18 July at Fiesta Lanes. EPHS66 Bowlers do it in the alley!


Advance Purchase Special Offer Tickets of $10 each admit two adults for show at 8 PM on Thursday, 18 June. Regular price applied at the door. Ticket sales expire here 9 June.


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.


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Rewind for 5/27/15


Estella Rayon, 89, beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother passed away Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015. Estella is survived by her loving husband, Fred, of 72 years, daughters, Maggie, Martha, Mary Lou (Fred), Pat (Art), brother Gabriel, sister Rachel, 6 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. Preceded in death by brothers Robert and Oscar Ramirez and grandson Danny Correa. Special thanks to the staff at St. Teresa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Dr. Yusoof, Julie Zuniga, NP, and to all the specialty doctors that took care of our loving mother. Rosary was held Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at at Crestview Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Raphael Catholic Church, 2301 Zanzibar. Rite of Committal performed at Fort Bliss National Cemetery. Services under the direction of CRESTVIEW FUNERAL HOME, 1462 N. Zaragoza, El Paso, Texas 79936,

 Reunion Organizing Committee Meeting 1 June

  What?  EPHS66 Quinquagenary Reunion Organizing Committee Meeting

 When?  6:30 PM, Monday, 1 June 2015

Where?  Julio's Cafe Corona, 8050 Gateway East (EXIT 1-10 at Yarborough)

RSVP no later than Friday, 29 May (by Reply or call 915-533-1856) so the number of persons attending may be reported to Cafe Corona Management as required on 30 May.  Note:  Purchase of a meal or beverage is never required at meetings of the Organizing Committee.

The time to convene this meeting has been adjusted to 6:30 PM to allow for traffic delays which seem to have become a routine occurance along I-10 in the past month or so.  Please try to arrive early so the meeting may begin on-time and conclude by 8 PM.

If you are not aleady affiliated with the Oraganizing Committee, please do so.  Committee Volunteers are needed.  Find the OC Organization Chart at Quainquagenary Reunion on this website.  Help plan and stage a rewarding 50-year reunion for EPHS66!

Please take a look at Classmate Profiles listing to see who has joined the website and, by definition, who has not.  If you have a way to contact anyone not yet a member of the webstie, please call, E-mail, or snail-mail that person to encourge her/him to join.  As you already know, there is no cost to join.  Throughout the summer months, every EPHS66 member should reach-out to classmates to ask that they affiliate with the OC and join to stay informed of our Quinquagenary Reunion, the EPHS Centennial Celebration Year, and the George Hodge Monument Project.  Web Administrator, Tony Baldi, will assist anyone with internet access through the process of joining the website, if help is requested.

A limited number of tickets for Tiger Night at the Comic Strip (18 June) will be available for purchase after the meeting (each $10 ticket admits two adults -- cash or check payable to EPHS Alumni Assn).  All proceeds from ticket sales benefit the El Paso High School Alumni Assocation.  See Jackie Fabulous Headlines Tigers Night at The Comic Strip below for additional detials.

Individual and Group payments for sponsorships of bowling lanes (5 to 7 bowlers per lane) may also be made at the meeting for the El Paso High Alumni Association Bowling Party on 18 July at Oasis Lanes.  For more information and on-line payment option, see Second Annual EPHS Alumni Assn Bowlin Party below.  If you'd like to order a Silver Tiger polo shirt (designed by Irene Ochoa Sanchez) to wear while bowling, the deadline for paid orders is 26 June.

You've heard of The Beatles, right?

Did you know how the famous "Drop T Logo," originated and that it first appeared on 12 May 1963?  It's not a matter of extensive consumer research and drawn-out iterations by a commercial artist, so if you are interested, click on logo for the generally accepted story.

If you can't get enough of The Fab Four, you might like to tune-in All Things Beatles on El Paso's 105.1 FM.  The show, 9 - 10 AM MT weekdays, broadcasts The Beatles music, tribute covers, solo recordings, and more.  Live streaming is available via internt on "any device"  (don't be fooled, I tried it on my digital calculator and on the blow dryer without success).

EPHS Alumni Association Meeting - 10 June •

The June Meeting of the El Paso High School Alumni Association will be held 6 PM, 10 June 2015 at Luby's Cafeteria, N Mesa at Sun Bowl Dr.  In addition to the Association's events for the EPHS Centennial Celebration Year (100 Years of Excellence Program Series; Guinness World Record High School Reunion Attempt [3,300+ bona fides alumni and faculty required]; and the EPHS Division of the 2015 Sun Carnival Parade), the agenda is expected to include ratification of selection of the EPHS Outstanding Ex-Student for 2015; Homecoming Activities (7-9 Oct 2015); and the 2015 edition of the CD Jarvis Basketball Tournament. 

No matter where you reside, your EPHS Alumni Association needs your membership and volunteer support for regular annual activities, special events, and the once in a life time EPHS Centennial Celebration Year.  Get involved now!

Jackie Fabulous Headlines Tigers Night at The Comic Strip

Jackie Fabulous, a law school graduate, will headline the Comic Strip show on Thursday, 18 June 2015 which has been designated Tigers Night at the Comic Stirp.  Tickets purchased in advance from the El Paso High School Alumni Assocition or through this website are specially priced at $10 each and each ticket admits two adults (sorry, minors are not allowed). 

In addition to a law degree, Jackie Fabulous has a career as a motivation speaker and a stand-up comic.  She has opened for Drew Carey and Mo'Nique, and produces and stars in her own comedy shows all around Hollywood.  Also, Jackie has been a co-host for Brides Night Out featured on NBC's I Do. She has appeared on Bill Bellamy's Who's Got Jokes? For TV One, MSN's Kitchen Cook Off and South Land, has dramatic range as a character actress and can be seen in several national commercials. 

For your convenience, tickets for Tigers Night at The Comic Strip may be purchased on the EPHS66 Donations Page of this website using your Credit/Debit card or by check.  Ticket sales through the EPHS66 Donations Page will close on Tuesday, 9 JuneAdvance Purchase Tickets must be paid for no later than the Alumni Association meeting on 10 June.  Tickets purchased at the door do not enjoy the discounted price offered by the Alumni Assocation, so please buy your tickets early.


 Second Annual EPHS Alumni Association Bowling Party 

It's a party and you're invited!  Don't worry, you needn't be an ardent bowler as proved time and again at last year's EPHS Allumni Association Bowling Party.  Scores really didn't matter, neither, it seems, did remaining up-right or rolling the ball toward the bowling pins.  It was fun, and that was the objective!

So here's another chance to spend a fun Saturday afternoon as an EPHS66 Bowler with EPHS alumni from an array of other classes, perhaps even some current Tigers. The date is 18 July 2015, three hours of bowling and good ol' fashioned fun at Fiesta Lanes, 5850 Onix, near Sunland Park Mall.

Last year EPHS66 classmates sponsored three bowling lanes -- how about four lanes (or more) in 2015?  Lane sponsorship is $75 per lane or $15 per person,minimum five persons per lane.  So get a group of five or six together and reserve a lane.  Or, if you don't have a group, ante-up your fifteen-bucks and we'll get you on a lane. The sooner the better because the Alumni Association, based on the rousing acclaim from last year's party, expects to sell-out the entire bowling alley (that's 40 bowling lanes)!  The lane sponsorship includes shoes -- you supply the oohs! the ahs! and  the smiles!

Even if you don't care to bowl,  join in the fun with fellow Tigers at the Fiesta Lanes It's July and you'll be enjoying the bowling alley's air conditioning and watching a pretty good show as well.

Here's how to get in on the action:  Use the EPHS66 Donation Page (or find the Bowling Party Donation Box on this Home Page); click on your option as an EPHS66 Bowlers Group (five or six persons) or as an Individual EPHS66 Bowler (one or two persons); select your method of payment, then proceed to Check-Out.  Note:  if paying by Credit/Debit Card there is a surcharge to cover administrative fees;  if paying by check, mailing address will be provided at Check-Out.

If you didn't get one of Irene's "Silver Tiger" neon-orange, glow-under blacklight, polo shirts (modled below by Rose Mary (Women's style), and Fernie  (Men's style), how 'bout ordering one this time?  All shirts are embroidered as a Special Order Only, so you'll have to place an order before the 26 June deadline to get one of these.  Your EPHS66 Bowler price is $20.40 for sizes Small through XL;  XXL price is $22.61.  Visit the EPHS66 Class Store Page to place your order, please.

  Let's Orange the lanes!  

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.

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).

Tiger Alejandrina Rivas Earns All-City Soccer Honor

El Paso High's Alejandrina Rivas, the District 1-5A Most Valuable Player in Girls Soccer for 2015, has been named to the All-City Team announced by the El Paso Times.  Rivas is credited with 23 goals and 14 assists during her outstanding Senior season.  To add to her laurals, Rivas was also selected to the Times All-City Second Team in Wrestling which is all the more impressive when one considers that both the wrestling season and the soccer season begin competition in January and continue into March. 

Nine Tigers Qualify for All-District Baseball Honors

The El Paso High Baseball Team finished the 2015 District 1-5A Regular season winning eight of the last nine games with a 12-4 district record and an additional triumph over Canutillo in a play-off to determine 2nd place seeding for Bi-District match-ups.  Only undefeated Burges beat the Tigers twice in district play.  As a result of outstanding team performances, nine Tigers have been named to All-District 1-5A honors.

Sophomore Brendan Johnston was named Newcomer of the Year in the district.  He is joined on the First Team All-District roster by pitcher, Jonas Bruker; catcher, John Paul Alvarado, and outfielders Ben Benavides and Carlos Diaz.  First basemen John Puga and John Holland-Byrd were selected to the Second Team All-District line-up together with versitile untility player Brandon "Fish" Fischer and Hayden "Chips" Rash, a shortstop .

Head Coach of the El Paso High Varisty Baseball Team, in only his second season, is Nick DeSantis.


Tigers Baseball Goes the Distance but Cannot Capture Bi-District Crown

In an effort to win the Bi-District Championship for El Paso High, the 2015 Tigers Baseball Team had to win both ends of a double-header on Saturday, 9 May.  After a sterling performance in the morning game, the Tiger team suffered a collapse in the second inning of the afternoon game which gave the Del Valle Conquistadores a lead which the Tigers could not overcome. 

Tigers Attempt Squeeze Play but Fail to Convert for a Run

The first half of the double-header was a nail biter through the final out as the Tigers were able to use superior pitching and outstanding defense to hang on to a 1-0 lead to victory.  The afternoon game, with EPHS as the visitors, began with the Tigers scoring four runs in the top half of the first inning.  Del Valle responded with three in the bottom of the inning. In the bottom of the second inning, the Conquistadors capitalized on Tiger errors to add five runs.  The Tigers "played small ball" to put runners on base but could only gain two more runs as Del Valle pitching scattered hits and gained strike-outs in key situations to fustrate Tigers rally bids.  Final score was Del Valle 11, El Paso High 6.  Del Valle advances to play Dumas in the UIL 5A Baseball Tournment and El Paso High looks back on a largely successful season.

Del Valle Trounces Tigers

Tiger batter reacts to a pitch way inside

In the first game of the EPHS vs Del Valle Bi-District Playoff, the Tigers were trounced 12-1 at Del Valle.  Ineffective pitching and errors by the Tigers marked the first two innings and a sharp pitching performance by Conquistador pitcher Christian Whitlatch spelled doom for the Tigers.  Nonetheless, EPHS mounted a comeback effort in the top of the fifth to erase their "goose egg" on the scorboard, but left stranded two runners to end the at-bat.  The game ended there with "the mercy rule" envoked.

Tigers Back in Baseball Playoffs

After being forced to forfeit it's entire season, El Paso High Baseball Coach Nick DeSantis and Principal Kirstine Ferret appealed that local decision to the UIL State Executive Committee.  The UIL reversed the District 1-5A Executive Committee and the Tigers were back in the playoff hunt once again.  A one game match-up with Canutillo to decide seeding for Bi-District matches took place Tuesday (5 May) with the Tigers emerging tiumphant, 13-7.  That victory secured the Tigers' second seed in the Bi-District round which is expected to pit El Paso High against Del Valle, the third seed in District 2-5A. 

According to an El Paso Times report, EPHS last week reported a "paperwork violation," but the appeal process clarified that the Tigers were not guilty of using an ineligible player.  Read the Times report of the Tigers victory over the Eatles here.

El Paso High Forfeits Baseball Season •

The El Paso High Baseball playoff hopes came to an abrupt hault on Thursday (30 April) when the District Executive Committee ruled that the Tigers would forfeit all it's district games (overturning a 12 win - 4 loss season).  The El Paso Times reported that EPHS had self-reported to UIL officials an ineligible player leading to the forfeiture.  The District Executive Committee, following it's investigation, explained the matter involved undescribed "paperwork violations," the Times report stated.


Both eaglets have fledged successfully and left the nest:  they are on their own.  The nest has been vacated, hopefully only until November or December when the eagle pair are expected to return to renew the process again for 2016.  We'll give you a reminder of the Berry College Eagles website as winter dawns so you may again tune-in to this fascinating window on the natural world.

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Norman Davis and Patsy Irons reside in Georgia and recommend this live steaming internet site from Berry College in Rome, Georgia.  A nest high in a tree on the college campus is monitored 24/7 by three live stream cameras at may want to Bookmark/Favorite this site to visit it from time to time, perhaps several times a day, as the two eaglets now in the nest grow and eventually fledge (expected in late April or during May).  The history of the nest is that the Bald Eagle couple will return to the nest again in late fall to mate, tend their eggs and their eaglet offspring. 

Bald Eagles are, of course, not Tigers, but they are certainly part of our natural history and are a symbol of the national heritage of the United States.  This view into the lives of an eagle family is fascinating, intimate, and even soothing.  Thanks Norman and Patsy and the folks at Berry College for this opportunty.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

   Angie Enriquez Heredia                     Norma Martinez Kernz

   Rose Mary Arreola Lopez & Fernie Lopez  Bob Novick

   Romie Pichardo Monteros                  Steve Blumenthal

 EPHS Registers Top 2014 TEA Evaluation 

Congratulations Tiger students, faculty, staff, and parents!  El Paso High has been announced as receiving all Six Distinctions in TEA Accountability Measures for 2014.  The "School On The Hill" and Coronado High School are the only two traditional high schools in the district to receive all distinctions in 2014 and EPHS is the only traditional high school in the Region to receive all possible distinctions two years in a row!  The Silva Magnet School for Healthcare Professions at Jefferson HS was the only EPISD non-traditional high school to obtain all disctinctions in TEA accountability. 

Additionally, Wiggs (7 of 7 evaluations) and Lamar (6 of 6 evaluations),  both EPHS feeder schools, are the only EPISD middle school and elementary school, respectively, to also receive All Distinctions in TEA Accountabiity.

The TEA Distinctions for which the high schools were evaluated in 2014 are Academic Achievement in Reading/English Language Arts; Academic Achievement in Mathematics; Academic Achievement in Science; Academic Achievement in Social Studies; Top 25 Percent:  Closing Performance Gap; and Postseconday Readiness.

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

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

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

Alumni Tiger Band Forming

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

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

EPHS66 Donates to Campus Improvement

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

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

El Paso High to Get Birthday Makeover

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

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

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.

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

Welcome to the El Paso High Class of 1966 website

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


George Hodge Ball Park Monument Project

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


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

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

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

EPHS Alumni Association

PO Box 5024

El Paso TX 79953

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

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

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

          • President:  Michael Montes (Class of 1997)

          • 1st Vice President & Treasurer:  Ana Cisneros (Class of 1999)

          • 2nd Vice President & Secretary:  Rebecca Armenta Robinson (Class of 1991)

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

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

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



EPHS Centennial Tile Project

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

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

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


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

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

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

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El Paso High Is Turning 100!

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

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

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


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

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

EPHS Beautification Project Sponsor Sheet

EPHS is Turning 100!

PTSA OFFICERS - 2013/2014

President -
Monica Henschel

President Elect -
Victor Vazquez

1st VP-Programs -
Terri Bell

2nd VP-Membership -

Nancy Licon
Laura Leslie

3rd VP-Ways and Means -
Nancy Malooly

Secretary -
Julie Freund

Parliamentarian -
Angie Nickey

Treasurer -
Cindy Crane

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