HAPPY HOLIDAYS: SEE THE FRED LOYA CHRISTMAS LIGHTS EXTRAVAGANZA
'Tis the season, so we thought you, particularly those who reside outside of El Paso, would find this video of the Christmas Lights display at the house of insurance company executive Fred Loya fascinating and perhaps exciting. This 2014 edition of the "Loya Lights" won the ABC TV Christmas Lights competition on 8 December 2014. It is reported that the $50,000 prize has been donated by the Loya family to chairties.
A Holiday Treat for You
Take a musical trip along memory lane beginning 50 years ago through to last year. Click Here for a medley sampler of the No. 1 Billboard Hits on Christmas Eve each year from 1964 through 2013. Hope it brings some good memories and renewed excitement. If you danced or turned-up the radio (or 8-trak player, CD player, MP3 device) to any of these songs, you'll want to join with EPHS alumni and friends at the Tardeada sponsored by the Class of 1970, 5 PM to 9 PM, Sunday, 18 January, at the Alamo Ballroom. Get full details below in this section: look for the Tardeada poster!Simply click Here for some familiar tunes of days gone by.
EPHS66 Quinquagenary Reunion Changed to October 2016(Updated 16 Nov 2014)
Your Reunion Organizing Committee has decided to re-schedule theEPHS66 Quinquagenary Reunion to 6-9 October 2016 to coincide with the EPHS Centennial Celebration Canival which has been moved to 8 October 2016. The move of the Carnival was made necessary when UTEP announced it had signed a contract with West Point for the Miners to play Army on 17 September 2016 in the Sun Bowl Stadium. It was recognized by the committee putting together the Centennial Carnival (with concurrance by the EPHS Administration and EPISD officials, as well) that it would be impractical to stage the Carnival on the same day as the first ever contest between UTEP and West Point. The long and important history of EPHS and the EPISD with Fort Bliss also mitigated against holding the Centennial Celebration Carnival on the same day as "The Army comes to town."
The October date for the Carnival means that it will also coincide with EPHS 2016 Homecoming and permit EPHS66 alumni to enjoy the Homecoming atmosphere at the The School on the Hill in addition to participaing in the Carnival, probably the biggest event of the Centennial Celebration Year 2016.
The Centenial Carnival on Saturday, 8 October 2016, is planned to center around three primary events: an attempt to set a new world record for the largest high school reunion; the return of Saturday afternoon varsity football in RR Jones Stadium pitting the legendary El Paso Tigers against cross-town rivals, the Austin Panthers; and a concert in the stadium following the Homecoming football game. The outdoor concert may be capped-off with an aerial fireworks display. Throughout the day, food trucks will be at the EPHS campus to provide a variety of fare for the gustatory delight of EPHS alumni from the 1940s through the Class of 2015.
You will not want to miss the 50-year reunion of The EPHS Class of 1966 nor the opportunity to be counted as an alumnus of EPHS as our alma mater embarks on it's Second Century of Excellence! Stay tuned for additional details over the next year and into the 2016 Centennial Celebration Year. Please save the dates Thursday, 6 October through Sunday, 9 October 2016 for your EPHS66 Quinquagenary Reunion!
Cynthia Marquez-Miranda Retirement Celebration
Classmates of the EPHS Class of 1966 are invited to celebrate with Cynthia Luz Marquez-Miranda her retirement following 36 years in the field of education. The celebration takes place Sunday, 21 December 2014, 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM at the International Museuam of Art El Paso, 1211 Montana Avenue (at Brown Street), El Paso. Appropriate "Sunday attire" is requeted. Please RSVP by 15 December to 915-525-1194.
Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow. Anthony J D'Angelo
TIGER SWIMMERS SUPPORT OPERATION NOEL TELETHON
The EPHS Tiger Swim team has been at work lending a hand in the community! The swimmers were in the studio at KVIA-TV at 5 a.m. Thursday, 4 December, answering phones at the Operation Noel Telethon. The students were at KVIA for a couple of hours before heading to practice then their classes. Great group of kids doing great things! Here's a link to watch these Tigers in action:OPERATION NOEL
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.
129-Year Old 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Plans are for the Alumni Band to perform during the Centennial Celebration Year 2016 (maybe before and hopefully after, too).
Tardeada to Benefit EPHS Centenial Celebration
Support this social event sponsored and organized by Robert Manzanares & the Class of 1970. Tables of ten (10) may be reserved so put together your group and get tickets early. A $20 ticket includes draft beer while it lasts, set-ups, cups, and ice; BYOB (no wine allowed) and your own snacks. Popular food trucks will be parked outside vending barbecue, pizza, and Cuban style meat empanadas in case you'd like something more substantial than the chips & dip you may bring to the ballroom. Select beer and wine will be on sale, too. The band, Rhapsody, plays a little of everything so get on your dancin' shoes and party hardy! A DJ spins dance tunes while Rhapsody is on break. The next day is MLK Day, a day-off for most -- a day you could sleep-in.
Tickets may be ordered through this website -- CONTACT US -- or by calling 915-343-7233. Please purchase tickets even if you do not plan to attend.Let's demonstrate that EPHS66 supports other classes and the EPHS Centennial Celebration.
Please Drink Responsibly and if you do drink, arrange in advance for a sober Designated Driver.
The EPHS Class of 1966 Centennial Commemorative TileInstalled (Updated 9 Oct 2014)
On Friday, 26 September 2014, The EPHS Class of 1966 Centennial Commemorative Tile was mounted top row, center of the tile installation on the back wall of the press box of RR Jones Stadium. The EPHS66 tile is located 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 16" x 16" tiles, commemorating the EPHS Centennial, are a project of the El Paso High Friends & Exes organization. You may find additional images of the initial Installation of tiles on the back side of the press box at R.R. Jones Stadium (see EPHS Campus Photo Gallery). The second installation of Centennial Commemorative Tiles is now planned to be affixed to a retaining wall by the east end of the Library & Cafeteria Building facing the CD Jarvis Gym. That installation is expected to accommodate an addition hundred or so tiles. As of September 2014, the EPH Friends & Exes has donated $5,800 from tile sales to the EPHS PTSA for campus improvement and beautification.
The EPHS66 Centennial Commemorative Tile mounted top center (Photos courtesy Sandra Aaronson)
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.
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: Doris (Chacon) Valdovinos; Treasurer: Norma (Martinez) Kernz.
Reunion Committees are forming and volunteers are welcome.
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
El Paso High School
800 E Schuster Ave
El Paso TX 79902
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 or “Classmates Profiles” 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 will be produced. A architects rendering of the monument as it will ultimately appear within the ball park is forthcoming. That rendering will be displayed in this website, on the EPHS 66 Reunion Facebook page, on the website of the EPHS Alumni Association (www.ephsalum.com), 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)
El Paso High School Alumni Association – 800 E. Schuster – El Paso, Texas 79902
Annual Dues $16. For meeting notices, events and other information: www.ephsalum.com
"You only understand the tradition if you were blessed enough to live it."
EPHS Centennial Tile Project
El Paso High School has been a part of you for decades. Now, as the historic "School on the Hill" is preparing to observe its Centennial, El Paso High Friends & Exes has devised a way for you to become a part of EPHS, literally. Above is the 16-inch square tile purchased by the EPHS66 Quinquagenary Reunion Organizing Committee with individual contributions. The displayed tile will be installed at the school to commemorate the Centennial Celebration. Each high relief, etched tile is custom made with from one to three lines of personalized text (limit 21 characters and spaces per line). A tile may represent a family of EPHS students, an individual, a graduating class, a business, or a message.
The price per tile is NOW $135 plus $3 for each character over the alotted 60. Payment to El Paso High Friends & Exes.
For more information or to obtain an order form, contact EPH Friends & Exes Treasurer, Sandy Aaronson by E-mail email@example.com or by phone 915-588-7888 (or use the Contact Us menu tab on the left to request an order form; be sure to include the E-mail or street address to which you want the form sent).
Campus Enhancements Progress Take a look at the continuing change at the corner on Schuster and Virgina. The top photo is of transformation from a weed ridden yard within a short chain-link fence to a school bus waiting area as it first appeared early in 2014. The bottom photo is of that space now that some landscaping has been added and taken hold (April 2014)
This is significant enhancement undertaken by the El Paso High PTSA, but it is by no means the only improvement undertaken by parents, faculty, and students to spruce-up the campus before the Centennial Celebration Year, 2016. Additional evidence of the PTSA Outdoor Improvement Project is now displayed in an EPHS Campus photo gallery open on this website.
Thank to the donors who made the Bus Wait Area project possible. The PTSA is still in need of donations and sponsors for these additions to the campus through the end of 2014: Tree $200; Trash Receptacle $500; Classic 4' Bench $375; Classic 6' Bench $700; Classic Picnic Table $800; Round Table $900. Click on the SONSORSHIP FLYER links in the EPHS ROAR below for more information. The deadline for sponsorships is 1 January 2015. The EPHS Class of 1966 has contributed for a new tree planted at our venerable alma mater; individual donors have contributed for additional items.
The Lady on the Hill is turning 100 in 2016 and the PTSA has some very exciting projects to announce in anticipation of this historic event.
1. Because of an incredible gift by some very generous donors and the hard work and spectacular efforts of Jennifer Barr Ardovino and Desert Elements Landscape Design, LLC, the entrance along Schuster and Virginia will soon have new landscaping. Work will begin very soon. Our goal is to have this phase of the project completed by January, 2014.
2. You can participate in beautifying our beloved school and honoring your loved ones by making a general donation or purchasing trees, tables or benches for installation this Spring. All tables and benches will have a plaque stating in whose memory/honor the donation is made. All other donors’ names will be written on an El Paso High 100 Plaque, placed inside our school. Deadline for purchases is March 1. The sooner items are ordered, the sooner they may be installed. Please see the attached flier and/or go to the EPHS webpage – www.tigerptsa.org for more information.
3. Thanks to the generous donations of Pearson’s Tree Farm and the Christmas Tree purchases made by the following, we have planted beautiful new large oak trees at EPHS this week. We would like to thank: Hugo Arreola, the Claflin/Crane Family, Diane Williams, Felipa Solis, Beth Lucas, Gloria Ambler, Monica Benjamin, the Mowles Family, the Hallmark/Slavin Family, Judy Templeton, Susan Urbieta, Dan Knapp, Kristina Legan and Mike Bonilla.
The PTSA will again be selling Christmas Trees that will then be donated to EPHS. Look for a Tiger Roar announcement about this project soon.
4. El Paso High 100 will invite students to lead a national program, sponsored by El Paso Master Gardener Ileana Lazo-Kim, in partnership with Ms. Dawn Zumar. This group of students will learn about engaging in their environment and transforming spaces, all while serving and beautifying our school. Look for news about this exciting project coming soon...all students welcome. For more information you may contact Ileana L. Kim by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you will join us in celebrating our city’s oldest high school!
If you would like to actively participate in this project or would just like further information, please contact Tricia Jay or Monica Henschel: email@example.com. We have many more plans to beautify our school and we could use your help to accomplish them.
EPHS COLLEGE RESOURCES
Check out the newest resource to find information on numerous colleges and universities, college readiness, as well as the schedule of upcoming college visits and scholarship opportunities.
Minutes before a gang of murderous Nazis bursts into their home, nineteen year-old Gottfried and seventeen year-old Rudolf jump on their bikes and race to the German border. For the next four years, the boys ping-pong through Europe as illegal refugees fighting fear, poverty, illness, and injury. Denied entry into the United States, the boys ultimately decide to resist fascism as volunteer soldiers in the Spanish Civil War. Brothers on the Run, based on the brothers’ true story, chronicles the defining moments of their terrifying journey into manhood.
This book is the story of the fathers of two EPHS66 classmates: cousins Arlo (Ronnie F.) Kahn and Kenny Kahn. Arlo, now a physicain in Arkansas, is the son of Gottfried or Freddy Kahn; and Kenny (a psychologist now deceased) was the son of Rudolph or Rudy Kahn. Both Freddy and Rudy married after coming to the United States in 1937 and the brothers eventually settled in El Paso where six of their seven children (Pat, Gary, Marian, Ronnie, Linda, and Kenny) graduated from El Paso High School (Kenny's younger sister, Sandy, is a Coronado HS graduate). The book was written by Pat Loraine Simmons, Freddy and Fay's eldest daughter. Find more about the book, in softcover and e-book editions, at www.brothersontherunbook.com. Profits from the sale of the first 250 copies will be donated to Ready Readers, a nonprofit that inspires low-income preschool children to become readers (www.readyreaders.org).