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EPHS Named No. 1 Most Beautiful High School in Texas •
No surprise to you, is it? Well, there are lists and there are lists. This one hits the nail squarely on the head, ranking The El Paso High School building, replete with its horseshoe football stadium overlooking the city of El Paso, as the No. 1 Most Beautiful High School in the vast state of Texas. Those alumni who reside elsewhere in Texas will probably recognize some of the other school buildings lower on the list of 25. Considering "The Lady on The Hill" is the oldest public high school building in Texas continuously used for it's original purpose, being at the top of the list, or even being on the list of the 25 Most Beautiful High Schools in Texas, is testament to the architects and school board of a century ago as well as the reverence for the building over the past 100 years by suceeding school leadership and the student body.
The El Paso High School in a rare snow coating
The Lady of The Hill has embarked on it's second century as a leading instution of learing, a center of community involvement, and a source of inspiration and pride for it's students and alumni. Take a look at the story on the KISS-FM website including a brief video of the World Record Attempt held on 8 October 2016.
ADDED COMMENT The Charcoaler to Close •
Bobby Cox, son of the originator of The Charcoaler, has announced that the unique, drive-through burger purveyor will close at the end of January. Visit the El Paso Times website for the story of the what may be the end of those savory Charcoaler burgers, onion rings, and lemon Dr. Peppers, made so often a part of the teen diet in the 1960s and suceeding decades.
When was the last time you indulged yourself with a Charcoaler? According to Cox, there is a chance the drive-through restaurant could continue operation under new ownership, but Cox insists a new owner would be required to use the traditional Charcoaler receipies. Barring a deal like that, there may be one final Charcoaler run by EPHS66 classmates. That's a nostalgic trip down Memory Lane (better known in this case as Mesa Avenue). Stay tuned for developments about The Last Charcoaler Run.
From the El Paso Times, a Letter to the Editor about the Charcoaler closing:
El Paso loses institution with Charcoaler closing
When I was a kid, we'd eat at the Luck Boy Hamburger Restaurant across from the Capri Theater. The Lucky Boy Hamburger chain closed.
Then we ate at the original Coney Island Restaurant across the street from San Jacinto Plaza. It relocated and eventually closed. Hot dogs sold for 12 cents each!
As a teenager we ate at Mr. Quick Hamburgers where hamburgers cost 15 cents and shakes were 19 cents! They too closed. And now this. ... Please, say it ain't so!
Owner, Bob Cox Jr., announced the Charcoaler Drive-In hamburger restaurant on North Mesa Street will close at the end of this month after 55 years in business. So, my wife, Gloria, and I decided to pay one last visit to the Charcoaler on Friday evening.
When we arrived, as expected, there was a long line of cars waiting to get into the drive-in restaurant. From the time we got in line until the time we received our order, one hour and 40 minutes had elapsed. And as the old saying goes, 'Good things come to those who wait.'
Thank you, Mr. Cox for a great 55 years. Enjoy your retirement. And just one more thing – since you won't be needing them anymore, can we have your recipes? God bless you.
Arturo J. Ortiz Sr. East Side (El Paso Times, 17-Jan-2017)
Soccor, Softball, & Baseball Schedules Posted •
Girls and Boys Soccer seasons have gotten underway with touranments during the weekend of 5-7 January. District play doesn't begin until 24 January for the Boys and 25 January for the Girls, but there is exciting Tiger Soccor before then. The Boys play Tuesday and Friday evenings at 7 PM. Check the game schedules at the EPHS Athletics/Active Sports Schedules on the Main Menu of this website.
The EPHS Girls are expected to make a strong run for a repeat of the District 1-5A Championship with a youthful team that last year lost only one game in District play and continued to win until extra time in the final of the UIL Area 1 tournament. Read about the Lady Tigers in thispre-season assessment by El Paso Times sports writer Felix Chavez. The Girls play Wednesday evenings at 7 PM and on Saturday mornings at 11 AM
Basketball season is still underway with the Lady Tiger hoopsters having won more games in the early part of the 2016-17 season than the girls teams have won in the past three seasons combined. Coach Alyssa Fabion (a former UTEP Miner), in her second year as Head Girls Basketball Coach, has been able to stimulate enthusiasm in the players who have made great strides in fundamentals and game situation awareness.
The Boys Basketball Team has demonstrated a strong spirit, but the team has struggled to close-out some games where the score was close going into the fourth quarter. The boys play an aggressive defensive style, but lack of a critical "big man" to help with rebounding and a consistent shooter to balance with several of the teams they will face in District 1-5A. Nonetheless, the basketball teams at EPHS welcome you into the stands at home and away games to cheer for the Tigers.
Softball and Baseball get underway in February: the girls begin play with a home game on Valentine's Day against Anthony High. It would be a great boost to the Lady Tigers to have the bleachers filled with Tiger fans for the start of the softball season.
Coach Nick DiSantis' baseball team will take the field at George Hodge Ball Park for the first time in the 2017 season on Tuesday, 28 February, to host District 1-6A contender Coronado. The initial game of the season will be at Horizon the week previous (21 Feb). Stay tuned for news of the Annual Alumni vs Varsity Game to kick-off another season for El Paso High Baseball.
The Swimming season continues through January and into February and Spring Tennis for the Tigers starts with the first match of 2017 on the Sunshine Courts adjacet to the CD Jarvis Gym, 20 January, against Franklin of District 1-6A.
Refer to the Active Sports Schedule webpage for El Paso Tiger teams and make plans to attend some of the competitions to support your Alma Mater's athletes. You'll have fun and the student will apprecitate your presence.
Tiger Tayler Kennedy All-City Libero of the Year •
Capping-off the El Paso High School Centennial Year 2016, Tayler Kennedy, the Tiger's Senior Volleyball Libero, has been named the All-City Defensive Player of the Year by the El Paso Times. Kennedy, a Defensive Specialist for three years, took over the Libero position from Erika Sianez, an All-District honoree now playing collegiate vollyball at Western Texas College. Kennedy is credited with 557 digs during the 2016 campaign and added 63 serving aces on offense.
Kennedy is joined as an All-City honoree by Emily Perez, Junior Hitter (First Team), Spencer Spier, Senior Hitter (Second Team), and Andie Padilla, Senior Setter (Honorable Mention). Perez was also named the District 1-5A Most Valuable Player during the past season; Padialla the District Setter of the Year; and Kennedy the District Defensive Player of the Year. Spier was named to the All-District First Team as an Outside Hitter. Sophomore Middle Hitter Jordan Rash and Freshman Defensive Specialist Alyssa Sianez (youngest of four Sianez sisters to lead EPHS vollyball teams) were named to the All-District Second Team for 2016.
The 2016 Tiger Varsity Volleyball Team won Distirct and Bi-District Championships extinding the EPHS domination of District 1-5A. Seven senior graduate from the team, yielding to a team which is expected to be heavy with Juniors and Sophomores in 2017.
Alysssa Heist, a Coronado HS Freshmam, was selected All-City Setter of the Year. She is the younger sister or El Paso High's Senior Hitter, Andrea Heist.
SECOND CHANCE: Reunion Shirts & Reunion Group Photo & Memory Book •
The EPHS Centennial Year has drawn to a close and the EPHS66 Quinquagenary Reuion is now part of the school's history. But you have a second chance to obtain or add to your memories and pride as a member of the Class of 1966!
Maybe you wanted one of the custom embroidered EPHS66 50-Year Reunion polo-style shirt, but the timing wasn't right. Or perhpas you did get one of these comfortable shirts, but having seen another color you decided you'd like to add a second or even a third shirt to you collection. Now you have an opportunity to purchase an EPHS66 50-Year Reunion polo-style shirt in solid Black, solid White, or Dark Heather (shown) for the same price as these shirts were offered prior to the 2016 reunion. Every shirt is custom embroidered in El Paso with the two-color EPHS66 Quinquagenary Reunion on the left chest and the official EPHS Centennial logo on the right sleve. To order on-line, using either credit/debit card or a check, go to the EPHS66 Class Store on the Main Menu.
Photos help to make memories of the Quinquagenary Reunion more vivid over time and to bring to mind so many cherished memories from our shared high school years. Whether you attended the reunion or not, you have a second chance to purchase from Photos Pronto the EPHS66 50-Year Reunion Group Photo, a 10" x 8" print from a joyful Dinner & Dance. That group photo is Pkg A on the Order Form and sells for $20, shipping and handling included.
But wait, there's more. Photos Pronto has created a Memory Book with individual/couple portraits, candids from the Dinner & Dance, and a 4½" x 7½" image of the Reunion Group Photo on the inside back cover. That booklet is the $40 Pkg C.
The image of the order form is for illustrative purpose only. If you want an order from, simply request one using Contact Us. You may also contact Photos Pronto directly at 915-613-6434 or 3110 Sunday Song, San Antonio, TX 78245.
El Paso High School Alumni Association Sponsored T-shirt & Hoodie Sales
Scorpion Sales of El Paso has been granted a license by the El Paso High School Alumni Association to vend EPHS Centennial T-shirts and a hoodie to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of "The Lady on The Hill." Orders may be placed on-line (www.scorpionsales.biz), by US Postal Service (Scorpion Sales, POB 12570, El Paso 79913), or by phone (915-833-1555). Additionally, products show above will be on sale at "The Battle for The Claw" and Guinness World Record Attemp on Saturday, 8 October, inside the Schuster Avenue Gate to RR Jones Stadium.
NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARS at EPHS •
Congratulations to the eight El Paso High School seniors who placed in the 2016 National Merit competition!
Kaitlyn Calhoun, Owen Michals, Andrea Ocanas and Brandon Piel were named National Merit Commended Scholars. National Merit Commended students rank in the top 5% of more than 1.6 million students who took the 2015 PSAT.
Kaitlyn Calhoun, Joshua De Anda, Rada Koile, Andrew Martinez, and Andrea Ocanas were named National Merit Hispanic Scholars.
"We are proud of these dedicated, intelligent students who are an example of academic excellence in our school and part of the El Paso High legacy”, said Kristine Ferret, Principal at El Paso High.
The graduating class of 2016 was offered more than $10 million in scholarships and financial aid for post secondary education. El Paso High is home to the nationally recognized dual language magnet program, Mundos Unidos.
See Wonderful Ariel Drone Photo at End of this Announcement •
Celebrating A Century On The Hill
On 16 September 2016, the Student Body of El Paso High School assembled in RR Jones Stadium to celebrate the 100th anniversary of El Paso's first and finest high school. The students, in orange and black, were seated in the west end of fabled RR Jones Stadium below the front steps of "The Lady on The Hill" who would mark her 100th birthday on Sunday 18 September 2016. By proclamation of the Mayor and City Council of El Paso, that day would officially be El Paso High School Day in the city. On the same day,. the high school on the hill would begin its second century of "molding lives and careers," being a bona fides historic landmark and state and nationally registered place of distinction.
City Council Representative Courtney Niland read the City's proclamation (see the following story) and a letter from Texas Governor Gregg Abbott was read by Larry McManus, a member of the governor's staff and a member of the EPHS Class of 1983.
Sixteen September, also being Mexican Independence Day, el grito, "Viva la High!" was often exclaimed from the stage and in response by the student body. Additionally, El Paso High's 1885 Original Central School Bell tolled 100 times, once for each year this palace of learning has served students and the community as a center for fine arts, athletics, discovery, and education.
A unique feature of the Student Body assembly was that a photo was taken utilizing a remote contol, flying camera (a drone). The photo depicts, from high above, the image of the student body and faculty seated in the stadium yet leaving seats unfilled to form the digits "1" and two "zeros" as depicted in the ground-based photograph at the top of this report. and as seen at the end. As the 1885 Original Central School Bell struck its 100th toll, the student body erupted in cheers and waved orange leis they had been wearing to make the occasion more festive. Choir Director, Mr. Tim Thompson, responded to the cheers and lead the assembly in a rousing chorus of "Happy Birthday" to the stately and revered "Lady On The Hill."
Viva la High as her students embark on the high school's 132nd year and the outset of another 100 years "On The Hill." Happy Birthday El Paso Tigers, whereever you may be! May your spirit never die!
And now that photo from the drone. Notice how the "El Paso" on the end zone captions this photograph by Michael Reece, 2016 Outstanding Secondary School Teacher for EPHS, EPISD, and Education Region 19. Outstanding, as usual! Well done students, faculty, and staff!!!
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 Banner Makes Debut •
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.
EPHS Dual Language Program •
Learn about "Two Languges, Two Cultures" Dual Language Magnet Program at El Paso High School.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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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.
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