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•   William "Bill" Latham Jr  10/6
•   Consuelo "Connie" Perez (Yanez)  9/26
•   Danny Barragan  9/19
•   Maurice Boetto  9/17
•   Michael Isaac  9/17
•   Yolanda Espinoza (Turnicky)  9/17
•   Jerry Guthrie  9/17
•   Richard "Ricardo" Dominguez  8/14
•   Charley Smith (Class Of 68)  7/19
•   Dianne Kirkpatrick (Class Of 68) (Hendricks)  7/14
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Rewind for 10/6/15


Save the Date:  7 November 2015

The final Countdown Party prior to the EPHS66 Quinquagenary Reunion is to be held Saturday evening, 7 November 2015.  Joe Hernandez and his wife, Christina, have graciously opened their home for this gathering of EPHS66 classmates (a brief meeting of the Reunion Organizing Committee, too).  Please mark your calendar and plan to attend this fourth annual, pot-luck celebration among long-time friends.  More details to come, but it's not too early to reserve that date and begin thinking of what you may contribute in the way of food or beverage for the party as we start the countdown of 333 days remaining until 6 October 2016 and our EPHS66 Quinquagenary Reunion!

It's Homecoming at The El Paso High School

Homecoming Week at El Paso High is filled with excitement, anticipation, pagentry, and tradition every year.   Homecoming 2015 is the week of 5 through 10 October.  If you are in El Paso,  join-in the festivities scheduled below:  Homecoming is for you.  On Friday you might experience some deja vous because the Class of 1965 will be in reunion at "The School on the Hill!"  Watch this space for highlights of Homecoming 2015!

EPHS Homecoming 2015

Changes or additions to previously published schedule marked by  > .

  > Homecoming Week Daily Theme for Students, Faculty, and Staff
Monday         Oct 5   Pajama Day
Tuesday        Oct 6   Tacky Tourist Day
Wednesday   Oct 7   Disney Day
Thursday      Oct 8   Fashion Disaster Day

Friday is Spirit Day - wear your Tigers Orange & Black!

 > 7 Oct Wed 6 PM   Outstand Ex-Student Dinner, The El Paso Club (Chase building,  201 E Main at Mesa, 18th floor) honoring 2015 Outstanding Ex, Amada Flores, Class of 63!  Tickets on sale now:  $35 includes full buffet at 7 PM, cash bar 6 PM prior to dinner.  Business attire requested.  To reserve seats for the Outstanding Ex Dinner, call 9015-532-1357.

8 Oct Thu  >  6 PM  Homecoming Parade steps-off at Schuster & Virginia to conclude at Ange & Cliff

           Thu 7 PM  Eve of the "E" Ceremony, RR Jones Stadium

9 Oct Fri  > Noon - 2 PM  Alumni Recpetion at EPHS Museum (Ground Floor, south end of Virginia Street wing).      The EPHS Class of 1965 is holding it's 50-year Reunion in conjunction with Homecoming.

          Fri  2:30 PM  Homecoming Pep Assembly at CD Jarvis Gym with presentation of Homecoming Court,   student performances, and presention of Volleyball, Football, Tennis, Cross Country, and Swim teams.

  >    Fri 4:00 - 5:30 PM  EPHS Tunnel Tours, $10 adults/$5 students, begin and end at the EPHS Museum.

  >     Fri 6:30 PM  EPHS Volleyball v Burges, CD Jarvis Gym

         Fri 7 PM  Homecoming Football Game at RR Jones Stadium vs Irvin Rockets.  EPHS66 Cheering Section at the top of the stadium, in front of the Press Box, at the 50-yard line -- look for the EPHS66 banner!

Outstanding Ex Dinner • 7 October 2015 • El Paso Club, 201 E Main 18th Floor

$35 per person • RSVP 915-532-1357 • 6 PM Reception • 7 PM Buffet Dinner

EPHS Celebrates 99-years On The Hill!

On Friday, 18 September 2015 students, faculty, and staff at El Paso High School gathered at the front steps to clebrate the anniversary of the school building's opening on 18 September 99-years previous.  Observance of the building's birthday has become a tradion on the campus, but this year there was a new element in the observance:  the 1885 Original Central School Bell pealed 99 times to mark the occasion.  Those present attest it was awesome!

EPHS Principal, Kristine Ferret (at right), speaks about the 1885 Original Central School Bell with members of the EPHS "First In Texas" JROTC program.  The JROTC Battalion has been given responsiblity to bring the bell out for special occasions and to stand guard over the bell because the JROTC program had it's origin in 1888 while El Paso High School was located on the second floor of the Central School.  Photo courtesy Roseanna LIndley, EPHS Asst. Principal

Students who shortly would be allowed to toll the 1885 Original Central School Bell during El Paso High's 99th birthday celebration are given final instructions before the bell was tolled 99 times, once for each year the school has been in it's historic, neo-classical edifice "on the Hill" overlooking the city.  Photo courtesy Roseanna LIndley, EPHS Asst. Principal

41st Annual CD Jarvis Basketball Tournament Program Ads 

Ad space is now on sale for the 41st Edition of the CD Jarvis Basketball Tournament printed program.  Rates range from $35 for a quarter-page to $100 for a full-page (inquire about special rate for inside front cover).  Business Card size ad space may be purchased for just $25.  The program features full color or black & white and includes photos and rosters of each of the eight high school teams in the invitational tournament (EPHS, Franklin, Irvin, Hanks, Ysleta, Mountain View, El Dorado, and San Elizario), so ads get exposure among fans from all across El Paso County.  

EPHS66 will sponsor a half-page ad (only $60) thanks to the generosity of classmate Ramon Rosales and an annonymous classmate.  That ad will pay tribute to the 1965-66 Tiger Varsity Basketball Team of fifty years ago.  How about placing an ad for a business with which you are associated or maybe just a personal note from you and your family?

To place a program ad order or for more information, please contact steve at (our use Contact Us on the website menu).  Deadline for orders, including photo ready art, is 31 October 2015.  The tournament takes place Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 19-21 November 2015 at the CD Jarvis Gym on the EPHS campus.  Ad revenue supports the tournament and the El Paso High School Alumni Association.


The Beginning of New, Old-style Tradition & Pride at EPHS

The school bell which pealed from the tower of El Paso's Central School from 1885 until about 1902 is now part of the rich, historic EPHS experience.  The 1885 Original Central School Bell had it's debut as part of El Paso High's endearing traditions at the first varsity football game of the 2015 season in RR Jones Stadium.  Although the Tigers were overcome by the Matadors of Parkland, the bell made a ringing hit when it was rung once at the opening kickoff and again to mark the cumulative points scored by the Tigers: first seven peals, the thirteen peals following the second touchdown.












The EPHS JROTC, first battalion in the state, was given the privilege to escort the bell from it's temporary storage at CD Jarvis Gym to the stadium and there to ring the bell for the first time ever in the stadium. The game underway, the JROTC cadets then retired to the sidelines on the field to perform push-ups, one for each point their school mates would score on the field of play.  The JROTC cadets did not forget their duty, they returned to the top of the stadium at the conclusion of the game to escort the bell back to quarters at the gym.

Even EPHS66 classmates, both Navy veterans accostomed to hearing bells, Mike Rojas and Ramon "Monchie" Rosales, approved of the 130-year old bell's performance and posed for the photo below.

Read more about the history of the 1885 Original Central School Bell and how it ended-up at El Paso High below in this section.

New Mascot Art Adorns Gym Floor

As the CD Jarvis Gym turns 50-years old this fall, the building was repainted inside and out and the gym floor got a much needed reconditioning.  The gym arena was much of the summer as the floor's existing, aged varnish and paint were stripped.  Where the flooring had become uneven over the years, the planks were refastened and leveled, chips and holes were filled, and the floor sanded smoothe before new paint was applied and new, high impact varnish laid-down.  The gym arena floor was finally reopened on 21 August,  just prior to the start of classes for the 2015-16 school year.

The center court mascot art and surrounding font (pictured above & below) are dramatic departures from a traditional motif which it replaces and which adorns most gym floors at high schools and colleges across the US.  The new art depicts massive tiger claw marks which have ripped-open the gym floor to reveal a tiger peering out from underneath.

The school district agreed to pay of portion of the cost of new mascot art and center-court font, but the bulk of that customizing cost was to be paid by funds raised by the Volleyball Boosters and the Basketball Boosters, the principal sports utilizing the gym.  With gratitude, the following donors contributed funding necessary for commercial artist Jesse Corral to apply the unique artwork at center court of El Paso High's CD Jarvis Gym..

 Lee Schwartz (62)             Steven Blumenthal (66)

 Amada Flores (63)            Joe Herrera (66)

 Mark Blumenthal (64)       Anna Mares (80)

 David Wilbanks (65)          Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

 Ken Bruder (65)                 AIM Construction

 Cyd Goldfarb (EPHS Guidance Counselor)

  El Paso High Earns all Seven Distinctions on TEA Accountability 2015 

The Texas Education Agency's Accountability Ratings for all public schools was released Friday, 7 August 2015.  El Paso High School achieved all seven possible Distinctions.  El Paso High is the only one of the ten EPISD traditional high schools to earn every one of the seven Distinctions.  Additionally, El Paso High is  the only high school in the region to earn all distinctions three years in a row.  The categories which comprise the TEA Distinctions are these:  Academic Achievement in English; Academic Achievement in Math; Academic Achievement in Science; Academic Achievement in Social Studies; Top 25% Student Progress; Top 25% Closing Performance Gaps; and Postsecondary Readiness.

Another EPISD high school, The Silva Magnet School for Health Care Professions, a non-traditional high school, was again recognized by the TEA for accomplishment by attainment of all TEA Distinctions.  Also, Wiggs Middle School, the feeder to EPHS, was recognized for all Middle School Distinctions again this year.

El Paso High School named among America’s Best High Schools by U.S. News & World Report

El Paso High School has been listed as one of “America’s Best High Schools” as reported by U.S. News & World Report.  The distinction is based on key principles: that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college bound, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show it is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.

A three-step evaluation system is used in the analysis of "American's Best High Schools" by US News & World Report: 

Step 1:  This step determines whether each school's students are performing better than statistically expected for students in their state;

Step 2:  Schools meeting Step 1 criteria, the second step is to assess whether the school's students from traditionally disadvantaged populations – black, Hispanic and low-income – are outperforming disadvantaged students in the state;

Step 3:  Schools that made it through the first two steps became eligible to be judged nationally on the final step – college-readiness performance – using Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate test data as the benchmarks for success.

Congratulations to the Tiger team (students, parents, faculty, and staff) and community members who have worked to support and contribute to students' success at El Paso High School!

Thanks to the EPHS PTSA for providing the substance of these reports.

EPHS Fight Song Ringtone Now Available at iTunes

Strike-up the band with the familiar tones of the El Paso High Fight Song when your wireless phone rings.  Now,  for a mere $1.29 at the iTunes Store, you may download the fight song to your iPhone.  If you have an Android phone, word is that the same recording can be added to the ringtones of non-iPhone devices, as well.  A portion of every purchase of this ringtone benefits the EPHS Alumni Association, so hop-on and download a peppy instrumental rendition of the renowned chorus from "The Orange & Black!"

Special EPHS Baseball Caps Available for Purchase

    The EPHS Class of 62 has made available ball caps to help defray the cost of the Classes of the 60’s Party scheduled during the EPHS Centennial Celebration (specifically, 7 October 2016. the night before the Centennial Celebration Carnival and the same night as the EPHS66 Quinquagenary Reunion Dinner & Dance; hence, the Class of 66 is not participating in the Classes of the 60's Party). 
     The ball caps, as pictured above, are truly special as they bear an embroidered rendering of the front of The School with the letters EPHS.  On the back are the embroidered dates “1916 – 2016” in orange to signify the first centennial of El Paso High School in it's present location overlooking the city.
     The caps are priced $20.00 each (add $5.00 if shipping is required).   For more information and to place an order, contact Betty Ann Seiler at or by phone at (915) 584-1030.  The Class of 62 will accept checks or cash only – no credit/debit cards accepted at this time.  The ball caps are manufactured for Port/Authority, a major provider of uniforms and sportswear.

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.

Purchases at Target can Benefit El Paso High

If you shop at Target AND you use a Target REDcard, you may automatically donate to El Paso High School through Target's Take Charge of Eduction Program.   Target collects 1% of your REDcard purchases at Target (on-line, too), aggregates them, and then makes periodic donations to EPHS.

All you have to do is link your REDcard on-line to El Paso High School, El Paso TX -- lest there be an confusion.  El Paso High is already qualified as a beneficiary from Target's Take Charge of Education Program.  Simply visit, click on the REDcard tab at the top of the Home Page. Select Manage my REDcard. At the bottom of the next page  find the Take Charge of Education box. Click on that option and complete a few fields to register your card to designate El Paso High School to benefit from your every REDcard purchse at Target.

Just imagine what could happen when hundreds of alumni and other supporters routinely make purchases at Target stores around the country utilizing their REDcards linked to EPHS.  Target imagines that, too. 

Thanks to the EPHS PTSA for leading this funding opportunity.

  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!

EPHS LEGACY SERIES:  100 Years of Excellence

Imagine a fast paced, multimedia presentation which reviews achievement throughout the history of "The School on the Hill."  That's the rather ambitious objective of the EPHS Alumni Association's Centennial Committee 100 Years of Excellence Series, a group of five presentations during the EPHS Centennial Celebration Year 2016.  The Legacy Series will be offered in the beautiful El Paso High Auditorium in a documentary style with the additional attraction of in-person commentary by noted alumni and other authorities on that evening's topic.  Each presentation is open to the public because El Paso High School was originally and continues to be the school of entire community!

Be sure to mark your calendar for these Legacy Series presentations:

21 Jan 2016   100 Years of Excellence:  History & Archecture: the Trost Vision

24 Mar 2016   100 Years of Excellence:  Sports

19 May 2016   100 Years of Excellence:  JROTC & the Military

18 Aug 2016   100 Years of Excellence:  Academics & Arts

17 Nov 2016   100 Years of Excellence:  Leadership

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). 

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 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 .

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 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

Volunteer to Contribute to Brain Function Research 

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The Brain Health Registry aims to speed up the drug discovery process by matching eligible volunteers with the right research study.  The brain health and lifestyle information shared by volunteers helps The Brain Health Registry efficiently identify what kinds of studies for which a volunteer may be qualified.  Once the Registry has identified a study for which a particular volunteer  may be a good match, the Registry will send an email describing the study and giving the volunteer more information about how to participate.

For more information and to volunteer, visit 

The Brain Health Registry

Does Sleep Help Prevent Alzheimer’s?

by Alzheimer's Prevention Bulletin on July 20, 2015

     We spend one-third of our lives sleeping and research shows it's time well spent. Sleep plays a significant role in our energy and productivity during the other two-thirds of our lives. Now scientists are studying whether sleep may help slow or prevent Alzheimer's disease.

Does A Good Night Sleep Do You Good?

     We’ve all been told, “You’ll feel better after a good night’s sleep.” Some researchers are taking this advice further by studying if you may not just feel refreshed, but you may actually be reducing your risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

     What do we know about sleep and memory? It’s widely accepted that healthy sleep – uninterrupted for up to eight hours for adults – promotes learning and memory. Lack of sleep and interrupted sleep are known to impair both reasoning and problem-solving skills. Researchers also have linked sleep disturbances to dementia and cognitive decline in older adults. But now researchers are working tirelessly to find if there’s a link between sleep and Alzheimer’s disease. Here’s a look at what they’re learning.

Sleep: It’s When Your Brain Gets Busy

     While we’re sleeping our brains are actually very active, according to two recent studies. A paper in Science suggests that while we sleep our neurons reinforce recently learned skills. They do this by sprouting new crops of what are called dendritic spines that help transmit electrical signals (synapses) to our neurons. This challenges the old view that during sleep our neurons are trimming – not expanding – synapses. 

     Additionally, according to research published in 2014 in JAMA Neurology, a single sleepless night can disrupt our brain’s amyloid levels. Lack of sleep can prevent the drop in brain amyloid levels, which normally occurs during a good night’s sleep. 

     “Amyloid is a sticky deposit that builds up in the tissue and blood vessels of the brain in Alzheimer’s disease. There is strong evidence that amyloid accumulation is the cause of Alzheimer’s disease, though debate continues,” said Paul S. Aisen, MD, Director, Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute and Professor, Department of Neurology at the University of Southern California.

     Amyloid plaques are found in the spaces between the brain’s nerve cells. These plaques consist of deposits of beta-amyloid, a toxic protein fragment known to accumulate in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease.

Clear Your Mind As You Sleep

     During a study funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), scientists discovered our bodies have a housecleaning system that cleanses the brain during sleep. Named the glymphatic system for the brain’s glial cells that manage this system, the researchers report that this system can help remove beta-amyloid from brain tissue. The next step, according to the researchers, is to learn how and when the brain activates the glymphatic system in order to work more efficiently.

     Researchers aren’t ready to link lack of sleep to Alzheimer’s disease. It does seem, however, that if you’re looking for strategies to support memory, adding sleep to the list is probably a good thing. 

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.

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

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).

EPHS66 Quinquagenary Reunion, Homecoming & Centennial Festival
Tentative Schedule
3-8  October 2016      El Paso High School Homecoming Week
6 October                 Homecoming Parade & Eve the E Celebration  
5:00 -10:00 PM
             EPHS66 Quinquagenary Reunion Opens:  Registration & Mixer                               
7 October                 El Paso High School Open House & Pep Rally
Noon-8:00 PM
                  Guinness World Record Pre-Registration &
                                          Decade Reunion Parties at venues throughout El Paso
EPHS66 Quinquagenary Reuion Assembly, Homecoming Events, & Dinner & Dance
8 October                 Festival Day
Noon-10PM                        Campus Tours
3:00 PM                       Guinness World Record Class Reunion Attempt
6:00 PM                       Battle of the Claw Game: El Paso Tigers vs. Austin Panthers
9:30 PM                        Alumni Band Concert & Fireworks Display
                           EPHS66 Quinquagenary Reunion Participates in Festival Day
9 October               EPHS66 Quinquagenary Reunion Hasta la Vista Brunch

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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