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Football Stadium on East Campus
Cut from School System Priority
List for 2020-2021 Budget
23, 2020 - Reshuffled capital improvement projects by the Shelby County
Administration excludes a stadium on the campus of East High School.
Instead, the schools administration is proposing a football facility at
the Toby Park/Board of Education
site with a budget of $500,000 with the city pitching in with another
half million. The Toby stadium is listed as number 13
on the revised CIP priority list and it would be included in the
2020-2021 fiscal year if the county provides the $25.8-million for
capital improvements to the Shelby County Schools as proposed by County
Mayor Lee Harris.
It should be noted that in a previous priority list, the schools
administration was listing design and site work for an East High campus
football stadium at $3.5-million. It would appear the Toby stadium
would be a lesser facility and it may well not replace the thoughts of
putting a stadium on the East campus at some future point. The campus
stadium, however, does not make the new list even at the $65-million
dollar point, the amount which is what the school administration says
it will ask for from the County Commission.
The school board has not acted yet on the budget so the actual capital
projects for the coming fiscal year may differ. The County Commission
also approves the school system’s CIP budget and that also will be
forthcoming in the next couple of months.
of Adjustment Approves Zoning
Variance to Allow Airplane
on Front Lawn of East
22, 2020 - The Shelby County Board of Adjustment today approved the
application for a zoning variance that would allow a “monument”
including a single engine airplane to be placed on the front lawn of
East High School. The Office of Planning and Development staff
recommended the approval with some conditions and there was no
opposition voiced at today’s meeting, so the application was approved
with several others on the consent agenda by a vote of 7-0. As The East
High Alumni Page reported previously, the Capital Needs and Facilities
Committee of the Board of Education asked that the matter proceed to
the Board of Adjustment for its consideration and then be brought back
the committee. The school board has taken no action on the proposal.
to the board’s calendar, the next meeting of that committee has not yet
Early Indication: Proposed Budget
Far Short of Reaching Amount
for Football Stadium on East Campus
[Updated April 22, 2020] April 20,
2020 - The initial
proposal by the Shelby County mayor for school capital improvement
projects for the coming fiscal year falls far short of that which would
been needed to fund a football stadium on the East High campus, based
the school system's most recent priority list for such projects. Read
more on our Today's East High page, which
contains updated information posted April 22.
There are two proposal under consideration: an airplane
& a stadium. Read briefings below.
April 2, 2020 -
In a presentation for the Board of Education March 30,
Shelby County Schools administration presened its priorities for
capital improvement projects to be considered for the next fiscal year
budget. An East High football stadium was number 32 on the list with a
price tag of $3,450,000 for design and early site preparation. Shelby
County, which funds approves the capital improvement budget of Shelby
County Schools, has a typical cap of $75 million for all county
projects, school and otherwise. This year, SCS got $40 million. If the
Fiscal Year 2021 allocation was $40 million and the school board should
the administration's priorities, the East stadium would not make the
cut. However, the school administration says it wants to ask the Shelby
County Commission for $65 million. If that amount was provided, it
would include the East High stadium, according to that priority list.
Read more below about the proposal for a stadium on the East High
campus as well as the idea to put an airplane monument in its front
Proposal to put single engine airplane
on front lawn of East High
16, 2020 UPDATE - The Daily Memphian reports that the Board of
Adjustment meeting scheduled for March 25 at which the zoning exception
to allow the airplane on the East lawn has been canceled and all items
on that agenda will move to the April meeting.
March 2, 2020 - The school
system appears to want to put a monument featuring a single engine
airplane on permanent display in front of East High School.
Putting an airplane on the front lawn would
regulations but Shelby County Schools has filed an application with the
Board of Adjustment to get an exception to that rule.
At today’s meeting of the Capital Needs and Facilities
Committee of the Board of Education it was asked of the administration
to let the proposal go to the Board of Adjustment and then be brought
back to the committee. Board Member Althea Greene, whose District 2
includes East High, indicated she enthusiastically supported the
proposal. Board Member Joyce Dorse Coleman, who participated in the
discussion via speaker phone, had concerns about the cost to the
district of maintenance of the monument after it was installed. She
also said the board needed to address taking programs away from some
schools and giving them to others. Woodale High used to house a
successful aviation program. Coleman said that program has been taken
away from Woodale. East now has an aviation program.
The school system claims that the
proposed exception, if
granted, "will not create a substantial detriment to the public
good..." and that it “will bolster the education goals of East High
School while providing a sense of pride for the East High School
FedEx has proposed the monument with a donated
Musketeer, a historic single-engine, light aircraft." The school system
says that the monument would be jointly designed by East students and
The Capital Needs and Facilities Committee of
the Board of
Education is scheduled to discuss the proposal at today’s 4 p.m.
meeting. The application goes before the Board of Adjustment at 2 p.m.
March 25 at Memphis city hall. The Commercial Appeal,
Feb. 26, 2020 Board of Adjustment Application
Proposal for Football Stadium on East
Campus Moving Forward
29, 2020 - "There well may be a new stadium at East," says the Deputy
Superintendent for for Strategic Operations & Finance of
Shelby County Schools. Dr. John Barker made the comment to the school
board at a retreat they held three weeks ago.
The City of Memphis Division of Housing and Community
Development (HCD) and the school system have quietly been working to
propose the high school football stadium for the East High campus. The
HCD representative who has been reporting to the city council and
county commission has told them that the location of a new stadium is
not ready to be announced.
For decades there has been a high school football stadium
at the Fairgrounds. The city is in the process of redeveloping the
Fairgrounds as it no longer is an amusement park. In doing so, they
have eliminated the high school stadium. Two locations were identified
as possible places for a new stadium, Toby Park, which is near the
Fairgrounds, and the East High campus. Some in the administration of
the school system have been talking about a stadium at East High for
about three years.
An informal survey of about 80 East alumni taken in the
summer of 2018 indicated mixed opinions. Some alumni adamantly opposed
the idea, others were in favor.
Although it is not known for sure, it is expected that the
stadium is likely to be included in the school system and city budgets
fiscal year which begins July 1.
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Today, May 21, 2020, was the date
scheduled for the East High School 70th Commencement Exercise with the
Class of 2020 to have been graduated.
Due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic and the schools closing their physical facilities, the graduation ceremonies have been
The school district hopes to hold in-person ceremonies in June.
Shelby County Schools has posted a Class of 2020 web site to celebrate graduating seniors. Access it at http://www.scsk12.org/classof2020/
Revelations about East's 2020-2021 School Year Revealed in Budget
If the plan holds, when school starts in August, 2020, East High will
be an all optional (magnet) school with no geographical attendance zone
and all students having had to apply to attend the "College
Preparatory/T-STEM/Diesel Technology" focused instututioin. The
district plans 34 classroom teachers at East High for 2020-2021 making
the teacher to student ratio 1 to 12. The budget indicates an
expenditure of $3,775,716 for East, which is a cost of $7,462 per
student. Read more on our Today's East High
page. [Addendum: The $7,462 per student is the amount budgeted directly
to the school, it does not include the central office or other district
wide expenses. While the amount budgeted per student does vary by
school, the district overall average expense per student is $13,372 per
pupil if one includes those services that are shared among all the
schools on average, according to the budget.]
Frank Bronson ('66), 74, of Marion, Arkansas,
brother of Larry Bronson ('62), died April 22. An obituary is available. No service information was available.
3, 2020 - As plans stand, starting with the August, 2020, school term,
East High completes its four year transtion into a totally optional
(magnet) high school. Students attend after submitting an application
and meeting certain criteria. According to the school, in this coming
school year, all courses at East are more rigorous and thus carry an
Honors, Advanced Placement (AP) or Dual Enrollment designation. The
school has released its course catalog for the 2020-2021 school year.
Alumni might find it interesting. See it here.
High and other Shelby County Schools have been closed since March 13
due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Previously schedule graduation events
have been postponed but the school district hopes to hold them in July.
In the meantime, there are other events celebrating graduating seniors.
See our Todays East High page.
Alumni profiles updated May 1, 2020.
Joy Anne Heiss, 88, of Memphis, mother of Donna Heiss ('69), Lee Anne
Heiss ('70), and Doug
Heiss ('73), died March 7. Services were March 12, 2020.
Delayed report1: John West
(associated with the Class of 1967), brother of Ann West ('57) and David West (Class
year association undetermined), died February 2, 1990. An obituary is available.
April 14. 2020 - Dorcas Young ('95),
Director of the Shelby County's Community Services Division, was one of
the presenters at the City of Memphis/Shelby County Joint Covid Task
Force update news conference today discussing her agency's assistance
during the emergency declarations regarding the coronavirus pandemic. A
video of the news conference is available on Facebook (you don't have to be a member) and on
various Memphis news media sites.
Safley ('59), 78, brother of at least one East alumnus, Nancy Safley ('58), died Friday,
April 3. An obituary is available.
Coronavirus Emergency May Effect T-STEM Achievement Evaluation
Requirement for ACT and End of Year Assessment
Exams Waived for This Year
April 10, 2020 - The Tennessee General Assembly passed a
law in reaction to the coronavirus health emergency which waives the
requirements for Tennessee public school students to take what
typically are required assessment exams. The waiver includes the
requirement that all public school juniors take the ACT.
The East High Alumni Page has considered the
ACT the best
broadly administered evaluation of academic achievement allowing not
only a comparison among local schools but also schools across the
nation and from year to year. The report on this year’s ACT which would
have been required of all East High juniors was highly anticipated as
it would give the first ACT scores for the T-STEM optional curriculum
students. The legislative waiver likely means that there may not be a
comprehensive report on ACT scores for East juniors released in the
fall. The ACT has rescheduled a nationwide ACT testing day for June 2
but it is unknown how that may affect Shelby County School students.
Typically, classes would be dismissed by that date and without the ACT
requirement how many East students might take the test is a question.
It is possible that the T-STEM pupils are motivated students and could
still take the test in sufficient numbers to provide some insight into
the academic success of the T-STEM program.
East is in the third year of a four year transition to
from the general curriculum to a fully optional (magnet) school
focusing on Transportation related Science, Technology, Engineering,
and Math (T-STEM) focus. This year, only the 12th grade remained in the
East, along with all public schools in Shelby County,
remains closed due
to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. No date has been set to resume
classes and may think the schools will not reopen this school year.
digital divide in Memphis has been exacerbated by the COVID-19
pandemic, says the Memphis Housing and Community Development director Paul Young ('97). Young is the guest
on WKNO-TV's "Behind the
Headlines" program airing 7pm CDT, April 10. Daily Memphian, Apr. 10.
Gladys Jane Caughlin Campbell, 104, of Memphis, mother of alumnus Robert Campbell ('69) ,
died March 8. Services were held March 13.
Cavett Conaway, Jr. (associated with the Class of '62), 75,
brother of Alex Conaway ('69) and Jay Edwin Conaway ('73),
died March 4, 2020. An obituary is
A reception is at 1 p.m. March 8 at Memorial Park Funeral Home,
Memphis. Funeral services follow immediately at 2 p.m. at the funeral
The Memphis service for Lamar Ross
71, of Westerville, Ohio, who died November 28, 2019, which was
scheduled for March 28, 2020 has been canceled during this time of the
coronavirus pandemic. Rescheduling information will be posted when
available. An obituary is available.
Ann Dewey ('71), sister of Stephanie Dewey ('71), 67, of
Memphis, died February 19. An obituary is
Clinton Wagner (class year undetermined), 72, of Memphis, sister
of Sue Ann Wagner ('56) and of her late sister Beth Wagner ('55),
died February 1, 2020. An obituary
Yvonne Richerson ('67),
70, of Memphis, sister of Richie Richerson (associated with the
Class of '71), died December 19. An
obituary is available.
18, 2020 - "A Shelby County Chancery Court judge has found that the
TSSAA's decision to rule former East High basketball players James Wiseman ['19] and Ryan Boyce ['18]
ineligible was "void and of no effect," according to a document
obtained by the USA Today Sports Network. Attorney Richard Colbert said
that the TSSAA filed a notice of appeal on Thursday." The Commercial Appeal,
Boyce and Wiseman enrolled at the University of Memphis after high
school and were playing for the team in the 2019-2020 basketball
season. Associated events during their high school years lead the NCAA
to declare Wiseman ineligible for a number of games.
Rather than returning to the University of Memphis team, Wiseman
engaged an agent and is spending the time
preparing for this year's NBA draft. Boyce transferred to Georgia State.
to Ed Skinner (associated with the Class of '66) we now have sheet
music for the East High Alma Mater transcribed from the recording made
at the 1967 commencement. See our Alma Mater
Schorr (associated with the Class of ‘61) is featured in an article
about his restaurant’s holiday giveaways. "I've lived a fairly good
life," he said. "I've been broke twice. I know what it feels like to
not have anything, but we all should give back." The Commercial Appeal,
Pat Davis ('68), 69, of
Bartlett, Tennessee, wife of Spencer
died December 12. An obituary is
available. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, December 17 at Canale
Funeral Directors, Memphis. Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Wednesday,
December 18 at the funeral home.
Lamar Ross ('66), 71, of Westerville, Ohio who died November 28.
The family inlcudes Jean Ross ('64),
Barbara Ross ('67), and Beverly Ross ('67). An obituary is available.
Anita Smith ('59), 77, of Houston, Texas, died November 20, 2019. An obituary is available. East High
Courtyard Clean-up project:
Girl Scout Troop #10012 of Memphis is partnering with T-STEM Academy at
East High School to clean up and beautify the courtyard in front of the
the school. Alumni and other volunteers invited: Saturday, December 14,
2019, noon - 3pm.
November 9, 2019 - James Wiseman ('19)
is major news in Memphis and the national sports outlets. The NCAA
ruled him ineligible to play for the University of Memphis basketball
team because the team's coach, Anfernee
"Penny" Hardaway (Coaching Staff 2015-2018),
had given a substantial donation to the University prior to his
becoming coach. Wiseman got a court to issue a temporary restraining
order and played in the Friday, November 8, 2019, night game in
Memphis. Wiseman is considered by most sports authorities as the top
high school player coming from the Class of 2019 and believe he may
well be the top pick in the National Basketball Association draft when
he decides to go pro.
This is the second time Wiseman has been ruled ineligible. The
Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association declared him ineligible
to play at East High because at that time Penny Hardaway was East's
coach and Wiseman had played on summer basketball for "Team Penny." The
TSSAA said his playing for Hardaway at East violated its "prior link"
coaching rule. The Shelby County Board of Education, on behalf of
East High, sued and a court allowed Wiseman to play the entire season
at East. At last check an appeal by the TSSAA of that ruling was still
in process. CBS SportsToday's East High
Clint Crabtree, 80, husband of Sue
died November 11th, 2019. A memorial service is at 2 p.m. Saturday,
November 16, 2019, at Idlewild Presbyterian Church, Memphis. A
reception: follows the service.
A memorial "celebration of the life of Bob Frank ('62) is scheduled for
November 24, 2019, in Oakland, California. Please see the full
invitation for location and RSVP request at Note: for
security purposes this is not a hypertext (clickable link, you have to
type it into your web browser). An
obituary was posted previously.
Dennis Walker ('66), 71,
of Memphis, died September 22, 2019. An
obituary is available. Reception: 11 a.m. October 4, 2019, Emmanuel
United Methodist Church, Memphis.
Sara Jean King Moore (Faculty), 91, of Wilmington, North
Carolina, died September 17, 2019. An obituary is available.
Additional information is desired, please see the note at the end of
the National Business Aircraft Association is giving Bob Wilson ('62)
one of the industry's highest awards honoring "high standards for
lifelong individual achievement on behalf and in support of the aims,
goals and objectives of business aviation" The Daily Memphian, Oct. 21,
Mid South Memories on Oct. 9, 2019 carried a photograph noting that
"Cybill Shepherd ['68]
(Center), a senior at East High School, was named Miss
Teenage Memphis on Oct. 9, 1966." [Editor's note: unable to find a link
to that web page on the Commercial Appeal's site.]
Delayed report1: Carlye Cherry ('57),
81, sister of Louis Cherry
(associated with the Class of '67) and the late Jenny Cherry
(associated with the Class of '68), died June 17, 2019. An obituary is available.
2019 Football Homecoming
It's football homecoming week at East High. The homecoming football
game is against Westwood Thursday, October 10, 2019, at Crump Stadium,
30, 2019 - radio: Today's segment of "Today in Memphis History" airing
on radio station WKNO-FM focuses on the career of Mike Cody ('54). It is from the
entry for this date in Wayne Dowdy's book, On This Day in Memphis History.
He attended Southwestern (now Rhodes College) and the University of
Virginia law school. He is a member of a Memphis
law firm. He has
served as Tennessee's Attorney General, the U.S. Attorney for the
Western District of Tennessee, and on the Memphis City Council. He and
others from his law firm successfully represented Martin Luther
King, Jr. to get a court order lifted which was prohibiting a march in
support of the striking sanitation workers in 1968. Cody has also been
inducted into the Tennessee
Sports Hall of Fame.
WKNO-FM, September 30.
27, 2019 - East High was represented in public by two groups this week
that do not get a lot of attention. Presenting the flags at the
September 24 Shelby County Board of Education meeting was the JROTC
On September 27, the Girls Soccer Team went to the Rhodes College
campus to watch the Rhodes Women's Soccer Team. This web site is
dedicated to East alumni but current students representing East in good
fashion are appreciated. Larger versions of the pictures at left are on
our Today's East High page: JROTC - Girls Soccer Team
Al Ferguson ('58), 79, of
Germantown, Tennessee, brother of the late Joyce Ferguson ('61),
died August 25. An obituary is
available. Visitation is at 1 p.m.
September 14 at St. Luke's Methodist Church, Memphis. A memorial
service follows at 2 p.m. at the church.
Ann Richardson ('52), 85, died August 21,2019. An obituary is available. A
memorial service will be held at a later date in Memphis, Tennessee.
Cybill Shepherd ('68) was inducted
into the inducted into the Peabody Hotel's "Duck Walk Hall of Fame" in
a cermony at the hotel September 5.
"I'm coming home in a way that I've always wanted to," Shepherd said.
During her brief remarks, Shepherd cited influential teachers and
pastors by name as she recalled her days at East High School and Holy Communion
Church. The Commercial Appeal,
Sept. 6. WATN (broadcast story) WATN (additional video)
Cybill Shepherd ('68) will
be honored Thursday, Sept. 5, in her hometown of Memphis with
recognition joining other influential Memphis figures who are
immortalized on the sidewalk outside The Peabody hotel on the so-called
Duck Walk Hall of Fame... A five-course sesquicentennial dinner
prepared by celebrated local "guest chefs" will follow the, ahem,
in-duck-tion ceremony; the 6 p.m. Continental Ballroom dinner is open
to the public, and Shepherd will attend. Tickets [$150] are available
peabodymemphis.com. The Commercial Appeal,
East High rates a top
level 4 on state state accountability report for achievement
August 17, 2019 - East High rated a top level four for
achievement on a scale of 0-4 but a one on academic growth. It should
be noted that the scores are not necessarily based on an absolute
evaluation of students’ mastery of subject matter but rather on the
school’s Annual Measurable Objectives. Read more about the state's
accountability report for East High on our Today's
East High page.
Pat Power ('65), 72, of Orange Beach, Alabama, sister of Sandi Power ('68),
died Monday, August 12. An obituary is
available. Visitation is at 11
a.m. September 14, 2019 at Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Home, Foley, Alabama.
A celebration of life service follows immediately at noon at the
Betty Wilson (‘66),
seen here on the left, helped unveil the historical marker at the site
of an early Holiday Inn on south Third Street in Memphis on August 9.
Her father, Kimmons Wilson, founded the Holiday Inn motel chain and was
a partner with Sam Phillips in establishing a radio station at the
motel. The marker notes the history of radio station WHER going on the
air from studios within the Holiday Inn building at that site in 1955.
WHER was the nation’s first "all girl" radio station in which all the
announcers were women. It promoted itself as a station of "1000
beautiful watts." The marker also commemorates Marion Keisker who was
the first voice heard when WHER went on the air. Keisker was a
significant contributor to Memphis history in several ways, in addition
to being part of the talent at WHER she was the first person at
Memphis Recording Service (later Sun Studio) to meet Elvis Presley and
promoted him as a
worthwhile talent to owner Sam Phillips.
The Board of
Education of Shelby County Schools approved a 12 month contract for the
University of Memphis to operate
a middle school on the first floor of the original East High School
building while the university work to find a permanent location
for the new school. Read more on our Today's
East High page.
New Principal at East High May 20,
2019, updated May 22, 2019 - Dr.
has assumed the position of principal of East High School. He was
elevated to the principal position in April from an assistant principal
job at East. A recent visitor to East reports that students call him
Dr. Rob. Robinson got his Ph.D. in educational leadership and
administration from the University of Mississippi. He has been with the
school system for 14 years. East is his first duty as a principal. Lischa Barrett (‘91),
Lischa Brooks, remains Executive Principal of East High as well as the
Maxine Smith STEAM Academy, a middle school. She focuses on the T-STEM
program at East while Dr. Robertson primarily gives his attention to
the traditional classes.
According to the optional school plan for East, the
year will have the 12th grade with traditional classes while grades
9-11 will be populated by the T-STEM (Transportation oriented Science,
Technology, Engineering, and Math) curriculum.
Dr. Marilyn Hilliard, principal at East since the summer
of 2015, has taken the role of principal of the Virtual School operated
by Shelby County Schools.
"Peer Power sends 70 new Success Coaches into Shelby County Schools...
In the midst of it all was Charlie
the retired commodities trader who dreamed up Peer Power back in the
early 2000s and for years was its principal – if not only –
investor...Monday, he was praised as one of the city’s unsung heroes, a
quiet champion... The Daily Memphian, July 23.
July 23, 2019 - One 2019 East High
graduate met the ACT "college ready" criteria.
It was not the valedictorian or salutatorian, nor was he among the top
graded 19 seniors at East High. Shelby County Superintendent Joris Ray
estimated that 54% of the 2019 valedictorians in the school system
achieved the ACT college ready mark. Read more on our Today's East High page.
July 22, 2019 - A football stadium on
the campus of East High has
made the first cut in the capital projects list proposed by the Shelby
County Schools administration. A committee of the Board of Education
today asked that the administration go over the list again and bring
its recommendations to the Board at its July 30 meeting. The Board
asked the County Commission for more than $66 million in capital
funding this year but got only $40 million. The school system says it
has $500 million in deferred maintenance. Read more...
Biff Concklin ('69), 67, died June 27, 2019. The published notice of death is
No further information was provided in the published notice, however,
there has been information otherwise sourced to indicate a memorial
service will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 2019, at the home of
Charles Boone, 3501 Chambers Chapel, Lakeland, Tennessee.
David Cosby ('66), 70, of Germantown, Tennessee, died June 15,
2019. An obituary is available. Paul Young (‘97 ),
Director of Housing and Community Development for the City of Memphis,
may be one of the most visible East High alumni in Memphis,
particularly if the sports realm is excluded. He once again appeared as
the guest on the interview program “Behind the Headlines” on WKNO-TV
July 5 and he is quoted in a newspaper article July 8 in connection
with the development of two relatively small parcels owned by the city.
This is the ninth entry just on this page citing either a TV appearance
or newspaper reference for Young. He was appointed to his current
position in January, 2016. WKNO-TV Jul. 5,The Commercial Appeal Jul. 8
June 19, 2019 - Shelby County
Schools Superintendent Joris Ray last night told The East High Alumni
Page, "My job is to protect East High."
His emphasis in this conversation was increasing enrollment at the
school which in recent years has had an enrollment less than 500
in buildings that can accommodate three times that number of
students. Read more on out
Today's East High School page.
Kay Castellaw ('63), 74,
of Memphis, sister of Jo
died Thursday, May 30. An obituary is available. Visitation is at
1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at Memphis Funeral Home. A memorial service
follows at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
June 13, 2019 -
University of Memphis President David Rudd has asked Shelby County
Schools if the university could use East
for one year to house its new University Middle school. The building
that once was St. Anne's Catholic School on Highland Street was
originally targeted to house the new school with 60 sixth grade
students but the church and university were unable to come to an
agreement. Since then, the university has been unable to find a
location for the school. On Friday, June 7, Rudd asked if the
university could use East High for one year while it arranged for a
permanent location. The East High building, which once held grades 1-12
has previously hosted close to 2,000 students but enrollment at East
now is less than 500. There are also two additional buildings on
the East High campus, built for a vocational program and optional
(magnet) programs in past decades. Those buildings were renovated to
house the first classes of the T-STEM optional program. This year,
T-STEM began to expand into the original building. In August, T-STEM
will consist of grades 9-11. Among the purposes of the T-STEM program
is to improve academic performance of the students and to increase
enrollment. No decision has been made yet as to whether the university
will be able use East High for its middle school for the coming school
year. Source: The East High Alumni Page. The on line education
news source Chalkbeat also covered this story.
Delayed Report1: James Cunningham ('51),
85, of Tuscon, Arizona, died April 26, 2019. An obituary is available.
The family plans to hold a private memorial service this summer in
Memphis history teacher wants to alter the structure of U.S. history
lessons in Tennessee schools, with the help of a fellowship. The James
Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation awarded Daniel C. Warner (Faculty),
a history teacher at East High School, the James Madison Fellowship to
help develop secondary education in American history and government.
The Commercial Appeal, Jun. 6
East High School Class of 2019 Graduated
May 22, 2019-Eighty-seven students were graduated this evening at the
Cannon Center in downtown Memphis, according to Executive Principal
Lischa Brooks (nee Lischa Barrett ('91).
A considerable number of top school system officials participated in
the ceremonies, including superintendent Joris Ray and two members of
the board of education. Former prinicpal Dr. Marilyn Hilliard joined
current principal Dr. Newman Robertson and Brooks on the dais.
Kay Joest ('65), 71, sister of Jim
Joest ('63) and the late Betty
Gay Joest ('60), died Monday, May 13. An obituary is available. Funeral
services are Tuesday, May 21 at Calvary Episcopal Church, Memphis. A
reception: follows the service.
Linda Lerner ('64), 72, of Germantown, Tennessee, sister of Syd Lerner ('66), died Tuesday May
7. An obituary is available.
Services are private.
Memorial Day, USA: two East alumni are known to have
given their lives in active duty service to their country. See our Military Memorial page.
Saturday, May 25, 2019, a parade and a pep rally around and in East
commemorated the Nashville transplant who made the No. 1 basketball
recruiting class. It was James
Wiseman ('19) Day.
Wiseman was graduated from East on Wednesday. The University of Memphis
signed three top-50 recruits from outside the area and Wiseman’s
decision to sign with the Tigers last November is credited with
starting that success. The Commercial Appeal,
May 25/26, 2919
is quoted in an article about Leadership Memphis. Williams is the
executive director of the organization. "Our society and our
educational system have moved away from teaching civics to a large
extent," Williams said, referring to a subject that broadly means
understanding the process of how Americans gather and agree to make
changes. "We have the opportunity through programs like
Leadership Memphis to
bring people together to learn and talk about the strengths we have in
common," Williams said. "A lot of time we overlook that. Memphians can
be a tad cynical, but great things are being done to address the
issues.’’ The Commercial
Appeal, May 20
8, 2019 - Shelby County Schools will tomorrow report to members of the
Board of Education statistics on its schools which may indicate improvements at East High.
The numbers on the attendance, chronic absenteeism, and exclusionary
suspensions show improvements in the past two years. The changes
correspond to the same time period that East began its year by year
transition to an all optional school requiring students to apply for
admission and meet certain criteria to participate in the T-STEM
program. See the statistics and
Laraine Sikes (Faculty 1958-1972), mother of Harriet Sikes ('57) and Jimmy Sikes ('68),
died Saturday, April 27. An obituary is available. Mrs. Sikes taught
science at East from about 1958 to 1972. A graveside service is
at 11 a.m. Friday, May 3 at Memorial Park Cemetery, Memphis.
8, 2018-In the neighborhood: Memphis Police Department is investigating
an overnight shooting on Walnut Grove Road from which one person was
rushed to the hospital. The shooting happened around 3:30 Wednesday
morning near North Holmes Street, across the street from East High
Nola Alma Campbell McKnight, 99, mother of Randy McKnight ('62) and Lee
died Thursday, April 11. Visitation is 10:30-11:30 a.m. Monday, April
29 at Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis. The funeral service follows
immediately at 11:30 at the funeral home.
was among the interviewees appearing on WKNO-TV's "Memphis Memoirs:
Overton Square," which aired (reaired?) May 10 and 11. The station runs
an episode of Memphis Memoirs every so often, and most of them are
excellent programs about Memphis history.
Mike Cody ('54) is
quoted in a news source article "Second Memphis Cares reflects on
Memphis of 1968 and change." “Memphis needs help and it needs your
support and your service and your dedication. That's the way we honor
the people that started Memphis Cares,”
said Cody. The Daily Memphian, Apr. 8.
4, 2019 - It is reported that a 16 year old boy and Shelby County
Schools employee have been charged in connection with a gun being in
the parking lot of East High School April 3. According to media
deputies and school security were notified of trespassers in the
parking lot. Deputies say they say the gun in the boy's waistband but
when they approached him he threw the gun into a car which was occupied
by the adult. WATN-TV/WLMT
Howard Cohn ('65), 72, of Memphis, brother of Drew Cohn ('68) and Dick Cohn ('70), died March 15, 2019. An obituary is available.
A graveside service is at 2:45 p.m. Friday, March 29 at Memorial Park
Cemetery, Memphis. A memorial service: 4 p.m follows the same day,
March 29, at Temple Israel, Memphis.
Gary Jameson ('69),
brother of at least two siblings who are East alumni: Cheri
Jameson ('61) and Debbie Jameson (associated with the Class of
'71), died March 14. An obituary
services are at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 20, 2019, Memorial Park
Cemetery, Memphis. Paul Young ('97), Director
of the City of Memphis Department of Housing and Community
Development, appeared again on WKNO-TV's Behind the Headlines program
March 22 as the only guest. He answered questions about the federal
government requesting to recover funds it provided for two projects. He
also discussed other projects underway in Memphis. The program replays
on Channel 10 in Memphis this weekend and will become available to view
on-line on the WKNO.org and the DailyMemphian.com web sites.
Eunice O. Walton, 94, mother of East alumnus Sue
Walton ('68) , died Thursday, February 28. Services were
March 4, 2019.
Billy Morrison ('66),
70, of Wilmington, Delaware, brother of Jean Anne Morrison (‘61) and Karen
Morrison (’65), died Wednesday, February 27. An obituary is available.
A memorial service is at 11 a.m. Friday, March 8 at Aldersgate United
Methodist Church, 2313 Concord Pike, Wilmington, Delaware.
Betty Sloan ('60),
76, of Memphis, died February 22, 2019. The family includes her sister,
Linda Sloan (class year association undetermined).An
obituary is available.Visitation
us5-7 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2019, at Memorial Park Funeral
Home-Poplar Avenue. Funeral
services are at1 p.m. Saturday, March 2, 2019, at Holy Spirit
Catholic Church, 2300 Hickory Crest, Memphis, Tennessee.
4, 2019 - The case
involving to East High boys basketball players Ryan Boyce and James
Wiseman eligibility for the 2017-2018 season which was scheduled
for trial March 4,
2019, was delayed. The next entry on the docket for the case is a
hearing on a motion for summary judgment scheduled for June 24, 2019.
The TSSAA had ruled them ineligible but the Shelby County Board
of Education, on behalf of East High, appealed that ruling to Chancery
Court. Read more...
Ruth Gamble ('53),
84, of Memphis, Tennessee, who died February 16, 2019. The family
includes her sister, Louise Gamble ('56). An obituary is available.
Visitation is 12:30-1:45 p.m. February 18, 2019, Memorial Park Funeral
Home, Memphis. Funeral services follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
Five teens from East High School recorded
the song "Steady Girl" at Sun Studio in 1956.
Lost 1956 recording by East High students found and touted as
possible "first garage rock recording of all time." Colin Heath ('57), Kaye Garren ('59), Roger Fakes ('56), Joe Bauer ('60), and David Gibson ('56),
recorded two takes of their song "Steady Girl" at Memphis Recording
Service, which later changed it's name to Sun Studios. Garren
Garren described herself as "the only girl who had an electric
guitar and played rock and roll." The group called itself The Heathens,
a take off of Health's last name. A “Heathens Dance Party” will be held
at 7 p.m. March 9 at B-Side Memphis, 1555 Madison in Minglewood
Hall. This story made page 1 of the newspaper when it appeared in
the print edition March 1. The Commercial Appeal,
Feb. 25/Mar. 1
Settles (associated with the Class of '69) is quoted in a newspaper
article regarding his urging the Land Use Control Board to delay
adoption of the Memphis 3.0 long range city growth plan. The Daily Memphian, Feb. 14.
article about the federal government claiming Memphis should return
millions of dollars granted for housing because it was not used
according to federal guidelines quotes Paul
Young ('97), Director of the City of Memphis Department of
Housing and Community
Development, about decisions prior to his leading the agency. The Daily Memphian, Feb. 15
source: This Memphis teacher’s favorite student didn’t stand for the
Pledge of Allegiance. She taught him a powerful lesson.... "Didn’t my
teacher prep program teach me that I have to set high expectations in
that first week or the year is lost?” asked Warner, a U.S. history
teacher at East High School in
Memphis. “If I don’t set those, we’re
done for." Chalkbeat, Feb. 15 / The Daily Memphian, Feb. 16 (same article)
Delayed report1: Clarke Bell ('71), died September
12, 2018. An obituary is available. Norma Rodgers ('55), of Memphis, died Tuesday,
January 22. An
obituary is available. Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Friday,
January 25 at Second Presbyterian Church, Memphis.
Elouise Thomson Deaton, 97, of Memphis, mother of Becky
Deaton ('65) and Dudley Deaton ('68), died Saturday,
January 19. Services were January 24, 2019.
Sandra Shook ('57), 79, of Memphis, died Tuesday, January
15. An obituary is available.
Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Thursday, January 17, 2019, Memorial Park
Funeral Home, Memphis. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Friday, January
18 at the funeral home.
Mounce ('71), brother of at least one sibling to attended
East, Randy Mounce (associated with the Class of '75), died
Tuesday, January 15. An obituary is
Visitation is January 24 at Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral services are Friday, January 25 in the Rotunda of West
Tennessee Veterans Cemetery, 4000 Forest Hill Irene Road, Memphis.
Mary Glass ('54), 82, sister of Lynne Glass ('57),
died Thursday, January 10. An obituary is
available. Visitation is 1-2
p.m. Monday, January 14 at St. George's Episcopal Church, Germantown,
Tennessee. The funeral service follows immediately at the church.
Viola Tribble Street (Staff), 101, died December 28, 2018.
She served as East High Cafeteria manager approximately 1970-1976. Her
first years at East she was known as Viola Tribble. An obituary is available.
83, of Memphis, sister of the late Claud Brown ('64), died
Wednesday, January 9. An obituary is
available. A memorial service is at 12:30 p.m. at Emmanuel United
Methodist Church, 2404 Kirby Road, Memphis, with a reception to follow.
East High Eligibility Case Set for Trial
February 4, 2019 -
involving to East High boys basketball players Ryan Boyce and James
Wiseman eligibility for the 2017-2018 season goes to trial March 4,
2019. The TSSAA had ruled them ineligible but the Shelby County Board
of Education, on behalf of East High, appealed that ruling to Chancery
Court. Read more...
Jan. 23, 2019 - In
neighborhood: The Memphis-Shelby County Board of Adjustment today
permitted a setback variance from Century Street at Poplar Avenue at
the request of an applicant to put a car wash at that location. At the
site now is the Century Building (shown in photo). A car wash was
currently permitted by zoning at that location, however, without the
variance the applicant might not have found it conducive to build a car
wash. There is also proposed last month a new ordinance which would
prohibit car washes except at major intersections which, if adopted,
could prohibit car washes at locations such as this. However, that
proposal is not yet law and would not be retroactive to this
development. The neighborhood on Century Street objected to the car
wash but did get the applicant to promise some changes in their plan in
hopes to mitigate the affect on the neihborhood. While a request for a
rehearing based on a claim of error before the Board of Adjustment is
possible, it is probably unlikely.
Jan. 22, 2019 - The Shelby County School
board plans to review an
administration proposal to continue renovations at East High School
during its work session tonight. It is likely the measure will
routinely be approved to be formally considered and voted upon at next
week's "business session" of the board. The proposed work includes
vinyl floor tiles for the second and third floors, LED lightning, and
"Science Lab Casework Rooms 2011, 2012, 311, 313
." [This web page editor suspects the correct room numbers are
211, 212, 311, 313.] The contract under consideration would be for
$746,973.00. It is believed all the renovation under this contract is
to the original school building. Update: Jan. 27, 2019 - The Board at
its work session approved the measure to go on its agenda for the
business meeting January 29 at which time it is to be considered for a
Dennis Peoples ('65), 71, died Wednesday, December 19. An obituary is available. A
celebration of life service will be planned after holidays.
Virginia McCormick Turley, 95, mother of at least three alumni: Dan
Turley (class association undetermined), John Turley ('69) and Peggy
Turley ('70), died Friday, December 14.
Services were December 19, 2018.
Pat Hurdle ('63), 74, died Monday, December 3. An obituary is available. Services were
held December 8, 2018.
The East High Class of 1969
announces its 50-Year Reunion to
be held June 14-15, 2019. RSVP today! Take a look at the list of
"missing classmates" and see if you can help the Reunion Committee get
in contact with them. Check out the Class of '69
Delayed report1: Leron Eugene Junior
Minga, Jr. ("Junior") (associated with the class of '62), died February
26, 2018. An obituary is available. Cay Hamilton ('61),
sister of one sibling to attended East, the late Carl Hamilton (class
year association undetermined], died Friday, November 16. An obituary is available.
Visitation is at noon, Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at Greers Ferry
Holiday Hills Methodist Church, 8824 Edgemont Road, Greers Ferry,
Arkansas.Funeral services follow at 1:30 p.m. at the church.
Kakie Jones ('55), who died October 12, 2018. An obituary is available. A funeral
service is at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 17 at the Routunda at
the West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery.
2018 Graduation Rate Slips
19, 2018 - East High achieved a 77.2% graduation rate for the 2017-2018
school year, according to the Tennessee Department of Education. The
state's figures base the rate on a ninth grade cohort of 114 pupils of
which 88 were graduated. Read more...
Mike Cody ('54) appears frequently
as an interviewee in the rerun of the 2010 documentary "Citizens Not
Reawakening Democracy in Memphis" which aired on WKNO-TV Oct. 17. It
airs again Oct. 18 on WKNO-TV HD2.
Forrest Linton Morgan ('60), brother of the late Jimmy Morgan ('63), died October 1.
An obituary is available.
Visitation and services were held October 5.
Harriette Mathewes ("Bubbles") ('53), died September 20. An obituary is available.
A memorial service is at 4 p.m. Friday, September 28 at the Episcopal
Church of the Incarnation in Ann Arbot, Michigan. A funeral service
will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the
Church of the Holy Communion in Memphis.
October 2, 2018 - The
news source, The Daily Memphian,
ran a story today about additional
resources going to security measures taken at local K-12 schools. It
showed a photograph from April, 2018, of students in front of East High
School as they participated in the National Walk Out protests against
Fakes ('56), brother of the late Ann Fakes ('52) and widower of Gibby Hall ('58), died Sunday,
September 16. An obituary is available.
A memorial service is at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 22, 2018, at Second
Presbyterian Church, Memphis. Visitation follows the memorial service
at the church.
Updated: Grace Virginia
Talley Yerian of Memphis, mother of Bill Yerian ('68),
died Saturday, September 15. A memorial service is at 1 p.m. Friday,
September 28 at Trezevant Manor, St. Edward Chapel (177 N. Highland
Susan Clem ('57), died Monday, September 10. An obituary is available.
Visitation is 1-2 p.m. Friday, September 14 at Memorial Park Funeral
Home, Memphis. Funeral services follow immediately at 2 p.m. at the
Campus Look and Function Survey Results
September 24, 2018- For two weeks
in September, visitors to The East High Alumni Page were invited to
participate in a survery to express their opinions on some ideas about
possible changes to the East High Campus. The results are in - take a look.
End of Course Test Scores for 9th Grade Optional T-STEM program now
8, 2018 - Evaluating the new T-STEM optional program at East High,
which was 9th grade only for the 2017-2018 school year, largely falls
on the End of Course test scores. In the areas applicable and tested,
the percentage of 9th graders on-track or mastering their course work
was higher than East High overall (grades 9-12). See the comparisons on
our Today's East High page.
"How one Memphis school is grappling to attract high-achieving students
while also educating those left behind "When
parent and longtime Binghampton resident Lee Evans heard about the plan
last year to require students to take a test to enroll at the iconic
East High School, he didn’t understand why that meant some students in
the neighborhood could not attend.
"Evans, an alumnus, worried they would drop out if they
couldn’t attend East. He also worried the neighborhood would lose its
longstanding connection with the school."
Read the article: Chalkbeat, Aug. 31
2018 East High End of Course Testing Results
August 21, 2018 - The Tennessee Department of Education has released
some data from the End of Course testing at East High School. The good
news is that it seems academic performance (achievement) has improved
compared to 2017 in three of the four class categories (the fourth
category did not have 2017 data). The bad news is that less than 25% of
the students in any of the disciplines are on track or have mastered
the course content. Growth (progress year over year contrasted to
achievement) was mixed, with the initial courses in the subjects
showing expected or better than expected results. Overall, East was
rated as having one year's academic growth during the school term. But
classes in the measured subjects showed below expected results, except
English III which met expectations.
See our full story, including
comparisons with top performing public schools in the county, on our Today's East High page.
Aug. 21- Flooring
replacement & painting of portions of East High School are
on the school board's work session agenda tonight and a vote is
expected at August 28, 2018, board business meeting. The school system
proposes to spend up to $170,105 on the project because "the tile is
old, worn, outdated contains asbestos and is need of replacement as
part of the renovation project...The appearance of the tile is dated to
the 1940's and show excessive signs of wear...New flooring will provide
a more pleasing visual environment and will not have asbestos." The
district also proposes to spend up to $266,300 for painting services,
claiming the "paint throughout the building is old and in bad
condition, needing to re repainted...The interior finishes are old,
worn, and showing excessive signs of wear...The painting will improve
the aesthetics and make for a more conducive learning environment."
It should be noted that a decade ago East High underwent a more than
$12-million renovation. Some of the floor tiles were replaced at that
time. In preparation for the transition to a T-STEM optional school in
2017, the newer buildings on campus were renovated, including interior
painting of walls in a maroon and white motif.
Aug. 21, 2018 - Attorney Mike Cody
is expected to testify today in the federal court trial in which the
ACLU alleges the Memphis Police Department violated a 1978 consent
agreement prohibiting the police from collecting political
intelligence. Cody is expected to outline the history of the local ACLU
East High School Class of 1973 announces its forty-five year reunion
September 7-8, 2018. For more information see the Class of '73 reunion
East High again mentioned in article about the new $92-million
Collierville High School
"[Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey] Hopson has
been calling for larger and probably fewer high schools than legacy
Memphis City Schools historically had to give students the same
opportunities Aitken spoke of for Collierville.
"Hopson’s most recent discussions have been around making
a renewed East High School the leading edge of that change...
"SCS board member Miska Clay-Bibbs says Collierville High
and the still general plans for East High School are a critical point
in the shift. And the cost is part of the discussion.
"'You think about maybe the possible sportsplex at East
High School and you think about an investment in every high school so
that it attracts students in that way and makes them feel good. That’s
costs money,' she said. " Memphis Daily News,
Newspaper: "The 1948 school year opened in September instead of August.
A new campus near the outskirts of must have drawn similar attention. East High School opened
with a capacity of 2,000 students,
up from the original plans for an enrollment of 1,500. It was not quite
complete on the first day, according to a history of East on the East
High Alumni Page, www.easthigh.org, and added grades over the years
until it was a full high school in 1950. The next year it was over
capacity at 2,100 students, leading to construction of a nine-room
The school year that began Monday marks the second
academic year for the four-year conversion of East from a conventional
school with an attendance zone to a citywide T-STEM school – a science,
technology, engineering and math curriculum with applications toward
transportation uses of all kinds." Memphis Daily News,
[The East High Alumni Page editor's note: the school population figures
for "East High" are all inclusive of the original building, which
housed not only high school but also junior high and elementary
Lynn Wilson ('73), 62, sister of the late Libby Wilson ('69), died Friday,
July 20. An
obituary is available.
Visitation is at 1 p.m. July 29 at Germantown Presbyterian Church,
Germantown, TN. A Memorial service follows immediately at 3 p.m. at the
David Bratton ('67), 69, brother of Barbara Bratton ('64), died Friday,
July 20. An obituary is available.
Visitation is 1-3 p.m. July 24 at Brentwood United Methodist
Church , 309 Franklin Rd ., Brentwood, Tennessee. A memorial service
follows at 3 p.m. at the church.
a couple of decades The East High Alumni Page has published brief
quotes from a 1982 newspaper article about East High's academics,
enrollment, and racial makeup. The full text of the article headlined
"East High School Lost White Status As Busing Began" is now available
on our "In the news ...
[Editor's note: this article is interesting for a number of reasons,
including the prospects of optional programs being initiated at East
High and their possible effect on East's future. Given East is in the
process of becoming an all-optional (magnet) school now, it seems quite
fascinating to read the 1982 article.]
14, 2018 - Long after basketball season is over and East won another
state championship, lawsuit over eligibility of two players for the
2017-18 season continues. Read our most recent summary ot Today's East High page.
Buck Buckingham ('55),
81, of Fiarhope, Alabama, died May 14, 2018. An obituary is available. Services
were held June 22, 2018.
Images of the interior of East High School
before the 2005-07 renovation are included in a music video directed by
Bill Carrier ('68) of API
Cine. Bill says it was filmed probably about 1988. You may watch the
video on youtube. It also celebrates the idea of class
[Editor's commentary: the message of the music video is significant.
The editor of this web site recently talked with a graduate of the mid
1980s who said as far as he knew his class has never had a reunion.
Time moves on, don't put off having a class reunion. Old friends often
remain the best of friends!]
profiles posted Jully 2.
Davis ('59), 76, of Memphis, died Thursday, June 14. An obituary is available.Funeral
services are at11 a.m. Wednesday, June 20 in the chapel,
Second Presbyterian Church, Memphis. A reception & visitation
follows the service in the Salmon Room of the church.
Loraine Evans ('63), 73, sister
of Lawrence Evans ('61), died
Thursday, June 14. An obituary is
available. Memorial services will be announced at a later time.
Dobson Settles, of Memphis, mother of Eddie Settles (associated
with the Class of '69) and Tony Settles (class association year
undetermined) and widow of the late Andy Settles (Faculty),
head football coach of East High 1959-1962, died Saturday, June 9.
Visitation is 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, June 12 at Memorial Park Funeral Home,
Memphis, with a second visitation 9-10 a.m., Wednesday, June 13
at the funeral home. The funeral service follows immediately at 10 a.m.
on Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial is at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday,
June 13 at Shiloh Cemetery in Garland, Tennessee.
East High Class of 1968 Fifty Year Reunion has concluded. The East High
Alumni Page solicits photographs from the reunion to post. Whether you
attended or not, the Reunion Committe invites you to keep in touch..
Catherine Clark ('56),
79, of Denver, Colorado, sister of alumni Ellen Clark ('53) and Susan Clark ('64), and daughter of
the late Dorothy Clark (Faculty
c1960-1967), died May 16, 2018. An obituary is available. A
memorial service is at 1 p.m. June 30, 2018 at Wellshire Presbyterian
Church, Denver, Colorado. A memorial service and internment of ashes
will be held in Memphis in October at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Delayed report1: Dorothy Wilson Clark (Faculty), 91,
of Memphis, mother of East alumni Catherine
Clark ('56), Ellen Clark ('53)
and Susan Clark ('64), died
October 17, 1996, in Memphis. An
obituary is available. She taught geometry at East from about 1960
to about 1967.
Delayed report1: Doris
Morton Wright, 97, of Greenville, South Carolina, mother of Linda Wright ('64) and Pam Wright ('68) , died March 2.
Services were held in Memphis March 10.
of words to the East High alma mater dies Shirley Wilkes (51)
84, of Memphis, author of the words of the East High alma mater, died
Friday, May 18. She was a student at East when she wrote those
memorable words and went on to be a music educator, composer, and
author. An obituary is available.
Visitation is 4-5 p.m. Thursday, May 24 at Memorial Park Funeral Home,
Memphis. A memorial service begins at 5 p.m. that day at the funeral
home and is followed by a reception: in the Parkside Event Center at
Judy Clifton ('68), 66,
of Knoxville, Tennessee, sister of Duane
Clifton ('76) , died September 2, 2017. An obituary is available.
Monty Gelwix, 66, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama,
husband of Barbara Price ('68),
died Thursday, May 10. A memorial service is at 2 p.m. Monday, May 14
at Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
May 19, 2018-The
East High Class of 2018 was graduatedthis morning in cermonies
Baptist Curch—Broad, on Broad Avenue. Principal Marilyn Hilliard
announced that 89 seniors met the qaulifications for the diploma. A
total of $3.5 million in scholarships was offered to the class
collectively. Nine graduates were offered "institutional" scholarships
while 19 were offered state Hope scholarships and 39 can take advantage
of the Tennessee Promise scholarship program.
The 60 Year Reunion of the East High Class
of 1958 was held May 18. We salute the '58 alumni.
East High School Class of 2018 will be graduated Saturday, May 19,
Commencement will be at First Baptist Chuch - Broad, 2835 Broad Avenue,
at 11 a.m. Tickets are required for admission, contact the school if
you want to attend. It is suggested that if you attend you arrive quite
early as everyone goes through a security check point (if it is like
and basketball: How this Memphis teacher uses games to teach math" is a
story in an on-line education news source reportiong on how Yomyko
Clark (class year undetermined) conducts her classes she
teaches. Chalkbeat, May 2.
High students joined the April 19 National Walk Out protests to call
attention to gun violence.The walkouts at Shelby County Schools were
supported by and coordinated with the school district. "Thousands of
our students participated in a peaceful walkout in an effort to draw
attention to improving school safety," SCS superintendent Dorsey Hopson
tweeted at the end of the school day Thursday. "Our students spoke out,
read poems, sang anthems, created art installations, and led marches in
an effort to have their voices heard." Memphis Daily News,
Glen McCage (associated with the Class of '68), 70, died March 20,
2018. An obituary is available.
Services were held March 22, 2018
Sterling Williams ("Pat") ('61), died Sunday, April 8. An obituary is available.
A memorial service is at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 15, 2018, at Sparks
Chapel, Briarcrest Christian School, 76 South Houston Levee Road, Eads,
Actress Cybill Shepherd ('68) is in town to
attend two special film screenings.
Shepherd's latest film, now on the indie circuit, is called Rose. At
3:30 March 25, Halloran Center will present a movie featuring Shepherd
called "Memphis," based on a novel "September, September" by Shelby
Foote. At 7, Shepherd will introduce the film Rose. WMC-TV, Mar. 23
expected, East High head boys basketball coach and former National
Basketball Association player Anfernee
"Penny" Hardaway (Coaching Staff 2015-2018) was named coach
of the University of Memphis mens basketball team Tuesday, Mar. 20. The
Commrecial Appeal, Mar. 20/21.
East Wins 3rd State Title In a Row — Expected to Lose Coach
hard to imagine that the wins will have more meaning or
that he will have more fun," the article in the newspaper says. It's
talking about East High basketball coach Penny Hardaway
who lead the East boys team on Saturday Mar. 17 to its third straight
state class AAA championship. East won the game but probably the
coach." He is expected to be named head coach of the University of
Memphis Tigers. "He’ll be introduced at a press conference early this
week." The Commercial Appeal, March 17/18.
looks to break aviation barriers with innovative technology
"Aviation is a profession full of white men. So when FedEx highlighted
female African American pilot, it went viral. One Shelby County School
is hoping to make that the norm though." WHBQ-TV, Feb. 21
In the neighborhood: the building across the street that in 1959
because the Luau
Polynesian-themed restaurant is being torn down for a parking lot. The
Polynesian-themed restaurant reportedly closed in 1982 and the building
has been vacant much of the time since. A story on the demolition
appered in The Commercial Appeal,
Delayed report1: Bootsie Lane ('55), 80, died
October 18, 2017. An obituary is available.
Services were held October 28, 2017 in Simonton, Texas.
Adams, said to be a junior at East High, who was ranked as one of
Memphis' top football prospects in the class of 2019, died Friday, Feb.
Adams underwent surgery several days ago and began experiencing
breathing trouble Friday morning. He was taken to the hospital where
he... died. The Commercial Appeal, Feb.9
Gordon (associated with the Class of 2005) is on the olympic U.S.
bobsled team and is headed to the Winter Olympics in South Korea. "Only
the final 4 will race. I will be there support my
team and Representing Memphis! I’m also the first mom on the US
Bobsled Team to compete!! Super excited!!!" She told a Memphis TV
station, "I was just going to stay only for the races and someone
me why don't you stay for the closing ceremonies, and I was like 'I
would love to stay for the closing ceremonies,'" Sources: The East High
Alumni Page and WMC-TV
East High School Class of 1968 plans its 50 year anniversary of its
graduation with festivities June 15. Details are available to
classmates. If you are a member of the class and have not received
information, contact your Reunion Committee. Class
of 1968 Reunion Page
East High Class of 1958 is planning its 60 year reunion. If you are a
class member and do not have information about the reunion, contact
your Reunion Committee. Class of 1958 Reunion Page
Emily Fargotstein ('66),
69, of Memphis, Tennessee, sister of East alumni Susan Fargotstein ('62), Laura Fargotstein ('70), Shep
Fargotstein ('72) and the late Gayle Fargotstein ('63), died
Wednesday, January 24. An obituary
Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 28 at Levy-Cooper Chapel
at the Temple Israel Cemetery, 1708 Hernando Road, Memphis.
Jimmy Canfield ('51), 86, died Friday, January 19. An obituary is available.
Visitation is 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, January 23 at Memorial Park Funeral
Home, Memphis. Funeral services follow immediately at 11 a.m. at the
Rose Webb Owen, 95 of Memphis, mother of Judy Owen ('64) and Kent Owen ('66), died December 18,
2017. See our sympathy page.
January 26, 2018-In
the neighborhood... Some of our East High alumni attended elementary
school at St. Michael School,
which is colocated with St. Michael
Catholic Church, which is on Summer Avenue. The Catholic Diocese of
Memphis announced earlier this week it will cease operation of St.
Michael's and nine "Jubilee" schools in Memphis due to financial
hardship. It says, however, that a charter school operation, not
affiliated with the diocese, plans to take over operation of the
schools. Charter schools in Tennessee cannot have a religious focus. The Commercial Appeal,
Eligibility Court Case Likely to Extend Beyond Season January 25, 2018-The Tennessee Secondary Athletic
the voluntary membership governance organization of high school sports
in the state, has appealed the December 13, 2017, order of a Shelby
County Chancery Court which issued a temporary restraining order
against the TSSAA from making two East High students ineligible to play
on the boys basketball team this year. With the appeal and then the
returning to the Chancery Court, it is unlikely a final decision will
be made prior to the end of high school basketball season. Read more...
Wimberly ['92 and Faculty],
head football coach at East will leave his alma mater to coach at
Cordova High. "I think it was just time for me to take on a new
challenge," the two time state championship East coach told The Commecial Appeal.
"Cordova has 2,100 students at the school, 100 players at the football
team. They have facilities that they just don't have at East. The
opportunity presented itself and I had to take it...I've got a lot of
love for East ... but this was a no-brainer." The Commercial Appeal,
Wayne Woodruff Pyeatt, 93, father of at least two East alumni, Sarah Pyeatt ('69)
and the late Lynn Pyeatt (associated with the Class of '74), died
Monday, January 8. Visitation is 1-2 p.m. Thursday, January 11 at
Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis. A memorial service follows at 2
p.m. at the funeral home.
Jean McDonald Tiffin, 94, mother of Carol Tiffin ('72) and Joy
died Saturday, January 6. Visitation is 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday,
January 11 at High Point Funeral Home, Memphis. Funeral services
follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home.
Sam McHugh, 72, husband of Jean
died Friday, January 5. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, January 9 at
Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis. Funeral services are at 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, January 10 at the funeral home. Michael Barnett Partee ('76),
59, died December 30. An obituary is
Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Friday, January 5 at Abundant Grace Fellowship
Church 1574 E. Shelby Dr., Memphis. Funeral services are Saturday,
January 6 at the church. Babs Mason ('72), 64,
died November 18, 2017. An obituary is
available. A memorial service is at 2 p.m. January 6, 2018, at the
Lakeside Inn, Mt Dora, Florida.
Jane Ellen Higginbotham
Strauch, mother of at least three East alumni, Pam Strauch (associated
with the Class of '68), Scott Strauch (associated with the Class of
'70), and Stacy (associated with the Class of '71), died November 27,
2017. There are services in January and February in Greenville, South
Carolina. See our sympathy page for more
What’s in a name? Newspaper
article raises question as to
East High School's name
5 - A newspaper article Jan. 5 referred to the school as “East T-STEM
Academy, formerly known as East High.” For now at least, the official
name of the school remains “East High School.” There have been comments
during the planning process to begin the T-STEM optional program at
East about changing or modifying the school’s name, and in promotions
and signs the district has called the new program the “T-STEM Academy
at East High.” Read
FedEx, U of M launching global tech program at East's T-STEM Academy
Cummins Inc. is bringing a global program to a Memphis high school,
marking a first for the company. Cummins currently has 22 Technical
Education for Communities [TEC] sites around the globe, though none are
currently located within the U.S. But, on Thursday, that will change as
the company and its more than 10 local partners sign a Memorandum of
Understanding to mark the official launch of the initiative at T-STEM
Academy East High School. Memphis Business
Journal, Jan. 2
There is also a Commercial Appeal
article on this subject.
Jasmin Barnes ('97), 38, died Friday, December 8. An obituary is available.
Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Friday, December 15 at Harrison's Memorial
Chapel, Memphis. A viewing will be held 11-11:55 a.m. Saturday,
December 16, at Mt. Pisgah C.M.E. Church, Memphis. Funeral services
follow at noon,at the church.
Katherine Hinds (Faculty, 1954-1955), 85, of Memphis, died
Friday, December 8. Miss Hinds taught English at East. An obituary is available.
Visitation: is 5-7 p.m. December 21, 2017 at Memorial Park Funeral
Home, Memphis. Funeral services are at 1 p.m. December 22, 2017 at
Grace-St Luke's Episcopal Church, Memphis.
is in line to become the next director of Director of Shelby County’s
Community Services Division. Her nomination was approved by the County
Commission's General Government committee Dec. 13 and goes before the
full commission Monday, Dec. 18. Young has been with the county since
2007. She is expected to begin her new duties January 1 after the
retirement of the current director.
13, 2017-Two East High basketball players the Tennessee Secondary
School Athletic Association ruled ineligible will be allowed to
continue to play after a Chancery Court ruling today extending the
temporary restraining order against the TSSAA. After hearing from
attorney’s from both sides, Chancelor Jim Kyle ruled (1) he has
jurisdiction and (2) the TSSAA rule is arbitrary which bars
players who play on a non-school (indpendent) team for a coach, or
maybe even a director or sponsor of the team, cannot then be eligible
for a year if they transfer to the school where that person is
coaching. The judge
instructed the lawyers to arrange a schedule for a full hearing
on the merits of the case. In he meantime, Ryan Boyce and James Wiseman
may continue to play with the East High boys basketball team.
Dec. 14, 2017-Update: the actual legal instrument ordered by the court
Dec. 13 is a temporary injunction. The effect is the same as stated
Source: The East High Alumni Page
transaction worth $250,000 in equipment for the East High School T-STEM
aviation lab was approved by the Shelby County Board of Education
December 5 in return for giving FedEx naming rights to the lab,
agreement to put the company’s logo on all publications promoting East
High’s T-STEM program, and “direct” access to the school’s students.
During the public comments portion of
the board’s meeting, Ken Welch (‘68)
spoke against the agreement. While he said he appreciated FedEx and
wanted East to receive the equipment, he didn’t think advertising to
captive students was appropriate nor was preferential access to
Quinten Barlow ('99),
36, of Memphis, died Tuesday, November 22. An obituary is available. A
funeral service is at 11 a.m. Friday, December 1, at New Salem
Missionary Baptist Church, Memphis.
20, 2017-The Shelby County School board will consider approving a
sponsorship agreement between FedEx Corporation and the
SchoolSeed Foundation in which FedEx
will be given naming rights to the aviation lab at East and in return
the corporation, through the SchoolSeed, will provide $250,000 in
equipment for the lab. At the board’s Capital Needs &
Facilities Committee Meeting Monday afternoon Nov. 20, no opposition
was expressed by any of the board members present. Equipment likely
includes flight simulators. According to the proposed agreement, among
the benefits to FedEx are naming rights with prominent display of its
name on the Aviation Lab at East High, its logo on promotional material
produced for the T-STEM Academy at East, direct access to students to
highlight career options for the next 4 ½ years. FedEx will route the
payments at a rate of $50,000. Although the proposed agreement
indicates FedEx will not be responsible for other cots related to the
equipment, Vince McCaskill, Executive Director of SchoolSeed, says not
only will FedEx provide updates for the equipment during the term of
the agreement but he believes this is the first of donations likely to
come from FedEx for East High’s T-STEM program. The proposal is
expected come up for approval by vote of the Shelby County Board of
Education at the December 5, 2017, board meeting, 160 S. Hollywood St,
medians of the Parkways in Memphis will be getting up to 1,000
new trees. The Kresge Foundation awarded a $225,000 grant for the
project being carried out by Leadership Memphis, its initiative
Volunteer Memphis, and Memphis City Beautiful Commission. David Williams ('71 )
is president of Leadership Memphis and is quoted a few times in a
newspaper article. "We thought we were going to plant up to 1,000
flowering trees. But we've learned now we need to maybe have some
(more) canopy trees.'' The Commercial Appeal,
30, 2017-East boys basketball was ranked first in nation by Maxpreps
this week. Maxpreps is a division of CBS Sports and focuses on high
school sports coverage.
Court restores eligibility of
basketball players pending hearing
23, 2017-Chancellor Jim Kyle Wednesday issued a temporary restraining
order which allows Ryan Boyce and James Wiseman to play on the East
High boys basketball team until a further ruling by the court. A
hearing is scheduled
for Dec. 7. The court decision required the chancellor to conclude the
Shelby County School district lawsuit against the Tennessee Secondary
School Athletic Association would likely succeed. The TSSAA is the
organization that ruled the players were ineligible earlier this week. The Commercial Appeal,
Nov. 22/23 (See additional stories and links below.)
22, 2017-The administration of Shelby County Schools, in the name of
the Board of Education, Tuesday filed a lawsuit
in Shelby County
Chancery Court in an effort to overturn a ruling by the Tennessee
Secondary School Athletic Association that declared two East High boys
basketball players ineligible this season. The Commercial Appeal,
November 20, 2017-Two members of the East High boys
basketball team have been ruled ineligible for
the current season by the body overseeing public high school
sports in the state. The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic
denied East High’s appeal of a ruling made last Wednesday that made
Ryan Boyce and James Wiseman ineligible. The TSSAA ruled that the
students who transferred to East this year had a "prior link" to
Coach Penny Hardaway because they participated in Team Penny, an off
season AAU basketball team.
Read interesting details, including the principal's and the
superintendent's reaction, in a newspaper story: The Commercial Appeal, Nov. 20
[Editors note: sports are not often covered by The East High
Alumni Page with exceptions for extraordinary circumstances. This issue
seems to go to ethical and administrative aspects which supersede
simple sports reports,
therefore this coverage.]
County [Mississippi] is looking to adopt a program that has seen
in Memphis. The program pairs high school students with college
students--giving high school students a chance to learn education and
life skills. One of its success stories, Rykalah Peterson [class year undetermined],
is now a
manager at Holiday Inn in Southaven. Peterson took part in the program
while she was a student at East High School in Memphis." WMC-TV, Nov. 7.
Alumnus fashion showmakes Commercial Appeal front page! As reported
earlier (see below) Brandice Henderson (‘95)brought
her high fashion show from her New York business, Harlem's Fashion Row,
to Clayborn Temple in Memphis. The newspaper placed a story about
Henderson and the show on and produced a video.
"Brandice Henderson moved to New York City for 12 years, but don't you
dare call her a New Yorker. 'Everything I do, I always say, 'I’m
Brandice, and I’m from Memphis,'' the 40-year-old East High graduate
said." The Commercial Appeal,
Nov. 6, 2017
The Class of 1962 celebrated
the 55-year anniversary of its graduation. A photo of the group is
available on the Class of 62 Reunion Page.
Memphis-native Valisia LeKae (class year undetermined)
will make an appearance on the CBS show "Blue Bloods" show in an
episode broadcast Friday night, Oct. 27. LeKae attended Guthrie
Elementary and graduated from East High School. "I remember seeing
were from Memphis on television and I thought, 'Oh my God, I could do
that,'" she said. The Memphis CBS affiliate produced an article and TV
story about LeKae. WREG, Oct. 27 Brandice
a high fashion show from her New York business, Harlem's Fashion Row,
to Memphis November 4 at Clayborn Temple. “The runway show at Harlem's
Fashion Row is one of the hottest tickets during New York Fashion Week.
It's the most prestigious platform for multicultural
designers...Brandice Daniel set out 10 years ago to change that and
today she's still overwhelmed by her success.” She credits her
upbringing in Memphis for help her success. "There's something so
amazing about this city. It gives you a special level of drive but
you're able to that with southern charm." Henderson is featured in a
article and television news story. WREG, Oct. 26 The Commercial Appeal
also created a video story on the fashion show.
Paul Young ('97),
the Director of the City of Memphis Department of Housing and Community
Development, is leading a proposal for an aquarium on Mud Island, a new
pedestrian bridge to the south end of the “island,” and replacing the
fire station and parking garage at Front Street Union to Monroe with a
“cultural center” featuring a relocated Brooks Museum of Art. An
interview with him is the basis for an October 19 newspaper article.
There is also a 25 minute podcast of the interview. The Commercial Appeal,
Hearing things: Ben Sissman ('69)
heard on the radio Sunday afternoon (Oct. 22) joining the announcers in
promoting a Memphis public radio station’s pledge drive. Figured it was
probably the East High alumnus but wasn’t sure until he mentioned the
name of a donor as being his friend, Charlie
Handorff ('69). A few days earlier the announcers mentioned Bill Yerian’s ('68)
name in the list of donors that hour. It’s a good bet quite a few other
East alumni donate to the local NPR radio station, but these are the
names I happened to hear and recognize as alumni.
Closer Look at East's
2017 ACT Scores
October 12, 2017 - As The East
High Alumni Page digs deeper into the ACT scores, comparisons are made
with leading public high schools in the county as well as with the ACT
"career and college ready" benchmarks. Read
the article ...
Scores Up at East
October 11, 2017 - First Glance: Average composite ACT
score at East rises almost a full point.
The 2016-2017 average composite ACT score at East was 16.6. Last year
it was 15.7.
While this is a fairly significant improvement, it still is far below
the “college ready” level. For those who took the ACT test before 1989,
this corresponds to about a 13 on the old test.
The East High Alumni Page believes the ACT scores are the best measure
of academic achievement. While there are conditions and exceptions,
this measurement allows comparison among years and schools, both
locally and nationwide.
As has been reported here, the Tennessee Department of Education is
releasing selective academic testing results piecemeal this year prior
to the full “state report card” on schools.
The East High Alumni Page will report further on the ACT results
Benson ('56), 79, of California, died July 31, 2017. An obituary is available. A memorial
service will be held at a later date.
East High School football players take a knee
before the controversy exploded in the stadiums of the National
Football League, East High football players were making their own
statement by taking a knee during the anthem in a game." Despite this
earlier action, it is reported that the national anthem was
not played at this week's game Sept. 28. WREG-TV, Sept. 28
East High's 2017 Graduation Rate Edges
22, 2017 - The Tennessee Department of Education is providing data from
the 2016-2017 school year piecemeal. Eventually it will be
consolidated in to the traditional “report card.”
One of the statistics released in mid-September is the 2017 graduation
rate for East High School. For all students, the state calculates the
graduation rate for East High at 79.7% in 2017. The previous year the
number was 76.1%. Read more ....
Billie Hollie ('62), 72, sister of East
alumni Lawrence Hollie ('57), Fay Kastigar ['59] and
the late Gary Hollie (associated with the Class of '65), died Friday,
September 15. An
obituary is available.Visitation is 9:30-11 a.m. Monday,
September 18, 2017, Family Funeral Care, Memphis. Funeral services
follow immediately at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.
Marty Woolley ('65), 69, of Memphis, sister of John
Clifton Woolley, Sr. ['68], the late James "Jim" Prescott
Woolley , and her sister, the late Elizabeth Claire Woolley
['60], died Tuesday September 5. An obituary is
available. Funeral services are at 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 8
at B'rit Hadasha Messianic Jewish Synagogue, Memphis.
Bess E. Vieron, 90, mother of Lee
and Paul Vieron (associated with the Class of '75), died Wednesday,
August 30. Visitation is 5-7 p.m., Sunday September 3, 2017, at Memphis
Funeral Home, Poplar Avenue. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Monday,
September 4, 2017, at The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Memphis.
Ann Yarbrough Mitchell, 98, of Memphis, mother of the late Dan
Mitchell ('64), Betty Mitchell ('67), and Ann Mitchell
('71), died August 22, 2017. Services were held August 25, 2017.
Lance McCormack, 45, of the metro Atlanta, Georgia area, son of
Tony McCormack ('58) and Nancy Reitz ('58) McCormack, and
nephew of several East alumni, died Thursday, August 17. Funeral
services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 23, at the Cathedral of
Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
It's Underway, East
High Transition to All Optional STEM School —
Classes Began Today!
August 7, 2017 - The
newest chapter in East High history began this morning students arrive
for the first day of classes in an all optional, admission by
application only, "T-STEM Academy at East High School." At last count,
90 students had registered for the ninth grade at East, the grade that
this year is now populated by optional program pupils. About a dozen
were seen entering the T-STEM building in the 20 minutes prior to the
first bell today. Read more...
August 5, 2017 - You
can watch or read the WREG TV news story about the meeting described
below at WREG-TV.
It includes comments from Jacquelyn Webb, identified as a graduate of
East from more than 40 years ago and now a parent upset her 15 year old
son cannot attend the school in his neighborhood.
August 4, 2017 - Broadcast
newscasts report parents meeting at Lester Community Center Friday
evening with concerns about where their children may attend ninth grade
this year because of changes at East
Freshman at East High are all going to be enrolled in the T-STEM
optional program and they had to apply and meet qualifications to be
admitted to that program. Ninth graders who previously were in what was
the East High attendance zone will be assigned to Melrose and Douglass
high schools. According to reports, some parents say they don't know
where their children are supposed to go when school starts Monday. WREG
says it will have a response from the school district's administration
on its ten o'clock newscast. You may view a report both in text and
video apparently filed prior to the parent's meeting at WATN-TV.
David Pierson ('58), 76,
of Memphis, died Tuesday, July 25. An
obituary is available.
Visitation is 5-8 p.m. Monday, July 31 at High Point Funeral Home,
Memphis. Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 1 at the
Tex Schwartz (associated with the Class of '67), 69, of Memphis,
brother of the late Steve Schwartz
('65), died Wednesday, July 19. An
obituary is available.
Linda East ('58), 77, of Senatobia, Mississippi, died Sunday,
July 23. An obituary is available.
Visitation: 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, July 25 at Pate-Jones Funeral Home,
Senatobia, Mississippi. A graveside service is at 10 a.m. Wednesday,
July 26 at Bethesda Cemetery, Senatobia, Mississippi.
A New Era Begins
July 31 - East
High has gone through a number of significant transitions during its 69
year existence. It is beginning another one now. Today the teachers
report to work, a week later, on August 7, students begin classes.
Uniform day, Genius Day, and block scheduling are some of the concepts
coming to East High School this year as the ninth grade becomes
populated by students admitted only by application and qualification to
the new T-STEM program. The East High Alumni Page provides an overview.
High School is featured in a "Back to School" video produced by Shelby
County Schools. It stars the new Executive Principal of East, Lischa Barrett ('91 and Faculty) Brooks and
East T-STEM Assistant Principal Matthew
East High has been through several significant transitions in its 69
year history. The latest begins for students when school opens for the
2017-2018 school year on August 7. That's when the entire ninth grade
will be part of the T-STEM optional program, admitted only by
application and qualification. Grades 10-12 will continued with an
enhanced traditional curriculum this year, with the T-STEM program
encompassing an additional grade each year until all four grades are
part of the optional program. You can watch the back to school video on
youtube. To learn more about the transition of
East High into a T-STEM optional school, see our STEM page.
Erica Lynn Towne, 36, of Memphis, daughter of Phil Towne ('67) and niece of Robin Towne ('71),
died Thursday, July 13. Visitations are 5-7 p.m. Thursday, July 20 and
9 a.m. Friday, July 21, both at Memphis Funeral Home, Poplar Chapel.
The funeral service follows at 10 a.m. Friday, July 21 at the funeral
"Local Cool School: East High
Transportation STEM Academy" — "New school prepares students
with science, technology and math focus"
TV news did a story on the preparation at East High for the ninth grade
T-STEM program which begins in a month. WATN, Jul. 14 Delayed report:1 Andy Calhoun ('61),
73, brother of Barbara Jean Calhoun (associated with the Class of '62)
and Richard Calhoun (class association undetermined), died June 13,
2017. An obituary/notice is available.
Marta Cohen ('75), 58, of Memphis, died Monday, July 3. An obituary is available.
Visitation is 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 9 at Memorial Park Funeral Home,
Memphis. A memorial service begins at 3 p.m., immediately after the
visitation at the funeral home.
Commercial Appeal Editorial: Struggling East High could be among our
are plenty of reasons to cheer for and support a plan that could revive
the academically struggling East High School, from the important role
East played in the city’s post-war history of eastward expansion to its
elegant baroque facade.
The 69-year-old campus where Cybill
Shepherd ['68], Mike Cody ['54]
... matriculated enjoys near iconic status among many of
the city’s movers and shakers as well as those of us who simply cast an
admiring glance in its direction as we drive by... It could turn out to
be a jewel among Shelby County’s public schools, perhaps even a model
for other local industries that want to develop talent and help build
the kind of workforce Memphis needs to realize its economic potential.
Read more: The Commercial Appeal,
Jocelyn Plough Rudner, 94, of Memphis, mother of Pat Rudner ('63), DD Rudner ('65), and Diane Rudner ('68), died June 18.
Services were held June 23
2017 - The East High Block Party
is underway until 7 p.m. in front of the school. Alumni, perspective
students, and the public is invited. Tours of the renovated T-STEM
classrooms and labs are being given on the half hour. Games, giveaways,
and food trucks are part of the attractions. Student registration for
Shelby County Schools also available. In the photo above, that's
Executive Principal Lischa Barrett
('91) Brooks leading the dancing on the driveway in front of the
24, 2017 - The first of two huge banners that are to be hung on the
front of the East High School building is in place. This appears to be
the one promoting East High and the T-STEM optional program generally.
A school system source says the other promotes East High athletics.You
can see larger photos of the banner and where it is affixed to the
[Correction: July 11, 2017 - The second banner is in place and rather
than promoting East athletics, as The East High Alumni Page was told by
a school district employee, it promotes the "T-STEM Academy" at East
High.] There is a "block
current students and alumni at East High School July 8, 3-7 p.m.
according to information posted on social media. Organizers say there
will be food, drinks, games, giveaways, school tours, and on-site
school registration. Upon inquiry, an East High administrator reports
this is an official school event. This event apparently was attempted
June 24 and has been rescheduled as a rain date. See https://www.facebook.com/events
Paul Young ('97) was
a guest on "Behind the Headlines" television program which aired June
30. The topic was public housing in Memphis. Young is the Director of
Housing and Community Development for the City of Memphis. The program
may be seen within a few days via Internet streaming on the WKNO-TV and
Memphis Daily News web
sites. WKNO-TV, Jun. 30
Chas McVean ('61)
has been ordered to pay civil penalty of $2 million by the
Commodity Futures Trading Commission what it calls deceptive trading by
his McVean Trading & Investments company. The order states that
McVean and others intentionally or recklessly injected false
information into the market. In addition, the firm and others
associated with the trading company have been fined another $3 million
for a total of $5 in penalties.McVean has been known a civic leader in
Memphis in recent years, starting the Peer Power Foundation and its
predecessor, The Greater East High Foundation, to tutor school students
and led the successful effort to build the Big River Crossing, a
pedestrian and cycling path across the Mississippi River. The Commercial Appeal,
July 17, 2017 - Huge banners are going up on the front of
the original East High building.
Workers today were attaching wooden frames for the banners to the
bricks. One will be on the brick facade on the right side of the school
and one on the left. They are being attached to the south end of the
north-south oriented wings of the building. The East High Alumni Page
has learned one banner will promote the new T-STEM program at East and
will advertise the athletic programs at East. The banners could be up
as early as this evening. This alumni web site will post photos of the
banners once they are in place.
Marianne Kinsey, 99, of Nashville, Tennessee, mother of at least two
alumni Charlotte Kinsey ('62) and David Kinsey ('69),
died Tuesday, June 13. Visitation is 9-10 a.m, June 16 at Forest Hill
Funeral Home - Midtown, Memphis. Funeral services follow at 10 a.m. at
the funeral home.
Doris Forbess Cole, 95, mother of Barry Cole ('66) and Larry Cole
('66), died Saturday, June 10.
Visitation is 11 a.m - 1 p.m., Friday, June 16, at the River of Life
Church, Munford, Tennessee. Funeral services follow immediately at 1
p.m. at the church.
David Martin Fargotstein, 35, of Memphis, son of Shep
Fargotstein ('72), died Monday, June 5. Services were June
Harry Eugene Concklin Jr., 91, father of Biff Concklin ('69), died Saturday,
June 3. Services were June 6.
Suzanne Poole Abraham Liles, 96, of Memphis, mother of Tish Abraham ('64) and Jamille Abraham ('68), died
Thursday, June 1. Services were held June 6.
Delayed report1:Peggy Nash
(associated with the Class of '63), sister of Judy Nash ('61),Nancy Nash
('70), and the late George
Nash ('68), died March 27, 2017. An
obituary is available. Marcus
Wimberly ['92 and Faculty]
is the recipient of the Coach of the Year award at the Commercial
Appeal's first Sports Awards program June 9. He is head football
coach. The East High boys basketball team was selected "Team of the
Year." Both football and basketball teams won the state championship in
their divisions this (2016-2017)
Maynard Holt ('57), 77, of Nashville, Tennessee, brother of the
late Edwin Holt ('61), died
Wednesday, May 17. An obituary is
available. Services were private.
20, 2017 - Fellow alumni: we now have 121 new members of the
distinguished group known as graduates of East High School as the Class
of 2017 completed the 67th commencement exercise of the school. Held at
First Baptist Church Broad this afternoon, a short, 48 minute ceremony
from opening to closing procession, featured only speeches from
students. Dr. Marilyn Hilliard, principal, congratulated each graduate
as they received their diplomas. Three class members met the ACT
benchmarks which is designed to indicate college readiness. The class
generated $3.5 million in scholarship offers.
The East High School Class of 1967
is celebrated the 50 year anniversary of its graduation with
festivities May 19-20 with a great turnout! The initial photos have
been posted — more wanted! Class of 1967
Graduation for the Class of 2017 Nears
The 67th Commencement of East High School is scheduled for noon,
Saturday, May 20, 2017, at First Baptist Broad Church, 2835 Broad
Avenue. School district policy requires attendees to be admitted by
ticket only. Contact the school office for information about obtaining
of T-STEM Seats Filled
2, 2017 - More than three months after student recruitment begins, 25%
of estimated enrollment filled in East High T-STEM program.
Superintendent cites safety concerns among parents but remains
confident the 100 seats will be filled when school opens in August. Read more...The Shelby County Board of
Education April 25 approved submission to
the state a request to offer special courses at East High, including
the core classes for the T-STEM program. It also approved the $365,294
for furniture for the new T-STEM program. More details are available on
our STEM page.
Rose Marie Manning, 89, of Olive Branch, Mississippi, mother of Kathryn Manning ('63), Weber Manning ('66), Rose Marie Manning ('73),
and Ann Manning (associated with the class of '75), died Tuesday, April
11. Services were April 15.
22, 2017 - At a breakfast for alumni, East High introduced a new
assistant principal for the T-STEM optional program coming to East. Mathew Hernandez
has been at a principal training program at Central High this school
year, having come to Memphis in the summer of 2016 from New York. While
the attendance at the alumni breakfast was as dismal as the weather,
the expectations outlined for East High were bright. Among other
things, Executive Principal Lischa
said she plans to assign a staff member to coordinate with an official
alumni association and provided a room at the school to support the
association and to welcome alumni. Read more...
Shelby County Board of Education April 18 reviewed without comment a
spend $365,294 for furniture for the new T-STEM program at East High
School. The board will vote on the appropriation at its April 25
meeting. The furniture is for the Career and Technical Center (CTC) at
East (the additional buildings on the Walnut Grove Road side). It is
intended to provide a learning environment for 14
classroom/teacher rooms; 3 STEM lab areas, 1 meeting room and the main
office. As an example, a room that was last used to teach
cosmetology needs different furniture to support the T-STEM curriculum.
newspaper article features a story about Viola Street, age 100, and her
nature to keep busy despite her age and "still not ready to take a
break." According to the story, Ms. Street was Grahamwood
Elementary School's cafeteria manager for 31 years and East High's
cafeteria manager for 15 years before that. The East High Alumni page
does not have a full record of Ms. Street's work at East High, but she
is listed as assistant cafeteria manager in 1962-64 as Ms. Viola Tribble (Staff). The Commercial Appeal, April 20.
Business Journal story dated May 6, 2015, headlined "Memphis bank exec
earns award from government." reported Lynda
assistant vice president for loan review for Triumph Bank, was given an
accolade from the Department of Defense. The Patriot Award by the
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve was presented to Langston for
her support of Zach Styer, one of her team members who served two years
in Afghanistan. The Memphis Business
Journal, May 6, 2015.
East High's Academic Performance Measurements Are "daunting,
downright scary" — New Executive Principal Says
She Looks Past the Numbers
so that’s when I go
walk the halls and see children – it kind of reminds me of why I came
into this business in the first place.
The plight of East High is larger than what is in those
East High announces an Alumni Breakfast April 22 to impart
information about the changes at the school as it transitions
to an optional only T-STEM (transportation oriented science,
technology, engineering, and math) school. RSVP needed by April 18. See
the announcement's flyer.
Memphis television station reported on the conversion of East High to
an optional T-STEM school on an April 6, 2017, news broadcast. Read the
text of the story or watch the video at WMC-TV
Marland Chism ('90), 45, died March 20. An obituary is available.
Bill Kelly ('65),
70, of Memphis, died March 18. An
obituary is available. A memorial
service is at 4 p.m. Friday, March 31 at Memorial Park Funeral Home,
East High Boys
Basketball Team Honored at Board
of Education Meeting
28, 2017 - The East High boys basketball team was honored by the Shelby
County Board of Education this afternoon at its regular business
meeting. Superintendent Hopson announced that with the help of
"partners" the team will be sent to New York City as a reward,
but not to play basketball.
The state public school athletic ruling body denied an appeal East made
in an attempt to get permission to play in the nationally televised
Dick's Sporting Goods national tournament in New York. They leave
tomorrow. Interim Principal Marilyn Hilliard expressed her appreciation
to the district administration, the board, and the community for their
East High's Executive
To Divide Time Between East and
Smith STEAM Academy
Exclusive by The East High Alumni
March 19, 2017 - Lischa
now Lischa Brooks, was appointed Executive Principal of East High
School February 20. In announcing the new leadership role it was
explained by Shelby County Schools that "Brooks will be supported by
Dr. Marilyn Hilliard [current principal] at East High, while Assistant
Principal Keith Booker will serve as Interim Principal at Maxine Smith
for the remaining of this school year."
What was not clear was that Barrett would be
executive principal of both East and the Maxine Smith STEAM Academy.... Read more ...
East Boys Basketball Wins
Another State Title
East took an early lead and never
relinquished it in the state Class AAA boys basketball championship
game today, beating Memphis Southwind by twenty points, 65-45.
It is the eighth state boys basketball championship for East High,
unequaled by any other Tennessee school. It is also the second state
championship in a row.
A replay can be viewed at The High School Sports Network by subscription
Promotion for East High basketball story
makes front page of Memphis newspaper
The upper left portion of The
Commercial Appeal March 18 front page touts inside story of East High
boys basketball going to state championship game. The Commercial Appeal,
Mar. 18. (Read more about game and TV, streaming, and audio sources
East boys basketball advances to state
In a very close contest, East High
boys defeated Oak Ridge High School 63 to 60 in the semi-final game of
the Class AAA basketball tournament. East will play Southwind, also a
Memphis area school, in the championship game at 1 p.m. CDT, tomorrow
(Saturday, March 18). The Championship game is broadcast in
Memphis on WLMT, channel 30. Other Tennessee TV stations broadcasting
the games are:
Nashville – WUXP MyTV30
Knoxville – WVLT, MyVLT
Chattanooga – WFLI
Tri-Cities – WCYB.2
Jackson – JEA Cable EPlus TV6
Some of these broadcasts are on additional channels offered by the
station (i.e., channel 8-2).
The games are also
available on other stations around the state and by streaming video or
audio on the Internet, possibly from the TV stations themselves or from
The High School Sports Network. There is also a
free audio Internet streaming feed. Click on the game on the "brackets and results" link, then on the "audio"
High loses TSSAA appeal to go to national tournament
2017 - East High won't be allowed to play in the
Dick's Sporting Goods national tournament after their appeal was denied
by the TSSAA. The Commercial Appeal,
March 14/15, 2017.
Following the state athletics governing board's decision, Shelby County
Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson posted a message on twitter
saying, "Very disappointed that @tssaa denied our request to allow
nationally ranked @EastMustangs to play in national tournament in New
East High to appeal TSSAA decision, seeks permission to play in
March 14, 2017 - Tuesday, March 14, East will ask the state's governing
body for high school sports
to change a rule and allow the Mustangs permission to play in a
national tournament. The Commercial Appeal,
$1.2 Million Additional Funding for East T-STEM Transition Proposed
March 13, 2017 - The Shelby County
today revealed highlights of the initial 2017-2018 operational
budget proposal. It includes a $1.2 million "investment" in East High's
T-STEM program. This money is in addition to East's budget allocation
last year. Last year's budgeted amount was $2,447,321. The school
earlier this year indicated it would ask the Shelby County Commission
capital improvement funds of $2,596,500 for mechanical upgrades,
lighting and interior renovations at East High.
Getting to Know East High's New
Executive Principal Who is Lischa
Barrett Brooks and what was her path to her
new job at East?
Exclusive by The East High Alumni
2017 - Lischa Barrett ('91 and
now Lischa Brooks, thought she was going to be a medical doctor. One of
her majors in college was pre-med but she eventually pursued another
career. Now she is being called upon to heal an ailing East High School. Read more ...
Hardaway: 'We're breeding an NBA mindset here' at East," declared the
newspaper headline in an article about East High boys basketball. "To
that end, Hardaway put together a daunting national schedule for his
team," the article observed. The Commercial Appeal,
Doug Dickens ('62)
is featured in an article along with his son in a newspaper story about
their infill developments: "Father-Son Duo Dickens Built Taps Infill
Market In Collierville, Piperton."
"The big thing is they’ve found their niche and done a fantastic job
with it. I can’t say enough good things about them," said John Summers,
VP with Financial Federal. Memphis Daily News,
Dec. 24, 2016
Louise "Fifi" Shrader Cannon, 97,
of Memphis, mother of at least two East graduates: John Cannon ('67) and the late Bland Cannon ('65), died Thursday,
February 23. Services were held March 4, 2017.
John W. "Bill" Pennington, 89, father of at least two East graduates: Randy Pennington ('71) and the late Pam
Pennington ('68), died Sunday, February 26. Services were
held March 3, 2017.
Kenaya L. Parker ("Pig")
(class association undetermined), 29, died Saturday, February 25. An obituary is
Visitations are 4-6 p.m. Friday, March 3 and noon-1 p.m. Saturday,
4, at Bloomfield Full Gospel Church, 1213 S. Parkway W.,
Memphis. Funeral services at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 4 at the
Robert Manning ("Monk") (Faculty),
76, died Tuesday, February 28. An
obituary is available.
Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 3 at Greater Middle Baptist
Church, 4982 Knight Arnold Rd. Memphis. Funeral services are at 11 a.m.
Saturday, March 4 at the church.
New East High Executive Principal
Did Not Apply For Job
School will have a "fresh start," with all teachers having to apply for
positions at East
Lischa Barrett ('91),
her married name is Brooks, is the new Executive Principal of
East High School. She takes the leadership position at East as part of
the school's transition into an all optional (magnet) T-STEM school
starting with the 2017-2018 school year. Ms. Brooks was principal of
the Maxine Smith STEAM Academy until her appointment to East High,
which took effect immediately. As part of the transition, all teaching
positions at East are in restart mode, meaning teachers must apply for
a teaching job at East, including current East High teachers. Read more ... Paul Young ('97) is
quoted extensively in a newspaper story about presentations of ideas
for the Memphis Bicentennial Gateway Project. The project is an
expanded concept of revival of the Pinch District to include other
parts of the extreme northern end of downtown encompassing Uptown, the
convention center, Mud Island River Park, and Jefferson Davis Park (aka
Mississippi River Park). The Commercial Appeal,
Eugenia Dowling ('60), sister of Mike Dowling ('70) and the late Butch Dowling ('65), died Friday,
February 10. An obituary is
available. A memorial service is at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 15
in the The Lord's Chapel at Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis.
22 Apply for East T-STEM During First Week of Applications
Linda Seacat ('65),
69, sister of Jimmy Seacat ('69), died Monday, January 30. An obituary
is available. Visitation is 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, February 7 at
Park Funeral Home, Memphis. A graveside service follows at 2 p.m. at
Memorial Park Cemetery.
Jim McCormick ('52),
died Friday, January 27. An
obituary is available. Visitation is
11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. Tuesday, January 31 in the Salmon Room, Second
Presbyterian Church, Memphis. Funeral services follow at 1 p.m.in the
chapel at the church.
Jenny Lind ('69), 65, of Huntsville, Alabama, sister of Terry Lind ('64), died December 22,
2016. An obituary is available.
Visitation in Memphis is Thursday, January 26, 1:30 p.m. at St. Johns
Episcopal Church. A memorial service follows visitation at the church.
Watch a School District Video about East High's Forthcoming T-STEM
County Schools has produced a video about East High's
Transportation-Science, Technology, Engineering, and Match (T-STEM)
optional school to which East is converting starting with the ninth
grade in August, 2017. This video is primarily about and from the
T-STEM open house held at East High January 18, 2017. Watch via YouTube
You can also read the associated news release produced by the school
East STEM School Cited as
February 1, 2017 - Appearing this
morning before a committee of the County Commission the Chief Financial
Officer of Shelby County Schools, Lin Johnson, said the district
continues to strive to improve its schools and mentioned the East High
STEM School plan as a demonstration of that commitment.
Administration Skips Updating Board on East STEM Progress
Once again, on January 31,
the Shelby County Schools administration
decided not to discuss the East High STEM project at the Board of
Education meeting. For about two months top administration officials
have said East STEM be brought up before the board but then has decided
not to do so. The East High Alumni Page has tried to keep alumni
informed based on the information provided by those top administrators
but obviously it has been misleading. That result is regretted.
East High Boys Basketball Team Ranked #4 in Nation
Maxpreps, a web site
following high school sports, ranks East as the number 4 high school
team in the USA. Its computer rankings put East at #10. Maxpreps, Jan. 23.
East, the defending state champion, "has a winning margin of
points per game. No local team has even gotten within
double-digits; the closest game was a 66-54 victory over White Station
on Jan. 5." It might be noted that in the printed edition of the
newspaper, issued Jan. 31, the story is promoted and a photo is
displayed above the banner on page one. The Commercial Appeal,
the neighborhood: Ever go bowling at Imperial Lanes on Summer Avenue?
That fine recreational facility closed a few years ago and as of
January, 2017, the building is being demolished to make way for a
fitness club. The Commercial Appeal,
page consolidating all of the significant stories about East High being
transformed into a STEM Optional School is now available for your
convenience in keeping up with the major development for East High. See
Substantive Look at East High T-STEM Program Afforded At Open House
indicating plans are still flexible, Shelby County Schools (SCS) has
revealed the most about the forthcoming T-STEM (Transportation oriented
Science, Technical, Engineering, Math) optional school to which East
High is to be transitioned beginning with the fall semester this year.
An open house for parents and others interested in the East High T-STEM
optional school was held January 18. Read much more...
$2.59 million renovation
proposed for East High
18, 2017 - The administration of Shelby
County Schools proposes a $2,596,500.00 renovation of East High School
as part of its "Fresh Start" plan preparing the school to
transition to a fully optional STEM school beginning with the ninth
grade late this summer. The money will be allocated for
mechanical, electrical and lighting upgrades as well as
exterior and interior renovations. The school district's officials say
they will be asking the Shelby Commission for the funds.
school district has published a flyer promoting the new optional East
High STEM program. You can read it on-line at the SCS web site.
The East High Alumni Page will continue its extensive
coverage of the
proposed conversion of East High into a STEM optional school with new
developments occurring frequently. See additional coverage in news
briefs below and on our Today's East High page.
High STEM Plan
January 12, 2017 - The East High
Alumni Page has spoken with the
administration of Shelby County Schools about the status of the East
High STEM proposal.
The SCS administration expects to implement the plan
effective with the start of the 2017-2018 school year barring
unexpected opposition. It is believed that the members of the Board of
Education support the plan. While there may be some opposition by those
who currently live in the East High attendance zone, since they or
their children might have to attend another school, the administration
does not expect any such opposition to derail the
The plan is expected to be discussed at the January
24, 2017, Board of Education Work Session which begins at 5:30 p.m. in
the Coe building Auditorium, 160 South Hollywood Street, Memphis. No
votes are taken and members of the public are not permitted to speak to
the board at the Work Session.
The administration does not plan to bring up the
East STEM proposal at the Board of Education “business meeting” which
begins at 5:30 p.m. January 31. The administration believes, as
most observers do, that the proposal to transition East High into a
STEM optional school does not require a vote of the board. Votes of the
board are taken at the business meeting sessions and the public is also
allowed a limited opportunity to speak to the board members during the
business meeting. Members of the public wishing to speak at the
business meeting must sign up before the meeting begins. A sign up
sheet is available from about 5 to 5:30 p.m.
The administration does not propose to change the
name of East High, at least initially. There has been some discussion
among board members previously about altering the name if the STEM
proposal is implemented.
As reported elsewhere on these pages, the East High
STEM proposal calls for the transition to occur year by year, grade by
grade, beginning with the ninth grade in 2017. The administration
foresees the probability of East having two principals during the
transition phase, one for the STEM students and one for the traditional
students. In an earlier post here, it was disclosed a job
has been issued by the school district for a principal of East High to
oversee the school as "a local, regional, and national model focused on
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math in Transportation Based
Careers (T-STEM).” Also previously reported here, the district has
published an estimate that there will be 100 seats
students in the ninth grade STEM program at East beginning with the
fall semester, 2017.
For more background, follow the links in the above
story and those below to additional links to some of the previously
Regarding East High STEM
January 24, 2017 - While no board member opposition is expected to the
plan to transform East High School into a fully optional T-STEM
(Transportation oriented Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
focused) school over the next four years, there may well be some
concerns about where children who live in the current East High
attendance zone will be assigned next year.
For those living in the East attendance zone, only ninth
graders next year will be assigned to another school. Tenth, eleventh,
and twelfth grade students will continue at East for the 2017-2018
school year. The next year, ninth and tenth graders not in the East
optional programs will be assigned elsewhere, in 2019-2020 all but the
senior class will be assigned elsewhere. The plan calls for East to be
completely an optional school in 2020-2021.
Tentative thoughts on the assignment of ninth graders for
the 2017-2018 school year are that they will be zoned into either
Douglass High or Melrose High.
There could also be some discussion of renaming East High
else but with the name “East” incorporated into it. Top administration
officials have said they like the name as it is, “East High School,”
but at least one board member has suggested a name change might help
market the new school curriculum. Source: The East High Alumni Page
"East High T-STEM
Program Takes Applications," is the headline of a report on the status
of the East High STEM plan as revealed at the Jan. 18 open house at the
school. Memphis Daily News,
PLAN EAST TRANSITION TO ALL
OPTIONAL STEM SCHOOL CALLED OFFICIAL
January 7,2017 - Chalkbeat Tennessee reports, "It’s official. Big
changes coming to
historic Memphis East High School." The report by the on-line
education news source appears to be based on the school district's
including the East High STEM conversion in its list of optional
schools that were to be promoted at a January 8 event. Chalkbeat, Jan 7.
[minor updates incorporated in the above Jan. 9]
High covered in snow is the aerial photo chosen for a the Mid-South
Memories column of a Memphis newspaper Jan. 10. The text reports the
picture was taken January 11, 1962. The Commercial Appeal,
Jan. 9/10. Paul Young ('97)
was selected by The Memphis Business Journal as one of the "Top 40
Under 40." Young is the Director of Housing and Community Development
for the City of Memphis and is one of the youngest division heads in
the city administration. The Memphis Business Journal, Dec. 2 Delayed
report:1 Judy Lloyd ('64), 69, of Chicago,
Illinois, sister of Susan Lloyd
('59), died February 3, 2016. An
obituary is available.
Joe Beasley ('70), 64, of West Memphis, Arkansas, died Sunday,
January 1, 2017. An obituary is
available. Visitation is 5-7pm, Wednesday, January 4 at Memphis
Funeral services are at 10am, Thursday, January 5 at the funeral home.
2016 Report Card on East High
East High’s 2016 ACT average composite ACT score is 15.7, which is up a
half a point from 2015. It correlates to an ACT score of about 12 on
the pre-1989 ACT test. For more details, see our Today's
East High page.
Gloria Hendricks (Faculty), 92, of
Memphis, died December 21, 2016. Ms. Hendricks taught vocal music at
East High from its opening in 1948 until 1955. An obituary is available.
A memorial service is to be held at a later date.
the Christmas season 2016 The Commercial Appeal posted on its website a
number of photos from the holidays in years past. Included was
one from December 13, 1950, picturing East Elementary students. They
are, Jimmy Jalenak ('57)
(seated), Lee Parchman (associated with the Class of '57), Harriet Sikes ('57), and Blair
Meredith (class association undetermined). The Commercial Appeal
Chas McVean ('61)
got a short but special mention in a newspaper article: "Charles
McVean — who dreamed up the Big River Crossing — could have been the
Memphis Sportsperson of the Year, for everything he did for fitness and
for walking." The Commercial Appeal, Dec. 23/
Delayed report:1Bill Hurteau (associated with the Class
of '62), died December 25, 2015. An
obituary is available. East High won the 2016 Class 4A Tennessee
state football championship
Saturday, Dec. 3, defeating Knoxville's Central High School 27-3 in a
game played in Cookeville. It's the fist football state
championship for East since 1999 when it also beat Knoxville Central.
It also matches the AAA basketball championship the school won in
March, as the Mustangs joined White Station and St. George's as the
only Shelby County schools to win state titles in both sports in a
calendar year. The Commercial Appeal,
Class 4A Football Championship: East High vs. Knoxville Central, 3pm
CST, Saturday, Dec. 3, broadcast live statewide on TV from Cookeville.
In Memphis on WLMT Channel 30. Also available via Internet streaming
Other cities & Internet:
Nashville – WUXP MyTV30 (MyNetwork)
Memphis – WLMT CW30 (CW)
Knoxville – MyVLT (MyNetwork)
Chattanooga – MyTV Chattanooga EFLI (MyNetwork)
Tri-Cities – WKPT (MyNetwork)
Jackson – JEA Cable EPlus TV6
Internet streaming (live and replay): NFHS Network
East High STEM Decision
Delayed Until January
A Shelby County School
senior official has told The East High Alumni Page that the discussion
by the Board of Education and the decision to move forward with
converting East High to a STEM optional school has been delayed until
the Board's January meetings. The administration's proposal to close
two elementary schools and build 3 new schools apparently is the cause
of the delay. Board meetings may be heard live on radio station WQOX,
88.5 FM and viewed on Memphis Comcast Cable Channel 19.
Coverage from those sources may also be streamed on the Internet from http://voiceofscs.com/
Small Gathering Hear a Few New
Details on Proposal to convert East High to a STEM Optional School
22, 2016 - There was a decidedly different atmosphere at the “info
session” about the proposal to make East High an optional only STEM
(Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) high school at a very poorly
attended public meeting at First Baptist Church Broad November 22.
There was nary a negative opinion of the plan to convert East into a
high achievement STEM school, very much unlike a similar session held
at East October 17... Read more ...
Confirmed: initial decision on East High STEM to be discussed Nov. 29
Public comments & if a vote of Board of Education is taken
that will be Dec. 6
administrator for Shelby County Schools confirms the Board of Education
will discuss November 29 giving initial approval to transition East
High into a STEM optional school. No public comments or votes are taken
at that meeting. Any vote, and public comments, will occur at the
December 6 meeting. Meetings start at 5:30 p.m. Members of the public
wishing to speak must do so during the half hour prior to the start of
the meeting. Read more...
Maps and description of Board of Education meeting location are here.
on “Hyper Underperforming” East High School Needed Soon
Transition would mean many changes Report: Shelby
County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson says a decision from
the school board on whether to proceed with his proposal to transition
East High into a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
focused optional school needs to be made within the next month... The
superintendent said the easiest way to transition East would be to
close it as a traditional school and then reopen it as a fully STEM
school but because of tradition and allowing current students to finish
at their school, the grade by grade transition would be preferable. He
said there was plenty of space to, in essence, be running two schools
within the building. Read much more...
Newsweb: "Plans to transform East High School into a STEM school,
including a focus on transportation, are advancing as Shelby County
Schools seeks to feed potential employees to Memphis’ booming
distribution industry — and save one of its most iconic schools." Chalkbeat, Oct. 27.
Memphis leaders will recognize super boosters ... Downtown Vision
Awards recipients are slated to include ... Jake Schorr (associated
with the Class of '61), Westy's owner and carriage company operator... The Commercial Appeal, Oct. 8
Jim Ray (associated with the Class of '74), 60, died October 25, 2016. An obituary is available. No service
information was published. Bartlett Funeral Home, Memphis,
901-372-5555, has charge.
Memphis. Initial Public Meeting on Future of East High School As a STEM Optional School
Parents and Public Offer
Resistance to Plan
The top academic officers of the Shelby County School system along with
the Board of Education member in whose district East High sits tonight
met with about 60 people comprising a few current East High students, a
contingent of perhaps 25 alumni of the school, about a dozen East
teachers, the remainder were parents and guardians of current students,
and a few concerned members of the larger Memphis community. It
appeared the largest group were alumni. Read more...
(see also the Chalkbeat story on the event)
Mary Main ('66), 67, died October 16, 2016. An obituary is available.
Visitation is 9:30-10:30 a.m., Friday, October 21 at Roller Family
Funeral Home, 3651 Austin Peay Hwy, Memphis. Funeral services follow
immediately at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.
Allenberg (class year association undetermined), 81, of Memphis died
Friday, October 14. An obituary is
available. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Friday, October 21 at
Calvary Episcopal Church, Memphis. Visitation & reception follows
the service at the church.
Richard Louis Linden King, 93, of Memphis, father of Ken King ('68) and Karen King ('71), died September 6,
2016. Visitation and a memorial service were held October 1.
East High STEM to be Discussed Tuesday
The Academic Performance Committee of the Shelby County Board of
Education will discuss the East High STEM proposal and community
reaction to it at an Oct. 25 meeting at 4pm at the SCS Administration
Building (160 S. Hollywood).
The Academic Performance Committee will report on its meeting to the
full board during the board's business session beginning at 5:30 at SCS
Administration building, Coe auditorium. Further discussion is
anticipated at the full board meeting.
There is the opportunity for public comment before the board begins
considering items on its agenda and there may be comments about East
High. If you would like to speak, you need to sign up between 5 and
5:30. There could be a number of speakers on various subjects, so the
time allocated to each speaker may be very limited. The maximum would
be 3 minutes.
an adjunct story to the Big River Crossing item immediately below, a
newspaper article examines the Main2Main project, of which the Harahan
Bridge crossing was part, on the development boom in the south Main
Street area. "The synergy of all of these activities create an
environment where we believe growth and development will continue, not
only in the Downtown core, but the areas on the outskirts of Downtown
as well," city Housing and Community Development director Paul Young ('97) said. The Commercial Appeal,
is was lauded Oct. 22 as the force behind the idea and development of
the Big River Crossing, the pedestrian & bicycle path across the
Mississippi River on the Harahan Bridge, which opened to the public on
that date. "City and state officials mused over all of the teamwork and
fundraising it took to get the boardwalk built, but said it wouldn't
have happened at all if not for Charlie McVean.
"Described as a "force of nature" and "superman of the Big River
Crossing," McVean was credited with having the initial vision for the
bridge's future and convincing all the players necessary to see the
project to fruition. He received two standing ovations as he spoke
about the bridge, noting Union Pacific was not initially keen on the
idea." The Commercial Appeal,
Oct. 22/23. Memphis Daily News,
Oct. 25 The Memphis Flyer,
was interviewed by telephone on the Earle Farrell Show on radio station
KWAM Friday, Oct. 21. Strong talked about Union Pacific steam
engine 844 which will cross the Harrahan Bridge and be on display Oct.
22 as part of the grand opening of the Big River Crossing. He also
pointed out that admission fees to the Memphis Railroad and Trolley
Museum at Central Station will be waived Oct. 22.
Newsweb: "Idea to turn East High into all-optional
'T-STEM' school met with
community resistance" - An on-line news resource covering
matters had a reporter at the meeting October 17 at East High in
which Shelby County School administration presented its idea about
turning East High into an all optional STEM school. The East High
Alumni Page has also reported on this event.
Read the Oct. 18 Chalkbeat story: Chalkbeat.
Read The East High Alumni Page story here.
Top Administrators of
School District to Listen
to Public & Parents
on East High's Future
October 13, 2016 - It is believed the top academic administrators of
the Shelby County School district will be at the Monday, October 17,
5:30 p.m. meeting at East High to hear what the public and parents have
to say about the proposal to convert East High into a STEM
school. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
East High's academic performance has been well below the "college and
career ready" benchmarks for many years and in the past couple
enrollment has dwindled to about 550 pupils. The school was originally
designed for about 1500 students and a second building was added in the
1970s as a Vo-Tech center adding another 500 to the overall capacity.
With the low enrollment and poor academic performance, East High has
been described by SCS as on a trend that would lead to it being a
target to be closed.
But East High is also
described as an "iconic" school, it has a very
rich history of a top academic school not only in the
city but in the
entire region during its first 20-25 years after opening in 1948. That,
along with its central location, $12-million renovation a decade ago,
and already housing the school district's high school STEM lab for
students in the virtual STEM program, administrators are working to not
only save the school but restore its luster. The proposal is to make it
a STEM optional (magnet) school serving students from all over the
district who have the interest, grades, and conduct to be accepted.
Superintendent Dorsey Hopson last year said that the planned date for
the revised curriculum would be the start of the 2017-2018 school year.
The top echelon of academic
administrators for the school district are
likely to be at Monday's meeting, probably including Hopson, Chief
Academic Officer Hedi Ramirez, Director of Optional Schools Linda
Sklar, Innovation Zone Regional Superintendent Sharon Griffin,
Curriculum & Instruction STEM Manager Dedric McGhee, and
Instructional Leadership Director Brett Lawson. Board of Education
member Teresa Jones, in whose voting district East is located, is also
expected to attend.
for the Public
on Future of
East High School Oct. 17
October 12, 2016 - It
is reported that a meeting will be held at East High School on October
17, 2016, 5:30pm to discuss the future of the school. The meeting is to
get opinions of the public. School Board member Teresa Jones, in whose
voting district East sits, is expected to attend.
(See the reports below for more information on East's future.)
Plans for East's Future Murkie?
Newspaper: "The plan to turn one of Memphis’ most iconic high schools
into an optional STEM school has gotten murkier after not making the
cut for a federal grant.
"Shelby County Schools did not receive a U.S. Department of Education
grant sought to redesign East High School as a magnet school focused on
science, technology, engineering and math, a district spokeswoman
confirmed Wednesday." (The Commercial Appeal,
Oct. 12/13, 2016
Superintendent Dorsey Hopson has told The East High Alumni Page within
the past few weeks that the administration planed to pursue the STEM
plans for East regardless of the status of the grant.
Kathleen "Kitty" Gleaves Bragg, mother of Laura Bragg ('67), died on
Wednesday, October 5. A memorial service was held October 8, 2016, in
Kansas City, Missouri.
Shelby County Schools didn’t get a federal grant for a new optional
school program at East High, the school system is still likely to
continue with the ambitious plan." (Memphis Daily News,
Oct. 13/14, 2016.
The East High Alumni Page previously reported that SCS administration
intended to pursue the STEM magnet school at East regardless of the
success or lack of success of the grant application.
Superintendent Prepared to Reveal Plans for East High's Future
Fifty and sixty
years ago East High School was one of the premier academic
public schools in the mid-south region. In more recent decades, East's
academic performance has fallen. In the past couple of years, so has
attendance. East now has about 550 pupils attending its 9-12 grades. It
has been pointed out that the trend in attendance and academic
performance, if continued, would put East on the list for possible
closure. Instead, the Shelby County School district proposes to address
the academics with hopes it will build attendance. At the September 27,
2016, Board of Education meeting, superintendent Dorsey Hopson said he
is ready to reveal those plans next week. Read more...
Update: As of Oct. 5, the office of the board members reports no
Academic Performance Committee meeting has been scheduled. Sue Tushingham ('55), Vivian Garland ('54),
and Butch Bassett (class association unknown) were among the women
pictured supporting Dwight Eisenhower's second term presidential bid in
1956. The photo was republished Oct. 11, 2016 as a Mid-South
photo. The Commercial Appeal,
Oct. 11, 2016
Jack Childers ('67), died Monday, October 3. An obituary is available. A memorial
service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, October 7, at Hope Presbyterian
the month of October, 2016, the Shelby County School system will be
holding a series of community based events called "Greater Schools,
Greater Community." It is designed to "find
out exactly what our families, community leaders and all of you define
as high quality schools."
It appears a meeting will be held in the district of each school board
members. Board member Teresa Jones represents the district in which
East High is located. The meeting in her district is October 19, 2016,
5:30pm, at the : Gaisman Community Center, 4221 Macon Road. See
calendar for other dates, times, and locations.
Jackie McCormack ('63),
72 of Nashville, Tennessee, sister of East alumni Sharon McCormack ('64), Joe McCormack ('60), Tony
McCormack ('58), and the late Jimmy McCormack (associated with the
Class of 1968), died Wednesday, September 21. An obituary is available.
Visitation is 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. September 24, at Harpeth Hills Funeral
Home, 9090 Highway 100, Nashville, Tennessee. A Nashville funeral
service is at 1 p.m. September 24 at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home, 9090
Highway 100, Nashville, Tennessee. A reception: follows the funeral
service in Nashville. A Memphis funeral service is at 1 p.m., September
30, at Church of the Holy Communion, 4645 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis,
Martha Ann Layman, 93, mother of at least one alumnus, her son Tommy Layman
died Sunday, September 11. Visitation is at 1:30 p.m. September 15 at
Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis followed by a graveside service at
2:30 p.m. at Memorial Park.
Bill Earngey ('61), 73, of Eureka Springs, Arkansas,
brother of at least one East alumnus, Lynn
Earngey ('58), died August 21, 2016. An obituary is available. A graveside
service was held August 29, 2016.
Kenny Reasor ('54), 79, of Lakeland, Tennessee, died Wednesday,
September 7. An obituary is
available. A family reception is at noon followed by a memorial
service at 1 p.m. September 10, at Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis. Bill Carrier ('68) has
an exhibit of "my favorite images" on display at WKNO Gallery Ten
Ninety One at 7151 Cherry Farms Road through September 29.
"Expertise in lighting and art is the foundation of Bill Carrier’s
visual images, both in still photography and cinematography.
'Technology has created a better medium' he says, 'but documentation is
not always art, and trendy techniques don’t always evoke emotion.'
Carrier believes that his artistic edge lies in his ability to elicit
an emotional response from viewers." http://www.wkno.org/gallery1091.html
the front page of the Sept. 7, 2016, issue of The Commercial Appeal
is a photo of Jimmy Ogle's Downtown History Walking Tour celebrating
the 100th anniversary of the self-serv grocery invented by Memphian
Clarence Saunders. In the photo is Allen
Pilcher ('69) (in the red shirt) and Ken Welch
('68) (left background). Photo.
Hubbard Alexander (Faculty), 77, died Sunday, August 28. He
coached football at East High from 1972 through 1975. An obituary is available.
Arrangements have not yet been announced.
30th annual Southern Music and Heritage Festival is September 3-4,
2016, organized by the Center for Southern Folklore. The co-founder and
executive director of the Center is Judy
Peiser ('63). In 2015, WKNO-TV aired a broadcast "A Conversation
with Judy Peiser," in 2015, which can be viewed on-line at wkno.org.
Dorothy Duncan Storer, 92, of Shoreline, Washington, mother of East
alumni Ed Storer ('68) and the
late Scot Storer (associated with the Class of '71).
Hill ('68), of Winston Salem, North Carolina, husband ofLinda
Richmond ('70), died Thursday, August 11 . An obituary is available.
Funeral services are at 2 p.m., Tuesday, August 16 at St. Paul's
Episcopal Church, Winston Salem, North Carolina. A reception
follows the service at the church. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday,
August 20 in Polk Cemetery, Bolivar, Tennessee. A
reception follows at McNeal Place, South Union Street at Bills Street,
Boliver, Tennessee, after the burial.
Lee Evans (class year undetermined),
41, is a music producer and the program coordinator for the Carpenter
Community Bike Shop in Binghamton. Evans and the shop are featured in a
newspaper article about trying to improve the opportunities in the
Binghamton community. The Commercial
Appeal, Aug. 15/16.4
Newspaper: "East High football coachMarcus
Wimberly ['92 and Faculty]
spent preseason drills in a walking boot thanks a torn Achilles tendon,
a setback he jokingly called 'an old man injury.'" Wimberly is
extensively quoted in a preview of the Mustangs football season. The Commercial Appeal, Aug. 14/15.4
On WKNO-TV's public affairs program "Behind the Headlines" aired July
29, Bartlett School District Superintendent David Stephens agreed
with the Germantown superintendent Jason Manuel saying that "ACT is kind of the gold standard,"
in student testing. The nationwide ACT test is mandatory for juniors in
Tennessee high schools, although it is not mandatory in all other
states. The East High Alumni Page has for many years thought the ACT
was the one appropriate measure of academic achievement which allows
comparison not only among schools in the state and nationwide, but also
historically. That's why this web publication emphasizes the ACT when
it reports the academic performance of East High and other local
schools.WKNO-TV, Jul. 20, The Memphis Daily
News, August 2.
Harriet Sue Feinstein ("Susie") ('59),
sister of at least two East alumni Shirley
Feinstein ('51) and Jeannie
Feinstein (class year undetermined), died Sunday, July 24. An obituary is available. Services
were held July 25, 2016, in Tuscon, Arizona.
Meka Egwuekwe (associated with
the Class of '91)
is featured in a newspaper article about his formally learning to
program computers at East High and crediting his career to that. After
years in the corporate world, Egwuekwe is back in Memphis as executive
director of CodeCrew, a local startup that mentors young African
Americans, Latino Americans, and women in computer coding. The Memphis
Flyer, Jul 27/28.4
Mary Nell Campbell Smith, 88, of Collierville, Tennessee, mother of at
least three East alumni: Patty Smith
('67), Dickie Smith ('70), Kathy
Smith ('71), died Saturday, July 16. Services were
July 21. Susan Miller ('66) is pictured and
extensively quoted and Wendy Miller
('69), and Bubba Miller ('71)
are mentioned in a newspaper article about art by their father "Happy
Hal" Miller on sale, along with other things of the estate. Hal Miller
died in 1987 and his widow, Bea Miller, in February, 2016. Probably all
Memphians of a certain age remember "Happy Hal" as he was a popular
Memphis children's television show host in the 1950s, 60s, and early
70s. He also was the owner of his namesake toy store. The Commercial
Appeal, Jul. 20/22.4
WYPL (FM 89.3 in Memphis) is running a promotional announcement for a
program featuring recordings from the Memphis Public Library's Memphis
Music Collection. The library operates the radio station. The promo
names a number of Memphis musicians, including David Mayo ('67).
Robbie J. Webb, 94, of Memphis, mother of Wayne Webb ('59), Joyce Webb ('63), Mike Webb ('69) and the late Jackie Webb ('66),
died Saturday, July 9. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 13 at
Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 14 at the funeral home.
Memphis Director of Community and Housing Development is quoted in a
newspaper story about replacing the city's last old housing "projects"
with the new "South City" development. The Commercial Appeal, Jul. 9/10.4
Sam Pearson, father of Liz Pearson ('68) and Becky Pearson ('70), died July 1.
Services were July 8.
Judy Peiser ('63),
executive director of the Center for Southern Folklore, was the
guest on WKNO-FM's "Checking on the Arts" program June 30 talking about
its Memphis Music & Heritage Festival which is scheduled for
Betsye Fowler French, 98, of Memphis, mother of Barbara
French ('66), Betty French
('67), and Jeanne French ('69)
, died June 18, 2016. Services were held June 21, 2016.
Watters, mayor of Rossville, Tennessee, is interviewed as part of
a story about the Eggo plant in Rossville planning on reducing the
number it employs. "The fact they're not shutting the plant down
completely is a big deal," said Judy Watters, mayor of the Fayette
County town of about 900 residents.
Jerry Rakestraw, 67, husband of Carol
Leggett ('69), died Wednesday, June 8. A "family service"
is at 2 p.m. June 18 at First Baptist Church, Memphis.
to the Editor- East High brimming with STEM possibilities: "I welcome
Superintendent Dorsey Hopson and the Shelby County Schools’ plan to
turn East High School into a magnet school focused on science,
technology, engineering and math (May 25 article). East’s campus and
location make it a perfect candidate for a program like this..." The Commercial Appeal,
Sue Douglass, 90, of Memphis, mother of Doug Douglass ('68), Chuck Douglass ('70), Steve Douglass ('73),
and Mike Douglass (class association unknown), died Thursday, June 2. A
memorial service is at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, in St. Edward Chapel
at Trezevant Manor, 177 N Highland Street, Memphis.
The Shelby County Board of Education May 31 approved without debate a
resolution supporting an application
for a federal grant to make East High
School a T-STEM (Transportation, Science,
Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) magnet school " See a BOE document explaining the proposal. Read more...
Virginia McClain (Faculty 1964-1972) died Wednesday,
May 25. An obituary is available.
Ms. McClain taught mathematics at East High 1964-1972.
School district continues idea of
making East a STEM school to prevent possible closing in a few years. As reported here in January, the Shelby County School
considering making East High a Science, Technology, Engineering, and
Math magnet school. The administration of the district
anticipates seeking a federal grant to assist in the transition.
"If we don't do something, I expect in three to five years you start
getting to the discussion of closure-level low," Superintendent Dorsey
Hopson said May 24, 2016. "It's low but it's not so low we're
talking about that."
In April, the school reported having 554 students. The building's
capacity is probably about 1,500 and originally was designed for grades
1-12 and even housed a kindergarten in the 1950s. The school now
houses only grades 9-12 and mixes a traditional curriculum with an
optional (magnet) college preparatory curriculum in Engineering. Read more.
Sources: The Commercial Appeal, The East High Alumni Page
The Class of 1967 has announced its 50-year reunion dates: May 19-20,
Ray Henley ('56), 77,
died Friday, May 20. An obituary is available.
Visitation is 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, May 25 at Christ United
Methodist Church, Memphis. Funeral services follow immediately at 2
p.m. at the church.
Eubank ('68), 66, brother of Sam Eubank ('66), Danny Eubank ('69), and Stephen Eubank ('73), died Sunday,
May 22. An obituary is available.
Visitation is 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26 at Fellowship Baptist
Church, 7002 US Highway 70, Bartlett, Tennessee.
Funeral services follow immediately at 12:30 p.m. at the church.
Kitty Mathes, 92, mother of Linda Mathes (associated with the Class of
1968) and the late Talbot Mathes ('63), died
Thursday, May 12. A memorial service will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May
28 at Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.
Bob Johnson ('64), 70, of Coldwater, Mississippi, brother of at
least one East alumnus, Kathy Johnson ('62), died Sunday, May 15. An obituary is available. A memorial
service will be held at a later date. The 66th Commencement Exercise of East High
School took place May 22, 2016.
One hundred forty-eight students were graduated. This was the first
East High graduation for interim principal Dr. Marilyn Hilliard.Read
more on our Today's East High page.
Shelby County Schools will present its Proposed
Fiscal Year 2017 Budget
(school year 2016-2017) to the County Commission May 25. This year, the
district released individual school spending and statistics. East High
is proposed to receive $2,447,321 from the general fund, have 16
classroom teachers for a pupil population of 552, and a teacher-student
ratio of 1:33. The budget is subject to revision for numerous reasons,
including how much the County Commission votes to fund. See the chart outlining East's
The East High Alumni Page cannot help but notice how close the FY17
operating budget figure is to the amount it cost to build the school
originally ($2,485,397.07). May
11, 2016 - Some e-mail traffic from an EastHighAlumni@gmail.com address
has been noted. That address is not associated with The East High
Alumni Page. Some of those messages or bounce back messages purportedly
associated with that address contain attachments. It is suggested you
not open those attachments.
Rush Siler (Faculty c1948-1951),
99, of Jackson, Tennessee,
father of East alumnus Van Siler ('67), died April 26. An obituary is available.
Services were held May 1, 2016. Paul
Director of Community and Housing Development for the City of Memphis,
was this week's guest on WKNO-TV's "Behind the Headlines" program. The
half hour interview program will be available to watch on-line in a few
days at WKNO-TV.
Class of '61 will hold a class gathering October 8 to celebrate
55-years since graduation! For more information see the Class of '61 Reunion Page.
High is asking its alumni to help support a "book scholarship" fund to
provide $250 for 2016 East graduates who are headed to college. Alumni
are invited to attend the fund-raising luncheon June 4 at the Kroc
Center. For more information including ticket arrangements, see the East High
Richard Jones ('68), 65, of Memphis, died Monday, March 28. An obituary is available. A memorial
service was held April 1, 2016.
The East High Class of 1966 has announced its plans for its 50th
anniversary reunion to be held October 21-22, 2016. See details.
invited to a planning meeting April 7 at noon at East High School to
discuss a scholarship luncheon May 21st in efforts to offer book awards
to 50 deserving seniors who have been accepted and enrolled in
post-secondary institutions. Please contact the school to RSVP.
Ranson ('66), 67, of New Orleans, Louisiana, sister of at least
East alumnus, Bob Ranson ('67),
died Saturday, March 19. An obituary is
available. A memorial service is to be held at a later date.
Executive Director Tommie
Henderson ('91 and Faculty 1998-2003),
says he cannot comment on what appears to be a recommendation from the
Shelby County Schools administration to revoke the New Consortium
of Law and Business charter. The item is on the agenda for
discussion at the Board of Education's March 22 work session, although
no formal action could be taken at a work session. The administration
had concerns about the charter school last year but the board voted to
allow it to continue. The school conducts classes in downtown Memphis
and in Bartlett. The Commercial Appeal,
East High won the 2016 state championship in boys
(Division I, Class AAA) Saturday, March 19, defeating Cordova 64-60. It
is reported that East is the only school in the state to have won the
state championship seven times, the first in 1979. Source: The East
High Alumni Page.
Also see the newspaper report: The Commercial Appeal
the Feb. 23 meeting of the Shelby County Board of Education a grant
from Verizon for $20,000 was accepted. It is said to support building
“on engineering related assets already in place at East High School
(e.g., CAD software, an engineering computer lab, and postsecondary
partnerships) and links those assets to CLOUD901... a technology lab
for teens ... Teachers will then have the opportunity to
collaboratively design lessons with... focus of ... design, production,
and publicity for a solar-powered car.” The Cloud901 lab is located at
the Memphis central public library just west of the East High Campus.
Source: The East High Alumni Page. Link for additional information
Bernice Eger Miller, 92, of Memphis, mother of Susan Miller ('66), Wendy Miller ('69), Bubba
Miller ('71), and the late Allen
Miller ('65), died Saturday, February 13. Services were held
February 21, 2016.
Nuggie Treadwell ('69),
65, brother of Bob Treadwell ('67),
died Saturday, February 27. An
obituary is available. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Friday,
March 4 at the chapel at Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis.
the neighborhood: As earlier reported, Sears sold the property and then
the lease for the store was terminated for the Sears Laurelwood
location. It is now reported the Sears building will be demolished and
replaced with additional stores, including a Nordstrom Rack store.
Known as Poplar Commons, the newly developed shopping center will
include national retailers, specialty retail and several well-known
restaurants, developers said in a news release..The Commercial Appeal, March 2.
County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson said on WKNO-TV's "Behind
the Headlines" program aired Feb. 26 that he still wants to do "something special" at East High School.
He was answering a question about concerns some Board of Education
members have expressed about the affect on other schools, including
East, if SCS participates in placing a school in the renovated Crosstown Concourse (the old Sears Crosstown building on
As reported here, Hopson has suggested East may become a
STEM/STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math)
school but he has said any such transition won't happen until the
2017-2018 school year.
For many years East has been an optional (magnet) school for
and health sciences but in recent years participation in those programs
at East has been very low. In fact, enrollment at East is probably at
an all time low this academic year with a reported 551 pupils in
attendance. Source: WKNO-TV, The East High Alumni Page
George Grear ('69), 64, of Olive Branch, Mississippi, died
Sunday, February 7. An obituary is
available. Services were held February 10.
locker room is now a lounge at East, according to a newspaper article.
"The final bell at East High School rings at 2:15 p.m. While most
students are making their way out of the building, the Mustangs boys'
basketball team is preparing for a session with their tutors. It's a
game night and East is playing host to Overton, but the players have to
make sure they are taking care of business in the classroom beforehand.
'Education is first,' says East coach Penny Hardaway. 'We are really
big on that over here.' Read more: Memphis Flyer,
Beth Wagner ('55)
was featured in a newspaper photo Feb. 7, 1954, as an entrant in the
Miss City Beautiful contest. The photo was republished as in the
Mid-South Memories section in 2016. The Commercial Appeal,
Feb. 7 Leslie Robert Clark, 80, died Saturday January 23. An obituary is available.
Services are private.
Are tentative plans for East
High to become a STEAM school even more tentative?
During a Shelby County Board of Education Facilities
Committee meeting January 27, one of the topics was possible student
school assignment changes, including changes for East High as the
administration was still considering making it a Science, Technology,
Engineering, Arts, and Math magnet school for the 2017-2018 school year.
As board members discussed the shifts away from East that
might occur for those not enrolled in the optional STEAM program, those
in attendance seemed to reach a consensus that an overall look at high
school attendance zones, number of students attending each school, and
other factors affecting school attendance assignments in the central
part of the city should be conducted. Superintendent Hopson had said he
was looking for board input on these matters and he appeared to accept
the direction the committee favored.
So the shifts of East students to make way for the school
to become a STEAM academy and the possibility of East changing over to
a STEAM magnet school seem to be in more flux than they were before
The University of Memphis M
Club will honor four special award winners festivities on Friday, Feb.
5. Bob Wilson ('62)
and his wife Susan. are this year's recipients of the Dr. Cecil C.
Humphreys Golden Tiger Award. Bob Wilson has spent his entire
upbringing in a home of hospitality and business. The son of the late
Kemmons Wilson, he obtained his pilot's license at 16. For the last 46
years, he has worked for the family's business, The Kemmons Wilson
Companies. His primary role has been in the area of construction of
hotels, warehouses, and time-shares, and Fixed Base Operations for
Aircraft. He is married to Susan Wilson who worked as a physical
therapist primarily with children with developmental delays for 25
years. In 1998, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master of Arts in
Religion from Memphis Theological Seminary. gotigersgo.com
time to time the question has arisen in this editor’s mind, where are
the East High alumni among leaders in the public arena? Judy Briggs (‘67), now
Judy Watters, is an East alumnus who has taken on that role in the town
of Rossville, Tennessee, where she was elected mayor for a four year
term with 54.5% of the vote in 2012. Rossville is a town of about 700
people in Fayette County, about 23 straight line miles east of East
East High was briefly mentioned in the news because some Shelby County
Board of Education members on Jan. 19 questioned what affect a
Christian Brothers University lead high school in the Crosstown
Concourse (the old Crosstown Sears building on Watkins Street) would
have. CBU is already a partner with Shelby County Schools at the Maxine
Smith STEM Academy (the old Fairview Junior High). The Shelby County
Superintendent Dorsey Hopson has floated a proposal to make East, which
is very underutilized with about 551 students this year in grades 9-12,
a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineer, Arts, and Math) magnet school.
Hopson told the board members he thought there would be enough demand
for the STEAM curriculum to populate both schools. Originally Hopson
was talking about the transition of East into a STEAM school for the
2016-2017 school year. The East High Alumni Page has learned he now
thinks that will be for the 2017-2018 school year. "We want to do it
right," he said. Sources: The Memphis Daily
News, Jan. 20/21, The East High Alumni Page
In the neighborhood: The Sears store in
Laurelwood shopping center at Poplar Avenue and Perkins Extended will
close in April, 2016. The Sears real estate was sold to an investment
trust last year for $8.2-million, as were more than 200 other
Sears and K-Mart stores. with Sears leasing back the store in
Laurelwood. The new owner had the right to terminate the lease early
and has done so, leading to the closing. “I worked here when I was in
college ... then I worked at the Sears on Crosstown which is also
closed, as did my mother and my brother. It makes me sad that it is
closing,” said Laurie Holland, who visited the store Jan. 14. The Commercial Appeal,
The East High
boys basketball team is the top-ranked team in The Commercial Appeal's
and has a season record of 13 wins and one loss. The Mustangs
defeated nationally ranked Bentonville (Arkansas) 73-65 on Jan.
9. The Associated Press ranks East number one statewide for the Class
Brenda Carpenter ('64),
sister of alumni Brinson Carpenter (associated with the Class of '65),
Carpenter ('66), and the late Janet Carpenter (class association
undetermined), died Saturday, December 26. An obituary is available. No service
information was available at time of publication.
Bob J. Hazlewood (Faculty 1955-1957) died Thursday, December 17.
Dr. Hazlewood taught English at East High. An obituary is available.
Services were held December 20, 2015, in Jackson, Tennessee.
Carol Gearhart ('65), sister of Steve
Gearhart ('66), died Thursday, December 24. An obituary is available.
Visitation is 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, December 29 at Canale Funeral
Directors, Memphis. Funeral services follow immediately at 2 p.m. at
the funeral home.
tidbit: On school days the East High student parking area is mostly
empty but on Saturday, January 2, one can find the East High School
parking lot full of cars. Why? The Liberty Bowl football game is this
afternoon and with the game being sold out with some 61,000 seats, the
city offered free shuttle service from various locations, including the
main public library at 3030 Poplar Avenue. By early afternoon, the
library's parking lot was full, so the next public lot was East High's.
Free shuttle service is great for game attendees, not so good for those
wishing to use the public library but not able to find a parking spot
in the neighborhood.
A recently completed2015 Facilities Condition Index of Shelby
County Schools put East High's rating
Generally speaking, when a facility reaches the 50% or above mark it is
considered more economical to build a new facility rather than renovate
the old one. East High underwent a $12.8-million dollar renovation
about 2005-2007. Some other school FCI ratings: White Station
High: 12%; Cordova High: 4%; Germantown High: 23%; Southwind High: 0
(zero)%; Douglass High: 1%; Kingsbury High: 6%; Central High: 4%;
Trezevant High: 24%; Grahamwood Elementary: 23%; Delano Elementary 53%.
Correction of False Report:
the report earlier today (Dec. 11) of an East High student being
arrested in connection with a
telephone threat was incorrect. Several news media outlets reported the
arrest, one directly attributing the report to law enforcement
authorities. However, subsequent reports this evening say no one was
arrested and the call earlier reported as threatening was instead a
call expressing concern for the safety of a relative.
Wilson Fesmire, mother of James
Fesmire ('65), died Sunday, November 1. Visitation is
10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday,
November 10 at Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis. Services follow
immediately at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home.
The annual "state report card" on public
schools has been released and once again East's academic performance
overall is low.
For Example, the composite ACT score at East was 15.2. That equates to
about an 11.2 in pre-1989 ACT scores. Read more in our report on
our Today's East High page.
The Shelby County School Board tonight, Sept. 15, discussed a possible change in focus for East High
Superintendent Dorsey Hopson asked the board if it would endorse the
staff exploring making East a STEAM academy drawing students from
across the city. STEAM schools emphasize advanced classes in Science,
Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. Read our full report on our "In the news ..."
(left), Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Plough Foundation; David
Porter, Founder and President, Consortium Memphis Music Town; Mike
Bruns, Founder and former president of Comtrak; Phil Trenary, President
and CEO, Greater Memphis Chamber; and George Monger, Vice President and
Executive Director, Consortium Memphis Music Town, have a ribbon
cutting ceremony during the opening of the Consortium's Talent
Development Complex at 119 S. Main St. on Tuesday, Oct. 27. The Commercial Appeal
Delayed report1: Diana Harris ('67), sister of East
alumnus Georgina Harris ('65), died February 3, 2011, in Winter Haven,
Florida. An obituary is available.
Rosebrough ('67) , brother of Helen
Rosebrough ('65), died Sunday, October 18. An obituary is available
in the form of a newspaper story about his music history in Memphis.
"'Richard was a wonderful person, and an extraordinary musician,' said
Big Star drummer and Ardent Studio CEO Jody Stephens. 'As a drummer, he
was a guy who could conjure emotion with his playing like nobody else
that I know.'"
Visitation is at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 24 at Memorial Park Funeral
A memorial service follows at noon at the funeral home.The Commercial Appeal, Oct. 19/20, 2015
Pettus Gibbons ("Pete") ('67), 67, of Irving, Texas, died
Wednesday, October 7, 2015. An obituary
Ethelda Owens ('55), 78, of Brighton, Tennessee, sister of Carolyn Owens ('57), died Tuesday,
October 6. An obituary is available.
Services were held October 9, 2015, in Bartlett, Tennessee.
Matthew Aaron Burson, 35, of Memphis, son of Freddy Burson ('68), died Saturday,
October 3. Services Thursday October 8 at St. John's United
neighborhood: the Krystal restaurant
at 3227 Poplar Avenue, across from East High School, was a major hang
out for East students. It has been temporarily closed and the existing
structure has been demolished. Krystal will rebuild with the new
structure opening in late December, 2015. The new facility will feature
wood grain-like floors and and an interior digital
menu board. This model is being built in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama
and Florida, either through rebuilding or renovating existing
restaurants. The new store will be the third iteration of the Krystal
at this location. The original building stood until replaced in 1977.
Billy Minkus (associated with the Class of '68), died Friday,
September 25. An obituary is available.
A graveside service is at: 9:30 a.m., Sunday, October 4 at Memorial
Park Cemetery, Memphis.
Frances Freeman Newell, 94, of Memphis, Tennessee, mother of Linda
Newell ('59), Ginger Newell ('63), and Ned Newell ('69),
died Friday, September 25. A memorial service will be held Thursday,
October 1 at Trinity Episcopal Church, Natchez, Mississippi.
Wimberly ('92 and Faculty)
is quoted in a newspaper article about East football beating Trezevant
38-12 and being ranked number 2 in the paper's evaluation of local high
school teams. "'We're resilient,' said Mustangs coach Marcus Wimberly.
'This team feels like it doesn't get the respect it deserves around the
city and Trezevant is a heck of a team. They wanted to put other teams
on notice.'" The Commercial Appeal,
Chas McVean ('61)
is quoted in a newspaper story praising Memphis mayor A C Wharton for
being a "great, great salesman for the city of Memphis" in connection
with the Great River Crossing project putting a walkway across the
Harahan bridge. McVean was speaking upon the occasion Oct. 8 of
Wharton's defeat in his reelection bid. The Commercial Appeal,
Fights among girls at
reported: A fight at East High School ended with an injury to one teen,
and now her mother wants answers. That mother called FOX13 about her
daughter allegedly being beat up by another group of girls
Tuesday.WHBQ-TV, Oct. 1
East wins Homecoming football
game Oct. 2, 26-6 over Craigmont High. A
couple more photos are posted.
Kip Lichterman ('67), 66, of Memphis, brother of at least two alumni, Ira Lichterman ('61) and Lynne Lichterman ('63), died
Tuesday, September 22. An obituary
is available. Funeral services are at 3 p.m. Thursday, September
24, at Levy-Cooper Chapel, Temple Israel Cemetery, Memphis.
Anne Williford Hasselle, 97, mother of Bob
Hasselle ('60), Henry
Hasselle ('63), Tom Hasselle
and Wendy Hasselle (associated with the Class of '70), died Saturday,
September 12. Services are at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, September 26 at,
First Presbyterian Church, Memphis with a reception following the
Wilson ('70), 63, of Carthage, Tennessee, sister of Laura Wilson
(associated with the Class of '75), died Saturday, September 19. An obituary is available.
A memorial service is at 7 p.m Friday, September 25 at Barren Plains
Baptist Church, Springfield, Tennessee. A reception follows the
Frank Wilbourn ('72), died Thursday, September 17. An obituary is available.
Services are at 2 p.m. Monday, September 21 at St. John’s Episcopal
Church, Memphis. A reception follows the service at the church.
wrote a newspaper guest column about her recent reunion and her times
at East High when integration through busing was first taking place.
The article, entitled "The best, and baddest, of times," examines some
of the experiences from those high school days and some of the lasting
thoughts those days have left with the Class of '75 and perhaps beyond.
The Commercial Appeal,
Sept. 13. A
group of 15 East High School students were reportedly kicked out of the
STEM program and parents said they were never notified. STEM, an
advanced learning program, stands for science, technology, engineering,
and math. According to a parent of a student in the program, all those
removed from STEM play football and manage to keep straight A's. He
said they "make life changing decisions for our children and we are
just not gonna stand for that...These children are tired. We do all we
can as parents to push ‘em so that they will keep those A's and B's but
also continue with the extracurricular activities. They shouldn't be
punished for that." According to the parent, SCS has now reinstated the
students in the program. WATN-TV, Sep. 18.
Vivian Frankenfield Gragg, 93, of Memphis,mother of at least four East
alumni, Judy Gregg ('63), Cathy Gragg ('65), Frances Gragg ('68), and Bobby Gragg ('73),
died Thursday, September 3. A memorial service is at 1 p.m. Wednesday,
September 9 in Trippeer Chapel at Idlewild Presbyterian Church,
Memphis. A reception: follows the memorial service.
The East High Class of 1975 celebrates with their 40-year
reunion this weekend, September 4-6. Event schedule is available on the
Class of '75 reunion page.
Dr. Marilyn Hilliard
is East High's new interim principal for the 2015-16 school year.
Although we are unaware of an official announcement by the
superintendent of her name, it is posted on the East High web site and
therefore is now public. Hilliard is a ten year employee of the local
public school system and has been an assistant principal for the past
two years. Read more on our "In the news ..." page.
The Tennessee Department of Education released its 2015 academic report on East High
and other schools July 29. East showed growth in only Algebra II and
declines in 6 other tested subjects. See the numbers on our Today's East High
page. (additional analysis added 7:10pm July 29)
addition to the subject by subject academic progress scores the state
released in July, there is also an assessment of the overall academic
growth at the school compared to what was expected by each student. East ranked in the last category, meaning
academic growth was well below what would be expected during one
academic year. The "2015
Academic Performance Measurements Released by State" article on
Today's East High page has been updated Aug. 8 with details of this
The East High
football program, lead by alumnus Marcus Wimberly ('92 and Faculty),
is ranked number 3 in a newspaper's prep preview for 2015. "There were
times during the first part of last season when the best football team
in Memphis wasn’t Whitehaven or Trezevant or MUS but the East High
Mustangs...with a host of talented players returning, this could very
well be the year the Mustangs... put it all together. The Commercial Appeal,
online Aug. 19/print Aug. 20.
East to Get New
A new interim principal will take the position. formerly held by Eric Harris ('91 and principal 2010-2015)
for the 2015-2016 school year, however the name of the new leader has
not been publicly announced. In addition the superintendent of schools
is considering a special direction for East in the future. The East
High Alumni Page plans more coverage of the new principal once the
announcement becomes public. Read more in our "In the news..." section.
John Neiman ('64), 69, brother of Bob Neiman ('61) and Tom Neiman (associated with the Class of
'70), died Friday, July 31. An
obituary is available.
Visitation: 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 12, 2015, Canterbury United
Methodist Church, Birmingham, Alabama. Visitation is followed by a
"family memorial service."
the neighborhood: Loeb Properties, the successful outfit that
revitalized Overton Square, has bought an entire block of buildings
across from East High School. "Loeb paid $3.2 million for the Shops of
Chickasaw Gardens with plans to renovate the rundown and
foreclosed-upon hodgepodge of buildings that run... from Lafayette on
the west to Marne on the east... Loeb not only plans substantial
improvements, but to create a brand identity and cohesion for the
property across Poplar from East High's athletic field." One
building in the group may be demolished. In the 1950s and 60s such
businesses as Modern Music, Weona grocery, Bobbit-Dorr Drugs, The Hobby
Shop, a barber shop, and other retail outlets. The Commercial Appeal,
Dumas ('58), 75, of Spearfish, South Dakota, brother of Bill
Dumas ('64), died Friday, July 31. An obituary is available. Visitation
is 6-8 p.m., Thursday, August 27 at Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapel in
Spearfish, South Dakota. Funeral services are at 10 a.m., Friday,
August 28 at Mountain View Baptist Church, Spearfish, South
Webb ('67), 65, of Blacksburg, Virgina, died July 25, 2015. An obituary is available. A memorial
service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 15 at Blacksburg
Presbyterian Church, Blacksburg, Virginia.
Bob Metcalf (associated with the Class of '59), died Wednesday,
July 22. An obituary is available.
A memorial service is to be scheduled for a later date.
Henderson ('91 and Faculty 1998-2003),
executive director of the charter school New Consortium of Law and
Business, appeared before the Shelby County Board of Education July 28
to ask that it not approve a recommendation from the district's
administration to revoke the charter school's authorization. The board
voted to delay any consideration of closing the school until its
regular timetable for considering closings, which is in the first
quarter of the calendar year, giving the New Consortium of Law and
Business the green light to start classes for the new school year in a
few weeks. See more in our "In the News..."
Additional report available from The Commercial Appeal,
football player at East High School had to be taken to the hospital
after overheating during practice. Monday, July 27, was the first day
of practice with full pads this season, and one 14-year-old went down
with heat exhaustion. Shelby County Schools said the player never
passed out. He started showing signs of heat exhaustion and coaches
decided to err on the side of caution. WMC-TV, Jul. 27
Comments by Jimmy Tashie ('66),
Malco Theatres executive vice president, regarding movie theater
security are part of a newspaper story about that subject. The Commercial Appeal,
online July 25/print July 26.
Diane Rudner ('68) is referenced as a subcommittee chairwoman
for Fairgrounds Redevelopment Advisory Committee, a group formed by the
city to look at the feasibility of recommendations for the use of the
old Fairgrounds made by the Urban Land Institute. The Commercial Appeal,
Kathy Stark ('70), 63, died Thursday, July 16. An obituary is available.
Visitation is 4-6 p.m.Sunday, July 19 at Covington Funeral Home,
Covington, Tennessee. Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Monday, July 20
at the funeral home.
LaVerne Tolley Gurley, 96, mother of Charlotte
and Kenneth Gurley (associated with the Class of '64), died Saturday,
July 11. Visitation is 5-7 pm, Wednesday, July 15 at Memorial Park
Funeral Home, Memphis. Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Thursday, July
16 at the funeral home. Rickey Glassman ('64)was
among the notables who eulogized Judge D'Army Bailey at the judge and
civil rights advocate's funeral in Memphis July 18. Glassman, a Memphis
attorney, is quoted in a newspaper article: "Glassman recalled being
both a courtroom adversary and close friend to Judge Bailey over the
years. Bailey had a passion for Justice, he said, adding, 'D’Army
showed those around him how to turn passion into action through his own
example.'" Others speaking at the funeral included Memphis Mayor A C
Wharton and former President of the United States Bill Clinton. The Commercial Appeal
(on-line July 18, printed July 19).
Allen Douglas (class year undetermined), 81, of Holly Springs,
Mississippi, formerly of Memphis, Tennessee, died Saturday, July 4. An obituary is available. Services
were held July 8, 2015.
Suzanne Ragsdale ('58),
74, sister of June Ragsdale ('52)
and Mary Ragsdale ('57), died
Thursday, July 2. An obituary is
available. Services were held July 5, 2015.
was one of a number of citizens who appeared before the Memphis City
Council July 7 to speak in favor of an ordinance creating a Civilian
Enforcement Review Board. Although the measure was being considered on
its third and final reading, the council delayed action on it for two
weeks after changes were made and the police department asked for an
opportunity to review the changes before the law was adopted. You may
watch Noyes' comments at the city's web site,1 hour, 37 minutes, 45
seconds into the July 7 council video.
note: it is always gratifying to see East High alumni participating in
public debate and governmental forums after having educated themselves
and expressing themselves in reasoned and civil way, regardless of
topic or position taken. East alumni have much to contribute.]
('68)is featured in a newspaper article about his patented
"special stereo speaker...which provides music
fans the ability to play their favorite songs at a high volume level
and with no discernible distortion." Apparently an entrepreneur with
broad interests, he also holds a holds the patent to his new Dr
Peppermint candy. The Southwest Times
Record, on-line edition July 3.
Joe Weller ('62), 70, died Saturday, June 27. An obituary is available.
Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Monday, June 29 at Memorial Park Funeral Home,
Memphis. Funeral services are at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 30 at the
Ken Chumney ('56), brother of Jim Chumney ('53), died Tuesday,
June 23. An obituary is available.
Visitation is at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 27 at Memphis Funeral Home and
Memorial Gardens, 3700 N. Germantown Rd., Memphis. Funeral services
follow at 2 p.m.at the funeral home.
Memories newspaper article of June 9 featured a photo of Roy Moore ('55), on the left in the
picture, as co-winner of the first round of the state high school golf
tournament in June, 1955.The Commercial Appeal, June 9 Delayed report:1Jane Collins ('68) died January 18,
2003. An obituary is available.
D. Huddleston, mother of Sandra
Huddleston ('67) and Nancy
Huddleston ('69), died Tuesday, June 2. Visitation is 1:30-2:30
Monday, June 8 at Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis Funeral services
follow immediately at 2:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Diana Carr (associated with the Class of '56), 76, died Saturday, June
6. An obituary is available.
Visitation is 5-7 p.m., Monday, June 8 in Parish Hall at St. John’s
Episcopal Church, Memphis. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. on Tuesday,
June 9 at the church.
the neighborhood/city: USAToday: Memphis: "booming city... the
nation’s finest collection of attractions for music buffs...Bass Pro
Shops at the Pyramid, a Vegas-style architectural fantasy that combines
a huge Bass Pro retail store, the Ducks Unlimited Water Fowling
Heritage Center museum, a 32-story high outdoor observation deck, the
120-room Big Cypress Lodge hotel, and the Cypress Swamp Waterfowl
Habitat" See our Visiting Memphis
sectionand/or read the
newspaper story at USAToday.
Carlisle ('60), 72, died May 29, 2015. An obituary is available.
Visitation is at 10 a.m. Monday, June 1 at Independent Presbyterian
Church, Memphis, with funeral services following immediately at 11:30
a.m. at the church.
There are also news stories about Gene Carlisle's passing at Memphis Daily News, The Commercial Appeal.
Larry Byrd ('73), 60, brother of Dianne Byrd Waddell ('66); Walice
"Eddie" Byrd ('70) and Michael
Byrd ('72), died Wednesday, May 27. An
obituary is available.
Visitation is 4-7 p.m., Saturday, May 30 at Memorial Park Funeral
Home, Memphis. Funeral services are at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 31 at the
William "Bill" Rader, father of at least two East alumni, Steve
Rader ('68) and Debbie Rader (class year association
undetermined), died Wednesday, May 27. Services are private.
died Sunday, May 17. Mrs. Taylor was primarily a math teacher at East
High (East Junior High) from 1955 to 1969. She became a renowned
principal at Grahamwood Elementary thereafter. After she retired she
spent many years back at East tutoring and guiding the peer tutoring
program created by the East High Foundation. Mrs. Taylor is listed in
The East High Alumni Page's Hall of Honor.
An obituary is available.
A newspaper story is available at The Commercial Appeal.
Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 20 at Memorial Park Funeral Home,
Memphis. Funeral services are at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 21 at the
Steve Stern's ('65)
latest book is reviewed in the Memphis general circulation newspaper
with the following comments, "read 'The Pinch' — subtitled,
purposefully if confusingly, 'A History/a novel" — and your spirit will
soar, buoyed by Stern’s fireworks displays of language, sense of humor,
deep knowledge of Jewish folklore and culture, appreciation of Memphis
history, unflagging energy, colorful Yiddish vocabulary and
free-flowing imagination.The book is about the once thriving immigrant
neighborhood of The Pinch, the northern end of downtown Memphis. The
author will be in Memphis Thursday, June 4 to read from and sign copies
of the book 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Burke’s Book Store, 936 S.
Cooper. The Commercial Appeal,
May 31. WKNO-FM conducted an interview with Steve Stern and aired it
June 4. It is available at wknofm.org
Kay Rossen ('64), 69, of
Germantown, Tennessee, sister of Skippy Rossen ('69, died
Thursday, May 14. An obituary is
available. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 17 at Beth
Sholom Synagogue, Memphis.
Kristin Walker ('99) is featured
in the May 25 "I Choose Memphis" article in the Memphis Daily News. She
says she has "cultivated
a deeper appreciation and commitment to Memphis in ways that I never
imagined." She goes on to say, "[T]here
is something to do every single day of the week in Memphis, and
everything is easy to find." Memphis Daily News,
(associated with the Class of '68), sister of Susan Gibson ('70) and Faye Gibson ('72), died January 6,
2011. An obituary is available.
In a major
expansion, Chas McVean ('61)
is selecting East High and Whitehaven High for his expanded tutoring
program. His his plan is to provide high schools with 1,000 hours of
paid tutoring a week, enough to staff every single Algebra I, Biology I
and English I classroom with three accomplished college students.
McVean’s model is Peer Power, the after-school tutoring program he set
up and funded at East High a decade ago."We know what we were able to
do on an after-school voluntary basis... The kids are tired in the
afternoon; it wasn’t mandatory. There were scheduling issues around
sports. And some had to go home and take care of baby sister and all of
that," said McVean. The Commercial Appeal, May 17
to the Class of 2015, graduated May 16!
What is believed to be one of the smallest classes of East High School
in recent memory was graduated May 16, 2015, in ceremonies held at The
Cannon Center for Performing Arts in downtown Memphis. One hundred
twenty-four students received diplomas during the 65th commencement
exercise of the school.
Delayed report:1 Bert Bates ('69) died May 4, 1985. An obituary is now available. National Teacher
Appreciation Week May 4-8, 2015
The East High Alumni Page joins with the thousands of East alumni in remembering and thanking the dedicated
teachers who contributed so much to our lives. For East alumni
who went on to become teachers themselves, thank you for passing it on.
sixty-fifth commencement of East High School will be held Saturday, May
16, 2015, 9 a.m. at The Cannon Center, 255 North Main Street. Tickets
are required and must be obtained from the school in advance.
Jan Marie Lorenz, sister of Mike
Ronsiek ('68), died April 10. No service information has been
Anita Minter, 91, of Titusville, Florida, mother of Kathy
Dudley Cannon (associated with the Class of '71), died Wednesday,
15. There was no public visitation. Burial was at Red Hill Cemetery,
Point is the top military school in the country, and the school's
newest recruit is from Memphis. East High School senior Andre Vaughn
will attend the prestigious U.S. Military Academy at West Point in the
fall. A television news story featured his selection. Vaughn told the
reporter, "I want to serve my country, because I believe it's a great
way to give back." WMC-TV, Apr. 22
Norma Hooker (Faculty,
88, of Tunica, Mississippi, died March 31. Ms. Hooker taught English at
East High after graduating from college until she married and moved out
of state in 1951. An obituary is
available. Services were held April 1, 2015. Lowell Winston
former principal at East High School says he is running for the Memphis
City Council Super District 9, Position 2 seat. Incumbent Shea Flinn is
not seeking reelection. Despite student protests in support of Winston,
he was reassigned from his East High principal's position mid-year
after financial problems at the school were revealed. In addition, two
financial secretaries left city school employment. Winston later became
a principal at a charter school and at the city's Northside High.
Source: The Commercial Appeal
Bobby Gibson ('62), 70, died March 31. He was the brother of Jo
Anne Gibson (class year undetermined). An
obituary is available. Funeral services are at 1 p.m. April 3,
2015, Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.
was among the speakers expressing opinions at a City of Memphis public
meeting on the future layout of Riverside Drive. Part of his comments
were broadcast on a television newscast. [The East High Alumni believes
East High alumni have valuable insights and encourages their
participation in public decisions.] WREG-TV, May 26
Lala Clark ('73), sister of at least one East alumni among her
siblings Jim Clark ('67), died
Sunday, March 22. An obituary is
Visitation is 1-2 p.m. March 27 in the sanctuary narthex at Second
Presbyterian Church, Memphis.Funeral services follow immediately at 2
p.m. in the sanctuary. Cybill Shepherd ('68)
is conducting interviews promoting her new film "Do You Believe."
She appeared on Entertainment Tonight Mar. 13. She has also been
featured in print articles about the movie and her faith.Entertainment Tonight, Mar. 13, 2015; The Christian Post,
Oct. 18, 2014
Chas McVean ('61)
is briefly mentioned in a newspaper capitol hill report focused
on powdered alcohol. "Then along came Memphis commodities broker
Charles McVean and his push for arena racing of hackney ponies, ridden
by remote-controlled robot jockeys. (We're not making this up.)" The Commercial Appeal,
Swanette Anderson ('94),
39 of Horn Lake, Mississippi, died Monday, March 2. An obituary is available. Services
were March 7, 2015
was featured in a segment of WKNO-TV's "Your family pet" program which
aired Feb. 19. It discusses his photography business expansion
into taking pictures of dogs and publishing books of those photos. The
program can be watched on the Internet at wkno.org
Diane Conrad ('68), 64, of Oakland, Tennessee, died February 10.
An obituary is available.
Services were held February 14 in Oakland, Tennessee.
Walt Jackson ('68), 64, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, died
February 20. An obituary is available.
A funeral service is at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 7 at the Chapel of the
Cross, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
The late Walt Jackson
was a featured interviewee on the PBS television program "American
Denial" which aired Feb. 24, 2015, four days after Jackson's death as
the result of a traffic mishap. The program may be viewed until May 24
Jolly ('67) is featured in a television news story about a cow
loose in Germantown, Tennessee, and the local police successful efforts
to wrangle it back to where it belonged. The story says
Germantown police posted a video of their efforts on its Facebook page
which has been widely viewed. The TV news story can also be viewed on
line. WMC-TV, Feb. 26.
East High basketball coach Desmond
Merriweather (Faculty) died at age 41 Feb 8. An obituary is available.
There are also news media stories noted his passing. The Commercial Appeal,
WHBQ-TV. Visitation is 12-5 p.m. Friday, February
20, at Zion Temple COGIC, 2935 Sam Cooper Blvd., followed by a
memorial 5-7 p.m. Funeral services:are at 11
a.m. Saturday, February 21 at First Baptist Broad Church, 2835 Broad
Arnette Sturla Tagg, 54, of Memphis, widow of Bert Bates ('69),
died Saturday, February 7. A funeral mass is at 11 a.m., Thursday,
February 12, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Memphis.
fight between two girls at East High made the news Feb. 11, complete
with video of the scuffles. The reporter says the school district
indicated the fight happened after school hours when there were not
many school employees around. WREG-TV news used the terms "vicious" and
"brutal" to describe the altercation. The video was recorded by a
student and reportedly posted on Facebook. WREG-TV
note: first, it is bad journalism for the media to characterize the
nature of the event in judgmental terms. "Vicious" and "brutal" are
opinions. A legitimate news organization should present the fact
and let the recipient of the story make the judgmental decisions. Upon
review of the news story individuals may decided for themselves
what they have seen and what witnesses report.]
19, 2015 - The East High Alumni Page has been on line 19 years and we
hope to continue helping alumni get into contact with one another and
learn about their school and fellow alumni. Some of our 2014 web
statistics are available on our What's New
page. Thank you to all graduate, student, faculty and staff alumni who
view our pages and our special
appreciation to those who send in profiles for themselves and
who send in news of other alumni.
Bell ('08) was married Joshua Nehemiah Wilson
Nov. 1.She is a student at the University of Memphis studying Health
and Human Performance and is employed as a physiology technician in
Memphis. Wilson is a graduate from the University of Tennessee, Martin,
and is graphic artist working in Bartlett, Tennessee. The Commercial Appeal.
Duncan (Faculty 1966-70)
is the subject of a newspaper article as his retirement as executive
director of the Memphis Botanic Gardens approaches. The newspaper
points out his success in making the gardens nationally notable and
financially sound. It also mentions he formerly was a high school
coach. It fails to mention that was East High School! The newspaper's
web page includes a video with an interview with Duncan. The Commercial Appeal,
[Editor's note: we're proud of Coach Duncan's outstanding leadership at
the botanic gardens and congratulate him. What else would we expect
from an East alumnus, whether faculty or graduate alumnus?]
Jane Krech Pilcher, 89, of Memphis, mother of Jimmy
Pilcher ('68), Allen
Pilcher ('69), Steve Pilcher
died Wednesday, January 7. Visitation is at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, January
11, at Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis. The funeral service follows
immediately at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Thelma Getsin Cohn, 90, of Memphis,
mother of Howard Cohn ('65)
and Drew Cohn ('68), died
December 22, 2014. Services were December 23, 2014
Ken Canfield ('52), 80, of Hallsville, Texas, brother of at
least one other East alumnus, Nancy
Canfield ('65), died December 27. An obituary is available. Services
were held January 2, 2015, in Longview, Texas.
Judy Peiser ('63),
executive director of the Center for Southern Folklore, is quoted
an article about her insisting local artists performances at the 1989
Folklife Festival be recorded. Those performances are now being
released on iTunes. The Commercial Appeal,
Jan. 8 (on-line)
Tennessee Sports Writers Association has selected East High senior
Kyland Tate as a member of its 2014 Class 5A All State Football team.
Tate plays in the defensive backfield. The class "5A" relates to
a school's enrollment.
Mary Gordon Jordan, 91, of Memphis,mother of Cavett Conaway
(associated with the Class of '62), Alex Conaway ('69), and Edwin Conaway ('73),
died Wednesday, December 10. Visitation is at 11 a.m. Monday, December
15 at Germantown Presbyterian Church. Services follow immediately at
12:30 p.m. at the church.
Duncan (Faculty 1966-70)
was honored by the Memphis City Council Dec. 16 for his 10 years of
"outstanding accomplishments as Executive Director of Memphis Botanic
council noted that when Duncan took the job the gardens were in fiscal
distress. During his tenure, the Botanic Gardens have added many
features and become a fiscally successful part of Memphis, with a 400%
increase in membership. The city provides about one-half million
dollars to the gardens but another $4.5 million are now raised from
other sources. The Memphis Botanic Garden was recognized this year as
one of the top 25 public gardens in the USA. Duncan, a coach and
teacher of economics and government at East High, retires from the
Botanic Gardens at the end of the year.
Terry Teesdale (associated with the Class of '61) 73, of Colusa, IL
died October 24. The family includes his sister, Diane Teesdale (class
year association undetermined). An
obituary is available.
George Toney (Faculty 1953-1958), 89, of Memphis, died Tuesday,
November 25. Mr. Toney taught instrumental music (band) at East from
1953-1958. An obituary is available.
Services were December 1, 2014.
Spence Wilson ('60), Bob
Wilson ('62), and Kem Wilson
will remain members of the board of directors of Kemmons Wilson Cos.,
the family-run business started by Holiday Inn founder Kemmons Wilson
(senior), as they turn over executive leadership of the company to the
next generation of family, according to newspaper articles. Memphis Daily News,
In the neighborhood: Indianapolis-based developer Milhaus Ventures has
acquired several vacant parcels for the long-awaited Highland Row
project near the University of Memphis for $4.3 million. Acquired were
the properties at 443 S. Highland St. and 366, 374 and 380 Ellsworth
St. The mixed-use Highland Row development will include 354
apartments, 35 townhomes, a parking garage and 26,000 square feet of
retail space. Memphis-based Poag Shopping Centers, then operating as
Poag (Dan Poag ('59)) &
McEwen Lifestyle Centers, originally planned to develop Highland Row,
but those plans were shelved following the recession.
Source: Memphis Daily News,
Wesley Edmiston (associated with the Class of '62), brother
of Barbara Edmiston (associated with the Class of '64), died
November 28, 2014. An obituary is
available. According to the funeral home, no services were scheduled
Frances Lynn Herring Barnard, mother of Jeannie Banard ('68), Bill Barnard
('70), Sue Barnard ('75),
and Joe Barnard ('76),
died Thursday, November 6. A service of remembrance will be at 1 p.m.
Saturday, November 29 at Neshoba Unitarian Church, Cordova, Tennessee.
director of the Memphis Railroad and Trolley Museum, is quoted in an
article about possibility of additional passenger rail service to/from
Memphis in a newspaper article. The Commercial Appeal,
Jeanette Miller Hettinger, 94, of Memphis,mother of Mike Hettinger ('64),
died Sunday, November 16. Visitation is at noon, Saturday, November 22
at Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis, with funeral services following
immediately at 1 p.m. at the funeral home.
Sid Feuerstein ('55), 77, of Memphis, died Saturday, November
15. An obituary is available.
Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Sunday, November 23 at the Levy-Cooper
Chapel, Temple Israel Cemetery, Memphis.
John "Doc" Hoffman ('62), 71, of Mountain Home, Arkansas, died
November 13, 2014. An
obituary is available.
Services were private. Doc Hoffman was a sports celebrity during
his high school years and, in fact, was a legend in his own time.
All East alumni are invited to read what a sports report wrote
about Mr. Hoffman in 1962 on our 1962 Class Classics page. The Commercial Appeal
has done a story on Hoffman upon his passing.
A number of alumni have left messages on the funeral home's guestbook
page: Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.
a forgotten legend of Memphis high school hoops" is a Memphis newspaper
article about Doc Hoffman ('62), who died
recently. Recommended reading. The Commercial Appeal, Nov. 22.
[Editor's note: while the community at large might have forgotten Doc
Hoffman, anyone at East Elementary, East Junior High, and East High
School, and most likely anyone associated with Memphis basketball, who
was old enough to know anything about the game at the time has not and
will never forget Doc.]
In the neighborhood: A long established restaurant and bar opened by
and bearing the name of late East alumnus David Newby Harsh ('68) closed
Wednesday night Nov. 19. Newby's
restaurant at 539 South Highland Street, in the Normal shopping
area often called the Highland Strip and a popular college
hangout, was opened by Harsh in 1975. After suffering some health
issues he sold it to the bartender Todd Adams in 1997. Earlier this
year the establishment filed for bankruptcy and then was foreclosed
upon. An effort for crowed funding did not reach the amount required
and a final night party was held Nov. 19. The Commercial Appeal,Memphis Business Journal, Nov. 21.
PhotographerJack Kenner ('71)is
arranging African photo safaris where guests will be shooting animals
with their cameras,not guns, according to a newspaper story. Kenner,
who used to make photo trips to Africa in the late 1980s, has launched
African photo safari tours under the name Intrepid Expeditions. Memphis Flyer,
of the East High School Junior ROTC
marched in the Memphis Veterans Day parade Nov. 11. Unlike the first
couple of decades of East High, ROTC is now an optional class and is
open to women as well as men. It is not known if those marching
constituted all the East High cadets or not. Shelby County Schools were
out for the day, so it could be participation was voluntary. A
much larger picture of the East High marching contingent is available
Ralph Farmer ('51), 81, of Dyersburg, Tennessee, died on
November 3, 2014. An obituary is
Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Thursday, November 6 at First Baptist Church,
family life center, Dyersburg, Tennessee. Funeral services are at 11
a.m. Friday, November 7 at the church.
Susan Meriwether Klyce ('70),
62 of Knoxville, Tennessee, died Tuesday, October 28. An obituary is available.
A celebration of life service is at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 1 at
Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church, 3700 Keowee Avenue SW, Knoxville,
Delayed report:1 Hermit
Raby "Ray" Manning, Jr., 89, of Olive Branch, Mississippi, father of Kathryn Manning ('63), Weber Manning ('66), Rose Marie Manning ('73), and
father-in-law of Wes Lawson
('68), died July 5, 2014.
Betty Burleigh ('55), 77, sister of Bob Burleigh ('53),
died Sunday, October 26. An obituary is available. A memorial service
is at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 29 at Christ Church, Bartlett Campus,
5955 Yale Road, Bartlett, Tennessee.
Earl Winn ('60), 72, of Winchester, Tennessee, died Thursday,
October 16. An obituary is available.
Visitation is 10 a.m. October 25, 2014 at Marble Plains Baptist Church,
Tims Ford State Park, 525 Marble Plains Road, Winchester Tennessee. A
celebratory service follows immediately at 11 a.m. at the church. East High's 2014
ACT average composite ACT score was 15.67,
according to the Tennessee State Report Card on Schools released
Thursday, Oct. 30. In 1989 the ACT revised its scoring. A score
today roughly corresponds to a 12 in pre-1989 ACT scoring. It
be noted that now in Tennessee all high school juniors are required to
take the ACT. Decades ago, it was voluntary and therefore those who
might have scored very low may not have taken the test, giving results
that skewed higher than they would have been if everyone took the exam.
At least in the first two decades of its existence, East High was
considered a school with an expectation that most students were
candidates for college and, therefore, it may be that the vast majority
of students took either the ACT or SAT tests. If almost all took the
ACT, that would more accurately reflect the overall school academic
achievement and provide a better comparison with modern ACT scores,
once the 1989 scoring adjustment is applied.The East High Alumni Page
believes the ACT score is the best measure of
academic achievement both among schools in the present era and
comparison between eras.
In 2013, the average composite ACT score at East High was 15.92 and in
2012 it was 16.0.
In 2013, the average composite ACT score at East High was 15.92 and in
2012 it was 16.0.
This editor admits a lack of understanding the state's evaluation in
which it categorizes the composite ACT score at East to be meeting "the
Standard for Academic Growth" because it was above the predicted
score, although it is obviously less than the either of the past two
years. How lower scores can be meeting growth standards raises serious
The 2014 Report Card on Schools is presented in format more difficult
to navigate and to evaluate than in most past years, although last
year's report was somewhat more complex to analyze. Whether the method
of presentation is an intentional effort to obscure the data for most
individuals could be a legitimate question, although the answer could
probably be accurately predicted.
See Today's East High School page for additional for a comparison of top local schools with
The East High Alumni Page may, in
coming days, attempt to analyze additional information from the State
Report Card as it relates to East High and post the results here. The
state's Department of Education web site's State Report Card on Schools is linked here.
The late David
who founded Newby's restaurant on Highland Street is mentioned in a
newspaper article about the current owner attempting to raise money to
keep the establishment open. Memphis Daily News,
Parrish Taylor, Jr. ('63), 70, died Sunday, October 12. An obituary is available. Funeral
services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 15, at, Grace-St. Luke's
Episcopal Church, Memphis.
Oscar Ammer (Faculty 1961-71)
died Monday, October 13. At East High Coach Ammer primarily taught
physical education classes and coached numerous sports. An obituary is available.
Visitation is 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, October 15 at Memorial Park Funeral
Home, Memphis. Funeral services are at 1 p.m., Thursday, October 16 at
the funeral home.
On the campus:
unveiled Tuesday, Oct. 14, new urban art in front of East High School.
On either side of the steps that lead to the center patio area of the
school are mustang busts made of metal and flanked by attached metal
benches. The objects were created by San Antonio artist George
Schroeder of Texas who won an Urban Art Commission grant for up to
$80,500 for the design, fabrication, and shipment of the works. The
request design ideas submitted were evaluated by the East art
photos are here.
Mary Blanche Richardson ('61), 71, sister of at least one
alumnus, Lee Richardson ('67),
died September 26. An obituary is
available. A gathering of family and friends was held October 6,
neighborhood: the recent attack on three people in the Poplar Plaza
parking lot by a large group of youth has raised concerns about the
areas safety. "The community around Poplar Plaza is among the safest
areas of the city, according to law enforcement," says a report in a
local newspaper citing statistics from the Memphis Police Department. The Memphis Flyer,
members of the family of Jane Pilcher, Jimmy
('68), Allen ('69), Steve Pilcher ('73), may be visible in
a TV news story on WMC-TV
(Memphis). The story is about their mother
Jane Pilcher, who while under hospice care, visited her favorite place,
the lobby of The Peabody Hotel with the family. WMC-TV, Oct. 6
Ann Fakes ('52), 79,
sister of Roger Fakes ('56), died Tuesday,
September 23. An obituary is available.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 25 at Second
Presbyterian Church, Nashville, Tennessee.
Atlee Olga "Ogie" Catanzaro, 89, mother of at least two alumni, Kathy Catanzaro ('67) and Paula Catanzaro ('69)
, died Sunday, September 21. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, September
23at Memorial Park Funeral Home. Funeral services
are Wednesday, September 24 beginning at 10 a.m.with Rosary
followed at 11 a.m.by the funeral mass at St. Michael Catholic Church,
Duncan (Faculty 1966-70)
announced Sept. 15 his retirement as director of Memphis Botanic Garden
effective at the end of the year. He has held the position for the past
Nancy Ezell ('59), of
Southaven, Mississippi, sister of at least one alumnus, Libby Ezell ('55), died
Friday, September 5. An obituary is
available. Services were September 9, 2014.
Joy Tiffin ('74)
is interviewed as part of a "love mob" that demonstrated at Poplar
Plaza Shopping Center in response to a group attack on shoppers and
employees near the Kroger store Saturday night. "Joy Sutherland went to
high school just down the street from Poplar Plaza, worked her first
job at Leonard’s Barbecue in the shopping center and had her first date
with her future husband in a restaurant there." Eleven juveniles had
been arrested by Tuesday and charged for violent event and police said
more arrests were expected. One of the responses was what organizers
called "a peaceful demonstration of love for our city, its businesses,
and our fellow citizens." The Commercial Appeal,
In the neighborhood: About 9:15 Saturday night Sept. 6, a large group
of dozens of juveniles rampaged through Poplar Plaza Shopping Center at
Poplar and Highland attacking at least three people in front of the
Kroger store, beating and kicking the victims. A bystander captured
video of some of the violence and it has been viewed by thousands
across the nation on the Internet and television news programs. The
event has raised alarm among Memphis politicians and residents of the
city. In the days following the attacks, at least eleven people have
been arrested and charged with police saying more arrests are expected.
Memphis Daily News,
Sept. 8. Video: WREG-TV
Martha Hamilton Boswell, 93, mother of Judy
Boswell ('64), Joe Boswell
('65), and Susan Boswell ('69),
died Monday, August 25. Services were held August 30. Bonnie Dondeville ('62)
is featured in an article "Holding Court" in the fall 2014 edition of
the University of Memphis magazine. Dondeville is a champion women's
tennis player who found there was no women's team at Memphis State
University when she entered the college after East High. So she played
on the men's team! Dondeville is still playing the game. She is a
member of the University of Memphis Sports Hall of Fame. You can read
about her in the latest edition of the university's magazine (on page 11) and you can
also read an article about her from a 2008 Commercial Appeal article on
our "In the news..."
Chas McVean ('61)
took the message of his Peer Power tutoring program public school
students to Natchez, Mississippi. The Natchez-Adams School Board of
Trustees and city leaders met with McVean to hear about his
program which incentivize advanced students with payment to tutor other
pupils in their school. The program started a decade ago at East High
and has since spread to other schools in Tennessee and Mississippi.
Some of those schools believe the program has helped them improve
student achievement and the resulting test scores. The Democrat,
Natchez, Mississippi, August 21.
[Editor's note: The overall test results at East High itself do
not appear to be significantly improved despite the many years the
program has been in place, although the students taking advantage of
the tutoring do show significant academic achievement. compared to the
student body as a whole.
test scores for academic achievement and academic growth for 2014
have been released by the Tennessee Department of Education. The
results for East High, along with two of the traditional top performing
schools in Shelby County, are provided on our Today's
East High School page.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam visited East High School August 18 to
promote the Tennessee Promise scholarship which offers every high
school graduate in the state, effective this school year, an
opportunity to attend college for two years tuition free. He addressed
more than 150 seniors gathered in the school's auditorium and got ”
Haslam told more than 150 seniors at East. The pupils appeared to
enthusiastically applaud the governor's comments.
The Commercial Appeal, August 16, 2014:
Drew Bellomo ('70), brother of at least one East alumni among
his siblings, Shannon Bellomo ('68),
died July 8, 2014. An obituary is
A private memorial service was held July 29, 2014, in Denver, Colorado
Flinn (associated with the Class of '61)
tells brief stories about life
growing up in the 1950s and 1960s in Memphis, including at East
Elementary and Junior High and Central High School. Great fun hearing
his recollections! Check him out as he introduces oldies music on his
radio station, which he calls "Sunny 1210" (AM 1210 in Memphis)! He
invites you to send in your memories, too. The same programming is
broadcast on FM 96.6 in Memphis.
should also be noted that Sonny, who now goes by the name George for
the most part, is a candidate for the U.S. Senate from Tennessee in the
(Thanks to Bill Strong ('61)
for letting us know about this fun radio experience.)
Chas McVean ('61) and the Big River
Crossing and Parkway project are profiled in the local Memphis magazine
RSVP in its August
Edition. The crossing part of the project was formerly called the Harahan
Bridge bicycle and pedestrian project. The parkway portion is a new
plan to provide bicycle and walking trails atop the Mississippi levee
system. RSVP, August,
Fifty years ago on July 30, 1964, East High's renowned
first principal,J.P. Snider
died as the result of a traffic accident. It was a great loss for East
High School and its alumni.You can read about Mr. Snider in our Hall of Honor page and
in his obituary.
In the first decision of its kind,
Charlie McVean ['61]
of McVean Trading & Investments announced that the St. Francis
Levee District of Arkansas would allow foot traffic on the pathways
along the top of the Mississippi River levees. Memphis Business
Journal, Jul. 16
The late Ed
was honored with a resolution adopted unanimously by the Shelby County
Commission at its June 16, 2014, meeting. Mrs. Sue Williams was
present to accept the resolution and appreciative comments from
commissioners about her late husband. The commission said, "Mr.
Williams mirrored the high ethical standards
of his profession, and is deeply missed by his family, friends, and
colleagues, and his contributions to his profession, and to the rich
legacy of Shelby County, Tennessee, will long be remembered." You may
read the text of the
photographer, was on The Earle Farrell 4Memphis radio show on
KWAM, Memphis, Tuesday, June 24. Among the reasons Kenner is
famous is his popular books of pictures of dogs, one of which Farrell
is holding in the above photo.
Tom McKnight, 96, of Memphis, father of Randy McKnight ('62) and Lee
McKnight ('64), died Thursday, June 5. A memorial service is
to be held later in the summer.
Joan Jefferson ('59),
72, of Memphis, sister of Jean Jefferson ('62), Joe Jefferson
(associated with the Class of '68), and the late John Jefferson ('58),
died Tuesday, June 3. An obituary is
A memorial service is at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 14 at St. John’s
Episcopal Church, Memphis. A reception: follows the service at the
article on infill development in the Memphis suburb of Collierville
focused on a development planned by Doug Dickens ('62).
"Dickens... has been developing infill projects since the early
1980s...Dickens, who has 40 years of real estate development
experience, helped create Memphis’ planned development ordinance in
1979. The Commercial Appeal,
May 22/23, 2014 (also available at FindLaw.com
William Jasper Templeton, Jr., 87, father of
at least two East alumni, his sons Bill
Templeton ('66) and Preston
died Friday, May 23. Visitation is at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 28 at
Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, Winchester, Tennessee with funeral services
following immediately at 3 p.m. at the funeral home.
Coleman ('60), 71, brother of Becky Coleman (associated with
the Class of '65), died Friday, May 23. An
obituary is available.
A memorial service is at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 28 at North Avenue
Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, Georgia. A reception will follow the
memorial service at the church. Sue Scull ('54), 77, of
Germantown, Tennessee, died Thursday May 15.
An obituary is available. Services were May 19 in Memphis,
Jimmy Jalenak ('57)
became involved in the controversy regarding zoo patrons parking on the
greensward at Overton Park in late May. A group attempting to
preserve non-automotive use of the lawn protested the parking by
sitting in the area, leading to arrests of some protesters. The city,
the Overton Park Conservancy, and the zoo negotiated and a shuttle
service from a parking garage in Overton Square was agreed upon. But
Jalenak, who is the zoo’s chief administrative officer, wrote May 20
that the shuttle compromise to end overflow zoo parking on the Overton
Park greensward "will lead to the demise of the Zoo as we know it
today... If the Mayor and Overton Park Conservancy’s goal is to keep
80,000 citizens out of the park, they should be honest and state that
rather than mislead the public with false solutions." The zoo pulled
out of the agreement but the Conservancy initiated the temporary
shuttle service anyway. Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton said Jalenak's
comments were "disrespectful and inappropriate." Zoo president
Chuck Brady later apologized for the tone of the letter. (Source:
Memphis Daily News)
class of East High School was
graduated May 20, 2014.
Forth year principal Eric Harris said 148 students qualified for
graduation and diplomas were handed out at ceremonies tonight at the
Orpheum Theater in downtown Memphis. The class members were offered
$6.5-million in scholarships and awards. The keynote speaker was pastor
civil rights icon James Netters. Read
An extensive interview
was broadcast on KFSM-TV in Fort Smith, Arkansas, during a Sunday
morning show Mar. 30. He is a member of a new board of directors
revitalizing a local golf course. You can watch the interview at KFSM-TV.
The t-shirt shop owned by Paul Edwards ('66)
was destroyed in a two alarm fire late Sunday afternoon, May 4. The
store, Signatures X, located at 559 South Highland Street in
Memphis has been in operation for 40 years. The store has posted a
notice on its web site saying "We're a little down, but not by any
means out" and that it will be fulfilling orders within a few days from
another location and with the help of other businesses. Sources: The Commercial Appeal,
Twitter, The East High Alumni Page. The
64th Commencement of East High School is scheduled for Tuesday,
2014, 6 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater. Tickets, which are free, are
usually required. Alumni interested in attending should contact the
school office in advance of the date of the ceremony.
Bill McMath, 72, of Memphis, husband of Kathy
died Wednesday April 23. Visitation is 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 2
at Christ United Methodist Church Sanctuary, Memphis.Funeral services
follow immediately at 3:30 p.m. at the church. A graveside service is
at 10:00 a.m. Monday, April 28 at Memorial Park Cemetery,
A Memphis man is accused of
pointing a gun at an East High School student, which subsequently set
off a lockdown the following day. (See story below.) Memphis
police say a group of students was standing on the east side of East
High on April 10 about 2 p.m. when three cars pulled onto Holmes Street
and the people riding in them got out. Police say a "disturbance" broke
out and Shinny Talley, 20 allegedly pulled out a handgun pointing
it at one of the students. The accused is charged with aggravated
The pupil's mother who was
arrested along with her daughter and adult son last week at East High
School contacted a local TV station claiming that police and security
personnel "got it wrong" when the arrests were made. Furthermore, she
claims the school is"out of control." Tamika Price seems to claim that
her family was attacked by others but that
she and her relatives were arrested instead of the aggressors. WMC-TV
A student, her brother, and
their mother all ended up in police custody Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014,
after allegedly fighting at East High School. Police say Tamika Price
and her adult son went to the school to get her daughter, who was in an
earlier fight. Police say the family tried to continue the fight. Price
and her son, 22-year-old Madarius Jone, were charged with assaulting
officers as they intervened. WMC-TV, The Commercial Appeal
High was under a lockdown this morning (April 11, 2014) after a student
reported a trespasser or trespassers on campus. Law enforcement
responded and armed officers conducted initial sweeps of the campus. At
10:28 a.m. the lockdown was lifted. No
trespassers had been located. Police have told reporters the early
reports were that four trespassers were armed and may have been inside
the school, but the school district denies that the original tip
indicated anyone was armed. The on-scene response to the incident
included school district security, sheriff's deputies, city
director of the Memphis Police Department and the United States Bureau
of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. There are reports there
was a fight near the campus yesterday when alleged gang members tried
unsuccessfully to recruit some young people. Today, as the trespasser
report was being checked, Memphis Police apparently executed a search
warrant at a house across Holmes Street from the school. Observers
believe today's events are likely associated with yesterday's
attempted gang recruitment and fight. Sources: WHBQ-TV, The Commercial Appeal,
WMC-TV, The East High Alumni Page
In recent days The Commercial Appeal
reported Memphian and former NBA all star Penny Hardaway was
considering a coaching position with the East High School basketball
program. April 1 (April fool's day) WATN-TV in Memphis reported straight out that he
would become the new basketball coach at East. A day later, WMC-TV reported that Hardaway told them he's not
looking to get into high school coaching at this time.
Bill Yerian ('68)
is the photographer for the TV show The Best Times which airs on
WKNO-TV in Memphis. A recent segment focused on hearing loss among
seniors and a brief moment of video included Bill in the picture
demonstrating a hearing test. The full segment can be seen at http://www.youtube.com
of East High folks on TV, back last fall KPIX-TV in San Francisco
featured Pescadero High School on it's "Cool School" series. One of the
interviewees was Maynard Robinson
(East '69) who says he's teaching there for the duration! You
may see the video clip of the story at http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com
A Junior ROTC color guard from East High School prepares to present the
flags at tonight's (Mar. 25, 2014) Shelby County School Board meeting.
After investigating a report
of evidence of sex and drug paraphernalia in the basement of East High
School (see story below), Shelby County Schools says, in part,
"during its inspection, district officials did discover unused condoms
in the area but did not find any evidence of drug use. The area is
locked and off limits to students. Only authorized personnel have
access to the secured area. The District has taken additional steps to
fortify the entrance to the area and installed security cameras in the
entry way." WREG-TV, Feb. 5
It should be noted that despite the reported release of the statement,
the statement does not appear in the news release section and does not
appear to be in any other section of the school districts web site as
of 6:20 p.m. Feb. 5.
News: "Some are calling it East High School’s dirty little secret, and
parents want something done about it. WREG obtained pictures and videos
of what some say is going on in the school’s basement. A former teacher
says there’s evidence of both sex and drug paraphernalia." WREG-TV, Jan. 28
J.P. Tucker, 93, of
Memphis, father of Phil Tucker ('65),
Jeanie Tucker ('71), and
the late Jan Tucker ('68),
died Tuesday, January 21. He was also father-in-law of Tim Ramsey ('70) and Van Siler ('67).
East High Alumni Page is 18 years old, having gone on-line January 19,
1996. Thanks to all those who have contributed profiles and news and to
alumni who check these pages for information about friends and about,
as our alma mater calls it, "dear
old East High."
How dear to all our memories
And fondest dreams
Are days we've
spent within your halls,
With friends who
Our hearts sing out
Alma Mater, to the
We'll always think
of you and love you,
Dear old East High.
We love and cherish
And you'll always
find us true,
For all you've
meant to us these years
In memory lives
Our lamp of
knowledge brightly burns,
we owe its light to
These days with you
will never die
Nor will our love
Chas McVean ('61) and Meah King
('97 and Faculty)
are quoted in an article about the Peer Power (formerly the Greater
East High Foundation) tutoring efforts and its success with
individual students at East High. Memphis Daily News,
Louise Bondurant Phillips ("Weetie") , mother of Harry Johnson Phillips Jr. ('68) ,
Clifton Bondurant Phillips (class
year undetermined), Percy Parker Phillips (class
association undetermined), the late Julian Phillips ('69),and the
late Woody Phillips ('72), died
Thursday, January 9. See our sympathy page. Suzanne Smith
in a newspaper guest column, writes "For years, Ike’s has been my own
wacky version of Cheers — a place where, in fact, many people do know
my name and 'everyone’s glad you came.'" She honors the people, the
store, and the neighborhood she's known for decades as the store
prepares to close. The Commercial Appeal,
Taylor (Faculty, 1955-69)
, 96, is one of the "9 over 90" featured for her involvement in the
community as a senior citizen in a newspaper article. Taylor has
worked in education for more than 50 years and continues her work
monitoring tutors at Peer Power, a student tutoring students program
started by one of her students, Chas McVean ('61). The Commercial Appeal,
There are several additional stories about Taylor in our "In the news ..." section, as well as stories
about McVean. Taylor is also in The East High Alumni Page's Hall of Honor.
The late Ed
Shelby County Historian, former state legislator, former member of the
Shelby County Commission, and member of numerous historical
associations, is remembered in an article in The Best Times, Dec. 12.
is the focus of a newspaper
article about his hosting the television
show “She Loves a Man in Uniform,” on the CW network. Parks graduated
from Notre Dame, entered graduate school at Harvard when September 11,
2001 changed the direction of his life. After stints with the CIA and
IBM, he now works as an an independent contractor providing executive
coaching to businesses, writes songs, and hosts the dating show. The Commercial Appeal,
F. Marks (Faculty), 97, of Memphis, mother of Denton
Marks ('67) and Linda Marks, died Thursday, November 28. An obituary is available. Mrs.
Marks taught Latin at East from 1963-1973 and was also a guidance
Steve Eggers (associated with the Class of '68), 63, of Milledgeville,
Georgia, brother of Louis Eggers (associated with the Class of '66) and
Andy Eggers (class association unknown), died September 14, 2013. An obituary is available.
angry parent was arrested at East High School on Thursday afternoon,
according to a spokeswoman for Shelby County Schools. Details were not
immediately available. The Commercial Appeal,
Kemmons Wilson Jr. ('64) and Bob Wilson ('62)
were on hand as the Holiday Inn brand launched a new advertising
campaign and called the Holiday Inn Memphis-Wolfchase Galleria, which
is owned by the Wilson family, one of its flagship facilities. The
Wilson's father, Kemmons Wilson, Senior, opened the first Holiday Inn
in 1952 in east Memphis and changed the way people traveled. The Commercial Appeal,
2013 ACT Score About the Same
The average composite ACT score for East High students in or preparing
for their senior year in 2013 was 15.92, according to the sate report
card on school released in mid November, 2013. The report card says
that last year was 16, although at the time the 2012 report card was
released it was indicated as 15.9. This year’s score of 15.92 equates
to an ACT composite score before 1989 of about 12.
Dauphine Mahoney Garthright, 90, mother of the late Jimmy Garthright ('63),
died October 29th. Visitation at Memphis Funeral Home and graveside
services at Memorial Park Cemetery, Memphis, were held November 1.
Edward White (associated with the Class of '53), died Tuesday, October
22. An obituary is available.
Jeanne Scott ('55)
was honored by the Tennessee Human Rights Commission as one of five
"human rights advocates" cited for "their significant contributions to
human rights in Tennessee." She is a lifelong philanthropist, secretary
of the board of the Hyde Family Foundations, and a founding board
member of the National Civil Rights Museum and the YWCA. The Commercial Appeal,
Ed Williams ('52), 78, of
Memphis, died Sunday, September 29. An obituary is available.
Visitation is at 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 2 in the Salmon Room of
Second Presbyterian Church A memorial service follows immediately at 11
a.m. in the church's chapel.
5:11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, WHBQ-TV is reporting there is a police and
medical response to East High School after an allegation of a sexual
assault. The reporter was unable to supply additional information as
authorities and an ambulance are still on the scene investigating. The
photo is the reporter staying in front of East High delivering the
Somewhat updated information is available from WMC-TV.
Cybill Shepherd ('68) guest stars on
"Law and Order SVU" Wednesday night, Oct. 2, 2013, 8 p.m. CST. on NBC
A video clip of a promo is available at http://www.youtube.com.
The Huffington Post
reports the drama is combining the Paula Deen controversy with a
Trayvon Martin-esque storyline. Shepherd will play a high-profile
celebrity chef who shoots and kills an unarmed teen in a hoodie because
she thought she was being pursued by a rapist. The character claims
self-defense because she knew the detectives were after a rapist who
fit the description, according to TV Guide.
the neighborhood: the fast food restaurant located on the northeast
corner of Poplar Avenue and Holmes Street, once a Checkers and most
recently a Rally's hamburger place (or was it the other way around?),
has closed as of September, 2013. Memory is a little fuzzy but the
first commercial establishment on this site may have been a Kentucky
Fried Chicken restaurant. Legal documents indicate Rally's leased the
property for 10 years in Sept. 1993. In the 1960s and earlier it was
site of a single family residence, noted not only for the East High
family that lived there but also because a dog and duck peacefully
inhabited the same fenced yard.
National Science Foundation's Division of Research on Learning has
awarded a grant of $1,342,970 to the University of Memphis help
establish the Memphis Virtual STEM Academy at East High School.
The program's goal is to help 100 Memphis high school students each
year understand pre-engineering concepts and principles as well as
develop motivation to pursue advanced careers in the fields of science,
technology, engineering, and mathematics. National Science Foundation
is part of the story about graduation from Tennessee Rehabilitation
Center. "'I’m graduating today in the jobs program. I’ve studied to be
a grounds’ keeper,' said Steven, 25, who worked at an internship from
TRC at the nearby Lowe’s Home Improvement store in Smyrna." The Murfreesboro Post,
Schorr (associated with the Class of '61) is interviewed about his
opinion on the future of downtown's Pinch District and the coming of
Bass Pro in the Pyramid. Memphis Business
Journal, Aug. 30.
Sue Marlar Batten, 97, mother of Jean
Batten ('63) and Helen Batten ('64), died
Wednesday, August 21, 2013. The family includes her children, .
Visitation was Friday, August 23 and services were Saturday, August 24,
Delayed report1: Beverly Taggart ('55), 76, sister
of the late Tommy Taggart ('54),
died June 21, 2013. An obituary is available. Services were held June
District attorney drops rape
charges in incident alleged to have happened at East High
The Shelby County District Attorney General today dropped charges that
had been filed against a 16-year old East High male student who had
been accused of aggravated rape last week. The allegation was that the
boy raped an 18-year old special education female student at the school
during the school day. Today the District Attorney General said there
was insufficient evidence to proceed with the charges and dropped them.
It is also reported that there is some video related to the incident
from school cameras but police will not say what is on the video or if
it was part of the reason the charges were dropped. WREG-TV, Aug. 22
Duncan (Faculty 1966-70)
is quoted in an article about the 60th anniversary of Memphis Botanic
Gardens, of which he is executive director. He describes the efforts to
revitalize the park since his taking the helm. Memphis Daily News,
Frank Mitchel ('68) has
authored The Story of Western
Philosophy: The Rise and Fall and Return of Reason,
and will talk about, make available, and sign copies of the book at
Republic Coffee 2924 Walnut Grove Road 4-6 p.m. on Saturday,
For information about the book: Tate
Publishing Mitchell also
produces a blog, including video segments, at http://www.uptospeedgoforit.com/
School superintendent says rape report not true At the Shelby County Board of Education work session
night, Aug. 20, interim Superintendent Dorsey Hopson was explaining to
the board that some of the negative comments about the the schools'
weeks were not based in fact. Among the examples he cited was that
"there was a report last week a student was raped. That just wasn't the
case." This comment coincides with the criminal justice system
apparently changing to a cautious approach in charges of aggravated
rape filed against another 16-year old East High student in the case.
(see stories below). Source: The East High Alumni Page
[update: charges dropped, see story above]
Alleged rape at East High "still under investigation" An unattributed quote on the WREG-TV website suggests
there are questions as to the nature of the rape reported at East High
Aug. 14. "Recent additional evidence gathered in the case has
determined that the case is STILL under investigation," [emphasis in
WREG-TV's article]. The story also reports that the 16-year old
arrested in the case has been released on his own recognizance. The
comment and release of the 16-year old would suggest authorities have
serious questions about the nature of the incident. WREG-TV, Aug. 19
[update: charges dropped, see story above]
of the late Kemmons Wilson, founder of Holiday Inn, have donated
$500,000 to “Give Kids The World,” a nonprofit resort in Kissimmee,
Fla., that offers dream vacations to children with life-threatening
illnesses and their families. A newspaper article quotes Spence Wilson ('60). Other children
of Kemmons Wilson are Bob Wilson ('62),
Jr. ('64), Betty Wilson ('66),
and Carole Wilson('67). The Commercial Appeal,
High continued to part of a major local news story in Memphis for a
second day after a rape was reported there during the school day on
Wednesday, Aug. 14. For example, WREG-TV lead its six o'clock newscast
with a story about school security, saying that "There was a time when
every high school in Memphis, like East High School, had a specific
police officer assigned to that school, walking the hallways," but now
only two school system security officers are assigned to East. WREG-TV, Aug. 16
[update: charges dropped, see story above]
Rape charged at East High School
- A 16 year old East High School male pupil has been charged with
aggravated rape of a fellow East female student. The 18 year old girl,
a special education student,
was taken to a hospital Wednesday, August 14. According to reports she
was asked to leave a classroom because she had food. She left and went
to a stair well where she was allegedly accosted. Sheriff's deputies
questioned the boy then charged him with rape. WREG-TV, WMC-TV, Aug. 15.
[update: charges dropped, see story above]
Woman accused of stabbing her two children to death is said to be a
former East High pupil. Twenty-nine year old Jamina Briggs (class association unknown)
was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in perpetration of
aggravated child abuse in the July 29 killings of her two sons,
Nicholas Briggs, 6, and Jeremiah Briggs, 23 months. She called police
to report the stabbings and according to a police affidavit "She said
she is paranoid schizophrenic and the voices told her to do it."
According to newspaper reports, the mother had a history of violent
episodes. Erica Harris (class
association unknown), a Tillman Street neighbor of Briggs who
says she attended East Hight with the woman is also quoted in the
article. The Commercial Appeal,
66th opening day of a school year at East High, Monday, August 5, 2013.
It appeared most students were directed to the main doors on the east
side of the school (pictured) for entry as East began its first ever
school year as part of the Shelby County School district.The city
school district has been dissolved and the former city schools absorbed
by the county district.
Barbara Brown ("Babs") ('54), 77, widow of the late Virgil Whipple ('54) and sister of
David Allan Brown (class association undetermined), died Friday, July
26. An obituary is available.
Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Monday, July 29 at Memphis Funeral Home, Poplar
Chapel. A memorial service is at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 30 in the
sanctuary of Second Presbyterian Church, Memphis.
Liebenrood (class association undetermined), 67, of Memphis, brother of
at least one East alumnus, Lisa Liebenrood ('71), died June 14. An obituary is available.
up out-of-town alumni, come visit (or move to) Memphis. It may become
a consensus, as MSN Living joins National Geographic and Forbes as
listing Memphis as one of the top
tourist destinations in the world! For links to the articles,
see our Visiting Memphis page.
East High alumnus Alisha Warren (class year undetermined)
is part of a story about Memphis being the lowest ranked of the 100
largest cities in the USA for children growing up economically
disadvantaged to become economically advantaged as adults. The Commercial Appeal,
Editor's note: if you know Ms. Warren's class year, please let us know
arrested and charged a man with public indecency after he allegedly
touched himself inappropriately in front of an unsuspecting family with
several small children at the city park on the campus of East High
School. Neighbors who live across the street told reporters they
actually call police often because it’s not unusual for them to see men
lurking around the playground. WREG-TV, July 25
Delayed report:1Bill Hall ('61), 60, of Columbia,
Tennessee, brother of Peggy Hall ('64)
and Ronnie Hall ('67), died December 7, 2003.
An obituary is available.
Jimmy Tashie ('66),
an executive with Malco Theaters, is extensively quoted in a newspaper
article about two people allegedly caught recording a movie and
apparent distribution of illegal copies. The Commercial Appeal,
The cast of Motown: The Musical performed on the PBS television and
performance of "A Capitol Fourth" Independence Day program. The cast
includes Valisia LeKae (class
year undetermined) in the leading
role as Diana
Almand ('65), 66, of Memphis, brother of at least one East alumnus,
Linda Almand (class year undetermined), died Friday, June 14. An obituary is available. Services
were held June 20.
The last day as a
Memphis City School
June 30, 2013 - Today is the last day East High School is a Memphis
City School. Effective July 1, the Memphis City School district is
dissolved, the board and city having voted to surrender its charter and
ending a 165 year history of city schools. All city schools now become
part of the Shelby County School system.
Robin Rogers, 61, of Germantown, Tennessee, husband of Yoly
deMoya ('68), died Tuesday, June 18. Visitation is 5-8 p.m.
Tuesday, June 25 at Family Funeral Care, Memphis.
As Norma Thompson ('64)
concludes giving 50 years of swimming lessons to about 10,000 children
on Thursday, June 20, she is the focus of a newspaper article. Because
they have 13 grandchildren, her husband and fellow alumnus Kem Wilson ('64), says "It's not
gonna stop but at least it will slow down." The Commercial Appeal,
Valisia LeKae (class
was a 2013 nominee for the best performance by an actress in a leading
in a musical by Tony Award Productions for her starring role as Diana
Ross in Motown: The Musical, which is on Broadway now. Patina Miller
won in the category best performance by an actress in a leading role
in a musical for her work in "Pippin." LeKae is also
a 2013 Theatre World Winner, 2013 Tony,
Drama League and Outer Critics Nominee. Named one of "Entertainment
Weekly's" 13 to watch in 2013.
If you definitely know what year she was graduated from East
High, please advise editor@EastHigh.org
She is featured in several media stories
about her nomination. The Commercial Appeal, June 9 WMC-TV, June 3 WHBQ-TV, May 1
In an earlier version of this news brief it was incorrectly indicated
the Tony Awards show could be seen on CBS TV June 16. The program
aired June 9. The East High Alumni Page regrets the error.
Delayed report:1John Jefferson ('58), 72, of
Memphis, brother of Joan Jefferson
('59), Jean Jefferson ('62),
and Joe Jefferson (associated with the Class of '68), died May 9, 2012. An obituary is available.
Visitation was held May 11, 2012 and funeral services May 12, 2012.
Mary Ellen Rainer Robinson White, 91, mother of Ellen Robinson ('64), Jim Robinson ('67), and Maynard
died Friday, June 7. Canale Funeral Directors in Memphis has charge and
reports the service will be a private family service to be held at a
yet undetermined time in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
Carol Tashie ('58), 72, of Boca Raton, Florida, sister of George Tashie ('56), Paul Tashie ('62), Jimmy Tashie ('66), and John
Tashie ('70), died Thursday, May 23. An obituary is available.
On Friday, June 7, the NCAA announced penalties for Mississippi State
University in connection with
recruiting violations of concerning Will Redmond ('12). in which Redmon
is said to have received cash and cars from an MSU booster,
according to the NCAA report. (Yahoo Sports), June 7. According to cdidispatch.com,
Redmond is required to pay $2,660 in impermissible benefits, forfeit
his eligibility for the 2012 season and is suspended first five games
of the 2013 season. Redmond is eligible to return to the active roster
on Oct. 12 against Bowling Green.
The Memphis production
firm owned by Bill Carrier ('68),
API Photographers Inc., won a prestigious "Remy" award for best music
video at Worldfest Houston International Film Festival. The
made-in-Memphis video, Stax, The Early Years, was directed by Carrier,
written by his wife, Tess Carrier, and edited by Natsuko Kobayashi. For
more information: Memphis & Shelby County Film/TV Commission
High School will be the site in June for the Honors Camp High School
sessions. Designed for students in honors classes, the June 10-14
classes focus on deductive and inductive reasoning in English, math,
science, and a social studies class each day. It is fitting that East
High, originally a top performing academic school, will host these
honors students. For more information, see the Memphis City Schools notice.
63rd Commencement of East High School was conducted Saturday, May 25 at
the Cannon Performing Arts Center in downtown Memphis. One hundred
seventy-four seniors were
reportedly graduated. Welcome fellow East High alumni! Snapshots from
the commencement exercise are available from the Class
of 2013 directory page.
the May 25, 2013 graduation of the Class of 2013, the final East High
School diplomas from Memphis City Schools were issued. The city
school district becomes history July 1, 2013 as it merges into the
Shelby County School system.
Uldis Ezernieks ('59),
71, of Alexandria, Virgina, brother of the late Mara Ezernieks ('61), died Saturday,
May 11. An obituary is available.
Delayed report1: Michael Lamar Jones ('75/associated with
'75) , 54, of Nashville, Tennessee, brother of Connie Bjorklund ('63) and the late Bill Bjorklund ('65), died June 30,
2012. An obituary is available.
Comments of Bill Strong ('61)
are featured in an article about passenger rail service in
Memphis. "There needs to be east-west service," says the board
member of the Tennessee Association of Railroad Passengers and former
president of the National Association of Rail Passengers. The Commercial
Appeal, May 11.
Lundy Pridgen ('68)
is interviewed on National Public Radio's Morning Edition March 7
talking about how a national law requiring firms with at least a
dollars in sales and doing business over the Internet pay taxes to all
states in which they have Internet sales. The news segment will be
available to listen to on the Internet later today at npr.org
The commencement exercise for The East High
School Class of 2013
is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 2013, at the Cannon
Arts Center in downtown Memphis (the previous location of Ellis
Auditorium, where many East High classes were graduated). Admission is
by ticket only. Please contact the school office in advance if you
desire a ticket to attend. This will be the last East High School Class
to graduate from a Memphis City School under current arrangements.
Effective July 1, Memphis City Schools cease to exist and become part
of the Shelby County School system.
Mrs. Ruth O’Donnell (Faculty) of
Germantown, Tennessee, died Saturday, April 20. Mrs. O'Donnell taught
for 7 years at East Elementary School. An obituary is available.
Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at Memorial Park Funeral
Home, Memphis. Funeral services are at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28 at
the Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel.
Judy Peiser ('63),
executive director of the Center for Southern Folklore, is on
"Checking on the Arts" on WKNO-FM this morning, April 24, talking about
at the center. She also announced a docent program for those who wish
to volunteer to help at the Center.
Allen Stephen Miller ('65), brother of Susan Miller ('66), Wendy Miller ('69), andHarmon (Bubba)
Miller ('71), died Thursday, April 4. An obituary is
Iska Taylor Duke, 97, mother of Donna Duke ('60) and Dale
Duke ('65), died Tuesday, April 2. See our
East High alumnus Gerald Kiner
(class year undetermined) is featured in a newspaper article
about apps he has created for portable devices that permits church
goers to provide instant feedback to the minster. Rev. Kiner is
pastor of the Jesus People Church in the Hickory Hill area of Memphis. The Commercial Appeal,
There also was a TV news report on Rev. Kiner on WMC-TV.
[If you know Rev.Kiner's class year, let us know at editor@EastHigh.org] Price Edwards
(Faculty), has written a piece for "I Choose Memphis" published
in The Commercial Appeal,
March 24. The former Teach For America participant, teaching at East
two years. He now is a medical student at University of Tennessee
Health Science Center in Memphis.
Cody ('54) is scheduled to be a speaker at the Bobby Dunavant
Servant Symposium is Wednesday, March 27 at the University of Memphis
Fogelman College of Business. In 1992, Cody co-authored with Richardson
R. Lynn "Honest Government, An Ethics Guide for Public Service." Cody
is quoted in an article in The Daily News, March 22.
is snow in the Memphis weather forecast for Thursday, March 21, 2013.
earlier, on a Thursday, it snowed in Memphis, unexpectedly
covering the ground with 18
inches of ice crystals. Will it happen again? Check out a few
pictures of the snow of '68.
King, East High's senior basketball standout, was named Tennessee's AAA
Mr. Basketball Saturday, March 16, at ceremonies in Murfreesboro,
Tennessee. The Commercial Appeal.
Ronna Wilons ('68), of Potomac, Maryland, sister of at least one
East alumnus, Mike Wilons ('65),
died Monday, March 11. An obituary is
the neighborhood: the 1950s broadcast neighborhood: There is an effort
to preserve the former broadcast studio of WHBQ radio in which the
first airing of an Elvis Presley record occurred and where DJ Dewey
Philips first interviewed Elvis. It is located in the old Chisca Hotel
in downtown Memphis, which is undergoing a renovation, primarily into
apartments. For more information or to support the effort: The Memphis Flyer,
Mar. 7 or Red, Hot, & Rescue Kelly Miller ('07) was
among those featured in a newspaper article about Memphians under 30
years old making a difference in the city. "Each is an ambassador for
our city. They are giving their best to make themselves and their
community a better place to live and to visit. She studied engineering
science at Vanderbilt University but returned to Memphis after her
studies to join Chas McVean's ('61)
Peer Power tutoring program, a program she was first involved in as a
student at East. The Memphis Flyer,
Diane Rudner ('68)
is quoted in an article about a federal court judge's selection of a
special master to oversee the adherence to a consent degree governing
the merger of the Shelby County School district with the Memphis City
Schools. "Rick [Masson] never shoots from the hip." The Commercial Appeal,
[Editor's note: if you have not kept up, the Memphis City School Board
voluntarily surrendered the city school district's charter, a decision
ratified by the City Council and by a referendum in the city. Resulting
lawsuits brought the matter before the federal judiciary. A single
school board is now in charge of both districts and the districts
themselves merge later this year with the beginning of the 2013-14
Dennis Maple ('78),
president of Aramark Education Company, spoke to the Shelby County
Board of Education Mar. 5 in connection with his company's bid to
provide custodial services to the unified school district.
Nick King, East High senior, is a finalist for the Tennessee State
Scholastic Athletic Association's Mr. Basketball award. The Commercial Appeal,
Chiropractic Association has elected Dr. Don Cole ('73) as the
association's District IX Director representing the physicians of
Fayette, Shelby, and Tipton counties on their board of directors. The Commercial Appeal,
Memories - The newspaper column recollecting Memphis area history
featured a photo of Carole Wilson
('67) from her 1967 crowing as Queen of Hearts. She raised more
than $12,000 for the Heart Fund charity. The Commercial Appeal,
Feb. 15. Judy Peiser ('63),
executive director of the Center for Southern Folklore, was on
"Checking on the Arts" on WKNO-FM February 27 talking about upcoming
at the center.
the neighborhood: at one time quite a few East students came to East
Junior High after completing their elementary years at Grahamwood
Elementary School. The Grahamwood Parent Association is sponsoring a
fundraiser Feb 23. See http://gpagala.blogspot.com/p/event-details.html
for details. If you choose to financially support Grahamwood, may it be
suggested you also do so for East High School?
Nyle Wood (associated with the Class of '73), 57, of Knoxville,
Tennessee, died Friday, January 18, 2013. An
obituary is available.
in the Living section of the L.A. Times newspaper is a story about a
pool compound at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica renovated
into a lounge called the Bungalow. "...the most eye-catching,
unifying design element is the use of 8-inch encaustic cement tiles,
sourced from Villa Lagoon Tile, "says the author. That's Lundy
Pridgen's ('68) Villa Lagoon Tile! The Los Angeles Times,
Marilynn Harrison ('67), 62, of Nashville, Tennessee, sister of Clare Harrison ('68) and Roland Harrison ('72), died
Wednesday January 2. An obituary
Jack Kenner ('71)and
his wife Laurence Heckle ('71)
are featured in a newspaper story about preparing a lake house to
become their primary residence as well as Jack's photographic gallery. The Commercial Appeal,
Carlton Hatch Power, 93, father of Pat
Power ('65) and Sandi Power
('68), died Wednesday, December 19.
Ronnie Churchill ('57), 73, of Memphis, died Saturday,
December 15. An obituary is available.
of a family art show "Four Out of Four — and One More" in October
at Stanford Fine Art in Nashville: portrait artist Anne Trainer (from
left), daughter of Jane Hughes (class association undetermined)
(center); Anne Hughes (associated with the Class of '72), Dr. Allen Hughes ('57) and Sally
Hughes. The Commercial Appeal, Dec. 2.
Mike Cody ('54) has
donated a collection of letters to honor his mentor, the late Lucius E.
Burch, Jr. who headed the Memphis law firm for which Cody went to work
as a clerk and then as a young lawyer. The letters were donated to the
Memphis Room of the Memphis Public Library. The young attorney called
his mentor Coach. "Cody, his young charge from the 1960s, graduated to
a life of law and, like his "coach," to a life of service." The Commercial Appeal,
Delayed report1: Patty
Shobe Shepherd Micci, 86, of Memphis, mother of Cybill Shepherd ('68), Bill Shepherd ('71), and the late Terry Shepherd ('65), died September
1. Services were private.
A guitar that
actress Cybill Shepherd ('68)
strummed while attending a Memphis high school... [is] among some 4,000
items available at an estate sale beginning Friday [Dec. 7] at a
Memphis home where Shepherd's mother and grandmother lived [615 East
Drive]...Shepherd and her brother, William
Shepherd ('71), have authorized the estate sale... The Commercial Appeal,
ceremony was held at East High School Thursday, Dec. 6, to dedicate a
floragraph of Lexie Davis, who was an organ donor. The floragraph of
Lexie will be featured along with 71 other donors on the Donate Life
float at the 2013 Rose Bowl Parade. She was a freshman at East High
when she drowned at home in the bathtub after an epileptic seizure. Her
class graduates this spring. The Commercial Appeal,
Dec. 7, WREG-TV, Dec. 6
"You can tell, Bill Carrier is such a pro with API, I mean, his
documentaries, if he's on a camera you're getting a good job. I've had
the pleasure of working with him on commercials and various things and
even taken trips with him and he is just dynamite." Comments by Jim
Eiker on WKNO-TV Dec. 6 about the documentary STAX The Early Years
produced by Bill Carrier ('68).
In the neighborhood: National Geographic editors cite Memphis among the "Best of the World 2013,"
including it in the new year's 20 must-see places! ...[T]here’s
something newly electric in the air." Read the article: travel.nationalgeographic.com Also check out our Visiting
Memphis page for some things to do in Memphis.
Evelyn Webb (Faculty),
89, died Thursday, November 15. Mrs. Webb, as we knew her at East,
various courses including civics and geography from 1954 through the
spring of 1972. An obituary is
"Memphis Memoirs: Stax-The Early Years," a documentary
about the legendary recording studio in Memphis, produced by Bill Carrier ('68), airs on WKNO-TV,
channel 10 in
Memphis, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 7 p.m. A preview is available at youtube.com
Graham Griffith (Faculty),
78, assistant principal at East High from 1967-1971, died Friday,
November 16. An obituary is
newspaper story reports seven people were arrested after brawl at East
High School Wednesday, Nov. 14. At least 4 adults were among the
arrested. The report says seven people were escorted off the campus by
a Memphis City Schools officer and told not to return but that they
sneaked by into the building and confronted the victims in a 3rd floor
hallway. An MCS officer had to use a chemical agent to break up the
fight. At least two girls are said to have been punched in the face,
then hit and kicked by the attackers. Read more: The Commercial Appeal.
Carol Rutland ('70), 60, sister of at least two of siblings who
attended East: Charles Rutland
(associated with the Class of '73) and Cary Rutland (associated with
the Class of '75), died Sunday, November 11. An obituary is available.
Visitation is 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, November 14 at Forest Hill East
Funeral Home, Whitten Road, Memphis. Funeral services are at 10 a.m.,
Thursday, November 15 at Forest Hill East Funeral Home, Whitten Road,
Paul "Mac" McDaniel ('72), brother of Carolyn McDaniel ('68), died
Thursday, November 1. An obituary is
Chas McDaniel ('61)
and his Peer Power tutoring program for high school students is
featured in a newspaper article. He is planning to take the program,
which he debuted at East High, national. The Commercial Appeal,
2012 Tennessee State Report Card on Schools is out as of November 1 and
it shows a composite ACT score for East students as 15.9, the same as
last year. According to the ACT Concordance, this would be the
equivalent of a pre-1989 ACT composite score of about 12.
The East High Alumni Page is not immediately able to provide an
analysis of the 2012 report on East but encourages you to review the
results at the Department of Education web site.
Ala Joanna Brewton Russell 96, of Memphis, mother of at least one East
alumnus, Ed "Jeb" Russell ('69),
died Tuesday, October 23. See
our sympathy page.
dedication ceremonies of the STEM Academy lab located at East High were
held Tuesday, Oct. 30. The lab is part of a $950,000 program currently
serving 150 students at 20 schools. STEM stands for Science,
Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and the STEM Academy provides
advanced educational opportunities for students in Memphis and Shelby
County. The lab is in the two-story building which was originally the
school's auto shop, part of the 1976 Vo-Tech addition to the school's
campus. The Commercial Appeal WREG-TV.
High Athletic Championships
- The athletic director at East High is attempting to identify
championships won by East High athletic teams and individuals during
its history. District, City, Regional, State* and other championships
welcome and information as to the sport (i.e. women's track), level
(senior/junior high), and year of championship is needed. You may
e-mail the information to editor@EastHigh.org.
* We are aware of the TSSAA state championship listings.
Because many of
notices are news of deaths of alumni or that of members of alumni
families, you may wish to also check our obituary
and/or sympathy pages
for additional information or for notices more than a month old.
alumnus asks us, what is
this about a "Memphis East High
Archive" soliciting his participation. Read our answer to
commercial alumni pages.
Major alumni headlines are available
as RSS feed: RSS Feed
our Reunions page to
class and visit its reunion page.
Some alumni with profiles listed on The East
High Alumni Page are getting e-mail solicitations from an outfit
calling itself EastHighAlumni.com. That organization appears to be a
commercial, for-profit outfit, similar to classmates.com, catering to
alumni of many schools but with the smart idea having lots of web
addresses with particular schools' names in them. EastHighAlumni.com
has no association with The East High Alumni Page and to the extent
they may be using e-mail addresses gathered here, they are being taken
without our involvement. We hope you find our alumni site provides what
you want and need in an alumni web site without a need to use any of
the other "alumni" web pages.
occasionally receive a "bounced back" message indicating an e-mail
message from The East High Alumni Page was rejected by the recipient's
computer because the message contained a virus. The messages were never
from us and all messages originated by us are anti-virus scanned
automatically before they are sent. For
any mail you receive, use standard precautions in deciding whether to
open the message(s) and always be running an anti-virus product.
alumni and faculty and sympathy notices to alumni and faculty for their
family losses remain on The East High Alumni Page permanently. You may
review them at the obituary
page, the sympathy
page (covering the past 12 months) or the sympathy archive
page. News items about the school and/or alumni can be found
in our news
Security There is generally no longer any
reason for notification of individual threats. Everyday brings more.
Computers should be protected by anti-virus software with current
definition files, anti-spyware software with current definitions, and a
2 way firewall. Operating systems and applications should be kept up to
date with current security patches (updates).
is usually an hour or so lag between the timestamp of the statistical
data and when the Internet Traffic Report is available for viewing. The
higher the index number the better the speed and throughput of the
This and other parts of The
East High Alumni Page are independently produced and are not
products of East High School or the Shelby County Schools/Memphis City
Newsfeed, weather, and other data feed items are the products of their
respective service providers.
from column 1 (footnotes):
East High Alumni Page
has a long definition of what qualifies as urgent news for the purposes
of this Portal Page.
Summarized, it means news available
in time for
alumni to take action in support in cases of a serious risk to life or
express sympathy for loss of life of alumni or their families, or major
news about the school. News not considered urgent or especially
important usually appears in our "other news & previously urgent
items" section, also on column one on this page. Also, news of alumni
and the school is posted, often in greater length, on our In
Delayed notices -
consist of information which would
have qualified as urgent or other important news if posted here in a
timely basis but were unknown to us at the time or were otherwise
delayed. If it would have qualified as urgent, it is usually posted in
the urgent area of this column for about a day before moving into the
"Recent (previously) urgent and other recent important news" section.
ability to provide
useful information about deaths and obituaries of alumni and/or members
of their families has likely been compromised by a new policy of The
Commercial Appeal, Memphis major daily newspaper, which was
implemented June 16, 2005. It has limited the number of words provided
in a free obituary to that which severely hampers an attempt to
correctly identify people. Additional words are available only for a
price. The East High Alumni Page’s primary source for news of
alumni and family deaths is that newspaper and our ability to identify,
with some assurance, those with East ties is based on names of
relatives and other information in a properly written and presented
obituary. So, we expect we will recognize fewer names and be unable to
confirm individuals are East associated and, therefore, be unable to
relay the information to you. The newspaper's decision is regretted in
this office and that disappointment has been communicated to that
Given this situation, your help is even
more important. If you have news about East alumni, please let us know
Entries with the "reported deceased" designation
indicate a reunion committee or other person(s) believed closely
associated with the class or the family has indicated they have
believe quite reliable about the death of the individual so designated.
The East High Alumni Page has not received sufficient documentation to
confirm the information and therefore does not confirm the death or
that the individual who died is the one of the same name who attended
East High School. Such reports without confirmation should be taken
with a degree of skepticism. Anyone with documentation to confirm the
report or refute the report is strongly encouraged to contact
editor of The East High Alumni Page at editor@EastHigh.org
Please see our obituary
4. Citation dates with
a slash (/) mark
usually indicate a difference between the date an article was available
on-line and a date it was available in a printed publication. This
often happens with newspaper articles. For example, a newspaper may be
cited as the source followed by the date of Jun 9/10, which likely
indicates the article was available on-line June 9 but in the printed
edition of the newspaper on June 10, although in some cases (Memphis
Flyer) the printed version
usually carries the first date.
Appeal ran a Mid-South Memories item in the
January 11, 2007 issue of a school snow day on the same date in 1962.
Pictured is an aerial view
of East High School.
See other East related Mid-South Memories pictures on our "In the news..." section.
extensive coverage of the transition of East High School into an
totally optional (magnet) school focused on Transportation oriented
Technology, Engineering, and Math (T-STEM) can be found on our East STEM page.
- For visitors & residents, things to do. Believe it or not,
Memphis has been selected by a number of organizations as a great place
to visit, including being cited as one of the world's 20 top "must see"
locations! We have a selected list of attractions and events that might
interest visitors and residents alike.
2, 2020 - Shelby County Schools, including East High, have been closed
since March 13 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The state legislature
passed legislation that dictated that no student is to receive a lower
yearly grade than they had earned as of March 20, although there are
on-line and other methods pupils can raise their grade before the end
of the semester. Graduation-eligible students enrolled in quarter 4 Project Graduation classes must complete all courseworkby May 22to earn their credits and graduate on time.
The previously scheduled graduation assembly has been
postponed. The school district has announced a desire to conduct those
events in July. In the meantime, there are some other activites
celebrating graduating seniors. On May 18, a special web site
commeorating graduates will be launched and will include the names of
each graduate and commeorative programs. Tentativley there is a drive
through at schools for graduates to pick up their dipomas and awards
while observing safe social distancing guidelines. Then, if the
pandemic situation permits, traditional graduation ceremonies will be
held during the week of July 13-26. If that is not possible under the
guidelines, "virtual" ceremonies will be held. For more information,
Computer Applications These are some notable, high
feature rich open-source
applications that might perform well for you and they are free. Open
Office(word processing, spreadsheet,
Firefox(web browser) Mozilla
Thunderbird(e-mail program) Gimp(image
manipulation program) Komposer(web
page editor) FaxZero
(on-line, 3 pg. free outgoing fax)
East Alumni (students &
Faculty): Let us know your favorite web sites.
If they prove popular among alumni, we will put links to them here.
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do so to see the security alerts from Symantec.
The following threat assessment
chart will also include phishing scams when they are a high or recent
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