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NewsBriefs - June 2017


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~Shortridge Alumni Association~

From the Principal's Office: http://www.myips.org/shs  or www.ShortridgeHigh.org 
Visit the website frequently for up-to-date information of school activities and special events. 

Dear Shortridge High School Alumni:

UPDATE: As we enter into June and end of the school year,  a lot has happened on campus, as well as within the IPS District.  Let me address the potential of high school closings. Due to occupancy and the potential for cost savings, Indianapolis Public Schools has developed Facility Utilization Task Force report, here which has recommended IPS operate only four (4) high schools for the 2018-2019 school year (SY).  Currently, there are eight (8) high schools, but John Marshall Community High School will be converted to a middle school next year. Numerous community meetings were held in May to explain IPS' rationale for the need to close these four high schools; however, no final decision is expected until June 29, followed by a vote of the IPS Board in September.
 
The seven (7) high schools that will be operating during the 2017-2018 school year are: Arlington Community HS, Arsenal Tech HS, Broad Ripple HS, Crispus Attucks HS, George Washington Community HS, Northwest Community HS, and Shortridge HS.  Potentially, three of these schools could close for the 2018-2019 School Year. 
 
Today, SHS currently is the highest in demand choice high school in IPS, and ranked fourth among all IPS choice schools with well over 400 applications and currently more than 185 incoming freshmen who have confirmed seats for the 2017-2018 SY.  Our current ninth grade class is 105 students, thus an increase of over 75%.  Our increase in scholarships dollars from the Classes of 2015 to 2016 increased by more than 200%.
 
Our students continue to achieve academically:
-         We are the highest performing high school in the IPS District when measuring PSAT, SAT and State Testing data.  In fact, we have two (2) National Merit Finalists graduating in the Class of 2017 and we had the only senior recognized as an Academic All-Star.
-         Chen, one of our current Shortridge HS juniors, competed at the National Shakespearean Competition held at the Lincoln Center in New York City.  Chen won the state level competition two (2) months ago and competed at the national level representing the State of Indiana.
 
While our historic building was once shuttered, I am working to ensure Shortridge HS remains a viable educational choice in our city for the next 150 years.

Visit our website for additional updates.

Regards,

Shane O'Day
Principal
May & June Activities Updates...

CONGRATULATIONS TO PRINCIPAL SHANE O'DAY!

Principal O'Day was one of four IPS educators to win the Hubbard Life-Changing School Leadership Award announced in May. Along with this honor comes a $25,000 financial award.

According to the recent announcement, it was said, "O'Day is an advocate for the dreams and goals of his students and relentless in his pursuit of providing the best opportunities for everyone in his school. He was hired to help develop and lead a new school with a rigorous curriculum. According to a community partner, "Shane handled a challenging transition of programs and schools with diplomacy, transparency and an ethic of care at every stage."

Although the financial award can be used by O'Day in any way he chooses, he announced previously and at the SAA Annual Meeting (June 3, 2017) that he will share this award with many of his professional staff for whom he said made this award possible. " This award isn't about Shane, it's about the staff and community of Shortridge High School," said Principal O'Day. "I'm going to take my entire winnings and divide it among the staff because it's for them, it's not for me." "...Just because I have the title doesn't mean I have the greatest effect. It's really the teachers in my building that do the work every day in the classroom."

Refer to the IPS website,  myIPS.org ,for more information about this announcement and/or other topicsrelating to Indianapolis Public Schools.

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RACE DAY, MAY 28, 2017:
A first for any IPS high school, the Shortridge Alumni Association's logo was proudly affixed to the race car of driver Buddy Lazier for this year's '500' Mile Race. Thanks to Board member, Bruce Bohlander, for making this happen. 

Note the blue and white logo in front of the left rear wheel.
Photos courtesy of B. Bohlander and Team Lazier

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Dinner with Dan Wakefield, June 2, 2017

   Dan Wakefield, Shortridge Class of 1950, is "Vonnegut's Oldest Living Friend," so he's recently admitted as he shared a delightful evening for a casual dinner and meeting with approximately 20+ Shortridge alumni and guests as a preamble to the SAA All-Classes Reunion events. As you likely know, Wakefield, (who recently celebrated his 85th birthday) , is a novelist, journalist, and screenwriter whose best-selling novels,  Going all the Way  and  Starting Over,  were produced as feature films. He also created the NBC prime-time TV series  James at 15 and was a close friend of alumnus Kirt Vonnegut.
   A highly active octogenarian, Wakefield hosts a local radio call-in show, "Uncle Dan's Story Hour," and story-telling events at the Red Key bar and/or the Jazz Kitchen on the Indianapolis northside. As well, he's accepting subscriptions to his blog writings, periodically posted via DanWakefield.com. Contact him at dan@danwakefield.com for subscription information.
   Wakefield continues to write and teach writing courses at colleges and universities across the United States.
Photos courtesy of David Shank, Shank PR

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SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 2017
* SAA ANNUAL MEETING
Regular annual meeting of the Shortridge Alumni Association and business/financial reports. Election/re-election of officers to the Executive Board and Members-at-Large for two-year terms as follows:
- Keith Rand ('70) - President
- Bruce Bohlander ('75) - VP of Public Relations
- Teresa (Vertner) Brown ('64) - Recording Secretary
- Jarnell (Burks) Craig ('63) - Decade of the '60s Rep
- Wanda (Burks) Bell - Decade of the '70s Rep

See below for all members of the SAA Board of Directors.
 
* HALL OF FAME & ALUMNI ASSOCIATION 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY 

2017
HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE

Pharez Whitted ('78)      Cari (Alley) Kluger ('78 classmate @ SHS and DePauw U) introduced Whitted during induction ceremony.

Pharez Whitted, a 1978 graduate of Shortridge, is an American jazz trumpeter,composer, educator, recording artist and producer.

Since 1982, Whitted has performed throughout the U.S. and overseas, including shows at the 1988 Presidential Inauguration,  The Arsenio Hall Show, The Billboard Music Awards, Carnegie Hall, and the Motown Music Showcase.

Pharez grew up in a family of musicians in Indianapolis, studied music at DePauw University, and earned a master's degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He is the son of singer and bassist Virtue Hampton Whitted and Thomas Whitted, Sr., who played drums with Freddie Hubbard and West Montgomery, and the nephew of trombonist and National Endowment of the Arts jazz master Slide Hampton. He was recently named Chicagoian of the Year in Jazz for 2016.

He has taught at prestigious colleges and universities such as Wabash College, The Ohio State University, and most recently Chicago State University. Currently, he is the Director of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras (CYSO) Jazz Orchestra. He's performed with such notable musicians such as Branford Marsalis, George Duke, John Mellencamp, Nancy Wilson, Chaka Khan to name only a few.

Whitted is the coordinator of the Chicago division of the J@LC Jazz in Schools program; Clinician for the J@LC Essentially Ellington Program; Jazz Mentor of the Revinia Jazz Scholar Program,and Jazz Mentor of the Timeless Gifts Program.
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Nominations for the SHS Hall of Fame are now being accepted until December 31, 2017, for 2018 HoF inductees. Click here for the nomination form. Nominator must provide completed form and biography; names only of prospective nominees will not be accepted.

Other classmates reconnected at the ceremony:
Classmates from '60s                Sandy (Read) Reiberg & Pharez

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* ALL-CLASSES REUNION LUNCHEON, June 3, 2017

Classmates from classes in the 1950s - 1980s were on hand to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the alumni association and hall of fame honoree. A lively group enjoyed a delicious catered luncheon and renewed friendships with former classmates or met new alumni friends. Specifically, these two 1973 classmates had an enjoyable time reconnecting; namely, Carol (Morgan) Gog and Sharon Martin. Alumni from the decade of the '50s, Donald Johnson ('59) and Clarence White ('54) along with "youngster," Todd Gardner ('81) and Velmar Clark ('54), enjoyed the luncheon as well.


(Photos courtesy of Scott Romer Photography)

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FRIDAY, JUNE 9, 2017
2016-2017 Commencement

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2017
Alumni Association scholarship recipients:

Senior Achievement Scholars (sponsored by class of 1960):
* Jerome Zirnheld and  * Monica Vilma - @ $500 each

Legacy Scholars (sponsored by SAA):
* Kayla Smith ($1,000) * Liwam Gebreslassie ($1,000) * Opeolua Obajolu ($1,500)

2017 Spirit Leader recipient (sponsored by SAA):
* Kayla Smith ($500)
 
 SAA Board of Directors 
SAA Board of Directors 2017-2018:

Executive Board
Keith M. Rand - '70 - President
Bruce Bohlander - '75 - VP, Public Relations
Marilyn (Chance) Shank - '67- VP, Marketing & Development/Fundraising
Deloris "Dee" (Richardson) Duff - '59 - Treasurer/President Emeritus
Teresa (Vertner) - Brown - '64 - Recording Secretary
Brenda Gibson - '72 - Corresponding/Financial Secretary
  
Members-at-Large (decade representatives)
*Open (Decade of the 30s)
*Open (Decade of the 40s)
Lynn (Bolles) Boatman - '58 (Decade of the 50s)
Margaret (Smith) Francis - '53 (Decade of the 50s)
Larnell Burks-Bagley - '63 - (Decade of the 60s)
Hubert Hopson - '65 (Decade of the 60s)
Jarnell (Burks) Craig '63 (Decade of the '60s)
Wanda Burks-Bell - (Decade of the '70s)
Joseph Matthews - '81 (Decade of the '80s)
Nigel Long - '13  (Decade of the 2000s)
**Tayjia Wright - '13 (Decade of the 2000s)

** Congratulations to SHS alumna, Tayjia Wright, a Legacy Scholar recipient from the Class of 2013 (the first graduating class after the school reopened in 2009) for her recent graduation from Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH). 
  
Board appointments:
Consultant/SHSAW Founder - Guy E. Russell - '59
Parliamentarian - Open
President Emeritus - Alfred Edyvean
  
SHS Administrators: Shane O'Day, principal

A SPECIAL FAREWELL TO KATHRYN "Katy" (HILL) MEREDITH
(Retirement after 10 years as a Member-at-Large (Decade of the 1940s). BEST WISHES and THANK YOU for your years of dedicated service and support of the Shortridge Alumni Association. We'll miss you, Katy! 
 


 

 

Thank you for your continued interest and support.
Sincerely,

Dee Duff

Deloris "Dee" (Richardson) Duff
Treasurer & Editor, NewsBriefs
President Emeritus
Shortridge Alumni Association
 
In This Issue
From the Principal's Office
May & June Activities Updates
SAA Board of Directors
Visit Our Website
"300 Brick Club"
SAA Memberships
Shortridge Yearbooks
Class Reunions
10-Year Hall of Fame Reunion
Update Your Email
Log in to our Website!
 
Self-Register on the website
  Click  here for membership flyer if you cannot sign on via PayPal.  Print. Complete, enclose your check, payable to SAA, and mail to: 5030 Guion Road, Indianapolis, IN 46254.
Navigate the website. Self register at www.shortridgealumni.com.

Mission statement, association bylaws, available to view online. Check out the Activities tab. Or share your class information for a reunion.

 

Are you interested in ordering SPIRIT WEAR? T-shirts, caps, sweatshirts, etc. can now be ordered from information on the website. Create a special design for your class reunion. A percentage of your order will help support the Shortridge Alumni Association.

 

** View your Class Directory, complete your Profile, upload a photo,

** Pay Member Dues via PayPal. Paid membership required to surf the entire site.

** View back issues of NewsBriefs.

** Examine bios of SHS alumni who have been inducted into our Hall of Fame

"300 BRICK CLUB"
(Resumes in March 2017)

PLEASE NOTE:
Because of winter weather freeze and snow conditions, several brick plates have become dislodged. The SAA and school administrators are currently meeting to resolve this situation. We DO have a record of all Brick purchases and family dedications and will initiate a new plan of action ASAP.
Although some of the brick plates are missing, we are aware of which ones. We hope you will continue to support our scholarship fundraiser and purchase a brick for yourself or on behalf of your alumni family.

Alumni still are encouraged to purchase a brick; proceeds support the Shortridge Legacy Scholarship Fund. Each brick is $150. All bricks may be purchased for alumni individuals/spouses, family alumni, or a memorial for deceased family member(s) or teachers. 

The Brick Club Order Form is attached  here. SAVE the form to your computer, click in the shaded areas and type your information or SAVE, PRINT and complete the blank form to send with your check payable to Shortridge Alumni Association; email the electronic form with your payment information to: shortridgealumni@sbcglobal.net. Or send your check or credit card information to SAA c/o 5030 Guion Road, Indianapolis, IN 46254.

DISREGARD THE JUNE 2015 DEADLINE DATE ON THE FORM.

For questions, call 317.694.8736.
 
SAA Memberships & Renewals
  
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP-- $50/YEAR 
 

HAS YOUR SAA MEMBERSHIP EXPIRED? PLEASE CHECK YOUR MEMBER CARD AND RENEW ACCORDINGLY,

Member dues are the life-blood of our alumni association. These timely annual payments help fund these and other projects:
*Student athletic programs and supplies unfunded by school budgets;
*Support student (scholar) special activities not fully supported by school budgets;
*Alumni special recognition programs; e.g. Hall of Fame; athletic awards, et al;
*Other special student-centric project requests from school administration;
*Annual fees for association business affairs; e.g. website maintenance, newsletter distribution agent; supplies, postage, etc.;
*Alumni association annual meetings and summer celebration activities.

Sign up TODAY! RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP TODAY. IF YOU DON'T REMEMBER WHEN YOUR MEMBERSHIP EXPIRES, SEND US AN EMAIL AT shortridgealumni@sbcglobal.net 
 
FOR RENEWALS: Look at your membership card for the expiration date. If joining or renewing online, please include your class year; ladies please include your maiden name. Example: Dorothy (Jones) Smith, 19xx, email and USPS mailing address.  Alumni Association membership is required for full access to the website.
Fees :
  • One-year membership: $50 annual fee payable via PayPal or check
  • Five-year membership (General Members for Shortridge Legacy Scholarship Fund)  payable to Shortridge Alumni Association; mail c/o 5030 Guion Road, Indianapolis, IN 46254 or pay online. 
  • For more membership information, visit our website: www.shortridgealumni.com or send email: shortridgealumni@sbcglobal.net 
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Shortridge Yearbooks

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Check out the digital library of yearbooks as catalogued by the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library. Most Shortridge yearbooks  from 1898 - 1968 are available for viewing at: http://digitallibrary.imcpl.org/shs.php

 

2017 CLASS REUNIONS

Class of 1967 -- 50-year reunion

August 25-26, 2017
Saturday night Dinner/Dance at Downtown JW Marriott

BEAT THE EARLY AUGUST DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS. THE COMMITTEE NEEDS TO HEAR FROM YOU ASAP.

Questions: Email to
shortridge67reunion@gmail.com

Visit our website, print out a reservation and mail it in:

Facebook page:
shortridge High School 67 Reunion

Looking for "lost" classmates. The SAA has only 96 Class of 1967 members shown on the website (www.shortridgealumni.com). Check to see if classmates you know of are missing from this list. Help us update our class lists.  

SOCIAL MEDIA GROUP UPDATES:

CLASS OF 1973 NEWS/INFO:
Visit Facebook Shortridge Class of 1973 page for frequent announcements for class gatherings.
 
REUNION ORGANIZERS

Please note that if during your reunion you plan to visit the school, a written request must be submitted several months in advance IF the school is to be opened on weekends--Saturday or Sunday. (Arrangements must be made in advance if your group wish to host your gathering in the courtyard.) A fee is levied to the using group based upon how long the group will visit the building. Other restrictions may apply; therefore, schedule your reunion and complete the necessary paperwork to confirm your date and time as far in advance as possible. Visit the school website for the required documentation.
Thank you!
2017 HALL OF FAME
10-YEAR & ALL CLASSES REUNION
June 3, 2017

All prior inductees were invited to attend the 10-year reunion of the Shortridge Hall of Fame (HoF) Saturday, June 3, 2017. The Shortridge Alumni Association Annual Meeting and Board of Directors began at 11:00 a.m., followed by this year's induction of distinguished alumnus; namely,  Pharez Whitted, class of 1978.  https://goo.gl/images/7DFsh5  
Several prior inductees attended the celebration and welcomed our newest honoree.

This year we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the IPS and subsequent Shortridge Hall of Fame honorees. Our HoF now includes more than 30 SHS alumni from numerous professional backgrounds.  Ea ch inductee's photo plaque is displayed along the main corridor at the high school.

UPDATE YOUR EMAIL

Please help us keep our alumni databases up to date. If/when you update an email address, please let us know. Send email to: shortridgealumni@sbcglobal.net.