I hope all of you (especially the baseball players from our class) will take a moment to read the letter posted below & consider making a donation to the cause.
Consider this: This coming Tuesday, we will witness history as a black man is sworn in as President of the United States. There is someone from our class who knows a little bit of such things. Many of you may not know that our very own Sam St. Phard was the very first black Student Council President in Slidell High’s history. So, I guess you could say that long before the US has Barak, we had Sam! I think that’s something of which our class can be proud!
So Tuesday, as we bear witness to history in the making, I’m hoping you’ll consider making a donation to the Baseball boosters, maybe in Sam’s name even, and harken back on that historic event in our own school’s history.
Here is the letter:
Dear SHS Friends:
Slidell High School baseball recently won a grant providing lights for the baseball field.
The grant, through major league baseball, covers expenses to purchase the lights and
poles. Installation of the lights is not covered by the grant. The installation costs are
extensive. The Slidell Baseball Booster Club has always raised money to assist the
program and facilities with various uniform needs, field maintenance, facility upgrades
and equipment. The expenses for installation of the lights far out weigh any cost needs
presented in the past. We need your help to insure that the Slidell High School baseball
field shines bright this season and into the future.
This project is changing history. This is Slidell High School’s 100th year and lighting the
baseball field is a great way start another century of excellence. We hope that you will
help us make history and be a part of Slidell Baseball for years to come.
Thank you for your time and consideration in this project and we hope that you
will help us bring light to Slidell Tiger Baseball.
Slidell High School
Slidell High School
#1 TIGER DRIVE
SLIDELL, LOUISIANA 70458-2992
PHONE (985) 643-2992
FAX (985) 649-6853
Farmer admitted to his involvement with the fire and when asked why he did it, he stated “I was drunk and not in a position to do anything”
Slidell High preps for milestone
Century is marked in class and out
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
By Tara McLellan
The 2008-09 school year will be a momentous event in the history of Slidell High School as it celebrates its 100th anniversary. “100 Years of Excellence — Traditions Touching Today” is the year’s motto, and a special committee organized to plan the centennial events has come up with ways for alumni to tell their stories and for the community to be involved in the celebration.
What began as a four-room school that served a mostly rural population, and graduated its first four seniors in 1909 has evolved into a student body of nearly 2,000, with 101 classrooms, on a 22-acre site.
“Many kids don’t really know much about the history of our school. The kids will be immersed in history” next year, said Donna Manetta, a member of the centennial celebration committee.
Learning the history of the school will be part of the year’s celebration for students, according to Manetta, who teaches English at the school. “Each month is going to be dedicated to a different decade,” she said. “The students will be able to learn about what was happening at the school during that time, what kind of music they listened to, what world events were happening.”
Alumni are also invited to join in the celebration. “We want to get everyone involved,” Manetta said. “We’re going to have a Centennial Yearbook, a special Centennial Garden, and much more.”
The Centennial Yearbook will feature photographs, stories, and memories from generations of Slidell High graduates. “We are putting the call out to all alumni,” Manetta said. “We want to feature their photos and stories about friends, events, favorite teachers, or what was going on at the time.” Photographs, memorabilia, and written accounts can be brought to Slidell High. The deadline for submission is Aug. 1. Details and sample questionnaire are available at slidellhigh.stpsb.org/100years.
A Centennial Garden is planned to enhance the entrance of the school. It will feature memorial bricks on sale to graduates, friends and family of the school. Each four by eight inch brick will carry a maximum of two lines of text with 18 characters per line.
“The bricks are a great way to celebrate yourself or a loved one, thank a community member or business, or recognize a class or club,” Manetta said. The bricks are $50 each, and are available for purchase until Nov. 1. Brochures and order forms are available at the school or from the school Web site.
Other events lined up for the year include: a Centennial T-shirt and commemorative poster marking the year, a special homecoming pep rally, a celebration gala on March 28, and the recognition of outstanding athletes and teams throughout the school’s history.
Any Slidell High alumnus who was a first-team All-State athlete, an All-American athlete, part of a professional sports roster, a member of a state championship team or runner-up team, or an individual state champion, is asked to contact Slidell High to be honored during the celebration.
“It’s going to be a fun year for everyone,” Manetta said. “We want to celebrate students, alumni, parents, and teachers, visit with old friends, and make new ones.”
Organizers will have a booth for the public to learn more at the Slidell Heritage Fest on July 4 at Heritage Park. Information is also available at slidellhigh.stpsb.org, or call the school at 985-643-2992, or contact Manetta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published on NOLA.com Wednesday, June 18, 2008 2:34 p.m.
Published in The Times-Picayune Thursday, June 19, 2008
We have had quite a few emails bounce back because of outdated addresses. I’ve noted those on the “Located Classmates” page. Please send us updates when you change your email address.
And if you have current email addys on anyone flagged on the LC page, please let us know.
Take Todd Hanson at 17, add youtube & you get this kid:
Come to think of it, doesn’t Todd live in VA now? Hmmm…
Centennial plans in works at Slidell High
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
By Kathleen Modenbach
Slidell High then and now is the approach of the school’s administration, faculty, students and alumni as they mark the 100th anniversary of the school’s opening in 2007-08, and prepare to celebrate the 100th graduating class in 2008-09.
An ambitious program of gathering oral histories, photographs and memories of Slidell High alumni will be presented over the course of the Centennial celebration as student learn about their school as well as the history of Slidell.
Slidell High senior Ericka Jenkins can’t imagine going to school by boat and train during World War I, not to mention getting home at midnight because soldiers had priority for the trains. Stories like these, told by Slidell High 50 Year Club members, are part of ongoing activities being planned as the Slidell school marks its centennial year.
“I learned so much about Slidell and its history. I had no idea that students ‘back in the day’ had to take boats and trains to get to school,” Jenkins said.
Senior Ashlie Lewis agrees, adding, “the interviews really made me realize how much we take for granted.”
Donna Manetta, Slidell High Centennial chair, said Slidell High opened in 1908 with a junior class. This year is the school’s centennial year, but the 2008-09 class will be the school’s 100th graduating class. Besides the oral histories filmed by the school’s Communication Academy under Christy Wiebelt, other planned events include highlighting each decade at Slidell High with happenings at the school, historical world events and music of the period.
Manetta and the Centennial Committee are working to compile the history of the school, from which she, her father and grandfather graduated. In a letter to Slidell High alumni, Manetta said “it is fitting and important to recognize the spirit and endeavors of those who have graduated from Slidell High.”
Slidell High Principal William Percy said the 50 Year Club is made up of alumni who graduated from the school 50 years ago or more. “They’re a pretty active club in Slidell and have had a relationship with the school for the last several years.”
Students from the school’s Communication Academy have been compiling an oral history of the school, interviewing 50 Year Club members along with other alumni who have had an impact on the community, he said. The students have been asking questions about Slidell then and now.
Percy said [the son of] L.V. McGinty, former Slidell High principal from 1936-1976, and his wife were in Slidell recently and were interviewed by the students. Many of these interviews and other centennial projects will be shared at various school activities during the course of the year, according to Percy.
Other activities include an open invitation for former Slidell High band members from any year to play with the Tiger band. Also, 50-year graduates will be honored with passes to major events, including sports, plays and music concerts. Finally, all alumni will be celebrated at a special gathering in the spring of 2009.
Susan Summers, Slidell High yearbook sponsor, is asking for candid then-and-now pictures of Slidell High graduates with children or grandchildren presently attending the school. The Saga yearbook staff will take the student pictures and pose them in a picture similar to ones the parents and grandparents had in their yearbooks. These will be used in a special centennial issue of the Saga yearbook, covering 100 years of change at the school.
Summers is also interested in hearing graduates’ stories or copying their old pictures. Contact her at email@example.com for more information.
To share a memory from time at Slidell High, contact Christy Wiebelt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The school welcomes any ideas or suggestions about centennial activities. Contact Slidell High at (985) 643-2992 or e-mail one of the faculty alumni: Donna Kahl Manetta, email@example.com or Tracy Sollberger Krieger, firstname.lastname@example.org or Joshua St. Cyr, email@example.com.
“Slidell High School has a rich heritage, and we most definitely want to honor that Tiger Pride,” Manetta said.
Published on NOLA.com Wednesday, December 12, 2007 12:16 p.m.
Published in The Times-Picayune Thursday, December 13, 2007
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
Slidell High – Class of 82!
Classmate John Stanley would like to buy a senior yearbook from anyone wishing to sell theirs. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org