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NewsBriefs - 10/2011




501(c)(3) - Status Approved 
The Shortridge Alumni Association (SAA) received final approval for its classification as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Some donations may be tax deductible as gifts to the alumni association or the school. Consult with your tax advisor.
2012 Hall of Fame Nominations 


   We are accepting nominations for the 2012 Shortridge Hall of Fame. Visit the website ( for the nomination form or send questions to our email: Deadline for nominations is December 1 annually. Criteria for nomination:

* At least five (5) years since graduation

* Special achievements of the nominee in his/her area of specialization

* Awards or honors and recognition on a local, regional, national or international level

* Community service

* Meritorious contributions


  Provide as much information as possible about the nominee and include an existing biography, resume or other information the HOF committee might consider. Nominations will be retained for three years. 




The 2011 IPS Education Foundation Hall of Fame (HOF) luncheon held October 4, 2011, inducted seven (7) IPS alumni for 2011 to recognize their professional achievements.   


This year's inductees included three Shortridge alumni; namely:




Sidney Eskenazi, 1947

Yvonne Perkins, 1967

Representative Gregory Porter, 1973


Other honorees:

Lynda C. Burrello, Emmerich Manual H.S., 1963

Rick Fuson, Arlington H.S., 1971

Joyce Q. Rogers, John Marshall H.S., 1975

Dr. Stanley E. Woodard, Broad Ripple H.S., 1978 - posthumous


To read the biographies of each of these and/or other IPS Education Foundation Hall of Fame inductees, visit:

Shortridge Athletic Department - 2011 & 2012

Groundbreaking for the new 3,000-seat gymnasium held September 9th; completion anticipated by October 2012. The current gymnasium will continue to be used as a practice facility for boys' and girls' athletic programs.
The Athletic Department is declaring the 2011-2012 boys' and girls' basketball season as the "Year of the Alumni," and alumni are encouraged to attend. A great way to support the teams and school with the season ticket offer below.


* Season ticket offer: If alumni wish to attend ANY game hosted by an IPS school, this is the real deal and Shortridge can benefit. Thirty dollars ($30) will buy an all-year season pass to any IPS game -- football, basketball, baseball, track -- hosted by an IPS school. AND for every season pass purchased from Shortridge, the school receives $20. (There is no restriction that it applies only to Shortridge sports ... any IPS school sport.) If you are interested in purchasing a season ticket, contact Stephen Papesh, athletic director.

November 15: Girls JV/V vs. Marshall @ 5p

December 7: Girls Varsity vs. Indy Met @ 5p

December 8: Boys JV/V vs. Anderson Prep @ 5:30p

December 10: Boys JV/V vs. Marshall @ 6p

December 12: Girls JV/V vs. Attucks @ 6p

December 16: Boys/Girls Varsity vs. Liberty Christian @ 6p

January 10: Boys JV/V vs. Baptist @ 6p

January 17: Girls Varsity vs. Baptist @ 6p

January 24: Boys/Girls Varsity vs. Irvington Prep @ 5p

January 28: Boys/Girls Varsity vs. International @ 11a

February 4: Boys/Girls Varsity vs. Herron @ 11a

February 7: Boys JV/V vs. Indy Met @ 5p

February 23: Boys JV/V vs. Greenwood Christian @ 6p


* December 10, 2011: JV/Varsity basketball game vs. John Marshall. Between games, the 1968 state runner-up team will be honored. At half-time of the varsity game, we will retire only the second jersey in the history of Shortridge basketball - William "Bo" Crain ('59). In 2010, the jersey of George Pillow was retired.


* Football will return to Shortridge next year! There will be a team for the middle school students in the spring 2012; a Freshman/JV squad in the fall.




MATCHING GIFT CHALLENGE: The challenge has been met; however, we are a long way from reaching our athletic department budgetary needs for 2011-2012. Shall we start another pledge/challenge?


(Send your pledge, payable to SHMS, to: Stephen Papesh, Athletic Director, Shortridge Magnet High School, 3401 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis,  46208).


   Estimated athletic program budget for 2011-2012 (15K - $20K):


These figures DO NOT include athletic programs for the middle school youth who play all sports except golf and cross country.



(We'd like to add YOU to our list of Supporters) 



(Donations over $1,000)



(Donations between $501-$1,000)

John D. Peterson - 1951

Thomas E. Reilly - 1957




 (Donations between $101-$500)

Pete & Alice Dye - 1944

Robert G. Butler - 1958

Ann T. Hunckler - 1962, in memory of

John Leslie McIntire - 1962

Timothy McDowell - 1971




(Donations up to $100)

Delcina "Ann" Kern Cassella - 1945

Richard G. Lugar - 1950


  Any amount of financial support is sincerely appreciated in order to help offset the athletic program operational expenses. Make your check payable to: Shortridge Magnet H.S. and mail to Mr. Stephen Papesh, 3401 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208, or call with questions: 317-226-2842


NOTE: As with all gifts sent to the school or through the alumni association, kindly let us know if we have permission to list you by name as a donor or if you wish to remain anonymous.


Founding Members Legacy Guild 

Will you be listed among those as a "Founding Member?" Donations for the Shortridge Legacy Scholarship Fund are welcome in any amount at any time; however, Founding Members Legacy Guild  continues only until December 31, 2012, prior to the first graduating class in 2013. Founding Members' participation requires a minimum $500 or greater donation to the scholarship fund.

This also may be a way to honor a Shortridge graduate family member posthumously.

Please make your tax-deductible check payable to: Shortridge Legacy Scholarship Fund (FMLG on the memo line); mail c/o 5030 Guion Road, Indianapolis, IN 46254.
Join our growing list of Founding Members: (as of 10/01/2011)

Dr. Beurt SerVaas, 1937
Dr. Robert W. Harger, 1938
Martha "Marta" (Cantwell) Meeker, 1939 
Ann (Cantwell) Penrose, 1941
Ann (Kern) Cassella, 1945
Dr. Raymond Martin Johnson, 1950
John D. Peterson, 1951
Nancy (Browning) Peterson, 1951
Frank J. Anderson, 1956
Lynn (Bolles) Boatman,1958
William M. Boatman, 1958
Robert G. Butler, 1958
C. "Terry" Duncan, 1958
Paula (Distelhorst) Eidel, 1958
Linda (Henderson) Gassett, 1958
Kaaren O. (Burke) Rodman, 1959
Rufus "Bud" Myers, 1960
Fletcher Wiley, 1960
Judith K. (Mendenhall) Shiffler, 1962
William A. Lawrence, 1965
Jon Nygaard, 1966
Yvonne Perkins, 1967
Dr. Woodrow A. Myers, Jr., 1970
Timothy T. McDowell, II, 1971
Mary Ann (Bruce) Denton, 1972
Carol (Morgan) Gog, 1973
Derrick Burks, 1974
Vicki Williams, 1974
*Newest members
SAA Board of Directors -  
REMINDER: FOR ALL FUTURE CLASS REUNIONS, CLASS REPRESENTATIVES WILL CONTACT AND WORK WITH THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BOARD. Send email to for assistance and guidelines for scheduling visits to the school during your special events.
Executive Board
Deloris "Dee" (Richardson) Duff  - '59 - President
Marilyn (Chance) Shank - '67 - VP, Public Relations
Alfred "Al" Edyvean - '68 - VP, Marketing & Development/Fundraising
Jarnell (Burks) Craig - '63 - Treasurer
Carol (Morgan) Gog - '73 - Recording Secretary
Mary (Fatout) Proctor - ' 67 - Corresponding/Financial Secretary
Members-at-Large (decade representatives)
Martha (Cantwell) Meeker - '39 (Decade of the 30s)
Kathryn "Katy" (Hill) Meredith - '42 (Decade of the 40s)
William and Lynn (Bolles) Boatman - '58 (Decade of the 50s)
Richard "Rich" Edyvean - '68 (Decade of the 60s)
Keith M. Rand - '70 (Decade of the 70s)
Gregory Smith - '80 - (Decade of the '80s)
Board appointments:
Consultant/SHSAW Founder - Guy E. Russell - '59
Parliamentarian - Melford "Dutch" Holland - '57 
SMHS Administrators:
Brandon Cosby, principal
James Larkin and Stephen Papesh, vice principals  
Thank you for your continued interest and support.

Deloris "Dee" (Richardson) Duff. President
Shortridge H.S. Alumni Association

In This Issue
501(c)(3) Approved
Hall of Fame Inductees Named
News from Athletic Department
Founding Members Guild
SAA Board of Directors
Visit Our Website
Shortridge Yearbooks
Informal Class Luncheons
SAA Memberships
Lost & Found
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Shortridge Yearbooks


Shortridge Media Specialist (Librarian) gladly accepts all old Shortridge Yearbooks. Contact Gregg Nowling at Shortridge with your donation, 317.345.7996


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:

Thank you, Gregg Niceley and

 Kathleen Schienle for this information.


Informal Class Luncheons
The Class of 1942 invite you to join them at 11:30 a.m. on the last Friday of each month @ MCL Cafeteria, 116th & Keystone Ave, per Kathryn (Katy) (Hill) Meredith, class of1942.
"The Girls of the Class of 1943" invite other classmates to join them at 11:30 a.m., on the 3rd Thursday of each month at LePeep Restaurant, 86th & Township Line Road, adjacent to MCL Cafeteria, according to Lynn Imel Rhamy. Any class members are welcome, male or female.
 Let us know if your class has an ongoing meeting place.  
SAA Memberships & Renewals -- Membership Renewal Reminder
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! For those who have joined and/or renewed membership recently. Remember, your membership dues provide the operating funds for the alumni association. Please renew membership or join today. Fees:
  • One-year membership: $35 annual fee
  • Five-year membership (Founding Member's Legacy Guild) (see Feature Article)
  • Make your check payable to: Shortridge Alumni Association; mail c/o 5030 Guion Road, Indianapolis, IN 46254, or pay your dues online at our website via PayPal option.

    For more membership information, visit our website: or send email:
Lost & Found

Periodically, we receive requests from alumni attempting to locate former classmates. While we do not have the human resources to conduct searches for individuals, these requests are somewhat different.  Current searches:

1)  LOST: A painting of former principal, Robert Shultz, from era of the mid to late 1960s. The painting is of Mr. Shultz sitting in a chair. If anyone knows where this painting might be, kindly send email to: or call 317.297.4661.

2) FOUND: A 1955 class ring with the initials E.V.  In searching the Class of 1955 yearbook, we believe the ring may belong to Elaine Helen Velonis.THANKS TO THOSE WHO RESPONDED... WE FOUND ELAINE, who is grateful to be reunited with her class ring.