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NewsBriefs - February 2013




 ~Shortridge Alumni Association 




February, the month for love... and CHOCOLATES!!! 

Music Department Special Events: 
Music Department's Inaugural Awards Banquet, Thursday, February 7th Music Awards Program
"There's Music in the Air" - Friday, February 8th
. Presenting the Shortridge Jazz Band.
Doors open at 7p
Dinner: 7:15p-7:45p
Performance starts at 8p - Featuring Jazz singer, Sandy Lomax
See flyer for all details
Shortridge Band Says Thank You!

The Shortridge Band deeply appreciates the donations given by band parents, the community and alumni these past months. The band program could not continue without your support since Shortridge's music program does not have a budget from IPS funds. So far all of the band expenses this year have been paid by private donations specifically allocated to the band. Ms. Spangler works from 7:00am to 6pm every day offering opportunities she had when in the Avon band. She usually can be found with band members on week-ends and evenings at Shortridge, or some contest throughout the state. In order to continue offering the extensive band program at Shortridge, we need your support. See Kathy Spangler for a list of items that are always needed every year to keep a band program alive.

Thank you for the following gifts:

Class of 1969 - John Austin Butsch Fund $730.00

Phylis West for theTrailer to transport band instruments $3,000

John and Beth Leth's Shortridge Family $6,500

All who contributed hundreds of bottles of water throughout the year

Jim Stroh, Community Volunteer 

Save The Dates...
  • JUNE 4, 2013 - 9a - SENIOR RECOGNITION DAY (Scholarship recipients announced) - Caleb Mills Auditorium (CMA); reception to follow
  • JUNE 8, 2013 -- ALUMNI DAY! *
    • 11a - Alumni Association Annual Meeting - CMA
    • 12:45p - 2013 Hall of Fame Recognition - CMA
    • 3:00p - ALL CLASSES REUNION LUNCHEON - (Location to be confirmed); invitations will be we have your current mailing address?. (Note, May 18th date anniounced previously is void.)
  • JUNE 11, 2013 - 7p - GRADUATION CEREMONY - CMA (First Shortridge High School graduation since 1981!) 

*Volunteers needed to work on All-Classes Reunion Committee. Send email to: if you are interested. We will need your help.

After a 2-1/2 year effort, this major scholarship fundraising effort has come to an end IN ITS CURRENT FORMAT.
Alumni are still encouraged to support the Shortridge Legacy Scholarship fund as General  Members as we continue to fundraise for scholarship dollars for future Shortridge graduates. Five years' membership in the Shortridge Alumni Association will remain for donors of $500 or more and smaller donations will be acknowledged on an ongoing basis with tiered-level recognition in this newsletter and on our website. 
See listing below of scholarship fundraising efforts (less than $500) since 2010. Join with other supporters for our scholarship fundraising efforts.
Volunteers needed to serve on scholarship application review committee. If interested, kindly send your name, email, and phone contact information to:
The Shortridge Alumni Association (Scholarship Committee) will launch two distinct scholarships for seniors to consider:
The Legacy Scholarship - a merit scholarship for up to $5,000 for students who apply with an academic GPA of 3.5 or above. Up to two (2) students may receive this scholarship based on above-level academic achievements and other criteria established by the alumni association.
The Senior Achievement Scholarship - for students with a GPA of 2.5 or above, who have achieved excellence through participation in music, sports, science, language arts and/or civic activities. Up to 10 scholarships may be awarded valued at $500 each.
Application packets for both scholarships will be available in early January through the Guidance office. The SAA Scholarship Committee will lead the selection and student interview process. Alumni interested in volunteering to work with this committee should send email to: 
As some of you may already know, IPS Superintendent, Dr. Eugene White, recently announced his retirement by early April, 2013. No information available at this time regarding his successor.
The HoF committee will reconvene to examine the biographies of eight candidates for induction into the Shortridge Hall of Fame, which will be announced in Spring 2013.
Judicial Wall of Fame -
by Hattie Byland, Class of 1965
The Class of 1965 is looking for judges!

In 2010, at our 45-Year Reunion, the Class of 1965 raised over $7,000 to support the new Law and Public Policy Courtroom. It has been our goal to support Shortridge's new magnet law and public policy students by providing them with inspiring information about the judicial expertise and leadership of Shortridge Alumni who were/are elected or appointed judges. Our request was to have the courtroom named in honor of our classmate, Justice William E. McAnulty Jr., who was a Supreme Court Justice in Kentucky at the time he passed away in 2007. The funds we raised were to provide furnishings for the classroom and create the courtroom wall as the Judicial Wall of Fame with a photo plaque of McAnulty and two other judges from our class, Judge Anthony J. Metz Jr. and Judge Cynthia Torain Ayers. (See courtroom photo) The courtroom has been furnished; however, the paneling and photo plaques need to be completed. Our class chose also to recognize three other judges from the classes of 1967 and 1956.


The IPS School Board, at its November 2012 meeting, unanimously approved the naming for the courtroom to be The Justice William E. McAnulty Jr. Law and Public Policy Center.


 The Class of 1965 will recognize the six justices identified in the article and named below: . Please read the full article for greater details. Click here.

Judge William E. McAnulty, Jr.

Judge Cynthia Torain Ayers

Judge Anthony Metz

Judge Grant W. Hawkins

Judge Theodore (Ted) Boehm

Judge Reuben Hill


The back wall of the courtroom (as shown in the photo) will be wood-paneled and 20"x24" plaques added to the Judicial Wall of Fame. But we would like to expand this project to include other judges; we need the help of other Shortridge alumni to provide the names and information for other judges. Hopefully, classmates for other judges will want to recognize elected/appointed judges from their class. Details for the project are included in the full article as identified above. 

Thank you.


 Shortridge Athletic Department - 2013


ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT CONTINUES TO NEED OUR HELP! Send donations to Danny Wilson, AD, 3401 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 or to the Shortridge Alumni Association, c/o 5030 Guion Road, Indianapolis, IN 46254. All donors' names will be added to the SAAB supporter list.



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



(Donations over $1,000) 

Barbara R. Cohn - 1961*

Fletcher H. Wiley - 1960 - to honor Coach George Gale

Class of 1951 - to honor Mr. Jerry Steiner



(Donations between $501-$1,000)

John D. Peterson - 1951

Samuel G. Pride, 1966

Thomas E. Reilly - 1957

James R. (JR) White, Jr. - 1972



 (Donations between $101-$500)

William & Lynn (Bolles) Boatman - 1958

Barbara (Keenan) Brock - 1959

Robert G. Butler - 1958

Anita L. DeFrantz - 1970

Pete & Alice Dye - 1944

Ann T. Hunckler - 1962, in memory of

Timothy McDowell - 1971

John Leslie McIntire - 1962

George Pillow - 1967

Kenneth D. Rogers, 1974

Jean (McAnulty) Smith - 1961

Edgar H. "Ted" Steeg - 1948

Jerry Steiner - teacher



(Donations up to $100)

Delcina "Ann" Kern Cassella - 1945

John Charleston, Jr. - 1960*

Don Essig - 1955

Richard G. Lugar - 1950

Sharon (Crockett) Mutter - 1960

David Williams*


*Most recent donation


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 and class year as a donor or if you wish to remain anonymous.  



 Founding Members Legacy Guild 

  December 31, 2012, was your last opportunity to have your or a loved one's name listed as a Charter Member of Founding Members Legacy Guild. Donations to this restricted fund are a source for scholarships that will be awarded to deserving students who may be from the first graduating class in 2013. Names of Charter Members will be  inscribed on a bronze plaque that will be permanently displayed along the main corridor of the school and on our website,
A General Members listing of the Shortridge Legacy Scholarship Fund donors will begin in February 2013. This recognition of donors, since 2010,  will be displayed in a tiered-level format, similar to the SAAB listing of supporters, and displayed here in NewsBriefs and on our website.. Therefore, kindly consider any level of donations to add to the scholarship fund. Donors of $500 or more will continue to receive five years' membership in the alumni association, Consider these options:
  • Did your class reunion make "extra" money you would like to donate toward scholarships?
  • This also may be a way to honor a Shortridge graduate family member posthumously.
  • Does your company have a Matching-Gift program? As the SAA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, your donation may qualify for a matching gift program, Consult with your company's program administrators.
  • Donations to  this and other ongoing projects can now be made on our website, on the Donations tab via PayPal or major credit card.

  Your donation to the scholarship fund or other projects may qualify as a tax-deductible contribution. Consult with your tax advisor. Make checks payable to: Shortridge Legacy Scholarship Fund mail c/o 5030 Guion Road, Indianapolis, IN 46254.

 Charter Founding Members: (as of 12/31/2012)

Dr. Beurt SerVaas, 1937
Dr. Robert W. Harger, 1938
Martha "Marta" (Cantwell) Meeker, 1939 
Ann (Cantwell) Penrose, 1941
Kathryn E. (Hill) Meredith, 1942
Ann (Kern) Cassella, 1945
Dr. Raymond Martin Johnson, 1950
Richard G. Lugar, 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
Roy B. Carlson, 1958
C. "Terry" Duncan, 1958
Paula (Distelhorst) Eidel, 1958
Bette (Alexander) Erxleben, 1958
Mary B. Floyd, Ph.D., 1958 
Linda (Henderson) Gassett, 1958
Marcia Warrington, 1958
Jeffrey Finn, 1959
David A. Leighty, 1959
Laird L. Macomber, 1959
Kaaren O. (Burke) Rodman, 1959
Michael W. Rodman, 1959
Joan (Paller) Bines, 1960
James M. Dabner, 1960
Joan (Vyverberg) Fortune, 1960
Ben Goldstein, 1960
Monica (Tann) Lett, Ph.D., 1960
Ruth Virginia (Lilly) Nichols, 1960
Lloyd C. Lyons, 1960
Rufus "Bud" Myers, 1960
Liliane (Amedeo) Rowe, 1960
Gary N. Schahet, 1960
Ann K. Weigand, 1960
Fletcher H. Wiley, 1960
Edward H. Zukerman, 1960
Susan A. Bettis, 1961
Linda J. (Tyner) Bray, 1961
Cohn Family 1961, 1964, 1964, 1966
James R. Falender, 1961
Jean (McAnulty) Smith, 1961
Ann (Johns) Sonnenberg, 1961
Betsy Fenstermaker, 1962*
Judith K. (Mendenhall) Shiffler, 1962
Timothy Clague, 1963
Jarnell Burks-Craig, 1963*
Dr. Gwendolyn J. (Solomon) Kelley, 1963
Grant F. Shipley, 1963
Cheryl (Boringer) Troyer, 1963
David V. Biesemeyer, 1964
Harriette"Hattie" Byland, 1965
William A. Lawrence, 1965
Jon Nygaard, 1966
Samuel G. Pride, 1966
Jan L. Clark, 1967
Sarah "Sally" Fenstermaker, 1967
Yvonne Perkins, 1967
Susan (Brown) Wallace, 1967
Fredrick L. Rice, 1968
John Austin Butsch, 1969
Sarah (Bonner) Roberts, 1969
Anita L. DeFrantz, 1970
Dr. Woodrow A. Myers, Jr., 1970
Timothy T. McDowell, II, 1971
Mary Ann (Bruce) Denton, 1972
Valerie J. (Warner) Stewart, 1972
Carol (Morgan) Gog, 1973
Derrick Burks, 1974
Vicki Williams, 1974
Keith Lasher, 1975
*Newest members
Thank you all for your generosity and support as Charter Members of
Founding Members Legacy Guild.
( Alumni donated more than $35,000 for scholarships!) 
 Shortridge Legacy Scholarship Fund - General Members 
As announced, following is a tiered listing of supporters of the Shortridge Legacy Scholarship Fund (not already shown as Charter Members of the Founding Members Legacy Guild), which are listed since 2010. Add your name to this listing with any amount from a  minimum of $5 or more. Donors of $500+ will continue to receive five years of membership in the alumni association and all donors will be acknowledged in this newsletter and on our website. The Shortridge Alumni Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your donation may be tax deductible; consult with your tax advisor. Make check payable to Shortridge Legacy Scholarship Fund and send c/o 5030 Guion Road, Indianapolis, IN 46254, or make your donation via PayPal or major credit card on our website: at the Donations tab.
Platinum Level
(Donations $501 or greater)
Gold Level
(Donations $250 to $500)
Timothy T. McDowell, II - 1971
Silver Level
(Donations $150 to $249)
Bronze Level
(Donations $100 to $149)
Lynn (Bolles) Boatman - 1958
William Boatmen - 1958
Paula (Distelhorst) Eidel - 1958
Richard M. Midkiff - 1963
General Support
(Donations $5 to $99)
Jane (Butler) Bowman - 1942
Robert G. Butler - 1959
Hattie Byland - 1965
Aleta S. Hodge - 1972
Kathryn E. (Hill) Meredith - 1942
Dr. Woodrow A. Myers, Jr. - 1970
Harold A. Smith - 1960
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
Vacant - 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
Stanley Law, principal:
Debra Ward , vice principal 
Thank you for your continued interest and support.

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

In This Issue
Music Department Special Events
Article Headline
Article Headline
News Highlights
Article Headline
More News from Athletic Department
Founding Members Guild
Article Headline
SAA Board of Directors
Visit Our Website
Shortridge Yearbooks
Informal Class Luncheons
SAA Memberships
2012-2013 Class Reunions
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NOTE: PayPal page completed on the website. Options now available to make additional donations via PayPal online. Click here for membership flyer if you cannot sign on via PayPal.  Print. Complete, enclose your check, payable to SHSAA, and Mail to: 5030 Guion Road, Indianapolis, IN 46254.
Navigate the website. Self register at

Mission statement, association bylaws, activities available to view online.


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.

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:




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
Please check your member card and renew membership  or join today; encourage your friends to join our alumni association. 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.
  • One-year membership: $35 annual fee payable via PayPal or check
  • Five-year membership (General Members for Shortridge Legacy Scholarship Fund) (see Feature Article) (payable to Shortridge Alumni Association; mail c/o 5030 Guion Road, Indianapolis, IN 46254.
  • For more membership information, visit our website: or send email:

Continue to read NewsBriefs over the next few months with plans and information for the following upcoming class reunions:



HEAR YE! HEAR YE! -- ALL-CLASSES REUNION COMING JUNE 8, 2013 - sponsored by the Shortridge Alumni Association. Volunteers needed to help with planning.
Class of 1963 - 50-year reunion - spring 2013 in conjunction with first graduating class celebrations
(Gwen (Solomon) Kelley, ...more info coming); visit class website: or contact David Miller,


Class of 1958 - 55-year reunion - September 21, 2013, Children's Museum. More information to follow.
Refer questions for assistance with your class reunions to our email:

Class of 1978
Reunion plans for 2013 in the planning stages...more to come

REMINDER: Reunion organizers, please encourage your classmates to become active members of their alumni association. We have hundreds of Shortridge alumni gathering this year for milestone reunion celebrations. Please inform others that our alumni association is alive and well...we need everyone's support. And if your class budgets yield a surplus, kindly consider a donation to the Legacy Scholarshiop Fund or other special project that will benefit the students at Shortridge.
Thank you! The Board President