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NewsBriefs - April 2013




Although Easter came early this year, here's wishing you all great adventures for this spring. 


~Shortridge Alumni Association


Getting ready to play

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Music Department News: 


Ms. Spangler and other Music department staff continue to need our help. Over 250 students are in the bands and orchestras at Shortridge. As an end-of-year remembrance, the teachers would like to provide letters and pins to the 12 seniors that have participated in concert band, marching band, drum line, jazz band all four years; however, funding is lacking. Please send your donation, payable to Shortridge Magnet High School, c/o Ms. Kathy Spangler, 3401 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208.
The parents and students are very involved and have created a band booster organization this year; however, financial resources are in short supply, especially for "extras." As well, they are attempting to generate funds to offset Summer Band Camp this year. Shortridge is expected to pay approximately $8,000 for the band students to be housed on campus at Butler University for 60 students to attend band camp. Donations in any amount will be greatly appreciated and needed by May 1st.
Several members of the Shortridge band recently returned from New York City during spring break along with faculty and adult band booster club members. Pictures show the students taking in sights around the city. This trip (and all others extra-curricular activities) are possible only through hard work, countless hours of fundraising, and generous donations. Everyone had a great time!
 Save The Dates...
Invitations will be mailed to all alumni for whom we have mailing and email addresses. An online version will arrive in your email mailbox. You need simply to respond by either method.
Contact other alumni and let them know about ALL-ALUMNI DAY, JUNE 8th! Be sure we have updated contact information. Send an email to with your information; tell your alumni friends to do the same. Include full name (including maiden name), class year, mailing address, and email.
Itinerary for end-of-school-year activities:
     (Scholarship recipients announced) - Caleb Mills Auditorium (CMA); reception to follow
  • JUNE 8, 2013 -- ALUMNI DAY!
    • 11a - Alumni Association Annual Meeting - Caleb  Mills Auditorium (CMA)
      • DECADE REPRESENTATIVES - '30s, '40s, '50s, ;60s, '70s, or '80s. 

Any currently paid alumni association member may run for a position on the Board. Send your name, office of interest, and contact information to  Lynn Boatman, slating committee, Candidate information must be received no later than May 15, 2013. Review the Alumni Association Bylaws for position descriptions on the website,  All offices are two years, renewable for three consecutive terms.

    • 12:45p - 2013 Hall of Fame Induction, Founding Members, and Judicial Wall of Fame Recognition - CMA 
  • 3:00p - ALL CLASSES REUNION LUNCHEON -  ADVANCED PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED - $15 FOR ALUMNI ASSOCIATION CURRENT MEMBERS; $20 FOR NON-MEMBERS AND GUESTS.(Renew an expired membership and receive the luncheon at the discounted rate.)
  • JUNE 11, 2013 - 7p - GRADUATION CEREMONY - Caleb Mills Auditorium (First Shortridge High School graduation since 1981!) 

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

The HoF committee examined the biographies of eight candidates for induction into the Shortridge Hall of Fame this year including:
* Patty (Aspinall) Reel - 1944
* Marjorie (Hartley) O'Laughlin - 1947
* Dan Wakefield - 1950
* Herschell C. Turner - 1956
* Fletcher H. Wiley - 1960
* Judge Z. Mae Jimison - 1961 (posthumously)
* Judge William E. McAnulty - 1965 (posthumously)
* William Foley - 1973
  Brief biographies of the candidates will be highlighted later this spring and each nominee and/or family representative will be honored on June 8th, All Alumni Day.
Fletcher H. Wiley, Esq. has been chosen to be the commencement speaker for the 2013 graduation Tuesday, June 11, 7p, in Caleb Mills Auditorium. Wiley, a 1960 Shortridge alumnus, was the first African-American Cadet Candidate to West Point; he graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy, and continued his studies as a Fullbright scholar in Paris, France at L'Institut Des Etudes Politiques. He received his Masters in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and his law degree from Harvard Law School.
  For more than two decades, Wiley worked as a practicing attorney concentrating in the areas of corporate and commercial law, small business development, entertainment law, and real estate. He was a Senior Partner with the Boston law firm of Goldstein & Manello, PC.
  Mr. Wiley is extensively involved in civic and charitable activities, the list of which is long and highly impressive. In 2011, he was named by U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to the Board of Visitors of The Air University; and in 2012, President Obama appointed him to the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Air Force Academy. In 2012, he also received an honorary Doctorate in Human Letters from Cambridge College and an honorary Doctorate in Law from New England School of Law.
  Mr. Wiley is a member of the Bars of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and District of Columbia, and belongs to the American, National, and Massachusetts Bar Associations.
  Not forgetting his high school alma mater, Fletcher Wiley also is a major contributor to the Shortridge Athletic Department and Founding Member Legacy Guild. In 2010, he championed a major fund drive during his class' 50-year class reunion, helping to raise more than $20,000 for scholarships for future Shortridge graduates.
  He and his wife, Benaree Pratt Wiley, reside in Brookline, Massachusetts. They have two children, Pratt and B. J.
Judicial Wall of Fame -
by Hattie Byland, Class of 1965
The Class of 1965 is looking for judges!



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 named below on Saturday, June 8, 2013, during the All-Classes Alumni Day celebration. 


Judge William E. McAnulty, Jr.

Judge Cynthia Torain Ayers

Judge Anthony Metz

Judge Grant W. Hawkins

Judge Theodore (Ted) Boehm

Judge Reuben Hill


 The Class of 1965 would like to expand this project to include other judges; we need the help of other Shortridge alumni to provide the names and contact information for other justices, active, retired, or posthumously. Hopefully, classmates for other judges will want to recognize elected/appointed judges from their class. Contact Hattie Byland at hbyland@charter.netThank you.


Shortridge Athletic Department - 2013




Alumni are cordially invited to participate in the Shortridge Alumni/Community Golf Outing Saturday, April 21, 2013, at Smock Golf Course, 3910 E. County Line Road. The shotgun start begins at 1 pm.Click here for more details and the entry form. Funds generated will be used to support the Shortridge Athletic Department.



(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.  



 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.

 Shortridge Legacy Scholarship Fund 

 The listing of  Charter Members  of Founding Members Legacy Guild.  now on our website,
A General Members listing of the Shortridge Legacy Scholarship Fund donors continues.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. 

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.
  Visit the website to review the SAA Bylaws for information about the association and duties and terms of office of the officers and decade representatives.  
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 News
Save the Dates - All-Classes Reunion
News Highlights
Judicial Wall of Fame
More News from Athletic Department
Founding Members Guild
Legacy Schilarship - General Members
SAA Board of Directors
Visit Our Website
Shortridge Yearbooks
Informal Class Luncheons
SAA Memberships
2013 Class Reunions
Log in to our Website!

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
HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN YOUR ALUMNI ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL? Your member dues are the operating funds for the 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 or pay online. 
  • 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 1943 - The leader in class reunion celebrations will do it again for their 70-year reunion, September 14, 2013. These are the most active alumni who have completed their 15-, 20-, 25-, 30-, 35-, 40-, 45-. 50-. 55-, 60-, 65-. 66-, 67-, 68-, 69-, and now plan for their 70-year reunion. WAYTO GO!!
If you need information, contact Harry Cooler at  
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
Deepest Sympathy                
Lee (Scott) Beasley passed away on February 23, 2013. Mrs. Beasley served as a Shortridge All Ways Planning Committee volunteer from 2004-2007, the precursor to the Alumni Association. She was an elected  Board member and Decade of the '50s representative from 2007-2010. We will miss her greatly.