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NewsBriefs - August 2013







Summer vacation passed so is back in session!

Welcome back, students and faculty, for the 2013-14 school year.


~Shortridge Alumni Association~


Music Department - Summer Band Update                   
Camp at Ball State U
Camp at Ball State
This was a busy summer for the Marching Blue Devils. Eight students went to Ball State University to participate in a Leadership Camp for one week with students from all over the country. Band directors, including Drum Corps International, provided outstanding workshops and classes for all of the students. Thanks to Music for All, under the leadership of Eric Martin, for providing Shortridge students with scholarships.
  Band Camp, led by Band Director, Kathryn Spangler, was held for a week, 12 hours daily at PS 60 just south of the Shortridge campus. Unfortunately, funds were not available to have all of the band members attend summer band camp at Butler University; however, 45 students attended the PS 60 camp and worked very hard on their Duality Show with over 200 hours of rehearsal time prior to opening day at the Indiana State Fair Band Day. Nearly 45 state high school bands performed for Opening Day at the Fair. The band's mid-twenties finish, although not high enough for the top 16 evening competition, was none-the-less a great experience for the band students and an improvement from the 2012 competition at Band Day. Comments from the four judges were especially rewarding to hear. "...It's great to see an inner-city public school holding its own in a statewide competition!" Keep working hard, students! (Photos courtesy of Al Edyvean, SAA president.)
Band Camp-PS 60
Band Camp-PS 60
The Blue Devil Tour for 2013 follows. More details can be found on the Shortridge Band website or contact Jim Stroh at or cell 317.409.7918. Each concert has an entry fee and new music is always needed for the band. Donations are gratefully appreciated. If you wish to donate to help offset some of the band's expenses, send your check payable to the Shortridge Alumni Association or donate on our website. The band's motto: "With Unity Lies Great Strength." The fall schedule:
September 7 - Purdue University Band Day
September 21 - Mid-States: Hamilton Southeastern
September 28 - Avon Meijer Invitational
October 5 - Danville Warrior Pride Invitational
October 12 - Circle City Classic Parade
October 19 - ISSMA Regionals
October 26 - ISSMA Semi-Stat
November 2 - ISSMA State Finals
November 13 - Bands of America
50th Anniversary of the Dream Speech and March on Washington - Community Council Meeting
Per information received from Stanley Law, principal, Shortridge will play a major role in The 50th Anniversary Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" Speech. Shortridge student, Markell Pipkins, was the IPS student chosen to lead the recitation of the historic speech delivered 50 years ago. The March for the American Dream, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, will be held Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 5:30 p.m. at the Kennedy King Park. See the attached flyers for more information.
Other schools and community are invited to join Shortridge students and faculty along the march path in a police-led procession from Shortridge to the Kennedy King Park at 17th Street an Central Avenue. Attendees should plan to arrive at the Kennedy King Park no later than 5:30 p.m.  
More Special Announcements:
Back-to-School Night: Tuesday, August 20, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
2013-14 Motto: "Achievement Beyond Expectations"
Community Council Meeting - Wednesday, August 28, 9:00 a.m., Shortridge Room 181

Shortridge Legacy Scholarship Fund & Special Interest Projects 

 The listing of  Charter Members  of the Founding Members Legacy Guild are now posted on our website,, and the plaque of the donors is posted at entrance to the Alumni Room #181 along the main hallway at Shortridge. 
  A General Members listing of the Shortridge Legacy Scholarship Fund donors continues and donors' names will be listed in this e-newsletter. 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:


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


  Donations for other projects; e.g. support of the Athletic Department, Music Department or other special-interest project, checks  should be made payable to the Shortridge Alumni Association with annotation on the Notes section to which project you wish to support. Likewise, special-interest donations may be made online via our website, as shown above and found at the Dues & Donations tab.


Shortridge Legacy Scholarship Fund - General Members 
 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
Rufus "Bud" Myers - 1960
Dr. Edward B. Roche - 1957 
General Support
(Donations $5 to $99)
Jane (Butler) Bowman - 1942
Robert G. Butler - 1959
Hattie Byland - 1965
Barbara (Baker) Engle - 1958
Diane (Lockman) Goldberg -1960
Aleta S. Hodge - 1972
Tony Littrell - 1969
Robert W. Macaleese - 1961
Kathryn E. (Hill) Meredith - 1942
Dr. Woodrow A. Myers, Jr. - 1970
Ann (Cantwell) Penrose - 1941
Harold A. Smith - 1960
Marsha (Emerson) Thomas -- 1961
Lynn (Hansen) Wakefield - 1970
Mary Jane "Janie" (Foerst) Witz - 1943
 SAA Board of Directors -  
The Annual meeting of the Shortridge Alumni Association was held June 8th. Deloris Duff led the last meeting of her six-year term as president, including election of a new Board. Several Board members were slated for different offices; there are new alumni who will serve as Board members and appointment of a new parliamentarian. The slate was accepted by acclimation. In order to serve on the Board, officers and Members-at-Large must be currently paid members of the Alumni Association.
A proposed amendment to the organization's Bylaws will be circulated to the current members of the SAA in order to amend the Mission statement. The survey will be sent via email for the membership's approval/rejection.
Following is the newly elected Board of Directors:
Executive Board
Alfred "Al" Edyvean - '68 - President
Marilyn (Chance) Shank - '67 - VP, Public Relations
Keith Rand - '70 - VP, Marketing & Development/Fundraising
Deloris "Dee" (Richardson) Duff ' ;59 - Treasurer
Joyce (Edwards) Moore - '68 - Recording Secretary
Jarnell (Burks) Craig - '63 - 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)
Lynn (Bolles) Boatman - '58 (Decade of the 50s)
Marcia Warrington - '58 (Decade of the 50s)
Richard "Rich" Edyvean - '68 (Decade of the 60s)
Thomas J. Griffin, II - ;72 (Decade of the 70s)
Carolyn (Waters) Payton - '72 (Decade of the '70s)
Open vacancy - (Decade of the '80s)
We continue to seek a candidate to fill the vacancy for Decade of the 80s representative. If you are interested in serving for this two-year term, kindly send an email to  
Board appointments:
Consultant/SHSAW Founder - Guy E. Russell - '59
Parliamentarian - Grant Hawkins - '67
SMHS Administrators
Stanley Law, principal:
Debra Ward , vice principal 
Thank you for your continued interest and support.

Dee Duff

Deloris "Dee" (Richardson) Duff
Treasurer & Editor, NewsBriefs
President Emeritus
Shortridge H.S. Alumni Association

In This Issue
Summer Band Camps
Dream Speech 50th Anniversary
Shortridge Legacy Fund
Legacy Scholarship - General Fund
SAA Board of Directors
Visit Our Website
Shortridge Yearbooks
SAA Memberships
Class Reunions
Athletic Dept News
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Shortridge Yearbooks


Shortridge Media Specialist (Librarian) gladly accepts all old Shortridge Yearbooks. Kindly send any old yearbooks to Shortridge Magnet High School, 3401 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208, c/o the Media Specialist.


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:


We're sorry to report that Gregg Nowling is no longer the Media Specialist at Shortridge. He accepted a comparable position at his alma mater, Tech High School, beginning this school year. All the best wishes to Gregg in his new assignment. You will be missed at SMHS. We'll inform our readers of the new Media Specialist when that position is filled at Shortridge.


And, with Gregg's departure, the future of the electronic version of the Daily Echo is definitely in jeopardy. Are there any former alumni Echo reporters out there that would be interested in reviving this Shortridge tradition again? If so, send us an email at:


SAA Memberships & Renewals -- Membership Renewal Reminder
PLEASE DON'T FORGET 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:




Class of 1958 - 55-year reunion -

September 21, 2013, Children's Museum, 3000 N  Illinois Street.

Time: 6:00p-10:00p Dinner; cash bar

Fifties music will be piped throughout the museum and two staffed galleries. "Dinosphere" and "Carousel Wishes and Dreams" will be open from 6p-10

Attire: Business Casual

Cost: $55pp to celebrate our 55th

Photographer will be available: Cash only - photos taken and printed on site.

FREE parking available in the museum's garage on the West side of Illinois St.(Glass enclosed elevated walkway from garage into the museum)

Questions: Lynn (Bolles) Boatman, 8070 Heyward Dr.,Indpls, IN 46250 I317-845-0455 or

Georgie (Adams) Perkins, 5406 Allisonville Rd, Indpls, IN 46220, 317-255-9233





Class of 1978
The Class of 1978 announces its plans for their 35-year class reunion September 20-22, 2013.
Read more here or contact Cari (Alley) Kluger, 317.347.1516 or
Class of 1959 - 55-year reunion. SAVE THE DATES: TUESDAY, JUNE 10 AND WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11, 2014 (Yes, that's right...a mid-week reunion!) Full schedule of events will be forthcoming. 
Class of 1964 - 50-year reunion, SAVE THE DATES: JUNE 27-28, 2014, Indianapolis Marriott East.. More information to come as plans are confirmed.To join the planning team, contact Mary Glenn Rinne, or Ruth Lacy Wooden,
REMINDER: Reunion organizers, you and your classmates are encouraged to become active members of our 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 Scholarship Fund or other special project that will benefit the students at Shortridge.
Also, please note that if during your reunion you plan to visit the school, a written request must be submitted through the school office that must be approved by the IPS Maintenance Department IF the school is to be opened on weekends...Saturday or Sunday. 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 as early as possible to confirm your date and time. 
Thank you! The Board President
Athletic Dept. News
"Blue Devils Rising"
Danny J. Wilson, Shortridge Athletic Director, announces and invites alumni for a casual evening and introduction of the magnet school's first varsity football team since the fall of 1980!
SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, August 15, in the school courtyard. Doors open at 6:00p with team member introductions at approximately 6:30p. Upon completion of the introductions, there will be a cookout: hot dogs, baked beans, cole slaw, chips, and soft drinks.
The evening will adjourn at approximately 8p for the student athletes, who will engage in their scrimmage game on Friday, August 16, 6:00p.m. at Monroe Central High School. Alumni are welcome to stay longer, if they wish, to reminisce the "good old days."
All alumni are invited to attend.
The full fall football schedule is attached here: