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HISTORY OF FAIR PARK HIGH SCHOOL


Fair Park High School is on in the National Register of Historic Places.  The school was placed on the National Register January 11, 2001.

Construction of Fair Park began in the spring of 1928 and opened for the first students in the fall of 1928.  The name came from a near-by residential area known as Fair Park and the school's location across the street from the Louisiana State Fair Grounds.

The original building, located on a 10-acre site, was designed to accommodate 500 students.  However, by 1929 the school's enrollment was over 700.

Mr. J.W. Ward was the first principal.  He served from 1928 until his death in 1937.

The first issue of the Pow Wow, the student newspaper, was published in December 1929; and the first Sequoyah, the yearbook, was published in 1931.  The use of an American Indian theme and selection of the Indian as the mascot was to honor the history of Indian tribes in the area, especially the Caddo Indians.  Indian artifacts were found on the site during the construction of the school.  

By 1931, Fair Park's enrollment had grown so large that it became necessary to add two new wings to the original building.  One wing was for classrooms, while the other wing provided the school with an auditorium.

During 1937-38, the annex was constructed.  With the addition of the annex, four classrooms were added to the building.

Mr. Edward Lee Alberson became principal in 1937.  Mr. Alberson served the school until his retirement in the spring of 1957.

The Class of 1953 was the last class to start Fair Park High School as eighth graders.  At that time, junior high schools were being built in Shreveport to accommodate seventh, eighth, and ninth grade students.  Fair Park became a tenth through twelfth grade school.

In 1956, an extensive remodeling program was undertaken.  With the completion of this construction, a new gymnasium, industrial arts area, and music building were added to the campus.  Until this addition, the basketball team had practiced and played games at the Lakeshore Junior High School gymnasium.

Mr. E.H. Herron served as assistant principal for a number of years under Mr. Alberson.  Mr. Herron became principal in 1957 and served in this capacity until his death in the early spring of 1960.

Dr. Earl A. McKenzie, former teacher, elementary school principal, and supervisor, was appointed principal of Fair Park in 1960.  On August 15, 1966, Dr. McKenzie left Fair Park after being named assistant to the Superintendent of Caddo Parish Schools.  He later served as Superintendent of Caddo Parish Schools.

In 1961, the tile Indian was added to the floor in the main entry of Fair Park High School.  Mr. Hervey Sistrunk of Tri-State Tile Company designed and installed the tile Indian.  The location of the tile Indian is known as "Sacred Ground".

In 1963, the hand carved wooden Indian was transported to Fair Park High School.  The Indian was hand carved by Mr. Greer.  The Indian was a gift to the school from the Class of 1963.

Mr. B.H. Brantly, former teacher and assistant principal, served as principal from 1966 until his resignation on January 25, 1971.  Mr. Brantly departed Fair Park to take a position on the staff of Northeast Louisiana University.  

Mrs. Sibyl Murphy was an assistant principal at Fair Park under Mr. Brantly.  She served as acting principal until a new principal was named.

Mr. Clem Henderson came to our school in 1948, serving as a teacher, coach, and assistant principal.  He was appointed principal of Fair Park in January 1971.  Mr. Henderson took a leave in 1976 to do post-graduate work at the University of Arkansas and retired in 1977.

During the summer of 1971, forty-three years after the original plant was constructed, Fair Park again received a "face-lift".  Renovation, under the close supervision of Mr. Henderson, began at the close of school in May 1971, at a cost of $575,000.  When school opened in September, almost all construction had been completed.  Metal windows were installed and the exterior surface of the building was sandblasted and waterproofed.  The administrative offices were enlarged, renovated, and central heating and air-conditioning were added.  The counselors' offices were relocated, enlarged, with central heating and air- conditioning added.  To provide a more convenient location, the library was moved from the third floor to the first floor.  The library was carpeted, decorated, and new furniture was purchased.  A small addition, adjacent to the new media center, provided space for a professional library for use by faculty members during their unencumbered periods.  The teachers' lounge was carpeted, decorated, and new furniture was purchased for the area.  The interior of the school was repaired, painted, and new boilers were installed to replace the old ones that were antiquated and inadequate.  In 1974, the learning center was added to the campus.  Two large additional classrooms were made available in the gymnasium/industrial arts area when the career center (now known as the business center) opened.

Mr. Johnny Bilberry, former teacher, coach and assistant principal was named acting principal for one year in 1976 during Mr. Henderson's leave.  He was appointed principal during the summer of 1977 and left Fair Park when he was named Supervisor of Health and Physical Education in Caddo Parish in the fall of 1977.

Mr. Roland L. Antoine, Sr., former teacher, coach, and assistant principal, was appointed to the position of principal during the fall of 1977.  During his administration, in the spring of 1979, the career center was renovated to become the business center.  In 1982, a Medical Careers Magnet Program was added to the curriculum.  Mr. Antoine retired in June 1992.
The first Director of the Medical Careers Magnet program was Ms. Marty Parker and a teacher in the program was Jennie Boyd.  The second Director of the program was Ms. Barbara Sullivan and the third Director of the program was Ms. Ruthie Adams.  The position of director was eliminated in the fall of 2010.  At that time, the Caddo Parish Schools central office attempted to close the program by cutting the funding for the Medical Careers Magnet program.  Thanks to the persistence of Mr. Curtis Hooks, Caddo Parish School Board member for District 5, and Mrs. Cathy Bonds, Director of the Fair Park High School Alumni Association funding for the program was restored in the fall of 2010.  Mrs. Cathy Bonds, Director of the Fair Park High School Alumni Association acted as recruiter for the program starting in the fall of 2010.  The position of Medical Careers Magnet secretary was cut in the spring of 2011due to a budget crisis in the Caddo Parish school system.  Until that time, Ms. Deborah Wilson had served as secretary for the program for a number of years.  

Mr. John Dilworth, former teacher and assistant principal, became principal of Fair Park.  He served as principal from July 1992 through April 1994.

Ms. Jean Ware was assistant principal of Fair Park at the time of Mr. Dilworth's departure.  Ms. Ware served as interim principal until a new principal was named.

Mrs. Wanda Brooks was appointed principal in June 1994.  During her administration, the JROTC firing range building was added to the campus.  Mrs. Brooks served as principal through August 1999.  Later, she was appointed Assistant Personnel Director of Classified Personnel with Caddo Parish Schools.  

Mr. Eddie Cooper was a teacher and an assistant principal prior to coming to Fair Park High School.  On September 21, 1989, he was appointed assistant principal of Fair Park.  He was appointed interim principal in July 1998 through August 1999, during the medical leave of Mrs. Brooks.  Mr. Cooper was appointed principal of Fair Park in September 1999.  During Mr. Cooper's administration, Fair Park High School was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.  In addition, the science building was added to the existing facility.

Mr. Bruce Daigle was appointed interim principal in July 2004 through July 2005, during the medical leave of Mr. Cooper.  The Caddo Parish School Board appointed Mr. Daigle principal of Fair Park High School in July 2005.  Mr. Daigle started JUMP, a program for incoming ninth grade students.  On June 27, 2008, Mr. Daigle was transferred to Northwood High School to become the principal there.  Replacing Mr. Daigle, as interim principal, was Mr. Robert Silvie, formerly assistant principal of discipline at Fair Park.

Mr. Robert Silvie became principal of Fair Park High School on October 21, 2008 and served in that position until June 2009.  Under Mr. Silvie, the office for the Fair Park High School Alumni Association was established at the school.  Among other contributions as principal, Mr. Silvie was instrumental in having students and teachers open each school day with the singing of our alma mater.  Also during his tenure, the 80th anniversary of the opening of Fair Park High School was celebrated.

In early 2009, the Caddo Parish School Board adopted the "Caddo Plan".  Under that plan, Fair Park High School became a college preparatory academy.
Ms. Donna Marshall was appointed principal of Fair Park on May 13, 2009.  She resigned her position, as principal, June 28, 2010.

Mr. Jerry Davis was appointed principal of Fair Park High School on August 4, 2010.  Mr. Davis was moved to the Caddo Parish School Board central office as special assistant to the superintendent on October 26, 2012.  

In 2010, under Caddo Parish School Superintendent Dr. Gerald Dawkins, the Caddo Plan was implemented.  This plan placed seventh and eighth grade students on the campus of Fair Park, Woodlawn, Huntington, Booker T. Washington, and Green Oaks high schools.  

Mr. James Outley was appointed principal of Fair Park High School on October 26, 2012.  He remained principal until June 2014.  Under Mr. Outley, the Home Economics Department was removed from the school.

Mr. Bruce Daigle became the principal of Fair Park High School for the second time in June 2014.

At the end of the 2013-2014 school year, seventh and eighth grade students at Fair Park High School and Woodlawn High School were returned to middle schools in the area.  

Even though the Fair Park High School physical plant was built in 1928, it remains both a functional and beautiful facility, standing proudly, to serve the students and the surrounding community.


CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS AND COACHES

BASEBALL
      1957     Milford Andrews
1963     James Farrar
1965     James Farrar
   1970     Doug Robinson

BASKETBALL
     1963    Clem Henderson
   2006    Ronald Preston

FOOTBALL
1952    F. Homer Prendergast

TRACK
1980    Joe Guillory

GOLF
1941    Roy Wilson

Medical Careers Magnet

Fair Park High School is on in the National Register of Historic Places.  The school was placed on the National Register January 11, 2001.

Construction of Fair Park began in the spring of 1928 and opened for the first students in the fall of 1928.  The name came from a near-by residential area known as Fair Park and the school's location across the street from the Louisiana State Fair Grounds.

The original building, located on a 10-acre site, was designed to accommodate 500 students.  However, by 1929 the school's enrollment was over 700.

Mr. J.W. Ward was the first principal.  He served from 1928 until his death in 1937.

The first issue of the Pow Wow, the student newspaper, was published in December 1929; and the first Sequoyah, the yearbook, was published in 1931.  The use of an American Indian theme and selection of the Indian as the mascot was to honor the history of Indian tribes in the area, especially the Caddo Indians.  Indian artifacts were found on the site during the construction of the school.  

By 1931, Fair Park's enrollment had grown so large that it became necessary to add two new wings to the original building.  One wing was for classrooms, while the other wing provided the school with an auditorium.

During 1937-38, the annex was constructed.  With the addition of the annex, four classrooms were added to the building.

Mr. Edward Lee Alberson became principal in 1937.  Mr. Alberson served the school until his retirement in the spring of 1957.

The Class of 1953 was the last class to start Fair Park High School as eighth graders.  At that time, junior high schools were being built in Shreveport to accommodate seventh, eighth, and ninth grade students.  Fair Park became a tenth through twelfth grade school.

In 1956, an extensive remodeling program was undertaken.  With the completion of this construction, a new gymnasium, industrial arts area, and music building were added to the campus.  Until this addition, the basketball team had practiced and played games at the Lakeshore Junior High School gymnasium.

Mr. E.H. Herron served as assistant principal for a number of years under Mr. Alberson.  Mr. Herron became principal in 1957 and served in this capacity until his death in the early spring of 1960.

Dr. Earl A. McKenzie, former teacher, elementary school principal, and supervisor, was appointed principal of Fair Park in 1960.  On August 15, 1966, Dr. McKenzie left Fair Park after being named assistant to the Superintendent of Caddo Parish Schools.  He later served as Superintendent of Caddo Parish Schools.

In 1961, the tile Indian was added to the floor in the main entry of Fair Park High School.  Mr. Hervey Sistrunk of Tri-State Tile Company designed and installed the tile Indian.  The location of the tile Indian is known as "Sacred Ground".

In 1963, the hand carved wooden Indian was transported to Fair Park High School.  The Indian was hand carved by Mr. Greer.  The Indian was a gift to the school from the Class of 1963.

Mr. B.H. Brantly, former teacher and assistant principal, served as principal from 1966 until his resignation on January 25, 1971.  Mr. Brantly departed Fair Park to take a position on the staff of Northeast Louisiana University.  

Mrs. Sibyl Murphy was an assistant principal at Fair Park under Mr. Brantly.  She served as acting principal until a new principal was named.

Mr. Clem Henderson came to our school in 1948, serving as a teacher, coach, and assistant principal.  He was appointed principal of Fair Park in January 1971.  Mr. Henderson took a leave in 1976 to do post-graduate work at the University of Arkansas and retired in 1977.

During the summer of 1971, forty-three years after the original plant was constructed, Fair Park again received a "face-lift".  Renovation, under the close supervision of Mr. Henderson, began at the close of school in May 1971, at a cost of $575,000.  When school opened in September, almost all construction had been completed.  Metal windows were installed and the exterior surface of the building was sandblasted and waterproofed.  The administrative offices were enlarged, renovated, and central heating and air-conditioning were added.  The counselors' offices were relocated, enlarged, with central heating and air- conditioning added.  To provide a more convenient location, the library was moved from the third floor to the first floor.  The library was carpeted, decorated, and new furniture was purchased.  A small addition, adjacent to the new media center, provided space for a professional library for use by faculty members during their unencumbered periods.  The teachers' lounge was carpeted, decorated, and new furniture was purchased for the area.  The interior of the school was repaired, painted, and new boilers were installed to replace the old ones that were antiquated and inadequate.  In 1974, the learning center was added to the campus.  Two large additional classrooms were made available in the gymnasium/industrial arts area when the career center (now known as the business center) opened.

Mr. Johnny Bilberry, former teacher, coach and assistant principal was named acting principal for one year in 1976 during Mr. Henderson's leave.  He was appointed principal during the summer of 1977 and left Fair Park when he was named Supervisor of Health and Physical Education in Caddo Parish in the fall of 1977.

Mr. Roland L. Antoine, Sr., former teacher, coach, and assistant principal, was appointed to the position of principal during the fall of 1977.  During his administration, in the spring of 1979, the career center was renovated to become the business center.  In 1982, a Medical Careers Magnet Program was added to the curriculum.  Mr. Antoine retired in June 1992.
The first Director of the Medical Careers Magnet program was Ms. Marty Parker and a teacher in the program was Jennie Boyd.  The second Director of the program was Ms. Barbara Sullivan and the third Director of the program was Ms. Ruthie Adams.  The position of director was eliminated in the fall of 2010.  At that time, the Caddo Parish Schools central office attempted to close the program by cutting the funding for the Medical Careers Magnet program.  Thanks to the persistence of Mr. Curtis Hooks, Caddo Parish School Board member for District 5, and Mrs. Cathy Bonds, Director of the Fair Park High School Alumni Association funding for the program was restored in the fall of 2010.  Mrs. Cathy Bonds, Director of the Fair Park High School Alumni Association acted as recruiter for the program starting in the fall of 2010.  The position of Medical Careers Magnet secretary was cut in the spring of 2011due to a budget crisis in the Caddo Parish school system.  Until that time, Ms. Deborah Wilson had served as secretary for the program for a number of years.  

Mr. John Dilworth, former teacher and assistant principal, became principal of Fair Park.  He served as principal from July 1992 through April 1994.

Ms. Jean Ware was assistant principal of Fair Park at the time of Mr. Dilworth's departure.  Ms. Ware served as interim principal until a new principal was named.

Mrs. Wanda Brooks was appointed principal in June 1994.  During her administration, the JROTC firing range building was added to the campus.  Mrs. Brooks served as principal through August 1999.  Later, she was appointed Assistant Personnel Director of Classified Personnel with Caddo Parish Schools.  

Mr. Eddie Cooper was a teacher and an assistant principal prior to coming to Fair Park High School.  On September 21, 1989, he was appointed assistant principal of Fair Park.  He was appointed interim principal in July 1998 through August 1999, during the medical leave of Mrs. Brooks.  Mr. Cooper was appointed principal of Fair Park in September 1999.  During Mr. Cooper's administration, Fair Park High School was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.  In addition, the science building was added to the existing facility.

Mr. Bruce Daigle was appointed interim principal in July 2004 through July 2005, during the medical leave of Mr. Cooper.  The Caddo Parish School Board appointed Mr. Daigle principal of Fair Park High School in July 2005.  Mr. Daigle started JUMP, a program for incoming ninth grade students.  On June 27, 2008, Mr. Daigle was transferred to Northwood High School to become the principal there.  Replacing Mr. Daigle, as interim principal, was Mr. Robert Silvie, formerly assistant principal of discipline at Fair Park.

Mr. Robert Silvie became principal of Fair Park High School on October 21, 2008 and served in that position until June 2009.  Under Mr. Silvie, the office for the Fair Park High School Alumni Association was established at the school.  Among other contributions as principal, Mr. Silvie was instrumental in having students and teachers open each school day with the singing of our alma mater.  Also during his tenure, the 80th anniversary of the opening of Fair Park High School was celebrated.

In early 2009, the Caddo Parish School Board adopted the "Caddo Plan".  Under that plan, Fair Park High School became a college preparatory academy.
Ms. Donna Marshall was appointed principal of Fair Park on May 13, 2009.  She resigned her position, as principal, June 28, 2010.

Mr. Jerry Davis was appointed principal of Fair Park High School on August 4, 2010.  Mr. Davis was moved to the Caddo Parish School Board central office as special assistant to the superintendent on October 26, 2012.  

In 2010, under Caddo Parish School Superintendent Dr. Gerald Dawkins, the Caddo Plan was implemented.  This plan placed seventh and eighth grade students on the campus of Fair Park, Woodlawn, Huntington, Booker T. Washington, and Green Oaks high schools.  

Mr. James Outley was appointed principal of Fair Park High School on October 26, 2012.  He remained principal until June 2014.  Under Mr. Outley, the Home Economics Department was removed from the school.

Mr. Bruce Daigle became the principal of Fair Park High School for the second time in June 2014.

At the end of the 2013-2014 school year, seventh and eighth grade students at Fair Park High School and Woodlawn High School were returned to middle schools in the areas.  

Even though the Fair Park High School physical plant was built in 1928, it remains both a functional and beautiful facility, standing proudly, to serve the students and the surrounding community.


SCHOOL HISTORY
FROM
1931 YEARBOOK

     The sunshine of the spring of 1928 fell upon a plain, very woody-looking field on the edge of the Greenwood Road.  People passed by, gazed off into the distance, and thought nothing.  But in the autumn of the same year when the passerby looked for the old red clay terrace, there was none!  Shining in the twilight of the Indian Summer, with its tower raised toward the heavens, stood Fair Park High School in all its splendor;  for, in a comparatively short time, the high school population of Shreveport had grown from a small group in the old Hope Street Building to the two large high schools, the C. E. Byrd and the Fair Park, occupying every available space in these two magnificent school plants.

     When Shreveport High School student body was transferred from Hope Street to the C. E. Byrd, it was only a matter of two years until that building was filled.  The School Board then looked for relief and directed its attention to the Western section of the city.  The present location of the Fair Park School was the result of a careful survey and work began immediately.  This proved to be a wise selection.

     The building, site, and furnishings were provided at a total cost of $481,000.  The completion of the new building made possible the opening of the 1928-1929 sessions which found many Freshmen and Sophomores busily exploring the new building.  Due to the fact that schedules must be planned for the first time and many other things worked out, few extra-curricula activities were started.

     The second year of the new school, '29 and '30, brought many changes.  Clubs sprang up on every side.  Athletics were started.  Football, basketball, baseball, and track were centers of enthusiasm.  But the high spot of the school year was the founding of the school paper, the "Pow- Wow", by the Juniors of '29 under the sponsorship of Miss Delia Munday.  As the month of May drew to a close, the B-Seniors were promoted to ll-A, and the school lacked only one half grade being complete.

     In the fall of '30, the state inspector made a visit to Fair Park, and by the addition of 11-A course, the school became accredited.  The "Pow-Wow" advanced two steps toward recognition by becoming a member of Quill and Scroll Society and the National Journalism Society.  Football took its merits by winning more than half the games of a stiff schedule.  As a memorial, the "Sequoyah" was published by the Seniors of '31.  As times flies from year to year, and students go from the floors of Fair Park out into life, may the honors which they have reaped for their Alma Mater seem doubly blessed.

Edith Bailey

Edith Bailey was the President of the Class of 1931 and later taught English at Fair Park High School.


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HISTORY
OF
 FAIR PARK HIGH SCHOOL


Fair Park High School is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Construction of Fair Park began in the spring of 1928 and opened for the first students in the fall of 1928. The name came from a near-by residential area known as Fair Park and the school's location across from the Louisiana State Fair Grounds.

The original building, located on a 10-acre site, was designed to accommodate 500 students. However, by 1929 the school's enrollment was over 700.

Mr. J.W. Ward was the first principal and served from 1928 until his death in 1937.

The first issue of the Pow Wow, student newspaper, was published in December 1929; and the first Sequoyah, the yearbook, was published in 1931. The use of an American Indian theme and selection of Indian as the mascot was due to the history of Indian tribes, especially the Caddo, in the area and location of artifacts on the building site.  

By 1931, Fair Park had grown so much that it became necessary to add two new wings to the original building.  One wing was for classrooms while the other provided the school with a greatly needed auditorium.

During 1937 - 38, the annex, consisting of four classrooms, was added.

Mr. Edward Lee Alberson became principal in 1937 and served the school until his retirement in the spring of 1957.

In 1956, an extensive remodeling program was undertaken with completion of a new gym and  
industrial arts area and a music building. Until then, the basketball team had practiced and played games at the Lakeshore Junior High gym.

Mr. E.H. Herron, who for a number of years served as assistant principal, became principal in 1957 and served in this capacity until his death in the early spring of 1960.

Dr. Earl A. McKenzie, former teacher, principal and supervisor, became principal in 1960 and left Fair Park when he was named assistant to the Superintendent of Caddo Parish School on August 15, 1966. He later served as superintendent.

Mr. B.H. Brantly, former teacher and assistant principal, served as principal from 1966 until his resignation January 25, 1971 to take a position on the staff of Northeast Louisiana University. During his tenure, he took a leave of absence, and Mrs. Sibyl Murphy, an assistant principal, served as acting principal.

Mr. Clem Henderson, who came to Fair Park in 1948 and served as a teacher, coach and assistant principal, assumed the principalship in January 1971. He took a leave in 1976 to do post-graduate work at the University of Arkansas and retired in 1977.

During the summer of 1971, forty-three years after the original plant was constructed, Fair Park again received a "face-lifting."  Renovation, under the close supervision of Mr. Henderson, began at the close of school in May 1971, and cost of $575,000.  When school opened in September, almost all construction was completed.  Metal windows were installed and the exterior surface of the building was sandblasted and waterproofed.  The administrative offices were renovated, enlarged, centrally heated and air conditioned.  The counselors' offices were relocated, enlarged and air conditioned.  The library was moved from the third floor to the first floor to provide a more convenient location; and was refurnished, carpeted and redecorated.  A small addition adjacent to the new media center provided space for a professional library for use by faculty members during their unencumbered periods.  Two large additional classrooms were made available in the gymnasium/industrial arts area when the career center opened.  These were assigned for beginning typewriting classes.  The interior of the building was repaired, painted, and new boilers were installed to replace the old ones that were antiquated and inadequate.  The teachers' lounge area was refurnished, redecorated, and carpeted. In 1974, the learning center was added.

Mr. Johnny Bilberry, former teacher, coach and assistant principal was named acting principal for one year in 1976 during Mr. Henderson's leave.  He was appointed principal during the summer of 1977 and left Fair Park when he was named Supervisor of Health and Physical Education in Caddo Parish in the fall of 1977.

Mr. Roland L. Antoine, Sr., former teacher, coach, and assistant principal, was appointed to the position of principal during the fall of 1977.  During his administration, the learning center was renovated to the business center in the spring of 1979.  A Medical Careers Program was added to the curriculum, with appropriate renovations including air conditioning in 1982.  Mr. Antoine retired June 1992.

Mr. John Dilworth, former teacher and assistant principal became principal of Fair Park in July 1992 through April 1994.

Mrs. Wanda Brooks was appointed principal in June 1994.  During her administration, the JROTC firing range was added to the school.  Mrs. Brooks served as principal through August 1999.  Later, she was appointed assistant personnel director of classified personnel with the Caddo Parish School Board.  

Mr. Eddie Cooper was a teacher and an assistant principal prior to coming to Fair Park High School.  On September 21, 1989, he was appointed assistant principal of Fair Park.  He was appointed interim principal in July 1998 through August 1999, during a medical leave of Mrs. Brooks.  Mr. Cooper was appointed principal of Fair Park in September 1999.  During Mr. Cooper's administration, the school building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and the science wing was added to the existing facility.

Mr. Bruce Daigle was appointed interim principal in July 2004 through July 2005, during a medical leave of Mr. Cooper.  The Caddo Parish School Board appointed Mr. Daigle principal of Fair Park High School in July 2005.  Mr. Daigle started JUMP, a program for incoming ninth grade students.  On June 27, 2008, Mr. Daigle was transferred to Northwood High School to become the principal there.  Replacing Mr. Daigle, as interim principal, was Mr. Robert Silvie, formerly assistant principal of discipline at Fair Park.


Mr. Robert Silvie became principal of Fair Park High School October 21, 2008 and served in that position until June 2009.  Under Mr. Silvie, the office for the Fair Park High School Alumni Association was established at the school.  Among other contributions as principal, Mr. Silvie was instrumental in having everyone stand and sing the alma mater each morning. Also during his tenure, the 80th anniversary of the opening of Fair Park High School was celebrated.

In early 2009, the Caddo Parish School Board adopted the "Caddo Plan". Under that plan, Fair Park High School became a college prep high school.
Ms. Donna Marshall was appointed principal of Fair Park on May 13, 2009.    

Even though the Fair Park High School physical plant was built in 1928, it is still a functional and beautiful one.

Fair Park High School
Honor Legion, Arrowettes, Cherokee Belles
1955 - 1997

From the 1957 Yearbook:
The Fair Park high School Honor Legion was organized in 1955, through the joint efforts of Mrs. Norma Lindsey and Mr. E. L. Alberson, principal.  The honor Legion, a service organization both to Fair Park and the community, supported the Fair Park teams, performed at football and basketball games, and represented the school in parades and in civic projects.  The colors of the organization, scarlet red, white, and horizon blue, were carried out in the uniforms, which are patterned after those of the original French Foreign Legion.  The French theme was adopted because Louisiana was once a French territory.  First Honor Legion Officers were Josephine Carbone, Colonel and Mary Ann Leon, Lieutenant Colonel.  Honor Legion Social Officers were Jo Van Dyke, President;  Gwen Brown,  Treasurer;  Suzanne Griffin, Secretary:  and Sandy McCalla, Vice President.   
The Drum and Bugle Corps and flags add much color to the Honor Legion.  The flags excelled in precision flag drills, and the Drum and Bugle Corps were admired for their marching as well as musical ability.  The Drum and Bugle Corps practiced every day of the week.  
At mid-term of every year, any Fair Park girl was eligible to try out for membership in the Honor Legion.  The members were selected on marching ability, overall appearance, and character.  The final approval came from the members and the screening committee, composed of past officers.  The organization was composed of Companies "A", "B", "C", and "D".
In the year 1957, the Honor Legion represented Fair Park at several out-of-town games and parades.  A spectator at the Baton Rouge - Fair Park football game in Baton Rouge complimented the "Legion" in a letter to The Shreveport Times.  "It was the finest display we have ever witnessed at a high school game in Baton Rouge," he said.  The organization was composed of Companies "A", "B", "C", and "D".

From the 1963 Yearbook:
One of Fair Park most readily recognized groups, the Honor Legion, brightened Shreveport's parades, and performed at football and basketball games.  Mrs. Norma Lindsey and Mr. Alberson founded the Honor Legion in 1955.  In 1963, the Honor Legion was under the direction of Miss Ira K. Long.
Known for its fast stepping and colorful traditional uniforms, the marching pep squad spent long and hard hours during the summers and school year to perfect drills.  The Honor Legion was composed of Companies "A" and "B".



From the 1963 Yearbook:
Honor Legion girls don new uniforms.  
The Honor Legion founded in 1955 by Mrs. Norma Lindsey and Mr. E. A. Alberson, was one of Fair Park's most readily recognized groups.  Three years under the direction of Miss Ira K. Long, the pep squad lightened parades by its snappy step and performed at football games and basketball games.
In 1963, the pep squad changed from the traditional uniform to one of gold blazers and white pleated skirts.  To help pay for uniforms and sponsor the annual spring trip, certain projects, such as candy sales and license plate sales, were undertaken and had great success.
Officers of the Honor Legion in 1964 were Jenice Reyenga, Colonel; Jackie Lockard, Lieutenant Colonel; and Mary McIlwain, Lieutenant Colonel.  The Flag Line and Drum and Bugle Corps remained a part of the organization until the end.
I963 was the final year of the Honor Legion at Fair Park High School.

From the 1965 Yearbook:
In the summer of 1965, the Arrowettes were formed.  The Arrowettes was the name given to the new pep squad.  Sponsored by Miss Ira K. Long and Mrs. Emma Loyce Smelley, the new Arrowettes donned uniforms of the school colors of black, white, and gold.
Practice began in the summer in preparation for the school year.  At many football games the Arrowettes performed precision marching drills.  Snappy hand routines added to the excitement of basketball season.  In addition to attending games, the pep squad boosted the spirit at pep rallies, sponsored the annual Mardi Gras and marched in the State Fair Parade, Veteran's Day Parade, and the Holiday in Dixie Parade.
Membership was limited to girls with a "C" average who had a desire to serve their school.
The first officers were Judy McKinney, Colonel; and Glenda Gooch, Lieutenant Colonel.
The final year for the Arrowettes was in 1983.  Gladys McKnight served as the last Arrowette Colonel from 1981 - 1983.

From the 1986 Yearbook:
The 1986 yearbook features thirteen members of the Cherokee Belles as Fair Park's marching and pep squad.

From the 1997 Yearbook:
The Cherokee Belles were last pictured in the 1997 yearbook.

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Alma Mater

Hail Fair Park High School,
We your praises sing;
Our Alma Mater,
May we ever cling
To the high principles,
May we loyal be;
And Fight! Fight! Fight!
For all that's right,
And march to victory!


History
Of Our Alma Mater

The Fair Park High School Alma Mater was written by W. Hines Sims.
He was the band director at Fair Park from 1935 to 1944
and also the minister of music at Queensborough Baptist Church.   

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Future Pow Wows

Reunion Notice for the Classes of 1950





Click for 1953  CLASS  REUNION PHOTOS




This tribute poem was composed by Irving Heard on his return trip to California following his Golden Reunion with the Class of 1952 at Fair Park High School. The poem was presented at the banquet for the 52nd Class Reunion in 2004.

A Fair Park High School Golden Reunion

Our graduation class of Nineteen Fifty-Two
Invited all members to assemble anew
They sent invitations both far and wide
"All seniors come forth with spouse by side!"
So I said to the wife "Do you think we should go,
It's not your reunion, there's no one you'd know"
"Don't be silly she said, it'll be a riot"
Then she hid all my beer and put me on a diet
Then the big day arrived amid much anticipation
Time to greet the Tribe of the Fair Park Nation
But after fifty years I wondered what lay ahead
Would anyone care, if I were alive, or dead?
Well I drove our rental car into the parking lot
While another fine gentleman took the next spot
But the guy that jumped out must 'a been a wit
Cause he told my wife she hadn't changed a bit
Then the gala began and I did little but stare
Who were all these people with all the silver hair
Then one by one my old memories took hold,
And like a miracle not a single person looked old
Then I recognized Glen and Jackie and Mary Ann
Then Gay, May, and Fern, then both Bob and Sam
I remembered Harley, James, Betty Jane, and Joy
And Larry and Phillip, and Sara, Medy and Roy
And so many volunteers who served to please
Like Raymond and Rosalyn and Buddy and Louise
Martha, Jane, Danny and David shaking my hand
As did Gloria and Harold and Bill, Dot and Dan
The love in the eyes and the guaranteed trust
Nurtured by the effects of a half century on us
We have mastered vocations from A to Z
And some gave their lives that we might be free
Our famous were remembered like Davis and Young
And so many angels whose names were sung
Our beloved teachers could shout out loud
For this is a class that would make any school proud
And then it all ended as friends hugged goodbye
Why I stayed away so long I'll never know why
And I proclaim right now as I lay down this pen
I can hardly wait for us to get together again

God Bless All Fair Park High School Classmates


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 Alumni Association News



FPHS Celebrating 81 Years

POW  WOW
Fair Park High School Alumni Association

January - May  2010


Information:
The Fair Park High School Alumni Association held its annual luncheon for members on Saturday, May 1, 2010.  The luncheon was at the El Chico Mexican Restaurant in Madison Park Shopping Center, Shreveport, Louisiana.  These gatherings are a good time for Fair Parkers of all ages to get to know each other.  All in attendance had a very enjoyable time.   

If your class is planning a reunion and you would like to have information concerning the event posted on the Alumni Association's website, please send the information to CathyRBonds@aol.com.  Reunion information will be posted on the website under the heading of "Future Pow Wows".
Around the Reservation:
The spring semester is always a busy time with testing, awards programs, graduation preparation for seniors, and much more.

In the parish wide Character Education Week Essay Competition, Fair Parker James Collins took the top award for 9th graders.  Other winners from Fair Park were Maurice Hill, Brandon Smith, and Leonidas Brossette.  The senior winner for the overall trophy in the competition was Stacy Henry of Fair Park.  Congratulations to all of our winners.

The Louisiana High School Athletic Directors' Association met in Baton Rouge in late January.  Fair Park's Athletic Coordinator, Ms. Maggie Hill, was named Athletic Coordinator of the Year.
Congratulations to Ms. Hill.  We thank her for her many years of dedicated service to the students of Fair Park.

Caddo Parish recently received a PEP (Physical Education Programs) Grant for $473,902.00.  Schools participating in the grant are Fair Park, Green Oaks, BTW, Woodlawn, four middle schools and four elementary schools.  The Project Director of the grant is Kaye Jolly Cochran, Fair Park Class of 1969.  We sincerely thank Kaye for bringing the workshops for this grant to the Fair Park campus.  Those attending the workshop included twenty-seven physical educators and the presenters. The program will enhance physical education programs for students in kindergarten through 12th grade and help students meet the state standards for physical education.  You will be hearing more about this grant in future newsletters.


A spiritual conference was held again this year at Little Union Baptist Church.  Coach Charles Thrash took a group of thirty young men from Fair Park to the conference.  They joined other young men from Huntington, Green Oaks, and Booker T. Washington High Schools at the gathering.

Quickly seeing the need, on January 14, 2010, after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the Fair Park JROTC launched a drive to do their part to help the people in need.  Members of the student body and faculty were asked to help with the collection of cash, food, and clothing.  All clothing was sent to the Red Cross.  Food and money was sent to the U. S. State Department to be forwarded to Haiti.  On January 30, 2010, the Fair Park JROTC held their annual Dining In at the NCO Club on Barksdale Air Force Base.  The JROTC Military Ball was held earlier in the year.  In a recent parish wide JROTC academic competition, our cadets finished in fifth place moving up from ninth place last year. In other competition, our JROTC placed 1st in the Spring Drill Team Competition Armed Inspection and 3rd in the Junior Varsity Team Color Guard Competition. The annual troop review for Fair Park was held in March, with the Fair Park cadets receiving high marks. Looking forward to the next school year, in early May, the JROTC conducted a Change of Command Ceremony. Parents and teachers were invited to attend as the new leadership officially received their rank.  The very capable leaders are already busy making plans for the next school year.  The Fair Park JROTC and instructors are a vital part of activities on our campus.  Congratulations to our cadets and instructors on a job well done.

The Fair Park Student Government Association has worked very diligently this year under the fine leadership of Mrs. Chandra Phillips.  In January, the leadership of the SGA attended their convention at Captain Shreve High School.  This year, the student leadership group conducted two very successful blood drives.  Thanks to the large participation from the students and faculty, the SGA received awards for these successful drives. During the year, the SGA assisted in a number of activities around the school and represented our school at community events.

The Fair Park Tennis team, coached by David Snow, had a 7-1 record this season.  The team played in the State competition and lost in the quarter final round.

The Girls' Softball team continued to show improvement this year.  We are hopeful by next season the team will be playing on their own softball field on our campus.  

Coach Giles and the Girls' Track team finished the season as the District Runner-Up. Avery Toliver was the long jump champion.

The Boys' Track team, coached by Lent Bursey, completed the year in 3rd place in the District. Andres Toliver won the 4x1 and 4x2 relays and the long and triple jumps.

The Fair Park Baseball team, Coached by John Levy, Assistant Coach, Don Levy, and assisted by retired Fair Park math teacher, Joe Levy, had a very busy year.  The team collaborated with Shreveport Green in their Adopt-A-Street Program, volunteering their time to pick up litter along the four blocks of San Jacinto Street bordering our campus.  On Arbor Day, the Levy brothers and the baseball team planted several trees on our campus, with Shreveport Green donating the trees. Working with the Alumni Association, Coach John Levy, collaborated with the Shreveport/Bossier Captains Baseball team to play Huntington High School at Fair Grounds Field.  The Captain's management allowed the Fair Park baseball team to keep the admission fee from the evening to use for their baseball program.  This was an opportunity for the team to play at a larger stadium and tour the facilities.  Working with the Alumni Association, the Captains, and Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurant, the baseball team and coaches enjoyed dinner after the game at the restaurant in Bossier City.  We thank the Captains and Buffalo Wild Wings for this very generous donation.  Our baseball team also enjoyed a Saturday trip to Grambling University to tour the campus and enjoy a spring football game.       

For twenty-two years, Mrs. Beatrice Maxile has been taken students to Washington D. C. through the Close Up Program.  Close Up is a structured student study program.  The purpose of the program is to give students from around the country the opportunity to meet in seminars and learn how our government works.  Students also have an opportunity to visit sites in the capitol city and meet with government officials. We thank Mrs. Maxile for her many years of dedicated service to Fair Park students.  

For Teacher Appreciation this year, Leo and Myrna Sanford (Class of 1947 and 1946) donated very large Red Delicious apples for all employees.  Wade and Cathy Bonds (Class of 1964 and 1966) donated candy bars for everyone.  

The Alumni Association, again, provided medals for the Honor's Day Celebration.  Students were awarded medals for the Honor Roll and Principal's List.  The guest speaker for the occasion was Mr. Cleveland White, Director of Personnel Caddo Parish Schools and former band director at Fair Park.
The 18th Annual Career and Technical Education Employer Appreciation Banquet (DECA) was held in March at the East Ridge Country Club.  A number of Fair Park students and their teacher, Ms. Cassandra Howard, attended.  The great Fair Park Jazz Band provided music for the event.      
         
May 10, 2010, was the day for the National Honor Society candlelight induction ceremony, with sixteen students becoming members of the society. This is always a very impressive and meaningful service for all in attendance.  Following the induction, a reception for members, inductees, and parents was held in the library.  Among other activities, this group of scholars assisted with the College and Career Fair and the Open House for 8th Graders held on our campus. The Honor Society is under the sponsorship of Mrs. Carol McInnis and Mrs. Inell Prealow, our Fair Park librarians.

For the first time in seven years, The Sequoyah was published.  Our sincere thanks to Calumet Lubricants for the seed money needed to start the project. The yearbook was a joint effort, the editor was Ms. April McCalister, senior English teacher and the Alumni Association sold advertisements for the book. A traditional signing party was held when the books arrived. It is our hope the students will be able to build on this project next year.

This was the first year for the Fair Park College and Career Fair.  Mrs. Ora Hamilton, freshman counselor, suggested the idea of a College and Career Fair and plans were soon underway for the event. Mrs. Hamilton, Ms. Loretta Speed, Instructional Program Facilitator, Major Alston, JROTC, and Mrs. Cathy Bonds, Alumni Association were the primary team for the event.  The event was well attended, with 38 representatives present.  The participants were from community colleges, colleges, universities, businesses, and the armed forces. All students in the school had an opportunity to tour the booths, talk with representatives, and gather information.   Mayor Glover of Shreveport, along with officials from the Caddo Parish Schools central office attended the fair.  As the fair progressed in the gym, there was a parental involvement meeting in the auxiliary gym.  Later the parents joined the students in touring the booths.  This will become an annual event on the Fair Park campus.         

In April, Fair Park held an Open House for 8th Graders. The freshman counselor invited 8th grade students from our feeder schools to attend.  Fair Park t-shirts were provided for each student to wear the day of the Open House.  The Fair Park band was playing as the visitors stepped from their busses.  Guests were greeted by cadets from the JROTC, acting as mentors for the visitors.  A program was held in the auditorium for the guests, current 9th grade students, and their teachers attending.  Awards were given to the top 9th grade students and senior scholar athletes. Gifts were given to the 9th grade teachers.  After the program in the auditorium, JROTC cadets took the 8th graders on a tour of Fair Park.  The group reassembled in the gym for performances by the cheerleaders, flag line, Show Stoppers Step Team, JROTC Color Guard, and Drill Team. The evening before the event, a group of alumni, (Patsy Foster and Cathy Bonds, Class of 1966, and Doug Holland Class of 1965), had assembled a 15' tepee, giving the gym a reservation feeling.  Guests were given a book bag containing the history of Fair Park High School, the Alma Mater, and a packet of forms.  Lunch was served from the concession stand in the gym.  After lunch, students toured displays set up by the Medical Careers Program, campus organizations, and clubs.  This display gave the 8th grade students an opportunity to see what will be available to them next year at Fair Park.    

The Athletic Banquet was held in late May with athletes from every sport attending.  A number of people, including Coach Charles Thrash, worked to make this event a reality. Food and paper goods for the event were donated by Brookshire Food Store, Chester Kelley's Crescent Landing Restaurant (Chester Kelley Class of 1963), Loretta Speed, the Levy brothers, and Wade and Cathy Bonds (Class of 1964 and 1966).  The Fair Park Hospitality Club, sponsored by Ms. Linda Jones, served the meal. Stromile Swift (Class of 1998) donated funds to purchase a participation trophy for each athlete and certificates were awarded to outstanding athletes.  Fair Park graduate and two time medal winning Olympian, Hollis Conway (Class of 1985), was the guest speaker for the luncheon.   

For the first time, all Caddo Parish high school graduations were held in the Shreveport Convention Center on Caddo Street.  We would like to thank Ms. Howard, senior class sponsor, and Ms. Marshall, principal, for inviting the Alumni Association to take part in the ceremony. Fourteen members of the Alumni Association participated in the graduation exercise.  The alumni marched in following the faculty as a show of support for our graduates.  We sincerely thank Ms. Howard and Ms. Marshall for this opportunity.  

In the fall, Fair Park will once again have a Debate Team.  Ms. McDonald will be the team's sponsor and Ms. Loretta Speed will assist with the team.  Kevin Speed, son of Ms. Speed, has donated funds and purchased travel and computer bags for team members to use.

Projects:
The Fair Park library was in need of a new video camera and memory card.  The Alumni Association acquired funds from Calumet Lubricants for the purchase the camera and card.  We thank Calumet for another generous gift for our students and school.

We thank Gerry Woolman (Class of 1973) for his contribution to the medals for the Honor Roll and Principal's List used at the Honor's Day Program.  

The Alumni Association provided partial funding for the Fair Park College and Career Fair.

For the Open House for 8th Graders, the Alumni Association provided Indian head pins as awards for the senior scholar athletes, eagle medals for the outstanding 9th graders, gifts for teachers, and partial funding for t-shirts for the event.  Mt. Canaan Baptist Church completed the funding for t-shirts.

Honorary and Memorial Gifts:
Memorial Gift Norma Cooper McKellar from Kaye Cochran (1969)
Memorial Gift Hubert Humphreys (Faculty) from Ginger (Virginia Schattner) Bryan (1964)
Memorial Gift Phil Franklin (1965) from Ginger (Virginia Schattner) Bryan (1964)
Memorial Gift Wayne Haney (1968) from Ernie Roberson (1968)
Memorial Gift Gary Williford (1968) from Ernie Roberson (1968)
Honorary Gift Mr. & Mrs. Clem Henderson (Administration and Faculty) from Anna Mueller Dickson (1951)
Memorial Gift Vernon Wayne Ashworth (1948) from Mary Meyer Caldarera (1957)
Memorial Gift S. Michael Pharis (1963) from Philip Johnson (1962)
Memorial Gift Dorothy Crenshaw (1960) from Tommy Crenshaw (1956)
Donations:
James Flakes (Head Custodian) donated class photographs from the years 1986, 1992, 2003, and a yearbook from 1964.

Bob Wolfe (Sophomore and Junior Counselor) donated a photograph of the class of 2002 and a photograph of cheerleaders.

Debbie Walters Robinson (Class of 1968) donated her collection of items from the three years she attended Fair Park.  The collection includes newspaper articles, spirit ribbons, receipts for her class ring, yearbook, cap and gown, invitations, programs and much more.  

Cassandra Howard (DECA Teacher and Senior Class Sponsor) contributed the 2010 class photograph.

David Snow (Tennis Coach) donated a newspaper article concerning a prayer ban at football games.

Ferne Sullivan Turner (Class of 1937 & former Librarian) contributed her diploma, photographs, newspaper articles concerning Dr. Turner's years at Fair Park, Woodlawn and Southwood (Dr. Turner was an assistant principal at Fair Park, the first principal of Woodlawn and the first principal of Southwood).  The collection also included the obituary of Ed Herron.  
Loyce Camus added yearbooks from 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, and 1941 to our collection.

Betty Bass Stone (Class of 1942) contributed a newspaper, Shreveport Digest, dated March 26, 1954.

Clem Henderson (Administration) donated a music stand.

Lana Martin (Business and COE Teacher) contributed photographs from the class of 2005.

Beatrice Maxile (Social Studies Teacher) donated a 1980 program of class officers from 1980-81, a graduation invitation from the class of 1986, a program from the Recognition of Special Awards and Class Skit for the 1986 Graduates, a photograph of the class officers of 1986, and a photograph of students from the class trip in 1986. Mrs. Maxile also contributed yearbooks from 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2001.

To all of our donors, we sincerely thank you for your contributions.  Your gifts are greatly appreciated.  Without your support, the work at our school would not be possible and our history would not be preserved.
Reflections:  
Many of you will remember or may have been members of the Fair Park 4-H Club.  These familiar words constitute the 4-H Club Pledge, "I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, my health to better living, for my club, my community, and my country."   
If you would like to join the Fair Park High School Alumni Association, please contact me
at CathyRBonds@aol.com, P. O. Box 18525, Shreveport, LA 71138, or 281-893-0117.  Working together, we are making a difference at our school.  We ask for your continued prayers and support of the Fair Park High School Alumni Association.

Best regards,

Cathy Ridley Bonds
Director



FPHS Celebrating 81 Years

POW  WOW
Fair Park High School Alumni Association

November  -  December  2009


For your review, attached is a synopsis of the projects funded and completed, and the activities the Fair Park High School Alumni Association participated in, from the inception of the organization to the present.  

Information:
If your class is planning a reunion and you would like to have information concerning the event posted on the Alumni Association's website, please send the information to CathyRBonds@aol.com.  Reunion information will be posted on our website under the heading of "Future Pow Wows".
Around the Reservation:                                     
After a seven-year absence, our yearbook, The Sequoyah, will be published later this school year.  Since there is no longer a Journalism Department at the school, the Alumni Association handled the advertising sales for the yearbook.  The editor is our senior English teacher, April McCalister.  Once the yearbook is re-established, it is our desire that there will be student involvement in this project, as has been the tradition at Fair Park.

We would like to thank the Fair Park JROTC for the outstanding Veterans Day program this year.  The JROTC is approximately 300 members strong and is led by Major Alston, Sgt. Black, Sgt. Mosley, and Sgt. Summage.  This year, Fair Park's Veterans Day program was marked by the presentation of a poster from the Classes of 1940, 1941, and 1942, listing the names of Fair Parkers killed during World War II.  The framed poster, given to the Alumni Association, will be on display in the school.   We thank Alice and Dallas Greene for their efforts in having the poster printed and the Classes of 1940, 1941 and 1942 for this gift.  It is a beautiful memorial to these brave young men. This year the keynote speaker for the program was The Honorable Jackson B. Davis.  Senator Davis served in the Louisiana Senate for twenty-four years and was at Pearl Harbor the day of the attack. Special guests at the event were family members of several of the fallen soldiers and retired Fair Park counselor Jolene Tabler.  Mrs. Tabler's husband died serving our country in the Vietnam War.

We congratulate the JROTC.  The JROTC recently entered several parish wide competitions and won numerous awards for the school.


The Fair Park Band, along with a number of staff and faculty, took advantage of the coupon offer mentioned in the previous newsletter and had dinner at Crescent Landing Catfish Restaurant.  With the fifteen percent rebate, the band was able to add to their treasury and enjoyed a nice evening.         

The Fair Park basketball season is underway for girls and boys.  The head coach for the boys' team is Ron Preston and the head coach for the girls' team is Charles Thrash.  We thank these gentlemen for their time and dedication to the players on the teams.

Projects:
At the end of the first nine-week grading period, the Alumni Association purchased medals for all students listed on the Honor Roll and Principal's List.  These medals were awarded at a special school assembly. For the third year, we thank Gerry Woolman for aiding in the funding of this project.   

Four students, selected by their teachers, were named "Students of the Month".  These students were awarded the Alumni Association's Indianhead lapel pins. The "Student of the Month" award is based on academic excellence and attendance.  

Donations:
James Flakes (Head Custodian) donated a class photograph for the Medical Careers Magnet Class of 1989-1990.

Maggie Ross Hill (Athletic Coordinator) contributed to our collection by adding a copy of the Fair Park High School Homecoming Program dated 2004.

Richard Zachery (1945) donated a copy of the first yearbook, dated 1931.

Carol McInnis (Librarian) made a valuable contribution to our memorabilia collection with the donation of the original framed charter for the Fair Park High School National Honor Society.

Rick Woodson (1959) recently donated Pow Wows dated September 25, 1958, October 17, 1958, November 26, 1958, February 13, 1959, and April 24, 1959.  Rick also donated a copy of his book titled Words of Woodson, containing 40 years of Woodson's sports columns, published in 2007.  In the September 1958 issue of the Pow Wow, there was an article about the formation of the National Honor Society at Fair Park.  Mrs. Margaret McKenzie, Mrs. Ruth S. Johns and Mr. Lewis E. Day organized the Honor Society later that school year, in the spring of 1959.

Jean Ware (Supervisor of Math for Caddo Parish) donated two Pow Wows dated October 1981 and December 1981.  Pictured in the October 1981 issue was the Class of 1931 at their fifty-class reunion. The 1931 class was honored at the1981 Homecoming.

Honorary and Memorial Gifts:
Memorial Gift Norma Cooper McKellar from Kaye Cochran (1969)
Memorial Gift Hubert Humphreys (Faculty) from Ginger (Virginia Schattner) Bryan (1964)
Memorial Gift Phil Franklin (1965) from Ginger (Virginia Schattner) Bryan (1964)
Memorial Gift Wayne Haney (1968) from Ernie Roberson (1968)
Memorial Gift Gary Williford (1968) from Ernie Roberson (1968)
This year the Association received many donations, honorary and memorial gifts, and a number of contributions from our corporate neighbors. Thanks to members and friends of the school there have been numerous historic items donated to the Fair Park Alumni Association's memorabilia collection. To all of our generous contributors, we sincerely thank you. Each contribution is greatly appreciated. Without your support, the work at our school would not be possible and our history would not be preserved.

For more information concerning the Alumni Association, photos of projects and activities, visit our web site at www.fairparkalumni.com.  Please check the website often for information concerning events at the school, future reunions, and news updates.

Reflections:
This month's reflections are taken from the November 1981 issue of the Pow Wow.
Motto for the Class of 1931: "Our character is our will, for what we will we are"
Homecoming 1981:  "An occasion dominated by reflections on what was - an awareness of what is and projection on what may be.  An occasion where those returning to their alma mater from various places and endeavors share their experiences with those who will be following the same paths or those who will create and follow different paths."  

Working together, as proud Fair Park Indians, we are accomplishing the mission of supporting our students, administration, staff, and faculty, uniting our classes and helping our beloved school.  The members of the Fair Park High School Alumni Association Board of Directors: Clem Henderson, Verne Henderson, Cookie Moore Reed, Leo Sanford, David Stanford, Gerry Woolman, Pam Daughtry Ybos, and Cathy Ridley Bonds thank you for your support in 2009 and wish you and your family the very best in 2010.  We ask for your continued prayers, and support of the Fair Park High School Alumni Association.

If I can be of assistance to you, please contact me at CathyRBonds@aol.com, P. O. Box 18525, Shreveport, LA 71138, or 281-893-0117.

We look forward to working with you in 2010 and seeing you at Alumni Association events.

Best regards,

Cathy Ridley Bonds
Director


FP Celebrating 81 Years

August - October  2009
Information:
 August 17, 2009, marked the 81st time Fair Park has opened her doors for a new school year. This year enrollment stands at approximately 735 students.  Prior to the arrival of students, the Alumni Association hosted our "Welcome Back to School" by distributing apples to all employees.  For the third year, we thank County Market on Greenwood Road for their very generous donation of beautiful red apples.

Our list of Fair Park graduates receiving football scholarships to LSU continues to grow.  Bobby Greene (1945) received a football scholarship to LSU but decided to play professional baseball instead. A broken ankle abruptly ended his baseball career.

Event:  
Homecoming at Fair Park - The theme for this year's event will be "It's Our Time to Shine".  Homecoming activities will start with the Coronation of the Homecoming Court on Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. in the Fair Park gymnasium.  On Friday, October 23, 2009, Homecoming Day will start with a breakfast at 9:00 a.m. in the school's cafeteria.  A $10.00 donation is requested for the event, payable in the main office the morning of the breakfast.  Please make your reservations for the breakfast by calling the Fair Park office at 318-635-8181.  Late afternoon on October 23rd there will be a pep rally in the Fair Park gymnasium.  The Homecoming Football Game, Fair Park vs. Logansport, will be played on our home field, Independence Stadium. Game time will be 7:00 p.m. We look forward to seeing all graduates on the Reservation for a traditional Fair Park Homecoming!  

Fair Park's annual Veterans Day program is scheduled for Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 10:00 a.m.  The program will be held in the Fair Park gymnasium.  This year our keynote speaker will be The Honorable Jackson B. Davis. All alumni are invited to attend.
Around the Reservation:
Our baseball coach, John Levy, provided information that former Fair Park standout, Reginald Williams has signed to play college baseball at Morris College in Sumter, S. C. Williams is a two-time All-District and two-times honorable mention All-City selection.

For the first time in our history, there was a 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony at Fair Park.  The JROTC did an outstanding job of planning and executing the program.  The keynote speaker for the event was the Honorable Cedric B. Glover, Mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana.  Guest included State Senator Lydia Jackson, State Representative Roy Burrell, parish and city officials, representatives from the Shreveport fire and police departments, and Caddo Parish School system officials. Our thanks to everyone involved for the very moving service.  

The Student Government Association recently participated in the Life Share Blood Drive.  The SGA had as their goal the donation of 67 pints of blood. At the end of the day, students and teachers contributed 74 pints of blood in this very worthwhile effort.  There will be two more blood drives this school year, one in January and the last in April.  If the goal is achieved each time, a qualifying senior will receive a $500.00 scholarship.  Everyone, including the alumni, is invited to participate.  We thank Mrs. Phillips, SGA sponsor, for the many hours of work and guidance she provides to our students in this organization.      

The Fair Park baseball coach and team are participating in the Shreveport Green Adopt-A-Street Program.  The team is responsible for keeping San Jacinto Street clean, between Claiborne and Jackson.  We applaud the team for their public service work.     

Projects:
On behalf of the Fair Park Medical Careers Magnet Program, the Alumni Association recently made a request to Willis Knighton Health Care System for equipment to aid our students and teachers in this valuable program. Within ten days of the formal request, a Willis Knighton truck delivered all of the equipment requested.   Their very generous donation included an electric hospital bed and mattress, a patient care simulator manikin, an auscultation simulator manikin, a wheelchair, and a walker.  It is our desire to continually improve and expand our very important and much needed Medical Careers Magnet Program at Fair Park.  

The Alumni Association was involved in bringing about the partnership between the Shreveport/Bossier Captains baseball team and the Fair Park baseball team.  The Captains will donate any equipment they are unable to use to the Fair Park team.  In addition, arrangements have been made for Fair Park's baseball team to play Caddo Magnet High School's team in the Captains stadium on April 8, 2010.  Half of the ticket sales from that game will go to the Fair Park baseball program.  More information will be available as game time approaches.  We hope to see everyone at the game!

Chester Kelley, (1963) and owner of Crescent Landing Catfish Restaurant, has offered a great way for everyone to be able to help the Fair Park Band.  Chester has provided coupons for use in his restaurant.  When going to Crescent Landing for dinner, present the coupon to the server before ordering and 15% of the bill, excluding tax and gratuity will be donated to Fair Park for the benefit of the band. The offer is good on Friday nights only, between 4:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m... The offer is good through May 31, 2010.  Coupons are available from the Band Director, Mr. Jenkins and Alumni Director, Cathy Bonds. These coupons may be copied and shared with friends.  You do not need to be a Fair Park graduate to participate - everyone can help our band.  

The Alumni Association recently provided funds for gold "away game" jerseys for the Fair Park baseball team.  With the new line drag and field maker provided earlier this year by Calumet and the new jerseys, our baseball field and team will be looking good when the season arrives.  

Honorary and Memorial Gifts:
Memorial Gift Raymond Wissing (1958) from Bob McAllister (1958)
Honorary Gift Robert L. Potter (1949) from Ray U. Tanner (1949)
Memorial Gift Margaret "Peggy" Kitchens from Barbara Bayne Purpera (1965)
Memorial Gift Dillard Coleman (1958) from Janis Wilton (1958)

Donations:
Sherry Helms recently donated a 1941 yearbook to our archives.  The yearbook belonged to her mother, Katherine Norwood Long.

Robert Silvie (former principal) donated a T-shirt with the 2006 State Championship Basketball Team photo printed on the front of the shirt.

The Stromile Swift Foundation made a donation to Fair Park.

Theda Fielding (faculty) contributed to our memorabilia collection by adding a 1970 yearbook to the collection.

E. N. (Elmo) Norton contributed to our collection by adding an Indian figurine, Band Uniform Pin, Concert Band Program dated May 17, 1946, and a Fair Park vs. Byrd Football Program dated November 22, 1945.

Margaret Burns Harlan (1936) donated her 1936 yearbook to the memorabilia collection, along with a copy of the Fair Park High School Alma Mater and the 1930's Reunion Program dated October 1987.

After Shreveport Mayor, Cedric Glover delivered his speech on wisdom and courage at the Fair Park 9-11Program, he kindly signed, dated the speech, and donated it to the Alumni Association. The words wisdom and courage, the basis for his speech, are found on the Fair Park logo.

Jean Ware (central office) made a valuable contribution to our collection with the donation of the October 1978, November 1978, and March 1979 issues of the Pow Wow.

Jolene Tabler, retired counselor, donated an album dated 1990-1996, a collection of programs, several Student Handbooks and a Medical Careers Magnet Program Handbook, Memory Books for 2002 and 2003, a Football Program dated September 29, 1995, two Pathfinder, The Shreveport  Times graduation sections dated 1999, 2003, and 2004, and Newsletters dated from 1989 to 1992.  

Mr. James Flakes, custodian, added to our senior class photograph collection with the donation of photos from the years 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1985, and 1986.

We sincerely thank all of our donors.  We are truly blessed to have such generous contributors. Your funds and material gifts are greatly appreciated.  The memorabilia gifts provide valuable insight into the history of our school.  Many visitors to Fair Park view and enjoy these remarkable donations. Once again, thank you for your contributions.

Reunions:
This has been a very busy time for Fair Park reunions. The class of 1959 held their reunion in August.  There will be eight class reunions in the month of October.  These include the Classes of 1952, 1953, 1954, 1964, 1969, 1979, 1984, and 1994. If your class is planning a reunion, please contact the Alumni Association, at 281-893-0117.  We will be glad to post reunion information on the Alumni Association's web site under Future Pow Wows.   

Reflections:
This excerpt is from the first issue of the Pow Wow, dated December 6, 1929. Oh, what a grand school we have!  How proud of it we are! There are 735 of us under the instruction of 29 teachers, who are not only interested in the subjects they teach, but also in the welfare of the school and its pupils.
Our school is located on Greenwood Road, opposite the State Fair Grounds.  It is surrounded by a very nice campus and is a beautiful school.
Our aim is to have the highest standards by which to live so that we may be an example for those who will follow us.  We know that it is our school and that we are responsible for it; we owe to it the best of care.

The Fair Park Parent-Teacher Association was organized October 1928, for the purpose of a better understanding and more perfect co-operation between parent and teacher for the benefit of the pupil.  It has aided in the purchase of new books for the library and in defraying expenses for the different athletic movements.
Upon occasion we are brought into assemblies in our beautiful auditorium, where we are often instructed by Mr. Ward, our principal, how we may co-operate with him for the good of all.  

Membership:
Attached is a form if you would like to make a General Donation, Honorary Gift, or Memorial Gift to the Fair Park High School Alumni Association. Your contribution is appreciated.

For more information or a membership application, please visit the Association's web site at www.fairparkalumni, call, write, or e-mail Cathy Ridley Bonds at 281-893-0117, P. O. Box 18525, Shreveport, LA 71138, or CathyRBonds@aol.com. We look forward to having you as a member of the Fair Park High School Alumni Association!    

We ask for your continued prayers and support.  Working together, we are making a difference at Fair Park.

Best regards,

Cathy Ridley Bonds
Director


April  -  July 2009

Information:
Under the "Caddo Plan", adopted earlier this year by the Caddo Parish School Board, Fair Park has been given a new theme and principal to open the 2009 school year. The theme for Fair Park will be College Prep. The Fair Park High School Alumni Association welcomes Ms. Donna Marshall as principal. Ms. Marshall comes to us from Seattle, Washington, by way of Atlanta, Georgia. She was a high school principal in Seattle until her retirement. After retirement, Ms. Marshall moved to Atlanta to join her family and has done consulting work in Caddo Parish prior to being named principal of Fair Park. The Alumni Association looks forward to working with Ms. Marshall to aid the students, staff, faculty, and our school.

The Fair Park High School Alumni Association thanks Mr. Robert L. Silvie, former Principal and Assistant Principal, for his years of service and love for Fair Park and her students. The Association, also, thanks Mr. Silvie for establishing the Alumni Office at Fair Park.  Among other contributions as principal, Mr. Silvie was instrumental in restoring pride and tradition to our school by starting each day by having everyone stand and sing the alma mater, and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.  

Mr. Howard Clayton, Assistant Principal, is also leaving Fair Park. We thank Mr. Clayton for his many years of service to the students and school.   

Mrs. Jolene Tabler, Senior Counselor, announced her retirement from the Caddo Parish School System after thirty years of service, sixteen of those years at Fair Park.  The Association thanks Mrs. Tabler for her dedicated service and love for the students of Fair Park.  We also thank Mrs. Tabler for her many donations to the Alumni Association archives and for her support.

Our very best wishes go to these devoted educators.

As noted in the January-March 2009 issue of the Pow Wow, through the years, there have been a number of Fair Park graduates receiving football scholarships to LSU. Thanks to our readers, our list is now more complete. We proudly add these names to our list of Fair Parkers receiving LSU football scholarships: Gus Miciotto (1943), Charlie Glover (1951), Don Stinson (1951), and John Scotto (1958).

There was good news for our school when test scores were reported.  Overall, Fair Park students showed a marked improvement in their scores over the previous year.
In May of this year, it was a great honor for our school and JROTC to receive the United States Flag that had flown over Bagdad, Iraq on November 15, 2008.  The flag was presented to Major Alston, head of the Fair Park JROTC, and our cadets, in a formal ceremony on the Fair Park JROTC Drill Pad.  The presentation was made by an officer from Fort Hood, TX. The Alumni Association takes this opportunity to sincerely thank all veterans and those currently serving in uniform for their service to our country. Your service is greatly appreciated.  

     

As a way to express their appreciation for the support of the Alumni Association, the Fair Park JROTC honored Cathy Bonds by placing a black granite maker with gold inscription at the edge of their new drill pad.  The marker was unveiled following the above mentioned flag presentation.  It is an honor and humbling to receive such a beautiful tribute.  We sincerely thank the JROTC leadership and cadets for this recognition.      

This summer marked the first time the Fair Park custodial crew, headed by Mr. Flakes, and the Judson Elementary School custodial crew, headed by Mr. Taylor, partnered to clean both schools.  The larger crew allowed for the moving of heavy furniture and a more through cleaning of both schools.  As you can see by the photographs on the web sites, they did a wonderful job.  We thank both crews for their outstanding work.

     

     

     

     

Event:
On Saturday, April 18, 2009, a luncheon for Alumni Association members and guests was held at Johnny's Catfish Restaurant in Shreveport, LA.  We thank those attending, in the heavy rain, from the classes of the 1930's to the more recent years. Several traveled from the Fort Worth and Dallas areas to join us. A good time of fellowship was had by all!  

     

     


Projects:
In late March, Employee Appreciation Days were marked by the donation of apples and candy.  Again, this year, Myrna and Leo Sanford provided beautiful, large Red Delicious apples for every employee. On another day, candy bars were provided for everyone.  We thank the employees of Fair Park High School for your dedication and service to our students and school. You are appreciated by the alumni.

Calumet Lubricants Company recently donated funds to purchase a new Field Drag, Line Marker, and the shipping of these items for our Athletic Department. These items were certainly needed by Fair Park.

For the second time in as many years, Lisa Davis contributed twenty Sonic Gift Certificates for the Kindness Award Project.  These certificates are awarded to students, selected by teachers, for random acts of kindness on the Fair Park campus. It is a wonderful way to recognize daily acts of kindness and offer encouragement to others.  

Honorary and Memorial Gifts:
Memorial Gift Mary Anne Attaway Lawler (1950) from Clem and Martha Henderson (Administration and Faculty)
Memorial Gift Margaret Glover Keen from Clem and Martha Henderson (Administration and Faculty)
Memorial Gift Thomas G. Nickolson (1949) from Ray U. Tanner (1949)
Memorial Gift Barry Wilkinson (1966) from Sam Wilkinson, Jr. (1960)

Donations:
Through the years, many individuals and classes have stepped forward to help our school.  Before the formation of the Alumni Association, one such group, the Class of 1964, inquired about helping the school. The class leaders were told that the school was in need of a lawn mower to maintain the sports fields and the entire lawn (the lawns of Caddo Parish schools are cut on a parish wide rotating basis by the Caddo Parish School System). Funds were raised from the class and a riding mower was purchased and given to the school.  That mower is still being used today. This gift enables Mr. Flakes, Head Custodian, and Mr. Rodney, Assistant Custodian, to mow our lawn more often and maintain the beauty of our campus. We thank Mr. Flakes and Mr. Rodney for their hard work. Weather permitting, our lawn is mowed and edged weekly.  
About the same time, a group of graduates offered to supply cinder blocks to build the much needed dugouts for the Fair Park Baseball Field.  The blocks were delivered and the Fair Park coaches constructed and painted the current dugouts.

From the beginning of the Alumni Association, Jimmy Stockard (1953) has donated the web site for the Fair Park High School Alumni Association.  We appreciate this donation and his many hours of work on our site. Please visit the site often at www.geauxto.com/fpalumni.

Coach Clem Henderson (administration) recently made several donations to our archives, including the original 1952 State Championship Football Team Bus Roster, a 1990 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Booklet, the 1975 Class Photograph, and a copy of the Official Program from the 1939 Fair Park vs. Byrd football game.

Jimmy Raye (1946) added to our collection with the donation of the 1959 and 1960 yearbooks.

Ronnie Prude (2001) contributed to our memorabilia collection by adding his pro football jersey from the Baltimore Ravens.

Jolene Tabler (senior counselor) made a donation of her collection of Fair Park Student Awards Programs and Graduation Programs.

Robert Silvie (administration) made a valuable contribution to our collection with his donation of the 1963, 1985, and 1986 yearbooks, Fair Park Indian Bumper Stickers, Fair Park Game Day Pins, the framed photographs of the Classes of 2006 and 2009, a black and white Photograph of Downtown Shreveport around the turn of the century, and class rings from 1952 and 1989.

The generosity of Coach James Farrar, in loaning his original photographs of the 1963 and 1965 Fair Park High School AAA State Championship Baseball Teams, made it possible for Cathy and Wade Bonds to contributed framed copies of the photographs to the Association. James Farrar was the Head Coach of these teams. They also contributed a framed photograph of the 1971 State AAA Championship Baseball Team.  The Head Coach of that team was Doug Robinson.

We sincerely thank all of our donors for your contributions, generosity, and love of Fair Park.  Your gifts are greatly appreciated and add to the knowledge of the history of Fair Park.
Around the Reservation:
Spring is always a busy time on campus, as we look forward to the annual awards presentations and graduation.

The Senior Honor Awards presentations were made with around a million dollars in scholarships and college aid being given to Fair Park students. We thank Mrs. Tabler, Senior Counselor, for working with our students to acquire these funds.

The Junior/Senior Prom was held at the Barksdale Air Force Base NCO Club, with a large number of students and faculty attending. It was a beautiful event.

Ms. Ruthie Adams, Head of the Medical Careers Magnet Program, hosted the Medical Careers Banquet on the Fair Park campus.  

As the school year came to an end, a good time was had by all at the Seniors vs. Faculty Basketball Game. The Senior Class Picnic was a time of relaxation for students and teachers alike with plenty of good food and fun.  The same was true for the Special Ed. Student Picnic.

The traditional Honor Society Candlelight Induction Ceremony was held in the school auditorium, inducting fifteen new members. The sponsors for the Fair Park Honor Society are Mrs. Carol McInnis and Mrs. Inell Prealow, our librarians.

The annual Athletic Banquet was held in mid-May.  During the event, twenty-five Letter Jackets were awarded to girls and boys participating in sports for two or more years.  Funds for these jackets were donated by Alumni Association members: Jane Caruthers (1958), Wendell Davis (1984), Martha and Clem Henderson (Faculty and Administration), George Khoury (1946), Don "Moon" Mullins (1957), and Myrna (1946) and Leo Sanford (1947).

     

     


Graduation for the Class of 2009 was held at the Hirsch Coliseum the evening of May 20, 2009.  Fair Park High School honor graduates were: Teresa Draper, Quentrell Murray, Briana Smith, Charles Abrams, Mychael Pineset, Ashley Williams, and Tiranisha Reed. It was a beautiful graduation ceremony, well attended, with over one hundred graduates.  Along with his or her diploma, each graduate was given a membership card for the Alumni Association.

Our congratulations to all of those honored.  We appreciate the time and dedication of the sponsors. The sponsors contribute many hours to making these events memorable for the students.

The Fair Park JROTC leadership and cadets attended a five day boot camp early in the summer to prepare them for assignments at school this fall.  

  
Sports:
In addition to Morris Claiborne receiving a football scholarship to LSU, as reported in an earlier newsletter, three other Fair Parkers received athletic scholarships this year.   Carenn Baylor, one of our Lady Indians, coached by Charles Thrash, was awarded a scholarship to Angelina College in Lufkin, Texas. Travon Hill and Roozario Wiggins, coached by Ronald Preston, received scholarships to Wiley College in Marshall, Texas.

     

     

  

The Lady Indians Softball Team enjoyed their new uniforms supplied by the Alumni Association.  This was a building year for the girls on the softball team and their coaches, Michael Edwards and Brian Bucker.

                          It was also a building year for our baseball team and Head Coach, Jimmy Hemsell.  We look forward to a winning season next year.

The Fair Park Tennis Team had a very successful season with a 10 - 2 record.  For twenty years, the Head Coach has been David Snow.  Team members are:  Devante Davidson, Cody Allen, Kaderrius Davis, Courtney Watts, and Juan Bell. The team went to regionals in Monroe, LA but unfortunately lost in the first round. The matches were very close, showing great potential for our young team in the coming year.

Our Lady Indians Track Team enjoyed a good season with Head Coach Michael Jiles and Assistant Coach, Pamela Williams.

The Men's Track Team, with Head Coach Lent Bursey, had an outstanding year, winning two events in the State meet held in Baton Rouge.  Morris Claiborne won the 100 meter event and the 4x100 relay event was won by Harold Castle, Desmon Hill, Kenneth Young and Morris Claiborne.

Win or lose, Fair Park was well represented on the fields this year.  Several of us attending the games heard the supporters for the opposing teams remark on the excellent sportsmanship shown by our players and coaches.  It is how you play the game that counts; they were excellent ambassadors for the school.  Another great year of Fair Park sports!

Reflections:
The Class of 1931 published the first yearbook in the history of Fair Park. The name of that yearbook, Sequoyah, was proposed by our first principal, Mr. Ward.  Mr. Ward suggested the name Sequoyah because of the great work done by this Cherokee Indian born in Tennessee and living from about 1760 to 1843. Sequoyah labored long and tirelessly to create the Cherokee alphabet, made up of 85 characters.  He also traveled a wide area and taught this alphabet to his people. The story of Sequoyah is inspiring and the use of his name was certainly a fitting selection for our yearbook.

Membership:        
Please make your friends aware of the Fair Park High School Alumni Association and our activities.  Membership is open to all graduates of Fair Park, former or current administration, staff, faculty, and friends of the school. Annual dues is $10.00 per person; a lifetime membership, if you are 70 or older, is $50.00 per person; and a lifetime membership, if you are 69 or younger is $150.00 per person.

Attached you will find a form, if you wish to make a General Donation, Honorary Gift, or Memorial Gift to the Fair Park High School Alumni Association. Your contributions are appreciated.

Please visit the Association's web site at www.geauxto.com/fpalumni, for photos pertaining to this newsletter, reunion information, or a membership application.  For additional information call, write, or e-mail Cathy Ridley Bonds at 281-893-0117, P. O. Box 18525, Shreveport, LA 71138, or CathyRBonds@aol.com. We hope you will become a member of the Fair Park High School Alumni Association.

Soon it will be time for students to return to school. We are looking forward to another great year at Fair Park.  We ask for your continued prayers and support.  Working together, we are making a difference at Fair Park High School.

Best regards,
Cathy Ridley Bonds, Director


January - March  2009

Information:
The Fair Park High School Alumni Association's annual membership renewal notices went in the mail after Christmas.  For those of you that have renewed your membership, we thank you.  If you have not renewed your membership, please take a moment to complete the enclosed form for your renewal.  Please help us by making your friends aware of the Fair Park High School Alumni Association and our activities. Membership is open to all graduates of Fair Park, former or current administration, staff, faculty, and friends of the school.  Annual dues is $10.00 per person; a lifetime membership, if you are 70 or older, is $50.00 per person; and a lifetime membership, if you are 69 or younger is $150.00 per person.  For more information or a membership application, please visit the Association's web site at www.geauxto.com/fpalumni, call, write, or e-mail Cathy Ridley Bonds at 281-893-0117, P. O. Box 18525, Shreveport, LA 71138, or CathyRBonds@aol.com. We look forward to having you as a member of the Fair Park High School Alumni Association!   

Event:
Mark your calendars, on Saturday, April 18, 2009, there will be a luncheon for Association members and guests.  Invitations will soon be mailed with more details about the event.

Around the Reservation:
On Monday, January 26, 2009, a second semester Back to School Night was held at Fair Park. It was well attended by parents and students.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 was an exciting day on the Fair Park campus.  Our quarterback, Morris Claiborne, signed to play football with LSU.  With his signing, Morris became the 20th person to leave Fair Park for LSU on a football scholarship. Other included: Charles Barney and Ralph Hunt (1943), James Powell and Ray Collins (1945), Lee Hedges (1947), Gene Hedges and Joe May (1951), Tommy Davis and Harley Brown (1952), Mike Pharis and Phil Johnson (1963), Tommy Youngblood (1965), Bobby Joe King (1967), John King (1970), Wendell Davis (1984), Pat Rogers (1993), Reggie Robinson (1998), and Ronnie Prude (2001).  Four of the above became professional players: Ray Collins, Tommy Davis, Wendell Davis, and Ronnie Prude. Those attending the signing ceremony were his mother, Ms. Alice Claiborne; Mrs. Lola May, Caddo Parish School Board member; Dr. Gerald Dawkins, Superintendent of Caddo Parish Schools; Mr. Roy Thomas, Director of High Schools for Caddo Parish; Mr. Otis Jones, Director of Transportation for Caddo Parish; Clem and Martha Henderson, Joe May, Frank Bright, Phil Johnson, Ronnie Prude, Stromile Swift, teammates, faculty and friends.  Congratulations to Morris!  We are looking forward to watching him play at LSU. See photos on the web site at www.geauxto.com/fpalumni  

Projects:
The Alumni Association has been involved in several projects recently.  The Fair Park Lady Indians Basketball Team was in need of new uniforms.  Contributors to this project were Calumet Lubricants, Jane Caruthers (1958), Margaret Embry (1955), Janet (1969) and Steve Mc Donald (1968), Glenn Price (1947), Carolyn Webb (1956), and Gerry Woolman (1973).

Fair Park now has a Lady Indians Softball Team and they also had a need for new uniforms.  Charles Farrar (1952) and his wife Lucy donated the funds for this project.

This is the third year the Alumni Association has funded letter jackets. The jackets are given to girls and boys participating in all sports for two or more years, with one jacket per student while at Fair Park.  The students are selected by the coaches.  This year the Association will award twenty-five jackets to our students. Those contributing to this project are Jane Caruthers (1958), Wendell Davis (1984), Martha and Clem Henderson (Faculty and Administration), George Khoury (1946), Don "Moon" Mullins (1957), and Myrna (1946) and Leo Sanford (1947).

Our thanks go to each contributor to these projects and our corporate neighbor. It would not be possible for the students to have these uniforms and jackets without your help.  Your gifts aid in instilling pride in our students and school.   

Donations:
Josephine Butler Allen (1945 and faculty) recently made a valuable contribution to our memorabilia collection.  The donation included a collection of newspaper articles concerning events at our school from April 1973 to May 1975, a daily announcement sheet dated March 20, 1974, photographs of faculty and students dated 1981 to 1987, a certificate from The Society of Outstanding American High School Students, listing students, dated 1974, and several recent obituaries of Fair Park graduates.  

Alice (1940) and Dallas Greene (1941) made a donation of a poster from the Reunion of the Classes of 1940, 1941, and 1942.

Marty and Thad Mullins made a wonderful donation. Thad's dad was the late Joe Barry Mullins, Band Director at Fair Park from 1944-1946.  While going through his papers, they found items concerning Fair Park High School and contacted the Alumni Association.  Their contribution included the Fair Park High School Concert Band Program dated May 17, 1946, held at the Municipal Auditorium and the Advertising Poster for the May 17, 1946 Band Concert. There was also a collection of photographs of the Fair Park Band.  Marty and Thad were kind enough to include a photograph of Joe Barry Mullins, in his later years, and a copy of his obituary.  Mr. Mullins lived in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and died at the age of 81.  He began his career in 1934 teaching younger students and from 1948 to 1980, taught at Louisiana Tech, Northeast Louisiana University and retired from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Stromile Swift (1998) donated a basketball shooting machine to Fair Park.  Stromile left Fair Park for LSU on a basketball scholarship and recently played for the New Jersey Nets.     

Honorary and Memorial Gifts:
Memorial Gift Dorothy Crenshaw (1960) from Tommy Crenshaw (1956)


There have been many favorable comments made about the portrait restoration project from students, others at the school and a number of visitors. To our donors, we sincerely thank you for the contributions that made this much needed and important project possible. (See photos)

 

 

 




November 8, 2008

Information:
On behalf of the Fair Park High School Alumni Association we extend our congratulations to Mr. Robert Silvie.  Mr. Silvie was officially named Principal of Fair Park High School on Tuesday, October 21, 2008 by the Caddo Parish School Board.  We look forward to working with him as he leads Fair Park High School.

Event:
By this time, members of the Fair Park High School Alumni Association have received the announcement concerning the annual Fair Park High School Veterans Day Program.  This year the event will be held on Tuesday, November 11, 2008.  There will be a continental breakfast in the library at 8:00 a.m. followed by the program in the gymnasium at 9:00 a.m. This ceremony is always very moving and everyone is encouraged to attend.

Around the Reservation:
In early October, Lent Bursey, Head Football Coach, arranged a tour of the Shriners Hospital for a group of Fair Park football players, cheerleaders and members of the Alumni Association.  It was a very interesting tour, culminating with an opportunity to participate in a project with patients.

The Open House celebrating the 80th Anniversary of the opening of our school was held on Saturday, October 11, 2008.  A number of members and guests from as far away as Houston and Dallas, Texas attended the event.  State Representative Roy Burrell presented the Alumni Association with a State Commendation recognizing the 80th Anniversary of Fair Park High School.  Dallas Green was instrumental in acquiring a proclamation signed by Shreveport Mayor Cedric B. Glover declaring October 11-18, 2008 as Fair Park High School Week in our city.

The Alumni Association thanks Mr. Silvie, the staff, faculty and students for their assistance in preparing for this event and for their attendance on Saturday afternoon. We thank Mrs. Jones, the Hospitality Club members and members of the Fair Park football team for their assistance during the Open House.  See photos of the event on our web site at www.geauxto.com/fpalumni.

Homecoming 2008 was held the week of October 13-17th.  It was a very exciting time on the Reservation! The theme for Homecoming this year was "Rare Gold Found on the Reservation" and the 1952 State Championship Football Team, Cheerleaders and an Assistant Coach for the 1952 team were honored.  It was also the 25th Reunion for the Class of 1983. On the evening of Monday, October 13, 2008 the Coronation of the Homecoming Court was held with the crowning of the Homecoming King, Mr. Morris Claiborne and the Homecoming Queen, Miss Carenn Baylor.

Other Homecoming activities included Monday as Dress Up Day on campus, Tuesday was dress like a Nerd Day, Wednesday was dress like a Senior Citizen Day, Thursday was dress 70s/80s Day and Friday was dress Black and Gold Day. It was a fun time for all!

On Friday, October 17, 2008 the campus took on the look of an Indian Reservation thanks to Mr. Bennett,  Fair Park's art teacher, his students and the devoted work of a parent helper.

The day started with the annual Homecoming Breakfast hosted by the school and held in the cafeteria.  Door prizes were given away.  Each year David Bamberg (1978) makes decorative candles for the drawing and this year was no exception. In addition to the candles, Mrs. Jones, Home Ec. teacher, made "Spirit Towels" for the occasion. A large group attended, including Mrs. Lola May, our Caddo Parish School Board member.  

After breakfast, Coach Bursey invited the former 1952 players, cheerleaders, and former assistant coach to join the current players, cheerleaders, and coaches in the auditorium to get acquainted.  It was a great opportunity to share stories and lessons in life.

Following the visit, many of the 1952 group went to the gym to see their trophy, other trophies, and the new weight room.

Spirits were high in the afternoon after a stirring pep rally was held in the gym.

The day was capped with the Fair Park vs. Haughton football game at Independence Stadium.  On the field at half time the Homecoming court was presented, a special tribute was given to Troy Monsanto (a Fair Park football player injured in a game and later dying from his injury) and the 1952 Players and Cheerleaders were recognized.

Those attending the events were 1952 Assistant Coach Clem Henderson; team manager Robert Reynolds; players Gene Saur, Johnie Crumpler, George Crain, Harley Brown, Charles Farrar, Robert Hearn, Cecil Rhodes, Bobby Stoll, and A. L. Williams; cheerleaders Mary George Stone Nugent, Sonny Sorrell, Dolores Parker, and Joan Romine Williams.  See Photos on the above web site.

We thank Coach Bursey for the idea to honor the group from 1952 and for all he did to make the day so special. We thank Maggie Hill, Athletic Coordinator and Chair of the Homecoming Committee, and all committee members for their part in making the entire week so enjoyable.  Our thanks go to Mrs. Jones for making the embroidered "Spirit Towels" given to the 1952 guests before the game.  There were so many members of the Fair Park family that worked hard to make Homecoming 2008 so very special for everyone.  Our most sincere thanks to all involved.  It was a great time for the alumni!  See photos on the web site.   
Memorial Gifts:
Memorial Gift Don Berry from Sandy Berry Harraid
Memorial Gift Bob Berry from Sandy Berry Harraid

Donations:
We thank Mr. Mike Warthol, Manager of County Market on Greenwood Road, for the generous donation of punch ingredients, coffee, and other items used for the Anniversary Open House.  The donations from County Market are greatly appreciated.

Charles Farrar (1953) one of the players on the 1952 State Championship Football Team and attending the recent Homecoming events made a wonderful contribution to the Alumni Association.  Each player on the championship team received a blanket in 1952.  Charles donated his blanket, in perfect condition.  Charles also donated his scrapbook from that championship year containing newspaper articles about each game along with a number of photos.  This scrapbook is one his mother kept for him.  Along with the blanket and scrapbook is the Program from the 1952 AA State Champs Lettermen's Banquet, held at The Westerner on December 20, 1952, with the menu printed inside.  A napkin from the banquet with an Indian head and Champions 1952 printed on it was tucked inside the program.

Margaret Hanson Embry (1955) made a large contribution to our memorabilia collection with a copy of The Register, a newspaper from the Queensborough, Ingleside, and Shady Oaks areas dated February 1952, a copy of the Scholastic ROTC, and a program from the Louisiana Music Education Association, State Band Festival dated April 22, 1939.  Margaret added many Pow Wows dating in the 1930's, 1940's and 1950's and copies of the LSU Reveilles from January 1944 - May 1944. In addition, she donated seven Fair Park Football Programs - Fair Park vs. Byrd 1950, Bossier vs. Fair Park 1951, Neville vs. Fair Park 1951, Byrd vs. Fair Park 1951, Ouachita vs. Fair Park 1952, Catholic vs. Fair Park 1952, and Marshall vs. Fair Park 1953.

June Morrow Levasseur (1935) made another donation to our collection, a Pow Wow dated April 12, 1934, in excellent condition.

Current Faculty, Nellie Davis, contributed a valuable collection of Fair Park High School Student Council Scrapbooks dated 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, and 1969.

Current Junior/Senior Counselor, Jolene Tabler, recently donated a 2008 Fair Park High School Memory Book to the Alumni Association.

Maxine Walker Black (Faculty 1958-1962) added to our history with photos from her years as cheerleader sponsor.

Current Faculty, David Snow, made a donation of a Shreveport Times article concerning the 2006 Fair Park men's tennis team winning the Region I Class 3A Tournament and advancing to the State Tournament .

To these donors and all of our donors, we extend our most sincere thank you.  Your generosity is
greatly appreciated and will always be remembered.  Your contributions are very important to the history of our school.

Reflections:
From the Pow Wow dated May 1, 1931-
The Senior Class of Fair Park High School will graduate in caps and gowns instead of the usual white gowns and black coats with white trousers.  This is the first time in the history of Shreveport that caps and gowns have been worn at a high school graduation exercise.
If you would like to join the Association or make a donation, forms are available on line at the above web site, or contact CathyRBonds@aol.com, or call 281-893-0117.

Working together, we are making a difference at Fair Park High School.

Best regards,

Cathy Ridley Bonds
Director


October   , 2008

Information:
Enrollment continues to increase at Fair Park.  This year we have over 800 students enrolled in our school.  All freshmen are participating in the JROTC program.

On December 6, 1929 the first issue of the Fair Park High School newspaper, the Pow Wow, was published.    For over twenty years, Mary (Class of 1938) and Edgar Bland (Class of 1936) have written a monthly newsletter and distributed it to the classes of the 1930's.  The title of their newsletter is the Pow Wow, Too.  We sincerely thank Mary and Edgar Bland for their many years of dedicated service to the Classes of the 1930's and for keeping a Fair Park tradition alive. Starting in September, the JROTC students are publishing a newsletter titled Pow Wow, JROTC. We thank SFC John Courter for this idea and for sponsoring the JROTC newsletter. As you may notice, the heading of our newsletter has changed.  Since there is currently no school newspaper being published, this is a joint effort to maintain a Fair Park tradition by calling news from Fair Parkers the Pow Wow.  The Association will use the title, Pow Wow, Fair Park High School Alumni Association on all future issue of our newsletter.

Events:
Open House
By this time, our members and guests have received invitations to the Fair Park High School Alumni Association's Open House.  This will be a celebration of the 80th Anniversary of the opening of our school.  The Open House will be on Saturday, October 11, 2008, from 2:00 - 4:00.  Caddo Parish School Board records indicate that the first day of school at Fair Park High School was September 24, 1928. We look forward to seeing you at this special time in the history of our school!

Homecoming
Homecoming is always a very special time on the Reservation.  This year Homecoming at Fair Park High School will be Friday, October 17, 2008. The day will start with the annual Homecoming Breakfast in the school cafeteria at .  Reservation should be made by October , 2008. Call   to reserve your seat.  Cost of the breakfast is $10.00 per person.

 The Carnation will follow the breakfast.  This will be held in the gymnasium.  Admission is free and all are invited to attend.

The Homecoming Football Game will be at Independence Stadium (Fair Grounds Stadium to some of the alumni).  Game time is 7:00 p.m. Advanced tickets can be purchased at         or at the stadium gate. Ticket cost is $    per person.
The Players and Cheerleaders of the 1952 State Championship Football Team will be honored during the Homecoming celebration.  This is the only State Championship Football Team in Fair Park's history.

The Class of 1983 will be holding their 25th Class Reunion during Homecoming weekend.  Please visit our web site at www.geauxto.com/fpalumni, under Reservation Events for more details about this reunion.

Around the Reservation:
Our cheerleaders, sponsored by Mrs. White, have been invited to make two trips to New Orleans this fall.  The first trip is an opportunity to train under the New Orleans Saints cheerleaders.  The second trip will be to perform, along with other cheerleaders in the state, during half time at the Saints game on October 12, 2008.  Congratulations - we are looking forward to seeing the performance!   

You may recall, in February 2008, the JROTC Review and Inspection was held.  This review determines our JROTC's ranking for the next three years.  Our JROTC did an outstanding job during that review and inspection.  Immediately following this event, our JROTC was given the ranking of Honor Unit.  In September, that after further review, the Fair Park JROTC was informed that their ranking had been changed to Gold Star (Honor Unit with Distinction).  This is the highest ranking possible for a JROTC unit.  Congratulations to our JROTC on a job very well done!  

The following was written by Patrick Powell, member of our JROTC and appears in the first issue of the Pow Wow, JROTC, "Hello, our Indian Battalion is proud to have the Gold Star (Honor Unit with Distinction) this year.  The Gold Star is the highest level of achievement and this year Fair Park High School has earned it.  There are different activities that we encourage you to join like:  Drill team, Rifle team, Viking Challenge, Orienteering and Color Guard.  There are rewards that come with the hard work and discipline from the cadets.  One main reward is the Military Ball.  Each cadet will get a chance to gain knowledge and the discipline that they desire.  In order to keep the Gold Star we have to work as a battalion and not as individual cadets.  We are also starting a Booster Club for our JROTC Department.  This means that we not only need the support of the cadets but also the parents to help sponsor our competitions and chaperone our many trips that we plan on taking this year.  So to the cadets, learn all you can, be all you can be and do what is right regardless who's watching you.  You are in good hands………….."

We thank Mr. Bennett,  Carelln Baylor and Ja'Vavian Hill for their help on the bulletin boards celebrating eighty years of Fair Park history. These bulletin boards are located in the main entry of our school.  Carelln and Ja'Vavian are students in Mr. Bennett's Art Class.
Memorial Gifts:
Memorial Gift Edwin DeMoss from Alice Louise Sparrow DeMoss (1938)
Memorial Gift Joe Sparrow from Alice Louise Sparrow DeMoss (1938)
Memorial Gift Rodgers Britton from Alice Louise Sparrow DeMoss (1938)

We thank our donor for the very generous donations.

Reflections:
The following is from the Indian Customs Handbook, Published 1964.
In any situation involving a number of people, the majority will gradually accept certain standards of behavior.  These standards, or codes, are those principles which enable the group to exist and work together in harmony.  In order to attain a higher level of student behavior, we, as students of Fair Park High School should… REMEMBER…

HONESTY is that quality of good living that enables one to have a clear conscience.

COOPERATION is working together in such a way that everyone is given an opportunity to express his ideas in achieving a final goal.

COURTESY is the way of showing respect for others that causes them to have a feeling of belonging.

RESPONSIBILITY is the charge of duties that all Fair Park students should accept and execute to the best of their ability.

SCHOOL SPIRIT is a unified feeling of pride in our school.

SPORTSMANSHIP is the attitude of friendliness and fair play the we show in our relationship with others.


September 7, 2008

Information:
Spirits are high as the doors of Fair Park High School open for the 80th year!
Each morning starts with the singing of our Alma Mater and the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Preparing for the opening of the 2008-2009 school year was a very busy time on the Fair Park campus.
As the school year, 2007-2008 ended the first floor teachers and office staff boxed everything in their classrooms and in the main office to prepare for the replacement of the first floor classroom floors and the floors in the office area.  Teachers on the second and third floors had made the same preparation the two previous years. Our original tile hall floors remain in place.  All of the original closets for teachers and the lab cabinets were removed on the first floor, the new floors installed and all closets and cabinets were saved and returned to their original locations.  Thanks to the dedicated work of everyone involved, all classrooms and the school was ready for the arrival of the students on the first day of school, August 18th. Garrisons Greenwood Gardens Nursery generously donated a large, beautifully colored croton plant for use on the counter in the main office.

On Sunday evening, August 10th, the annual Jump Camp was held in the gym.  This is an opportunity for the freshmen and their parents to come to the school, meet the administration, teachers, and others at the school and learn about the Jump Program, courses being offered and Fair Park High School.  The Alumni Association was invited to have a table, along with the P.T.S.A. and teachers representing each department.  At the Association's table were photos of our completed projects, along with handouts of the Alma Mater and History of Fair Park High School.

The Caddo Parish School Board held a reception on August 12, 2008 for Dr. Gerald Dawkins, the new Superintendent for our parish.  The Alumni Association was represented at the reception.

On the morning of August 15th, as all Fair Park employees entered their morning meeting, Alumni Association board members greeted everyone, giving out red apples as a "Welcome Back to School".  County Market on Greenwood Road generously donated over 150 apples for this occasion.

The first day of school opened with an assembly for all students in the gym. Mrs. Maxile, freshmen teacher, gave the opening remarks.  Coach Bursey followed with an inspiring talk to the students.  The 1985 Fair Park graduate and two-time Olympic Medalist, Hollis Conway, was the guest speaker.  Mr. Conway delivered a motivational talk, urging the students to set their goals high and strive to achieve them.  Mr. Robert Silvie, Acting Principal, closed the program by reviewing the school rules and dress code for the students.  After the assembly, the students found their way to their classes and started their assignments.

The Fair Park High School Alumni Association now has an office at the school.  It is located in the area with the Counselors.  We thank Mr. Silvie, Acting Principal, for making this possible. We thank everyone at Fair Park for their assistance and the very warm welcome extended to us.

August was an important time for another Fair Park graduate. Rogers Hampton, Class of 1952, was inducted into the Ark-La-Tex Sports Museum of Champions.  Rogers was a star athlete in his years at Fair Park High School.  Congratulations, Rogers!

On a recent trip to Washington D. C., Frances and Tommy Owens met a proud young Marine.  In visiting with the young man they discovered a connection, all were from Shreveport and all had attended Fair Park High School.

Event:
Mark your calendars.  Homecoming at Fair Park High School will be Friday, October 17, 2008. This year Fair Park will use this as an opportunity to honor the members of the 1952 State Championship Football Team.  Coach Bursey and the Homecoming Committee are working hard to make this a very special event in the life of our school.
Donations:
We are blessed beyond measure with our generous donors and their valuable donations!

Patsy Wolfe (Byrd Graduate) and her daughters recently made a donation to the Alumni Association.  The items include the 1947 Fair Park Class Ring, leather covered 1947 Fair Park High School Graduation Invitation, 1947 Diploma in the cover, cap and gown Graduation Photograph, and a photograph of students standing on the steps of Queensborough Elementary School. These items belonged to the late Donald E. Wolfe, M. D. They had previously donated his 1946 and 1947 Sequoyah yearbooks.

J. Coles Thomas (1938) added to our memorabilia collection by contributing a Spirit Button, reading "Indians Beat Byrd" with black and gold ribbons attached.  
Josephine Butler Allen (1945) made another donation to our collection.  Jo added a collection of Class Photographs from the Classes of 1974, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, and 1989.

Jolene Tabler (Current Senior Counselor) also contributed by giving her framed collection of Class Photographs from the Classes of 1992, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and a 2006 Fair Park High School Memory Book.

Alice Sparrow DeMoss donated a Fair Park vs. Byrd Football Program dated November 25, 1937 in excellent condition.

Chris Nelson (Friend of the School), recently called after finding the1947 and the 1950 Fair Park vs. Byrd Football Programs in his collection.  He felt that these needed to be a part of our collection and mailed the programs to the Alumni Association.
Monica Barbee (Current Assistant Principal of Fair Park) added to our collection with the donation of Sequoyah yearbooks for the years 1959, 1981, 1982, 1991, and 1997.  She also contributed the framed Future Teachers of America Club Certificate dated November 14, 1949.

Annabel Peyton Robinson gave the Association with a copy of the 1935 Sequoyah.

Clay Guess (son of the late Fair Park teacher Mrs. Margaret Guess) contributed his mother's copies of the Indian Customs Handbook for Students, Fair Park Indians Student Directory 1961-1962, Student Directory 1963-1964, Student Directory 1964-1965, and Student Directory 1966-1967.
Your many contributions are giving important insight into the history of Fair Park High School.

Memorial Gifts:
Memorial Gift Lois Ponder McFarland (1955) from Clem and Martha Henderson (Administration and Faculty)
Memorial Gift Dr. Robert E. Braswell from Clem and Martha Henderson (Administration and Faculty)
Memorial Gift Rex Coon (1941) from Cathy and Wade Bonds (1966 and 1964)
Memorial Gift Lois Ponder McFarland (1955) from Cathy and Wade Bonds (1966 and 1964)
Memorial Gift Cheverette Brooks (son of former Fair Park principal Mrs.Wanda Brooks) from Cathy and Wade Bonds (1966 and 1964)
Memorial Gift Katie Smith Farrar from Mr.  & Mrs. Donald Black (Maxine Walker Black - Faculty)
Memorial Gift Pearl Dalton (faculty) from Barbara Mitchell Burrow (1966)

Web Site:
A very special thank you to Jimmy Stockard, Class of 1953, for providing our web site and maintaining it.  He does an outstanding job!  We hope you will visit the site often at www.geauxto.com/fpalumni.
We extend our most sincere thank you to each donor for your contributions to the Fair Park Alumni Association. We greatly appreciate your generosity!
Reflections:
Taken from the Indian Customs Handbooks Published 1964:  Fair Park is a friendly school and the faculty and student body are most anxious that you become a part of it. The student body consists of almost 2000 student and a faculty of 80.
Big Indian and Braves:  A Big Indian and two braves are chosen by a committee composed of faculty members, cheerleaders and the retiring Big Indian.
To be a candidate a boy must have a "C" average, good personality, leadership qualities and have a knowledge of Indian dances.
The Big Indian and Braves assist the cheerleaders on all occasions, represent the school at athletic events and help plan and participate in pep rallies.
Uniforms are furnished by the school.
 School Yell:  We're from Fair Park and we're the best.
                     We've got the team that meets the test.
                     We're gonna win over all the rest,
                       Because our boys have. . . z-z-z-z-z-z-z-zest!   
If you wish to join the Association or make a donation, forms are available on line at the web site above, or contact CathyRBonds@aol.com, or call 281-893-0117.
Working together, we are making a difference at Fair Park High School.

Best regards,
Cathy Ridley Bonds, Director




Microsoft Office Word Document

80th
ANNIVERSARY
FAIR  PARK  HIGH  SCHOOL

In the fall of 1928, Fair Park High School opened its doors for the first time. Hail Fair Park High School, We Your Praises Sing …..As we celebrate the 80th Anniversary of Fair Park High School, let us take a moment to reflect on the history of our great school!

Looking through the collection of yearbooks and memory books in our school library, one  comes to the realization of how many students have entered the doors of Fair Park High School and left these halls to move on into the world and assume our places.  Our lives have been enriched by the people we met while attending Fair Park - those dedicated teachers, administration and staff and by the experiences we shared on this campus. Long lasting friendships have been formed during our years at Fair Park and many have met their future spouses and courted under the oak trees here on these grounds.  Countless hours of classroom work, studying, and planning for careers have been spent in our historic Fair Park High School.  

Oh, the fun we have had during our time at Fair Park!!!  There were so many opportunities for involvement - ROTC, sports, championship teams, band, orchestra, choir, student government, clubs and organizations, to name a few. There were homecomings, reservation days, pep rallies, and other special events, sporting events to attend, Fair Park vs. Byrd games, the band and orchestra trips we participated in, school projects, the school newspaper, yearbooks and memory books, dances, senior ring day and, of course, graduation events and graduation day.  All of these and much, much more made up the fabric of our lives at Fair Park High School.  Our Alma Mater, May We Ever Cling…..

Remember the outstanding principals, teachers, counselors, staff, parents and so many others, all willing to help guide us and lend a helping hand through our high school years.  Many of the Fair Park teachers were there when the doors of our school opened for the first time and remained there until their retirements.  There were a number of students that graduated from Fair Park and returned to teach and serve in other positions in the school, spending many years of their lives in dedicated service at Fair Park. Additionally, there are many second generation Fair Parkers among our graduates.

Young men and women have graduated from Fair Park, entered the military and served our country bravely in wars and in peacetime. Through the years, a number, far too large to count, have graduated from Fair Park and gone on to become business people, educators, community leaders, city and state officials, and entered many others professions. Fair Park has a very rich history!

Attached is the history of our school.  The first section was written by Edith Bailey and appeared in the first Sequoyah in 1931.  Edith was the first editor of a Fair Park yearbook, president of the Class of 1931 and later returned to Fair Park to teach English.  The latter section of the history was written by Clem Henderson.  It was his dream to come to Fair Park and he did that, spending his entire career at Fair Park High School.  He arrived on campus in the fall of 1948 as a teacher and served as a coach, assistant principal, principal and later formed the Fair Park High School Alumni Association.  As you read the history, reflect on your memories of Fair Park days and enjoy those "precious memories".

Through the years graduates have given and worked quietly to improve the lives of our students and the school. The long record of dedication to Fair Park High School and her students continues with the current administration, teachers, staff and the alumni, working together.

It is with great pride that we, Fair Park Indians, join together in reflection and celebration of the 80th Anniversary of Fair Park High School. We look forward to the future of our great school and the opportunity to build on the fine legacy and rich traditions established through eighty years.  To the High Principles May We Loyal Be, and Fight! Fight! Fight! For All That's Right, and March to Victory!…..

In reflection, is there a special teacher, principal, counselor or someone else during your Fair Park years that made a difference in your life?  If so, maybe you would like to remember them with and honorary or memorial gift to the Fair Park High School Alumni Association on the 80th Anniversary of our school.  What a special way to remember the service, help or dedication of that individual! Attached is the form needed for the donation or visit our web site, www.geauxto.com/fpalumni, under Honorary and Memorial Gifts. The form can be downloaded by right clicking on the form, or call or write at the number/address listed below. General fund donation can be made by using the same form.

Your donations will be greatly appreciated!
If you would like to become a part of the Fair Park High School Alumni Association, membership is open to any alumnus, faculty or staff - past or present, and friends of the school.  Membership forms can be downloaded from our web site at www.geauxto.com/fpalumni, or call 281-893-0117, or write P. O. Box 18525, Shreveport, LA 71138.

To our members, we thank you for being a part of the Alumni Association.  We ask for your continued prayers and support.   

Let us use this anniversary as a time of reflection and a time to look forward with bright hopes for the future of Fair Park High School! It is a privilege, an honor and humbling to write this newsletter on such an historic occasion - the 80th Anniversary of the opening of Fair Park High School.  

Best regards,

Cathy Ridley Bonds, Director
August, 2008

ANNIVERSARY ISSUE

July 5, 2008


Information: Change in Administration
Principal, Mr. Bruce Daigle has transferred from Fair Park High School to become the principal of Northwood High School in north Caddo Parish.  On behalf of the Fair Park High School Alumni Association, we thank Mr. Daigle for his dedication and years of service to Fair Park.  The JUMP Program, started under his tenure, is benefiting our students and has brought recognition to our school.  We wish Mr. Daigle well as he moves to Northwood High School.

Mr. Robert Silvie, the assistant principal over discipline and assisting with academics, at Fair Park will take the helm of our school until a new principal is named later this year.  We look forward to working with Mr. Silvie, the staff and teachers in continuing to help the students and our school.  

Donations:  Alice Sparrow DeMoss (1938) donated a 1938 newspaper article written about the Fair Park baseball victory over Byrd.  The game was played on the field at Louisiana State Normal College, now Northwestern State University; Fair Park tied the game in the ninth inning and won in the tenth inning by a score of 11 to 10, with Fair Park becoming the Northwest Louisiana champions.   Alice also donated a gold and black Indian made of yarn.  This yarn Indian was worn on "game day" as a show of support for our team.

As mentioned in the June newsletter, the classroom floors are being replaced on the first floor of the school this summer.  While removing one of the original classroom closets a worker found a copy of a Junior Review newspaper dated November 11, 1946.  We will never know how the newspaper got behind the closet but we are grateful the worker took the time to save it.  He gave the newspaper to Mrs. Jolene Tabler, senior counselor, and she has donated it to the Fair Park memorabilia collection.

Honorary and Memorial Gifts:  
Memorial Gift Odom Sikes from Coles Thomas (1938)
Honorary Gift Martha and Clem Henderson (Faculty and Administration) from Martha "Snookie" Pruett (1935)

We thank our donors for these gifts.  Each gift is greatly appreciated!

Point Worth Noting:  An e-mail was received last week from a 1969 Fair Park graduate.  The gentleman was waiting in the St. Louis airport for a connecting flight and noticed two young men walking by, one wearing a black and gold T-shirts with Fair Park Indians printed on the shirt.  He stopped them and asked if that was Fair Park in Shreveport.  Yes, it was, the young men were on their way to a symphonic band competition in Detroit.  His words were, "It was all yes sir, no sir, absolutely polite and easy to talk to".  This is not an isolated incident, visitors to our school often comment on the friendly and courteous behavior of our students.

Fair Park High School Alumni Association
First Anniversary
July 5, 2008

In reflection, this has been a very exciting and productive year for our Association.  Our first year was filled with a variety of activities, events and projects to aid our students, teachers, staff, administration and our school.

Each time there was a project; donors saw the need and stepped forward to make the project dream become a reality. Honorary and memorial gifts and general fund donations were given to aid our work at the school and to fund expenses.

Our memorabilia collection continues to increase. Each item given to the Alumni Association has been treasured by the donor, kept for many years, and each gift has a wonderful memory attached to it.  In making these donations, the contributors have expressed a desire to share their time at Fair Park with others and to do their part in making others aware of the fine traditions and rich history of our beloved school.  There have been many comments by those at the school and by visitors about the interesting memorabilia collection and how much they are enjoying the display.          

Repeatedly, words of appreciation come from the administration, staff, faculty, and students for the Association's presence and efforts at Fair Park.  To repeat a few of the phrases heard:  the Alumni Association has made such a difference in our school, will the Alumni Association still be here when we return in the fall, and the Alumni Association has given us hope.

To our members, we sincerely thank you for your support and for being a part of the first year of the Fair Park High School Alumni Association.  We look forward to the future!

To everyone at Fair Park High School, we thank you for the warm welcome and your many acts of kindness.   

Looking forward, there is much work to do in continuing our efforts to help the students and our school. Eagerly moving forward into the second year of the Fair Park High School Alumni Association, we roll up our sleeves and prepare for the opportunities ahead!  We ask for your continued prayers and support.

Working together, we are making a difference!          

Join us and become a part of the Fair Park High School Alumni Association. Membership and donation forms are available on line at www.geauxto.com/fpalumni, or by calling 281-893-0117, or write P. O. Box 18525, Shreveport, LA 71138.

Visit our website often for news, information, and photos.

Best regards,

Cathy Ridley Bonds, Director


June 7, 2008

Information: School is out for the summer!  The Alumni Association wishes all of the employees of Fair Park and our students a relaxing and enjoyable summer vacation.

With students away for the summer, the Caddo Parish School Board is taking this opportunity to do some maintenance work at Fair Park.  Two years ago, the classroom floors on the third floor were replaced.  Last summer the classroom floors on the second floor were replaced and this summer the same is being done on the first floor. Only the classroom floors are being replaced, not the beautiful tile floors in our hallways.  Before the work started this year, the Alumni Association and teachers were very interested in saving the teacher's closet and shelves in each classroom.  These are part of the original building. Additional, we were interested in saving the extensive glass front cabinets, drawers, and shelves  many of you will remembers as part of the science labs on the first floor.  The Alumni Association and teachers, working with Mr. Daigle, Mrs. Lola May, our School Board member; Caddo Parish school officials, the contractor, and the job supervisor, have saved all of the above mentioned cabinetwork. The closets, cabinets, drawers, and shelves will be returned to their proper place after the new flooring is installed. Our sincere thanks to all for their efforts on this project!  Photos below.  

Project: Weight Room
Please visit the Alumni Association's web site at www.geauxto.com/fpalumni, under Association News for photos of the new weight room at our school.  The contributions made by all donors to this project are greatly appreciated by members of the Alumni Association and by everyone at the school.  This room will be a real asset to our athletes as they work hard to uphold the great tradition in all sports at Fair Park High School.   As you view the photos, note the art work on the walls of the weight room.  This work is being done by our art teacher, Mr. Bennett and his students and will be completed in the fall.  We thank them for a job very well done!

Donations:
As you may remember, in August 2007, the first donation to our memorabilia collection was made by Ed Brun (1942). Ed has now found and donated the 1931 graduation invitation and State High School Diploma belonging to his sister, Mildred Louise Sims.  With this donation, the Association's collection now includes the class ring, yearbook, graduation invitation and diploma from our first graduating class.  

Last month, James Milton Harper (1942) donated yearbooks and a number of Fair Park items belonging to his sister, Helen Ruth Harper Gallien.  Jim has found and donated his sister's State High School Diploma to add to our collection.  

Mrs. Maxine Black (faculty 1958-1962) also contributed to our collection by donating photographs and newspaper articles from her days at Fair Park as the sponsor of the cheerleaders.

Jerry Montgomery, of Chevyland and a Byrd High School graduate recently made a donation of a baseball batting cage to Fair Park High School.  It should be noted that Jerry's dad was a graduate of our school.  John LeBlanc, Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at Loyola College Prep made the arrangements for this donation.   

For a number of years George Khoury (1946) has been generously donating to education.  He is a great supporter of the Fair Park ROTC and for many years has made contributions to our ROTC program. Recently, George made another, much needed, donation. George contributed funds to purchase twelve folding tables for use by the ROTC in our firing range study area and in the ROTC classrooms.  In addition to his work with the ROTC at Fair Park High School, George has made other gifts to education.  A few of his many contributions include support for programs at Southwood High School, fully funding a number of professorships at LSUS and assisting in the funding of the Weight Training Program at LSUS.  George, we thank you for your support of the Fair Park High School ROTC and for all of your donations to support education in the State of Louisiana.  Photos below of some of the new tables in the firing range.      

Memorial Gifts made to the Association:
Memorial Gift Wesley Hampton (1953) from Rogers Hampton, Sr. (1952)
Memorial Gift Oneta Stevens Eason (1937) from Clem and Martha Henderson (Administration and Faculty)
Memorial Gift Howard Wimberly from A. C. Flory (1942)
Memorial Gift Malvis Teach from Peggy Jean Crosby Flory (1943)
Memorial Gift Katie Smith Farrar from Cathy and Wade Bonds (1966 and 1964)
Memorial Gift Mrs. Nema Henry from Camilla Fulco Doughty
Memorial Gift William C. Graff (1938) from Larry R. Graff (1966)
Memorial Gift Judy Barnhill Krouse from Mary Brinkley Waters (1965)

To all of our donors, we sincerely appreciate your gifts and we thank you!  

Around the Reservation:
This year two students in Mrs. White's class achieved the I-LEAP Score of Mastery. The two students were Maegan McDaniel and LaCynthia Dewhart.  Congratulations to both of you!
For several years, members of Mrs. White's class have volunteered to assist at the Minden, LA annual spring event for the Arts & City Farm, better known as "The Farm".  One of the student volunteers from Fair Park was Meosha Brown.

The Fair Park ROTC is often mentioned in our newsletter.  Our ROTC instructors are Major Ivory Irvin, and left to right, SFC Terry Black (1973), SFC John Courter, and SGM Henry Smith.  We appreciate your hard work and years of dedication to the students and the ROTC program.  Photos below.

On May 3, 2008, the State Championship Track Meet was held on the LSU campus. Fair Park placed fourth in that meet.
Fair Park was the runner up in the Regional 4x100 Relay Team.
In the 4x100 Relay, Fair Park was District 1 Class 4A - District Champion.
Fair Park was District Runner Up in the 4x200 Relay.
Morris Claiborne was Region 1 Class 4A winner in the 200 meter.
Fair Park had the fastest time in the 4x100 Relay of any school in the Shreveport/Bossier area.
Congratulations to our track team and our coaches!

If you wish to become a member of the Fair Park High School Alumni Association or make a general, honorary or memorial donation please visit our web site at www.geauxto.com/fplaumni and right click on the application or donation form to download a copy.  To request an application or donation form, write P. O. Box 18525, Shreveport, LA 71138 or call 281-893-0117.   

We have been abundantly blessed!  As we move forward, we ask for your continued prayers and support.  Working together, we are making a difference!

Best regards,

Cathy Ridley Bonds, Director

      

     



May 3, 2008

Information:
With the arrival of May, come thoughts of graduation.  The Fair Park High School graduation exercise will be held on May 13, 2008.  The Alumni Association congratulates our graduates and we wish them the very best.  

The Board of Directors of the Alumni Association recently voted to give each graduate a complimentary membership in the Alumni Association until the end of this year.  Membership cards will accompany their diplomas.

On April 8, 2008, several members of the Alumni Association Board were invited, by our administration, to participate in a portion of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) review of Fair Park High School. This is a complete review of every aspect of our school.  We appreciate being included in this process.  Everyone attending found it to be very interesting.  The Alumni Association received many compliments on our work at Fair Park and on the many items on display at the school. Fair Park High School received a very favorable review from this accreditation group.

Rogers Hampton (1952) has been selected for induction into the Ark-La-Tex Sports Museum of Champions. He will be inducted along with other "Champions" representing their athletic excellence and contribution to sports in East Texas and the Ark-La-Tex area.  Rogers was an outstanding athlete at Fair Park.  The induction ceremony will be Saturday, August 16, 2008.  On behalf of the Fair Park High School Alumni Association, we congratulate Rogers E. Hampton on this wonderful honor!

Alumni Association Event:
The second Alumni Association Luncheon for Members was held on April 19, 2008 at Chester Kelley's Crescent Landing Catfish Restaurant. Forty-four members attended, a number of those present were from the 1930's and 1940's classes.  A very special thank you to Chester Kelley for his gift of the use of his restaurant, for his assistance in planning the event, and the wonderful hospitality, help and service of his staff.  It was a great time to visit and the food was delicious!  Thanks for attending.  See photos on website at www.geauxto.com/fpalumni  
Projects:
Two Reading Labs
The blinds have been installed in our reading labs. Photos on web site.  
Weight Room
The blinds have been installed in our weight room.  The three sets of weights have been delivered to Fair Park and the flooring for the room was installed earlier this week.  Photos of the weight room will soon be posted.

Donations:
In late April, our corporate friends at Libbey Glass Company made a much needed donation to the Home Economics Department of over 200 glass dessert plates.

Memorial Gifts made to the Association this month:

Memorial Gift Jerry B. Harwell (1955) from Patty P. Harwell (1958)
Memorial Gift W. B. Calvert (1949) from Clem and Martha Henderson (Administration and Faculty)
Memorial Gift Dr. James Earl Turner (Faculty and Administration) from Clem and Martha Henderson (Administration and Faculty)
Memorial Gift Tillman Netherton (1937) from Cathy and Wade Bonds (1966 and 1964)
Memorial Gift Dr. Earl Turner (Faculty and Administration) from Cathy and Wade Bonds (1966 and 1964)
Memorial Gift Michael "Mike" Parks (1966) from Clarice S. Parks and Family

The Fair Park ROTC donated a wonderful collection of early ROTC photographs to the Association.

P. F. Whittington Eaton (1942) donated the football program from the 1933 Fair Park vs. Byrd game and the class program and roster from the Class of 1932 Fifty plus One Reunion.

Maxine Monsour (1944) contributed the photo posters used at their class reunion. A part of Maxine's donation was the obituary for Ernest S. "Stinky" Davis (1940), and a photograph of the Monsour brothers in their Fair Park days.

Josephine Butler Allen (1945 graduate, faculty, and administrator) donated her large collection of obituaries of Fair Park graduates, a collection of photographs of Fair Park days, a collection of newspaper articles concerning Fair Park High School, teacher's roster from Fair Park, and the roster from the Forties Reunion.

James Milton Harper (1942) contributed yearbooks belonging to his late sister, Helen Ruth Harper Gallien, from 1936, 1937, and 1938.  Also in the collection, belonging to Jim's sister, is the Graduation Program from the Class of 1936, the 1936 newspaper photograph of the Fair Park High School Pep Squad, the Program for the Class Play of the Class of 1938, and the newspaper article and photo of the cast of the 1938 play.  Another part of this collection is the Fair Park vs. Byrd Football Program from 1937 (in the shape of a football).  A special point of interest, Helen Ruth Harper Gallien was Miss Shreveport in 1938.  In addition, Jim donated his own 1939 and 1942 yearbooks to our collection.

June Morrow Levasseur's (1935) contribution to the Association was the Program from the 60th Reunion of the Class of 1935 and the class roster for that reunion.

Betty "Beth" Bass Stone (1942) and her husband Harry have donated Harry's Louisiana State University ROTC uniform with a forige', indicating Honor Guard from 1940-1943.  Additionally, they have donated two of Harry's World War II Navy uniforms and a Guinea Gold newspaper from 1944.  He was on active duty from 1943 to 1946.  

Our most sincere thanks to each donor for your generous gifts and your support of the Fair Park High School Alumni Association and in turn, our beloved school, its students, faculty, staff and the administration.

Around the Reservation:
A Beautification Committee has been formed by a group of teachers at the school.  Heading the committee are Mr. Bennett and Mr. Morris.  The Alumni Association was invited to work with this group. We would like to thank our School Board member, Mrs. Lola May, for her recent efforts to secure a donation of mulch.  Teachers and student volunteered to put out the mulch and will care for certain sections of the grounds.  Denyse Cummins (1970), LSU AgCenter, Area Horticulture Agent was invited to look at our grounds and will offer advise on planting and care of plants.  We thank Denyse for her time and being so willing to help.  

Recently Mr. Bennett, our art teacher, used the library to exhibit art work done by his students.  
The Fair Park High School library is a beautiful area of our building. It is very well run by Mrs. Prealow, Librarian, Mrs. McInnis, Assistant Librarian, and with the assistance of Nicole Bradford.  See photos on web site.

As you may recall, the Alumni Association funded three trips for the band earlier this year. Our Band Director, Mr. Jenkins, reports that on the trip to Grambling University five of our students received four year scholarships. Students receiving scholarships are Ophelia James (trombone), Starla Edwards (trumpet), LaDonna Williams (flute), Joshua Cannon (baritone), and DeAngelo Silas (percussion).  On the trip to the District Festival, our band received a high score for sight reading and performance.  The results from the trip to Jackson State are not known at this writing.       

One member of the senior class, Ophelia James, representing Fair Park and the Caddo Career and Technology Center, recently presented her senior project in fashion design and merchandising to a panel of experts and received very high acclaim.  The specific subject of her project was the House of Chanel.  In addition to her research on the topic, Ophelia constructed a Chanel ensemble to accompany her presentation.

The Fair Park JROTC Awards were presented on April 9, 2008. The Best Drilled Cadet was C/Cpl Jacqueline Lee, Best Dressed Cadet 1st Semester C/CPL Tywanna Mosley, Best Dressed Cadet 2nd Semester was C/CPL Cordarien Bloomer, Best Dressed Cadet of the Year was Avery Toliver.  The Best Teacher Support Awards went to Ms. Beatrice Maxile, Ms. Delores Adger, Ms. Linda Jones and Ms. Ethel Norman.

As graduation approaches, other award ceremonies are being held for the seniors.

To all award winners, we congratulate you on your accomplishments!

If you wish to join the Association or make a donation, forms are available on line at www.geauxto.com/fpalumni. Make checks payable to FPHSAA and mail to P. O. Box 18525 Shreveport, LA 71138. Contact CathyRBonds@aol.com, 281-893-0117, or e-mail David.Stanford@usarec.army.mil for more information.  

We have truly been blessed! When visiting the school, there is open appreciation from students, staff, faculty, and administration for the contributions being made by the alumni.  Your efforts are recognized and greatly appreciated!  

We ask for your continued prayers and support.  Working together, we are making a difference!

Best regards,
Cathy Ridley Bonds, Director

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April 5, 2008

Information:
The Alumni Association recently voted to fund three trips for our band.  The Association received a very nice thank you note from Mr. Jenkins, Band Director, for this donation.  The students are excited about the trips and it is hoped some students will receive scholarships from their performances during these journeys.

March 17th - March 20th were Teacher Appreciation Days.  On the first two days of the week, gifts were provided by Alumni Association members. Cathy and Wade Bonds provided Snicker candy bars for all employees of the school with a note reading "Education is Nothing to Snicker About" attached with black and gold ribbons. On the second day, large red apples were given to all employees. These apples were donated and delivered by Myrna and Leo Sanford. This is the second year the Sanfords have made this donation, along with their many other contributions to Fair Park High School through the years. The following two days the Parent, Teacher, Student Association (PTSA) furnished treats and a luncheon. We appreciate and thank all donors.  On behalf of the Alumni Association, we would like to express our appreciation to all of the employees of Fair Park High School.  Thank you for your dedication to our students and school.

The Fair Park High School Alumni Association Archives Collection has been established at Louisiana State University at Shreveport.  The collection is housed in the Noel Memorial Library on the LSUS campus.  A point of interest, at one time, Mr. Noel was an English teacher at Fair Park High School. For more information concerning the archives or anyone wanting to make a donation to our archives, please contact Cathy Ridley Bonds, Director, Fair Park High School Alumni Association at CathyRBonds@aol.com or call 281-893-0117.  

Donations:
In March, the Alumni Association received a very special gift from Mrs. Patsy Wolfe and her two daughters. Their gift was the donation of the 1946 and 1947 yearbooks belonging to Donald Wolfe, M.D. (1947), her late husband and their Dad.  

Mrs. Martha Pike Pruett (1935) made another contribution to our collection.  Mrs. Pruett donated a Pow Wow dated 1934 and a Pow Wow dated 1963.  The 1963 newspaper contained an article about her son, Jimmy Pruett. She also donated a Shreveport Times article about the Winners of the Better Housing Contest.  

The above contributions add even more insight to our school history and further enhance our memorabilia collection.  

Accompanying this newsletter is a list of our Honorary and Memorial Gifts and Donors.  

We appreciate all gifts to the Alumni Association.  To our donors, we sincerely thank you!

Projects:
Two Reading Labs
As many of you will recall, the Alumni Association earlier furnished two reading labs in the annex of our school.  The final phase of this project has been completed. In March, Dr. Sandra McCalla (1957) donated funds to replace the blinds in the reading labs.  The blinds were badly needed to make light control possible for students working on the computers in these rooms.  Dr. McCalla, we thank you for your very generous donation and your continued support of Fair Park.

Weight Room at Fair Park High School
In the fall of 2007, the Alumni Association was asked by Mr. Daigle, Principal, if we could help with the Fair Park weight room. The weight room at Fair Park was in poor condition.  It was a very large project for a newly formed organization.  With hard work, dedication, and the assistance of very generous donors, the weight room at Fair Park High School will soon be completed. All funds have been raised for this project.

The Alumni Association members working on this project were Leo Sanford (1946), James Powell (1945), and Clem Henderson (Faculty-Administration).  The process started with a tour, arranged by Alan Carter, Supervisor of Athletics for Caddo Parish, of the LSUS Athletic Facility. The tour was conducted by Doug Robinson (1961), Athletic Director at LSUS and former Fair Park coach, with in-put from Dr. Tim Winter, Professor and Chair Kinesiology Department at LSUS and Dr. Kyle Pierce, Associate Professor of Kinesiology at LSUS. Also, a tour of the Loyola College Prep Athletic Complex was given by John LeBlanc, Athletic Director and Head Football Coach of the Loyola College Prep Athletic Complex.

The Alumni Association worked with Mr. Daigle, Lent Bursey, Head Football Coach and the Fair Park coaching staff to determine the specific needs for our school.  To start our project, there was a very generous anonymous donation. With the help of our dedicated Caddo Parish School Board member, Mrs. Lola May, working with Alan Carter, Supervisor of Athletics for Caddo Parish, we were able to obtain numerous pieces of new weight equipment for our room. The next contribution came from Willis Knighton Health Care Center. Willis Knighton contributed two commercial grade treadmills.  Stromile Swift (2000) very generously donated three stationary bicycles, a Smith Machine, and dumbbells for our project.  Mr. and Mrs. Charles Barney (both 1943) very generously donated funds for half inch, black, interlocking flooring for the 50'x50' room and three sets of Olympic weights.  Don "Moon" Mullins (1957) completed our project with his very generous donation of funds to provide two inch blinds to cover the eleven windows in our weight room.

Our most sincere thank you goes to each individual contributing to this project and our corporate neighbor.  A great deal of time, effort and money went into this project to provide a first class weight room for our students. All were so willing to go the extra mile and did go the extra mile to help. Your kindness and generosity will always be remembered.  To complete such a large project in this short period of time is a real blessing. This beautiful facility adds a great deal to the lives of our students and instills even more pride in our beloved Fair Park High School. (When work is completed, photos will be attached)

Around the Reservation:
The annual Fair Park High School Football Banquet was held on March 4, 2008.  Mr. Daigle and Coach Bursey used this occasion to honor the 2007-2008 Football Team members and the Alumni Association for our work at the school.

The event was held in the auxiliary gym with the tables beautifully decorated.  The delicious meal was prepared by teachers and staff and the tables were served by members of the Fair Park High School Hospitality Club.  Our ROTC Color Guard also preformed.

Trophies were awarded to players and the letter jackets (funded by Jane Caruthers, Don "Moon" Mullins and Martha and Clem Henderson) were presented to the players. Earlier, Mr. Daigle and Coach Bursey had suggested the establishment of the Fair Park High School Alumni Association Award.  A plaque will be hung in the main office of our school and each year the recipient's name will be added to the plaque. In the future, the recipient will be a football player exemplifying good citizenship, good sportsmanship, academic achievement, and loyalty to Fair Park High School. On this first year of the award, Mr. Daigle and Coach Bursey decided to honor Alumni Association members. Those receiving special recognition were Mr. and Mrs. Charles Barney, Clem Henderson, Leo Sanford, and Cathy Ridley Bonds.
All of the alumni felt the genuine welcome and the sincerity of the remarks made by Coach Bursey, Mr. Daigle, the teachers, staff, and students present at the event. We will always remember the afternoon and we thank everyone involved for making it such a special time for the alumni.  (Photos Below)

Two Fair Park football players to keep an eye on are Morris Claiborne and Kenneth Young.  They are being recruited by LSU, Auburn, and Oklahoma. We wish them the best! (Photo Below)

On visits to our campus, the administration, staff, faculty, and students often express their appreciation for the work being done by the Alumni Association.  Many of the employees of our school have joined the Alumni Association.  Teachers are forming committees to work on projects around the school.  Students are volunteering to help. The administration, staff, faculty, students, PTSA, and the Alumni Association are coordinating our efforts to improve the lives of our students and continue the fine traditions of Fair Park High School.

In conclusion, we ask for your continued prayers and support of the Fair Park High School Alumni Association.  We encourage everyone to join and be a part of this important and exciting time in the history of Fair Park High School. Visit our web site often for information and news at www.geauxto.com/fpalumni.

With everyone working together, we are making a difference!  
Best regards,

Cathy Ridley Bonds
Director

 

 

 

 

 




February 27, 2008

Information:
Alumni Association Membership Dues- there have been a few questions recently about when dues are due for Alumni Association membership.  The Alumni Association operates on a calendar year.  Annual membership dues are due on December 31st of each year.  Anyone joining the Association the last two months of the year shall consider their membership paid through the following year. We hope everyone will renew his or her membership promptly.  We thank those who have already renewed their memberships. We look forward to having everyone as a member of the Fair Park High School Alumni Association.

Annual dues are $10.00 per person for a calendar year.  Lifetime for anyone 70 years of age or older is $50.00.  Lifetime for anyone 69 years of age or younger is $150.00.  Please make your check payable to Fair Park High School Alumni Association and mail to Secretary FPHSAA,
 P.  O. Box 18525, Shreveport, LA 71138.  

We welcome new members. Membership is open to alumnus, faculty and staff (current or past), and friends of the school.  For membership dues and mailing information, see above. Applications are available on line at our web site, www.geauxto.com/fpalumni or by contacting David Stanford, Membership Recruiter, at David.Stanford@usarec.army.mil or 318-207-2371. Membership applications may also be obtained by contacting Cathy Ridley Bonds, Director, at CathyRBonds@aol.com, 281-893-0117 or writing P. O. Box 18525, Shreveport, LA 71138.
With spring in the air, the Alumni Association is making plans for another Members Luncheon.  The luncheon will be on Saturday, April 19, 2008 at Crescent Landing Catfish Restaurant.  Please mark your calendars; we hope you will be able to attend.  As the time approaches, invitations will be mailed to all members with more information about this event.

Donations:
In February, the Alumni Association received a wonderful donation from June Morrow Levasseur (1935).  June provided a collection of Pow Wows from 1932, 1933, and 1934.  She also contributed the announcement and newspaper article about the 60th Reunion of her class.

Carolyn Hopkins Walton (1949) added something very special to our collection.  Carolyn's gift is a scrapbook of newspaper articles written by Carolyn each week and published in the Shreveport Journal. This scrapbook was compiled by Carolyn's mother. The first article in the collection is dated November 3, 1947 and ends in late May of 1949 when she graduated from Fair Park.  For many years, a student from Fair Park and a student from Byrd were selected to write a newspaper article about events at their schools.  Carolyn's collection offers a weekly look at life at Fair Park High School.  We are so thankful Mrs. Hopkins took the time to keep this scrapbook for her daughter. It will forever be a part of Fair Park history.

As always, we sincerely appreciate the donations to our memorabilia collection.  Each gift is such a treasure!  Thank you for your gifts.

There are some very nice benches on our campus between the main building and the gym.  They are metal with a black protective coating. We were in need of four matching trash containers. Thanks to two very generous donations, this need has been met.  Mr. Forest Dunn contributed funds to purchase one trash container and Calumet Lubricant Company contributed funds for three more containers.  They have been ordered and will soon be in place.  We thank Mr. Dunn and Calumet for their contributions and appreciate their support of our school.  

The Alumni Association Board recently voted to fund three Fair Park band trips.  The fall of the year is the usual fund raising time for the band.  The monies raised during this period would normally fund these trips.  Due to the extended illness of our Band Director in the fall, the band was unable to participate in their normal fund raising activities. The three trips funded include a clinic at Grambling State University, a clinic at Jackson State University, and the District Festival Concert.  Attending these events at the universities enables our students to play under college directors and have an opportunity to receive scholarships.  We are very thankful that Mr. Jenkins has returned to work and is able to continue the outstanding job he is doing with our band.   

Around the Reservation:
In mid-February, well known newspaper sports writer and author Jerry Byrd (1953) spoke to Mrs. Palmer-White's Creative Writing Class. Jerry gave a very inspirational talk, enjoyed by all in attendance.  The setting for his talk was the beautiful Fair Park Library.  (See Photos below)  

The results of the ROTC Review and Inspection are in and our ROTC maintained its ranking of Honor Unit.  We are very proud of the fine job done by everyone associated with the Fair Park High School ROTC.  Here are brief profiles of the leaders of that organization.

Bre'Anna King has a 3.5 grade point average, is a member of the Marketing Club and Student Government Association.  She was Homecoming Queen for 2007-2008.  She will be attending Grambling State University, majoring in nursing.
Shawna Sloan ranks in the top  10% of her senior class, with a grade point average of 3.7.  She is in the National Honor Society, Medical Careers Program, Indians for Christ and HOSA.  She has received awards for being on the Principal's List, Best Dressed Cadet, Superior Cadet, Perfect Attendance, and the National Leadership Minority Award.
D'aAnquette Joiner is a sophomore and has a 3.0 grade point average.  She is involved in Indians for Christ, Unarmed Drill Team, Viking Challenger Team and the JV Rifle Team.  Her awards include Best Dressed Cadet and Perfect Attendance.  She plans to attend Southern University, majoring in nursing.
Berlin Hampton is a senior and participates in the DECA Club and Football Team.  He has been a member of the National Guard since November 27, 2007.  After graduation, he will enter basic training and attend Northwestern State University.
Vanetta Boller is a junior and a member of the Drill Team, Rifle Team, Viking Challenger Team and Saber Guard. In addition, she is a member of the Band and the Track Team.  She plans to join the National Guard and go to Grambling State University, majoring in law.
Jessica Sanders is a senior and ranks in the top 10% of her class with a grade point average of 3.7.  She is involved in the National Honor Society, Medical Careers Program, Indians for Christ, and HOSA. Her awards include Principal's List, Best Dressed Cadet, Perfect Attendance, and the National Leadership Minority Award.
Kimberly Brown is in the DECA Club, Captain in the Band, and in the top 15% of her class.  She has been in the Homecoming Court for two years, is in the Math Club and the Flag Line Sweetheart.

Congratulations to our ROTC.

We hope everyone will join and be a part of the Fair Park High School Alumni Association.

Working together, we are making a difference!

Cathy Ridley Bonds, Director

 


February 5, 2008

REMINDERS:

It is time for membership renewal in the Alumni Association. If you have not yet renewed your membership, we ask that you please do so.  If you have renewed, we thank you. Annual dues are $10.00 per person for a calendar year.  Lifetime for anyone 70 years of age or older is $50.00.  Lifetime for anyone 69 years of age or younger is $150.00.  Please make your check payable to Fair Park High School Alumni Association and mail to Secretary FPHSAA, P.  O. Box 18525, Shreveport, LA 71138.  

We welcome new members. Membership is open to alumnus, faculty and staff (current or past), and friends of the school.  For membership dues and mailing information, see above. Applications are available on line at our web site, www.geauxto.com/fpalumni or by contacting David Stanford, Membership Recruiter, at David.Stanford@usarec.army.mil or 318-207-2371. Membership applications may also be obtained by contacting Cathy Ridley Bonds, Director, at CathyRBonds@aol.com, 281-893-0117 or writing P. O. Box 18525, Shreveport, LA 71138.
The Fair Park High School Parent, Teacher, Student Association has formed and is seeking members.  Dues are $5.00 per person for the year 2007-2008.  For more information, please contact the school office.

DONATIONS:

In early January, the Alumni Association received another gift from Mr. J. Coles Thomas (1938).  He presented the Association with his collection of yearbooks dated 1933, 1934, 1935, and 1936.  

Mrs. Martha Pike Pruett (1935) added to our collection by contributing six Football Spirit Ribbons. Do you remember the ribbons we purchased on game days and wore pinned to our shirts and blouses in support of our team?  The cost of a ribbon in 1935 was 10 cents.

The above gifts and all memorabilia donations play an important part in documenting the history of our school.  When visiting the school, I often hear comments about how much the staff, students, and visitors are enjoying the items on display.  We sincerely thank Mrs. Pruett, Mr. Thomas and all of our donors for preserving so many historical items and for their generosity in sharing them with us.

As many of you will remember, there was a great rivalry between Fair Park and Byrd the first forty years of our history. In late 2007, a Byrd graduate, who had married a Fair Park graduate a number of years ago, wanted to do something very special for our school. Several ideas were mentioned and the project selected by the individual was the mounting and framing of the 44" x 96" photo of our 2006 State Championship Basketball Team.  The photo has been mounted and beautifully framed and will soon hang in our gym. This is a wonderful gift to our school and will be a source of pride and encouragement to all for many years to come.  It is a fine example of the respect and love that has come from one of Shreveport's great school rivalries. We sincerely thank this Byrd donor for the very generous and meaningful gift to Fair Park High School.  

Two of our corporate friends recently made donations. Stein Mart contributed a decorative covered container and Hobby Lobby donated two sets of bookends for use in our reading labs.  We appreciate their donations.  

AROUND THE RESERVATION:   

On February 3, 2008, members of the Fair Park High School Band, Directed by Mr. Clifford Jenkins, preformed at the opening of the exhibit entitled The American Soldier from the Civil War to the War in Iraq.  This exhibit is on display from February 3, 2008 - April 27, 2008 at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum, 3015 Greenwood Road, Shreveport, Louisiana, 318-632-2020.

The Fair Park Hospitality Club, sponsored by Mrs. Linda Jones, has been working on another community service project.  The students have made hundreds of Valentine cards to be placed on the meal trays of patients at the V. A. Hospital.  These cards are certain to be appreciated by the veterans and we applaud them for their efforts.
As mentioned in a previous newsletter, the Fair Park ROTC had an important briefing and troop inspection recently.  The review was held at the Rifle Range on the Fair Park campus. This event was conducted by the ROTC Cadet Commander from the Regional Headquarters. The outcome of this inspection will determine the standing of our ROTC for the next three years and the results will be known by mid-February. It is hoped that our ROTC will attain the rank of Honor Unit with Distinction - Gold Star. There were a number of parents present for the briefing along with two members of the Alumni Association. It is interesting to note that our ROTC instructors had gone the extra mile by going to Bethune Middle School to recruit students for future membership in the Fair Park ROTC.  These students were bused to Fair Park the morning of the briefing to observe and briefly participate by reciting a drill taught to them by our instructors. The inspecting commander mentioned being impressed by the recruitment and attendance of these students at the briefing. Those present were extremely impressed with the professionalism shown by our ROTC and staff. It was obvious that much hard work and preparation had been done by the ROTC instructors and students.  Congratulations on a job very well done!  See photos below. We are looking forward to the results of this review. The ROTC Military Ball will be February 9, 2008 and our ROTC will be Dining In at Barksdale AFB February 28, 2008.

Three members of  the Fair Park Drama Club, sponsored by Mrs. Stephanie Palmer-White, will be performing in the play The Madam C. J. Walker Story presented by The Mahogany Ensemble Theatre Company. Fair Park cast members include Precious Currie, Doneika McCraw, and Brittany Sanders.  Mrs. Stephanie Palmer-White also has a part in the play. Performances will be at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum Auditorium, February 28, 2008 - a matinee for selected high schools, February 28, 2008 at 7:30 p.m., and February 29, 2008 at 7:30p.m.

Update on our 2007 Football Team-the All District Honors for the Football District I-4-A are as follows:
Morris Claiborne - All-District 1st Team Wide Receiver, All-District 2nd Team Defensive Back, All-City & Area Honorable Mention, and All-State Honorable Mention
Kenneth Young - All-District 1st Team Defensive Back, All-District 2nd Team Wide Receiver, All-City & Area Honorable Mention
Jacori Stinson - All-District Offensive Line
Tobhyias Artison - All-District Honorable Mention Quarterback
Allunta Johnson - All-District 1st Team Defensive Line
Our congratulations to each of you!

Eric Tramiel was a star player on the Fair Park championship basketball team and is now a sophomore at Paris Junior College in Paris, Texas.  Eric is ranked the number 72nd junior college prospect in the nation by cstv.com.     

Fair Park is represented on the State Textbook Adoption Committee for ELA, grades 9-12 by Mrs. Stephanie Palmer-White, a JUMP Program teacher at Fair Park.  Mrs. Palmer-White is serving as the chairperson of the committee and Mr. Michael McCafferty, another JUMP Program teacher at our school is serving as a committee member.  These and other teachers on the state wide committee selected the textbooks to be reviewed and chosen by each parish committee on textbooks. The selected textbooks will be used for the next seven years in our state.  Reviewing three pallets of textbooks takes a great deal of time. We appreciate the time and diligence Mrs. Palmer-White and Mr. McCarrerty put into this project.

In late January, members of the Alumni Association Board met at the school and cleaned the shelves and trophies in the cases in the gym. What wonderful memories!  See photos below.

There are many things happening with the Alumni Association and around our reservation. We hope you will join with us in this exciting time.

Working together, we are making a difference!

Cathy Ridley Bonds
Director   

    

    






January 3, 2008

Membership Renewal: As we begin a new year, it is time for membership renewal in the Alumni Association. Annual dues are $10.00 per person for a calendar year.  Lifetime for anyone 70 years of age or older is $50.00.  Lifetime for anyone 69 years of age or younger is $150.00.  Please make your check payable to Fair Park High School Alumni Association and mail to Secretary FPHSAA, P.  O. Box 18525, Shreveport, LA 71138.  

New Members: Membership is open to alumnus, faculty and staff (current or past), and friends of the school.  For membership dues and mailing information, see above. Applications are available on line at our web site, www.geauxto.com/fpalumni or by contacting David Stanford, Membership Recruiter, at David.Stanford@usarec.army.mil or 318-207-2371. Membership applications may also be obtained by contacting Cathy Ridley Bonds, Director, at CathyRBonds@aol.com, 281-893-0117 or writing P. O. Box 18525, Shreveport, LA 71138.     

The Alumni Association continues to receive many notable donations. Maxine Monsour (1944) recently donated a 1960 Sequoyah. This yearbook belonged to her brother, Dr. Mike Monsour (1936).

Ed Brun added to our collection by donating a photograph of his sister, Mildred Louise Sims, dressed for her graduation from Fair Park in 1931.  He gave several other photographs of Mildred taken later in her life. Ed also contributed a newspaper article concerning the 25th Reunion of the Class of 1931.  
Coles Thomas (1938) recently gave several outstanding gifts to the Alumni Association. His donations included the original 1939 Fair Park vs. Byrd Football Program along with the first issue of our Pow Wow, dated December 6, 1929.  Coles also donated other Pow Wows dated in the 1930's. These gifts are of great historical value to our school.

Eulava Thomas Helmka (1970), daughter of Coles Thomas, made a wonderful contribution to our Pow Wow collection by donating her complete set of Pow Wows from September 1967 through May 1970.  This is a remarkable collection.

We sincerely thank and appreciate our donors. Your gifts and your generosity will always be treasured and remembered.

On November 30, 2007, the Fair Park High School Alumni Association hosted a Reception and Tour of Fair Park High School for Caddo Parish School Board Members and other dignitaries.  It was an opportunity to showcase the accomplishments of our administration, staff, faculty, students and show the beauty of our campus and school.  At the reception, a copy of the original construction documents for Fair Park High School was presented as a gift to our school from the Alumni Association.  These documents were available for viewing by our guests and are now in our school library.  The recently established memorabilia collection was also on display. Additionally, the tour was an occasion for visitors to see the new reading labs furnished by the Association.  We thank Mr. Daigle, the staff, faculty, and the Hospitality Club for their assistance with the reception.  Our thanks go to Coach and Mrs. Henderson for their donation to this project.

Their support is greatly appreciated. We also thank County Market for their generous donation of ingredients for the punch, coffee and other items needed for the reception. We appreciate their continued support of the Alumni Association and Fair Park High School. Photos of this event are on our web site, www.geauxto.com/fpalumni.

We would like to say a special thank you to Mr. Flakes and the entire Custodial Staff at Fair Park High School for the superb job they do in keeping our campus and buildings beautiful.  We appreciate their diligence and thank them for a job very well done!    

Recently we had an opportunity to meet and get acquainted with Mrs. Linda Jones, the Home Economics teacher at Fair Park.  In addition to her teaching duties, Mrs. Jones is the sponsor of the Hospitality Club.  The Hospitality Club is a group of approximately thirty students, male and female, that assist with many school related functions. Each month these students participate in at least one community service project.  Mrs. Jones and a number of the club members very generously gave of their time and skills, staying late on Friday evening, to assisted the Alumni Association with the above mentioned reception.  In December, club members supplied the V. A. Hospital with handmade Christmas cards.  These cards were placed on the meal trays delivered to the patients.  This group also aided in the collection of two large barrels of canned goods and staples to be donated to the area food bank in time for the holidays.  They routinely support an Army unit from Ft. Polk, now stationed in Iraq, with care packages. In mid-December, Mrs. Jones and the Hospitality Club hosted a Christmas luncheon. Guests at the luncheon included members of the Fair Park staff, faculty, and Alumni Association Board Members. Mrs. Jones received food donations from local markets for the meal and under her supervision, the students prepared and served a delicious Christmas dinner.  We thank them for their generosity and hospitality!

While visiting with Major Irvin of the Fair Park ROTC, we learned that each year the ROTC collects items and donates thirty food baskets to needy families in the community. When attending an event at Fair Park High School, one is often greeted by a polite and well dressed member of the ROTC.  We thank them for their very good work!

 On Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 9:00 a.m., the Fair Park ROTC will have an important briefing and troop inspection.  The review will be held at the Rifle Range on the Fair Park campus. This event will be conducted by the ROTC Cadet Commander from the Regional Headquarters. The results of this inspection will determine the standing of our ROTC for the next three years. With hard work and preparation, our ROTC hopes to again attain the rank of Honor Unit with Distinction - Gold Star. The alumni are invited to attend the briefing as a show of support and encouragement for our ROTC.

We hope you will be a part of this exciting time in the history of Fair Park High School.  We encourage you to renew your membership.  If you are not yet a member of the Fair Park High School Alumni Association, we hope you will become a member. It is the mission of the Fair Park High School Alumni Association to support our students, administration, staff, and faculty, to unite our classes and uphold the traditions of Fair Park High School.  

Together, we are making a difference!

Cathy Ridley Bonds
Director  


November 24, 2007

As the month of November ends, the Alumni Association is very thankful for our bountiful blessings!

On November 9th, a Veterans Day Program was held at Fair Park High School.  The morning started with a breakfast in our beautifully decorated library followed by a moving tribute to honor all veterans, sponsored by our ROTC. Our faculty and ROTC did an outstanding job! As always, the ROTC plays and important part in life at Fair Park.  There are approximately 250 students currently participating in our ROTC program. See photos under Reservation Events.

The first Alumni Association Members Luncheon was held on November 10th, at Chester Kelley's Crescent Landing Catfish Restaurant. Approximately fifty people were in attendance, with members representing the classes from the 1930's to the 1980's.  It was an excellent opportunity to visit with classmates and meet other alumni.  To Chester Kelley, our very special thanks for offering his restaurant, his help in planning the event, the delicious food and the hospitality, and to his staff for the wonderful service.  Thank you to all that attended, it was a great afternoon. See photos under Reservation Events.

Earlier this year, the Alumni Association Board approved a project to raise funds for Letter Jackets for students with two years of participation in a sport or band.  We are very grateful for the donations made by Jane Rhodes Caruthers (1958), Don "Moon" Mullins (1957), and Coach and Mrs. Clem Henderson (FPHS Faculty).  Their very generous contributions have completely funded the Letter Jackets for this year. Again, restoring a tradition at Fair Park High School and having immeasurable benefits for our students.  We thank you for your gifts.    

Our friends at Libbey Glass have made another generous donation to the Home Economics Department at Fair Park, with their gift of a glass punch bowl with ladle and one hundred small glass dessert bowls.  We sincerely thank them for this donation and for the kindness of their employees.

In mid-November, a number of items were placed in our memorabilia cases in the main entry hall of the school.  These items included the Sequoyah from the first graduating class in 1931, photos of the 1931 class ring, and Pow Wows from the 1930's and early 1940's, all mentioned in earlier newsletters.  To add to our collection, a donation was made of documents, photos, a plaque, and newspaper articles pertaining to the placement of the Star on the Walk of Fame, in Shreveport, for Faron Young (1951).  These items were contributed by Faron's Fair Park High School friend, Irv Heard (1952).  Irv, with the help of others, worked diligently to obtain the star to honor Faron.  That star was dedicated in December 2006. Irv, thank you for what you did for your friend and we appreciate your gift to the Association.

Other wonderful keepsakes were given to the Alumni Association this month.  We sincerely thank Leon Burns for the special gift of his 1934 Sequoyah.  Martha Pike Pruett (1935) donated her 1933, 1934, and 1935 yearbooks. Inside these books Martha had placed some added treasurers, the Graduation Exercise Program from her 1935 class, the program from her school play, the program from the 50th Reunion of her class along with several newspaper articles pertaining to that reunion, and a newspaper photo and article about the fire at Queensborough Elementary School in 1987.  Martha, we thank you for this wonderful collection.

What an exciting five months this has been for the Fair Park High School Alumni Association, our blessing abound!  To all of our members and donors, we sincerely thank you for your membership in the Association, and for your contributions and gifts to the Association.  Each is deeply appreciated.  As we move forward, we ask for your continued support. If you wish to make a donation, make your check payable to the Fair Park High School Alumni Association and mail to the Secretary FPHSAA, P. O. Box 18525, Shreveport, LA 71138.  Please visit our web site often at: www.geauxto.com/fpalumni.  

Together, we are making a difference!

BEST WISHES FOR A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Cathy Ridley Bonds
Director

October 24, 2007

This has been a very busy month for the Alumni Association.

A generous and much appreciated donation was made to the Alumni Association from the Classes of the 1930's to assist with the operating expenses of the organization.  Our thanks go to Edgar Bland and the members of the 1930's Classes for their donation.
Our Board approved funding of a project to award all students listed on the Honor Roll and Principal's List a small medal or trophy for their achievement.  The award will be presented at nine week intervals to qualifying students, by Mr. Daigle, our principal.  This project was funded, in full, by Gerry Woolman (Class of 1973).  Our sincere thanks go to Gerry for his generosity.  His donation will have immeasurable benefits for our students.

The Alumni Association, working with our principal and coaches took a request to our School Board member, Mrs. Lola B. May, for weight room equipment. Mrs. May submitted the request to the Caddo Parish School Board Office, the request was approved and the order has been placed for 3 Power Racks, 3 Incline Benches, 2 Leg Curls, and 4 Weight Racks for our facility.

Libbey Glass Company recently made a wonderful donation to the Home Economics Department at Fair Park.  This gift consisted of over 150 glass hot/cold weighted mugs, over 200 eight inch glass plates, 6 glass serving pitchers, and glass bowls. The Alumni Association thanks Libbey Glass for their donation and for the kindness shown to us by their employees.

A 4'x 10', vinyl banner will soon be hanging in our gym. It is a gift to the students of Fair Park High School from the Alumni Association as a show of support for all of our students.  See drawing below.  
Recently the Alumni Association assisted the school with the promotion of the Alumni Homecoming Breakfast by posting the event on our web site and circulating it through our class liaison system. Additionally, the Association has assisted the school's JROTC with publicity for the Veterans Day Program by posting the information on our web site, using our class liaison system, posting the announcement on all television and radio station community bulletin boards, and local newspapers.

Alumni Homecoming Breakfast (see article and photos under Reservation Events).

Veterans Day Program (see information under Reservation Events).

The Fair Park High School Alumni Association is very thankful for our many generous individual, class, and corporate donors.  As we move forward, working to support our students, administration, staff, and faculty, improve our beloved school, and unite our classes, we ask for your continued prayers and support. Working together we can make a difference.

Anyone wishing to make a donation should make their check payable to the Fair Park High School Alumni Association and mail to Secretary FPHSAA, P. O. Box 18525, Shreveport, LA 71138.  

Best regards,

Cathy Ridley Bonds



October 3, 2007

Last month, the Association received its Letter of Determination from the IRS.  All contributions made to the Fair Park High School Alumni Association are tax deductible.

On September 11, 2007, Fair Park High School held its Back to School Night.  The occasion was well attended by parents, students, our school board member, Mrs. Lola May, and other guests.  Mr. Daigle, our principal, was very generous in his comments to those gathered about the Alumni Association and our work at the school.  In addition, a table was provided for the PTSA and the Alumni Association and both groups increased their memberships that evening.

The project to add shelves to the trophy cases located in the main entry hall and to replace the broken shelves in the trophy cases in the gym is complete. Our thanks go to Jack Williams (Class of 1951) for generously funding this project. Soon, we will be proudly displaying our 1931 Sequoyah, diploma, and class ring in the cases in the main hall. These display cases will also provide a place of honor for other donated items. See photos below.

We are delighted to add a collection the 1930's Pow Wows to our memorabilia.  These were given to us by Betty "Beth" Bass Stone (Class of 1942).  Our thanks go to her for this special gift.

Dallas (Class of 1940) and Alice Whittington Greene (Class of 1941) recently donated 1940's Pow Wows to further enhance our collection. We thank them for their special gift to the school.  

The reading lab project is now complete.  Our thanks go to Carolyn (FP, Class of 1956) and Jerry Webb (Byrd, Class of 1956), owners of Bewley's Furniture Center, for their time spent and generosity in their gifts to the students of Fair Park High School.  The reading labs are beautiful!  These labs will provide an excellent environment to study and read and will be enjoyed by our students for many years to come. See photos below.

On September 22nd the Alumni Classic Football Game was held, Fair Park vs. Woodlawn.  Fair Park won the game 26-6.  A great time was had by all!  See details under "Reservation Events". Please note two future activities listed under "Reservation Events". You don't want to miss them!

A very special thank you goes to all of those at Fair Park High School who are so helpful to members of the Alumni Association.  We truly appreciate all you do for us.

We are continually counting our blessings!  To those of your who have joined and so generously donated to the Alumni Association, we sincerely thank you. Your support and contributions are greatly appreciated.  As we move forward, I would ask each member to help us to find more alumni interested in being a part of this Association. If you wish to make a donation, make checks payable to the Fair Park High School Alumni Association and mail to the Secretary FPHSAA,    P. O. Box 18525, Shreveport, LA  71138.

Together, we can make a difference!

Best regards,

Cathy Ridley Bonds

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August 27, 2007

On July 5, 2007, the Fair Park High School Alumni Association was officially formed with the signing of our Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws.  

Our publicity campaign was launched with notices appearing in the local daily newspapers, weekly and monthly publications, and the community bulletin boards of all radio and television stations.

On July 24, 2007, a Board of Directors meeting was held.  At that time, four Alumni Association projects were approved and committees formed.  
Our first project was to create a fund for school uniforms to assist students that are unable to afford the mandatory dress. To date, we have received a very generous donation from the Classes of 1940, 1941, and 1942 to aid in the funding of this project.   

The second project was to complete the reading labs by providing bookcases and baskets of greenery for these rooms.  The reading labs are two classrooms with new computers and desks in a living room setting.  The original Alumni Association had received a donation of new sofas, chairs, end tables and rugs for each room.  We have received another special donation of two beautiful bookcases for each room and baskets of greenery.  This recent donation will soon be in place.

Our third project was the addition of glass shelves in several of our trophy cases in the main entry hall of the school and the replacement of broken shelves in the trophy cases in the gym. This project has been funded and will soon be completed.  

The fourth project was a "Welcome Back to School" for all employees of Fair Park High School. County Market generously donated over 100 large red apples for this occasion. On August 13, 2007, a table, with our Fair Park table cloth, was in place outside the main doors to the auditorium.  There was a sign on the table thanking the employees of Fair Park High School for their dedication and service to the school from the Alumni Association, surrounded by apples.  Members of the Board of Directors were present to give an apple to each employee as they enter the auditorium for their meeting.  A great way to start the new school year!

The first class to graduate from Fair Park High School was in 1931.  There has been a very special offer from Ed Brun (1942) of a class ring, yearbook, and diploma from 1931. These items belonged to Ed's sister, Mildred Louise Sims. In addition, we have been offered several copies of 1930's Pow Wows.  What a wonderful gift to our school!   

MHSM Architects made a contribution to our school, this month, of a high quality, five foot, Formica topped, folding table. This table will be very useful for many occasions.

It was welcomed news on August 21, 2007, when the Caddo Parish School Board voted to maintain our district lines.

The Alumni Association continues to increase in membership.  We encourage all of you who are not yet members to join and be a part of this exciting time in the history of Fair Park High School.  Membership applications are available on line or by e-mailing David.Stanford@usarec.army.mil or CathyRBonds@aol.com.

Visit our web site often.  There will be new Alumni Association projects listed, future reunions, news from the Association and much more.

Much has been accomplished since early July but there is much work to do to help the students, staff, faculty, and our beloved school.  To those of you who have joined the Alumni Association and made donations, we sincerely thank you.  Your contributions are deeply appreciated. As we move forward, we continue to ask for your support. We would greatly appreciate any donation to assist with the activities and expenses of the organization.  Please make your check payable to the Fair Park High School Alumni Association and mail to the Secretary FPHSAA, P. O. Box 18525, Shreveport, LA 71138.

Together, we can make a difference!

Best regards,

Cathy Ridley Bonds
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 Reservation Events
KTBS coverage of the Open House
Presentation of Memorabillia Nov. 2007
Members Luncheon



Fair Park High School Veteran Day Ceremony - November 11, 2011 (9:30 AM)

 

 

 


If you have any questions, please call:
Cathy Bonds
318-751-0387

Open House for 8th Graders

  

  

  

  


Alumni build tepee for Open House for 8th Graders

  

  



National Honor Society Induction May 2010

  

College and Career Fair February 2010

  

  




Christmas at Fair Park 2009




JROTC Change of Command Ceremony May 2010  

  






Fair Park High School
80th Anniversary Open House





 See the KTBS coverage of the Open House at Fair Park
to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the opening of our school.
The Open House was held October 11, 2008.
Click on link below
Picture of Fair Park sign comes up
Click under photo on "Click here to play video"
After a brief commercial the broadcast starts
www.ktbs.com


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RECEPTION AND TOUR OF FAIR PARK

On Friday, November 30, 2007, the Fair Park High School Alumni Association hosted a Reception and Tour of Fair Park High School for Caddo Parish School Board Members and other dignitaries.  It was an opportunity to showcase the accomplishments of our administration, staff, faculty, students, and show the beauty of our campus and school. At the reception, a copy of the original construction documents for Fair Park High School was presented as a gift to our school from the Alumni Association.  These were available for viewing by our guests. The recently established memorabilia collection was also on display. Additionally, the tour was an occasion for visitors to see the new reading labs furnished by the Alumni Association.

We thank Mr. Daigle for his support and assistance.  We also thank the staff and faculty for their cooperation.

As seen in the photos below, the Custodial Staff does a superb job of keeping our campus and buildings beautiful. We appreciate their diligence and thank them for a job very well done.

To Mrs. Jones, our Home Economics teacher and sponsor of The Hospitality Club, and to the club members, we especially thank you.  They were very helpful in assisting with the preparation for the reception, greeting our guests, serving refreshments, escorting guests, and helping after the reception.

There were many compliments on our administration, staff, faculty, students and our school.   



   





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 November 15, 2007
Presentation of Memorabilia

Presentation of Donations - On November 15, 2007, a small group gathered for the placement of the first items to be donated to the Fair Park High School Alumni Association.  This collection is on display in our newly refurbished memorabilia cases, along with more recent donations.  Below are photos from that ceremony.










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 MEMBERS LUNCHEON

The first Fair Park High School Alumni Association Members Luncheon was held at Chester Kelley's Crescent Landing Catfish Restaurant on November 10, 2007. Approximately fifty people were in attendance, with members representing the classes from the 1930's to the 1980's.  It was an excellent opportunity to visit with classmates and meet other alumni. It was a great afternoon!   



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