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Three Events, Including Hall of Honor Inductions, Planned for SHHS Homecoming Week

Three Events, Including Hall of Honor Inductions, Planned for SHHS Homecoming Week
Posted on 10/02/2014
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Bob Fay, a member of South Houston High's first graduating class in 1959 and the school's first "Hector" mascot, leads alumni in cheers at the 2013 Homecoming pep rally.
savellWhat began five years ago as a call to South Houston High School alumni to attend the Trojans’ homecoming game has now grown into a two-day event -- capped this year by an all-class party with live entertainment.

South Houston’s 2014 Homecoming bash starts on Friday, Oct. 10, with the school’s annual alumni open house and continues on Saturday, Oct. 11, with the Trojans’ clash against Dobie and the all-class party that night.

The party represents the year’s major fundraiser for the South Houston High School Alumni Association, launched just three years ago. The event will take place Saturday night, Oct. 11, from 7 p.m. to midnight at the SPJST Hall on Preston Road in Pasadena.

Entertainment will be provided by the Laura Magers Band. A music teacher at Lomax Middle School in the Pasadena ISD and a 1986 South Houston graduate, Magers performs as vocalist and keyboardist with local rock bands specializing in music from the 1960s through the 1980s.

Tickets are available at the door for $30 each. Food and drink will be available for purchase through SPJST concessions. Hundreds of dollars of door prizes and silent auction items have been donated for the party.

Five South Houston alumni and three former SHHS teachers will be honored during the open house on Friday and again at the homecoming game on Saturday. Seven will be inducted into the school’s Hall of Honor.

Set for induction in the Alumni Hall of Honor are Carolyn Hendershot Clark, Class of 1976, an innovator in music education who lives in Staten Island, N.Y.; Mark Glorioso, Class of 1977, the director of NASA’s Shared Services Center at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi; and Jackie Reeves Spigener, Class of 1981, a Pasadena businesswoman and community preservationist.

A fourth SHHS graduate, a first-responder who was killed in the line of duty over the summer, will be inducted into the section of the Hall of Honor reserved for “The Fallen.” Danny Groover, Class of 1986, died in July while battling a house fire for the Houston Fire Department.

Selected for induction in the teacher section of the Hall of Honor are Eloise Savell, June Sledge and Debbie McNabb. Miss Savell, part of the original South Houston faculty, coached tennis and taught girls P.E. Sledge taught English at the school for 26 years. McNabb, a biology team who taught 24 years at the school, was named Pasadena ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year in 2013.

Savell and Sledge will be inducted posthumously with family members expected to attend both the open house and the game.

Ellie Groover, the widow of Danny Groover, will also attend both events, as will Groover’s parents and representatives of the Houston Fire Department. Danny Groover’s mother, Joyce Anderson Groover, is a 1965 South Houston graduate.

Another South Houston alumnus, Dennis Keim, Class of 1970, will be presented with the 2014 David Ainsworth Alumni Spirit Award. For three years, Keim shouldered the responsibility of volunteer caregiver for one of South Houston’s most beloved faculty members, Margaret Rose Lodge, the school’s first librarian. Lodge died in April at age 100.

The open house begins at 11:30 a.m. on Friday with a 12:15 p.m. reception planned to recognize Keim and the Hall of Honor inductees.

The event is free and open to all alumni and their guests. Free hot dogs and snacks will be served in the courtyard. Students groups will set up displays, sell merchandise and provide entertainment. The open house will end with a “Beat Dobie” pep rally in South Houston’s new competition gym starting at 1:45 p.m. A section of the stands will be reserved for alumni.

The SHHS Alumni Association recently contributed more than $6,000 toward the purchase of a cargo trailer for the school band. Part of those funds came from previous homecoming parties.

Now a fixture at South Houston games at Veterans Memorial Stadium, the band trailer will make its homecoming debut on Saturday.

Alumni who wish to reserve tickets at $25 each, or who have questions about any of the events, are asked to contact Herman Williams, Class of 1964 – herman@qualifiedproperties,com – or Al Carter, Class of 1970 – acarter70@att.net.


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Alumni Billy Ripley, M.L. Mayo and Grant Cook serve as disk jockeys for the school's first Homecoming Dance in the fall of 1959. The school had held its first graduation earlier that year.

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Trojan alumni gather for Exes Day in 1962. Pictured are Betty Russell, Carole Ely, Sue Avant, Linda Land and June Dwyer. The male faculty member is James Carson, then head of the math department.

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The Trojans prepare to crown their queen during halftime ceremonies at the 1965 homecoming game at the old school district stadium. District home games were moved the following year to a new facility, Veterans Memorial Stadium.