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History of the Arlington High School Alumni Association

1995
· Superintendent Lynn Hale asks the high school principals to find a volunteer to start alumni associations at each high school. These associations would be a part of the AISD Education Foundation.

· AHS principal James Adams taps Cathy Bontley Brown, ‘63.

· Organizing committee forms with grads from the 1940s through the 1990s.

1996
· January and February: Organizing Committee meets regularly to draw parameters, find officers,
develop a plan.

· Charter Executive Board consisted of four officers and five committee chairs:

President: Cathy Brown, ‘63
Vice-President: Orsen Paxton, ‘67
Secretary: Tiffany Myers, ‘86
Treasurer: Jim Goodwin, ‘44
Membership: Glenda Cantrell, ‘67
Publications: Roy Hayhurst, ‘94 & Emily Hoad, ‘95
Special Events: Trent Thomas, ‘88
At-large: Debbie Duncan, ‘69

· Members receive first newsletter in September.
· Board representative attends first reunion, Class of 1939, and signs up eleven graduates.
· Alumni car rides in July 4th parade.
· New members receive “X” pins.
· Poorly attended golf tournament held.
· Members and exes form lane for football team to walk through prior to Homecoming game.

1997
· Board publishes two newsletters.
· Judge Tom, ‘43, and AnnaWaynette Smith Vandergriff, ‘44, are the first Distinguished Colt Alumni.
· Board hosts a money-losing tailgate party with BBQ catered by Spring Creek.
· Board emphasizes attending reunions and spreading the word to recruit members.
· Renewal guidelines set.
· Classes of 1957 and 1967 receive donations for their entries in the July 4 parade.
· Phyllis Forehand, ’51, succeeds Orsen Paxton as Vice-President.
· Membership stands at 245 households (320 individuals).
· Officers: Cathy Bontley Brown, ’63, president; Phyllis Hargrave Forehand, ’51, vice-president; Tiffany Myers, ’86, secretary; Jim Goodwin, ’44, treasurer

1998
· Board hosts first Alumni Open House in May with 200 attendees.
· Show Choir, Colt Band/drumline, string quartet perform.
· 3000 invitations to join Association mailed out resulting in many memberships.
· Wanda Marshall, ’49, succeeds Jim Goodwin as treasurer.
· Website debuts.
· Distinguished Colts: Barbara Nash Kight, ‘57 and Tom Cravens, ‘60
· Student Council honors Distinguished Colts at Homecoming pep rally
· Board hosts pre-game reception in Gilstrap room of Maverick Stadium.
· President presents check for $1000 to AISD Education Foundation for grants to teachers at AHS or its feeder schools.
· Membership stands at 450 households.
· Officers: Cathy Bontley Brown, ’63, president; Phyllis Hargrave Forehand, ’51, vice-president; Tiffany Myers, ’86, secretary; Wanda Roberson Marshall, ’51, treasurer

1999
· Alumni Open House moves to the first Saturday after graduation.
· Distinguished Colts: Bill Bardin, ‘24, and Cathy Bontley Brown, ‘63
· Pre-game reception for honorees at Homecoming
· Board rewrites bylaws to separate us from the AISD Education Foundation
· Officers: Beverly Bohannon Reynolds, ’48, president; Phyllis Hargrave Forehand, ’51, vice-president; Karen Dixon Baird, ’90, secretary; Wanda Roberson Marshall, ’49, treasurer.

2000
· Susan Malone, 76, succeeds Phyllis Forehand as Vice-President.
· DCA: Greg and Jane Crews Friess, both ‘71
· Pre-game reception for honorees at Homecoming
· Alumni Open House continues
· Two newsletters published.
· Life memberships established.
· New members receive Alumni decals.
· Officers: Beverly Bohannon Reynolds, ’48, president; Susan Malone, ’76, vice-president; Karen Dixon Baird, ’90, secretary; Wanda Roberson Marshall, ’49, treasurer.

 2001
· Received Articles of Incorporation as a non-profit organization.
· Alumni Choir led by Jane Ellis performs at Open House.
· DCA: Michael Ditto, ‘55 Natalee Davis Parr, ‘28, Robert Perry Mills, Jr., ’59 (posthumous), Jane Robin Ellis, Colt By Choice.
· Association gives $2000 to AISD Education Foundation.
· Archives Committee gathers memorabilia for eventual permanent collection.
· Officers: Beverly Bohannon Reynolds, ’48, president; Susan Malone, ’76, vice-president; Karen Dixon Baird, ’90, secretary; Janice Hardwick Brewer, ‘56, treasurer.

2002
· DCA: Tillie Burgin, ‘54, Carl Knox, ‘40, Phillip Stork, ‘49, Dean Corey (posthumous), Colt By Choice
· Pre-game reception for honorees at Homecoming
· Charles Marshall, ’51, succeeds Beverly Reynolds as president.
· Shirley Sheets, ’52, succeeds Karen Baird as secretary.
· Open House with Alumni Choir continues.
· Officers: Charles Marshall, ’51, president; Susan Malone, ’76, vice-president; Shirley Hoyt Sheets, ’52, secretary, Janice Hardwick Brewer, ’56, treasurer

2003
· New web address ahscolts.com begins.
· Newsletters expand to three issues each year.
· Introduction of Distinguished Colt Alumni at Open House
· Established scholarship fund and awarded two $600 scholarships to Chris Branigan and Qiana Rollins
· DCA: Robert Fielder, ’25, (posthumous), Beverly Bohannon Reynolds, ‘48, Gene Schrickel, ‘44, John Webb, Colt By Choice
· Pre-game reception for honorees at Homecoming
· Officers: Charles Marshall, ’51, president; Susan Malone, ’76, vice-president; Shirley Hoyt Sheets, ’52, secretary, Janice Hardwick Brewer, ’56, treasurer

2004
· Raised scholarship to $1000 each; awarded to Jason Sauter and Cassondra Ynguanzo.
· Added 3rd newsletter issue, Winter
· Alumni Band, directed by Barbara Ecabert, performed with Alumni Choir at Open House
· Entered Arlington Fourth of July parade.
· DCA: William Conner, ’36, Frank Smith, ’43, Kathleen Bradford Smith, ’51, Gary Martin, ’53, Margie Austin, Colt by Choice
· Pre-game reception for honorees at Homecoming
· Alumni t-shirts and ‘X’ pins sold with proceeds to scholarship fund.
· Bylaws revised.
· Officers: Charles Marshall, ’51, president; Jim Ball, ‘59, vice-president; Shirley Hoyt Sheets, ’52, secretary, Arthur Bird, ‘54, treasurer

2005
· Granted four $1000 scholarships to Eric Bautovich, Lisa Creamier, Amber Harris, Donna Jennings
· DCA: Alan Austin, ’69, Ben Pierce, ’72, Anne Ross Berg Seldon, ’53, Ernest Wilemon, ’43 and Kathryn Taylor Wilemon, ‘55
· Pre-game reception for honorees at Homecoming
· July 4th parade
· continued financial support to the AISD Education Foundation for grants to AHS and its network schools.
· Officers: Jim Ball, ‘59, president; David Mayfield, ‘60, vice-president; Kathy Fuller Havins, ‘76, secretary, Arthur Bird, ‘54, treasurer

2006
· $1000 scholarships to Kristen Batchelor, Robert Broughton, Danielle Schartz, Summer Schartz
· DCA: Charlie Key, ’59 (posthumous), Charles Marshall, ’51, Wanda Roberson Marshall, ’49, Dorothy Thornton Rencurrel, ’49, Mike Wade, ’76, Mayfield Workman, Colt By Choice
· Pre-game reception for honorees at Homecoming
· July 4th Parade entry and Alumni Open House continue
· offered an online membership for the first time. Results disappointing.
· Officers: Jim Ball, ‘59, president; David Mayfield, ‘60, vice-president; Kathy Fuller Havins, ‘76, secretary, Arthur Bird, ‘54, treasurer

2007
· $1000 scholarships to Amber Jones, Eleanor Khonje, Katelyn Taylor, Gilbert Vasquez
· DCA: Tom DeFrank, ’63, Bill Hughes, ’48, Dinah Dalton Menger, ‘77
· website revision and new domain name: ahscolts-alumni.org
· Open House held in cafeteria rather than auditorium with about 250 attendees. Special Class recognition to the Class of 1957, celebrating its Golden Reunion as the first class to graduate from the Park Row campus
· Alumni Choir and Alumni Band perform
· Homecoming Sept. 14
· Tailgate Party in UTA parking lot for all alumni, honoring Distinguished Colt Alumni, replaces pre-game reception
· Booth at the Arlington Historical Society’s Front Street Festival

 JULY - 2007: SITE FOR HISTORICAL MARKER DISCUSSED!

· Officers: Mac Martin, ‘61, president; Erin Hawkes Chaney, ‘64, vice-president; Kathy Fuller Havins, ‘76, secretary, Arthur Bird, ‘54, treasurer

2008
· $1000 scholarships to Ala Ahmad, Hannah Crossnoe, Brittneé Keller, Samuel Tang
· DCA: James Adams, Colt by Choice, James Ditto, ’48, Alvin Moseley, ’65, Martha Wiggins Moseley, ‘66
· Open House special guests, Golden Reunion Class of 1958, Class of 1948, Class of 1963
· Website generating memberships and revenue under Webmaster Mac Martin
· Homecoming Tailgate Party with DJ, music, refreshments, and DCA honorees—largest Alumni crowd to date at Homecoming
· Officers: Mac Martin, ‘61, president; Erin Hawkes Chaney, ‘64, vice-president; Kathy Fuller Havins, ‘76, secretary, Gordon Cannoles, ‘67, treasurer

2009
· $1000 scholarships to Fayha Ahmad, Chance Blue, Sara Cainelli, Ellese Perryman, Matthew Weideman
· Class of 1968 sponsored Ms. Perryman’s scholarship with a $1,000 gift to the Scholarship Fund
· Cash for Classrooms drive netted $4,000 to AHS staff for expenses no longer funded by reduced AISD budget
· DCA introduced at Alumni Open House and honored at Homecoming: James “Brad” Bradley, ’39, Kent Cherry, ’52, Phyllis Hargrave Forehand, ’51, Paul Swartz, ’59, Jannette Workman, ’54.
· Homecoming game rained out in deluge prior to kickoff
· To date over $51,000 given to AHS by the Association in the form of scholarships, grants, gifts.
· Officers: Mac Martin, ‘61, president; Erin Hawkes Chaney, ‘64, vice-president; Carolyn Price, ’73, secretary, Jim Tipton, ‘70, treasurer

2010
· $1000 scholarships to Alexandra Anderson (Charles Marshall Memorial Scholarship), Mariela Castro, Brianna Nathaniel, Asmath Siddiqui, Julianne Stinson
· Distinguished Colt Alumni: Jim Ball, ’59, Jeff Dalton, ’88, Owen Ivie, ’43, the late Colonel Neel Kearby, ’28, killed in action in WWII shortly after winning the Congressional Medal of Honor
· Sponsored graduation luncheon for faculty honoring Special Education graduates
· To date over $60,000 given to AHS by the Association for scholarships, gifts, grants
· Officers: Erin Hawkes Chaney, ‘64, president; Steve East, ‘62, vice-president; Carolyn Price, ’73, secretary, Jim Tipton, ‘70, treasurer

2011
· $1000 scholarships to David Duque, Halie Hullender, Lauren Landry, Ashley Lewis, Serena Tang
· Distinguished Colt Alumni: Mac Martin, ’61, Peggy Wood Martin, ’66, Robert Miles, ’57, Geraldine Nash Mills, ’59, Barton Thompson, ‘51
· Continued sponsoring Special Education luncheon and teacher retreat meal
· Open House held in Gym B for first time
· Little Arlie, a white miniature national champion horse, led our entry in the July 4th parade—thanks to owners Jerry, AHS, ’63 and Donna Potts.
· Tailgate Party held at Cravens Field (Colts’ home field) for first time
· To date over $74,000 given to AHS by the Association for scholarships, gifts, grants
· Officers: Erin Hawkes Chaney, ‘64, president; Steve East, ‘62, vice-president; Carolyn Price, ’73, secretary, Jim Tipton, ‘70, treasurer

2012
· $1000 scholarships to Sandra Babers, Celeste Campbell*, Brittany Lok, Cynthia Thorne,
Landry Tucker, Ali Wolfskill
· Establishment of permanent Cathy Bontley Brown scholarship, *recipient
· Distinguished Colt Alumni: Cari Fitzgerald Cook, ’70, Mike Enger, ’74, Buddie Hrabal, ’64, Doland Maner, ‘40
· Initial President’s Award given to Association founder, Cathy Bontley Brown, ‘63
· Little Arlie again led our parade entry on July 4.
· Colt Football back at UTA
· $82,500 raised since 1996 for the benefit of AHS
· Officers: Erin Hawkes Chaney, ‘64, president; Steve East, ‘62, vice-president; Debbie Koehl Ericson, ‘68, secretary, Rusty Ward, ’69,  treasurer

2013
· $1000 scholarships to Alexa Courtney, Cole Enger, Morgan Fowler (Cathy Bontley Brown recipient), Jazmin Marin, Evette Odhiambo
· Distinguished Colt Alumni: Fran Ditto Jennings, ’48, Don Mebus, ‘62
· Alumni Open House held in renovated and enlarged cafeteria with 475 attendees
· Little Arlie led Association entry and Alumni Band float.
· Over $90,000 raised since 1996 for the benefit of AHS
· Officers: Ana F. Pettit, ‘74, president; DeeDee Mosby Winter, ‘62, vice-president; Debbie Koehl Ericson, ‘68, secretary, Rusty Ward, ’69, treasurer

Officers
Presidents
Cathy Bontley Brown
Beverly Bohannon Reynolds
Charles Marshall
Jim Ball
Mac Martin
Erin Hawkes Chaney
Ana F. Pettit

Vice-Presidents
Orsen Paxton
Phyllis Hargrave Forehand
Susan Malone
Jim Ball
David Mayfield
Erin Hawkes Chaney
Steve East
DeeDee Mosby Winter

Secretaries
Tiffany Thomas Myers
Karen Dixon Baird
Shirley Hoyt Sheets
Kathy Fuller Havins
Carolyn Findley Price
Debbie Koehl Ericson

Treasurers
Jim Goodwin
Wanda Roberson Marshall
Janice Hardwick Brewer
Arthur Bird
Gordon Cannoles
Jim Tipton
Rusty Ward


A view of the new entrance to the AHS Cafeteria- taken from the old main entrance

 

 

 

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OUR MISSION STATEMENT

Giving back to AHS and promoting the spirit,

pride and tradition of Colts - past, present and future.

How Sweet It Is
To Be Back In Colt Country!

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