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The "Good Ole Days" at East

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When Bill Valvik ('52) checked in with the East Alumni page, he was asked a bit about the early days and he shared some interesting memories:

In 1948, when East opened, we had grades 1-10. Each year another grade was added so that in the fall of 1950 the first 12th. grade class opened. The class of 1951 were "seniors" for three years. The two classes, '51 and '52, were very close. I remember also that we had a lot of pride in our new school. I had attended Messick for eight years and it was nice going to a modern up-to-date facility. I remember that one thing that we missed was not having an auditorium. We used the gym for meetings and assemblies.

[Our thanks to Bill for his recollection. I didn't know East didn't have an auditorium when it first opened. Who knows when it was constructed? I started at East in 1955 and as best I recall it had the auditorium then. How about the annex? Who knows when the Annex was built and when it was closed? -Ken]
[Editor's note: Please see our In the beginning... section for information on these additions and other history of East High School.]

Speaking of the Annex, I get a laugh out of the complaints about schools not being air conditioned and those who claim it degrades academic performance. It may be true, but things were different back in the good old days! As you recall, the annex was what I call a tin-roofed addition in which most rooms had no windows. Each room had a skylight and a big window fan blowing air in from the hallway. These days students find it rough in a classroom with windows to the outside during the early fall and late spring months when there isn't air conditioning. Well, I took World History in the annex for a full summer. As I best recall the class lasted several hours each day and it was hot! Despite the sweat dripping down all of our faces it was a good class. I made a good grade--I guess some people just like it hot! I think that's where my academic career began to take a much needed turnaround. Perhaps things have changed. But those who say it's too hot to study in their classrooms should give the old East annex a try during the summer! I guess people who went to East were innately cool!

[Submitted by Ken Welch, Class of 1968]

Andy Copeland ('67) recalls:
There was a group in Mrs. [name deleted] class that used to raise the square table we were seated around with our knees to unbelievable heights when she would read dryly from the text and lower it just before she darted those hawk eyes at us without letting the legs hit the floor. She never caught us. She just naturally hated us for always having smirks on our faces and learning nothing. [Editor's note: I deleted references to the teacher's name and any name(s) of those in the group to prevent retribution. (Laughing).]

Ken Welch ('68) recalls:
      Cool autumn evenings have returned to Memphis and perhaps that has something to do with the memory I woke with recently. Because it was cool autumn nights some 33 years ago or so when these memories were formed. It's rare I think of this -- I don't know why because it brought a smile to my face.
      What I remember is being an 8th grader at East going to high school football games. The school would charter two or three city buses, and for a very reasonable fare, we kids could get on the bus in front of the school, ride to the game, and ride the bus back to the school after the game. I came to enjoy the bus ride as much as the games. I looked forward to walking to East about 6:30 on a Thursday or Friday evening (that's back when parents didn't have to worry about a child being a crime victim when walking alone to or from school at night) and meeting friends in front of the building. It may be that most of the kids riding were in junior high since those would be the ones that didn't have driver's licenses yet, I don't recall the age mix. I remember one bus ride in particular, with two or three of East's lovely cheerleaders standing at the front of the bus and leading the group in cheers and songs...

"We are the East High Mustangs,
We are the best team in the land,
We can run, and kick, and throw,
Just give us the ball and look at us go.
We are the East High Mustangs,
We're going to win it tonight,
So give a great big cheer,
For the heroes of the year,
East High Mustangs, hip hooray."

      I don't remember riding the charter bus in later years. I don't know if it was offered by the time I was in high school. Of course, by then I had a driver's license as did my friends and someone could usually borrow their parent's car for the evening.
      As I think back, I wonder if that might have been part of the early days of East I got to experience on that bus -- the late 40's and the 1950's when students with automobiles weren't so common. Maybe then most of the students road the charter buses to the games, participated in the songs and cheers, even applauding the faculty member(s) that rode with us -- as chaperones, I guess -- and just had a good time. Or maybe it continued, I kind of hope it did and still does today.
      I have no memory of the football games at all, but I still remember those bus trips. I never would have guessed they would have made such pleasant memories to be recalled more than 30 years later.
      Did you ever take the school's chartered bus to the games? Do yo still have the memories of those nights?

      Tom Tullis ('70) remembers one of our least favorite mandatory classes at East and how it became a good experience for him:
      Having a daughter who's now starting the 10th grade reminded me of when I started 10th grade at East. Back then, all the guys had to take ROTC, which I was dreading. I still vividly remember good-old Sarg. Norris and Sarg. Biggs. The funny thing is that somehow I got over my dread of ROTC and subsequently became a real ROTC-jock. (I was Batallion Commander my senior year!) Although I never ended up going into the Service, I'm still grateful for the sense of self-confidence that I got from ROTC.
      Does anyone know if they still have ROTC at East?

Patrick Parks ('97) writes:
East High, what can I say but ...."There is no excuse; it is time to produce..."

J. R. Seymour ('95) writes:
To Mrs. Hightower stay in there and keep on teaching the way you do because you will always be with me. Times at East were very memorable. The times I remember were when me and the fellas would cut school, but I have found out that just hurts you in the end. Because when I was cutting I could have been learning information for the future. Times up so I leave you with Gooooooooo Mustangs.

Kenny Thomas ('93) writes:
I enjoyed every minute of high school especially my senior year. I just want to say thank you to all my friends and teachers for making high school and learning fun.

Nancy Haynes ('58) writes
The "fun" of being found smoking in the Casino; or standing on the toilets so Miss Stone and Miss Morphis wouldn't know anyone was in there -- as if the blue haze didn't give us away! Fortunately, I managed to quit THAT habit - I steadfastly cling to some others, though. I still remember our being caught after cutting 6th period class in 7th grade and going to the "woods" (Reed Knight found us) and having to go to Mr. Snider's office. I was terrified -- some of you were LAUGHING!! I thought my life was over.

Clyde Dowling ('60) remembers:
Sock Hops in the gym. Mrs. Clark, my homeroom teacher, riding her bicycle to school in the morning. ( she was way ahead of her time). Carrying a girl's books home after school.(Is that still done?) Basketball games against Central, Treadwell and Kingsbury. Flat Tops and Crew cuts. Friends named Jackie, G.A., and David......

Linda Richmond ('70) remembers:
Getting drunk and Linda Clements locking me up with Tom in the back room until we could sober up! Krystal, East High, Sororities, Fraternitites,,,it was all fun!

Chandra Baker ('93) remembers:
I attended East from 1987 - 1993. And I must say this is the best school in the world. I remember being a part of the band competitions, softball team, VICA, Mu ALpha Theta, HOSA, National Honor Society, and other organizations. Being at East really prepared me for where I am today. I learned so much from friends, classmates, and faculty.
And I just want to say thank you to everyone. I will never forget.

Barbara Pund ('64) writes:
Here I go with my memories again. I know we all remember Coach Pat in study hall. They need more of him around these days. I also remember Mr. Dowtin in Civics with his strange way of giving tests with A and B. Did anyone ever figure out what anybody did that always seemed to be begging for something. Remember Mrs. Miller in English in junior high that seemed to scare hiccups out of you. I had several classes in that smelly annex myself.

Janis Floyd ('68) remembers:
I remember going to Picwick with Marsha Hunt ('68) in the spring our senior year. Both of us got severely sunburned - so much so that Miss Said sent us to the Home Economics Class to get some vinegar to put on the burn. Not only did we look terrible, but we then smelled awful!!

Wasn't 1968 the year that Pam and Candy Stewart made brownies with X-Lax chips?????

Nancie Clark ('68) remembers:
I have so many memories, I don't know where to start. I loved our '68 graduating year. There were many difficulties to overcome, to be sure, but I will never forget some of the extraordinary times: being president of DBS, having a super-big crush on Harry Phillips, the fine-tunned humor of Jane (?), the song and dance routine for electons (dad's shirt, and short-shorts), home room and fixing my god-awful hair! (what was I thinking?), friends such as Carol and Lucy, Lundy, Little Bit, Sidney Mendelson and David Harsh, to have great fun with, which brings to mind - my many friendships that I charish to this day.

Toremika Clifton ('94) writes:
My most favorable memory was in the 9th grade. We were in Mrs. Lambert's English class taking a test & she threatened to fail us if we didn't get out of the window. Ice Cube, a rapper, was in the front parking lot of the school. She was a great teacher and any student would be lucky to have her!!!!!!

Jim Hutchison ('79) recalls:
Do you remember when my 68 Chevelle burnt up in the high school parking lot, while I lent it to Tim Hildage? Is it true that Tim is a firefighter now?

Randy Cummings ('73) writes:
My sons are so tired of me pointing to East when we pass by on occaisional trips to Memphis and tell them the stories of a really great school. I remember East being a place where you could really be yourself. I spent a year at another Memphis school and it was nothing like East.

Marquis Healey ('94) remembers:
I really enjoyed the years I spent at East High. I had so many favorite moments that I can't write them all down. But , my most precious moment was when I walked across that stage to receive my diploma. I hope your memories are as precios as mine.

John Eggleston ('67) writes:
The School has definitely shrunk since I spent my 12 years plus kindergarten there.

Sandy Stephens ('71) remembers:
Linda Clements speech class. Linda where are you?

Miata Aakbar ('91) writes:
My fondest memories of East include Mr. Bynum smoking in the hall between class changes (ruining our young lungs--smile), screaming "East High Academy" until I had a shrivel of a voice at pep rallys and games, our pitiful Drama Club to which I served as "president" (Missy--you're wonderful), and our numerous Senior Skip Days. Hey, Celika, let's pile 20 of us in your Celica, skip Ms. Sanders' class, and go to lunch at Taco Bell! She can't give the test if none of us are there!

Linda Baker (student '56-'58, see class of '60) remembers:
I think they were remodeling. I can remember the little class room we were sent to, and that smell of paint.

Torvia Bradley ('90) writes:
I remember the great times I had running track with the best coach in the world, Danny Joe Young. He knew what it took to keep a winning team.

Nikki Bradley ('96) writes:
My fondest memories of East is, of course, playing basketball for Coach Andrew Hollins he is one the best coach's I have ever known. Although we didn't make to it to the state we still had a champion team :). ('93,'94,'94,'95,'95,'96

Charlie Willis ('68) reflects:
I'm thinking, but I just can't remember. Actually, Sergent Coates, Jack Lord coming to East, Coach Brooks, Mrs. Seid (best teacher I ever had), Coach Pat, those movies that they used to show in the auditorium, East High Cafeteria oatmeal cookies and hamburger buns, study hall, all the great looking girls, good friends and lots of laughs!

Calandria Wells ('96) writes:
The best memories I have of East High are cross-country and track meets. It's too bad we didn't get a chance to use the new sportplex they're building. That's okay, we did the job without the new facilities.

Milo Hyde ('71) asks:
How about those oatmeal cookies?

Paula Weeks ('70) remembers:
High School was fun. I have very fond memories of the whole experience. Latin obviously figures into my pleasant memories of high school. I still have fun in high school.

Martha McCarty ('70) recalls:
My favorite memories are of course the art department. Ms. Keith had us doing the great Memphis mural and got us out of classes.I got to wear jeans when every one else was wearing polyester pant suits. Does anyone have info on Ms. Keith? Does anyone remember the mural that Exye Bullard,Stephen Bengel and I painted?

[Editor's note: You mean this one pictured on the right, Martha? We're sure you do, because your name is on the plaque, along with the other names you mention, that is affixed to the painting. The Class of 1968 discovered it on our reunion tour in a room off the library. It was painted close enough to our time at East to be an exciting find. We don't know the use of the room. The photograh was taken June 6, 1998.]

Erika Robinson ('98) writes:
My foundest memory of East High is Ms. Pat Jackson's 5th period English class. It was a TRIP!

Yoshi Johnson ('98) remembers:
East High... East High... East High... Doctor Winston (Mr. Clark)... Glen... East High Lady Mustang State champions... Ms. Hightower... Ms. Reed... Football team... Basketball team... Volleyball Team... DLM... SMD... FCC... High school

Michael DeArmey ('62) recalls:
My fondest memories are of Mrs. Gladys Riggs, whose positive influence on me was much deeper than I realized as a teen. Also, my high school fraternity (DPO) was great fun, although some of our escapades were comparable to scenes from the movie, American Graffiti. And then, who can forget the 'legend,' Doc Hoffman? Where is he?

Marquet Norfleet ('97) writes:
I remeber being part of the state basketball team and being crown as one of the most known players of all time.

Korhonda Randolph ('93) recalls:
Some of my most endeared memories derived from basketball and track activities. I remember "most" of the advice that Coach Hollins and Coach Young used to impart in us. For example, "One foot in front of the other," a quote from Coach Young, is something I tell myself when times grow tough even today.

Gregory Webster ('82) writes:
My fondest memories of east was the way that every Friday nite there was a party in the gym. Then next year it became a college prep school.

Colonious Davis ('76) recalls:
The best memory I have is after Graduation, when everyone was in the front of the Mid-South Coliseum jumping around, laughing, crying and hugging each other. And everybody was watching us, we were all together as one. What beautiful Memories!!!! I remember that and many more.

Antigua Woods ('98) writes:
I remember loving to go to school because the students at East were just like a happy family. My most memorable occassion was graduation. The class that had gone through so much during the school year, stood in the Mid South Colesium and claimed victory over all triumph. THE CLASS OF '98 PROCLAIMED, WE CANNOT BE STOPPED!!!!

Shana Mitchell ('90) recalls:
Most of my fondist memories include Mr. Hopper, the electricity and electronics teacher. He taught me the importance of thinking as an individual; i.e., for myself instead of following the crowd. I will always be grateful for his presence in my life in the 6 years I spent at East High Academy!

Robin Taylor ('98) remembers:
I had fun at East High but the last yeat was a crucial one. We all got past that as a class and some of us have even gone off to college. I wish everone much sucess in whatever your endeavors may be. God Bless and I will never forget Dr. Lowell Winston, as I'm hoping that you will do the same.

Kim Marks ('93) recalls:
Playing basketball Junior year. Winning the 400 and 800 meter relay Junior year. Participating in the Pom-Pon squad.

Billy Morrison ('66) remembers:
Basketball, Senior class officer meetings (calendar), running for student council, comfortable feel of a school building where I attended for 13 years (k-12).

Gail Boyd ('53) recalls:
East High's first years were tough for the athletic teams. Did not have an 11th and 12th grade at first and the scores were really lopsided. We did, however, have outstanding teachers, that had been handpicked by the superintendent to open the city's newest "super school."
Most people in my class and Ronald's (husband Ronald Collins '52) will remember the times we rolled up the rug at my house and taught everyone to dance. The younger alumni will not understand how we entertained ourselves at home, with singing, card playing and dancing. Not many of us had cars of our own, so there was still a lot of bike riding, bus riding, and walking to get together. There were also a lot of church sponsored activities.
The classes at East in the early years were small, so everyone knew everyone else. We had an outstanding faculty, particularly in Latin, Chorus, History, English, and Math. Everyone from that time will remember Mrs. Gloria Hendricks, Mr. Siler, Miss Wills, Miss Stone, Mrs. Riggs, and Miss White.

Sue Barnard ('75) writes:
A favorite East High memory: Seeing the huge bra that a nameless fellow graduate placed on the eagle on top of the school building!

Ronald Collins ('52) remembers:
Gail [wife Gail Boyd '53] & I met at East on the football field while attending there from the first year it opened. I remember Coach Holland, Coach Patterson, and Coach Boyce trying to make us into a winning football team without having a senior class and having a very small junior, sophmore, and freshman class. There were less than 100 to graduate in those early years, so we all knew each other well.

Jeanne Barnard ('68) remembers:
Getting lost on the subway in New York City with Jan Tucker, and ending up in New Jersey -- on a trip with the Journalism Club ('67 or '68)

Larry Chambers ('73) recalls:
Bomb threats, same period every other day; baseball games.

Connie Bell ('71) remembers:
Rose Gillespie in Music.

Shannon Mitchell ('98) writes:
Well the most memorable moment for me was when I went to state competition with HOSA. Anyone who knows me will remember that.

Wanda Toombs ('72) remembers:
Mrs. Scrugg's first grade class. Miss Said's 3rd period English class. The smell of the lunch room at noon. Cokes in real glass bottles. Selling subscriptions to the "Mustang Roundup". Running laps in P.E. in Miss Colbert's class (whatever happened to her?) and hating every minute of it! Working in the library - - good memories do last forever!

Harold Daniels (see class of '90) writes:
My memories at East were great from all the teachers to all of my friends. (I will update this soon)

Tasha Boswell ('98) remembers:
Everyday ended with a special memory at East. I'll always remember the lil'kim skit me and Otis did at the football pep rally. I hope everyone enjoyed it and will never forget it!!

Clarence Collier ('91) recalls:

Kamilah Averyhart ('96) remembers:
Senior trip- burning up in the Bahamas; Going on a field trip with Mrs. Jackson to the jailhouse and then going to Oak Court Mall to eat. I was one of the few that got stranded at the mall.

Patty Holley ('51) remembers:
It was fun being an ROTC sponsor.. Kid day our Senior year seems to come to mind. I still have pictures of those crazy days.

Fred Niell (see class of '66) recalls:
The garage bands that would play at pep rallys in the late 50s, early 60s were memorable. The bands were pretty good, or at least loud, but rock was pretty new and raw, too. Three chords, some lyrics and a flat pick pretty much did it. Big guys would stand right in front of the band and watch, without the faintest smile, their arms crossed tightly in front of them. The girls would hold back, also staring intently, talking among themselves.. Jammed together in that odd gym, there was barely breathing room. The bands would play with all the intensity of a life-and-death drama. This was serious stuff. Coach Pat would take the microphone, we would yell, the cheerleaders would scream and dance, and that old gym would ROCK.

Kathryn Taylor ('89) writes:
I remember the HOSA road trips. I remember sitting in the library watching Memphis State play in the final four. I remember the East high men's Basketball team beating by one point Treadwell in double over time (100-99?). And I remember our Senior Christmas play, where else can 17 year olds dress up in tights and still be cool(Kobie)

Felisha Johnson ('90) remembers:
East was a riot. Major soap-opera. Yet, east provided a very high quality of education and will always remember the good ole' days.

Chiquita Campbell ('96) recalls:
I had some ups and downs at East High. Most of them were good times. I was Basketball Homecoming Queen in 1996.

Tewaner Johnson ('98) remembers:
Ms. Hardy's 7th pd. Maywood Beach (class of '98 knows what I'm talking about!). Cinnamon rolls in the Cafeteria (the only edible thing there). Ms. Jackson's research paper. The whole 97-98 schoolyear! H Phi H.

Glen Smith ('71) writes:
I miss those big home made rolls we use to get in the lunch room. Also miss most of my teachers, especially SGT Biggs in ROTC and Miss Gillespie, who I love dearly!
You know our best times were at school in the good ole days!

Kay Valvik ('59) remembers:
Since I started at East in l947 , there are many memories. The faculty was tops and we all seemed to be family due to the small enrollment. The addition of the annex and the auditorium were important. Study, sports, social time-all were woven together to make for some wonderful memories.

Nikki Parker ('89) writes:
I remember going to a math contest at Memphis State (now University of Memphis) in our senior year. We missed both lunch periods, so we went to the pizza place down the street to eat. The security guard called the school and said we were truant & making a lot of noise (we were talking a bit loudly). The principal (Bynum) and one of the football coaches come storming in, ready to do damage, and see 8 of the best students in the school cutting class to eat pizza!!! The looks on their faces was priceless!!!

Tabitha Smith ('94) remembers:
Each person that I met between the fall 1998 when I arrived in Mrs. Allen's homeroom as a seventh grader and spring of 1994 when I walked out of Mrs. Jackson's homeroom as a senior for the last time.
The good, the bad, the ugly---all these thing comprise my fondest memories of you Mustangs.
Hats off!

Patt Duncan ('68) remembers:
Learning to sew and cook from Ms. Kernodle - Valuable lessons!
Learning to type from Mrs. Vollmer - just think how tough this computer would be without those classes!
My early carpal tunnel syndrome caused by writing "I will not talk in Coach Rowland's class" one-thousand times!
There are many, many more memories & I would love to go back there for just a short time. What fun!

Nickey Gotten (see class of '56) writes:
I have many fond and wonderful memories of the school, the students and faculty and just that placid time in America- the 1950's when traditional values and polite society was still universally accepted. Alas, for our schools and country now.

Kamilah Turner ('95) remembers:
When I graduated from college last month, I began to think about all the people that went the extra mile to help me on my academic journey. The teachers at East were the first to come to mind. I will always think of East as a place where the teachers really and truly care about the students, and where the best interests of the students always come first. I can recall having trouble in 7th grade Pre-Algebra, and Ms. Shrewsberry giving me countless words of encouragement to motivate me to do what I thought was impossible. Even though I have chosen law instead of medicine as a career, I'll always have a love for the magnificant machine called the human body thanks to Ms. Reed. I can go on and on about how great an impact attending East has had on my overall outlook on my life and the world, but I guess I'll stop now. I'm still proud to be a Mustang!!!

Skip Jordan ('99) writes:
My best Memories at East will be the Football Pep Rally and the Talent Show '99 because it was the crunkest thing that happen that year at East.

Donna Locke ('59) remembers:
Fondest: playing basketball with some really swell girls, now life long friends. Cheerleading, it only took 4 yrs of trying to make it, but it was worth the work. Being elected to Homecoming court, a BIG surprise! My dad escorting me onto the football field in my new 3/4 length camel suit. I was in the clouds! Starting school with Ronnie Rich and finishing school with Ronne Rich. Having my foot run over by those moveable basketball goals during cheerleading try-out practice. Uh, what pain! Civics class with Jerry Williams and Vaughn Metts watching my paper during tests. We made it, boys! Ms. Miller, in the Annex, telling me young ladies didn't whistle, even if they were happy. I enjoyed school and was busy having fun. Wearing shorts under my graduation gown with white heels. Teachers didn't know until I truned in my robe. But too late!!! I am out of here....

Bill White ('51) remembers:
When the class of '51 entered east high, ROTC was a mandatory class for two years and was an elective the third year. In our second year, East High participated in the Armistice Day parade along with the other high schools (Central, Tech, Humes, Treadwell, Messick and Southside). The other high schools had bands which marched with the ROTC unit and provided march music.
East High had no band, however, someone came up the idea to have one person march with our unit and beat a base drum to keep us in step. That year (1950), East won the trophy for the best drilled ROTC unit.

TyRon Wells ('99) writes:
The best memory I had was when I won Mr.East High School. That was so funny!!.

Bobby Grout ('62) recalls:
My best memories (and there are a lot) are those of unconditional friendships and of times relatively free of the high anxiety levels facing today's teenagers. We may not have known it then, but we grew up in a wonderful era for both our country and our East Memphis community. The fifties and early sixties were terrific times to be a youth.

Suzette Goldstein ('70) writes:
I have so many wonderful memories. One of them was my debut in "Arsenic and Old Lace". I was one of two corpses (Sandy Kozik was the other one) pulled out of a window box by Gary Jameson.

Randall Shepard ('59) remembers:
Third grade. Having to stand by our desks and sing solo a song of our choice. Forget what mine was, but the exercise was a source of stuttering that lasted three years and a horrendous case of the hives.

Gerry Lynn Martin ('70) writes:
One of my memories of East was being in Mrs. Collins' fourth grade classroom. When she finished reading the book, Charlotte's Web, all of the girls went to the restroom to wash our faces and dry our tears!! I remember some of you by name!! :) :)

Tremayne Rooks ('92) recalls:
My most memorable memories were playing basketball in front of a packed crowd. Everyone loved EHS B-Ball. Also all that running Coach Mosby made me do. I tell you those were the good ole' days. Also the ladies, you all were ALRIGHT!!!!!!

Richard James ('62) remembers:
Band Trip to El Paso TX Sun bowl.
Sally Bailey, I had a crush on once, she was a nice person very kind to me. I don't know if she will remember but she once took up for me. Margorie Reed, I loved she used to tease me with all the flattery and I would melt. All the rest requires a memory jog.

Nancy Campbell ('61) writes:
I remember the week before we graduated having all the fun activities, such as, the luncheon with the staff, picnic, practicing for graduation and the parties. Really, the whole year was one great memory.

James Wicks ('96) recalls:
The memories I had at East where great ones. Being around peers of my kind made me the person I am today. With loving teachers such as Mrs.S.Hightower really help students in many ways. I remember friends, fun and many joyous ocassions here. Another thing that I use to push me in life endeavors is the death of my cousin Glenn Taylor. After his death my life went down hill, I stop doing things that I loved and it hurt myself, but now i use it as motivation.Thanks to the East High Staff and especially Mrs. Hightower. A reminder to all MUSTANGS "all goals in life are precious,do what you can to succeed in life and things will turn for the better of you." Always keep god first and in life you will achieve.

David Stehle ('60) remembers:
Mr. Taylor You were Great!

Sammy L. Jackson Jr. ('83) remembers:
My favorite teachers were Mr. Mc Intosh in AP Biology, Mrs. Nelson in french, Mr Milam in Calc and Computers, And Mrs. Willett our guidence councelor. We also had to thank our 10th grade english teacher Mrs. Holmes who came back to play at our graduation. We've only just began to see the things God had in store for us.We were very athletic making it to the semi-finals in football with three all staters on the team and winning back to back championships in basketball. Home coming was great that year for football, remember the mock funeral we had for the White Station spartons. All the good times are logged in memory forever. Too bad we didn't have the use of cam corders back then as we do now!!! Also Mrs Laird and all the Booster we had, including BOZO!!!!!!! Who Ya Rootin For? E. H. S.

Robin Taylor ('98) recalls:
I remember having good times with my friends and in sertain classrooms. I miss Mr. Smith's Physics class.

Jim Mason ('61) writes:
I remember being "chewed-out" for 5 minutes in algebra II class one day by Miss Stone, for being elected to the National Honor Society as a Junior! I think it had something to do with homework.

Leila Garner ('94) recalls:
I have lots of memories from East. I remember going on competitions with VICA and HOSA and kicking it all night with my buddies-Cassandra, Melanie, Freda, and others. Sometimes, we still laugh about it.

Jeff Weintraub ('67) remembers:
East was a very good school, although I didn't really appreciate it at the time as I should have. We had some great teachers, like Margaret Taylor.

Johney Faye Harwell ('52) recalls:
Lots of good memories and some sad ones.
Remember hot boxing cigaretts in the restroom and being caught by by Miss Stone?

Elise Saulsberry ('96) writes:
One memory i have is: Dr. Winston's reign: Zero tolerance. This city don't want to give the man credit for what he did for the students at East: he was like a father to some; he taught us discipline when some of us had never experienced it; & he was a man of his word. Although he struck fear in our hearts, that was a good thing! Some of us needed it. The scarcest memory I have is: (Only few in the class of '96 will remember this): I was the one that typed the letter to Dr. Winston; refusing to listen to Mrs. Brown tell us what to wear for our class day (she tried to make every female wear dresses, I had already bought my pants suit..and I wasn't going out like that). I typed the letter in computer class. Fear struck when Dr. Winston got over the intercom and told our class that whoever was responsible for the letter better be careful and he was going to find him/her. Even in that, he taught me to stand up for what I believe. Much love to a real man who really cared - not for the position---but for our future!!!!! Dr. Winston you were there a short time, but you are a lifetime influence.

Sha Riley ('99) remembers:
Protesting for Dr. Winston!!!

Heather Mathieu ('59) recalls:
I attended East High from second grade through graduation as did many of the class of '59; it was the center of our world. We were there in the best of times. Who could ever forget Mr. Snyder and his XKE. He was a gracious gentleman who inspired us to be excellent in academics as well as personal conduct. And then there was Coach Welch, always fun, kind, and concerned about us. We were indeed fortunate to have the teachers we had, the kids that were our friends. It would take volumes to recount the great days of East; but if pressed to chose one activity, it would be sports. Those football and basketball games that we played and cheered for were the most exciting sports events ever on the planet; the NFL and the NBA can't hold a candle to those breathtaking and/or heartbreaking last second plays. Those were indeed the 'good ole days'.

Anita Wolfe (see class of '75) recalls:
Attending East High was a good experience for me. I was a sophomore cheerleader in 1973 and again for a little while in 1974 before having to transfer (with great pains) to another high school. I met many new friends which include some of the faculty members. The memories were good ones and I miss all the friends I grew up with and walked to school with, and also the new friendships that were made.
Fight on East High!

Quan Miller ('99) writes:
The most memorable event at East High is the protest for Dr. Winston. Another is when I won class vice-president.

Kevin McGhee ('96) writes:
All hail the maroon and grey of East High School. I do remember that our class was a trying class. We had just gotten Dr. Winston(Uncle Lo, Mr. Clark) into our school and he came in swinging with a big stick. Some of us could take it, some of us needed it. My fondest memory is walking across the stage to get my diploma from my new principal, Dr. Lowell Winston and Harold Ford Jr. To my esteemed class-mates, I take this time to reflect on the good and sad times we had as a class, and I wouldn't trade it for the world. To all my fellow Mustangs, may God have a special blessing on your lives and His grace, love, and mercy keep you and those you hold dear. This is my prayer. HAIL TO THE MIGHTY MUSTANGS OF EAST HIGH SCHOOL!

Kathy Caudle ('75) recalls:
Best memories: Jr. High football games and cheerleading. Riding the team bus to the games and going to the Krystal afterwards. Swimming parties at my house for our buddies.

Neely Everett ('65) remembers:
Riding class chairs down the West Stairway. Stealing wrap-around skirt pins. Taking licks instead of detention to avoid missing practice. Coach Pat's paralizer grip The torment endured by Ms Green, Mr. Dowtin, Senora Pell, and others. Sock Basketball games after lunch. Locker Room Antics and Practical Jokes Ernie Worley's deadly fear of snakes Those COLD morning basketball practices during holiday break Crushes on the varsity cheerleaders when I was in 8th grade and on and on and on!

Grady Jones ('60) writes:
Hope I can get back to this later when I have time. I am sure I have a few that some of your children need to know. Including, somewhere a picture of the bra that adorned the Eagle one morning.

Johnny Sarber ('60) remembers:
In 1960 when we beat White Station in football and the party that followed!

Joseph (Buddy) Morton (Faculty '64 - '72) writes:
I often wonder if any of the former students remember me walking the halls during class changes in the Spring confiscating water guns?
Also, I wonder if anyone remembers the band concerts that featured both "classical" and pop music - Blood Sweat and Tears, etc.?

Sheila Thomas ('81) recalls:
Currently one of my memories of East High School is when I met Jeffrey Davis, Class of 1979. As some of you may know, Sgt. Jeffrey Davis passed away on March 1, 2000. I like to remember his love of ROTC and later the Army. He will be missed.

Sonya Woodard ('96) remembers:
My memories of East High are fun and sweet memories of class of 1996, and all the crazy stuff we did.

Bobby D. Banks ('83) writes:
My fondest memories of East, are the Pep Rallies and B-Ball games where "Mr. Clean" and "Eagle" were cutting up!!! There was also the day when Asst. Princpal, Mr. Brown, wearing one of the many tacky suits, came running into the cafeteria where Victor "Shotgun" Johnson was playing "Burn Rubber on Me", sreaming "Who got doggone motorcycle in here!!" He definately did not have a clue. Another was seeing the dance teams, I don't remember what they called themselves, but it was Paul, Stacy, Willie, and Chuck. They could dance.

Bobby Stewart ('67) remembers:
I loved Mr. Dowden's "letters from Mama" that he read to us at pep meetings.

Reginald Williams ('98) writes:
Much luv to the football team. Coach DeBerry doing his thing, and Ms. Hightower, the crunkest teacher there will be!!!

Phyllis Burns ('71) remembers:
Great High School Spirit. I enjoyed all the art classes, but I can't remember her name, but I still love art because of her. Mildred Keith! That was her name. I remember getting sent home for wearing "hot-pants" when they first came out.

Clay Young (see class of '65) recalls:
I rember being a crossing guard wearing those yellow raincoats and my fifth grade teacher(whose name alludes me), who loved Square dancing and got the class involved with it! My first time dancing with a girl not of my family.

Rena Tate ('98) writes:
My favorite memories was my whole senior year. I wouldn't change it for nothing in the world.

Chuck Dunn ('69) remembers:
I can see so many scenes from Eash High in my mind's eye: pep rallies in the gym; assemblies and plays in the auditorium (Gary Jamison yelling "Charrrrge!" as he ran up the steps in "Arsenic and Old Lace"); ROTC classes and drills; playing "football" with a paper triangle across the table in the lunch room; Key Club meetings; the little room off the main hall where we bought our supplies (remember book covers?); Cybil Shepherd in my Chemistry Class (blue turtleneck, plaid skirt with gold pin, blue hose and loafers); and so many memorable teachers such as Ms. Said, Mrs. McClain, Mrs. Lawson; Mrs. Reimers (7th grade geography) and Mrs. Seeley (7th or 8th grade english; remember her late husband, the Colonel?). It was a special time, and a very special place.

Darnay Smith ('95) recalls:
One of the most interesting memories I have would be when we actually had a tornado threat in 1996. When Mrs. Reed said that we were going to take shelter down stairs in basement, I had had no idea of what she was talking about. She and Hightower took us to a closed down area of the school somewhere past Ms. Johnson's 'Anatomy'. Know I that that is when I first should have realized that there was more to East than I had imagined and that it goes deeper than I realize.

Karen Robinson ('95) writes:
Remember the senior trip I have the video tapes of the trip and class day!! I cannot wait until we all reunite to view them together!!

Stephanie Siggers ('92) reports:
My fondest memory of East is of all the fun field trips we got to go on with Mr. Lynch. We used to get out of doing alot of work buy just knowing Mr. Lynch.

Ronnie Handwerker ('67) thinks:
It was all fun now that look back at it

Jack Brakefield ('68) remembers:
David Harsh ('68) singing Beatle songs in the showers after football practice and the few wins we had while playing. Also, Coach Ammer throwing fungo bat all the way to left field when a few things did not go right in practice. This is wishing all are in good health.

Antonio Davis ('00) writes:
The best memory of East I have is when Lena fell off the stage.

Jodi Francis ('62) remembers:
I loved my years at East High!! Things were simpler than today and classes were more difficult, but I still had fun. My favorite high school teacher was Mr. Dowtin (sp?)..He couldn't teach Algebra (at least, me anyway) but his mannerisms still keep me laughing...The pencil sharpening, the gripping his sides with his elbows, and the familiar "not many" after the question of "how are you feeling today?" Those were the days when his class was started with " let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart, be acceptable in your sight ,oh, Lord, my strengh and my redeemer"..I don't think that anyone was offended..were you?
I often think of Mrs. Cantrell, Spanish, teacher..who made me appreciate the Spanish language more than I ever thought...especially after our trip to Cuba!! I have since learned to pronounce the words without a Tennessee accent!!
ROTC was another "fun" thing!! The early morning muster..and the drills...marching in the COLD(the girls in skirts) It has made me a good patriot!! And I can't forget Mrs. Jack..my English teacher and Speech teacher..She helped me develop poise and self esteem..and pushed me sooo hard!! and Mrs. Headstream..did she ever fall off those tiny ankles? ha..and Mrs. Vollmer..for teaching me typing..I still hit the computer keys with force..since we learned on a manual typewriter...The teachers were great..the the atmosphere was wonderful...There was never any fear when I attended school..I always felt safe and protected by Mr.Spiller, the custodian, and Mr. Snyder our principal,(who drove a Jaguar!!)and ,of course, all the hall monitors who checked my pass key when I was walking down the hall during class time. I just wish all my grandchildren could experience those same feelings... There are some people I would like to thank for making me feel welcome to East High Elementary school when I came in the middle of the 2nd. grade...Trudy Weatherford became a friend to a "new" kid, as did Buddy Ratcliff (since moved a long time ago) and Stan McNeese..my "Stranger in Paradise"..(inside joke),and Sharon Scott ..and a lot of Tonette friends!! ha...Thanks for GREAT YEARS and GREAT MEMORIES!!

Kena Blakney ('94) writes:
My fondest memories are ms. Jackson's last period class when me and Shane and Tisdale used to sit up and aggravate Ms. Jackson and she would right us up!!
Also coming to school everyday looking forward to standing on the wall checking everybody that walks by!!!!(Shane)
I also looked forward to going to Coach Taylor's room doing nothin!(football coach)

Parrish Bonner ('84) recalls:
I remember being on the drill team, and having to perform in the gym. We were all so nervous that we messed up on the taps and bumped into each other during our marching routines.

Tamara Williams ('96) remembers:BR> The lunchroom wall was the spot. During lunch we would dance, talk, take pictures and everything. I miss hanging with Avis, Natalie, Deadrick, Karlton, Shameka, and everyone else. Can't wait until our class reunion! I also miss Ms. Jackson's English class!!!!!

Karen Hill ('86) writes:
One of my fondest memories is Algebra II class which Mr. Hopper aka "Mr. Hoppergrass" taught. He used to crack these silly "ethopian" jokes which used to crack me and Laverne Diggs up. I really struggled in that class so I guess the fact that I laughed at his corny ethopian jokes may have helped me pass. Also, remember those English Class trips to Nashville back in the 10th & 11th grades-particularly in the 10th grade with Mrs. Howard? Man, I remember some wild & crazy action going on in the rear of the bus. People were getting together who wouldn't even talk to each other at school! I remember JROTC drill meets & pep rallies in the gym. I remember prior to Mr. Bynum coming on board that we had talent shows what seemed like every other month. I remember standing outside of the girls' bathroom recruiting people to pee urine specimens into cups so we could perform our lab tests for Ms. Freeman's med lab class. Who could forget Mr. McIntyre's antics? Boy, there are too many memories to mention.

LaSabra Epps ('97) writes:
The most memorable days at East High was Ms Sharon Hightower's sixth period Patient Care II class when she always had a word of encouragement or just a corny joke. The other most memorable moment was when the class of 97 did not receive the spirit stick at the homecoming football pep rally and we all walked out.

Louie Grashot ('67) remembers:
Wow.....licks from Pendergrast ..... Ammer ..... neck grabs by Coach Brooks ...... Christy Southard ..... Senior Skip Day .....Christy Southard ..... Ronnie Hall and the explosion in the stairwell ....... Christy Southard .... Mrs. King .... Seniora Goldfarb .... the annex ..... Mrs. Reimer's Kentucky Tavern ..... JV Dowtin ....... Christy Southard ..... Handwerker ..... my ROTC uniform .... Griesbeck's love of fraternities and sororities ....... finally, Reid Dubard throwing the TV out the window after graduation (which I go blamed for).

Toni Bynum ('88) recalls:
My most fondest memories of east high was being a cheerleader.This experience helped me to meet people that I still have as cherished friends until this day.

Brandon Bougard('00) writes:
My favorite memory at East High was hanging out in Mrs. Zetta Brown's office when I knew I should have been in class.EVERYBODY used to do it!! I used to love to see her come out of her office talking crazy and telling everybody to GET OUT !!!

LaSaundra Drane ('94) remembers:
Although we cut up sometimes, East High School helped me to grow. Teachers such as Ms. Jackson(English) and Ms. Bradley(Trig) played a special part in my life. They were 2 of the many who cared about there students. Thanks and may God continue to bless you both...

Martin Perry (see Class of '84) writes:
My best memories of east high were the football and basketball teams and the dances after the games. I played football on the 1983-1984 team and we were 8-2 that year. Our last game of the season was versus tech high and they were 9-0. Needless to say, we won in overtime. Also I had the nicest 11 th grade english teacher named Ms. Thompson. I gave her so much trouble in the 11th grade that I ended up in her home room in the 12th. And let's not forget the women of East High. If you went to East when I did, you know what I am talking about. East High made me a man and that Is something that I will always remember. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about East High. I hope that Dr. Stewart has forgiven us for beating the football team that his son played on (Sheffield ) 72-0.

Autumn Ballentine ('98) recalls:
My memories of East was when I was president of the French Club and hanging out with my friends....Pam, Barbara Hill, Sherita, and who ever else was cool with me.

Shana Mitchell ('90) remembers:
Most of my fondist memories include Mr. Hopper, the electricity and electronics teacher. He taught me the importance of thinking as an individual; i.e., for myself instead of following the crowd. I will always be grateful for his presence in my life in the 6 years I spent at East High Academy!

LaVica Edwards ('93) recalls:
The best times I shared were with my fellow track team members. Coach Young was a great coach and the team had such a sisterly bond that we had fun whenever we were together. As a matter of fact, my best friend is LaQuesha Brown and she is a former "Mustang" track star.

Donny Hoxie ('76) remembers:
I was not a very involved student. I spent most of my time on the back steps with the other long haired misfits or, sneaking across the football field away from school. I did enjoy French class, and I enjoyed AP Biology with Mr. McIntire(?). I had some minor roles in a couple of plays at school. One was, "Tell me that you love me, Junie Moon". I miss Catherine "Cat" a lot. God help me, I can't remember her last name. I miss Lynn Shapiro. I miss a lot of other people I used to party with but, probably due to all the partying, can't recall their names. I wonder and pray for them often.

Karen Hooker('71) writes:
My fondest memories are of Elva Lawson's "sangria parties" at her home and the fun we had in Spanish class. Also, I have great memories of Margaret Taylor (math). I still occassionally see her at the Summit club when visiting at home!
Least favorite memory - - Lillian Vollmer! ! !

Kathy Gray('71) remembers:
Ralph Savage and joy riding in his Mustang with Alan Katzan. Pledging and friendships in SKS. "Bye Bye Birdie"

Billy Moore('92) writes:
The one memory I would like to share is the last one I had with the gang from East High. We all got on an airplane and headed to the west to see Mickey and compete in the HOSA Nationals it was a fun time being away and together but it was sad for it was the last time I would see most of these guys for some time. Thats why I can't wait for some kind of reunion just to sit and talk with the friends I had and hopefully will keep in touch with this time.m

Sara Hamer('55) recalls:
My best memory of East High School is meeting my husband, Jim, when I was a tenth grade student volunteer worker in the Nurse's Room located next to the school's office. We began dating that year and have been together ever since that time.

Jeddie Springfield('60) remembers:
Oh, those beautiful Southern gals!
Crowded halls, days of playing soldier in ROTC, nights cruisin' at the Toddle House, sooo much more...

Vernita Phillips('00) remembers:
I will always remember my best friends Tasha and Kerstin. I cannot forget my favorite teachers and when Lena fell down the steps that day in the auditorium. :) No One will forget that!

Catherine Brown ('99) writes:
My most memorable moment at East High school was when we as a "class" had a successful class day and we put all differences aside and cried together and celebrated our success of being seniors and graduating as the best class that has ever and will come out of East High School.

Vickie Isbell ('71) remembers:
Standing at the window in the Mustang Round Up class room watching the hail come down and joking about the headline reading "All Hail Broke Loose"

Ken Kassinger ('71) recalls:
The genuine concern shown by faculty (though we believed we were being persecuted at the time!); the "Smoke Hole"; band concerts; Friday night football games; Wednesday afternoon ROTC drills, a la Sgts Biggs and Norris; fresh-baked yeast rolls in the cafeteria; pep rallies; Coach Pat shouting, "QUIET, please!" in study hall; "cruisin'" the Krystal on Friday and Saturday nights; taking worms from Ms. Trotter's biology class and tossing them into the cafeteria spaghetti; the smell of recently waxed linoleum after Christmas break; the everpresent odor of cigarettes in the toilets; racial desegregation; remarkable friends and acquaintances; an enviable college prep education.

Adrian Lowery ('00) writes:
I remember the talent shows, dances, ROTC(especially), pep rallies, Homecoming, and protesting for Dr. Winston. Also, home suspensions, Mrs. Johnson yelling at me to get to class. Skipping school was fun and skipping class and going to Col. Whitley's room. It was FUN!!!!!!!!!!

Frank Edwards ('55) recalls:
Does anyone remember that the playground was a golf driving range and archery target range before East High was built.

Glen Stewart ('62) remembers:
While I was in junior high at East I remember riding a charter bus to the football games. Each bus had a couple cheerleaders who would lead the students in cheers to and from the games. It seemed that I yelled louder on the bus than I did at the games. Which was mostly true because after getting to the game, my brother Gary and I would play "football" behind one of the end zones, using a crushed paper cup as the football, and thereby not seeing much of the game. We rarely missed a football or basketball game at East. Great memories. Great school!!

Arthaniel Bailey ('00) writes:
My memories of East wa the Prom, Dr. Winston, the Teachers, and of course the State Championship.

Tock McRae ('75) remembers:
I spent 6 years there 7th to 12th grade--many wonderful and funny memories. The only time I was sent to the principal's office was for being handcuffed to Lisa Kenny in Gym class in Jr. High --Mr. Greiebeck had trouble keeping a straight face and our punishment was derailed at the last minute by the appearance of the key. I remmber: Junior High English with Mrs. Seeley -- she was a million years old; Mr. MacIntyre explaining the unusal tastes he knew about; getting in trouble in shop class and having Mr. Pilcher tell you to "shake my hand son" ; The Spainish Club trip to Mexico in '73 with Mrs. Goldfarb; Coach _____ threatening to have some people "join the funny bunny club" - hint - it involved a large wooden paddle; Coach Oscar Ammer picking up someone by his hair-- teach us to have long hair!; Learning alot after our comination with Lester (has everyone seen the movie "Remember the Titans"? if not, rent it)including learning what then passed for the ultimate cheer -- it went "Da da da daa! Yo' mama!" and it was pretty effective; having Mrs. Vollmer as Student Council Sponsor who was so dedicated that she LENT ME HER CAR to go to a student council retreat out of town; selling cokes in summer school with Mr. Wesley-- who was such a nice guy that HE LENT ME HIS CAR to go buy cokes, having Cybill Sheppard's English book senior year (and stupidly telling Miss Said about so I had to give the book back)- Roy West, Brian Moore and I "borrowing" golf course flags from the golf course near school for Lisa Kenny's yard-- that's all we ever did on Friday night.

Nancy Draper ('67) writes:
My memories are sad in some ways for I did not fit in anywhere at school. I made some wonderful friends, but was insecure about who I was. I did, however, go to Europe with the scouts, and sailed each weekend, and played just about every sport there is. If I could change anything, I would have learned to love myself. hindsight...

Chip Kidd ('71) remembers:
Walking to school for 12 years. Mrs. Prater's fourth grade, Mrs. Cobb's homeroom - studyhall in the library - Mrs. King's typing class (possibly the most useful class of all). Mr. Grosbeck's office (too often). A sense of belonging. Helpful teachers and lots of friends.

Victor Moore ('76) writes:
Being a wrestlers that never won but never quit either. I do not know how I let Oscar Hogan talk me into wrestling anyway.

Bobby Stewart ('67) recalls:
I remember the great teachers. Miss Wills, Mr. Dowden, Mrs. Cobb,and Coach "Pat" are just a few who come to mind. I also remember the annex with no windows and the fans it had which only made it hotter. I also remember getting to "choose" the paddle which the "licks" were administered with. But most of all I remember all the fun we had in our innocent days, East was a really great school.

Patti Mann ('60) remembers:
My first memory is of twin girls in my 3rd grade class sticking their tongues out at me...my first day at East...and holding hands with Tommy Monje (not sure of the spelling) as we competed for May Pole Prince and Princess :-)

Charles T. Chapman, Jr ('73) remembers:
The 1971-72 school year (my jr. yr.) was an eventful one as we prepared to be paired with Lester High School as part of the court ordered integration of Memphis City Schools. Someone called in a bomb threat during last period so regularly that winter that we started taking our coats to study hall because we knew we'd be going outside. That spring a strong little thundershower moved across the campus while I was in the aforementioned study hall in the library. The windows were open for ventilation, and when it began to hail a small hailstone fell through an open window and slid clear across the library floor. I recall sometime during 1969-70 several of us congregated before classes began upstairs on the third floor outside the typing classroom. The window in the hall overlooked the second floor (I believe it was the roof over Mrs. Moore's English classroom). That winter some standing water on the rooftop froze, and one of the girls brought her ice skates to school and went skating on the roof. While no one (to my knowlege) was ever apprehended and disciplined for this, nevertheless we soon found that the window had been nailed shut.

Nikara Kilpatrick ('94) writes:
My fondest memory of East would have to be my very first day there. I can recall standing in the hallway and wondering how was I ever going to find my way around this "huge" school! I loved the "health science" program East offered and the opportunity it gave me to learn many things and meet some wonderful people. I could go on for days about all the good memories I have of East. However, there was no year (in my opinion) better than senior year!! All the fun memories of playing "Jenga!" during lunch,"College-a-Rama", the senior picnic, class day, not to mention singing in the gospel choir will forever be with me.

Monica Kinnard ('01) recalls:
My memories of East were the fun times we had at some of the events we had. We did not go to that many because Mr. Birchfield was charging for everything such as the pep rallies, dances, games, and everything. I was a majorette for two years and it was hard to found a steady sponsor. I also remember when the band came along because of the good band director Mr. T. Johnson. He got the band together and we finally had a field show to perform in. I alos remember the competitions I had with other schools with HOSA and the squad. Those days were exciting for me because I made that my life and was so happy with it. Now that I am out of High School I plan to continue some of my ways. I want to be Miss TSU before I graduate for I was "Miss East" for the school year of 2000-2001.

Tee Hill ('01) remembers:
My greatest memory at East was how close our class was before our senior year, I'll remember that forever.

Alisha Warren ('98) writes:
My favorite memory was the senior trip I had a blast and also the many crnk pep rallies we had and also Mrs. Sharon Hightower who is such an inspiration to me I love you you are what the school system needs a teacher who cares about you and don't think of you as just another ssn number I wish you were getting paid off commission because you would be a paid sister for life!!

Candias Carr ('01) recalls:
My high school years was the best memories a person could have. I was a cheerleader from 7 grade to my senior year. East was and will always be the school of excellences.

Mike Montgomery ('66) remembers:
The squads of Army helicopters flying south over East High on the way to Oxford during the Ole Miss/James Meredith crisis in October 1962.
The day Kennedy was shot. I was at lunch in the cafeteria at about 12:45. Billy Morrison came up to our table and said, without affect,"the President's been shot." Syd Lerner, Larry Weinman, and I said "you're nuts." Then I looked halfway across the cafeteria and saw Mrs. Taylor mouth the words "the President's been shot." It was true. Some boys were cheering and running through the halls. Later, in sixth period, during a heavy rain, Sgt. Parker and a couple of ROTC cadets had to go out front and take down the flag, which shouldn't be displayed in heavy rain. It seemed to rain all the way until Christmas. I had never seen a real flag at half staff.
Who remembers the bomb scare in '64 or '65 when everyone got to go home?

Jim Sullivan ('62) writes:
Remember the 1962 male fashion? It was a yellow button-down tucked into blue pants, with yellow Gold Toes emerging out the bottom thence disappearing into a pair of brown Bass Weejuns. But all shoes at East were eclipsed by Ron Perel's on ROTC uniform day. He claimed the shine was from 5 Day Deodorant Pads but independent tests suggest he was pulling our collective leg. There was the pep rally in the auditorium featuring the syncopated Stewarts - every time a cheer settled down, Glen and Gary popped up in back with bedraggled pom poms and a weak "rah rah". Nothing got people to their feet like a Ned Turnbull dunk during warm-up or a Doc Hoffman behind-the-back cross-court pass.

Kristen Cannon ('01) remembers:
All the good times I shared with my buddies, especially Senior Trip.

Tolbert Jordan ('99) writes:
The most remembered years at East was my whole Senior Year, it was very challenging.

Ervin C. Johnson ('75) recalls:
One of my many favorite memories is when a film crew taped us in the gym doing those groovy dances of the 70's. The "bump" never looked so good. I think they taped us to show how well we all got along during the pairing between Lester and East. I never saw the final tape and I never want to, imagine how scary we probably looked in those fashions and hair styles of the day. I know we really thought we were so hot or happenin.

Barbara Herring ('66) remembers:
When I tell my daughter and her friends that there really were no organized sports for girls in high school, she is dumb-founded! But, I got a lot of exercise going to lots of dances, sponsored by clubs or the school.
East was a lot of fun, though I should have worked harder on my academics.

Shep Fargotstein ('72) writes:
I am, of course, saddened by the deaths of so many of my fellow classmates, especially Woody Phillips. There was an inner group in our class who atended for the entire 12 years, and Woody and i knew each other the entire time. When i was in school in Boston, he was at Amherst, and we would visit each other. I'll never forget going to his campus for the first time, and he was on the top of his dorm drinking beer with his buddies. We had a great time, dong things that we shouldn't do.

Robin Taylor ('98) recalls:
Being a cheerleader at East, what an unnecessary experience. Just joking, it was okay, but it wasn't what I wanted out of life.

Shanetria Price ('96) remembers:
My most memorable memories are my senior year. I can remember working to save money for our Senior trip. I won't forget singing "I'll never forget you" on class day. My senior year was one of the best years of my life. I sometimes wish I could do it all over again. I truly miss those days at East High.

Michael Burton ('01) writes:
Now looking back I'm so proud that I made the most of my years at East. Teachers like Mrs. Lambert and Mrs. Moore. And those dances every friday when Doctor Winston was there. The radical action we took when they took away our hostile principle. And the football games, when we started winning, were amazing. The Down to earth beautiful women such as Ashley, Bianca, Robbie, Ro, Moneake, and Takita. We had to have been the crunkest senior class to ever leave that school. I love East.

Franchester Carter ('00) recalls:
My best memories would be the football games and the bond that the trainner had with the football team. Spending most of my high school time in the R.O.T.C. room. Getting ready for performance and Drill Competitions.

Pam Matthews ('76) remembers:
Singing has always been a big part of my life. I sang Summertime in the musical, Porgy and Bess. I can still remember Ms. Gillespie playing the piano behind me. She could really play the piano. There were many things (i.e. musicals and songs) I would not be exposed to if I our schools had not been intergrated. As I sit and think about my time at East, I feel that it was I great turning point in my life. The experiences I had at East made things better for me because I began to interact with people from different backgrounds. It prepared me for the life that I live today.

Mike Parish ('73) recalls:
Pete & Sam's to eat and drink after football games!

Adrianne Bolden ('00) writes:
My best memory is senior class day because it was such a wonderful day.

Vincent Freeman ('83) sends this:
I remember "Sooooooo hard,SO hard to be a muuustang" those were the years. We had so much fun back then. The cafeteria dances, the pep rally's & the "free lunches" hahahaha. Actually,I learned how to type,weld & program computers all at East High Voe-Tech. My most memorable event at East was our senior trip to Orlando,Fl. Our trip there made me into a traveler where I wanted to see the entire world. I sought & accomplished that goal thanks to East High. "EAST EAST FIRED UP YEEEAAAAH"

Gary Jameson ('69) writes:
my best memories would phi kappa and speech class with it's plays.

David Bickford ('90) recalls:
I went to SWS, so didn't really socialize with a lot of my graduating class body. What I do remember are significant people that changed my life by being positive role-models....Jackie Ertischek (sp?)& Caroline Debois (sp?)

Lakeshia Townsend ('98) remembers:
when the class of 99 did a skit about me and felecia chasing bryan on class day.

Neely Everett ('65) recalls:
Fun memories: Playing mini-football in the early mornings before we went into the building; arriving at school and finding a SIZE 44 Bra hanging around the Eagle on the roof; riding desks down the stairs at the West end of the main hall; eating egg and olive sandwiches and Turkish Taffey every day for lunch; "bolting" from the Krystal with "Mama Krystal" yelling at us to stop!; grass-drill from the practice field to the top of the hill returning to the locker-room; stealing those big safety pins that held the wrap-around kilts closed; singing Do-Wop songs after lunch in the main hall; losing in basketball to Frayser Jr. High by a score of 74-4 (I still can't believe that!!!!); The Beatles coming to the U.S.; girls; Mr. Dowtin (not many!); Mr. Pendergrast (how sad); Sock Hops; the most beautiful entry hall of all schools; JFK's death; Stoney Birk coming to school; Saturday morning Pancake Breakfasts; jumping out of Mrs. Pell's Spanish Class window; getting caught jumping out of Mrs. Pell's classroom window; Many, many other memories that will never die!

Towanda Cox ('93)writes:
HOSA competitions and Mrs.Reed's (Free-Reed), Medical Laboratory class where we had multiple multiple choice test. My most hilarious memories are Mrs. Johnson's A&P class and I don't have to say anymore those of you who were there already get the joke and being put out of Mrs. Stokes Trig class w/ Frankie, Tedrick, Kevin, Big Mo, Victoria and others for "disturbing the learning process".

Sue Sheffield ('62)remembers:
I remember encountering Mr. Snider or other authority figures far too often when I was out in the hall instead of in class. For some reason, they never believed my explanations for why it was really appropriate for me to be in the hall and not in class.

Sandra Mabon ('79) recalls:
The first State Championship in Basketball.

Bobby Powell ('68) writes:
The best memories I have of East was living across from Ricky Witherspoon a guy I remember as being very creative. Wayne Snodgrass did the best impression of Laurel (of Laurel and Hardy fame). I remember sitting right behind Cybill in French class for at least one year (needless to say my french is not too good with that distraction) and a couple of other people that made an impact on me is Ken King who really helped me get to know people when I first got there. Also, Charles Bradley and Freddie Burson who were friends also. Freddie gave me the opportunity to get to know someone of orthodox jewish life which has been significant to me. Larry Kraft and Kenny Paxton were also buddies so you can see my friend list was pretty broad. I remember distinctly when Larry died as he and two other friends hit that fateful tree on Cooper that night that took their lives. I remember being impressed with the intelligence of Hamp Pitts and all of those destined for ivy league schools. I always thought Lucy Lathram was pretty. I guess my participation on the ROTC drill team made me somewhat of a geek at the time (not everyone can be a famous jock), but I did like shooting the 22 rifles. East high was great school and had some great people for which I am glad to have been a small part.

Pam Belcher ('73) remembers:
My fondest memories of East are being with my dearest friends, cheerleading, sports (boy, did we miss our time, they give scholarships for that now!), the Krystal after the games, Ms. Sandra Colbert, who passed away a few years ago,and numerous others! I love them all!

Cindy Walker ('73) writes:
My memories are dear to my heart. Who could ever forget Mr. Wilkinson's Latin class? The man made us feel like we were really part of history. Mrs. King was one of the toughest on me in typing, but now that I have a computer, I can thank her for making me learn my keyboard. No hunting and pecking for me! Coalla King would be so proud!! The Sexy Seven (and you know who you are!) were the highlight of senior high school for me. Can any of you remember opening a window on the top floor of the school, climbing out on the roof and spying on the boys practicing football? I loved my cheerleading days. Still think I have permanent ink impressions on my hands and wrists where we wrote the list of cheers for the pep meeting each time. Coach Pat, what a great guy! Mrs. Clark? Eeks!! Could she ever remember to remove her dry cleaning tags from her suits? And which one of you threw a desk out the window of her class and claimed you didn't have a place to sit? I vividly remember Billy Byrd flirting with the ladies who worked at the Krystal to keep us all out of trouble. They loved him. Didn't we all? Who remembers the "birds and bees talk" given by Ms. Colbert in 7th or 8th grade? I remember her drawing the shades down low and turning on the projector and all of us going " Gross!" in unison. Little did she know the boys were peeping in the windows from the outside. Oh and how could I forget my first sight of a jockey strap wrapped around Mrs. Sikes door knob to her classroom in the annex?! I can still remember her stuttering and stammering like she had seen a ghost and all of us snickering while she tried to get her key into the door and all the time saying, "Younnng peoplleee...." What a great time in life, what a great place to grow up!! Each time we come into Memphis and pass the school, my kids ask me to tell them yet another story. I have so many, it is hard to choose just one.

Sue Williams ('61) recalls:
Eleven years of memories at East and lifelong friends. Sock hops in the gym, Pep rallies, football games, especially Central and Catholic High, CBC! Lots of dances, great dancers and great parties and proms (wore 3" spike heels)!!! Hi-Y/Tri-Hi-Y trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains. My big crushes on certain guys in our group of friends. Great teachers; Mrs Volmer, Mrs. Black, Mrs. Gladfelter, Mr. Snider (such a tolerant man), Mrs. Taylor, I could go on. I was also very fond of Mrs. Shoemaker and Mrs. Sullivan elementary principal)? My sorority/inter-sorority/club friends. We had so much fun. It "was" a unique time, a time of innocence compared to today. My family was very important and we did everything together and actually enjoyed being with each other!! Go figure! I'm thrilled to be able to reminisce with other classmates.

Glen Smith ('71) remembers:
The best memories were the lunchroom times, vocal music class, musical productions, ROTC with Sgt.Biggs & yes even Sgt.Norris.
A lot of great wisdom came from our teachers and more important was the personal experiences our teachers shared with us.

Barry Vanderable ('02) recalls:
East was the only high school. I shed so much blood, sweat, and tears in those great halls. Through all the hard times you still learn something at East. East is a great school despite all the so-called problems it has.

Tennile Davidson ('97) writes:
Honestly, I had more fun at East than I did in college- can you believe that? I really had better teachers at East than I have at pharmacy school.

Dorcas Young ('95) recalls:
I remember when we went on our Senior Trip and turned out Disneyworld... How could a class THAT smart (millions in scholarships) cause that much trouble? :)

Lee Vieron ('68) remembers:
Taking a student bus to football games to Halle Stadium when it was on an unlit gravel two lane road. Pep rallies as a ninth grader and drooling with the rest of the males over the senior high cheerleaders
Ms Reimers' liquid lunches
Being in the *mold infested" annex, in Mrs. Seeley's 8th grade English class, when I heard about JFK.

Tiffany Morton ('97) writes:
My most fondest memory at East is being on the Pom-Pon squad and being so nervous before a basketball half-time performance. I remember Mrs. Macklin fussing at us about doing the "hoochie mama" dances.I also remember walking down the halls and laughing so hard with Shauntae Hancock about nothing at all. I remember eating fries outside at lunchtime and Dr. Winston catching us, inspecting our fingers for grease. Those were the good-ole days.

Ed "Ted" Skinner (see class of '66) remembers:
Instead of study hall, band members could get a pass to go to one of the small practice rooms off the band room under the auditorium stage to work on scales, etc. Many band members had boy/girl friends also in the band with the same study hall assignment. (At games and concerts, some were not as well rehearsed as the practice time might suggest!) Band trips and long bus rides were another favorite: Who remembers marching a five mile parade in 100 degrees in El Paso Texas and who was the drummer that passed out cold while standing in formation?
How about football games at Crump Stadium, half-time shows, marching 8-to-the-5, and hurriedly picking up instruments to play the fight song when a touchdown came unexpectedly? And how about those wonderful powdered white shoes with pink soles, the hot stuffy uniforms and the big white plastic hats bought (wholly, or in part?) with 1) a donation from Jack Lord and 2) a donation from a local catering company that served the band spoiled potato salad and put several in the hospital (myself included). And how about the majorettes, shivering in their bathing-suit size outfits on cool evenings?
I took Senior English the summer before the 12th grade from Mrs. Jack. We were on the third floor way above the shop [with coach "tick" brooks]. That high up, the summer was almost bearable with those giant windows open all the way. I remember one of the others in class giving someone a hard time because all they read were trash-novels, but Mrs. Jack rose to their defense "because he's reading, and his writing shows it." She read us an excerpt and it was far better than anything anyone else had written.
What about doodle-bug fishing on the playground? Or the wood pencil smell of the school-supply "store?" And how about the red, key-shaped hall passes? Or going to the auditorium in the years between Sputnik and Explorer to watch yet another [unmanned] rocket explode on the launching pad?
JFK: I was in the smoke hole off the auditorium and could show you, within inches, where I was standing when I heard the news.
Anyone remember the Oklahoma stage production? I played flute in the pit and, to this day, cringe when I hear any of the music (because we rehearsed it so much).
How about walking to and from school through the Gardens? I would climb down in the concrete-walled ditch, put my flute together and march along playing in the artificial echo chamber. Undoubtedly anyone hearing the sound would think "this must be a very odd kid" but, considering the world today, I don't think I'd mind being that odd again if I could have the innocence that went with it.

Rena Tate ('98) writes:
memories I remember and never will forget is when we lost Dr. Lowell Winston, How everyone envyed the track team( sorry to sound so negative), Prom,My two best friends still today Katate jackson, and Sherese (Sheffa) Smith, Coach Young, Mosby, Turner and all the other coaches. Ms Moses ENGLISH CLASS, and the year Big Terry and I were a couple.(HAHA)

Brandon Bougard('00) recalls:
My favorite memories were the ones involving Mrs. Brown's office and just chillin'. Whenever you didn't want to go to class, you could always go to Mrs. Brown's office and she would definitely find something for you to do.

Lashanda Beard ('95) remembers:
I remember prom night it was so magical u know i'm now 27 yrs old and what i would'nt give 2 go back in time 2 be a senior 4 one last time:)

Winston Jordan ('97) writes:
I had a lot of great times at East. It's hard to remember them all right now. But the ones that stand out the most have to due with Mr. Simpson. I visited the site the other day and was truly saddened to learn of his death. I even had to call the school to confirm this because I just couldn't believe what I was reading. Mr. Simpson (or "Simp" as he allowed his students to affectionately call him) was a great teacher to me and it's so sad that future students won't have the benefit of his instruction. He helped make science (next to art) my favorite subject. Everyone has that one teacher that they'll remember for the rest of their lives and in my case that was Mr. Simpson. You will be missed. ==

Artrice Moore ('95) remembers:
One of my greatest memory of East is Mrs Jackson.....I dreaded the day I was told that she would be my Honors English Teacher. I had heard so many bad things about her my sophmore and junior year that I didn't want to be in her class, but because I was giving the opportunity to get to know her I would have to say that she was and will always be the BEST Teacher at East......I had the best times of my life in her class and she will always be an inspiration to me!!!!!

Shrei Crenshaw ('99) recalls:
I can remember sitting on the front steps before school one day with Christopher Ingram (1997 graduate). We were sitting there talking and this huge mutant rat ran out of the bushes and went across the walkway...We just kinda looked at each other, completely silent, and got up as quickly as we could and walked inside. It was hilarious. --

Chris Logan (71) writes:
I was recently rummaging in the attic and took a stroll thru memory lane by opening the wrong box. I came across several old Mustang Roundups, Spirit ribbons, Phone Directory and Football programs. Boy did the memories flood back. I agree ole Sarg Norris and Biggs are fun times even when I was demoted for making a wise crack on a test with Mark Edwards {RIP}. As well as Coach Oscar Ammer and his rainy day wiffle ball games in the gym. As for lunch food, you can't beat the old homemade hamburgers with the buns with a dusting of flower. I don't eeeeeven want to know how they were made.

Jimmy Black ('61) recalls:
my last memory of east is a visit from the memphis police department after graaduation about someone egging mrs. headstreams house. they visited all the students she failed. i did not do it.

David Calliham ('69) remembers:
John Reed talking me in to going away to a boarding school run by the Brothers of the Saint Fransicus order in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi for one semester in the 10th grade. It was a virtual prison and the head Brother had public disciplinary sessions where you were whipped with a big leather strap and humiliated in front of your classmates.
In hindsight, how artificial all that high school fraternity stuff was, but fun and most of us didn't know any better.
Ron Hall saving our rearends from some guys with a gun after they came after us for throwing eggs at their car on Halloween night. They hit Gary Jamison with the gun butt (Gary took the punch really well and partied hardy the rest of the night).
Ken Weatherford and Wayne Reynolds singing Stormy Weather at a party.
Drinking and smoking so much that I failed to make the ROTC Rifle team because I could not hold the gun steady enough.
Living so hard and full that by the time I graduated I was uninterested in College fraternities, married at 20, a home owner at 21, and still married for over 30 years now (to the same gal).

Asharkii Ellis ('97) writes:
There are so many memories that I have of East High. I can remember in the 11th grade I didnt attend East, but I had been going to the state championship games every year and I didnt plan to miss that year even though I was at another school. So I asked one of my friends, who wasnt gonna be at school that day anyway, to pay my money and sign her name as if she were going...and she did just that. So I arrived at school that day and they were calling the names of the students who were going on the trip and they called Lanetra Nicks(my alias) and I got on the bus. I was soooo scared because the people who were calling the names knew who I was, so I was praying that they wouldnt notice and that I would just be able to slip on by, and thats exactly what I did. Whoa! That was close. I went on to state just as I had done the many years prior.

Yolanda Collins ('86) recalls:
I remember all those talent shows, pep rallies, trips and victories in state b-ball and football(we had some bad Boys),mr.kobeck(rip),mr.bynum(made us walk the walk), ms.barnes(the Mother of east, love you girl!), ms smith(chemistry made easy!),Ms.hudson(the best math teacher ever made!), coach mosby(hadn 't aged a Bit) and most of all being at the best damn high school in the city!! I am still so proud to say "I'm a Mustang"-- no matter what they print in the paper or broadcast on the news!!!

Jeff McGovern ('71) remembers:
Bill Shepherd unraveling the insides of a golfball and entangling the entire class in it before Mr. Butler came in to "teach" the geometry class.

Karen Robinson ('95) recalls:
Senior trip Floroda and the cops!! Ha ha you guys remember!!
Budweiser commercial redo's in English class!!

Holly Shelton ('73) writes of her recollections:
Singing on the Eiffel Tower in Paris, at 14, with the East High Troubadors. The Krystal after football games. My dear Lynn Pyeatt whom I still miss...What would she be like now?

Sammy Jackson ('83) writes:
My name is Sammy Jackson. I was the President of Student Counsil in the class of 1983. What I remember most about East in those days were the football and Basketball games as our teams were the tops that year. Jerry "Red Shoes" Harris the star tailback and Andrea Laird our quarterback. They were also the point and shooting guards of our basketball team. Don't forget Tony " Helli-copter" Hobson our 6"1" center who could out jump the 7' William Bedford at Melrose. Remember the Jamboree when East Played the Mighty Melrose for one fifteen min. quarter. What a crowd at the Fairgrounds that night to see our Defence lay the wood on the Golden Wildcats. Who can forget the mock Funeral we had for our Football homecoming against White Station. I still have pictures and I think a tape of that event. What fun! We also had some of the most caring Teachers. Mr. Mc Intosh, who can forget him making fun of us and singing "I heard it through the grape vine" in homeroom. I also remember Mrs. Holmes our 10th grade English teacher who came back for our graduation even though she had retired two years earlier. Yes "We've only justy begun" our themesong still rings loud and clear! Finally in the words of our every team mascot " Bozo" Who ya Rootin For? E - H - S , Who ya rootin for? E - H - S!!!!

Pat Renfroe (see class of '61) remembers:
Being mascot of Mustang band/majorettes in 1949; all the elementary & high school teachers I had; getting 5 days detention for skipping school with Lois Ann Parrish ('61) and Vicki Gilkey ('61 - deceased); being head majorette in high school; Mr. Dowtin's jokes; Mrs. Seeley's stories about her husband; Mrs. Holland's sternness; Sue Golden's baby blue T-bird; Lois Ann getting a week's detention for sneezing in Mrs. Clement's class; poodle skirts; never understanding Mrs. Stone's geometry class; Mrs. Miller's insistence on girls acting like ladies; buying school supplies at the "book store"; funny Carol Ezell ('61); Mrs. Margaret Taylor's sincere desire for all her students to succeed in math; Mrs. Flaniken being a great mentor; pep rallies in the gym; talent shows in the auditorium; heat in the annex; pink and black outfits; sock hops in the gym; and fighting with my sister Margaret Dale ('63) - who is now a wonderful friend - while walking over a mile home!

Tori Harris ('00) recalls:
I remember the special teachers there like Ms.Sills and the one person who made a true impression on my life Coach Wnada Jones. She helped me so much not only as a basketball player butas a person.

Tarrik Mabon ('03) remembers:
When we won the State Championship in football my freshman year. Also, my senior year when we, the Class of 2003 brought back the East High Mascot with Elvin O'Neal II during the pep rally and homecoming game. And oh, when Elvin and I challenged the drum majors (Deon, Casey, and Erick) during our pep rally.

George Morris ('54) remembers:
What a nice group of kids we had in the '50's! Boys were boys and girls were girls & the emphasis was personality. There was no auditorium so we had student rallies in the gym. We had devotionals each morning over the PA system.

Stanley Rogers ('69) writes:
I know who lit that smoke bomb in Mr McKnight's science classroom and it's still a secret. You know who you are ....

Tory Dotson ('94) says:
I remember all of the fun I had in and out of class. I don't regret anything about my high school years. I almost forgot, I especially want to thank all of my math teachers. All of that long and hard homework was worth it. I Love My School

Lashanda Beard ('95) remembers:
Well my best memory would be prom.I love it it was really magical.I still have my dress,shoes,purse.And the jewerly i wore that night.I was mad at arthur for being so late.But it turned out to be the best night of my life.That was the best memory for me.

Leondra Early ('00) recalls:
I miss hanging in the hall ways and laughing with my friends.
I miss Memphis.

Judy Wade ('57) writes:
I remember Mrs. Headrick teaching in the annex, and having to go under the stage, in the auditorium to go to speech class. Also the band room was next door. Our play was the Mikado. Having "sock hops" in the gym was a BIG Deal. Any the teachers used to pull a curtain in the gym on rain days so the girls and boys could use the gym at the same time. Of course, we were not allowed to see the boys. Graduation was traumatic for me because I had been measured for my gown in 3 inch heels and then had stepped on a bee in my mother's back yard. Being allergic to be stings, my foot swelled up and I had to borrow a flat shoe from my friend Judy Bowden. So I graduated in one of her shoes and one of my flat shoes. Stepped on my gown hem several times. Trying to get on stage and get that diploma.

Whitney ("Ne Ne"> Woodard ('03) remembers:
East was fun to me. We just had a whole lot of principals.

Monique ("Mo Mo") Clayton ('98) recalls:
I remember that many of us did not always get along. There were many different clicks, but we all pulled together as one when it came down to supporting Dr. Winston. I was never as proud to be a mustang as I was during those fighting times. I remember the blackouts and many senior skip days. The pep rallies and dances were always crunk and us athletes always got away with murder. I remember playing cards in class and banging beats on the lockers all the time. I believe we all had fun at East High

Winston Jordan ('97) writes:
My where does one begin?
So many memories, so little time and space. to write them all.
I remember a lot of things that had to do with Mr. Simpson (like the time he had to stop my best friend Martin Dean (who was the best man at my wedding this past Spetember) from dropping Dionne Hunt out the window, which I'd hoped he wouldn't do because at the time I had a huge crush on her)
But anyway the ones that stick out in my mind the most are
1. When Mr. Norwood (who now teaches at Sherwood Middle) had to stop myself and Greg Williams from coming to blows over an art project, we often got into verbal (which almost escalated to physical) confrontations but we were still friends deep dpwn.
2.How many times my friends and I got in trouble for rough-housing. We were all huge fans of professional wrestling and we used to show that in the hallways.
I remember Coach Mosby came around the corner just into to see me piledrive some guy (I forget his name now) and I remember Coach yelling..."Hey hey hey! Y'all go and play Channel 5 Wrestling at home!" That was around eight or ninth grade.
3. Always helping Mr. Simpson decaorate the eight grade hall for homecoming every year.Being one with artistic talent, "Simp-Dog" often sought me for his room decor. I would stay after school until 4 or 5 PM helping him decorate the hall for homecoming every year.. Heck, it was a good way to get out of some classes, of course he'd give me a ride home because at the eight grade I wasn't driving yet.
4. Recieving a Special Award at one of the Honors Programs for my work I was doing with Dragonwyck Teleproductions (an animation studio once located on Poplar, now in Knoxville, TN). Mr. Norwood gave me the award after he was invited to come to the studio to see my work. I never even expected it. I had already been up there (the stage) twice.
Then I hear Mr. Bynum announce the award and tell why I'm recieving it.
I recieved a standing ovation and thunderous applause.
Ahh so many memories, so little time.
If I could just turn back the hands of time...

Arthur ("Tim") Malkin, Jr ('55) remembers:
The old days, Mr Snyder, no one on the BB team over 6'3".

Marquis Bowling ('94) writes:
I remember how much pride we all had in East High School; it was more than just a school. I hope everybody still retains that pride.

Marilyn Elayne Perry('94) recalls:
One of my fondest memories I have of East high is when I ran out on the gym floor and did the percolator with Cornelius Alexander and Big Quintin.

Rictrell Pirtle ('03) writes:
East High School was a great place for me. The friends I gained while there will always be in my heart. I hope that others have just as fond memories of East High as I do.

Patsy Parchman ('60) remembers:
Our homeroom was in the Shop and Mr. Brooks Jackson was our homeroom teacher. We had some good times in that area of the school. In many ways those days seem like yesterday. Could it really be 45 years since we left? I started at East the first year it opened--1948--and went from one end of the building to the other, progressing from 1st through 12th grades. It is fun to remember many people who were just good people and who had an influence on my life, whether they knew it or not. It would be great to see many of them again!

Tamara Walker ('95) writes:
My best memories are the teachers at East High School. They are the best. They cared about the students.

Daniel King ('02) recalls:
I just Loved every minute at East High all the classmates that graduated with me we were all like a big family full of loving brothers and sisters

Laura Layman ('64) writes:
After years of being terrified of Ms Flannigan, I talked with her about 20 years after graduation. She was really a very sweet person!! Who would have thought it??!!!!!

Barbara Overholser ('63) remembers:
I have a recurring dream of the marble main Hall of East. Unfortunately my hair is in curlers and I am in pajamas-it is a nightmare! I'll never forget Linda Guenther and I tried to skip school-hey, we'd seen Wiley Maiden and Blanchard Tual leave early-so we tried it. We got caught because I laughed so hard I wet my pants!

Lamisha Fultz ('97) writes:
I was really overwhemled the first time I wore a dress and all the complements I got. I loved vocal music class 7th period with asharkii, jamese, and tracy king.

Alex Conaway ('69) remembers:
So many. Lets see, Libby Wilson's smile, Oscar Amar's scowl, Biff Concklin's wit, Pat Copeland's athleticism, and all the friendships.

Zandra Johnson ('90) recalls:
From the 7th to the 12th, high school was great. I had great friends and some "wonderful" teachers. Just to mention a couple Mrs. Hudson - Math and Mrs. Townsend - Vocational. If I HAD to do it again, I would want to be at EAST HIGH SCHOOL!!!

Jordan Robinson ('03) writes:
Class of 2003 do you guys remember when Michelson went on stage as the old preacher.

Angela Wright ('98) recalls:
My fondest memories are of us sitting in the hallways, walking out of the school, picketing on the sidewalks, and marching to the board in the rain all in the name of something (or should I say someone) we believed in. What an amazing group of young people - willing to stand on convictions even then!

LaQuilla Jones ('01) writes:
I remember when there was a fight in the gym and everyone came out to stomp on that guy. I remember ribbet... I remember the doo doo roll...Lastly, I remember Denora and her gold dress.

Quinetta Johnson ('02) remembers:
I miss high school. I miss the teachers even Mrs. Coleman. I really miss my senior year, it was the best.

Ashley Hodges ('01) remembers:
I remember when Ms. George was punched in the face by Demetrius White.

Senetra Johnson ('98) recalls:
Precious memories of a packed house and the East High cheerleaders cheering our team to another victory always fill my mind. I remember Dr. Winston and our sit-ins for him to stay at East. I recall the wonderful dances and jamboree where the Mustang spirit and pride was evident in all faces. And lets not forget the HOSA trips to state and nationals.

Elaine Altick ('65) recalls:
I have fond memories of my friends at East and marching with the Sponsors Drill Team. This past weekend was our 40th Reunion which was perfect. Can't wait for the next reunion.

Linda Brakefield ('65) writes:
I remember the huge halls of East, walking into school one day and there sat a Volkswagon Beetle in the middle of the hallway. And, at some point, two of our classmates found two metal trash cans and rode them down the stairs leading to the athletic field.

Shae Agnew ('05) remembers:
My most fondest memory took place on prom night and Coach Jones got together all of her favorite girls to take a group photo and it just seemed like it was a time capturing moment for all of us because it was so coordinated (color) and everyone was at their best. I also enjoyed prom because it was one of the last nights that we all were together having fun and being free for the last time.

Toni Shaw ('80) recalls:
I can remember the sports and the good times we had at all of the games. I have very dear friends with whom i am friends with to this date. We talk often and are very close. I look forward to hearing from others.

Nia Appling ('05) writes:
my favorite memories at east happened on our senior trip( class of 05')...there was so much drama goin on and just about everybody got loose...it was such an amazing time...hey brittany c. everyone thinks ur so nice cuz alot of us woulda beat yo roomates down if we were u

John West ('56) remembers:
I had a english teacher who thought i was better than i was, so I was........

Andrew Patton ('03) recalls:
I remember Rashine(forgive the spelling)Webb and I used to bring drums and keyboards to school. WE would play for the homecoming court. I played the drums.. I remember catching the city bus and beating on anything that sounded like a drum. We used to do all the cuts that was popular on K-97!!! I remember getting up at 5:30 so that I could catch the 13 Wellington downtown... Then transfer to the 50 Popular!!! I remember in 9th Grade they took us to see Glory!!! Do yall remember they wouldn't take us to Malcolm X 2 years later!!!!! A CON spiracy!!!!(In living Color style) Denzel should've gotten another Oscar!!! Y'all Remember Ced choosing Memphis State of the likes of Georgetown, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Michigan. Do yall remember Marty Merriwether being the smallest quarterback in the city!!! Do have any old Mr shaw band members in the house? I got to stop!!!!

Tommy Washington ('02) writes:
I remember always going to Mrs. Castillo's class and her pushing me to alway be better. I remember going to prom and almost being kicked out for giving a lapdance on the stage. I remember HOSA competition and Mrs. Reed and Hightower and how much fun it was to go out of town with everyone.

Jimmy Mounce ('71) remembers:
Several times a week I will drive by East on my way to or from the Federal Building. In late summer and fall I will occasionally stop and watch the football team practice. As I watch the team practice I think of the hours that I spent sweating on the same ground sure that the next game would be ours. Celebrating a win (rare until my senior year) and building anger at a loss and learning to not internalize or outwardly express it (good training for a law enforcement officer). But one thing I remember is crystal clear... none of the coaches in Junior or Senior High gave up on us. It seemed that I learned more about myself as a person when I lost then when I won. Why? When you win well you won. When you lose you have an excuse to quit...its too hard...its not worth it...I'm tired of working so hard, etc... It goes toward proving the saying: "Winners never quit and quitters never win." Luck comes from hard work and preparation to act when an opportunity prepares itself. Those that aren't ready lose many opportunities.
    I wonder what some of my English teachers would say if they knew that a majority of my work involved writing reports or legal briefs on some arrest or proposed operation or on papers describing what's wrong and how to fix it. How 'bout that Ms. Said? Life's a dance. You should learn to enjoy the music and the rhythm. Be prepared to beat bad times and savor the good. East was a microcosm of getting ready for the rest of our lives. Everyday I appreciate what our under paid and overworked teachers tried to give us. I think some of it rubbed off along the way.

Laquita Hawkins ('03) writes:
my memories at east were crazy fighting with principals and teaches, but out of all of that i can say if i could relive my high school memories i will go back and change all the bad things i did but there was some great times and teachers. mrs. mitchell-collins, coach moslby, deberry, turner, and who could forget coach merriweather with that one gold tooth in his mouth during eighth grade year. but i do miss high and because of the way i am i have only one person to thank for that and that person is god almighty. goooooooooooo mustangs.

Kay Humphreys (associated with '76) remembers:
Mr. McIntyre's biology class (polysaccha -whuut?), the fabulous rolls at lunch, sneaking out of Mrs. Collier's art class by climbing out the window,slam books, the way it smelled in the annex, pep rallies, the Mustang Roundup, English in Mrs. Reagan's (Curry's) class, Algebra with Ms. Alissandratos - yikes!, my friends, Leigh Crockett, Patricia Day, April Mills, Linda Hoehn, where are they now? What a great school.

Wyatt Carter ('61) recalls:
in band class our music teacher george tony locked himself in the old band vault.when the next class came in after lunch period, we thought he was still at home for lunch.He lived across the street on Holems.Finally mr.jackson the shop teacher realized he was in the vault.George would not starved to death though for that was where we kept our worlds finest choc. to raise mony to buy new band uniforms.

Ervin C. Johnson ('75) remembers:
Playing Maul Ball in the Gym during PE class! Was that torture or what? Pep Rallies, What a Blast! "Bye Bye Birdie", "My Fair Lady", "Oaklahoma" and "South Pacific". Being assigned lunch room duty by the cafeteria police if you "acted up" during lunch. I loved to "pop" those empty milk cartons. It was worth the punishment !

Diane Thomas ('64) and Mike Plunk ('64)]: recall:
[Editor's note: In late 2007 we were made aware of a blog written by an East High alumni couple. One of the entires is a delightful recollection of their senior year at East High in 1964. We include it here with permission. You may read more of the blog at www.plunkchronicles.blogspot.com/.]
From The Plunk Chronicles:
   Tom Brokaw spoke at a luncheon in Memphis last week [November 16, 2007] to promote his new book, Boom! Voices of the Sixties. In his last book, The Greatest Generation, Brokaw told stories of World War II, heroism, sacrifice and the social change that ensued. Boom is about the baby boomers who followed the end of WWII. He interviewed several current-day leaders, such as Presidents Clinton and Bush, who are boomers and devoted an entire section to the music of the sixties.
    He said that never before has a period of music represented such innovation and endured for so long. In the 40s and 50s, there was no popular demand for the music from 20-40 years before. Today there’s at least one classic rock radio station in every city of any size.
    The sixties were turbulent. It was probably the most dramatic era of social change ever. Brokaw said that the grown-up boomers may represent the only generation in which parents are cooler than their children.
    Mike and I are proud baby boomers. As the huge group of us rolled like a tidal wave into our teens and started spending money, we became – and still are – prime marketing targets for all manner of products and services. For instance, have you ever seen the number of ads for (active) retirement communities as you do now? Boomers are retiring from the work force and aren’t sitting at home, gray-haired, waiting for the grandkids to visit. We’ve brought about change throughout our lives.
    I entered East High School in the seventh grade and distinctly remember the crowd of us sitting in the auditorium for nearly a week while administrators and teachers scrambled to create new homeroom groupings, add classes and generally figure out where to put us. Guess they didn’t see us coming. It was that way throughout our junior and senior high experience.
    When it came time to plan graduation, they called all the seniors into the auditorium for a meeting. East had a wonderful, large auditorium with a theater-style slope for good viewing, an orchestra pit, ample stage and spacious wings for all the things that go on back there. Every graduating class had received diplomas on that stage. That year – it was questionable.
    All the other high schools in town held graduation downtown at the large Ellis Auditorium. They offered that option to us. The alternative would be to crowd bleacher-type seating onto the stage for a rather crowded event. The principal called for the vote and, almost unanimously, we chose to spring into adulthood from the stage that was filled with so many memories.
    In doing so, we became the last seniors to graduate from East’s auditorium. The summer following graduation marked the tragic auto accident which claimed the life of Joel P. Snider, a silver-haired gentleman and our revered principal, who had been at the helm since East first opened nearly 20 years before.
   It was the end of an era.

Shanika Rowlett ('98) remembers:
I am flooded with memories at east high. I remember my senior year because thats the year that all of us pulled together in the name Dr. Lowell Winston. I remember Conell Cloyd and Burgess Jefferies being our first male cheerleaders. I remember all the dances and pep rallies. I remember singing to Antowin Beard at homecoming in the group ebony. Prom, Ms. Hardy's class 7th period, Mrs. Barnes home ec, Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Jackson 12th grade english, Mrs. lambert's 9th grade english, and Mr. Zeake, the coolest cat in the school and all the coaches. My high school years were better than my college years. Sad isn't it?

Nikki Walker ('98) writes:
I remember H PHI H (me, tewaner, monique, shannon, jamesha, and lashondra). LOVE YA'LL! I remember the dances in the basement, banging on the lockers in 9th grade. Ms. Jackson's 5th period class, Ms. Hardy's 7th grade class. And fighting for DR. LOWELL WINSTON!! I have never loved being a mustang or being in the CLASS OF 1998 more than I did at that time. It just doesn't get any better than that!!!!

Jack Logan ('67) recalls:
[Excerpts from letter appearing on the Class of '67 Class Classics Page]
If my feeble mind remembers, there was a shooting range in the basement of East and we were popping off .22 rounds, as well as breaking down M-l 's and "drowning them in oil", as I remember SSgt. Carl E. Parker stating. What an easy assignment that must have been for him!
I also wonder - how many high schools today have programs that allow students to shoot weapons with live ammunition?
...certificate of the marksmanship program in ROTC, "medal" earned, uniform (?) patches...

Images: ROTC Certificate, Orders, Medal, Patches

Ricky Claybourn ('84) recalls:
As I look back over the last 24 years since leaving East High School, my greatest memories were the friends that I made during those four years. Some memories will never die. ROTC was a blast and I can say it might be the reason I am still in the US Army after 24 years and still counting. East High School will always be the best in Memphis, TN.

Alicia Robinson ('01) writes:
i remember the fun times in Coach Simpson's(simp-dog) class,ROTC trips, and my friends(robyn and ashley)we still get together from time to time.East was great! oh and when we protested for OUR principal Dr.Winston.

Danny Young ('82) recalls:
I recall, going to the pep rallys, all the basketball games were packed no matter who we played. Going to State every year in basketball was outstanding. Winning in 82, Senior year, was wonderful. It was just great being a mustang back in those days!

Bonnie Hapes ('62) remembers:
Just thought I would list a few things I remember about East High: The red key in study hall that allowed you to escape for a few minutes; hall monitors who checked to see if you had a pass or the red key; Doc Hoffman sinking baskets at the center line of the basketball court, The Annex; penny containers attached to the coke machines when cokes went to 6 cents; Coach Pat in the library study hall-better not talk; book store; bomb scares; Miss Stepp-the greatest English teacher of all times; aromas from Home-Ec and barf triggers from science labs; talent show; the best basketball team in Memphis; listening via the PA system to the launch of the first space capsule; pennies in your loafers; pulling loops off the guys shirts; dress code; walking home from school; graduation-be sure the penny doesn't all off your cap during inspection. And things we, thankfully, missed: school buses, riots, daily fights in school; foul language and disrespect for teachers; police in the hallways; drugs; excessive requirements for school supplies (amazing that I got through high school, college and gaduate school with a 3-ring binder and a spriral notebook each year); calculators (we can actually do math without electronics!); something that was important to me, a formal graduation without a lot of hollering and screaming from parents and friends. Hope some of this brought back some memories.

Antwoine Beard ('98) writes:
When Dr.Winston left and how my class suffered the worst but we"d banded together to put the school on our backs the way he did it ;with pride!

Valerie Jones ('81) recalls:
Two of my fondest memories are when we were supposed to be working on the yearbook and we would play UNO. That was so much fun! Also, I remmber deorating our halls during spirit week when we would stomp on White Station in football. A memory of one of our class members is Estella Billingsley and I went to college at MVSU. If you remember that Wrigley gum commercial, Estella was the inspiration when the band member went the wrong way from the band.

Joyce Betts ('61) remembers:
I loved Mrs. Clements speech class. Especially the plays. And the muscials! Wonder whatever happened to her? She made learning fun.....

Sandy Hutson (associated with the Class of '61) recalls:
Loved reading all the stories from the 52-57 era! I went to East High 5 years, leaving second semester to move to Arkansas. Went back to a Springtime gathering in east Memphis area before graduation in 1961 and renewed some old friendships. The gals changed a lot from the 8th grade! Lived at Poplar/Highland in Windover apartments and visited Mueller's Drugstore a lot on weekends. Saw many movies at the Normal and Park theaters and danced on Wink Martindale's show on WHBQ in the Fall of 1960. Went to Elvis' home twice in late 1960 out on Audobon Drive before he went bought Graceland in March 57. Gosh, wish I had known then what I know now when I met Elvis that first time. I was scared to death, being 8 years younger. The gals at East High quizzed me about him a lot. Pat Renfroe was my first "girl friend" and her sister always butted in on things! Remember dance lessons and Cub Scouts out on Cantrell near Union. So many fond memories and about every 5 years I go back, park my car and walk around about 4 different spots where I roamed and lived. Selling Cokes at Crump Stadium gave me my first "earned" money when my allowance was 25 cents! Sonny Flinn ( George ) and I have kept in touch these past years and have similar backgrounds, being physicians, attending GA Tech at the same time and becoming ham radio operators. East High will ALWAYS be in my memories. Now live in NW Arkansas, retired 15 years ago. Hate to see the passing of Doc Hoffman recently, a good friend of mine during my years at East.

Sheila Thomas ('81) writes:
Wow cannot believe how long it's been. I remember our trip to Murfreesboro to the state basketball tournament. Coach Bolton was driving the bus. We started out in a school bus but it broke down in Jackson, TN. We got another bus and made it to the game. It was not that many of us from Memphis cheering our boys on, but we made ourselves known. Our boys WON!!! We were small but outstanding. That's what I remember.

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