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Austin High School Alumni Association

SAVE THE DATE!

The 50th Reunion for the class of 1969 will be held on June 28 & 29, 2019. Please send your current email address to kathykskaggs@ahsclassof69.org and watch this site for more information to come.

Hayden Bowers Scholarship Fund

By way of background, as you may know, each year friends and family of Hayden Bowers meet to celebrate his memory at the Hayden Bowers Classic flag football tournament. Recently, a number of us have discussed our desire to honor him in a more permanent way. While the tournament is certainly a meaningful and fun event we hope to continue, we want to honor his life and empower our memories of him long after our legs give out. In conjunction with his Ten-Year High School Reunion, and with the support of the Bowers family, we have finally made this a reality.

It is with this background, honor, and excitement that we get to announce our partnership with Austin Community Foundation in forming the Hayden Bowers Memorial Scholarship Fund. The Hayden Bowers Memorial Scholarship Fund is created to honor the memory of Hayden Bowers, and to help future Maroons pursue their dreams. As a 2008 graduate of S.F. Austin High, Hayden was an exemplary student-athlete in multiple sports, as well as a well-respected member of the community.  A leader, on and off the field, Hayden displayed great character and left a lasting impact on all who knew him.  This is an annual scholarship that will be awarded to a graduating student-athlete from S.F. Austin High who has displayed exceptional community leadership and citizenship.

Upcoming Goals:

  • Raise $100,000 to create an endowment fund awarding $4,000 in annual scholarships to Austin High student-athletes in perpetuity.
  • Select a 2019 graduating Maroon for the first ever Hayden Bowers Memorial Scholarship.  An Advisory Committee, which includes representatives from the Bowers family and Austin High’s faculty and athletic department, will utilize pre-set scholarship criteria to review and select scholarship candidates.

Please join us in honoring the memory of our great friend Hayden Bowers by making a contribution to this scholarship fund. Your donation will provide meaningful support for future generations of Austin High Maroons.

If you wish to donate the link is: https://haydenbowersmemorialscholarship.kimbia.com/donate or by mailing a check to Austin Community Foundation, ATTN: Hayden Bowers Memorial Scholarship Fund, 4315 Guadalupe Street, Suite 300, Austin, Texas 78751. For more information, you may email us at HBMemorialScholarship@gmail.com.

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Mark Buchanan
Wilson Albright
Chris Shinaberry

Thank You for Your Donation

Thank you to the most recent donors to the AHS Alumni Association.  These funds are used to promote excellence at AHS and provide assistance to the Hall of Honor in their endeavor to preserve artifacts in the archives. We wish to thank our newest members for their support of the Association. Memberships are $25.00 for 1 year and $250.00 for a lifetime membership.

Corinne Johnson, Class of 1973 - Lifetime Membership

Mary Lou McDaniel Ramsey, Class of 1958 – Alumni Membership

Chris Ruud, Class of 1970 – Alumni Membership

Wilson Bauer, Class of 2010 – Lifetime Membership

Austin High Track and Field News

Austin High School, AISD, and the Austin running community have partnered to raise funds to resurface and renovate the Austin High track and field. This initiative is a public/private partnership called “Back the Track,” and we are looking for businesses, runners, parents, and other community members to contribute to this great cause. With over 15,000 in the community using the AHS track annually, it is critical to restore the track into top shape. Visit: www.backthetrack.run for information.

Thank you Class of 2007

Several members of the class of 2007 just updated their contact information on the Loyalforever.com database. This database is the best way to keep up with classmates throughout the years. If you have not registered on the site, today is the day. It doesn’t cost a penny and you will have access to the complete database of alumni of S.F. Austin High School. Class of 2007 recent registrants:
Deena Marie Vierus
Emily Maline
Hilary Jordan
Brock Fields
Decker H. Basham
Jacquelyn Plummer Hanson
Kristin Gutierrez Cardona
Madison L. Morales
Gershen Greenberg
Rose Goodrich Harrison
Sara Pfeiffer Tzaperas
Dawnielle Castledine

Don Baylor, Class of 1967

Don Baylor, the former Major League Baseball power hitter who won a World Series championship in 1987 with the Minnesota Twins and went on to manage the Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, of cancer in his native Austin, Texas. He was 68.

Baylor had multiple myeloma, or blood cancer, according to multiple news sources.

Baylor played for the Baltimore Orioles, California Angels, and four other AL clubs: the Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees, Minnesota Twins, and Boston Red Sox.

When the Rockies were added to the MLB along with the Florida (now Miami) Marlins during the 1993 expansion, Baylor was hired as the manager. He managed the Rockies until 1998. In 2000, he managed the Cubs for three seasons.

Donald Edward Baylor was born June 28, 1949. He played baseball and football in high school. Baseball won out.

The Orioles drafted Baylor as a second-round pick in the 1967 draft. He made his MLB debut Sept. 18, 1970, with the team. After playing for the Orioles until 1975, the outfielder was traded to the Oakland Athletics before the 1976 season.

Baylor entered free agency in 1977, signing with the Angels, where he played until 1982. He went on to play for the Yankees from 1983 to 1985, the Red Sox from 1986-to 1987, the Twins for a season in 1987, and back with the Athletics in 1988 before retiring as a player.

Baylor won a World Series ring in 1987 when he was with the Twins. He hit a home run and had three RBI during the Series.

Baylor was named an All-Star in 1979. The left fielder’s prowess as a plate-crowding power hitter earned him the Silver Slugger Award three times, in 1983, 1985, and 1986.

The Yankees shared the team’s condolences via social media.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of former Yankee Don Baylor,” the team tweeted. “He was a great man & we send our thoughts to his family & friends.” The post was accompanied by a photograph of Baylor from his playing days.

The Cubs also mourned Baylor’s death and sent condolences via Twitter “to his family and friends.”

Former Oriole player Ken Singleton tweeted, “Very sad last few days as baseball loses 2 strong leaders of the past, Darren Daulton & Don Baylor. Two old school tough baseball players.”

Daulton, the former Philadelphia Phillies legend who won the World Series in 1997 with the Marlins, died Sunday. He, too, had cancer.

Thank you Alumni

Thank you AHS Alumni for the outstanding response to our recent email. Hundreds of updates were made to contact information and many of you responded by joining the Alumni Association. These funds are used to promote excellence at AHS and provide assistance to the Hall of Honor in their endeavor to preserve artifacts in the archives. We wish to thank our newest members for their support of the Association. Memberships are $25.00 for 1 year and $250.00 for a lifetime membership.

Our newest members/renewals:

Thomas Schieffer – Lifetime Membership
Amy Allen – Alumni Membership
Lucy Hardin – Alumni Membership
Kathryn S. LaGrone – Lifetime Membership
Theresa Maldonado – Alumni Membership
Nancy Harper – Lifetime Membership
Leslie McConnico – Lifetime Membership
Brittan King – Lifetime Membership
Pam Reed – Lifetime Membership
Charles T. Rogers – Lifetime Membership
Duke Covert – Alumni Membership
Michael Hines- Alumni Membership
John David Holmes- Lifetime Membership
Meagan Thompson- Alumni Membership
Todd Hilliard- Lifetime Membership
Thomas Schieffer – Lifetime Membership
Barbara Benson-Padgett – Lifetime Membership
Dan Lundquist – Alumni Membership
Jim Davis – Alumni Membership
Michael Marks – Alumni Membership
William R. Ward – Alumni Membership
Carolyn Sparenberg Russ – Alumni Membership
Elizabeth Harper Bouffard – Lifetime Membership
Jamie Holman – Alumni Membership
Elizabeth Milburn – Lifetime Membership
Jim D. Wynn – Lifetime Membership
Mike Holloway – Lifetime Membership
Doug Fell – Alumni Membership
Joel Billingsley – Alumni Membership
Ann Pieratt – Lifetime Membership
Emily Landry – Lifetime Membership
Kate Trimble Allen – Lifetime Membership
Victoria Burgess – Alumni Membership
Glenna G. Harris – Lifetime Membership
Toni Moore – Alumni Membership
Jerry Bell – Alumni Membership

Donate your Class Ring

Austin High School is proud to claim that we have the 2nd largest class ring collection – 2nd only to Texas A&M University. We would love to add rings from missing years to the collection and need your help. Please consider donating your ring to the collection to complete the following years:
1917, 1929, 1982, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2001, 2005-17.

We send our thanks to Ty Wheeler for donating his 2001 class ring to the collection. This act of kindness and his generosity are greatly appreciated.

Contact Jenna McEachern with questions or suggestions.

Local Businesses Supporting SFA’s Hall of Honor

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Ronald Beauford, Sr., AHS Faculty Member

The Austin American Statesman reported the death of former AHS faculty member Ronald Beauford on February 18, 2017. Mr. Beauford was a very dedicated and beloved educator in the Austin ISD starting his career as a biology teacher and then Dean of Boys at Austin High. He went on to be Assistant Principal and then Principal at Murchison Jr. High until 1972. He was Principal of LBJ High School from 1972-1981, when he was made Principal of Anderson High School where he brought the first International Baccalaureate Program to AISD. His last two years before retirement were spent as Director of Technology for Austin ISD, bringing the school district into the computer era.

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