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Thank you LaFalco “Corkey” Robinson

LaFalco “Corkey” Robinson, longtime band director in the Austin school system, passed away on June 20, 2021, at the Lantana Lodge at Longhorn Village just outside of Austin, TX. Corkey was born to William Wallace and Geneva Walker Robinson on August 11, 1927 in Cooper, Texas, where he grew up and graduated from Cooper High School, playing saxophone in the high school band. When the school’s high school band director was drafted into the Armed Services, Corkey became director of the dance band, and began his career as a conductor at a very young age.
He entered The University of Texas at Austin in September 1944, where he played briefly in the Longhorn Band before entering the U.S. Navy in 1945. He attended the Navy School of Music, and was later assigned to a Navy dance band in the Pacific theater.
Following his discharge from the service in 1949, Corkey re-entered U. T. Austin in 1950 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1953 and a Master’s degree in Music Education in 1956. Later that year, Corkey became the band and orchestra director at O. Henry Junior High School in Austin. Continue reading “Thank you LaFalco “Corkey” Robinson” »

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Steve Warren

We honor the life well-lived of Steve Warren, who passed peacefully on February 2, 2021 surrounded by family. He was born on May 2, 1947 in Columbia, Missouri to William S. and Betsy Avery Warren. After a brief time in Childress, Texas the family moved to Austin in 1950 where he attended Casis Elementary School, O. Henry Middle School and graduated from Austin High School.

Steve received his B.A. in English in 1969 from The University of Texas where he was also a catcher on the UT baseball team. After graduation, he enlisted in the Navy, flying F-8s in such places as Norfolk, Virginia, Beeville, Texas, Meridian, Mississippi and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as well as on a Naval carrier in the Atlantic. After completing his active duty he returned to Austin where he earned an M.A. in Education from UT while continuing to serve in the Naval Reserves.

In 1978, he came full circle, teaching English first at O. Henry Middle School and then at Austin High School. Steve was also the tennis coach for many years earning the nickname “Coach”. He was a beloved educator and coach whose influence continues to resonate in his students’ lives. Steve was inducted into the Austin High School Hall of Honor and retired from teaching in 2000, as well as retiring that same year as Captain in the United States Navy. He then began his third career as screenwriter and playwright. Continue reading “Steve Warren” »

Time to Find out what Everyone is Doing!!!

With everyone staying home and  getting a little bored with family, maybe it is time to set up a Zoom meeting or send an email out to some of your friends from Austin High.  Wouldn’t it be great to reminisce about teachers, football, band, red jackets, red dragons, watching the World Series in the cafeteria during lunch…In the past week, I have emailed the classes of 1950-1959 asking for updated emails and contact information to be added to our loyalforever website.  Registration is free and once approved (our site is closed to the public) you will have access to email and telephone numbers for thousands of Alumni.

I’ve received an email from Jean Samples, class of 1958 and wanted to share it with you:

I know our alumni have stories of what they remember in high school (remember getting on the Red Jackets’ bus for the out of town games with so much food that Miss Herndon said we had to start eating as soon as the doors on the bus closed in order to finish everything before we got back to the school that night!? Remember the very careful measurements in the spring for our new red jackets — then when they were delivered in the fall right before the first game some of us— not me — who were more “ generously endowed” couldn’t button the top button? Remember wearing white socks over our hands when some folks forgot their gloves for the governor’s parade down Congress? Dancing at the Continental Club on South Congress?) And I’m sure most of us have neat “after graduation” stories — was anyone in NYC  or at the Pentagon on 911??


Be a part of this vibrant body of alumni, if you don’t have an account, register here:  https://www.loyalforever.com/wp-login.php?action=register


And if you would like to share a story, send it to me and I’ll post it online

Alumni Passings in 2019

As we move forward into 2020 we want to remember our classmates who died in 2019. The list below was compiled by Kaye LaGrone (class of 1964) and Ann Tucker Royal (class of 1958). I send my gratitude to them and to all who participate in keeping this database of AHS Alumni current.
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Alumni Passings 2019
Class of 1960: Bill McWhorter died 20191208.
Class of 1958: Glenn Richard Dyess, died 20191227.

Class of 1945: Dorothy (Moody) Flanagan died 20191129.
Class of 1954: Sarah Alice Riley Bryce died 20191116.
Class of 1946: Robert James “Jim” Wucher died 20191116.
Class of 1946: Edward Wight died 20191107.
Class of 1956: Louise LaBauve Saxon, died 20191103.
Class of 1946: Maria del Socorro (Heflin) McCuiston died 20191102.

Class of 1953: Gerald Leroy Curry died/obit in AA-S on 1027.
Class of 1951: Joyce (Butler) Woods died 20191026.
Class of 1945: Cornelia (Lamb) Lemond died 20191023.
Class of 1942: Charles Edward Munson died 20191022.
Class of 1950: Joan Grace (Haag) Ponder died 20191014.
Class of: 1945: James (Jim) Paul Valdez died 20191010.
Class of 1961: Susan Ann “Susie” (Jewett) Valentine died 20191010.
Class of 1951: Mickey Nick Manos died 20191010.
Class of 1940: Jewell S. (Beard) Wentworth died 20191009.
Class of 1962: James Scott Erwin, known as Scott Erwin, died 20191005.
Class of 1947: Mickie Jean “Tiki” (Riley) Inks died 20191003.

Class of 1958: Ann Chiles Graham, died 20190924.
Class of 1948: Bayard Spence Wilson died 20190923.

Class of 1986: Matthew Rowland Cook died 20190830.
Class of 1949: Clarence Melvin “Mel” Stockton died 20190824.
Class of 1960: Salle Ann Dill diec 20190812.
Class of 1960: Aristedes Barrera died 20190808
Class of 1952: Janelle (Joseph) Glynn died 20190808.
Class of 1960: Tommy Joyce Williams died 20190806.
Class of 1965: Raymond Boyd Burdett died 20190801.

Class of 1935: Charles Frank Pelphrey, MD died 20190724.
Class of 1948: Patricia Ann (Cook) Moritz died 20190721.
Class of 1979: Steven Joseph Struhall died 20190717.
Class of 1956: Bridget (Hood) Anderson died 20190711.
Class of 1951: Marvin “Al” Baker, Jr. died 20190701.

Class of 1944: Billy Ballard died 20190630.
Class of 1971: Ralph Douglas Jones died 20190629.
Class of 1948: Alfred Hill Ogletree died 20190624.
Class of 1960: Alice (Marshall) Davis died 20190620.
Class of 1945: Bernice (Mobley) Mohle died 20190619.
Class of 1973: Suzanne Redwine Fischer died 20190616.
Class of 1949: Carolyn Ann (Smith) Royder died 20190615.
Class of 1963: Donald “Scotty” Thomas, Jr. died 20190613.
Class of 1953: Mary (Attal) Risica died 20190612.
Class of 1951: Joyce Elaine (Rydberg) Chaney died 20190609.
Class of 1962: Ann Christina “Tina” McGaughey died 20190607.
Class of 1950: Virginia Leafy (Fasel) McAngus died 20190605.
Class of 1989: Mark Kenneth Bohrer died 20190602.

Class of 1947: Norma Bee (Larson) Pugh died 20190530.
Class of 1954: Jerald Boyd “Jerry” Weide died 20190527.
Class of 1959: Bette (Nelson) Heinrich died 20190526.
Class of 1961: Bobby Franklin Parker died 20190523.
Class of 1944: Burford Lee “Cactus Bur” Westlund died 20190513.
Class of 1947: Andy Frank Wagner (b. 19250701) died 20190521.
Class of 1952: James N. Burke died 20190513.
Class of 1960: Wilford A. Lawrence died 20190509
Class of 1940: Mildred (Hamilton) Walston died 20190505.
Class of 1959: Daniel Faz Maldonado died 20190502.
Class of 1944: Georgia Maxine (Oyler) Childress died 20190501.
Class of 1959: Bette Nelson Heinrich died 20190525.

Class of 1958: Heinie D Pate died 20190506.
Class of 1947: Jiles Worley Jackson died 20190423.
Class of 1965: Ersalene Faye “Crickett” Chappell died 20190422.
Class of 1939: Marcella Hermine Clara (Damerau) Spiller died 20190414.
Class of 1958: Richard Page Keeton died 20190420.
Class of 1953: W. L. “Pat” Smith died 20190414.
Class of 1949: Robert Ash “Bob” Pennybacker died 20190408.
Class of 1955: Dr. Vernon eugene (Gene) Grove died 20190405.
Class of 1956: Johnny L. Voudouris died 20190403.
Class of 1951: Samuel Christopher Spiller died 20190402.
Class of 1958: Joseph Reid died 20190411.
Class of 1943: Jack Nolan Miller died 20190331.
Class of 1940: Margaret Ann (Cuthbertson) Quadlander died 20190330.
Class of 1941: Gardina Frances Holubec died 20190324.
Class of 1944: Helen Irene “Mutti” (Thoresen) Mathias died 20190323.
Class of 1952: Wallace Wilmer Archie “Wally” Thieme died 20190323.
Class of 1949: Richard Swearingen Gracy, Jr. died 20190323.
Class of 1974: Thatcher Warren Freund died 20190319.
Class of 1960: William “Bill” Mitchell Allen died 20190317.
Class of 1952: Howard Smith “Smitty” Johnson died 20190315.
Class of 1946: Billie Janice McLaren Fickel died 20190311.
Class of 1944: Peyton Osborne “P.O.” Abbott died 20190307.
Class of 1952: Jean Harling (Crawford) Kennedy died 20190305.
Class of 1966: Lynn Paul Gastinger [AHS1966] died 20190303.
Class of 1958: Mary Reagan Birdwell Brill died 20190303.

Class of 1950: William August “Bill” Felsing, Jr. died 20190224.
Class of 1960: Judy Adams Grant died 20190221.
Class of 1951: Lynwood Curtis Krause died 20190220.
Class of 1951: Carl Moore died 20190218.
Class of 1968: Mary Elizabeth “Beth” (Brice) Jones died 20190215.
Class of 1958: Beverley Sue (Ward) Stengel died 20190214.
Class of 1948: Marvin Chester Schroeder died 20190205.
Class of 1952: Buell Townsend died 20190202.

Class of 1946: Jeanne (Latham) Ragsdale died 20190129.
Class of 1944: William D. “Bill” Gaston died 20190126.
Class of 1969: Wilbert W. “Hen” Washington.
Class of 1962: Joel Saegert died 20190124.
Class of 1960: Stanley Thawley died 20190122.
Class of 1953: Frances (Brown) Allen died 20190118.
Class of 1960: Bronson Schultz died 20190115.
Class of 1943: Pauline (Hausmann) Burton died 20190114.
Class of 1947: Barbara Inez (Foster) Brawner died 20190112.
Class of 1987: Denise (Marez-Perez) Spangler died 20190110.
Class of 1957: Carol Jean (Patterson) Niemann died 20190107.
Class of 1957: Margaret Suzanne “Sue” (Cocke) Robinson died 20190105.
Class of 1948: Jo Ann “Kandy” (Canady) Fischer died 20190102.

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What is Dedication Day?

What is Dedication Day?

Held each spring, Dedication Day is observed as an anniversary celebration of the 1976 dedication of the Lakeside Campus. We consider Dedication Day to be the “official birthday” of the school. Distinguished Alumni and Honored Faculty are inducted into the Hall of Honor , AHS alumni Veterans are honored, and select Seniors are inducted into the Maroon Society.

The purpose of Dedication Day is to “tie the new school to the old and the past to the present.” When the school was moved to its present lakeside location – in 1975 – students created a movement known as the Hall of Honor Student Steering Committee. The work of the student committee resulted in an annual observance – Dedication Day, and a reason for an annual observance – The Austin High School Hall of Honor, a roll call of distinguished and meritorious Maroons.

Dedication Day events include an archival display, an honoree induction ceremony, and the Grand Assembly. In the Grand Assembly, more than 200 former students, teachers and community guests join over 2000 students and 200 staff members for the coming together of Austin High past, present and future.

Interested in receiving an invitation for Dedication Day? ADD YOUR NAME TO THE INVITATION LIST HERE Continue reading “What is Dedication Day?” »

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.

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.

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.

We Mourn the Passing Of Angie Reeve

Angie Reeve, AHS librarian for 19 years and archivist for the Hall of Honor died July 10, 2016.  We will miss her dedication for and love of her students as well as her embracing personality.  A memorial service in her honor will be held at Austin High School on September 17 at 2:00pm.

Angelica “Angie” Carone Reeve was born July 29, 1948, in Escalon California and celebrated her Heavenly birthday July 10, 2016. Her parents, Luigi Carone and Maddalena DeCarlo Carone were two Italian immigrants who came to California seeking a better life, her father a walnut and grape farmer and her mother an incredible cook, seamstress and homemaker. Angie learned English at the age of six and often got scolded by teachers for talking to her classmates during lessons. Once Angie learned how to communicate in English she wasn’t going to stop. Angie’s mother, who had quit school at fourth grade in order to care for her siblings, emphasized the importance of education, inspiring Angie to earn a Bachelor’s degree from Sacramento State University and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin.

Continue reading “We Mourn the Passing Of Angie Reeve” »

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