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Howe Upsets Eastern Hancock in Sectionals Semi-final Game
No.8 Howe (7-3) welcomed No. 2 Eastern Hancock (10-0) Friday night as the Class 2A teams battled in a Sectional 38 semifinal. The Royals scored early in the first quarter and then fell apart from there. Howe would end the game on top, 34-13. Sectional Finals are Friday night, November 6 at Triton Central. Join fellow alumni to cheer on the team.


Donate to YOUR Alumni Association by Shopping at Kroger
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Now, an easy way for you to support the scholarship program of the Howe alumni association: every time you shop at Kroger money will go directly to the work our Howe alumni association. Simply connect your Kroger card to the Howe alumni association by following the steps listed below:

- Simply encourage your members to register online at
- Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy and register your card with your organization after you sign up.
- If a member does not yet have a Kroger Plus card, please let him or her know that they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger.
- Click on Sign In/Register
- Most participants are new online customers, so they must click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box.
- Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions
- You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.
- Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
- Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
- Update or confirm your information.
- Enter NPO number(48998) or name of organization, select organization from list and click on confirm.
- To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page.
- REMEMBER, purchases will not count for your group until after your member(s) register their card(s).
- Do you use your phone number at the register? Call 800-576-4377, select option 4 to get your Kroger Plus card number.
- Members must swipe their registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count.


Teacher Rex Anderson Passes Away
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Rex L. Anderson 93, passed away peacefully on June 6, 2015. He was born on August 26, 1921 in Wabash County to Dennie and Lola Anderson. After Graduating from Wabash High School, he received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Earlham College. Rex excelled in both academics and athletics and was a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame at both schools. In the V-7 program, Rex attended Naval Officer Training School at Columbia University and then moved to PT boat training in Newport, Rhode Island. As a lieutenant, he served as the commanding officer of the PT boats 130 and 156 during his two tours of duty in the South Pacific in WWII. Rex married Barbara Bogue on December 17, 1944 while on leave before his second tour. Rex returned to Earlham College where he taught and coached for 2 years. His family then moved to Indianapolis where he taught history and physical education and served as a guidance counselor and basketball and track coach at Howe High School for 31 years. After retiring in 1978, Rex enjoyed traveling, golfing and many days of fishing and boating on Lamb Lake in Trafalgar with his family and friends. He lived in Englewood, Florida for 22 years before returning to Indiana in 2004. Besides his parents, Rex was preceded in death by his son, Brent Anderson. He is survived by Barbara, his wife of 70 years; his daughter, Lynne (Brooks) Tanksley; grandson, Brad (Jenni) Tanksley; and great-grandchildren, Brendan and Brooke Tanksley. The family extends their gratitude to all employees of Legacy at Greenfield for the wonderful care, compassion and friendship they provided. Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, June 11, 2015 from 4 p.m. 7 p.m. in Little and Sons Funeral Home, 4901 E. Stop 11 Rd, Indianapolis. A private family service to be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association , American Cancer Society or the organization of your choice. A message of condolence may be left at:




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All Alumni Reunion - September 18, 2004
The annual all-alumni reunion gathering is scheduled for September 18, 2004. Make plans to attend and tell every Hornet you know to plan to attend. It's a great chance to see old friends and a really good chance to meet new ones.

The reunion will be held at the Four Points Motel by the Sheraton on Indy's east side (pendleton pike and I-465). The time of the event is 6pm to 11pm. Price for the event is $20 per person (in advance) or $25 per person at the door.

For reservations or questions email Jim Purvis (our alumni president) at or call Betty (Torrence) Clements at 317-356-7986, Beverly (Sears) Eubank at 317-539-6596.
Howe baseball field needs major renovations
Baseball coach Jeff Strange says "The baseball field at Howe hasn't received a make-over since the school closed in 1995. We have been quoted a price of $2000 to redo the field and cover it with new dirt. Any donations of money, time, or resources would greatly be appreciated. This will be our first year of varsity competition since re-opening and we will field a very competitive team. You can contact our Athletic Director Danny Wilson or myself via e-mail or at 317-693-5590"
Howe opens 2004 Basketball Season on Nov 24
Howe hosts its first varsity basketball game since being returned to high school status on November 24 in the Howe gymnasium. The varsity game will start at 7:30 with a JV game at 6:00. This should be a good game since the opponent will be Washington high school also in their third year as a newly reborn high school. Former hornet basketball players will be honored at halftime. We'd like to see the stands filled with Howe alumni.
Howe Alumni Association Family Loses a Loved One
Patricia Mae Kilander Brothers (class of '47), a founding member of the newly re-organized Alumni Association, died on February 4, 2005. Pat was one of the most dedicated members of the Alumni Association and served as the editor and coordinator of the semiannual alumni association newsletter, the Howe Now. Pat was a fiery, avid supporter of the alumni association and worked tirelessly to make things good for all Hornets. Pat will be greatly missed by her fellow members of the alumni association.
2005 Howe Scholarship Winners
Front row: Elliot Holden, Aaron Gildea, Brittany Miles, Martha Petty Back row: Brandon A. Umphress, Kyle Flood, William E. Cobb III, Zachary J. Sanders, Matthew E. O'Neal Not pictured (not present at ceremony): Joe Arvin, Michael McNelis, Amber Sanders.
"Uncle Louie" Passes the Baton
Louis P. McEnderfer, much-loved, long-time band director at Howe High School and mentor to generations of Hornet musicians, died at his home in Indianapolis on August 8, 2005. He was 83. Jerry Stockdale, one of "Uncle Louie's" students and friends has written a wonderful tribute to this great man. Click below to read his tribute. Also, if you have stories or photos to share concerning Mr. McEnderfer, please post a message using the "Contact Us/Submit Story or News." We are planning a memorial page for "Uncle Louie."
Bryan Doss and Paige Wages
Bryan Doss (sophomore) and Paige Wages (junior) recently participated in the National VFW Color Guard/Drill Team competition in Salt Lake City, Utah with a multi-aged group known as the StingRays. The StingRays include students from several IPS middle schools (primarily the Center For Inquiry). The team earned a second place for their routine and then won the coveted "Judges Choice Award."
Louis P. McEnderfer Memorial Service
A memorial service for long-time band director Louis McEnderfer was held at Christ Lutheran church in Irvington on Saturday, September 10 at 2pm. Several former students returned to play in honor of "Uncle Louie."
2006 Scholarship Applications Are Available
The ninth year of Howe Alumni Association Scholarships and Howe 400 Club/Alumni Association Scholarships will honor graduates -- with Howe connections -- of the class of 2006. Howe Alumni Scholarships: Two scholarships will be reserved for Howe Academy graduates. Other scholarships will be reserved for students who are the child, grandchild or great-grandchild of a Howe graduate and attend a Marion County high school. All scholarship recipients must be scheduled to be graduated in June 2006 with an overall B-average (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) through seven semesters, and have been in extra-curriculars in either school and/or community. Guidance directors of each Marion County high school should have received scholarship applications by February 1. If for some reason applications are not available at the school, contact Karl Schneider, 317-823-6051. Howe 400 Club/Alumni Scholarships: Awards go to graduates of Howe Academy as specified by the Howe 400 Club. Students must have an overall B-average (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) through seven semesters, have been awarded at least one varsity athletic letter and have been involved in school or community activities beyond athletics. The deadline for receiving applications is April 1, 2006. Applications can be returned to the school where you received them or you can deliver them to Howe Academy. Make sure the enclosing envelope is clearly marked for the Alumni Association and is marked at "Scholarship Application." In 2005 the Association awarded seven $500 scholarships to outstanding students. With the awards made in June, the Association's program over eight years has totaled 76 awards worth $38,000. The financial backing for the scholarship program has come from alumni contributions to the scholarship fund and from the Association fund-raisers.
Don't Have Your Howe Diploma? We Might!
If you graduated from Howe but didn't receive your diploma for some reason, we might have it. To see if we have your diploma, you can contact Jim Purvis at or by phoning him at (317)357-2206.
12th Annual Howe Alumni Association Get-Together Set for Saturday, Sept. 23, 2006
Date: Saturday, September 23, 2006 Place: Ramada, 7701 E. 42nd St., Indpls Time: 5:30 p.m.- 11:30 p.m. Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Price: $20 per person There will be a DJ and a cash bar. There is a plan for a recognition ceremony at the home Howe football game on Friday night, September 22.
Alumni Association Contracts with Harris Connect for Printed Alumi Directory
The Howe Alumni Association has entered into an agreement with Harris Connect to allow Harris Connect to produce a printed alumni directory for sale. Harris Connect was provided the contact database from this website as their starting point. The cost to the alumni association is zero with Harris Connect making their money from sales of the final, printed directories. In exchange for providing Harris Connect with the starting database, we are to be provided with any changes that they receive in response to their postcard mailing. Many of you have already received a postcard from Harris Connect. The agreement with Harris Connect assures us that none of the contact information provided by alumni will be given to ANY other agencies and that the information will not be used by Harris Connect for anything other than producing the printed directory. For that reason, Howe Alumni president Roger Marchal requests that all alumni who receive a postcard correct any errors and return the pre-paid postcard to Harris Connect.
Son of Former Howe Teacher Virgil Bleill and Howe Graduate Myra (Bewley) Bleill is Seriously Injured in Iraq
Former Howe teacher, Virgil Bleill, currently teaching at Broad Ripple high school in Indianapolis, and his wife, 1965 Howe alumna, Myra (Bewley) Bleill, learned last week that their son, Lance Cpl. Joshua Bleill was injured in a roadside attack that killed at least 2 other marines.

"Bleill lost both lower legs in the explosion and suffered facial fractures, a hand fracture and a spleen injury...Doctors do not consider Bleill's injuries life-threatening" reports the Indianapolis Star.

Please keep Mr. Bleill and his wife Myra and the rest of their family in your thoughts and prayers during this trying time.

The family is keeping a blog of Joshua's progress which you can read at:
Fund Raiser Set for Joshua Bleill
A fund raising event has been set for Joshua Bleill, son of former Howe teacher Virgil Bleill and Hornet alumna Myra (Bewley) Bleill seriously injured recently in Iraq (see the earlier announcement featured on this page). Details are:

Chili Supper
Friday, November 10th
Knights of Columbus Hall
4332 N. German Church Rd.
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Let's get a huge turnout of Hornets to show our support for the Bleill family.
Howe Groundbreaking Set For Thursday, November 16
Join staff and representatives of IPS at a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, November 16, 2006 at 11 am at the school.
All-Alumni Dinner Set For September 22, 2007
The Howe Alumni Board has set September 22, 2007 as the next All-alumni dinner. The event will be held at the Ramada Inn on East 42nd Street (same location as last year.) The board is asking if any graduating classes would like to combine their reunions with the all-alumni dinner as the class of 1986 did last year. Cost- $20 per person. Reservations should be mailed to Betty Clements 1706 Wellesley Ct. Indy 46219
Basketball is BACK! Howe Wins Sectional
The Howe men's varsity basketball team upset No. 3 Roncalli on saturday night to win the Class 3A Sectional. According to sources Howe had not won a sectional basketball game in 21 years. Howe (13-8) moves on to the New Castle Regional where it will face No. 8 Batesville (20-3) this saturday. Howe was led by junior Larry Stone's game-high 30 points. All Howe alumni are encouraged to attend the Regional game in New Castle on saturday, March 10.
2007 Howe Scholarships Announced
Marion County Schools

Alex Farris Cardinal Ritter High School Grandson of Bea (Alexander) and Paul Adams Class of 51

Melissa Truex Perry Meridian High School Daughter of Greg Trux Class of 75

Sara Ann McNelis Bishop Chatard High School Granddaughter of Vincent B. Greiner Class of 55

Marie Flood Arsenal Technical High School Granddaughter of James E. Steckley Class of 47

Alena Johantgen Brebeuf Preparatory School Granddaughter of Harriett (Quinn) Pagels Class of 54

Thomas Carr Howe Academy

Phillip Russell John Bruce (Son of John M. Bruce Class of 74) Stephanie Jenkins Arron Berry Jr. Meridith M. Edwards

The Howe 400 Club

Danielle Corpuz Michael Stevens (Son of Julie (Norris) Stevens Class of 80)

Scholarships from the Class of 1955

Taylor Booher Grandson of Sally (Turpin) Booher Class of 57

Zackary Fangman Grandson of Marcia (Hoff) Somke Class of 60

Karl Schneider Memorial Scholarship Gina Marie (Whitmore) Kavanaugh
"That 70s Reunion" - Classes of '76, '77 and '78 Plan Joint Reunion. All 70s Graduates Invited
NOTE: "That 70s Reunion" is now open to all graduates from the 70s.

Change of Location!! After several attempts to keep this reunion in Irvington, we were finally forced to move the location elsewhere to preserve the date. The location is FINAL! We are gathering at the Knights of Columbus at 71st and Keystone from 7pm till midnight. Because the K of C is limited to 250 partipants, we will be taking reservations on a first-come-first-served basis so get you order in early! We will be able to accept walk-ins only if we are not already at capacity.

Click HERE to order your tickets - NOTE: No tickets will be mailed to you. Simply check in at the table when you arrive at the K of C. Bring a copy of your receipt from PayPal in case of any questions.

We have heard from graduates from other years who have asked to be a part of this "70s" reunion. The committee has decided to open it up to all 70s classes so if you attended Howe in the 70s, join us for the HUGE bash.

When the class of '77 began the planning process for its 30-year reunion, someone noted that the class of '76 had missed its 30-year reunion. The committee decided to invite the class of '76 to join them in their reunion. During further discussions it was noted that the class of '77 and '78 were also very close and that it might be a fun idea to invite the class of '78 to participate as well. Cathy (Clark) Thoman then developed the theme "That 70s Reunion."

You can pay for your tickets on-line or you can mail your reservation request to Cathy (Clark) Thoman at:
Cathy (Clark) Thoman
6604 E. Beecher Street
Indianapolis, IN 46203-5014.
Make checks or money orders payable to: TCHHS or Howe Class of ’77

The reunion will take place the weekend of September 21,22 and 23. The main event will occur on saturday night with a picnic planned at Ellenberger park for sunday afternoon. Tentative plans include: 7:30 Introductions, 8:30 ‘70’s Trivia. 9:30 we can draw a name from a jar (male/female) and crown a “Brown Boy & Golden Girl”; at 10:30 we’ll announce “Dream Teams”, recognizing Basketball players, baseball, tennis, track, Hornet Honeys, Drama, ROTC, Musical casts, band, orchestra, etc. At 11:30 we can have a “SPIRIT” contest! 70s graduates David Newman ('76), Jill (Denham) Phillips ('79) and Kevin Friedly ('77) are planning a friday night event near the old Irving theater as a pre-party mixer. Tentative plans are for a tour of Howe at 6:30pm on Friday followed by music on the street in front of Irvington's Lazy Daze Coffee Shop.

Anyone who is interested in joining the committee for the planning should contact Cathy (Clark) Thoman at

Eddie Davis says he’s going to wear something wild from the ‘70’s to the reunion so tell others to pull out those bell bottoms, halter tops, tie-died tees, afro hair do’s, picks, pom-poms, earth shoes, platform shoes, jogging suits, disco suits, heavy metal tees and KISS painted faces. Hitch a ride to the best reunion the East Side of Indy has ever seen!
"That 70s Reunion" - A HUGE Success!
Perfect weather and a great turnout added together to make a wildly successful event. Planning committee members were overwhelmed by the participation and excitement shown by the participants. Plans are already in the works for another All 70s get-together.

Plans are now in the works for a spring-time golf outing for ALL Howe alumni. Keep watching this site for more details.

For pictures from the weekend of events click HERE
All Alumni Encouraged to Attend Howe-Northwest Football Game at Howe, Friday Night, Sept. 28
Show your support of Howe revitalized football program and attend this (and other) football games. The game begins at 7pm.
Voice from Heaven is Called Home - Music Teacher Bob Bramblett Dies
Long-time vocal music teacher, Robert Bramblett died after a 2 1/2-year battle with leukemia. Less than a month after world-famous tenor Luciano Pavarotti passed away, Bob Bramblett was called up to join his deep baritone voice with the super star. Many Howe alumni will remember Bob's deep, beautiful voice and his particular love of Madrigal music. Following is the obituary that appeared in the Indianapolis Star: Robert A. Bramblett 67, of North Salem, formerly of Indianapolis, succumbed to leukemia after 2 12 years of valiant battle. He was the only child born of Arthur S. and Florence Caldwell Bramblett in Lebanon, IN on Feb. 12, 1940. He graduated from Lebanon High School earning a scholarship to Butler's Jordan College of Music. After receiving his Bachelor's degree in Music Education, he was awarded a Fellowship to finish his Masters Degree from Butler University. In the summer of 1963 he married Carol J. Moxley of North Salem. He then began over four decades of service to the students of Indianapolis Public Schools. Besides teaching music at Howe High School for 29 years, he taught at Middle school #72, then retired after 42 years in I.P.S. from Mary E. Nicholson Visual and Performing Arts Academy at School #70's magnet. He also taught for I.U.P.U.I. and composed music. During his lengthy career, he directed choirs for Indianapolis Power and Light, Emerson Ave. Baptist, Tabernacle Presbyterian, Little Flower Catholic, Third Christian, Irvington United Methodist and Speedway United Methodist churches. He was one of the directors for the 1989 European tour of the Indiana Honors Chorale. As a vocalist, he sang for the noted composer Igor Stravinski, the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, the Trinity Episcopal Madrigal Singers, Scottish Rite Cathedral Choir and as a North United Methodist Chancel Baritone Soloist. He was a member of the Indianapolis Valley Scottish Rite and the Masonic Lodge # 142 of North Salem. He enjoyed travel, golf and fishing. He devoted his life to teaching the joy of music to young and old alike. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Carol Moxley Bramblett. His beloved children are Joseph Robert (and Cheryl) Bramblett of Whitestown, Jennifer (and Jeremy) Welman of Carmel; three cherished granddaughters, Emily, Zoie and Kimberly Welman and two endearing step-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Damien Lane. Calling in the Jamestown United Methodist Church will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday October 3. Masonic Rites will be performed Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. The funeral will be on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. with interment following in Lebanon's Oak Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jamestown United Methodist Church, Nicholson Visual and Performing Arts Academy at school #70 or the Indiana Blood and Bone Marrow Transplantation Patient Assistant Fund, 1500 Albany St. Suite 911, Beech Grove, IN 46107. His grieving family wishes to thank all who helped serve him during his struggle. They deeply appreciate the extended life wrought by prayers and professional practice. Arrangements have been entrusted to Porter Funeral Home, Jamestown, IN. Online condolences may bemade at:
50th Wedding Anniversary Party for CLASS OF 1954 sweethearts Herb and Nancy(Williams)Heizer
November 3, 2007 7p-10p Post Road Community Park in the Banquet Hall. Anyone who knew them back when is welcome bring stories and pictures if you have them.
Howe Alumnus Jim Pendleton ('62) Loses Home in California Wild Fires
This announcement comes to us from Paul Davis (class of 63).

On October 25th the Southern California wild fires claimed the home and all possesions of 1962 graduate Jim Pendleton. He and his wife Pat went to the store while the fires were 20 miles away and when they returned home they were turned away 5 miles from home. A neighbor told them that two fires converged on their house and it was completely engulfed in seconds. He told me that he and his wife are fine, but as I talked to him he was coughing a lot. He needs our prayers. If anyone has any pictures from Howe events that they would like to share with Jim, he would really appreciate them. He lost EVERYTHING, his diploma, his Navy discharge papers, and all the family photos from over 30 years of marriage. The fire was so hot that it melted his pick-up truck that was sitting in the driveway. The only thing left in his house was a bath tub. I know that Jim and his brother John were in ROTC, and if anyone has any pictures of the staff from 1958 to 1962 he would like to have them.

If you would like to help out with this endeavor you can contact Paul by sending an message through the "contact us/submit a story or news" tab above. Simple put "Jim Pendleton" somewhere in the message and we'll forward it on to Paul.
Kent Bell ('83) Scores Big
Kent Bell, class of '83, was recently featured in an article in USA Today. Kent, who was born without arms and legs, has established himself as a highly respected scoreboard operator for the University of North Florida. Scott is currently working on an autobiography tentatively entitled "Look Ma, No Hands (No Legs Either)." Read the USA Today story here
RATEBPLG is Revealed
Since early September of 2007, a thread has been going on the General bulletin board from a guy who only identified himself as "Rough Around The Edges, Bottom Parking Lot Guy (RATEBPLG). He posted a toast to the women of '81 and asked how everyone was doing. Several folks got involved (some who identified themselves) and the chatter continued almost daily. Finally it was decided that the group would get together back in Irvington and finally discover who RATEBPLG was. They met friday night, February 1 at "Lazy Daze Coffee Shop" in Irvington (behind the old Irving Theater). The reunion was energetic and those in attendance seemed to be having a great time. A report of the evening's activity will be post here soon. the way...RATEBPLG was discovered to be Mike Petry!

Seated from left to right: Lynn Farrow Wooten, Penny Ettner Kinney, Ted Wadsworth, Kasey Branham and Todd Coe

Standing from left to right: Laura Foster McConahay, Kelly Attebury Hensley, Ron Songer and Mike Petry aka RATEBPLG!

Following is Penny Ettner's view of the evening: "After months of guessing and going back and forth on just who this mystery RATEBPLG was, curiosity got the best of us. When everyone arrived we all had big smiles on our faces and of course the hugging as some of us hadn't seen each other in a long while. Then we started going back over and trying to guess who was posting on the website and realized we were missing some people who we still aren't sure who they are.

We laughed the entire time as stories were brought up from back in the day. Some of them I had never heard and thought they were hysterical! Although we hadn't seen some of us in ages, it felt like just yesterday.

We made a pact that we'd get together "often". Next time is in March. A few of us went out after that to do more serious catching up. What a night! The best part is that getting on the website the next day..........they're still talking!

In my eyes.....this very innocent first remark started by Mike Petry aka RATEBPLG something huge! lol

The best part of it?? He never parked in the bottom lot which made up the last part of his name...Bottom Parking Lot Guy! What a stitch!"
Join The Howe Team to Defeat Breast Cancer
Last year around the time of the Susan Komen Race for the Cure, Penny ('81) and Shelly ('78) Ettner tried to get a group together to participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure here in Indy. Recently Eddie Davis ('77) reminded us on the Bulletin Board about the Race and invited us to join him in putting together a huge group of Howe alumni to walk/run together this year to help battle this devastating disease.

I remember that Penny and Shelly were walking last year in honor of their cousin. I'm sure that we can, unfortunately, produce a long list of fellow alumni who have been touched by this disease. I'd like to collect a list of names of people we will be honoring.

Click HERE and send me the name(s) of fellow alumni you wish to honor or remember during this walk.

If you want to be a part of the Howe Team, click HERE and join us.

Click HERE for a current list of those we are honoring or remembering

Our goal is to get over 100 Howe alumni to participate on our team. PLEASE join us in this worthy cause and pass the word. Thanks Penny, Shelly and Eddie for reminding us of the importance of this project.

Jacqueline Skaggs (82) is one of the people in whose honor we are walking. She has a website concerned not with the disease itself but to the "graceful rebellion that challenges the traditional social and political constructs surrounding the disease." It is a wonderful website and project. Please visit her site at

Scott Marsh Joins the Howe Team as New Head Football Coach
Scott Marsh comes to Howe from the highly successful Warren Central team where he was an assistant coach.

CLICK here to support the Howe Football program as a Booster

Below is a letter from Coach Marsh to all alumni.

Dear TC Howe Alumni and Friends,
   I would like to take this opportunity to express how excited I am to be the Head Football Coach at such a prestigious and tradition-rich school as TC Howe. My staff and I will work relentlessly to make our program one that is admired throughout the state and the student-athletes at TC Howe will represent our school with class and dignity. There is a tremendous amount of work to be done. However, I am confident that we - all of us - can play a role in building this program to great heights.
   I would like to extend an open invitation to all of you to come be a part of our - your - football program. Great ideas and the implementation of those ideas come from all directions. We welcome you to be a part of what we are undertaking. A major piece to what we are going to do is building a partnership between ourselves and the Alumni Association. I look forward to many great moments to come with TC Howe football and the role that the Alumni Association can play in making that possible.
Thank you,
Scott Marsh
Head Football Coach
Musician/Hornet Jack Gilfoy ('58, class President) Passes Away
Jack Gilfoy 68, of Indianapolis, died unexpectedly and peacefully in his sleep Friday, May 2, 2008. He was born July 31, 1939, the only child of Lewis and Sue Warren Gilfoy. A lifelong native of Indiana, Jack received a BM (music) and MS (education) degrees from Indiana University where he was the first jazz drummer to complete a degree in percussion. Jack's remarkable career of just over 50 years spanned the history of 20th Century Jazz in the US. Known as a "jazzman drummist", he performed with greats such as Errol Garner, Teddy Wilson, Jim Cullum, Harry Warren, Milt Hinton, and Doc Severinson.
Hornets Are Everywhere
Before I started this trip down south I wrote that there were three Hornets heading to Gulfport to do Katrina rehab work, Kevin Friedly ('77), Kirk Friedly ('81) and Jill (Denham) Phillips ('78). In addition I mentioned that we had some folks from Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) accompanying us. Interestingly, the minister at Central Christian is another Hornet, Linda McCrae ('78). But the surprise for me was that when I got down there and began meeting the folks from Central and found that one of them was ANOTHER Hornet, Jerry Nickel ('55). You can't go anywhere without finding a Hornet. It was great meeting Jerry and loads of fun working with him. What a great sense of humor.
Three Howe Alumni Running for State Offices in Indiana and Vermont
Richard Wood ('70), John Barnes ('75) and Laura (Day) Moore ('82) are running for state-level offices. Richard Wood is the slated democratic candidate for State Superintendent of Instruction in Indiana, while John Barnes is running for State Representative for district #89 in Indiana. Laura Moore is running for the Vermont State Senate. Richard Wood - John Barnes - Laura Moore -
Former Long-time Howe Teacher and English Department Chair John Ervin Celebrates 79 Consecutive Indiana State Fairs
(This story appeared in the Indianapolis Star. It was written by Laura Misjak) John Ervin has experienced his fair share in 79 years. He served in the military, raised his daughter and survived a stroke and three heart attacks -- thought they were just bad cases of indigestion. But through everything, he has always made it to the Indiana State Fair. "To me, the State Fair is Indiana," said the Beech Grove resident.
John Barnes ('75) Wins Seat as Indiana State Representative
John Barnes from the class of '75 won a seat in the Indiana House of Representatives. Two other Hornets, Richard Wood ('70) and Laura (Day) Moore ('82) both lost close races in their respective races (Wood - Indiana State Superintendent of Instruction in Indiana; Moore-Vermont State Senate.)
Join the Howe Team to Fight Breast Cancer
This is a picture of the Howe "Race for the Cure" team from 2008. We want to double this team size this year. Please join us.

Eddie Davis ('77) has created a Howe team to walk/run in the annual Susan G. Komen "Race for the Cure." You can support the team by pledging money in the team name or you can sign up to join us for the walk/run. We had a great team last year; let's try to get an even bigger team this year. Go to the Race for the Cure website and joing the team JOIN THE TEAM. Or you can make a monetary donation by clicking HERE.
Brown and Gold and BLUES. Bi-Monthly Blues Jam Session at the Shi-Kay Lounge
The following is a letter from Bill Medlock ('73) concerning a blues jam he has established at the Shi-Kay lounge in Irvington:

I'm a graduate of Howe H.S., and have continued to live and work in the Indianapolis area all my life. I've enjoyed receiving the Howe Now publication, and noticed in the most recent one, your note about contacting you with any information related to reunions, gatherings, etc.

I host a Blues Jam twice a month in the old neighborhood, at the Shi-Kay Lounge (1514 N. Emerson). By day, I'm a mechanical engineer, but in my free time I have always been a part-time musician of sorts, playing in groups or just attending open stage blues events around town. Over the years, I have made many musician friends in the Indianapolis area Blues scene. Many of these musicians are current top-flight performing pros, who perform regularly at various local blues venues, including the famous Slippery Noodle Inn. I tap into this network of musicians to help put on this jam twice a month, and each event may have a totally different cast of musicians. I have been hosting this jam since Nov. 2008, and it now has quite a following of eastside blues lovers.

Along the way, I have also built up quite a list of Howe grads in an e-mail contact list - thanks to some help from fellow Howe grads Vickie Hren, Marcia Allgood, Connie Thompson, and many others. They are all kept informed about the latest jam schedule through a bi-weekly notice I send to them. On some jam nights, either by their planning or by sheer chance, we get quite a turnout of Howe alumni show up to enjoy the music, and rekindle old H.S. friendships. These have been called 'impromptu reunions', or 'bootleg' Howe reunions by some - whatever the case, they are still a lot of fun, and seem to draw many Howe alumni with a taste for blues music. The Shi-Kay manager is a Scecina grad, but his wife is also a 1971 Howe grad, so they also truly enjoy the Howe alumni turnout.

I just wanted to let you folks know about it, so that if there are other Howe alumni out there who have an interest in Blues music, they may feel free to contact me, to be placed on the e-mail list for this event. You may feel free to put my e-mail address or phone number in the Howe Now publication if you like. It's a free event, and as I say, it can be a lot of fun running into other Howe alumni - I'm always surprised by who I see at these jams. Oh yes, and the music isn't too bad either.

Best regards,

Bill Medlock
Much-loved Ron Finkbiner Dies - Joins his Beloved "Gorilla"
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On April 11, 2009, barely a year after losing his beloved "Gorilla," Ron Finkbiner, one of the most dearly loved and respected teachers in Howe's history, passed away. Ron taught history and social studies at Howe for many years during the 70s, 80s and 90s leaving Howe only when the school was forced to close. Ron's beloved wife Judy (whom he lovingly referred to as "the gorilla") passed away about a year ago and, according to friends, Ron never really recovered from that. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer that apparently spread quickly. There will be more on this website about Mr. Finkbiner. If you wish to include a story or words about Mr. Finkbiner, use the "Contact Us" link above and send me your message.

From all of us: Ron, we will truly miss you. Thanks for everything you did for all of us.
A date has finally been set for the third annual all-alumni block party - Saturday, August 29, 2009, 5pm - 11pm. The location is the same as the past 2 years...Johnson street in front of the Lazy Daze Coffee shop (around the corner from the Irving theater). Food and drinks will be available from various Irvington businesses including "Lazy Daze Coffee Shop," "The Legend," and "Jockamos Upper Crust Pizza." Audio Diner will be providing music but other musicians who are interested in playing are invited to participate as well. If you are a musician who wants to perform at the block party, please send us a message via the "contact us" tab located above. We are also asking for some people to help coordinate this year's event. We need people for various jobs. If you are willing to help coordinate this year's event, please contact us via the "contact us" tab above.
The Christian Park Community: Landmarks and Legacies of an Indianapolis Neighborhood
Jan Blough (class of '66) has just released a book on the Christian Park Community entitled "The Christian Park Community: Landmarks and Legacies of an Indianapolis Neighborhood" The book is the result of more than two years of research and work with the Christian Park Active Community, Inc., the neighborhood association and a committee of residents that was formed with some of its members. Jan lives in Greenwood now, but her sister, who is president of the association, still lives in the neighborhood. When Jan discovered the wonderful story behind Christian Park, it seemed from the beginning to be an ideal way to work with the organization and bring the story, which she believes is largely unknown, to the community. Most of the members of the committee, as well as Jan's sister, Anne Holy, are Howe graduates, going back at least to 1945.
A Message from Howe's Youth Athletic Coordinator, Rick Mead
I would like to take a moment of your time to introduce myself and fill you in with the current happenings of T.C. Howe Football, I am the Youth Athletic Coordinator as well as the Freshman, Junior High and Stingers football head coach for T.C. Howe Football. As an alumni I am sure I do not need to go into the long and storied history of T.C. Howe for you, nor the fact that since re-opening we have struggled to recapture the prestige that we once enjoyed, but we are on the right road now thanks in great part to a group of dedicated alumni who have been generous and active in the re-building of our once proud program. It is our intention to begin alumni sponsorship campaign especially targeting businesses owned or operated by T.C. Howe alumni. Not only will this allow us to raise the funds we desperately need, but also allows us to spotlight the successes of our alumni. The goal is to build the programs future on the foundation of it’s past, involving alumni directly bridges the gap and gives the opportunity for current T.C. Howe players to connect with the schools distinguished athletic history.
Legendary Howe Basketball Coach Jim Stutz Honored
On Saturday, October 31 long time Howe Varsity basketball coach Jim Stutz was honored by his past players, asst. coaches, Indianapolis print media, opposing players and coaches, and his 3 sons (Jim, Jay, Jon). Coach Stutz was the Varsity basketball coach for 20 years from 1959 to 1979, a fine Biology teacher and head of the Physical Education department during that time, and Athletic Director of the Indianapolis Public School System for an additional 10 years. The format for the evening was a "roast" and coach Stutz was teased, embarrassed and made to feel as uncomfortable as possible by the 36 guests that came forward to relate memories of their time playing for Mr. Stutz. Some never before told stories were divulged and coach Stutz came away from the experience feeling humbled, honored and elated. The event was emceed by Howe Basketball player Mike Noland '66. Coach Stutz was presented several mementos, during the evening, that were the works of world renown artist C.W. (Chuck) Mundy '64 and accomplished artist Bruce Spear '66. Along with these 3 players the organizing committee also consisted of Dale Barrett '66, Jon Reynolds '64, Jim Pettee '64 and Bob Harton '71. Sixty-seven guests were there to show their respect and admiration for our Indiana High School Basketball Hall of Fame coach. Players came from as far away as Arizona, Florida and Massachusetts. The event was held in the "old" Howe gym and a special thank you is due to Howe Community High School, especially Athletic Director Danny Wilson for allowing us to use their facility for the evening. We are hopeful a DVD will be available of the night, and if so anyone that would like to purchase it can do so. Any profits from the sale of these DVD's will be donated to the Howe High School athletic department.
Sat, August 21, 2010 - Class of 1960 50th Class Reunion
Class of 1960 is holding their 50th Class Reunion on Sat, August 21st at the Marriott Hotel, 7202 E. 21st Street, Indpls Ind. Cocktail hour at 6:00 p.m., dinner at 7:00 p.m., program at 8:00p.m. with dancing and socializing until 11:00 p.m. There will be a casual get-together on Friday, August 20th at the Marriott from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. For additional information please contact Sue Nicholson Scroggs at or 317-891-2334.
Friday, August 20, 2010 - Class of 1960 Pre Reunion Get-together
Class of 1960 is holding their 50th Class Reunion on Sat, August 21st at the Marriott Hotel, 7202 E. 21st Street, Indpls Ind. Cocktail hour at 6:00 p.m., dinner at 7:00 p.m., program at 8:00p.m. with dancing and socializing until 11:00 p.m. There will be a casual get-together on Friday, August 20th at the Marriott from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. For additional information please contact Sue Nicholson Scroggs at or 317-891-2334.
Mrs. Poole Celebrates Her 90th Birthday
Margaret Elizabeth Poole will turn 90 years young on September 9, 2010. Mrs. Poole started at Howe in 1967 working in the English department. She served under both Thomas Stirling and Frank Tout as secretary and retired in 1983. Please wish Mrs. Poole a very Happy 90th. You can send cards to: Margaret Poole The Harrison 3060 Valley Farms Road Unit 132 Indianapolis, IN 46214
Arrest in 1989 Murder of Howe Student Amy Weidner
An arrest has finally been made for the 1989 murder of Howe student Amy Weidner. Unfortunately, the suspect is another Howe student and one of Amy's childhood friends Rodney Denk.
Annual Howe/Irvington Block Party - Saturday, August 25
Join the continually growing crowd that has become the Howe/Irvington Block Party. Music, food and great friends are promised. Hope to see everyone there.
Paul Elsworth Campbell ('50) Passes Away
Paul Elsworth Campbell, age 82, of Midlothian. Paul died peacefully at home Monday night June 8, 2015 from a stroke that he fought bravely to recover from for almost 18 months. Born in Indianapolis, Ind., graduated from Thomas Howe HS in 1950 and Purdue University in 1954. After graduation he was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the Army Reserve and was assigned to the Transportation Corp. at Fort Eustis, Va. While there he met Bev and they were married in November 1955. He is survived by his wife Bev; his son, Boyd and his wife Margaret; his daughter Lisa and her husband Bentley; grandchildren; Caroline and Campbell. Paul retired from Southern States in the Human Resources Department. Paul lived life to the fullest, enjoying his family and church, where he sang with the 8:30 Singers. He loved sports and all desserts, especially the Williamsburg Chocolate Cake that we made for each birthday. His special vacation was Wrightsville Beach, N.C., where he enjoyed boating and being with his beach friends. The family wishes to thank Parham Healthcare and all the devoted, caring caregivers, including At Home Care-Hospice and his physician Dr. John Barnes. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Salisbury Presbyterian Church where a memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 13, at 11am.
Howe Loses in State Final Basketball Tournament 59-37
Howe's amazing basketball journey ended Saturday in a 59-37 loss to Lapel. In spite of the loss, Howe's Brian (Kipp) Warren was named Trester Mental Attitude Award winner for the year. A large number of alumni and current students and parents were present to cheer the hornets on in their first ever trip to the State championship. While the score shows a large difference, the Howe team played a very good game. Their defense was smothering. However, without a shot clock, Lapel was able to hold the ball and continue to work the clock until shot opportunities opened up. On top of that, while Howe worked well on offense in order to create good shots, those shots simply were not falling. All in attendance were proud of the team and their accomplishments this year. Adding this to the fact that the football team made it to within one game of the State finals, Howe can point to 2015/2016 as their most successful athletic year in the school's history. Congratulations to the team and its coaching staff. We all look forward to next year.
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  • Family and friends of Dave Knoy ('71)

    • Dave passed away suddenly on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Dave was a moderator of the Howe Facebook page, contributing scanned photos of fellow alumni on their birthdays.

  • Family of Thomas J. Hahn (wife Juanita, children Michael,Matt and Megan with former spouse Sally)

  • Friends and family of Barbara Jean Quick ('64)

    • Barbara passed away on January 21, 2016. A link to her obituary is here:

  • Friends and family of Paul Elsworth Campbell ('50)

    • Paul Elsworth Campbell, age 82, of Midlothian. Paul died peacefully at home Monday night June 8, 2015 from a stroke that he fought bravely to recover from for almost 18 months. Born in Indianapolis, Ind., graduated from Thomas Howe HS in 1950 and Purdue University in 1954. After graduation he was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the Army Reserve and was assigned to the Transportation Corp. at Fort Eustis, Va. While there he met Bev and they were married in November 1955. He is survived by his wife Bev; his son, Boyd and his wife Margaret; his daughter Lisa and her husband Bentley; grandchildren; Caroline and Campbell. Paul retired from Southern States in the Human Resources Department. Paul lived life to the fullest, enjoying his family and church, where he sang with the 8:30 Singers. He loved sports and all desserts, especially the Williamsburg Chocolate Cake that we made for each birthday. His special vacation was Wrightsville Beach, N.C., where he enjoyed boating and being with his beach friends. The family wishes to thank Parham Healthcare and all the devoted, caring caregivers, including At Home Care-Hospice and his physician Dr. John Barnes. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Salisbury Presbyterian Church where a memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 13, at 11am. Class of 1950

  • Family and friends of Harrell Gene Elliott in his death on July 3, 2012

    • Harrell Gene Elliott 66 of Indianapolis, Indiana passed away July 4, 2012. He was born on September 8, 1945 in Indianapolis, Indiana the son of Malcolm and Maxine (Harrell) Elliott. Harrell was a retired pressman with Moeller Printing Company. Survivors: wife, Jan (Darnstaedt) Elliott; children, Scott (Jane) Elliott and Michelle (Mitchell) Pippin; 4 grandchildren; mother, Maxine Elliott; sisters, Sandra Hoffman and Terri Vandermark and brother, Glant Elliott. He was preceded in death by his father, Malcolm Elliott. Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm Saturday, July 7, 2012 at Flanner and Buchanan - Washington Park East 10722 E. Washington St. with visitation after 11:30 am on Saturday at the funeral center. Burial, Washington Park East Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family has suggested contributions to your favorite charity .

  • Family of Rebecca "Becky" Lynn Ewing ('77)

    • Rebecca "Becky" Lynn Ewing 51, precious daughter of Preston and Leila Ewing departed this Earthly life and went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, January 10, 2011. She was a beloved sister of Steve (Debbie) Ewing, Marty (Margie) Ewing, and Kathy (Ron) Jackson. She dearly loved her nephew Steven and his wife Patti and great-nephew Noah. She was extremely fond of animals especially her goldendoodle, Max, and she enjoyed socializing with friends at the dog park in Beech Grove. Becky was a devoted daughter, sister, aunt, and granddaughter. She was a loyal and trusted friend and was special to many aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was a graduate of Thomas Carr Howe High School, Class of 1977. Her employers included Eastern Airlines (stewardess), Kroger Corp., Taylor's Bakery (cake decorator), Polaris Labs and most recently Airtron (customer service manager). Becky fought a courageous fight against breast cancer for over 3 years and constantly relied upon the Word of God for strength and peace. She was a selfless warrior and most of her prayers were for those she loved to become saved and learn to trust in the Lord. She will be greatly missed until we are reunited in our heavenly bodies. Visitation will be at Little & Sons Funeral Home, Stop 11 Road Chapel, 4901 E. Stop 11 Road, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 13, 2011. Burial will be private. A memorial service will be held at Living Word Bible Church, 6306 Gray Road, at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 14, 2011. Memorial contributions may be made to Living Word Bible Church or St. Francis Hospice. www.littleandsons

  • Family of Lyssa "Roseman" Miner ('79)

    • Lyssa passed away on December 29, 2010 in Florida after a long battle with Crohn's disease.

  • Family of Janet (Crowmer) Lerner ('52)

    • Janet passed away on January 5, 2011

  • Family of Mark Storm ('78)

    • Mark passed away 12/27/2010 of a massive heart attack.

  • Family of James C. Jones ('85)

    • James C. Jones 44, of Indianapolis, passed away December 16, 2010 in a motor vehicle accident. He was born September 19, 1966 in Peru, IN to Thomas E. and Karen L. Jones. Jim graduated from Thomas Carr Howe High School. He was a truck driver for the past 20 years, most recently with Quick Way Carriers, and was a member of Teamsters Local Union #135. Visitation will be Monday, December 20 from 12:00 p.m. until time of services at 2:00 p.m. at Shirley Brothers Irving Hill Chapel, 5377 E. Washington St. Jim is survived by his loving parents, Tom and Karen Jones; daughter, Elizabeth Jones; sister, Anne Watkins, husband, Brad and their children, Keltsey and Bryce; grandmother, Marjorie Griefe; and his beloved cat, Boom Boom. Memorial contributions may be made to the Make a Wish Foundation of Indiana, 7330 Woodland Drive, #201, Indpls., 46278-1736.

  • Family of Richard "Dick" Harpold (teacher, coach and student, '60) and Dallene (Francis) Harpold

    • Dick's mother passed away.

  • Family of Robert Dills ('56)

    • Robert passed away on Saturday, November 20, 2010

  • Family of Tommie Hooks: Rhonda (Hooks) Tyner ('79), Theresa (Hooks) Richart ('83) and Kimberly L. Hooks ('85)

    • Tommie W. Hooks 71, of Indianapolis, passed away October 22, 2010. He was born July 3, 1939 in Anderson, IN, to the late George and Anna (Brown) Hooks. Tommie was a semi-truck driver for B.D.P Manufacturing for 30 years, retiring in 1990. He enjoyed his grandchildren's ballgames, fishing, and being with family. Visitation will be Thursday, October 28, 2010 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., at Shirley Brothers Washington Memorial Chapel, 9606 East Washington St., with funeral services Friday at 12:00 noon. Tommie is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Sharon; children, Rhonda (Harlan) Tyner, Theresa (Andy) Richart, Kimberly (Greg) Clayton; grandchildren, Ryan, Drew, Ami, Natalie, Jordan, and Ben. A son, David Hooks; and three brothers, John, Carl, and Wayne Hooks, preceded him in death. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of choice.

  • Family of James "Jay" Boeldt ('80)

    • John "Jay" Boeldt, artist, age 48; husband of Wayne Franklin; father of Daniel Boeldt Franklin; son of Gwen (Jerry) Dean, nee Barnett and Jack (Janet) Boeldt; brother of Cindy (Gary) Farber and David (Tonya) Boeldt; uncle of Courtney and Kristen; also survived by many cousins, aunts, uncles, step brothers and sisters, friends, neighbors and fellow artists; previous partner of the late Jim Lyons. Graduate of Howe High School in Indianapolis and Herron School of Art at Indiana University- Purdue University, Indianapolis. Previous owner of Plan B Gallery in Forest Park and resident artist at Catawampus Gallery in the Flat Iron Building. Volunteer for numerous groups including Homes Elementary School PTO, Damien Center Indianapolis and Hostelling International, Chicago. A celebration of Jay's life will take place at the following dates and locations: Friday, October 8, memorial visitation from 5 p.m. until time of service 7 p.m. at the Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center, 635 E. Market Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202, and on Sunday, October 10, from 2 to 5 p.m., a celebration of Jay's life will take place as a show of his artwork at Stephen Daiter Gallery, 230 W. Superior, 4th Floor, Chicago. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Daniel P. Franklin Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 942, Oak Park, IL 60303-0942. Info Cremation Society of Illinois 1-800-622-8358.

  • Family of Ray Hulce (teacher and head of the Foreign Language Dept)

    • Raymond "Ray" Nelson Hulce 83, of Indianapolis, passed away April 24, 2010. He was born June 10, 1926 to the late Clifford E. and Lillian M. Swindler Hulce. Ray graduated from Marion High School and Indiana University, where he received his Undergraduate and Master's Degrees in Education. He served in the 101st Infantry Division of the U.S. Army, during World War II. Ray worked for Howe High School, where he was a teacher and foreign language department head. He worked in education for 30 years. Ray was a member and Deacon of Irvington Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 28, 2010 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Shirley Brothers Thompson Road Chapel, 3333 E. Thompson Rd., with funeral services to follow at 4:00 p.m. Ray is survived by his wife of 57 years, Alice E. Schaeffer Hulce; daughter, Amie Napier; son, Greg Hulce; and six grandchildren, Lyndsay, Travis, Abbey, Jasmine, Sarah and Jimmy. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

  • The Family of Jacqueline (Freers) Stahl ('48), Mike ('77) and Toni ('76)

    • Jacqueline A. Freers Stahl, 79, Indianapolis, passed away Friday, April 23, 2010. Jacqueline retired from the Marion County Medical Society where she published their annual membership roster. She was a graduate of Butler University. Survivors include her son, Michael (Lisa) Stahl; daughter, Toni (Bill) Jones; brother, Howard P. Freers; grandchildren, Taylor & Brittney Stahl and Ryan and Amanda Jones.

  • Family of Sally Jane "Sarah" (Shields) Mitchell ('49)

    • Sally "Sarah" Jane Shields Mitchell 78, succumbed to cancer on Wednesday, April 14, 2010. She was born on December 16, 1931, in Abilene, Texas, as an only child to the late Harriett (Clark) Shields Presuitti and James Shields. Sally was raised in Seymour, IN. Her family later moved to Indianapolis. Mrs. Mitchell graduated from Howe High School in 1949. She was married to the late Harry R. Mitchell for 54 years. Sally retired from the Plainfield Community School Corporation after 23 years of service. Sally was an active chartered member of Hope United Presbyterian Church in Plainfield, Indiana. She enjoyed being a part of her beloved granddaughters' lives. Sally also enjoyed going out to lunch with her many friends and enjoyed reading a good book. Survivors include daughter Wendy J. Mitchell, Hammond, IN; son and daughter-in-law Michael A. and Mary Kay Mitchell, Indianapolis, IN; daughter and son-in-law Polly and Don Landis, Plainfield, IN. Granddaughters Bobbie Jo Hayes (fiance Brian Silvas), Schererville, IN; Rachel and Sarah Landis, Plainfield, IN; Kristina Mitchell, Indianapolis, IN. She was preceded in death by her husband Harry R. Mitchell and granddaughter Emily Ann Landis. Memorial contributions in Sally's name may be made to Hope United Presbyterian Church 1331 Section Street, Plainfield, IN 46168 or VNS Hospice of Indiana, https: dona.asp. Calling hours will be held on Friday, April 16, 2010 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Hall Baker Funeral Home, 339 East Main Street, Plainfield, IN 46168. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Hope United Presbyterian Church 1331 Section Street, Plainfield, IN. Online condolences can be made to the Mitchell Family at:

  • Family of Jonnie Ray Basham ('63)

    • Jonnie passed away April 5, 2010.

  • Family of Mary Dietz ('64)

    • Mary passed away recently.

  • Family of James A. Powell ('70)

    • James A. Powell 57, of Leesburg, formerly of Indianapolis, passed away March 5, 2010.

  • Family of Betty Jean Moon Cowan ('46)

    • Betty Jean Moon Cowan 80, passed away on January 31 2010 in Indianapolis.

  • Family of Diana Walters Dorset ('88)

    • Diana passed away on 1-31-10 of cancer leaving a husband and 5 children.

  • Family of Russell F. Corey ('47)

    • Russ passed away January 4, 2010. Born in Indianapolis, he graduated from T.C. Howe High School in 1947. While in high school, he worked in the Irvington Bakery and after high school he worked for Costin Standard Service Station. He joined the Air Force in December 1950, and when he left in December 1954, he was a Staff Sergeant and had been the Crew Chief on 4-engine jets. He returned to Costin's as a mechanic and bodyfender repairman (his first love was always auto body repair work). In 1960, he met and married the love of his life Gloria Corey and they started Corey's Auto Sales and Service. They raised boxers for awhile and then began owning and showing Standard Schnauzers. In addition to the dogs, Russ had many other and varied interests: he owned a cabin cruiser that he and Gloria cruised up and down the Ohio River and docked at Madison, IN; he flew his 4-seater Cessna that he kept at Mt. Comfort Airport; he belonged to the Prospect Masonic Lodge #714 F.& A.M.; and was a vested member in the Indianapolis Valley of the Scottish Rite and was a Noble with the Murat Shrine. He and Gloria also danced many years with the Don Rene Dancers. Russell was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Sophia Corey; his wife, Gloria Corey; sisters, Martha Kime and Mary Gottschalk; and brother-in-law Bernie Cox. He is survived by his step-daughter, Cara Ittner; sister, Jesse Cox; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved standard schnauzers, Rocky and Honey. There will be no calling or service. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's choice of charity, or the Humane Society of Indianapolis, 7929 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268.

  • Family of Connie Hinsch Alexander ('64)

    • Connie passed away 12/30/2009 from complications of COPD/cancer. Connie was mother to Skip Alexander ('85) and Laura Alexander ('92)

  • Family of Donald Ray Montgomery ('61) and Jane (McCallip) Montgomery ('58)

    • Jane passed away in Sept. 2009

  • Family of Lionel (Sonny) Chandler ('46)

    • Lionel passed away 12-11-2009

  • Family of Henrietta L. Larison (food services worker)

    • Henrietta L. Larison age 83, of Indianapolis, passed away on Tuesday, December 22, 2009. Henrietta attended the Woodside Methodist Church. She retired after 20 years of service from Howe High School, working in Food Services. Henrietta was preceded in death by her husband, Dillard (Larry) Larison. She is survived by her sons, Warren, Bob, and Garry Larison; 2 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

  • Family of Philip Vernon Vogel ('52)

    • Philip Vernon Vogel age 75 beloved husband and father slipped away to be with his Lord and Savior on November 30, 2009. He joins his mother, Lola Vogel; father, Vernon Vogel; and beautiful sister, Barbara Franklin, all who has preceded him in death. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Mary (Boston) Vogel; and his children, Dawn and husband Dale Durchholz of Bloomington, IL, Philip Kelly and wife Diana Vogel of Indianapolis; also his three adored grandchildren Alexandra Paige Durchholz, Ian Philip Vogel and Cameron Boston Vogel. He was also a proud uncle to his nieces and nephews. Before retiring in 1993 because of his health, he was a 54 year member of Local 18 Heat and Frost Insulators of Indianapolis. Proudly working on many Indianapolis landmarks including the AUL building and North Central High School. Phil had many friends from his Howe High School Class of 1952. He and his fishing buddies enjoyed fishing in Canada, Minnesota and the Great Lakes and bring back fresh fish. Phil also enjoyed Euchre, Bridge and Gardenin

  • Family of George Stout ('76)

    • George's brother Wesley (45 years old) died unexpectedly on Thursday. His untimely death has left the family devastated, asking a lot of questions, and wishing they could turn back time.

  • Family of Cameron ('63) and Carol ('67) Greenwood

    • Carol passed away suddenly on October 23.

  • Family of James A. Kuykendall ('77)

    • "He died very quickly, and left his wife, 2 daughters, his Dad, brother Scott, and step-mom behind. Samantha (a.k.a. Sammy) is still in Highschool, but Alexandra is in college, on the way to Doctor-dum." - Good friend Dan Lind ('77)

  • Family of Anthony (Tony) Gomez ('74)

    • The Gomez family just lost Lisa ('77) in the past year or so. Tony's wife preceded him in death so please keep his children in your thoughts and prayers.

  • Family of Brenda (Allgood) Walton ('67)

    • Brenda Walton (Allgood) passed away on Sept 10, 2009 She fought hard with her battle of lung cancer.

  • Family of Charlene M. Beck Massey ('62)

    • Charlene M. Beck Massey July 17, 1944 – September 19, 2009. She was the daughter of Vernon and Elizabeth Beck, both whom have preceded her in death. Charlene was a 1962 graduate of Howe High School, a member of the the Greenfield Christian Church, and for the last four years she sang in the choir and inspired and loved all she knew, the National Federation of Republican Women, a member of the Cumberland Town Council from 1999 to 2005, a 20 year member of White River Sound (Chapter of Sweet Adeline's International), she received the Outstanding Award for Music in 1996, an Attendance Award in 1993. She loved singing with her chorus and was a special friend to all she sang with, she also was president of the Glen Oak's Homeowners Board from 1994 to 1999. Charlene was employed by Mt. Vernon Community School Corp. for many years. She touched the lives of children and teachers and loved her work as a substitute teacher. She was a past member of the Warren Hills Christian Church for 25 years, where she raised her family and made sure they went to church. She fought cancer for the last five years, never complained, never got down and always was there for everybody around her. A special thanks to Joanie and Claudia, her doctors, nurses, and personell at I.U. Cancer Center and to her very good friends, Dr. Abanour and Gina Kramer. Charlene was loved by everybody she met and was a special lady to all her family and friends. Elaine and "The Pool Club" will miss her dearly, but will keep her memory alive. Charlene and Jerry had a very special marriage that truly was meant to be. All because two people fell in love! She is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, Jerry Massey; her children, Cassi Hooker, Penny Eltzroth (Larry), Steven Hooker (Sherrie), Kimberly Holden (Robert), Brent Massey, Cammi Hooker; special friend and daughter, Debbie Piotrowski; ten grand-children; three great-grandchildren; sister, Debbie Lynn; brother, Jerry Beck;many friends and extended family; special pet, "Muffin."

  • Family of Mary Cathleen (Cope) Garrette ('83)

    • Mary Cathleen Garrette 44, beloved mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend passed away September 4, 2009. Mary was born February 1, 1965 and is survived by her daughters, Melody and Michaela Garrette; her mother, Bette Cope; and siblings, William Cope, Randall Cope, Becci Fletcher, Brian Cope, Mark Cope, Brett Cope, Beverly Gullett, Truman Cope; 19 nieces and nephews; and seven grandnieces and grandnephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Cope, and one brother, Paul Cope. Mary was a graduate of Thomas Carr Howe High School and was employed with Community Hospital East for 26 years. A memorial service will be held Monday, September 7, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 2015 S. Arlington Ave, 46203. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made in Mary's honor to Casting for Recovery and or the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Arrangements entrusted to Shirley Brothers Washington Memorial Chapel.

  • Crenshaw Family (Diane '70, Allan '73, Kevin '77, Mary '80)

    • The Crenshaw family in the death of their mother, Betty Jane Crenshaw. Betty Jane Crenshaw 86, Indianapolis, passed away on Saturday, August 29, 2009. She was born in Batesville, IN on August 12, 1923 the daughter of Earl and Bertha (Schott) Kleiner. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Ralph Crenshaw; sons Paul, Allan (Linda), and Kevin (Doreen) Crenshaw; daughters Diane (Terry) Mullis and Mary Gillespie; 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Betty lived for her family, and never had an unkind word for anyone. She was a member of Irvington Presbyterian Church.

  • Family of Robert J. Alexander ('41)

    • Robert Alexander was in the first Howe graduating class (1941). Robert was the father of 8 who all attended Howe as well.

  • Family of Teacher Ron Finkbiner

    • Ron passed away barely a year after his beloved wife Judy passed away. Ron was a social studies and history teacher at Howe during the 70s, 80s and 90s. Please keep all of his students and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

  • Family of Henry "Hank" Easter (Howe Dean of Boys)

    • Henry "Hank" Easter, former dean of boys, passed away on February 20, 2009 in Pinellas Park, FL.

  • Lisa (Figg) Beaumont

    • Lisa is back in Community Hospital East after suffering a second heart attack. She is reported to be in good spirits. submitted by: Deb Lewis ('79)

  • Family of Janice Kutche Goodpaster ('62)

    • My dear sister, Jan, went to meet our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ at 10:42 this morning. She is finally at peace here on earth, and I can only imagine the experience of being with God. Thank you so much for all of your prayers. - (Jan's sister Libby) MESSAGE FROM A FRIEND - I was blessed to reconnect with Jan at our class reunion. She commented that night she had never been able to get involved with much at Howe as she was the oldest of 9 children and had to get home to care for her siblings. Jan was a funny, scrappy gal who fought a tremendous battle against lung cancer and kidney cancer. She had unwavering faith in her doctors and her God. I thank you all for keeping her in your prayers to fight as long as she did. The doctors suspended the chemo shortly before Christmas and she was able to go home and spend the holidays with her large family. A few of the Howe girls began having a monthly luncheon after reconnecting at the reunion and Jan was a bright spot in those meetings. She shared funny stories about her large family and gladdened our time with her. She was a gift to us all. I was truly touched by her friendship, her joy of life, and her faith in goodness and her God. Rest in peace. - Dotti

  • Family of Patti (Walker) Schultz ('69)

    • Patti passed away December 12, 2008 of Lou Gehrig's disease.

  • Chuck Flowers ('79)

    • Chuck was the first handicapped student in IPS who was main-streamed. Chuck was regularly zipping through the halls in his wheelchair pushed by one of many hornet friends. Chuck has cerebral palsy which limits his physical movements but has no effect on his mental capabilities. Chuck attended Ball State and received his degree in Social Work. Chuck is currently in the hospital for the third time in 8 months for an intestinal issue. Doctors are trying to figure out what is causing his issues.

  • Kasey Branham ('81)

    • Kasey's 19-year old daughter is having surgery to remove a breast lump.

  • Family of Tammie S. (Childs) Wilkison ('79)

    • Tammie passed away November 15 from pancreatic cancer.

  • Family of Teresa (Barger) Haboush ('80)

    • Teresa died wednesday, November 12, 2008. Husband Jeff Haboush ('80) and several other in-law Hornets.

  • Herbert C. Barnard ('45)

    • Herb passed away suddenly from an aneurysm on November 1, 2008. Herb was wife to Hornet Jennie Beth (Taylor) Barnard ('45), father to Hornets David ('73), Tom ('75) and Steve ('77) and father-in-law to Nora (Gonzales) Barnard ('77).

  • Famly of Monica (Mertz) Pryor ('89)

    • Monica passed away October 27, 2008 at her home in Greenville, SC.

  • Family of John DuChemin

    • Mr. DuChemin was a custodian/maintenance worker at Howe. John passed away Tuesday, September 16.

  • Family of Sheryl (Perkins) Petree ('67)

    • Sherry was a member of the class of '67. She died on September 18 after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Her children, Melisa (Petree) Duffy ('85), Butch Petree ('87), and Angela (Petree) Jones ('93), her sister Susan (Perkins) Spear ('70) and brother Steven Perkins ('78) also attended Howe.

  • Family of James L. Sommerville

    • Jim passed away peacefully Wednesday, August 13, 2008 Jim was the Husband of Janet (Lewis) Sommerville (Class of 1947), Father of Steven Sommerville (Class of 1987), and Father-in-Law of James L. Jones (Class of 1977). submitted by: Steven Sommerville ('87) - son

  • Family of Gregg ('77), Jeffrey ('80), Anna ('82) and David ('84) Haboush

    • Their mother Judith A. Haboush, passed away on August 3, 2008.

  • Family of Tracy (Johnson) VanOsdol ('77)

    • Tracy's brother Jon P. Johnson, 44, died on friday, July 4th.

  • Matthew T. Schwier

    • Class of '88 submitted by: Sister, Shannon Roberson (Schwier)

  • Family of Teacher Warren Dressler

    • Mr. Dressler passed away June 25, 2008 Teacher at Howe during the 80s and 90s.

  • Family of Lisa Gomez

    • Lisa died unexpectedly during the third week of May, 2008. Class of '77 submitted by: Cathy (Clark) Thoman ('77)

  • Family of Jack Gilfoy ('58)

    • Jack passed away on Friday, May 2, 2008 Class president for the class of 1958. submitted by: Class of '58 50th reunion committee

  • Nan Bultman

    • Mother-in-law to Tobi Elmore ('81) submitted by: Tobi Elmore ('81)

  • Ron Finkbiner

    • Ron's wife, Judy Finkbiner ("The Gorilla") passed away on March 14 of brain cancer. Ron was a social studies/history teacher during the 70s, 80s and 90s

  • Carla Attebury

    • Stage IV breast cancer sister-in-law to Kelly Attebury (81) submitted by: Kelly Attebury (81)

  • Julie Bultman Cassidy

    • Sister-in-law to Tobi Elmore ('81) submitted by: Tobi Elmore ('81)

"Musings" by John Ervin
Popular, Long-time English teacher and English Department Chair John Ervin has kindly agreed to provide us periodically with some musings about his time at Howe. Those are featured here in our "Musings" column
I shall not put these in order of importance as all are important to my memory.

I have already mentioned Frank Tout, Bruce Beck and Ellen O’Drain, but their names will, no doubt, come up again.

Let me mention Pat Friedly, one of the best English teachers I ever knew. Hard working, enthusiastic, low key, and unafraid to tackle any problems or situations; that was Pat. She attracted the bright students, but handled the others with aplomb.

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Special Reports
"Laud of the Ring"

Pam Chavis (shown with sons Jesse and Kyle) spent many months trying to locate the owner of a high school ring which her mother, who had recently passed away, had kept for 52 years. In the end her amazing search was successful and she happily returned the ring to its flabbergasted owner, Howe high school graduate Paul Grissom ('48).

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Charles DeBow, Howe teacher, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen

This is a picture of the original Tuskegee airmen. It was submitted to me by Howe alumnus, James Neel from the class of 1958. James posted a message on the board asking whether a teacher who taught in the 50s at Howe named Charles DeBow might be the same Charles DeBow who was one of the original Tuskegee airmen. He and I both started researching and found that the Charles DeBow from the airmen was listed as being from Indianapolis, IN!

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