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04/24/19 11:05 AM #4347    


Judy Maxwell (1971)

Ok Everyone here is the latest from Andrew Monzon the Associate Principal at SAM.....

I text him asking about the demolition and that to several of us it didn't look like anything was being salvaged. His reply is below...

"We would like to host the event in October. We want our building to be complete and the other building razed before we host. Thanks"


So for now we can keep watching the camera feed on top of the new building and see who sneaks in for

Have a good Day!


04/24/19 12:37 PM #4348    

Diane Grayson (Goloby) (1971)

If anyone can sneak in, wear a dust mask. I see pictures of the hard hat guys not wearing masks, but it really smells bad around there. I got to the corner of the long main building we see on the screen, and took a picture, but it smelled so bad, and I had a sore throat for a couple of days. It's moldy and mildewey. The Staff member who was standing outside during bus time said the mold and mildew was bad while they were still in the old building. So be careful. It's a hard-hat area and the building isn't stable. It's now condemned.  I wish I could have sneaked in and gotten some of those lockers before they demolished them.

I wonder if we could request the letters at the top of the Main building that spell out Sam Houston High School. Someone could do something with them, or make a memorial sign somewhere. Miss Scott has the concrete Women's Gymnasium sign from SHSU when they demolished that building, and I'm sure the workers at this site won't mind getting some parts for anyone if requested.



04/24/19 04:47 PM #4349    


Dolores Loocke (Ross) (1959)


George and I went by SHHS today.  We drove right in (since we were in George's truck).  I told George all they could do was to tell us to leave.  We did manage to get a few bricks, out of one of their trash piles, for mementoes. We talked to one of the workers and he told us to go right ahead and get what we wanted.  The foreman came by moments later and told us that we were not allowed on a construction site, without a hardhat and also told the friendly worker to get back to work!   George just happened to have a hardhat in our truck, so he put it on.  The foreman drove by again, after noticing that we didn't leave; he saw George's hardhat and drove off without saying anything.

We didn't notice any odor (I guess it depends on the area), but it is very dusty.  George wears a mask all the time, because of his lung disease, so we were prepared.  We were there, probably ten minutes.

It is sad to see the old building being destroyed, but as the saying goes, "That's progress"............hummm, I guess.  

Does anyone know if the auditorium and the main office building will remain, or is it scheduled for demolition, too?

What are they going to do in it just a tour of the new building? 






04/24/19 05:58 PM #4350    


Judy Maxwell (1971)


Good job having a hard hat and mask. I may have to sneak by Saturday when in Houston, I am always up for a an adventure and thrill!! Like you say all they can do is ask you to leave!

As far as the Auditorium and offices I know when we were ther on both tours they said the stage would be cut up for sales items and that is right by the office so I think they will tear that whole building down. The only part that I think will remain is up front towards Irvington they added a building a few years back (long after all of us were gone)  I think may have been part of the ROTC it is brick and has different colot bricks in stripes aross it, (If that makes any sense.)

I will keep ya posted on anything I find out!!




04/24/19 08:13 PM #4351    


Dolores Loocke (Ross) (1959)

Judy, how do I access the camera feed, that you have mentioned? Also, will they be selling memorabilia at the October gathering? 


04/25/19 07:38 AM #4352    

Rex Cauthen (1976)

Judy Maxwell;


Thanks for all the info about the reconstruction of SHHS.   Personally,  i passed

a prime opportunity when wife and i were in Houston for a few days this past March. 

It sickens me a little that i was within a mile of the school and didn't think to drive by. 

I enjoy yours and others comments on this forum.


Rex  SHHS 1976

04/25/19 08:36 AM #4353    


Eugene Knox (1972)

someone ask for the link to the construction cam.

04/25/19 12:01 PM #4354    


Judy Maxwell (1971)

Dolores #4351 ~ Eugene Knox has been kind enough to list the link for you on the SAM camera ~ (Thanks Eugene) It is fun to check in and see what is happening. It changes pictures every 10 minutes.

Yes, at the October gathering they are to have some items for sell, I will keep ya posted on a date as soon as I know, (I don't think they know yet)

Rex  # 4352 ~ Thanks for the kind words I am glad to have you join us! It is a shame you didn't go by SAM when in town. ~ I guess if your still in Mo. that would be a little far for a drive by! Guess you can plan on joining all of us at the School in October!

I would like to have a bunch that attend the October to join us after wards for a little gathering to visit more, We will have to plan something as the times gets closer.


I looked at the camera this morning and they have started tearing the end of the 3 story section down. It want be long before they will go at and it will be gone! It is bitter sweet like Dolores said. But I am glad the students are getting to have a new school. There is just something about "New and fresh" that makes it better ~ so maybe the kids will do better with school work!!

I am coming to Houston this week-end and want to also go by Little York and see how they are doing on rebuilding Scarborough Elem.

Have a good day!



04/25/19 04:25 PM #4355    


Dolores Loocke (Ross) (1959)

Thank you Eugene and Judy for the info. 

04/25/19 06:13 PM #4356    


Charlotte Pate (Poole) (1962)


04/26/19 02:19 PM #4357    


Dolores Loocke (Ross) (1959)

Thank you, Charlotte

04/27/19 08:35 AM #4358    

Bobby Grigsby (1959)

Dolores, It’s good to see you on this forum. Not too many of the Class of ‘59 ever comment.  Have you heard anything about a 60th reunion?  Hope all is well with you and yours  God bless!




04/27/19 01:53 PM #4359    


Dolores Loocke (Ross) (1959)

Hi Bobby,  I am surprised, but  have not heard anything about a 60th reunion. 

So many folks that worked on the reunions, in the past, are in ill health or have left this ole world for a better place.  If I hear anything, I will certainly let you know. 

Hope this note finds you doing well. 

Good to hear from you, Dolores





04/28/19 09:37 PM #4360    

Judith Neal (Crumpler) (1959)

I'd like to know if there will be a 60th reunion for '59 also.

04/28/19 09:37 PM #4361    

Judith Neal (Crumpler) (1959)

I'd like to know if there will be a 60th reunion for '59 also.

04/29/19 08:12 AM #4362    

Bobby Grigsby (1959)


I think many of those who usually planned reunions may have died. I wonder who we could contact to get something going?  

04/29/19 11:39 AM #4363    


Judy Maxwell (1971)

Bobby #4362

HI Bobby, The class Rep listed for 1956-1959 is Larry Chelette ~ His email addres is:

You may try emailing him, he is from class of 1957. His profile is still active. If he can't get any information for you then you can email Connie Reden Hopper or if you look to the left of this page you see the list of places in the site you can go like Classmates profiles ~ Info/Messages-Public ~ Facilty ~ etc....there is a "contact us" that will get in touch with the Admin. of this site and maybe they can tell you something more ~ or ~ you Dolores and Judith from 59 could start planning one. Start sending out notices to classmates and see what they would like to do.  

Let me know if I can be of any help! I am a party planner on the side so I give ya some pointers!

It would be a shame not to get together for your 60th! Even of it was something small.

Good Luck



04/30/19 03:54 AM #4364    

Jerry Poole (1964)

My oldest brother, Tim Poole has worked on the 59 Reunions in the past but I am sad to inform the 59 class in case you have not heard, he passed away Jan.28, 2017. May he RIP. I do not know the names of any of the others that he worked with on the Reunions. I hope you can find out the information you are looking for.  I am in the same boat, I am a 64 grad and I have not heard if we are going  to have  a 55 Reunion.  Jerry Poole

04/30/19 10:12 AM #4365    

Janie Brown (Jones) (1963)

Is your brother the Tim Poole who married Phyllis Roach?

04/30/19 10:36 AM #4366    


Kathy Culpepper (Gunderson) (1968)

Jerry Poole I'm so sorry to hear about Tim's passing. I hope you and Pamela are doing well. Tell Pamela hello from her hair model for cosmetology class. We won 1st place too.

04/30/19 12:30 PM #4367    

Bobby Grigsby (1959)

It will be difficult for me to participate in planning a 60th reunion  for the Class of ‘59 as I live in the DFW area. Thanks Judy and Jerry for your responses and for the information. Jerry, I did know that Tim died and that he was instrumental in planning past reunions. I’m so sorry for your loss.  If anyone wants to start the planning process, I will help In anyway that I can from a distance.





05/02/19 03:34 PM #4368    


Mary Dill (Willyerd) (1960)

Hi,  Has anyone heard who is working on the 60th reunion?  I would be happy to help.

05/04/19 11:01 PM #4369    

John Huettel, II (1968)

Margaret and Roy Mudd came for a visit last Wednesday....plans were made to visit shhs for bricks and ? Thursday morning it's raining then clears....we decide after lunch to go to melrose park and play home run derby.....Roy and I  gathered some gloves and forty tennis balls also took wood bats size 28 and 29....same size when we played in little league.....the last time we played ball on Keaton field we were ages 7 to 12.....great memories then as well as now...we survived playing home run derby with only muddy shoes and sore balls and little bats don't work well together.....the balls tend to crush when you hit them really hard.....Roy hit three over the 165' left field fence and myself hit a grand total of after batting at over a hundred pitchs we both called it a fun time....on Friday Roy and I drove to shhs and went into the demo was raining at this time and only one machine was operating near the office area far from guy walked up to us and Roy asked for some bricks...him and another worker started grabbing bricks for us....also we got out and we were told if a brick had a black spot leave as those might have asbestos on them....after we got a few another guy came up and said boss said to leave....we thanked them and left....we then drove around to the entrance of the new school and went to the office hoping to tour ....the front door was locked till someone let us in....after talking to security we where sent back thru those locked doors...we then drove over to Burbank elementary.....well the nice people took us into the main building and walked us down to one end where our 5th grade room was (mrs. Starr)......the wood floors were gone as well as the looked good to be built in 1927....finished off the day by stopping at big burger v......a great trip back to the north side.....God bless......John Huettel '68

05/05/19 11:09 AM #4370    


Kathy Culpepper (Gunderson) (1968)

How awesome to have a blast from the past John and Roy Mudd. I drove past Melrose Park yesterday on the way to downtown. Remembered many happy times at the park with my family. I still love the Northside.

05/06/19 01:06 PM #4371    


Lynda L. Voswinkel (Boehm) (1962)

John, I loved hearing about the adventure that you and Roy had.We had some good times growing up on the Northside.

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