Alumni Alert: September 1, 2013

Alumni Alert: September 1, 2013
September 4, 2012 sphsalumni

Just a quick reminder that the South Jersey Annual Buffet Brunch is this coming Sunday,
September 16, 2012. See below.

Sunday, September 16, 2012, 11am-3pm: South Jersey Chapter Annual Buffet Brunch.
The South Jersey Chapter of the SPHS Alumni Association will hold its annual buffet brunch at
the Mays Landing Country Club on Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 11a.m. All Southernites and
guests are welcome. Tickets are $25 each. For more details, contact Rita or Sam Chatis at


Details on the following Reunions/Get Togethers can be found on our website,

Classes of January and June 1957 – 55th Reunion – Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 1pm;

Boys’ Classes of January and June 1947 – 65th Reunion – Thursday, October 11, 2012, at noon;

ALL CLASSES WEST COAST REUNION (informal gathering)- Saturday, October 13, 2012;

Girls’ Class of June 1948 – 64th Reunion – Sunday, October 14, 2012, at 1pm;

Class of June 1972 – 40th Reunion – Thursday, October 18, 2012, at 7pm;

Classes of January and June 1962 – 50th Reunion – Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 6pm;

Class of January and June 1958 – 54th Reunion – Sunday, October 21, 2012, at 11:30am;

Class of June 1982 – 30th Reunion – Friday, November 2, 2012 at 8pm;

Class of June 1967 – 45th Reunion – Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 7pm;

Class of June 1976 – 37th Reunion – October 2013 – Planning Underway;

Class of June 1964 – 50th Reunion – June 15, 2014 – Planning Underway.

Visit our website ( for details and contact information for these Reunions.
If you have a scheduled reunion which is not listed above, please let us know the details of your
Class Reunion (include the coordinator’s contact information) by sending an email to
[email protected]. We will post your Class Reunion on our website under the “Events and
Reunions” link.

If your Class Reunion details are not posted within seven (7) days of your request (or the details
posted require correction), please call the office at 215-468-3377 or email
[email protected]. Thank you.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 10:00am – Unveiling of Historical Marker for Dr. Israel Goldstein.

Please join us at the official unveiling of the Historical Marker in tribute to Dr. Israel Goldstein on November 13, 2010 at 10a.m. Dr. Goldstein was a member of the January 1911 Class (aka the Third Graduating Class) of Southern, and was the first recipient of an SPHS Alumni Association scholarship award. In addition, Dr. Goldstein co-founded Brandeis University, and was an activist for a State of Israel. Thanks to the hard work of Celeste Morello, an author, and Philadelphia historian, and the support of Southern’s Principal Otis Hackney, the historical marker now is situated in its rightful locale, our Alma Mater. The next time you are on Broad Street near the school, take a moment to stop and look at the historical marker (located atop a pole on Broad Street between Jackson Street and Snyder Avenue at the entrance to the promenade leading to the front steps of Southern).


The following is an excerpt from an email from Executive Committee Member, Marc Adelman, Southern Archives Chair:

“This past Wednesday, September 6, 2012 the Philadelphia School District announced that South
Philadelphia High School was removed from the “persistently dangerous” list. This is a major
accomplishment for Principal Hackney, his staff and students. The number of violent incidents
dramatically decreased from double digits in 2009 to a low single digit today.

This achievement was finally recognized publicly when other goals met such as a decrease in attendance violations, improvements in test scores plus the creation of a positive culture among the 20 diverse ethnic groups continue to go unnoticed by the general public.

The energy and the persistent caring for his students by Principal Hackney has encouraged a
reversal of a downward educational decline in a highly difficult time in our community. Despite
the withdrawal of some financial support by the school district, SPHS in now on the upswing
aspiring to be the best education experience for high school students in South Philly just as it was
for so many of our alumni.”


We ask that all of you be on the lookout for future announcements of events such as CAREER
DAY at the school where you can help current Southern students learn about your career field.
In addition, if you and/or your company can provide a venue for SPHS seniors to complete their
15 hour Community Service requirements, for please contact Robert Ambrose, Senior Seminar
Teacher, at [email protected], or contact him at 215-952-6220.

We have received several Newsletters returned to us (this year’s postage for each Newsletter was
$1.10). Going forward, when mailing the annual Newsletter, if your Newsletter is returned as
undeliverable, in order for us to send you another hard copy, you must send us a self-addressed,
postage-paid, large 9×13 envelope. We will let you know the amount of postage to afix to your
envelope. Thank you for your cooperation. To avoid this, please remember to let us know when
you change addresses. Thank you.

SPHS Alumni Association
Email: [email protected]

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