February 2014 Alert

February 2014 Alert
February 12, 2014 sphsalumni


Please be advised that the E-newsletter was distributed electronically on January 27, 2014 to those who signed up for it before the new website design was created.

In an oversight, when creating the new website, we failed to include an E-Newsletter sign-up section. We will be revising the website in a couple of weeks. Any Lifetime Member who would like to receive the Annual Newsletter via email now (and help us save on postage), can email us at [email protected] with your name and graduation year. If you elect to receive the Newsletter by email, you will not receive a hard copy in the mail.

The hard copies of the Newsletter will be placed in the mail on or before February 22, 2014. If you do not receive your Newsletter by March 1, 2014, contact us at [email protected].

Remember, if you have moved and not given us your new address, and your newsletter is returned to us 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, with $1.20 postage on it.

ANNUAL HALL OF FAME BANQUET – Sunday, April 27, 2014, 1pm

This year’s Hall of Fame Banquet will be held on Sunday, April 27, 2014 beginning at 1:pm at Savoy Caterers, 1444 Route 73 North, Pennsauken, New Jersey. The cost per ticket is $45. For those of you who have attended past Hall of Fame Banquets held at the Savoy, you know it is well worth the price for the awesome food, let alone getting to meet the impressive Alumni being honored.

For door-to-door directions (based upon the starting address you provide), please see the directions available in the Events and Reunions Section of our website.

This year’s Hall of Fame Inductees are:

Athletic Hall of Fame:
William P. Koran ‘55
John Laprocido ‘55
Louis Sbarra, Jr. ‘59

Cultural Hall of Fame:
Joseph Daughen ‘52
Louis Lanza ‘54
Joseph Lanza ‘51 (deceased)
Thomas Sebastian ‘63

Ads may be purchased which will appear in our 2014 Hall of Fame Souvenir Booklet ranging from $25 (1/8 page) to $100 (full page). To purchase an ad for the 2014 Ad Book, please contact Charlie LaGrossa at [email protected] or by phone at (856) 784-2131. The deadline for submission of ads is March 30, 2014.


The time is now to start making nominations for next year’s Hall of Fame candidates. The deadline for making nominations for consideration for the 2015 SPHS Alumni Halls of Fame (Athletic and Cultural) is June 1, 2014.

The new Nomination Form can be found on our website (www.sphsalumni.com) under the “Forms” link on our website.


Remember that 2014 is the “5th year” and “10th year” anniversary for graduating classes ending in “4″ and “9″. The time to start planning for your Reunion in 2014 is now. If your class ends in “4” or “9”, and you have not already begun to plan for your reunion, the time to start is NOW. Of course, classes are encouraged to have reunions as often as they wish.

The following Graduating Classes have information posted about Reunions on our website:

Classes of January and June 1964 – 50th Reunion – October 10, 2014, 7pm

Class of 1974 – 40th Reunion – Fall 2014 – Planning Underway

Classes of 1981 thru 1987 (hosted by Class of 1984) – Fall 2014 – Planning Underway

Visit our website (www.sphsalumni.com) for details and contact information for these Reunions. PLEASE ADHERE TO THE DEADLINE DATES FOR PAYMENT IN THE REUNION ANNOUNCEMENTS. It is important that you make payment by the deadline date as many event locations require as exact a count as possible, two to three weeks in advance of the event.

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.


Derrell Lawrence, a graduate of Southern’s Class of 1993, is the producer/writer of the hit stage play, “Do You Trust Your Best Friend?” Background: Maurice and April couldn’t be more excited about their upcoming nuptials. As their big day approaches, their relationship is put to the test in this shocking and dramatic tale about commitment, trust, love, and lust. You may never look at your best friend the same again.

The hit stage play has run in cities across the U.S. over the past two years. In April 2014, Mr. Lawrence brings the hit stage play to Philadelphia at the Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad Street. The performances are scheduled for Friday, April 4, 2014 at 8pm, and Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 2pm and again at 7:30pm. Tickets can be purchased through the Merriam Theater and Kimmel Center Box office at www.kimmelcenter.org or charge by phone at 215-893-1999. Group discounts are available.

Here’s our chance to support a fellow Southern alumnus and the arts in Philadelphia at the same time.

P.S. – On Derrell’s initial entrance on stage, please cheer and make some South Philly noise!!


Please mark the following dates on your 2014 calendars:

South Jersey Annual Brunch – September 14, 2014

Annual Award of Excellence Lunch – November 5, 2014

Additional details for the above events with be forthcoming in future email alerts.


Thanks to the hard work of Archives Chair, Marc Adelman, and others, Southern’s Archives Room has been organized. It has proven to be a valuable resource for genealogy projects, an academic thesis, study in photography, and overall nostalgia for those who have visited the Archives Room at Southern.

The Archives Room contains yearbooks going back to the first graduating class for Boys in 1910. Although Southern’s Girls Classes started in 1918, the first Girls’ Class Yearbook was not published until 1940. Commencement booklets from 1910 are also available for viewing and/or copying in the Archives Room.

Archives Chair, Marc Adelman, is usually in the Archives room on Tuesdays, between 2 and 5pm. If you wish to visit the Archives Room, please contact Mr. Adelman at [email protected] to make an appointment to visit the Archives Room. A suggested donation of $10 is requested of visitors to the Archives Room.


Lifetime Memberships make a great gift for the Southern graduate who has not yet become a Lifetime Member. Perhaps your mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, aunt, uncle, or other relative graduated from Southern. Surprise them for on their birthday or anniversary with a gift of a lifetime – a Lifetime Membership. Lifetime Memberships may be conveniently purchased online at www.sphsalumni.com for the one-time cost of just $25 (please indicate the name of the SPHS graduate and new Lifetime Member in the box for Lifetime Member’s name. Thank you.). You can also ask your relative to see if he or she has their yearbook, and if not, surprise them by purchasing their yearbook at the price of just $15. A Lifetime (or Memorial) Membership for the person photographed in the yearbook is required to be eligible to receive the yearbook.

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