November Alumni Alert

November Alumni Alert
November 9, 2013 sphsalumni


Please join us at the Annual Award of Excellence Luncheon on November 13, 2013!

The annual Award of Excellence with be held on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at noon at Swan Caterers, The Waterfall Room, at 2015 S. Swanson St. (near corner of Front and Snyder Ave.), Philadelphia.

This year’s recipients of the SPHS Alumni Award of Excellence are:

Mark Hoffman

Anthony Pirollo

Edmund Rocco

Donald Snyder

Tickets are $27.50 per person. To order tickets, please contact Carlo Musciano at:

Carlo Musciano

102 Sleepy Hollow Place

Cherry Hill, NJ 08003



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:

Class of 1973 – 40th Reunion – Saturday, November 30, 2013, 7pm

Classes of January and June 1964 – 50th Reunion – Summer/Fall 2014 – Planning Underway

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

Class of 1984 – 30th Reunion – Fall 2014 – Planning Underway

Visit our website ( 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 venues require as exact a count as possible, two weeks in advance of the event.

If your Class Reunion is listed as “Planning Underway”, please contact your Reunion Coordinator(s) listed in the Reunion Contacts section on our website to make sure you get put on the mailing list to receive the Reunion details when plans are finalized.

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.


Southern/Neumann Thanksgiving Day Football – November 28, 2013, 10:00a.m.- Bigler Field, 10th and Bigler Streets.

Join us at the annual Southern/Neumann Thanksgiving Day football game at Bigler Field. After starting this season at 0-2, Southern’s football team has rallied to an 8-3 record. Let’s all attend the Thanksgiving Day game against Neumann and cheer our Rams on to victory!

To view the scores of Southern’s football games this Fall, go to:


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 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.


For those of you who did not know, Edward J. Bok High School (“Bok”) was closed at the end of the 2012-2013 school year. The students from Bok now attend Southern. Because Bok was a vocational/trade high school, Southern now has a vocational/trade school component.

As of this writing, we are happy to report that things continue to run smoothly with the transition.

No worries, our Alma Mater will keep the name “South Philadelphia High School” (aka “Southern.”). The SPHS Alumni Association will have it no other way.


Christmas is just around the corner. Lifetime (or Memorial) 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 Christmas (or on their birthday or anniversary) with a gift of a lifetime – a Lifetime Membership. Lifetime Memberships may be conveniently purchased online at 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.


The Online Directory on our website ( is now operational again. Any graduate of Southern (whether a Lifetime Member of the Alumni Association or not) can add himself/herself to the Online Directory. Southern graduates may enter as much or as little information as he/she wishes to share.


For those of you who still live in the neighborhood, you may have noticed that a new free monthly community magazine arrived in your mail in the few months.

The magazine is called “South Philadelphia Life” and focuses on all things South Philly. The debut issue included an article submitted by the SPHS Alumni Association to bring public awareness to the existence of the Alumni Association and what it does.

Currently, the monthly magazine is only distributed to South Philadelphia residents. Hopefully, there will be a method for anyone who would like to receive copies to be added to their mailing list in the future.

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