THIS IS SURRATTS FOUNDATION E-NOTICE 2007-12 OF
DECEMBER 1, 2007
Here are some items that may be of interest:
1. ANNUAL CAMPAIGN IN FULL SWING.
Thanks to the generosity of the donors listed below, the Foundation's
2007 Annual Campaign looks like it could be a record-setter! Remember:
the Foundation has no overhead, so every dollar contributed goes
directly toward the support of a Foundation activity. And no
contribution is too small (or too large) to make a positive difference.
Please consider showing your support for the Foundation by participating
in this year's campaign. (A donor form is reprinted below, and is
available on the Foundation's web site at
2. FOUNDATION BOARD STILL SEEKING
"LOCAL" VOLUNTEERS. The Board of the
Foundation is still in need of volunteers from the D.C. area to provide
the out-of-town Board members with a "local presence" in the School
community. If you're still in the D.C. area, and you would be willing
to volunteers a few hours in the coming year to the noble cause of the
Foundation, please let me know by email at
3. LOTS OF INTERESTING HORNET SPORTS
HISTORY. We received the following
interesting emails in response to the item in the last e-Notice about
the extraordinary 2007 Hornet football team:
"I am excited about the way the Hornets have played and represented
Surrattsville. I must remind folks that the 1976 team only lost one game
and that was to Largo (also one loss) who went on to play for the State
Championship! That team was coached by Coach Zier. Several players went
on to have successful college careers. That year, there was also talk
of playoffs, but we did not make it due to the Maryland Point system.
Yes, I played for that team and I'm very proud of what we accomplished!
Furman "Butch" Robinson (77)"
"I know the SHS Football team for the 1962-63 year was undefeated. They
were the only undefeated team in the DC area and all of the team went to
Washington Post Annual Football banquet.
(They only wanted one or two players to attend, but the team decided all
or nothing.) Another record note -- I believe it was in 1960 the
basketball Hornets were State champs in Class B. In 1962 they were State
champs in Class A, and in 1964 they were State champs in class AA. Coach
Vaughn was the
basketball coach and later was the coach at
High Point College in
North Carolina. Dave Patterson ('63)"
"Remember: for many years, there were no State football playoffs in
Maryland. Steve Profilet (71)"
"It was the 1962 team that went undefeated in football (the 1962-63
year). I played on it. 1960 was not a good year. RC Green (63 and
"I'm not sure where Fox news acquired their dates, but I played on
Surrattsville's first football team in 1958 and according to my
Surrattsville math, that's (only) 49 years ago. Before 1958 the school
played soccer. Don Byroads (61)"
"There was no team with an oval ball in 56 and my prior years at
Surratts. It was basically a basketball school with baseball thrown in.
I wondered over the years why Surratts didn't have a football team as
University of Maryland was good at
football. If you find out where they came up with the idea that
Surratts had a football team 57 years ago I would sure like to know.
Thanks, Dick Disana (56)"
"Theyre not off by much, but Surrattsville football began in the
1957-1958 school year for only 49 years of doormat. Prior to that,
the School had a good class B soccer record. As I recall, football was
mandated that year in all high schools. I was on that first team in my
junior year as a 155 pound heavy weight, at least until the Asian flu
took me and others out. One quick story: one team on the first year
schedule was the States prior year champion, Harve de Grace. We were
bused there for the slaughter. A concern among some on our team was the
meal the school picked up on the trip. The concern: would meal
acceptance hamper our amateur status? Humor was our strong suit. Paul
"My husband, Pete Williams, played on the 1963 football team that went
undefeated at 10-0. To my knowledge no other team has done that since
(maybe even before). So it was quite an accomplishment. There were no
playoffs; they were just the county champs for the Class A division. We
went AA when that great Class of '65 came in! There were state playoffs
for basketball in the 60s. Of course, that great Class of '65 took the
AA State Championship. Always have to give my guys a plug. Vicki
Forsht Williams (65, and former faculty)
4. UPDATE ON FANTASTIC 2007 GRIDIRON
TEAM. Here's an article on the great
current Hornet gridiron squad that ran in the Gazette on Thursday,
November 22, 2007:
Surrattsville, Dunbar to Clash, by Adam
Rubenstein (Staff Writer)
Weve scouted them at least five times this season, said Dunbar coach
Lawrence Smith, who took over the team following the death of coach Ben
Eaton in August. It will be a great game. They have a great team, they
have a great running back and a great quarterback.
On the flip side, Surrattsville coach Tom Green said his staff has
scouted Dunbar seven times this season, including its opener against
Gwynn Park, which the Poets won, 27-6. Dunbars only other game this
season against a
Prince Georges County opponent was Saturday
against Forestville in the first round of the Class 1A South playoffs, a
Our goal is to win the state championship, said Green. Even though
we havent been to the playoffs before and the school doesnt have a
history of winning state championships, with the talent that we have and
the way were playing right now, anything short of that, Im not going
to be happy.
Surrattsvilles first playoff game in school
history was a 44-0 victory against Digital Harbor
on Saturday. Dunbar (11-0) competes in the
Baltimore City League Division I, and is the
defending Class 1A state champ. The Poets also won the state title in
1994, 1995 and 2004 and have been to the state tournament the past
Saturdays regional final matches two of the states top offenses and
defenses. Surrattsville averages a county-best 40 points per game and
allows just 9.1 per game. Dunbars offense averages 42.5 points and
gives up 10 per outing. The Poets defense has four shutouts this season
and has allowed six points or less eight times, which included a 30-6
victory against Digital Harbor.
Surrattsvilles Davin Meggett has rushed for
1,689 yards and 25 touchdowns this season, with quarterback Andre
Johnson tacking on 1,279 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Dunbar junior back Tavon Austin has 2,098 rushing yards this season,
including 26 touchdowns, four of which came against Forestville last
The Austin vs. Meggett matchup is intriguing.
Tavon Austin, I dont think you can stop him, but I think you can slow
him down, said Green. It will be a test for our defense.
Of course, they have a great player [Austin], said Meggett. And we
have a great team. I think thats the misconception. I think they have a
great team as well, but people focus on their one player. In retrospect,
they dont just focus on me. We have great receivers, a great
quarterback, a great running game and a powerful defense.
Meggett added that Digital Harbor focused
too much on stopping him, leaving the door open for Johnson to rush for
a game-high 182 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.
I think its a big deal Austin vs. Meggett playing against one
another, said Green. But with Andre Johnson and some of these other
kids we have playing for us, I think we have an edge.
Top quarterback: Surrattsville Andre Johnson (41 for 84, 1,217 yards,
16 TD, 4 INT); Dunbar Johnathan Perry (85 for 144, 1,628 yards, 16 TD,
Top rushers: Surrattsville Davin Meggett (152 carries for 1,689 yards,
25 TD), Andre Johnson (112 carries for 1,279 yards, 13 TD);Dunbar
Tavon Austin (2,089 yards, 26 TD).
Top receivers: Surrattsville Meggett (9 catches for 408 yards, 6 TD),
Thomas Vanburen (9 catches for 263 yards, 2 TD), Garfield Lampkin(9
catches for 204 yards,4 TD); Dunbar Sean Farr (37 catches for 1,018
yards, 13 TD).
5. YET ANOTHER RING SURFACES.
We received the following email from Jackie Kaiser-MacBryde about yet
another Surratts ring that has been discovered: "Hi Henry: Last year
you listed a person who lost a ring years ago. I think she indicated
that it was lost in the hospital on Andrews AFB. Although I have never
been in the hospital on Andrews, I have her ring. It was given to me by
someone that knew I went to Surrattsville and could possibly find the
owner. I tried to contact her but her email address was not a good
one. So, if you can dig through your files and find that person, I
would love to get this ring to her. The initials
inscribed are RAS and it is a 1972 class ring. Thanks, Jackie"
If the owner of this ring will send me an email at
I'll put you in touch with Jackie so you can be reunited with that
6. ... AND A LOST RING SOUGHT.
We received this email from Janelle DiGiovine Turek,
"Hi Henry: Maybe you can post this: I lost my 1984 class ring with the
August stone. I was living in
Arlington, VA and someone broke into my
house and took my entire
jewelry box. Inside the ring I think said
my entire name: "Janelle DiGiovine". I remember that I could not
believe they could fit my last name. I would love to get it back!
7. ... AND SPEAKING OF LOST RINGS
GENERALLY. We received this tip from
Connie Spell (73): "Hi Henry: You may or may not be aware of the
Lost and found high school rings can be posted and claimed. Good luck!
8. AN UPDATE FROM AFGHANISTAN.
We received this response from Rix Mills (62),
regarding an email we ran in the last e-Notice about Rix's efforts to
help school children in Afghanistan: "Henry: Thanks so much for the
article and I hope that we get some response. Suzan Martz Holmquist
(62) and Rebecca Myers Dobry (62) have sent me many packages of paper,
pencils, rulers, and much more which is being distributed each day now
as we go out to the field to talk to the people in the villages. I am
attaching a picture of some of the packages being opened by my Afghan
team here in the office compound and they were thrilled to get the
things which gives us an entre to the kids and the adults alike to talk
about the evils of growing opium poppy and the consequences of not
obeying the law. Thanks for you support as always! Rix"
(Those great photos Rix sent are on the Foundation's web site at
9. HORNET FEATURED IN
The November edition of About Me, "a magazine for Space Coast women",
had a nice "Women in Business" article about a new business,
started by Elizabeth Lee Gleisberg May (78). The article noted that
Elizabeth is a retired Air Force major, a private pilot and a world
recordholding skydiver. Congrats to Elizabeth on this nice press!
10. DON'T FORGET TO GENERATE DONATIONS
TO THE FOUNDATION WHILE SEARCHING THE WEB.
Please don't forget to set your web browser home page to the
Yahoo-powered search engine,
that generates donations to charitable organizations designated by its
users. You'll need to indicate "The
Surrattsville High School Foundation, Inc."
as your designated charity. You'll recall that this is a painless way
for each of us to increase the Foundation's fund raising efforts by
simply making a small change to the way we do something many of us do
each day web searching.
Here are the details. Go to
In the indicated box, designate The
Surrattsville High School Foundation, Inc.
as the charity to receive donations from goodsearch's advertisers each
time you search the web. Then use
to do your web searching. (You designate
as your homepage on your computer by going to
Thanks for considering changing the way you search the web to generate
donations to the Foundation. (Goodsearch.com
reports that if 1,000 Foundation supporters search the web twice a day,
$7300 in donations will be generated for the Foundation each year!).
I hope you're all enjoying a great start to your holiday season!
All the best, Henry Smith (71),
MANY THANKS TO THESE DONORS TO THE
FOUNDATION'S 2007 CAMPAIGN!
Pat Becker Oles (71)
Steve Profilet (71)
Michelle Shelley Wilson Block (68)
Sally Saker Weingarten (77)
Janet Goddard Sullivan (54), In memory of her brother, Jesse "Skip"
Goddard, Jr. (56)
Roy Nestor (72), In Memory of Jana Sims Nestor
Kurt Aktug (88)
June Jacobs Brown (44)
Thomas V. Mike Miller (60)
Linda Dorsey Blum (66)
Vicki Forsht Williams (65), In joyful celebration of the marriage of
Nancy Oursler Maynard (65) and Larry Schillings (65)
Vicki Forsht Williams (65, and former faculty), In memory of Eugene
Colgan, former (and greatest!) Principal
Ellen Talbert-Miller (61, and former faculty/administration), In memory
of Eugene Colgan, Principal and mentor
Bob Marr (71)
Deborah Cox Marr (72)
Vicky Simontacchi Young (57), To Honor the Class of 1957
Henry Smith (71)
Donna Rae Sturtevant Smith (70)
Melissa Gilcrest (69)
David Kraus (65), In memory of Ed Andrauskas, Faculty
Jeanine Carroll Maclary (73), In memory of James R. (Jimmy) Carroll
Dan Bayne (71), For the Charles Waddell Scholarship Fund
Anne Noyes (former faculty)
Nancy Miller (67)
Judy Gordon Mentlik (65)
Mike Blair (71)
Lark Bergwin-Anderson (71)
Tom Travis (76)
Sally LePla Travis (76)
Helen Bovbjerg Niedung (54)
Joan Penn Revis (61)
Homer Revis (56)
Teri Pepper Dimsey (77), In memory of good times with Chris Smith
Lora Baker Couchman (77), In memory of good times with Chris Smith
Paul Monaghan (58)
Laura Anatale Nowak (74), In memory of Patsy Torrecarian Stein