SURRATTS FOUNDATION E-NOTICE 2012-5 OF MAY 1, 2012
Here are some items that might be of
ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT FEATURED ON YOUTUBE CONCERT
We learned that Achievement Award recipient John Previti (72) is
featured in a very high-quality youtube mini-concert video that may
be found at
Fans of John, fans of jazz, and fans of Django Reinhardt are
sure to enjoy this outstanding musical performance.
MANY THANKS TO THE FAMILY OF THE LATE BOB JOHNSON (62).
family of the late Bob Johnson (62) kindly donated to the
Foundation's archives a number of Surrattsville-related items that
were among Bob's effects.
Included in these items were copies of the program for the
Class of 62's June 1962 Vespers event, a color program from a
football game between the Hornets and St. Mary's of Annapolis, the
program from the Class of 62's Ten Year Reunion, and a collection of
Surveyors from 1960-1963. These
items now may be viewed along with the various other treasures that
are displayed with the Archives at various School and Foundation
events. Many thanks to
the Johnson family for this very fitting tribute to Bob's memory.
(See below for a remembrance of Bob's extraordinary life.)
Despite three years at Surrattsville of voraciously devouring
every word of the very high-quality Surveyor, I never realized until
seeing the copies sent by Bob's family that the name of our School
paper was inspired by the name of the School.
The masthead of the Surveyors from that era actually reads
"Sur-veyor," which was not the case in the very modern times of the
late 60s and early 70s!
Might any of our readers know if the high quality of the Surveyor
(and Sur-veyor) ever resulted in any awards?]
SCHOOL COLLECTING DATA ON GRADUATES.
The School-Based Instructional Committee at the School is seeking to
compile data on alumni educational and career experiences after
graduation from Surrattsville.
To help out with this effort, we're asking all of our readers
to email to firstname.lastname@example.org their data that can be added to
the chart pasted at the very end of this e-Notice.
The Committee will then use this raw data to create
aggregated data for the School.
Thanks for considering participating in this School-based
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SURRATTS GRADS.
The Prince George’s County
Fire/EMS Department is now accepting online applications for entry
level fire fighter positions. The website is
MORE SCHOOL HISTORY.
This month's historical item is an
article by an unknown author from the Clinton VFD Old Timers Club's
great Historical Collection of the Clinton Community:
"The History of Surrattsville High School.
Surrattsville High School bears the name of one of the
founding fathers of our community, John Surratt.
John Surratt came with his family and settled on a large
plantation near the crossroads of what is now Clinton.
He and his wife Mary ran a tavern/boarding house on the site
of the restored Surratt House.
Three weeks following the assassination of President Abraham
Lincoln the town's name was changed to Robeystown, and then for no
reason changed to Clinton in 1878.
The Surrattsville School was established in 1869, on a knoll
at what is today the intersection of Route 381 and Surratts Road.
In 1906, the Board of Education ordered that Surrattsville
School be hereafter run as a district high school and primary school
combined at an additional cost not to exceed $400 per annum.
Thus, the second high school in Prince George's County was
And, speaking of history, Diane Day (71)
sent two priceless articles featuring Surratts teachers Ben Collins
and the late Barbara Hays.
They can be viewed on the School History page of the
Foundation's web site at surrattsville.org.
In addition, Sandra Smith Simmons (70)
submitted the 1968 and 1970 editions of the Prince George's County
Schools English Department's "Samples and Swatches" books.
These books contained sample student literary works for
English teachers to use in classroom instruction.
I'm very proud to report that the following Hornets from that
era have their sample works included in Samples and Swatches:
Sandra, Chris Morgan, Bruce Marusich, Fred Goss, Carol
Simmons, Roy Mock, Carol Stevens, Lee Morgan, Frank Zoeckler, Linda
Gatewood, Frank DiSalvo, Deborah Riggs, Mark Bryant, Mary Ann
Mosier, Linda Livesay, Linda Schwater, George Daye, Marcia Norcia,
Rene Jungers, Darlene Richards, Peggy Green, and Linda Gottlied.
One of the editions contains an inspirational inscription
from Sandra's Surratts English teacher, Eremein Jackson.
6. SEEKING 49-50
Tom Satterfield (52) is seeking Boomerang photos of the sophomore
class from September 1949 to June 1950.
Please email Tom at email@example.com if you might
be able to help.
7. CLASS OF 82
Class of 82 is beginning work on its 30 Year Reunion.
Please contact Scott Gavel at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have
any contact information on members of the Class of 82 or on members
of their families.
CLASS OF 76 TAKES LEAD AGAIN ON JUNE 23 "SURRATTSVILLE
BLUE CRABS NIGHT."
received the following from Class of 76 ORC Evan Vutsinas:
"Happy March Hornets! Here are details for this years' 3rd
Annual Surrattsville Night at Blue Crabs Stadium. For
the amazing price of $20.00 per person, attendees will receive
parking, game admission into the left field party pavilion, and a
two hour Texas Roadhouse
all-you-care-to-eat buffet dinner including dessert and soft
drinks. Besides some pretty good baseball, don't miss the
awesome fireworks display after the game as well! This
invitation is for Hornets from every era.
Last year the 50s through the 2010s were represented.
Here's the link
First, click on the link.
This will take you to a
security page where you will be asked to type the letters that you
see - this is case
sensitive. Once you pass that
test, you'll be sent to the page where you will enter our secret
code, which is SHS. Again,
this is case sensitive. Finally
you will be asked to enter the number of tickets you are purchasing
and you'll be led through the traditional payment process. We
hope to see many of you at Regency Furniture Field in Waldorf on
Saturday, June 23rd! Evan,
CLASS OF 97 PLANS REUNION.
The Class of 97
is busy planning its 15 year reunion for mid-summer 2012.
The Class has a web page at
Please contact Monica Crown at email@example.com if you
would like information on the event or if you have any contact info
for members of the Class of 97 or their families.
CLASS OF 71 PLANS REUNION.
The Class of 71 is holding a reunion event near Annapolis on
Saturday June 23, 2012.
For information, please join the "Surrattsville 1971" Group on
Facebook (which is one of the first Surrattsville Class Groups on
Facebook to have exceeded 100 members!), or contact Darlene Monaco
443-831-1643 or home: 410-544-1471.
11. CLASS OF 62
PLANS 50 YEAR REUNION.
The Class of
62 is planning its 50 Year Reunion.
Here are the details from the Reunion Committee: "Crystal
City Marriott, Crystal City, VA, June 22, 23 and 24, 2012, Dinner on
Saturday Night June 23.
Party like you're 18 again! Party like it's 1962!
Reunion Committee: Terry Buckley Osman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
410-320-2668 or 410-586-3911, Kathy Dorsey Larrabee (email@example.com)
410-353-3432 or 410-897-0332, Jerry Spence (firstname.lastname@example.org)
240-216-0189 or 240-419-2661, Len Owens (email@example.com)
Please join us on Facebook if you are a member.
REQUEST FOR HISTORICAL PHOTOS AND ARTIFACTS.
Thanks to our readers, there are a number of new historical, and
recent, photos on the "Photos" page
on the web site at www.surrattsville.org that might be of
interest to many of our readers.
If you have any photos or other historical items that you
think might be of interest to our readers and web site visitors or
that might be interesting additions to the Foundation's Archives,
please send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1 W.
Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 950, Towson, MD 21204.
SEARCH THE WEB AND SUPPORT THE FOUNDATION.
Some of our readers use the goodsearch.com web search function to do
their web searching, and by doing so generate automatic
contributions by goodsearch.com to the Foundation.
To use goodsearch.com as your search engine and to designate
the Foundation as the beneficiary of donations by goodsearch.com,
simply go to goodsearch.com and, at the "Choose Your Cause" button
enter "Surrattsville Foundation" (and that will take you to a page
that says "Surrattsville High School Foundation (Baltimore – MD)"
(the mailing address for the Foundation).
Thanks for considering this painless, and
free, way to support the Foundation every time you search the web!
PRINCIPALS' PHOTOS FOR LEGACY WALL.
As noted in the last
e-Notice, the Foundation is seeking photos of all of Surrattsville's
Principals (since 1907!) to include on the new, Foundation-sponsored
"Legacy Hall" at the School.
If you have any paper copies of photos of Principals that you
would be willing to snail mail to us for scanning and a prompt
return to you, please mail them to Henry Smith, 1 W. Pennsylvania
Avenue, Suite 950, Towson, MD 21204.
If you have the ability to scan a digital copy of a
Principal's photo – perhaps from your yearbook – please send me an
email at email@example.com so I can tell you if we already have
that particular photo.
If we don't, and you could kindly scan the photo and email it to us
that would be great.
(Especially if the scan is "high resolution," which is better for
enlarging to 8 x 10 size for framing.)
Thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide with this
latest Foundation project.
FOUNDATION FACEBOOK PRESENCE CONTINUES TO GROW.
Foundation's Facebook Group – called "Surrattsville Alumni" –
continues to grow, and is now approaching 1400 members.
This is a great, and free, way for folks to stay in touch.
Similarly, the Class-specific Facebook Groups – that have
names like "Surrattsville 1973" and the like -- continue to grow.
Please consider joining the
Surrattsville Alumni Group, and your own Class-specific Group, to
get the latest news on alumni events.
BOOMERANGS/ALUMNI-FACULTY-STAFF DIRECTORIES/AND WINDOW
Foundation has a limited supply of yearbooks from 1991, 1999, 2002,
2003, 2004 and 2006. If
you'd like one of these yearbooks (which are available for $15
including shipping and handling), please send an email to
Thanks to the herculean work of Pat Becker
Oles (71), the Foundation's 2000 Alumni/Faculty/Staff Directory has
been updated for 2010, and now includes fascinating "what I'm up to"
paragraphs from those who submitted directory information.
If you would like a copy of the Directory, send a $20 check
payable to the Foundation to:
Henry Smith, One W. Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 950, Towson,
Pat Becker Oles (71) also kindly handles the
Foundation's "Surrattsville Alumni" window stickers project.
Pat notes that the stickers are not the "static cling
type," that stick to the inside of a window. Instead, they are
the "stick to the outside type," that can stick on a window or
bumper, and use "repositional adhesive" (meaning no sticky residue).
Information about purchasing the stickers can be found on the
web site at surrattsville.org.
Here's hoping you're experiencing a gorgeous
Spring! Henry Smith (71)
MARY HAYES (parent and feeder schools
teacher) died on February 14.
Mary was a teacher at Surrattsville Elementary, Tanglewood
Elementary, and Princeton Elementary, beginning in the late 1950s.
Her daughter Carol Hayes Pinkey (69) reports that Mary had very
fond memories of her students and always talked highly of her
students who later graduated at Surrattsville Senior High in 1967 -
1969. Mary also was the
mother of the late Marvin L. Hayes, Jr. (64), and is survived by her
husband, Marvin L. Hayes, Sr. (41), who is 89 years young and who
was a devoted and loving caregiver to Mary through the years of her
illness. The couple would have celebrated their 67th anniversary in
(2012) died suddenly on March 28 while running on the School track
during PE class.
Tekau was a member of the National
Honor Society, a leader in JROTC, a volleyball player and all around
great young lady.
services were held on April 4 at Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in
The ABC-7 News website carried the
following report about Tekau's untimely death:
"The color pink was all over the campus of
Surrattsville High School on Thursday, a tribute to a 17-year old
senior who collapsed and died during gym class on Wednesday
Tekau Rayason collapsed while
jogging during a PE class.
at the Clinton school were donning the color while mourning and
remembering the17 year old. 'She was a beautiful person,' Tristona
Frey, Tekau's friend, said. 'She was just so kind.'
Prince George's County Public
Schools officials say students wore pink in Tekau's honor Thursday.
Classmates are also planning on releasing pink balloons at the
school's track during the afternoon.
This comes after the 17 year old
was jogging on the school's track when she collapsed. Tekau was
treated on campus by the school nurse until an ambulance transported
her to Southern Maryland Hospital.
She was pronounced dead at the
There is no word on what may have
caused Tekau to collapse, but her father, Niyana, says his daughter
told a friend during the physical education class that she was
having chest pains just minutes before she collapsed in front of
friends and classmates.
Frey, who is amongst the majority
of students still in shock a day after Tekau's death, says she was
in the lunch room with her only hours before she suddenly collapsed.
'Yesterday, we were just laughing
about how her healthy diet was so much better than ours,' Frey said.
Family members say there were no
signs or history of heart problems for Tekau, a vegetarian who loved
to exercise. She appeared to be extremely fit and especially loved
to dance, something she did with her father the night before she
Officials say counselors will be
available at the Clinton campus throughout the rest of the week for
grieving students and staff.
'She looked so happy,'
Surrattsville student Zaria McCain said. 'She shouldn't be going
ROBERT "BOB" MILES JOHNSON (62) died on December 23 in his home,
surrounded by his family after a brief illness.
Bob was the son of the late Robert Allen Johnson and Nellie
Faunce Johnson, and is survived by his sisters Ann Johnson Collins
and Sandy Johnson Highsmith.
Bob married Melinda Touchstone on November 25, 1992 in Key
West, FL. Bob was
Student Council President at Surratts, and was recognized as
Outstanding Senior Athlete, helping to win the State Championship in
basketball. He made 30
plus free throws, without missing one in the tournament.
He was also quarterback on the football team, and the catcher
on the baseball team. He
earned a scholarship to Washington College, graduating in 1966 with
a major in economics.
Upon settling in Frederick, he worked at Donald B. Rice Tire for 30
years, ultimately serving as Vice President.
He was a member of Frederick's Noon Rotary Club and served on
the Board of, and as Trustee of, the Frederick YMCA.
In addition to his family Bob loved golf, bowling and the
Redskins, and co-captained the "Dorothy Foster," a 42 foot buy boat
built in 1917. On his
beloved boat and the years that followed he enjoyed friends, song
and sun on the waters of his beloved Chesapeake Bay, where his ashes
will be scattered.
MANY THANKS TO THESE EARLY DONORS TO THE 2012 CAMPAIGN!
Patricia Becker Oles (71)
Steve Profilet (71)
Bob Marr (71)
Debbie Cox Marr (72)
Gleisberg May (78), In memory of loving parents Ray and Dorothy
Sandra Smith Simmons (70)
Donna Rae Sturtevant Smith
(70), In memory of Lt. Col. Benjamin Norcia (USAF, Ret), long-time
Surrattsville substitute teacher, and Mary A. Norcia
(71), In memory of Lt. Col. Benjamin Norcia (USAF, Ret), long-time
Surrattsville substitute teacher, and Mary A. Norcia
(71), In memory of Earl and Charlotte Shultz
Duke Coleman (53),
In memory of Donald England (53)
Linda Dorsey Blum
Coach Lew Jenkins (former faculty)
Lawrence Romjue, In
memory of Lois Marie Osgood (57), "Rubber ball," "bouncy-bouncy,
"bouncy-bouncy," "Bobby Vee"
Tom and Sally Travis (72)
Vicky Simontacchi Young (57)
Melissa Gilcrest (69)
Thomas V. Mike Miller (60)
HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI
Educational and Career Experiences