Alumni Association Scholarship Award Winner
On May 24, 2004, the Northside Alumni Association presented
its Northside Alumni Scholarship Award to Terry Freeman
at the Mid-South Coliseum. Freeman was presented a $250.00 award
by faculty and alumni member Sonya Flowers-Fleming. He is currently
attending a military college in Georgia.
Class Reunions for 2004 - Class of 1994, 1984, 1979 and 1989
2004, four class reunions took place, class of 1994, 1984,
1979, and 1989. The class of 1994 kicked off the first reunion
on June 4, 2004. Get
acquainted night started the three days of scheduled events.
The event took place at a classmate's house in southeast Memphis.
The banquet was Saturday night at the Central Train Station in
downtown Memphis. It was beautifully decorated with a Black and
White theme. Reunion board members, Wendy Thomas, Untrunnis Brandon,
Tymika Taylor, Rentric Rumph, Rena Warren, and Chris Brinson
did a fantastic job coordinating the three day event which started
with a Get-Acquainted Night house party at a classmate's home.
The Saturday night Black and White banquet symbolized a night
of elegance for the class of 1994.
the banquets program, candles were lit and a song was sung
in tribute to their deceased classmates. Northside English
faculty member Ms. Ann Lawson gave a powerful and inspiring
speech as the guest speaker for the class of 1994's 10 th year
reunion. The class of 1984 definitely had the best reunion
awards. During the program, a special award was given to Wendy
Thomas for her hard work and dedication in planning the reunion.
The award was a beautiful desk mahogany plague with a desk
pen attachment. All of the board members received a very unique
miniature gold cougar head awards. After the program, it was
party and picture taking time.
Chris "Hammer" Brinson
performed his dance moves on the dance floor while the crowd
shouted "Go Hammer! Go Hammer!" Camera flashes were everywhere
as classmates scrambled to take photos with their friends. On
Sunday, the class of 1994 had their class picnic at one of the
local parks. The class of 1994 first reunion was a success due
to the reunion board members and class participation.
View class of 1994 reunion photos.
of 1984 Reunion - September 2nd - 5th, 2004
class of 1984 their reunion for Labor Day
weekend 2004. They had a four day event starting
with a "Bowling Night" on Thursday, Get Acquainted Night on
Friday, Picnic and Banquet on Saturday and Church Service and
Social Gathering on Sunday. The best reunion banquet program
for 2004 would have to go to the class of 1984. The banquet
took place at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Memphis. The moderators
for the evening were Fred Washington and Rhoda Bell. Carla
Lockett sung a tribute in remembrance of deceased class members
from the class of 1984. Marjorie Brisco and Dr. Lanetta Anderson-Brooks
moderated the slide show presentation for the class of 1984 senior
year highlights which took a humorous look back at the class
of 1984 in the form of "What Were We Thinking?"
speaker Ezekial "Pop" Owens (former Northside faculty
member) gave an informational and inspirational speech. After
his speech, Ms. Brisco and Dr. Brooks presented Mr. Owens with
a plaque in recognition for his dedication and inspiration to
the class of 1984. Then they presented "Cougar Spirit Awards" to
Northside former faculty members Ms. Shady Parker and Ms. Adline
Bonds. When Dr. Brooks commented openly, "I just want to say
that I always completed all of my homework assignments that Ms.
Parker gave me and never cut her class". Rhoda Bell responded
to her comments by making rabbit ears behind Dr. Brooks head
while Fred Washington waved his index finger back and forth in
front of her nose. The crowd burst into laugher. After the program,
it was time to hit the dance floor even the class member's spouses
joined in on the fun. The party was on!
View reunion class of 1984 reunion photos
of 1979 Reunion - September 3rd, 2004
best decorated reunion goes to the class of 1979 which was
all due to the efforts of reunion board members Evelyn Tutton-Morgan
and Terrell Wright-Pugh. The class of 1979 kicked off their
reunion party Friday, September 3, 2004. The reunion was located
at Rudabaga's in midtown Memphis. The party area was beautifully
decorated in orange and white streamers and balloons. Yearbook
photos were used to create center pieces for the table. A large
wall collogue was created with all the senior class photos
from the class of 1979. To top it off, a beautiful orange and
white reunion back drop was created. It was the perfect back
drop for individual and group photos.
reunion program began with Anthony Love singing "It's so hard to say goodbye to yesterday" as a memorial
tribute in honor of the deceased class members of the class of
1979. The tribute was followed by words of encouragement from
former faculty member, Richard "Officer Robinson" Robinson.
Reunion awards were given out by Lorenzo Ray and then it
was time to party. Rita Lewis-Anthony, Raymond Swift, Wallace
Gibson, Derita White and others in attendance had a fun
time doing the hustle and the Latino shuffle on the dance.
View class of 1979 reunion photos.
of 1989 Reunion - October 2004
but not least, the best reunion dance party goes to the class
of 1989. The reunion took place at an apartment club house
in the Frayser area of North Memphis. The party started off
slow as fellow classmates took time to get reacquainted with
one another. But that didn't last long. The party kicked off
with several people forming a circle doing the "gangster walk". After they
warmed up with the gangster walk, the dance floor stayed jam
packed for at least two hours. Everyone on the dance floor was
shaking what their mama gave them and then some. It was definitely "Hot
reunion was put together by Paulita Johnson and her fellow
classmates. The class of 1989 remembered four deceased class
member by placing their names on the back of their 10th year
reunion tee-shirts (Effie Jones, Arthur Kirkwood, Kenneth Winston
and William Bernard Bowden).
View class of 1989 reunion photos.
Alumni Weekend 2004
weekend of October 8, 2004 kicked off NHSAA Weekend 2004
with an Alumni and Faculty Mixer at the Central Train Station
in downtown Memphis. Approximately, 55 alumni and faculty
members were in attendance for this first time event. It
was nice to see from the class of 1981 to the class of 1969
fellowship with one another.
faculty members in attendance were, Grace Meacham, Barry McGhee,
James Robinson, Lacy Smith, and Marion Brewer. During the 30
minute program, former faculty member James "Officer
Robinson" Robinson gave an inspirational and spiritual speech
which gave all in attendance something to think about.
also heard a word from alumna Juanita Clark-Stephenson
'69, in which she rallied support for her Memphis City School
Board bid. She also commented on her high school days
as part of the first group of students attending the newly
built Northside High School.
Missionary Baptist Church was the setting for Gospel Fest 2004
on October 10, 2004. It was the perfect event to close out
NHSAA Weekend 2004. If you weren't in attendance, you missed
out on an evening of inspirational and spiritual song.
gospel benefit was a great example of the Northside Alumni
Association and the Memphis community coming together for
a worthy cause. Gospel Fest 2004 raised a little over $400.00
for the Northside Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. The
proceeds will be awarded to a deserving Northside High School
student in May 2005. Alumnus, Michael Adrian Davis '82, volunteered
his time to be the host of the event. Other alumni like Bertha
Cole '84, Jarchella
Miller '84, Arnita Brooks '87, Reverend Quinton Ballard '89
and the alumni board members also volunteered their time and
effort to make this event a success.
were by Rosa Dudley-Newman '73, Donald Thomas '73, the University
of Memphis Gospel Choir, Jan Griffin, Young and Gifted, the
Northside High School Gospel Choir, and the Ellis Grove Youth
Steppers. Special thanks go out to Rev. O. C. Collins Jr. and
for allowing us to use Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church
to host Gospel Fest 2004.
Alumni Weekend 2004 photos.
High School is seeking volunteers to work with several young
men who have expressed interest in tutorial support in reading.
These young men realize that they will not be able to function
positively in life without the reading skills life requires.
They are requesting help from our alumni. When these young
men don't get the educational support they need, they tend
to disrupt the classroom or walk the hallways of Northside
during class sessions because they believe there is no hope
for them to succeed.
students have been let down by adults in the past. Therefore,
we are looking for serious men and women volunteers willing
to commit their time. There is a special interest for male
volunteers because these young men are in need of a positive
male mentor as well as tutors. Most of them don't have positive
male role models in their lives.
High School will provide the books and supplies. Tutoring sections
will be 45 minutes to an hour, Monday thru Friday between 7:30
AM to 2:15 PM. You must be able to commit to at least one day
per week. There is no education or experience prerequisite,
please contact me by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or phone ??? to discuss this or any form of support you may
be willing to give us.
show these young men that there is hope.
Walker, Class of 1981 Graduate, Releases New Gospel CD
Press Release - DoRohn Records
Gospel Artist J'Nette Brings New Attention to Memphis
DETROIT , November 5, 2004
a new voice rising out of Memphis, city of legendary performers
Elvis and B.B. King. The powerful, original and commanding gospel
vocals of J'Nette are
featured on her first CD, a DoRohn Records release titled "Hot
Out Of Memphis."
Among the 10 songs on the CD are Kinda Hard, Woman 2 Woman and
Faith which was authored by the artist. Slated for a December 10
release, the CD will be available online and in record stores nationwide.
Media outlets may request advance copies beginning November 15,
"J'Nette is our newest shining star," said DoRohn Records President
David Gough. "Audiences in Memphis recognized this, and with the
launch of her CD, the rest of the world will be able to hear what
they already know - J'Nette has the ability to reach into your
heart and lift up your soul through her voice and lyrics."
41, graduated from Northside High School in Memphis as Jeanette
Walker. She has performed at the Church of God in Christ convention
and in many churches throughout the region. She will begin a
series of live performances beginning November 11, 2004 with
Memphis as her first tour stop.
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