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News Headlines


Mollie Gregory Tower Inducted in the Hall of Honor

At a recent Dedication Day celebration of the 1976 dedication of the Lakeside Campus, from our Class of 1963, Mollie Gregory Tower was inducted into the Hall of Honor for her outstanding work in establishing a Music Memory Program for AISD students that is, today, used by schools all over the country.

Click here to read the article in the May 2023 edition of the AHS 63 Newsletter!



This photo shows our classmate Frank Mendez surrounded by his life-size portraits of Austin barrio veterans whose own stories are larger than life. Each portrait tells the story of a man’s success and what it took to achieve it in the face of adversity.

Frank's twenty portraits of these veterans display in an art show sponsored by the Disabled American Veterans on Veterans Day, November 11, 2020, to honor the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The project will also provide a traveling art show honoring veterans from barrios.

Frank wrote: “To the last man, these veterans came home, went to work, raised a family, became role models for their kids, and raised successful children. These veterans are the silent ones who never get a plug in any media or discussion in any Vietnam Veteran Magazine.”

Click here to read the story of Frank's portraits in the November 2020 edition of the AHS 63 Newsletter!



Our class is so fortunate to have dedicated members who make sure we stay connected, even in the stressful times we encountered in 2020 and 2021 and the ever changing landscape of 2022 and now into 2023!

Luckily our fellow classmates continue to join in with wonderful comments and stories.

Terry Hobbs Heller, aka Queenie, is our dedicated classmate who collects these little jewels and spreads the news via the AHS63 newsletter and email messages.

In every issue, Queenie produces special stories filled with great stuff she reports as "royally entertaining" and notes  "It's amazing what this class is up to trying to stay busy!"

For example, here's Bill Mears spending his 75th birthday skiing with his grandson. Oh, wait, that's Bill 38 years ago! Anyway you get the idea.

You will enjoy stories such as this one and more in each issue of AHS63 Newsletter. Click here to check it out!


On April 13th 2019, the Austin High Foundation held an event on the 6th floor garden terrace at the new Austin Public Library to celebrate contributors to the foundation. The Class of '63 was invited to attend for our class project contribution. The following members of our call were invited to represent our class: Jimmy Raup, Nancy Williams, Linda Burk Kemp, JoAnn Matthews, Barbara Huber Ward, Frank and Gigi Mendez, and Terry Hobbs. Jimmy Raup was the speaker representing our class during the ceremony.

The 1963 Comet was thoughtfully and proudly displayed.

More than 200 movers and shakers were in attendance and the AHS Jazz Band treated guests to a great performance. Kudos to Director (and arranger!) Richard Patenaude.

See the May-June 2019 newsletter for more information or contact Terry at tlhheller@gmail.com.

  Complete Birthday List
  No more excuses to miss sending a birthday greeting to your classmates! Terry, our faithful newsletter editor/vital communications connection/+++, has compiled a definitive birthday list of all classmates who've shared their info as of October 2016.

Click here to view/print the list.

  Mini Reunions

The May issue of our Class of '63 AHS Newsletter contains news and photos from class members who enjoyed "mini" reunions with classmates from UJH, Baker Junior High, and Mathews Elementary.

The article contains photos and "reach-back" memories such as Baker Junior High final departure gifts seniors bequeathed such as erasers Mr. Pine threw at students and left over spitwads.

In Memoriam


Check out these wonderful pictures and notes we got from Marguerite "Kelly" Jarrell Luedeke about a recent great happy hour get together in Austin in July 2023.

We want to encourage more of these get togethers interim to the next big conflab for our 80th birthdays in 2025.

THAT JULY 27 HAPPY HOUR WAS WELL ATTENDED! Congrats to Nancy Williams getting the crowds in the door and thanks to Kelly for taking a couple of pictures. The July happy hour was at the Santa Rita Cantina on West 38th, and apparently it was wildly successful.

Carol James Plassman, Marguerite Kelly, Jimmy Raup,
Linda Burk Kemp and John Jeff Jeffery

Going around the room clockwise, Nancy Williams, Jimmy Raup, Will Berezovytch, Brenda Rogers Warner, JoAnn Morris Matthews, Marcy Howard, John Jeff Jeffery, Meiling Lung Newman, Alan Bergstrom, Steve Goodwin, Carol (James) and Charlie Plassman, James Bettis and Jerry Raines (hidden from view), Linda Burk Kemp’s back and Saundra Kirk.

Note from Marguerite Kelly:

Peggy Carter Scott and Mary Francis Mercado Guerrero came late so they missed the photo. I got so busy talking that I forgot to take more photos!
ope y’all come next time.



Visit the Reunion News page on this website for information about the 60th Reunion party and photos sent in by your classmates.

Check out the AHS Class of '63 May 2023 Newsletter and our FACEBOOK page for more information.

Questions or Comments?
Email Terry Heller at tlhheller@gmail.com or call the Queen (Terry) at 512.796.7554.


Class Directory for the 60th Union

The Reunion Committee will be creating a Directory that includes information such as information on 60th events, a Birthday List, current contact information and a bit of news for members of the Class of '63, and more.

Watch this space for more information about this availability.

Click here to contact us for more information about the directory.


Honoring Our Military Service Men & Women

The November 2016 issue of our Class of '63 AHS Newsletter is dedicated to honoring members of our class and their family members who served in the military.

Our classmates shared stories and family photos or photos of  themselves and Terry Hobbs Heller did a wonderful job of gathering and presenting these stories using treasured photos and memories.

Click here to view/print this special edition.


Join Us on Facebook

Mollie Gregory Tower has created an "AHS Class of '63 Reunion" page on Facebook. With 80+ current members, this is a great place to connect with your classmates and enjoy a little "face" time.

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Senior Year Fun Facts

Reading Corner

The History of AHS
50th Reunion Final Letter (6/5/2013)

Maroon Angels
63 AHS Newsletter (latest edition)

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Junior High and Elementary School Memories

Baker Junior High School Photos and Memories

O. Henry Junior High School Photos and Memories

Pearce Junior High School Photos and Memories

U.J.H. Photos and Memories

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 from junior high or elementary school.

Photos and Memories from Elementary School - Robert E. Lee, Maplewood

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