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IHS 1964 55th Class Reunion

(10/16/18) We signed the contract with the Crowne Plaza hotel today!

  • Date: Weekend of July 12 - July 14, 2019 (North Baton Rouge Reunion will be July 11, 2019)
  • Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel -- 4728 Constitution Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
  • Additional details will be released as soon as determined including room reservations for the hotel

Northern exposure

(6/12/18) Smiley Anders news article . . .

. . . It was 22 years ago that Jim Carruth, Wayne Price and Haskell Douglas thought it would be nice if folks who grew up in north Baton Rouge in the '40s, '50s and '60s and then moved away got together to talk about old times.

So they got a hall and invited people — no program, no speakers, just old neighbors visiting. They made it a benefit for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, and asked people attending to bring items to donate.

Since then several hundred former north Baton Rouge folks have gathered the Thursday after Independence Day for the event. This year's 22nd annual North Baton Rouge Neighborhoods Reunion is on July 5 at the Belle of Baton Rouge atrium from 5 p.m. until everybody leaves.

For details, call Haskell at (225) 274-6060.

2018 Monthly Luncheons

Monthly luncheons of IHS 1964 graduates have been going on for past few years - sometimes with only 10 people and some with 30+. The dates are listed below for 2018. Some people who do not live in the area said they could try to coordinate their returns with these dates. The luncheons are on the second Saturday of the month at 11:30 AM and are "Dutch Treat", informal and just "show up."

  • Jan 13 - Duke's in Denham (Range Ave. @ the Interstate)
  • Feb 10 - (skip during Mardi Gras week)
  • Mar 10 - Duke's in Denham (Range Ave. @ the Interstate)
  • Apr 14 - Drusilla Seafood
  • May 12 - tba
  • Jun 9 -   tba
  • Jul 5 -  NBR Reunion Downtown
    Remember that we will not meet in July as the North Baton Rouge Reunion is scheduled for Thursday, July 5th at the Belle of Baton Rouge Atrium typically from 6 to 10 p.m. Cash bar available and attendees are asked to bring a canned good for the Food Bank of Baton Rouge. Everyone who grew up in north Baton Rouge in the 40's, 50's and 60's is invited. Casual wear (but no muscle shirts!!). And you are asked to bring nonperishable items such as canned food, rice, etc., for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. (And remember, the Class of '64 attendees usually gather at The Pastime for pizza.... after the event -- but usually before 10 -- as most are hungry.)

    In recent years, over 600 people who attended school in North Baton Rouge schools in the 50's and 60's (and maybe even earlier OR later) have shown up. It's a great time to visit people from other classes, schools, and old neighborhoods. Our class often meets afterwards at the Pastime for further visiting.

    We resume luncheons in August at Sammy's in Central, September at Drusilla's, October at Sammy's, November at Drusilla's and December back to Sammy's in Central. Our luncheon meetings are the second Tuesday of the month, meeting at 11:30.
  • Aug 11 - Sammy's in Central
  • Sep  8 - Drusilla's in Baton Rouge
  • Oct 13 - Sammy's in Central
  • Nov 10 - Drusilla's in Baton Rouge
  • Dec  8 - Sammy's in Central

  • Lunches start around 11:30am . Sammy's is on Wax Rd in Central and Ralph & Kacoos is at I-10 and Bluebonnet Blvd

Istrouma Middle School comes out of exile, joins Istrouma High after months of renovation

(11/27/17) news article . . .

Three months after high school students returned to the shuttered campus of Istrouma High School, more than 100 middle schoolers are about to join them.

The high school, led by Principal Reginald Douglas, moved into the 70-year-old facility in north Baton Rouge in early August — just ninth- and 10th-graders initially — and is occupying the second floor. Teachers and staff for the middle school were moving onto the ground floor over the Thanksgiving break, and students are set to arrive Monday. . . . (Read entire article here.)

EBR School Board eyes adding magnet program to Istrouma High, creating priority enrollment zone for Mayfair Lab

(10/5/17) news article . . .

Istrouma High School, which reopened in August, may add a magnet program next year to sync up with and attract students from a middle school magnet program already in operation.

The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board on Thursday voted unanimously to give preliminary approval to the idea. If, as expected, it receives final approval when the board meets Oct. 19, Istrouma High would be the sixth high school in Baton Rouge with a magnet program. -  

Photos: Istrouma High supporters celebrate the historic north Baton Rouge school's reopening

(9/13/17/) news story & photos -
Jim Dousay, left, a star quarterback and running back on Istrouma High School's 1962 state championship football team, its last, talks to members of the school's junior varsity team at its practice at BREC's Howell Park, before a a ribbon cutting and grand re-opening ceremony by alumni and faculty at the historic high school, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. The JV plays its first game Friday. After two years, the school is allowed to field a varsity team. Dousay also played at LSU and in the NFL.
Click here to see report.

Back to school for Istrouma High School

(8/9/17/) Video report - Click here to see video.

Istrouma High holds reopening ceremony day before school starts

(8/9/17) Video report - Click here to see video.

Istrouma High supporters ring bells, beat drums in advance of school's reopening Wednesday

Woody Jenkins beats drum

(8/8/17) news story - Read story here.

eBlasts Archive

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Photos & Documents

(2/10/15) A link to the Class of 1962 Shutterfly website has been added to our Connect Navigation Menu. Thanks to Wayne Gathright for proving the link and doing the work on their photo presentations.

(9/12/14) A PDF copy of the 1963-64 War Whoop newspaper has been added to the About Us page. Thanks to classmate Charlie Johnson for scanning the document!

(8/3/14) Photos from the 50th Basketball Reunion and 50th Reunion Group Photo at Holiday Inn have been added to The Gallery 50 page. Thanks to Ken Wall for sending the photo!

Group Photo 50th ReunionGroup Photo

(8/4/14) Prints of the 50th reunion group photo have been mailed to those who ordered them. A small version is shown at right. If you want to purchase a large print, contact Still's Photgraphy, Inc., 3372 Nature's Way, Walker, LA 70785. Phone: 225.272.0068.

50th Reunion Directory

(7/14/14) If you did not get your 50th Reunion Directory at the reunion (some were misplaced or accidentally picked up by others), send your name and snail-mail address to and we will see that you get a copy. If you did not attend and want a copy, please send check for $5 made out to IHS Class of 1964, and mail to IHS Class of 1964, C/O Lydia Cook Raborn, 1017 Daventry Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808. Or, if you prefer an electronic copy, please e-mail your request to us.

Reunion Committee

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Mailing address: Istrouma High School Class of 1964 / 1017 Daventry Drive / Baton Rouge, LA 70808

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