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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.)

Sally Elizabeth Willie Morgan

Sally Elizabeth Willie Morgan passed away on Sunday, October 29, 2017 surrounded by family at her home in Folsom, LA. She was born on October 5, 1946 in Baton Rouge, LA to the late Sidney G. Willie and Margie O'Keefe Willie. Sally was married to her beloved husband, Walter Emile Morgan, for 47 years. She was the loving mother of Georgette Lydia Morgan. Sally was a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She touched many lives as a social worker with the Louisiana Department of Social Services in New Orleans, LA. Relatives and friends are invited to the Memorial Service at E.J. Fielding Funeral Home, 2260 W. 21st Avenue, Covington, LA 70433 on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 2:00 PM with visitation from 12:30 PM until service time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the name of Sally Willie Morgan to the American Cancer Society, Please Share a Memory on the Tribute Wall at!/TributeWall

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.

Three under-repair Baton Rouge schools weren't quite ready for returning teachers Thursday

(8/3/17) news story - Read story nere.

New Istrouma High School almost ready to open

(7/5/17) Video report . . .

Click here to see this interesting video report
about the recent renovations at IHS.

Walker Young Forbes, Jr.

(1/9/17) We learned recently of the passing of Walker Young Forbes, Jr., a native and resident of Baton Rouge, LA, who passed away at his home on December 18, 2016 at the age of 70. He was a graduate of Istrouma High School and LSU. He also served in the United States Air Force, and was retired from Exxon Mobil. He is survived by his wife, Marion Hogan Forbes, also an Istrouma graduate. May the thoughts and prayers of Family and Friends lift up the Forbes Family and grant them comfort and peace. Read obituary here and guest book here.

Advisory Committee Helping Guide Reopening

Capital City News reports . . .

Istrouma to Reopen on 100th Anniversary

$20 Million Contract To Renovate School With 2017 Opening

(6/9/16) BATON ROUGE — The East Baton Rouge Parish school system will let a $20 million contract to renovate Istrouma High with construction beginning in August. After being closed since 2014, the school will reopen in August 2017 on its 100th anniversary. Supt. Warren Drake appointed the Istrouma Advisory Committee to advise him on issues related to reopening the school. (continued . . .)

School officials discuss ways to restore prominence to Istrouma High

The Advocate reports on the plans to reopen Istrouma High School . . .

(5/4/16) The plans for the reopening of Istrouma High School call not just for reviving the nearly century-old north Baton Rouge institution but for the re-creation of another long dead but once prominent school, Istrouma Middle Magnet.

Istrouma High, which closed in 2014, and Istrouma Middle, which closed in 2004, would share the 3730 Winbourne Ave. campus. Both would reopen simultaneously in fall 2017.

To make the new middle school a success, East Baton Rouge Parish Superintendent Warren Drake is proposing moving the magnet program from a nearby school, Brookstown Middle, onto the Istrouma campus and making it the nucleus of the new Istrouma Middle Magnet School. (continued . . .)

Drake: Reopening Istrouma High may take $17 to $20 million, but he promises he won't go 'halfway'

The Advocate reports on the plans to reopen Istrouma High School . . .

(2/11/16) Superintendent Warren Drake tried to assure a concerned audience Wednesday night that the East Baton Rouge Parish school system won't go cheap as it prepares to reopen Istrouma High School. (continued . . . )

Istrouma High reopening may be delayed; superintendent unsure can meet August opening

The Advocate reports on the plans to reopen Istrouma High School . . .

(1/26/16) Less than two weeks after regaining control, East Baton Rouge Parish schools Superintendent Warren Drake is questioning whether it makes sense to try to reopen Istrouma High School by August, saying there might not be enough time.

"We don't want to do anything halfway," he said of restoring the school. "We want to make sure we do this right the first time." Drake made the comments Monday morning during a tour of the North Baton Rouge high school. He was accompanied by three School Board members and members of his cabinet, along with members of the media. (continued . . .)

Robert Eugene Truax

(4/25/16) Dr. Robert Truax passed away on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at the age of 70. Robert began employment with the LSU AgCenter on June 23, 1986 as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the School of Veterinary Sciences. He dedicated the next 23 years of his life to the AgCenter, becoming an Instructor in April 1991. Robert retired from Veterinary Sciences on June 30, 2009. Services are private. Please keep the Truax family in your thoughts and prayers. Read obituary here.

Sharon Ann Burcham

(2/2/16) We are sorry to report that Sharon Ann "Annie" Burcham DeLoach passed away on Tuesday evening Jan 26, 2016. God took one of his Angels away. She was born in Baton Rouge, La. on 9/2/1946. She graduated Istrouma High & retired from Blue Cross. She published 2 books of poems. She was always ready & willing to help others. She enjoyed writing, reading, laughing & above all she loved all her family and friends. She was a very compassionate, nurturing, loving & selfless Christian, who will be missed by all she graced with her beautiful mind & thoughtful words, never to be forgotten. She is preceded in death by her parents Glenn and Julia Burcham, 1 brother & 1 sister. Survived by husband Larry DeLoach, 2 sisters, son Toby DeLoach & wife, daughters Kristi DeLoach and Julie Zoky & husband, grandchildren Jeremy, Christy, Beaujon Turner, Brittney & Jordan & 6 great-grandchildren. Services were held at Seale Funeral Home, 9995 Hooper Rd., Central, La., on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 at 2 pm. See more at: Read obituary here.

Elmer "Gary" Whittington

(12/9/15) We are sorry to report that Gary Whittington, age 69, passed away on December 6, 2015. He was a long time resident of Baton Rouge, LA. He served in the United States Army, was a graduate of Southeastern LA University, and Istrouma High 1964. Survived by children Rusty, Damon, and Randall (Amanda) Whittington. 6 grandchildren Jordyn, Landen, Olivia, Isaac, Anna, Ian. Sister Kimberly Brown. Preceded in death by parents Robert Howell and Lexie Whittington. Visitation and services to be held at Rabenhorst East Funeral Home, 11000 Florida Boulevard, Saturday, December 12, 2015, with visitation 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and religious service at 12:00 pm. Interment following at Resthaven Gardens of Memory. Read the obituary here.

Patricia Eppinett Stafford

(9/15/15) We are sorry to report that Patricia Eppinet Stafford passed away on September September 6th, 2015 after a long illness. She was 69. We send our condolences to her husband, David J. Stafford, her children, Deborah & Steve Timmons, Darla & Daniel Freeman, David & Mary Stafford and Samuel & Brandi Stafford, and to the rest of her family. A Memorial Service will be held at Riverside Baptist church located at 36890 Highway 16 North in Denham Springs, LA on September 19th. Visitation starts at 10:00 am and service is being held at 11:00 am. Read the obituary here.

Sherrel Normand (Rogers)

(7/16/15) We are sorry to report that Sherrel Normand Rogers passed away on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at the age of 68. Visitation will be held at Greenoaks Funeral Home on Thursday, July 16, 2015 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visitation will continue on Friday, July 17, 2015 at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Greenwell Springs from 1 p.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 1:30 p.m. Interment will follow on the grounds of Greenoaks Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Senior Companion Program at 7436 Bishop Ott Drive Baton Rouge, LA 70806 or Alzheimer's Services of Baton Rouge. Read obit here.

Ben Louis Day

(7/5/15) We are sorry to report that Ben Louis Day passed away during the night of July 3rd. We send our condolences to his wife Judy, son Adam and the rest of his family. Read his obituary and guestbook here -

Nawaganti Indian Restoration Project

(2/19/15) Click on image to watch a replay of the WBRZ 6PM newscast

(2/10/15) Read about this important project for the IHS Mascot in our January 3, 2015 and February 9, 2015 eBlasts.

(7/5/15) We thank our latest donors to the Nawaganti project: Lonnie Bonacorso and Peggy Mosely Hubbard of the Class of 64 and Benny Griffin of the Class of 1963. The latest on the project is that the Indian clothing is done and the case will be completed within the next few weeks. Great efforts have been taken to have it blend in with the woodwork used in the new Goodwood Library. We will send out a special announcement when it is officially on display.

eBlasts Archive

(2/10/15) If you misplaced or aren't receiving our periodic eBlasts, visit the Email Campaign Archive to catch up. And, be sure to register if you aren't on the list.

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.

2017 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 2017. 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 14 -     Ralph and Kacoos
  • Feb 11   -  Sammys in Central
  • March 11 - Ralph & Kacoos
  • April 8  -    Sammy's
  • May 13   -  Ralph & Kacoos
  • June 10   - Sammy's
  • July 6 NBR Reunion Downtown
    No July luncheon for Class of '64 because of the North Baton Rouge Reunion Gala to be held on ________, 2017 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel & Casino Atrium (formerly Sheraton Atrium). 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.)
  • August 12 - Ralph & Kacoos
  • Sept. 9   -   Sammy's
  • Oct 14   -    Ralph & Kacoos
  • Nov 11   -   Sammy's
  • Dec 9   -     Ralph & Kacoos

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

Reunion Committee

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

Voice Mail: (225) 922-9545


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