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Charles Claude "Charlie" Rogers

Mr. Charles Claude Rogers, a resident of Denham Springs, passed away on Sunday, October 25, 2020 at the age of 74. Mr. Charles was born in Baton Rouge, LA on July 27, 1946. He graduated from Istrouma High School, attended Northwestern LA University and retired as a Banker at American Gateway .He is survived by his loving wife of three years, Judy Long Eccles Rogers; sons, Mark Rogers (Amy), Keith Rogers (Marilyn), and Kevin Rogers; grandchildren, Gabrielle, Max Allen, Charlie, Londyn, Janie, Mia, Lauren and Chloe; a brother, William A. Rogers (Kathy); step-daughter, Sheri Eccles Stokes and step-son, Brent Eccles and sister in law, Kerry Rogers. ... Visitation will be held at Greenoaks Funeral Home, 9595 Florida Blvd. on Saturday, October 31, 2020 from 12:00 pm until funeral service time of 2:00pm. More . . .

Barbara Ann Comoletti

Barbara Ann Comoletti Cummings, of Baton Rouge, peacefully passed away after a very brief battle with cancer at the age of 73 on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at the Butterfly Wing Unit of Hospice of Baton Rouge. Her final days were spent surrounded by her family, whom she loved dearly. Barbara was born at the Naval Hospital in Pensacola, Florida in 1946. She graduated from Istrouma High School in 1964 and later went on to attend Spencer Business College. In 1965, she went to work for the Louisiana Department of Revenue and was voted Employee of the Year in 1984. More . . .

Leon DeMent, Jr.

Leon DeMent, Jr., 73, a resident of Baton Rouge, passed away on July 15, 2020. Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Leon was a 1964 graduate and co-valedictorian of Istrouma High School. He continued his education at Louisiana State University and Louisiana State University Medical School, completing his M.D. in 1971 as an Alpha Omega Alpha initiate. His internship and residency in internal medicine was completed at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, followed by a fellowship in gastroenterology at Ochsner Hospital in New Orleans. More . . .

IHS 1964 55th Class Reunion - Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13, 2019

  • Date: Weekend of July 12 - July 13, 2019

  • Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel -- 4728 Constitution Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70808

  • VISIT THIS PAGE for documents and photos from the events.

2019 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 2019. 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." Our new 2019 schedule is as follows:

  • January 12 - Drusilla Seafood
  • February 9 - Sammy's in Central
  • March 9 - Drusilla Seafood
  • April 13 - Sammy's in Central
  • May 11 - Drusilla Seafood
  • June 8 - Sammy's in Central
  • July 12,13 - REUNION - Crowne Plaza
  • August 10 - Drusilla Seafood
  • September 14 - Sammy's in Central
  • October 12 - Drusilla Seafood
  • November 9 - Sammy's in Central
  • December 14 - Drusilla Seafood

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

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.

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

(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.

Reunion Committee

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

Voice Mail: (225) 926-3681 (This is a new number)


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