In the obituary for Ann Fakes (’52), her class year was corrected from 1953. She apparently graduated a year early from the normal progression of one grade each year, having been listed as a junior in the 1951-52 Student Directory.
In recognition that the editor of The East High Alumni Page is no longer attempting to find news of East High and its alumni on a daily basis and posting it on the same schedule, the Daily Update and Portal page has been retitled the News Briefs and Portal Page.
In addition to the editor’s practices, contributing to the downgrade are two actions by the widest circulation daily newspaper in Memphis. It has gone to an almost complete subscription basis for local news story access on-line and it has apparently made more available the posting of obituaries on-line for multiple days, resulting in the on-line obituary listings going from perhaps 50-70 a day to often far in excess of 100 a day.
To be sure, the editor’s many years practice of reviewing news sources on a daily basis ended before these major changes by the newspaper but the newspaper’s actions make the editor disinclined an attempt to resume daily review of the material.
Tips and other information about East High and it’s alumni from readers of the web site are more important than ever. If you have news of either, please send it to editor@EastHigh.org
For the past two months, there have been no new profiles submitted. That is the first time in memory of the editor that has happened since, perhaps, the first month or two of our alumni page some 17 years ago. In addition, no members of the past two graduating classes have submitted profiles.
You may draw your own conclusions as what this may mean for the The East High Alumni Page if this trend continues. It could mean its demise or, perhaps, it could mean that it becomes a web site primarily for the decades of classes before the advent of Internet social media. Time, and participation, will tell.
I thought I’d make a few comments about my having nominated the name of East High’s first principal, Joel P. Snider, for the name of a new Memphis City Schools elementary school located in southeast Memphis.
Having been a fine example of both civility and academic focus, Mr. Snider deserves, in my opinion, to be remembered permanently for his significant contribution to the region’s educational foundations.
Although it might be more appropriate for a new high school to be named in the honor of Mr. Snider’s legacy, the need for construction of new high schools is unknown pending the merger of the city and county school system.It appears based on the Transition Planning Commission documents and adapting the existing multi-year capital plans of the two systems, no new high school is in the immediate future. (Excluding, of course, any needs by new suburban municipal school districts should they be formed).
The city has been saying a new northeast region high school was needed, particularly when and if a long in litigation annexation in the Cordova area comes about. However, with the consolidation of school systems, the children in those areas could continue attending the county schools they attend now. Of course, one complication is the possibility of new suburban municipal school districts. At this point no one knows for sure if they will be created and if they are, will they serve students outside their municipal boundaries.
In addition to the type of school question, one would also like to think a school named after Mr. Snider would excel academically. Certainly there is no guarantee of that with the southeast region school, or any new school for that matter.
Given the population of us who remember Mr. Snider is dwindling, this new elementary school may be the next and best chance to have a significant facility named for him. Should that not happen, similar nominations can be made when other new schools are built.
Therefore, I thought this was a good time to make the nomination.
If you happen to agree, I doubt your letters or e-mail messages to Memphis City Schools would be of any harm to the concept.
The next addition of new profiles and updates to existing ones is anticipated near the end of March.
The current goal is to make these updates once a month. It is done as a manual process and takes quite a bit of time, so once a month is about the best that can be done for now.
I am considering reworking the home page a little bit. Among the thoughts are to move the alumni news items from the Daily News & Portal Page to the home page. That would return the portal page to being mostly a page of links, but probably also containing the world and national news feeds it has now and some of the other non-school information (like status of the Internet, virus threat status, homeland security status).
Also under consideration is designing the home page for screens using a minimum resolution width of 1024 pixels. It appears less than 10% of those visiting the site in 2011 have used screen resolutions less than that. If we do make a change for the target resolution, it will be the third design for screen resolution. Back when we started, the design was strictly held to screen resolution width of 600 pixels. My, things do change. Oh, yeah, most of us were using telephone interfacing modems back then, too, not broadband routers.
One thing that probably should be tackled but the editor has little desire to actually do, is to adapt the web site for viewing on mobile devices. Maybe next decade.
Suggestion from East alumni on these possible changes to the web site’s home page are welcome.
Seems I’ve been away from this blog for quite a while. A couple of months ago when I wanted to update it I wondered why I had forgotten the password to the blog site. Simple. It had been months since I had posted anything. That and being among the long-time alumni, meaning I’m old, led me to forget.
Sorry not to have kept you informed. A couple of notable things have happened over the past 6 months. New profile submissions continue to run on the low side, with a low of only one in October and a high of 7 in September.
Perhaps more telling is the fact that no one from the Classes of 2010 or 2011 has submitted a profile. Since The East High Alumni Page became a relatively well known site on the web, it has never had a period where new classes did not have a single member join over such a long period of time. Almost surely this is due to social networking sites, mostly facebook, drawing their attention. There are a number of advantages our alumni web site has over facebook, but of course facebook has its own advantages. Which site will die first may be the question. Right now it doesn’t look all that good for the future of The East High Alumni Page. Many technology forecasters, however, think that facebook will eventually be replaced something newer. That could mean a lot of the facebook data gets lost. If our alumni web site hasn’t bitten the dust by then, people might return and see the value in it.
Time will tell.
This month we had 5 new profiles and 3 updates.
On June 5 a computer malfunction combined with other unusual circumstances left the editor of The East High Alumni Page without a way to review news articles or update the alumni page. That situation remained until the evening of June 13.
Because so much news material was not reviewed in a timely manner, it will take several days for the editor to go through all of it. Therefore, it will be several days before the alumni page is considered up to date. Meanwhile, current day news will be reviewed first, then, as time allows, previous news releases will be examined for East High alumni associations.
The interruption in service to fellow alumni is very much regretted.
May had a slight rebound from the low number of new registrations with five profiles being posted. There were updates to 7 existing profiles.
New profiles and updates are posted usually only once a month. The next update process for profiles is expected at or near the end of June.