June 7, 2017
NOTE: See Above -- the Alumni
Office phone number has been changed.
Please be sure to check the
Reunion page as several new items
of information have been published re Class of 1962 and
Class of 1967.
AT LONG LAST ... WE HAVE A MUSEUM
The grand opening was held May 15.
Because our school was filled to capacity it was decided
that the vestibule of the auditorium would be the best spot
available. Credit must be given to Bruce Dodson '64,
who designed and built the cabinets to look like they were
part of the original Halleck Hall building finished in 1934.
Bruce also designed the lighting system which has made the
entire area "pop." Kudos also to the design team from
KYK Marketing who were responsible for the beautiful
murals on the east and west walls.
Please visit us when you can. You'll
burst with Crimson pride.
HALL OF FAME Inducted 10 at the
University Club on April 23
Honorees are: David F. Archer '53, a specialist in
obstetrics and gynecology and also a professor at the Jones
Institute of Reproductive Medicine at Eastern Virginia
Medical in Norfolk; Diana Donsky '60. Multi-lingual,
she came back to her alma mater and taught English, German
and even a little Yiddish during her tenure from 1964 to
1993; Jackie Elston-Carter '97 was voted Kentucky's Softball
Player of the Year in 1997 after leading the Lady Crimsons
to the State Championship; Bill Faris '68, a successful
businessman who founded a variety of healthcare-related
companies, beginning with Employee Benefits Management in
1981; Buz Frank '68, who played on the 1966 State Champion
football team and now does play-by-play for Old Goat Radio.
He has attended every Old Rivalry game since 1956; Mike McDaniel '64 is the author of
STAND UP AND
CHEER, THE OFFICIAL HISTORY OF DU PONT MANUAL HIGH SCHOOL,
and has served as alumni director since 2003; Morgan McGarvey '98 currently serves as the state senator from the
19th District and was formerly assistant attorney general
for Kentucky; Dennis Robinson, retiring Counselor from YPAS,
has served Jefferson County's students as teacher, band
director and mentor for 30 years; David Wright '81 was
co-founder of Old Goat Radio along with his father John.
He does color commentary for all football and basketball
YPAS Launches NAME YOUR SEAT Campaigns
When you Name
Your Seat an engraved nameplate will be placed on an
audience seat to commemorate your donation. You can
honor a YPAS/Manual student or alumni; pay tribute to a
special teacher, staff member or administrator; memorialize
a friend; or leave a message of encouragement.
The YPAS building will be undergoing a significant
renovation during the summer of 2016. Meanwhile
faculty, alumni, students, parents and administrators
prepare for the 40th anniversary of the school in 2017-18.
The Name Your Seat Campaign is a great opportunity to get
involved and leave a lasting legacy in the Main Stage
Theater. Funds raised will be used to establish an
ongoing fund to maintain and purchase equipment and
technology. For more information please visit The
Producers website at producers.ypas.org, or for a pdf copy
of the nameplate request form click
PARTNERS IN EXCELLENCE becomes
"CRIMSON MISSION," a new adjunct to the PTSA to provide a
more powerful and flexible tool to help the school meet
goals for supporting important projects.
The Crimson Mission, Inc. is an
independent, non-profit organization that has been
established to raise contributions to provide financial
assistance to duPont Manual High School and the Youth
Performing Arts School (YPAS) in Louisville, KY.
Incorporated in 2015, the Crimson Mission, Inc.’s sole
purpose is to raise funds and provide a third source of
income beyond state and federal funding.
As you know, a duPont Manual education is a unique
education. Whether you, your children or friends attended
Manual, you understand the “duPont difference.” From boxers,
United States Senators and Mayors to astronauts, Olympic
gold medalists and Broadway performers - you name it, duPont
Manual has produced it. Consistently ranked a top public
high school in Kentucky and one of Newsweek’s “America’s Top
Schools,” duPont Manual High School has been exceeding
expectations and producing top talent for over 120 years.
The students at duPont Manual are not only gifted
academically, they are gifted in other specialized areas as
well — math, science and technology, performing arts,
journalism and communication, visual arts and much more!
Manual can proudly say that they are one of the most diverse
student bodies in the City of Louisville, and in turn,
creates worldly-minded students that are leading and working
across the globe.
Founded in 2015, the Crimson Mission is a private,
non-profit organization whose mission is to engage the vast
duPont Manual Family by accepting contributions from alumni,
community partners, parents, families and friends of duPont
Manual High School to fund individual student needs and
large-scale projects to enhance the duPont Manual education.
Just imagine what the amazing students and staff at Manual
could achieve with additional tools and resources! We ask
every member of the duPont Manual Family to join us in our
You’ve experienced the “duPont difference,” and now we
need your help to build the Crimson Mission Inc. Your
tax-deductible donation today will support the Mission and
our goal of honoring the past, empowering the present and
ensuring the future of duPont Manual High School!
For more information and to donate, please visit the site
here on the
DID YOU KNOW ...? The school's website has a
great interface for designing and ordering Manual-themed
items, from hats, sweats, hoodies and more. Check it
A FEW WORDS ABOUT CLASS REUNION SITES:
We are seeing an increasing volume of solicitations for
class-reunion sites. A new one seems to surface every month.
Most of these are commercial at some level and either
solicit your personal information for marketing purposes or
ask for a membership fee before permitting access to any
significant amount of content from other users. They also
consist solely of content that you provide, in some cases
only after you have paid them to let you provide it. The
duPont Manual Alumni Association does not subscribe to or
endorse any of these enterprises. This site,
www.manualalumni.org, is the only official site recognized
and supported by the school. We will continue to provide you
with this free resource to connect with your classmates,
organize and publicize your reunions, celebrate your
accomplishments and publish your news. Just remember to keep
us informed and we will keep you all in touch ... for free!
Some of these websites sell Manual-themed
shirts, caps etc. Be aware that any purchase made
through these for-profit sites DOES NOT profit the Manual
PTSA. Please remember to purchase any Manual items
directly from the school or PTSA.
We do recognize that Facebook can provide a convenient
resource for individual groups and classes to post and
publicize reunions and events, and we do not discourage its
use, but we do not have the resources to maintain Facebook
postings in addition to this site. We will continue to
publish any Facebook links supplied to us as part of our
service to facilitate reunions and meetings.
STAND UP AND CHEER could be reprinted.
We've had many requests for copies of
Stand Up and Cheer, the Official History of du Pont Manual
High School by Mike McDaniel. The original
press run in 2005 was 2,500 copies, all of which were sold
in less than a year. To make it feasible, even at a
break-even point, 750 copies would have to be pre-ordered at
$39.95 per copy plus $5 shipping and handling.
Proceeds would benefit the alumni association. If you
would be interested in purchasing a copy for yourself or a
relative, please call the Alumni Office at 502-485-8023 and
leave your information on the answering machine.
Alumni Dues are now due, still only
$10/year. Help us defray the costs of running the
alumni office and providing its many services.
To join, please send a check payable to the Alumni
Association (address above) and provide your contact
information and graduating year.
PLEASE NOTE that memorial bricks are still
available for purchase, to commemorate a loved one
or celebrate a special event. Form available
scholarship has been set up at Murray State University
in honor of Manual Alumna Shelby Theiss. In
this way Shelby’s memory can live on for years to come, and
that memory can be shared with other youth who can learn
from her beautiful example. Qualifying awardees must be from
a Jefferson County High School, maintain a 3.2 GPA, and
attend the School of Business. More information
is available here.
Attention all Manual KYA and KUNA alumni! The
KY YMCA Youth Association would like to reconnect with you!
We have so many new alumni initiatives (networking,
volunteer & service opportunities, international trips,
seeing old Y friends, and LOTS more!) that we know
will be of interest to you. Please contact Emily Feeney, the
Community Outreach Director,
or visit us online,
New duPont Manual
Historical Society is launched. Learn more
Support the Marching Band
... learn more
DuPont Manual Boys Soccer
Booster Club! An
easy way to do this is by
purchasing reloadable Kroger
Gift Cards for $5.00. You will
receive $5.00 in groceries or
gas at Kroger and each time you
reload your card, Manual Boys
Soccer will receive 4% back from
Kroger. Please contact Kathy
The DuPont Manual Boys Soccer
Booster Club is in the process
of building a “Soccer Locker”
under the bleachers at Manual
Stadium. This will be used by
the teams to house balls and
equipment. Any donations alumni
would like to make toward this
project would be very much
appreciated. Please contact
Bill Grubb, Class of '62 has started a
with a primary theme of collecting stories, musings, photos, recollections, etc. of
anything to do with early (circa late 1950’s - early 1960’s, i.e. pre-Beatles)
teenage rock and roll bands in Louisville, KY.
Check it out and offer Bill some feedback on
your memories of High School teenage rock bands, etc. You can contact
him via email (firstname.lastname@example.org),
google voice 678-273-2157 and skype: wgrubb2.
A New Boosters group is
now forming!:A CMA booster organization is in the process of being formed
for parent and alumni supporters of duPont Manual's
Communication/Media Arts program. Anyone who would like to
be on the email distribution list for information about the
CMA boosters and to find out about our upcoming events can
send an email to:
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with us. Click here for
more information and the recording.
ROBERT B. GRIFFITH
University of Louisville School of Music Alumni Council has
created an award for a graduate of U of L
in Music Education. Named for the late Robert B.
Griffith, this award will recognize someone who has excelled
as a music teacher in kindergarten through high school.
Mr. Griffith was the band and orchestra director at Manual
from 1945 to 1961. In 1961 he was named head of U of
L's music education division and he remained a professor at
the university until 1978. He was a composer of over
75 published marches, including "The Courier-Journal
March" written in 1972. Every first Saturday in
May at Churchill Downs his ballad arrangement of "My Old
Kentucky Home," written in 1962, is played prior to the
running of the Kentucky Derby. That same year Griffith
wrote "Fight U of L," the official school song at all
U of L sporting events.
If you are
interested in making a contribution, please mail it to:
Tedi Vaughn, Director of Development, U of L School of
Music, Louisville, KY 40292, and mention "Griffith Education
Award" in the Memo line of your check. Thanks for this
information to Quentin Sharpenstein,
Class of 1961, President of the U of L School of Music
URGENT APPEAL TO ALL ALUMNI!
We need your help to assist in upgrading Manual Stadium.
We are still selling bricks for the Spirit Wall at
Manual Stadium. The cost is still $100 per brick,
or you may receive one free with a Lifetime
Membership to the Alumni Association. This costs
Your brick may be inscribed with a maximum of 15
characters per line, maximum two lines. Concrete
pavers (17" x 17") are also available for $1000. A
paver can contain a maximum of 6 lines with 15
characters per line. Please make your check payable to the du Pont Manual Alumni
Association and send to the school at 120 W. Lee
St., Louisville, KY 40208. View the
A MESSAGE FROM THE MANUAL PTSA:
would like to let our Manual alumni know that you don't
have to be a current student or the parent of a current
student in order to join the PTSA. The PTSA welcomes
everyone who cares about Manual and our students to join,
and we would like to extend an invitation to our alumni to
do so as well. A link for downloading a PTSA membership
form can be found on the PTSA website at
Every year the traditional schools
like Male and Butler boast a much higher PTSA membership than ours.
Last year, for example, though Male's student population was about
1,600 (compared to the 1,800 or so students enrolled at Manual), Male
had over 2,364 PTSA members to our 1,975. We would love to be able
to prove that we have just as much support from the Manual community
as they do.
We would also like to invite any
alumni who may be interested to sign up for our
email newsletter. It is mailed out approximately once a week as a
supplement to our printed newsletter, and it contains information on
campus events, reminders, and information that has a short turn-around
To sum up: BEAT MALE!
BEAT MALE! BEAT MALE!
BE SURE TO CHECK OUT ALL THE SEASON'S REUNION
NEWS ON THE REUNIONS PAGE!
HELP US KEEP OUR INFORMATION CURRENT!
If you move, please notify us. This will assure that you will
receive our mailings without interruption and will save the association
hundreds of dollars in postage. Either call the office or