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SHS Alumni Publishes Book

January 25, 2015 by Jane Fairchild (Register to contact)

Jane Fairchild, formerly Jane Elizabeth Driskell, Class of 1962, has written a fascinating memoir which begins when she was a junior at SHS. You will recall many scenes of high school life in the early 1960s in the book. After a teen pregnancy forced her to leave school, Jane navigates through her life as an abused wife, a singe mom, a hippie living on a commune, building a career as an RN, and finally becoming a healthcare attorney. The book is entitled: The Last Laugh, the theme of the 50th year reunion in 2012. A book signing will be held at SHS or other venue in Springfield next summer.

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Springfield High parties like it's 1999 after win over SHG  The State Journal-Register

There is a new king of Springfield for the first time this millennium.The Springfield High School offense, led by a freshman quarterback, a transfer-senior running ...



Changing the culture: Springfield High boys building more chemistry one year at a time  The State Journal-Register

After years of middling to little success, the Springfield High School boys' basketball team members say they could be poised for a breakout year.Friday's 69-67 ...



3 CS8 Questions with Jim Ruppert: How far has Springfield High come?  The State Journal-Register

Springfield High School has won four straight games after Saturday's 42-40 non-conference victory over Quincy. What kind of shape is the program in as Joby ...



Springfield High soccer falls just short of state  The State Journal-Register

CHATHAM -- Waterloo Gibault's discipline on defense barely cracked.When it did with 18 minutes left in the match, goalkeeper Connor Olson bailed it out with a ...



Springfield High salutes Vietnam vets at Class of 1968 reunion  The State Journal-Register

Charles Spencer admitted Saturday he didn't think he would be at Springfield High School's 50th class reunion.The Springfield native who saw four tours of duty ...



Officials practice active shooter response at Springfield High  The State Journal-Register

First responders, in conjunction with District 186, played out two scenarios during an active shooter drill at Springfield High School on Monday morning.Teachers ...



Bennie Slater, Springfield High rebound with victory over Panthers  The State Journal-Register

The win belonged to Springfield High School because Bennie Slater owned the fourth quarter.The Springfield High sophomore scored 14 of his game-high 30 ...



Muddy romp: Rochesters offense throttles Springfield High  The State Journal-Register

All eyes were on Springfield High School after a stunning upset win over Sacred Heart-Griffin last week, but Rochester went about its business to deliver the ...



How rough was Springfield Highs day, on and off the field?  The State Journal-Register

Jim Ruppert is the former State Journal-Register sports editor. Each week during the season he will answer three questions posed to him about the Central State ...



32nd First Night Springfield dedicated to its founder  The State Journal-Register

Illinois' longest running New Year's Eve celebration of the arts will note milestones this year as it remembers the woman who was its founder.The Springfield ...



Springfield High's comeback falls short against Palos Heights Shepard in 6A playoffs  The State Journal-Register

PALOS HEIGHTS — It's really difficult to win in the playoffs when you make mistakes.No. 12 Springfield High School made a lot of them, but still hung around ...



Springfield High adds extra security Thursday after SHS threat  The State Journal-Register

Springfield High School had extra police presence and metal detectors at the school on Thursday morning in response to a threat circulating on social media ...



Springfield High alums $110,000 gift benefits schools classrooms, auditorium, sports  The State Journal-Register

A new backlit scoring table in the gymnasium at Springfield High School is among several items the school has purchased thanks to an $110000 gift from a 1998 ...



Abby Ratsch assists Springfield High girls every way possible  The State Journal-Register

Springfield High's Abby Ratsch repertoire is vast.She even led the team with 3.5 assists per game after their first eight games of the season, just slightly ahead of ...



Photos: District 186 Commencement  The State Journal-Register

The Springfield School District 186 conducted commencement ceremonies for Lanphier, Southeast and Springfield High Schools at the Bank of Springfield ...



First $71M in contracts awarded for new Springfield High  Delco News Network

SPRINGFIELD >> In a special and critical meeting, the school board awarded about $70.8 million in contracts for Phase I of the master plan. The work is specific ...



Springfield High School student arrested for social media threats  WHIO

Several districts are aware of a vague threat targeted toward.



State champs! Glenwood boys win cross country title; Springfield High second  The State Journal-Register

PEORIA – The Chatham Glenwood High School boys cross country team arrived at Detweiller Park on Saturday with confidence, believing a Class 2A state ...



Local students disagree on value of class rank  The State Journal-Register

The class rank system in high schools fosters unhealthy competition more than it encourages high achievement, and it has also shifted students' focus from ...



Most schools get passing grade in overhauled state report card  The State Journal-Register

About 7 in 10 Illinois schools are rated “commendable” on the state's overhauled school report cards. For Springfield School District 186, the "commendable" ...



Gullys savor time together on Springfield High football team  The State Journal-Register

They share more than a sport. Roy Gully III and Roy Gully IV share a name and a special bond.The father-son duo that has been a part of Springfield High ...



State Farm Holiday Classic: Springfield's Harris active on, off the court  Bloomington Pantagraph

NORMAL — There was less a minute left in Wednesday's State Farm Holiday Classic Large School Boys opening-round game for Springfield High School.



Justin Bivins carries Springfield High past Southeast in overtime  The State Journal-Register

Justin Bivins II scored from 10 yards out — his fourth touchdown of the night — on Springfield High School's first play of overtime Friday night to give the ...



Best of Preps Boys Tennis Player of the Year: Springfield Highs Raj Sinha  The State Journal-Register

On June 22, The State Journal-Register honored dozens of local high school athletes at the annual Best of Preps awards ceremony. Over the next several days, ...



Teens asking for online votes for historic project  The State Journal-Register

A group of Springfield High School teens is asking for help in their ongoing quest to restore the Lincoln Colored Home, the first-ever orphanage in Illinois for ...



More bomb threats at Springfield High School  The State Journal-Register

Springfield High School received two bomb threats this week, marking the 10th and 11th bomb threats District 186 has received this school year alone.



Yale professor and Springfield native to speak at annual MLK breakfast  The State Journal-Register

What some are calling the Third Reconstruction, the issue of criminal justice reform as it relates to civil rights, will be the focus of the keynote address to be ...



Best of Preps Metro Boys Soccer Player of the Year: Springfield Highs Kelby Phillips  The State Journal-Register

On June 22, The State Journal-Register honored dozens of local high school athletes at the annual Best of Preps awards ceremony. Over the next several days, ...



C-SPAN bus coming to Springfield next week  The State Journal-Register

A 45-foot customized C-SPAN bus will be in Springfield Tuesday and Wednesday as part of the public affairs channel's “50 Capitals Tour.”The tour began in ...



Springfield High track team wins 10th straight Boys City Meet  The State Journal-Register

Springfield High School track and field athletes held up both of their hands while posing for photographs after winning the Boys City Meet on Tuesday.



Co-founder of Springfield Social Club hopes networking group can find new leader  The State Journal-Register

The co-founder of an 11-year-old networking group that has helped dozens of local charities, businesses and aspiring musicians hopes someone can take over ...



UIS series to discuss Frank Warren's 'PostSecret' project  WAND

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The University of Illinois Springfield is Engaged Citizenship Common Experience Speaker Series is hosting Springfield High School ...



SHG volleyball to defend city title this week  The State Journal-Register

The 41st annual City Volleyball Tournament begins Monday at Springfield High School's Willard Duey Gymnasium and once again, the theme is the same: ...



Boys state tennis run ends for Springfield Highs double team Latif, Sinha  The State Journal-Register

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — A gratifying doubles season for senior Shaul Latif and junior Raj Sinha came to an end when the Springfield High School duo fell in ...



4 School closings and event cancellations  newschannel20.com

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Photos: The Year in Pictures 2018  The State Journal-Register

From The State Journal-Register photography staff, a look back at some of the faces, places and memorable moments captured during the year. Buy Photo. [1/58].



Springfield native involved in space station research encourages students to pursue science  The State Journal-Register

A Springfield native whose experiments examining the effects of a weightless environment on muscle health are on the International Space Station told Lincoln ...



District 186 teacher accused of sexually assaulting student  The State Journal-Register

A 24-year-old woman who served as a teacher for Springfield School District 186 has been arrested for alleged sexual assault.Kasi M. Korza, of the 1300 block ...



Springfield High to defend CS8 swimming title  The State Journal-Register

Springfield High School has won seven straight Central State Eight Conference championships.That streak will be tested at today's Boys Swimming and Diving ...



Last minute comeback gives MacArthur win in opener  Herald & Review

DECATUR — Demesheo Lovelace knew he was getting the ball on the 2-point conversion play, and when it hit his hands, he held on tight.



Heres how to get District 186 kids their shots and physicals before school starts  The State Journal-Register

Local health organizations and the Springfield School District are once again partnering to help students get the physicals and immunizations they need to start ...



Here's who's retiring in District 186  The State Journal-Register

At an event earlier this month, the Springfield School District honored employees who are retiring or have retired over the past year. They are:Lee Adams, ...



Springfield High graduate killed in NYC helicopter crash  The State Journal-Register

A former Springfield man was one of the five people killed when a helicopter crashed into the East River in New York City Sunday.Daniel Thompson, 34, was a ...



District 186 budget includes $25,000 for Springfield High artificial turf field  The State Journal-Register

A board member says the money is needed to cover pledges to the Booster Club that didn't come through. Springfield High School's Booster Club would get ...



Teens working to raise awareness about historic orphanage  The State Journal-Register

A group of Springfield High School seniors who started advocating for the Lincoln Colored Home as part of a 4-H project when they were freshmen haven't ...



Best of Preps Metro Cross Country Runner of the Year: Springfield Highs Kyle Boughter  The State Journal-Register

On June 22, The State Journal-Register honored dozens of local high school athletes at the annual Best of Preps awards ceremony. Look for more stories about ...



Springfield first responders hope to add to best practices for rescue task force training  Illinois News Network

The Columbus Day holiday turned first responders and teachers into students during an active shooter drill in Springfield, and they hope their lessons will be ...



Raj Sinha falls in final match but Springfield High claims title  The State Journal-Register

Getting off to a fast start was the game plan for Springfield High School junior Raj Sinha in his singles championship match against Mascoutah's Andy Graf on ...



Springfield radio legend Shelby Harbison dies at 94  The State Journal-Register

Shelby Harbison, a Springfield radio legend known for his nearly four-decade association with WTAX/WDBR, died Saturday morning. He was 94.Harbison was ...



High school students working to restore Lincoln Colored Home  FOX Illinois

A group of high school students are working to secure a $25000 grant to restore Springfield's historic Lincoln Colored Home.The Lincoln Colored Home was ...



Someone to know: SHS senior Maddy Harris shares her love of skating  The State Journal-Register

After attending an open skate when she was 8 years old, Maddy Harris fell in love with figure skating. Now, she spends 20 hours a week on the ice.Harris ...



Youth Service Bureau offers free rides to Springfield immunization clinics  The State Journal-Register

The Youth *Service* Bureau, a Springfield agency that helps at-risk youth, is reminding families that it is offering free rides to Springfield School District students ...



Commentary: 5 places to study for finals in Springfield  The State Journal-Register

The winter season is full of festivity and, for high schoolers, first-semester final exams. Frankly, studying for finals will never be fun, but choosing the right study ...



Teachers Union President Accused Of Strong-Arm Tactics  NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

Every two years, Springfield teachers elect a union president. This year, that election was a squeaker. With close to 1500 teachers voting, a new.



Glenwood freshman Nia Gibson wins cross country regional, leads Titans to team title  The State Journal-Register

TAYLORVILLE – Chatham Glenwood High School cross country runner Nia Gibson is having quite a freshman season.After finishing third behind a pair of ...



Top Teen finalist: Freya Jennison volunteers to make others happy  The State Journal-Register

This article is about one of the four finalists for the 2018 Top Teen Award. Learn more at www.sj-r.com/voice.Freya Jennison wants to give everyone a voice and ...



SHGs Ken Leonard named Bears Coach of the Year  The State Journal-Register

CHICAGO — Sacred Heart-Griffin High School football coach Ken Leonard was named the Chicago Bears High School Coach of the Year in a halftime ...



School Swap: Going to SHG was like a blast from the past  The State Journal-Register

Although I am currently a junior at Springfield High School, I attended middle school at Blessed Sacrament and very seriously considered attending Sacred ...



Springfield native deals with new normal year after surviving Vegas shooting  The State Journal-Register

For Haley Partridge Haldeman, the "new normal" might just include Indian Runner ducks, a koi pond and a potbellied pig named "Routey."A year after attending ...



Girls City Tournament: Springfield High rallies, pulls away from Lanphier  The State Journal-Register

The first three Girls City Basketball Tournament games were blowouts and it was in the fourth game that Springfield High and Lanphier put on a display worth ...



Girls City Tournament: Springfield High smothers Southeast to stay perfect in CS8 play  The State Journal-Register

Springfield High School has more to do this week than try to win the Girls City Basketball Tournament for the fifth consecutive season.The Senators have a ...



School board to vote on reassigning principals, including Springfield Highs Grossen  The State Journal-Register

Several Springfield public schools, including Springfield High School, could be led by new principals next school year, under a reshuffling plan the school board ...



Chamberlain Park fading from Springfield’s baseball landscape  The State Journal-Register

When Chamberlain Park opened for baseball play in Springfield's east side in the summer of 1977, it instantly became an ideal alternative to Lanphier ...



Bomb threats disrupt Springfield High, Grant Middle schools  The State Journal-Register

Classes at Springfield High School and Grant Middle School were disrupted for about two hours Tuesday after bomb threats prompted evacuations at both ...



Last Chance U star talks to Springfield High football team  The State Journal-Register

Brittany Wagner, star of the Netflix series "Last Chance U" made an appearance Saturday at Springfield High School where she talked to the football team about ...



New Lincoln Library mural shows 'Future of Springfield'  The State Journal-Register

One of three pieces of public art in Springfield commissioned for the Illinois Bicentennial celebration can now be found on a window at the city's public library.



BOS '18: Arts, Culture & Music  Illinois Times

BEST BASS PLAYER Eric Tinsley A longtime member of the local music scene, Eric has played in more bands than you can shake a Chapman Stick at (inside ...



Springfield natives experiments going up to International Space Station  The State Journal-Register

Siobhan Malany had a one-word response to watching a Northrop Grumman Antares rocket blast off from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Saturday ...



Unique gift shop returns to Springfield as owner embraces life after cancer treatment  The State Journal-Register

An eclectic gift shop that was popular in Springfield 20 years ago has returned, but the biggest gift is the one its owner has received from this retail rejuvenation.



Boys basketball roundup: Springfield High falls to Granite City  The State Journal-Register

GRANITE CITY — Springfield High School committed 22 turnovers and the last one was the biggest, as the Senators blew an 11-point first-period lead and ...



For the first time, Southeast will have no Mr. McLaughlin teaching  The State Journal-Register

Next year, for the first time, there will not be a McLaughlin teaching at Southeast High School. Greg McLaughlin, the chair of the social studies department, ...



Point: Springfield will win the Spirit Award  The State Journal-Register

Who's got Solon fever? We've got Solon fever!Sound familiar? That is just one of the many cheers that is gonna win Springfield High School the Spirit Award ...



Springfield India Association to host Gandhi birthday celebration  Springfield Daily

October 2nd is the 149th birthday of Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi. To celebrate the occasion, the India Association of Greater Springfield is hosting a speaker ...



Slater does it all for SHS in win over MacArthur  The State Journal-Register

Bennie Slater nearly had a triple-double with 19 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocked shots and Springfield High School fought off Decatur MacArthur 69-67 ...



Springfield Sports HOF inductee: Randy Rice, standout in basketball, baseball, football  The State Journal-Register

Randy Rice could've been a track star.But basketball, baseball and football were enough for him.No matter the sport, he still burned opponents with his blazing ...



Ozzy Erewele speeds to front for Springfield High girls  The State Journal-Register

Ozzy Erewele had dreams of one day dunking the ball in high school.That day will never come, due to the hard reality that she'd already reached her max height ...



Ettinger named to convention center board  The State Journal-Register

Steve Ettinger, 35, of Springfield, was named Monday to be a member of the board that oversees the Bank of Springfield Center, replacing Bryce Benton, who ...



Springfield High senior named Student of the Year, wins $10,000 scholarship  The State Journal-Register

Ejehi Erewele, a senior at Springfield High School, has been selected as recipient of the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln $10000 Student of the ...



Springfield High boys basketball coach Matt Reed resigns  The State Journal-Register

One week before the start of the boys basketball season, Springfield High School coach Matt Reed resigned Monday, effective immediately.Reed had been in ...



Springfield firefighters change active shooter response methods to save more victims  The State Journal-Register

In the basement of Trinity Lutheran Church Thursday, Springfield police officers, armed with guns, ushered in three Springfield firefighters wearing bulletproof ...



Mayors Youth Council seeks to bridge citys high schools  The State Journal-Register

When the Mayor's Youth Council members talked to each other, there were two themes that came up frequently: the city is divided into silos based on high ...



Local Business Notes: New sporting goods store fills need, gives back to community  The State Journal-Register

Currently mentoring two boys as part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, Springfield resident Paul Layton knows the impact a positive role model can have ...



Alumnis daughters among over 120 cast in The Nutcracker  The State Journal-Register

Thirty years ago in December as a 17-year-old, Kim Leistner Root performed the role of Dew Drop in the Springfield Ballet Company's production of the “The ...



SHS sophomore Tehya McDonald wins national art award  The State Journal-Register

Tehya McDonald's art career started in the bathroom. Tehya, a sophomore at Springfield High School, began drawing at 13 years old because she got bored ...



Springfield Sports HOF inductee: Mike "Murph" Mathiot, standout in baseball, golf  The State Journal-Register

Mike “Murph” Mathiot got his nickname after tagging along with his father, Tim Mathiot, and watching Tim and his friends roll “Murphy splits” at the bowling alley.



Springfield filmmaker embraces the unknowns with Emily  The State Journal-Register

For his latest short, "Emily," which premieres at The Studio Friday night, Springfield filmmaker Dave Heinzel admitted he was working without a net.



Student arrested in Springfield schools' bomb threats  The State Journal-Register

A 14-year-old Springfield School District student was arrested in connection with Thursday's bomb threat, which caused students at four schools -- Franklin ...



Tarr, Harold Vernon  Herald & Review

DECATUR -- Harold Vernon Tarr, 83, of Decatur, IL, formerly of Springfield, IL, entered eternal rest on December 17, 2018 at Imboden Creek Living Center, ...



District 186 presents facility transformation scenarios  The State Journal-Register

The Springfield School District on Wednesday entered the nitty-gritty phase of its ongoing effort to transform its facilities, unveiling a series of scenarios, with ...



Voice commentary: Dont shame teens for trick-or-treating  The State Journal-Register

From psychological thrillers to apple cider and haunted houses, Halloween has a lot to offer. As Halloween approaches, so does the question of whether or not ...



Decomposed human remains found near Springfield high school  CT Post

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Springfield police say decomposed human remains were found near a city high school. Police spokeswoman Jasmine Bailey says ...



Top Teen finalist: Emma Batterman is helping abroad and at home  The State Journal-Register

This article is about one of the four finalists for the 2018 Top Teen Award. Learn more at www.sj-r.com/voice.When Emma Batterman is passionate about ...



SHG makes plays behind Elvers before offense erupts in win over Senators  The State Journal-Register

Three pitches into Wednesday night's second game of the City Series at Robin Roberts Stadium, Springfield High School had runners on first and second after ...



Ryan Mahan: SHG stays focused to give Leonard historic milestone  The State Journal-Register

It could've been the toughest week to focus, but Sacred Heart-Griffin High School coach Ken Leonard made sure his players had as few distractions as possible ...



Springfield natives novel explores travels to India, Pakistan  The State Journal-Register

Siobhan Malany's debut novel, "Mehendi Tides," has been described as a "coming-of-age story" about an American teenager who travels to India and Pakistan ...



Girls City Tournament: SHG finds their zone in win over Lanphier  The State Journal-Register

Coach Steve Klunick had Sacred Heart-Griffin High School's girls basketball team do something it normally doesn't — and his game plan paid off.“Our zone ...



Springfield High grad takes idea to ‘Shark Tank’  The State Journal-Register

A Springfield native hopes the entrepreneurs on TV's “Shark Tank” will sink their teeth into his startup company during the show's April 14 episode. Adam Havey ...



District 186 OKs budget, but cuts SHS Booster money for athletic field  The State Journal-Register

District 186 board members approved a balanced budget Monday night, but not before cutting a $25000 payment to Springfield High School's Booster Club to ...



Plains Brock Brummett named Sangamon County Student of the Year  The State Journal-Register

Brock Brummett, a 2018 graduate of Pleasant Plains High School, appeared pretty calm Tuesday when he learned that he was the 2018 Sangamon County ...



Boys Tennis Player of the Year: Springfield Highs Raj Sinha  The State Journal-Register

Springfield High School sophomore Raj Sinha admitted that he had doubts of the Senators' chances once the boys tennis season began this spring.Springfield ...



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