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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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Bernadine Lenora Drake | Obituaries | herald-review.com  Herald & Review

DECATUR — Bernadine Lenora Drake, 90, of Decatur, IL passed away on Tuesday, June 18, 2019.



Springfield Highs Zaire Harris named Student of the Year  The State Journal-Register

Just before being called up to the stage Wednesday as one of five finalists for the 2019 Sangamon County Susan Cook House Educational Trust Student of the ...



Two district high schools confront bullying issues at District 186 meeting  newschannel20.com

Tuesday was a packed house for District 186's School Board meeting. Students and parents filled the room to discuss a bullying incident between two district ...



Springfield High adjusts, pulls away from Rochester  The State Journal-Register

David Maciejewski has detected an alarming flaw in his Rochester High School boys basketball team."That's kind of been a problem we've had all year," ...



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 ...



Maria Jorquera, Springfield High girls soccer edge SHG for sectional title  The State Journal-Register

ROCHESTER -- Maria Jorquera struck quickly in Friday's Class 2A Rochester Sectional championship match.But that opening goal wasn't quite enough to give ...



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 ...



Jacquez Stewart provides leadership for brothers, Springfield High wrestlers  The State Journal-Register

Jacquez Stewart had big goals in mind.He showed up at Springfield High School with a whole laundry list, such as finishing senior year with a state title.He has ...



Should you ditch? Local high school seniors decide whether to skip class  The State Journal-Register

To ditch or not to ditch? That is the question. With Ditch Day season upon us, Springfield-area high school seniors are answering it for themselves.



Springfield Highs seniors share long history together on girls basketball team  The State Journal-Register

To understand the chemistry between the five senior starters on the Springfield High School girls basketball team, you have to go way back.Devyn Heard has ...



Abe-Bell, Williams lead Springfield High to City title  The State Journal-Register

Matthew Abe-Bell and Robert Williams each won two individual events and teamed up on a couple of winning relays to help Springfield High School comfortably ...



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 ...



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 ...



Tiny and mighty: Maria Jorquera, Morgan Gill lead Springfield High girls soccer to top of CS8  The State Journal-Register

Springfield High School's Maria Jorquera and Morgan Gill like to reminisce about their first time together on the same YMCA soccer team.Jorquera hardly uttered ...



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 ...



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 ...



Springfield Highs Brad Scheffler reaches 400 wins with OT thriller over Glenwood  The State Journal-Register

Brad Scheffler had to sweat it out a bit, but Abby Ratsch and the rest of the Springfield High School girls' basketball team pulled out a 73-62 overtime win over ...



Girls City Tournament: Ratsch, Springfield High turn up intensity in win over Lanphier  The State Journal-Register

Abby Ratsch doesn't know what a loss in the Girls City Tournament feels like. And if she has a similar game to the one she had Thursday, odds are that she ...



Springfield High alum Tyler Pence named UIS cross country, track coach  The State Journal-Register

Former Springfield High School runner and University of Southern Indiana standout Tyler Pence was named Wednesday the head coach for the University of ...



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 ...



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 ...



Springfield High captures CS8 track title - Sports  The State Journal-Register

Just like last year, Robert Williams was the top performer.But unlike the 2018 meet, this time, Williams was able to lead Springfield High School to the Central ...



Carlie Smith, Chatham Glenwood rally over Springfield to clinch share of CS8 girls soccer title  The State Journal-Register

Carlie Smith said it was a matter of being in the right place at the right time.Chatham Glenwood High School's senior midfielder was in the perfect spot opposite ...



Michael Patton back leading Springfield High into City Swimming and Diving Meet  The State Journal-Register

He's back, and Springfield High School is the beneficiary.Senior Michael Patton returned to the boys swim team after a year away swimming at the club level, ...



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 ...



Springfield Highs Ferguson, Williams setting bar high in hurdles  The State Journal-Register

Two previous state track and field meet placers with bright NCAA Division I futures put past and future on hold for what is right now: one last shot at state glory.



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" ...



Video: 2019 Springfield Hall of Famers share their stories  The State Journal-Register

The Springfield sports community honored some of its best Monday evening at the 29th annual Springfield Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremonies at the ...



4 School closings and event cancellations  newschannel20.com

Here's a list of the school closings and event cancellations due to this weekend's weather forecast. Click here for more. Friday, Jan. 11 - Sunday, Jan. 13. Sacred ...



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 grad Obediah Church leaves Missouri State basketball program  The State Journal-Register

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Obediah Church, a Springfield High School graduate, has left his Missouri State University men's basketball team, the coach announced.



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 ...



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 ...



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.



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 ...



Springfield High School student arrested for social media threats  WHIO

Several districts are aware of a vague threat targeted toward.



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 ...



SHG held to one hit in City Series loss to Senators  The State Journal-Register

Tuesday's first game of the City Series at Robin Roberts Stadium may have been a sign of what's going to happen over the next three weeks: anybody can beat ...



Commentary: High school graduation gift ideas  The State Journal-Register

If you're a high schooler nearing the end of your senior year, chances are you'll soon be attending what seems like thousands of graduation parties. That doesn't ...



After Spirit Award backlash, Youth Council starts #unityinourcommunity  The State Journal-Register

After hearing about hateful comments made toward Southeast High School students about winning the Spirit Award, the 15 students of the Mayor's Youth ...



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 ...



Yes to the dress: Prom It Forward helps prom-goers on budget  The State Journal-Register

Chloe Jarmer, with two armloads full of dresses, heads out of a room on the lower level of the YMCA Downtown, 701 S. Fourth St., in search of a dressing room ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



Minecraft videos lead to Williamsville students interest in graphic design  The State Journal-Register

Editor's note: This is the fourth and final article in a series about local teen artists. Read the rest of the series at www.sj-r.com/voice.Participating in the Minecraft ...



Plains students business pitch wins Sangamon CEO Shark contest  The State Journal-Register

Before participating in the Sangamon CEO program, Justin Holding had not considered business a viable career path for him. But after winning the program's ...



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, ...



Glenwood Highs show choir has positive effect on performers  The State Journal-Register

Performing on the same stage as Carrie Underwood was not something Glenwood High School senior Molly McCue foresaw when she tried out for Titan Fever ...



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 ...



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 ...



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, ...



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 ...



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 ...



SHS grad Mike Jasinski scours West Coast for potential L.A. Chargers  The State Journal-Register

Mike Jasinski will be an observer when the NFL Draft commences on Thursday. He will have played an important role in the Los Angeles Chargers' draft ...



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 ...



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 ...



Keeping pace: Springfields Tyler Pence training for U.S. Olympics Trials marathon  The State Journal-Register

Tyler Pence never struggles to get out the door.Well, unless there's a freakish snowstorm not unlike the one in January.That forced him to stay indoors and run ...



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.



87-year-old man crashes car into wall surrounding Governors Mansion  The State Journal-Register

An 87-year-old man crashed his car into the outer brick wall surrounding the Illinois Governor's Mansion on Friday night.The man, Nils R. Thunman of Springfield ...



Springfield museum 'tells stories that haven't been told'  The Southern

SPRINGFIELD — Route History, which opened to the public recently in a former Texaco gas station highlights stories around the African-American experience ...



Here's who's retiring in District 186 - News  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 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 ...



Springfield High girls golf builds around High, Baptist  The State Journal-Register

As golfers, Springfield High School's Abi High and Sophie Baptist probably aren't ready for their close-ups yet. But ready or not, it's here.High and Baptist each ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



Measles outbreak highlights vaccination issues  The State Journal-Register

It may be a 90-minute drive away, but an ongoing outbreak of measles in Champaign County worries Amber Shipman of Springfield.Her 15-year-old son, Aaron, ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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].



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 ...



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 ...



Teens deal with pressure of standardized tests  The State Journal-Register

For some high school juniors and seniors, standardized tests are a measure of self-worth.The ACT and SAT do play a role in college admissions and ...



A La Carte: Turbo Fire Pizza adding Jefferson St. location  The State Journal-Register

Founders of TURBO FIRE PIZZA have talked of local expansion plans nearly since opening the original Springfield fast casual pizza joint in 2015.Expect 2019 to ...



District 186 graduates staying near, going far for more education  The State Journal-Register

A total of 817 District 186 high school graduates will receive diplomas Saturday at the Bank of Springfield Center.Many of them have plans after graduation: ...



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.



Prep Spotlight: Jorqueras hat trick sparks Senators over SHG  Lincoln Courier

Springfield High School senior Maria Jorquera netted three goals, including the go-ahead score, to give the Senators a 3-1 victory over Sacred Heart-Griffin on ...



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 ...



Stearns Awarded Centennial Honors Scholarship  Western Illinois University News

MACOMB, IL - - Springfield High School senior Ian Stearns, of Springfield, IL has been selected for Western Illinois University's Centennial Honors Scholarship, ...



Prep spotlight: Rightnowar's walk-off completes Glenwood comeback  The State Journal-Register

CHATHAM — Evan Rightnowar blasted a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Chatham Glenwood High School baseball team came ...



Holiday events calendar  Illinois Times

Christmas Card Lane Nov 29-Dec 30. An outdoor exhibit/competition comprised of larger-than-life “cards” created by local artists and groups based on the ...



Sangamon CEO program for high school seniors doubles class size  The State Journal-Register

High school seniors in the Sangamon CEO program are required to arrive at 7:20 a.m. for the start of class at 7:30."Ten minutes early is on time," explains Rich ...



Bernard Schoenburg: Ward 5 Ald. Proctor loses state job  The State Journal-Register

Springfield Ward 5 Ald. ANDREW PROCTOR won a second four-year term on the City Council on April 2, but eight days later, he lost his state job as chief ...



Unity Day brings four Springfield high schools together  The State Journal-Register

Students from the city's three public high schools and Sacred Heart-Griffin got together before Saturday's City Tournament games to make new friends and find ...



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 ...



Speaker sends UIS to regional final  The State Journal-Register

University of Illinois Springfield senior Zach Speaker plastered a key three-run home run – and a charter bus just beyond the right-field fence.Speaker thudded ...



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.



YNats Finalist Matthew Knox Sends Verbal Commitment to Duke  SwimSwam

Matthew Knox of Springfield, Illinois has announced his verbal commitment to Duke University's class of 2023. Coleman Kredich, Kevin Repice, Nick Talati,.



Springfield School District receives ninth, 10th bomb threats  The State Journal-Register

Springfield District 186 schools received their ninth and 10th bomb threats this year on Thursday afternoon.The district said the incident at Southeast High ...



Bernard Schoenburg: Biz group cordial to Pritzker, despite differences  The State Journal-Register

Gov. J.B. PRITZKER, as the Democrat proposing a graduated income tax, might not have been walking into the friendliest group as he spoke Wednesday to a ...



Central Illinois students nominated for U.S. Service Academies  newschannel20.com

Several central Illinois students are receiving good news after Rep. Rodney Davis nominated them foradmittance to the U. S. *Service* Academies. Altogether, 15 ...



Tom Kacich | Fight for IHSA basketball tournament originally not too fierce  Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

For something that had such a profound imprint on Illinois high school sports and Champaign-Urbana for more than three-quarters of a century, the ...



Bernard Schoenburg: Tax talk in race for Springfield mayor  The State Journal-Register

In a mailer sent by Springfield mayor candidate FRANK EDWARDS, one of his promises is to “stop all tax hikes.”Does that mean he wants to end what people ...



Bernard Schoenburg: Pritzker removes Rauner appointee Shaw from TRS board  The State Journal-Register

MARK SHAW, president of the Republican County Chairmen's Association of Illinois, was removed last week by Democratic Gov. J.B. PRITZKER as a trustee of ...



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 ...



MLK breakfast speaker focuses on police relations  The State Journal-Register

Yale Law School professor and Springfield native Tracey Meares said Monday at the 44th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast that it's absurd to ...



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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