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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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



Active shooter drill being held at Springfield High on Monday  The State Journal-Register

Local emergency personnel and District 186 officials will conduct a full-scale training exercise simulating an active shooter scenario from 8 a.m. to noon Monday ...



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 High School student arrested for social media threats  WHIO

Several districts are aware of a vague threat targeted toward.



Energy to burn: Springfield Highs Cam Jones provides speed, strength and leadership  The State Journal-Register

He finally got one.Springfield High School senior Cam Jones returned a punt for a touchdown in the third quarter at Decatur Eisenhower last week and it was 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 ...



Follow-up: Springfield High escapes with wild OT win over Southeast  The State Journal-Register

Roy Gully looked like he just gone both ways for all 48 minutes and overtime on a hot and humid Friday night.The Springfield High School football coach was ...



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 ...



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 ...



Springfield Highs Zach Richmond is City Golf medalist  The State Journal-Register

Zach Richmond gave himself a tough act to follow when he carded a 33 in the second round of the Boys City Golf Tournament on Wednesday at Panther Creek ...



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.



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 ...



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 ...



Back for playoffs: Small helps Springfield High return to postseason  The State Journal-Register

This year, Caleb Small can give the Springfield High School football team everything he has in a playoff game.And he can't wait.The senior inside linebacker ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



Bill Welt: Glenwood, Springfield High made all the buzz in Week 6  The State Journal-Register

It was a pretty wild Friday night in the Central State Eight Conference.I didn't think anything could top Chatham Glenwood's 39-32 overtime victory at Decatur ...



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 ...



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 ...



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: ...



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 police step up high school's security - News  The Register-Guard

SPRINGFIELD — A Springfield High School student in the checkout line of the Grocery Outlet store on South 14th Street told an employee something startling ...



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, ...



Local teens say lack of sleep no big deal  The State Journal-Register

Teens are notorious for getting much less sleep than is necessary. Although most teens are aware of the negative effects of sleep deprivation, getting to bed at a ...



Max Thumas goals lead Springfield High soccer into sectional title game  The State Journal-Register

MAROA -- Max Thuma snapped out of his quiet postseason in a big way.The Springfield High School senior forward ripped two goals and the Senators ...



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 ...



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, ...



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, ...



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: ...



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, ...



Medalist Reid Taylor leads SHG to boys golf regional title  The State Journal-Register

Sacred Heart-Griffin High School's Reid Taylor can handle both golf and soccer just fine.Taylor clinched first place with a short par putt in the Boys Class 2A ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



Classes resume after viable bomb threat at Springfield High School  The State Journal-Register

Springfield High School, 101 S. Lewis St., was evacuated for about three hours Friday morning after the school received a "viable" bomb threat, the Springfield ...



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 ...



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 ...



Class 3A-4A girls regional preview: Springfield High dives into regionals against Glenwood  The State Journal-Register

The postseason is a time to face new competition, but several Central State Eight Conference girls basketball teams might be wondering if league play has been ...



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.



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



4 local students earn 36s on ACT  The State Journal-Register

Just 0.1 percent of students who take the ACT earn the top possible score of 36. In the Springfield area, four students recorded the rare achievement during the ...



Springfield, Ball-Chatham students plan to rally for more gun control  The State Journal-Register

Students from Springfield, Ball-Chatham and some of the other nearby school districts are planning a downtown rally that will be held in conjunction with 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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



UIS hires Slade to coach cross country, track teams  The State Journal-Register

The University of Illinois Springfield has hired another veteran coach to oversee its cross country and track and field programs.Scott Slade brings 30 years of ...



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.



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" ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



Local teens consider options outside of college  The State Journal-Register

When a teenager announces that he or she does not plan to attend college, many parents and teachers react with disappointment. While college remains the ...



All clear given after bomb threat at Southeast, Springfield High  FOX Illinois

A bomb threat was called into Southeast High School around 1:20 p.m. Thursday.Springfield police and the Secretary of State Bomb Squad were called to the ...



Glenwood wins 4th-straight CS8 wrestling title  The State Journal-Register

Garrick Walker's first opponent just wouldn't give up.Springfield High School's Saylor Tidball resisted a pin against Walker for most of the second period before ...



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 ...



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 ...



10 local residents among graduating physicians at SIU  The State Journal-Register

Ten Springfield-area residents will be among the 72 physicians scheduled to graduate Saturday at commencement ceremonies for Southern Illinois University ...



Senators Williams steps into state spotlight  The State Journal-Register

Being a hurdler suits Springfield High School junior Robert Williams perfectly.The races are methodical. Athletes almost always count the steps between each ...



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.



Sad, shame: Springfield-area teens talk about school shootings, gun control  The State Journal-Register

In the 11 days since the horrific shooting that took 17 lives at a high school in Parkland, Florida, the news has been filled with stories about how President ...



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 ...



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.



Prep spotlight: Rochester volleyball rolls in debut  The State Journal-Register

ROCHESTER – Goodbye first-game jitters.Rochester High School cruised in straight sets 25-9, 25-6 over Southeast in the season and Central State Eight ...



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 ...



Springfield teen, photographer reunite on 9/11 for another portrait session  The State Journal-Register

Everyone who's old enough to remember knows where they were on Sept. 11, 2001.On that day, local photographer Sarah Petty was getting ready to take ...



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.



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 ...



Extra credit: Springfield Southeast coach praises assistants for teams success  Peoria Journal Star

PEORIA — The head coach is always the one who gets the credit when a team does well.But Springfield Southeast boys basketball coach Lawrence Thomas ...



How functional is your Springfield school building? Check the scores  The State Journal-Register

Behind the tattered curtains where Lanphier High School rehearsed last year for its musical, “Alice in Wonderland,” sit several rolled-up wrestling mats. It makes ...



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 ...



Tour de force: Ultramarathon runner Joe Miller pushes the limits  The State Journal-Register

Joe Miller dabbled in track at Sacred Heart-Griffin High School.It was very forgettable."I didn't take track seriously at all," he recalled. "I was like the slowest ...



Someone to know: Theresa Faith Cummings involved with civil rights movement  The State Journal-Register

Theresa Faith Cummings, a lifelong Springfieldian who says her ancestors came here in 1838, was recognized recently along with several others by the ...



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 ...



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.



Even though they cant vote, teens are still participating in the political process  The State Journal-Register

With the midterm election approaching, it's important to vote if you are able. But what about the voices of those not yet able to vote? Teens younger than 18 still ...



Steady golf club produces state berth for Senators Zach Richmond  The State Journal-Register

As he prepared to tee off in a playoff for the final state qualifying spot at the Class 2A Lincoln Boys Sectional golf tournament on Monday, Springfield High School ...



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 ...



Normal U-High rolls to CS8 boys tennis title, Springfield takes second  The State Journal-Register

Springfield High School junior Raj Sinha and Dorath Chamarthi of Normal U-High know each other all too well.The two have played against or with each other ...



Dave Kane: Saluting the greatest basketball teams no small task  The State Journal-Register

Here's a tip of the cap to the high school sports staff at the Chicago Tribune. They recently put together the “64 greatest Illinois high school basketball teams ever.



Decatur officials defend high schools' place in athletic conference  Herald & Review

SPRINGFIELD — Decatur school officials defended their place in the Central State Eight Conference on Wednesday, the day after the Springfield school board ...



Springfield teen dead after reported home invasion  The State Journal-Register

Springfield police are investigating the death of a 19-year-old city man who was found with injuries in the 1900 block of East Jackson Street early Friday.



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 ...



District 186's Superintendent responds to video of bus driver allegedly smoking  FOX Illinois

A viral video shows what looks like a District 186 bus driver smoking in front of students.Tuesday, School District 186's Superintendent responded.



Senators Graham resigns week into boys tennis season  The State Journal-Register

Tennis professional Ross Graham, the Springfield High School boys and girls tennis coach, resigned Wednesday afternoon one week into the boys spring ...



Project Mack hosts second "Take Back the City" weekend July 20-21  Springfield Daily

PRESS RELEASE | Project Mack will be hosting our 2nd Annual Take Back the City weekend to wrap up the summer, to be held July 20-21, 2018. In response to ...



Ryan Mahan: Skeptical over five first-place votes for Springfield High football  The State Journal-Register

According to five football coaches in the Central State Eight Conference, Springfield High School is the best team in the league.I double checked to make sure I ...



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 ...



Student arrested after ‘SHS’ threat hoax goes viral – prompts national school safety concerns  KTVI Fox 2 St. Louis

Police and school officials around the country are on alert after a social media post threatening violence against a school referred to only “SHS” has gone viral.



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