We continue to be grateful and honored each time that the SHHS Alumni Association is recognized by the community. Our organization would not be what it is today without our founding members, the many Board members who have served past and present, our general membership, the generosity of our donors, and the faculty and staff of Big Sam. We are Texans helping Texans.
Community Engaged for Excellence Award of Appreciation, awarded November 2015
It is our pleasure to announce that the SHHS Alumni Association has been awarded the Community Engaged for Excellence Award of Appreciation by AISD.
We are the first civic, non-profit organization directly related to a school to be in receipt of this award. We are also the first organization to have AISD Administration and Board of Trustee members come to us for their presentation. Those in attendance at the November General Meeting were able to hear the kind words and see this wonderful presentation.
We absolutely could not do what we do without the support of a general membership which spans the course of fifty years. (At our meeting, we had both the Class of 1965 and Class of 2015 represented!) We are grateful for our founding members as without them we would not exist. We are grateful for those who have helped their vision come into fruition. Thank you all for everything that you do to support our endeavors for the betterment of the Sons and Daughters of Sam Houston High School. Thank you Dr. Cavazos, Mr. Perales, Board of Trustees and all who participated in the process of selecting the SHHS Alumni Association for this award.
We are incredibly grateful and honored.
Photos by SHHS alumnus Frank Sanchez, class of '15.
Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation Grant Recipient, awarded September 2017
"The Globe Life Texas Rangers Baseball and Softball grants will be presented during a pre-game ceremony prior to Tuesday's game with the Seattle Mariners at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation instituted the Grant Program in 2012 as another means to promote the growth and development of youth baseball and softball. Since its creation in 1992, the Rangers Foundation has constructed 12 baseball fields and supported thousands of children playing for RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) and Miracle League programs. Seven grants were awarded in the first year of the program in 2012, an additional 11 were presented in both 2013 and 2014, and ten were given in both 2015 and 2016." -MLB Press Release
The SHHS Alumni Association used the funds to replace the batting cages and purchase brand new equipment. The grant is valued at $10,000.
Taste of Latin American Program Honoree, honored October 2017
The SHHS Alumni Association was honored at the 6th annual Taste of Latin America Program at Sam Houston High School. This year's theme was "Shaping the Bright Future of America." There were many amazing performances including folklorico from Club Cultura Mia de Sam Houston High School - AISD & Thornton Elementary School, the Remynse Elementary Drum Club, and even Assistant Principal Pedro Cavazos.
Photos by SHHS alumnus Jayme Thomas, class of '05.
Arlington Fourth of July Parade, held annually
What better way to show off our Sam Spirit than at the Arlington Fourth of July Parade? Presented at the Awards Ceremony after the parade, these awards goes to parade floats that show off their spirit and creativity. The alumni association has been awarded the following…
2017 - Non-Commercial Float, 2nd Place
2016 - Musical Entries other than Marching Bands, 2nd Place
2015 - Non-Commercial Float, 2nd Place
Long Tall Texan Award, awarded annually in May
Congratulations to all past and present award recipients of the Long Tall Texan Award! Presented at the SHHS graduation ceremony every spring, this award goes to alumni who have positively impacted the SHHS community.
Thank you for showing future generations of Texans what it means to always remember where you come from and give back! We are forever in gratitude of your SHHS pride and spirit.
2018 - Melynda Brooks Merrifield (pictured above)
2017 - Sheila Ivy Young
2016 - Claudia Perkins
2015 - Eric Salas
2014 - Bob Callas
2013 - Billy and Cheryl Stewart
2012 - Derrick Kinney
2011 - Judy Thomas
2010 - Bobby Hunt
2009 - Justin Chapa