2016 - September -- Letter from the president

A Message From the President

With the school district's adoption of a new master plan back in February, the mid-August start of the 2016-17 school year saw major thematic changes for Southeast High School.

Southeast will once again become a comprehensive neighborhood high school, and the African Centered Prepartory Academy will continue at Southeast while serving as a "school within a school" at the Castle. Given closures of other high schools and attendance boundary changes, enrollment at Southeast has doubled to about 700. And of importance to we alumni, the school district is again using the Southeast High School name for the building at 3500 E. Meyer Blvd. The alumni association had urged the district to revert to use of the Southeast name as the district master plan was undergoing board approval.

Major renovations at Southeast done in advance of the changes at the school resulted in a new storage area for our memorabilia and artifacts and a reconfiguration of the Alumni Museum on the first floor. Work at the museum is ongoing, and we are hopeful the changes are a first step toward our being able to secure use of the west portion of the former library for ultimate expansion of the museum.

In May, the alumni association awarded it 2016 scholarship to graduating senior Robert Rimpson who is now attending Florida A & M University. Robert was one of three very qualified finalists for our annual scholarship award.

Past Southeast classes which have recently toured Southeast and the Alumni Museum as part of their reunion activities include the classes of 1965 (50th reunion) and 1981 (35th reunion). If your class wold like a school and museum tour as part of your reunion, please contact an alumni association board member to learn how to start the process.

The alumni association board meetings are open to all alumni. Meetings are currently held on the second Thursday of each month at 6pm at the Waldo Branch Library, 201 E. 75th Street in Kansas City. You are invited to join us.

Richard DeHart, President
Class of 1967