Leesville High School Alumni Association-Louisiana

Leesville High School Alumni Association-Louisiana The LHS Alumni Association supports Leesville High School through scholarships, members' voluntary efforts, and organizing Homecoming activities.

Operating as usual

07/19/2021

Hello Wampus Cats! 2021 Homecoming will soon be here. Each year a silent auction is held during the homecoming luncheon to help support the LHS Alumni Association scholarship fund. This year’s luncheon will be on Friday, October 1. We are hoping our talented alumni, family members and friends will contribute items. Any kind of art would be great and other items such as china, crystal, outdoor pieces, gift certificates, woodwork, and jewelry. Of course, we will recognize you as the artist/donor. If you have anything you would like to donate, please contact Lisa Berry Franklin at [email protected].

06/06/2021

Hi there, Wampus Cat Alumni: Don't miss the JULY 1 DEADLINE for nominations for the Alumni Sports Hall of Fame and for brick orders. Forms for both are on our website, wampuscats.org.

Ray Ortiz, alumni association president,  presented the 2021  Dicky Berry scholarship to Madison Funderburk at the LHS A...
05/29/2021

Ray Ortiz, alumni association president, presented the 2021 Dicky Berry scholarship to Madison Funderburk at the LHS Awards Day program.

Ray Ortiz, alumni association president, presented the 2021 Dicky Berry scholarship to Madison Funderburk at the LHS Awards Day program.

The LHS Alumni Association awarded scholarships to six outstanding seniors in the Class of 2021.  The awards were presen...
05/29/2021

The LHS Alumni Association awarded scholarships to six outstanding seniors in the Class of 2021. The awards were presented by alumni president, Ray Ortiz. Not pictured is Curtis Colbert, winner of the Netttie Williamson scholarship.

05/07/2021

MAY 6, 2021
Hi, there, Fellow Wampus Cats:
SAVE THE DATE, OCTOBER 1, 2021
The Leesville High School Alumni Association Executive Board and several of the 2021 class reps met this evening. Along with a few other items, Homecoming was discussed.
WE ANTICIPATE THAT HOMECOMING 2021 WILL BE FREE OF PANDEMIC REGULATIONS---BACK TO A FULL WAMPUS CAT HOMECOMING.
Class Representatives for 2021 are already making plans and working for you. They are
1951---Barbara Schaefer Cox
1961---no one yet
1971---Martha Legg Yarborough
1981---Cindy Goins Jeane and Angie Smith Magee
1991---Matt Koury and Ray Ortiz
2001---no one has volunteered
2011---Trey Dowden and Morgan Mount Bush
Most class representatives have created class websites. Also, most will be setting up sites and means for class members to order shirts/tickets/etc., pay for items, and have those items mailed/shipped to them prior to Homecoming. Check with your class representative(s) for more details. Some sites that were mentioned were
teespring.com and bonfire.

HOMECOMING EVENTS 2021
Friday, October 1, 2021
Coffee---LHS
Assembly---LHS Auditorium
Parade---Leesville Main Street
Football game---Wampus Cat Stadium
Alumni Dance---Knights of Columbus Hall, St. Michael Catholic Church
Saturday, October 2, 2021
Alumni Golf Tournament---Leesville Municipal Golf Course
Alumni Cook Out---Leesville City Park (located at Country Club)

COSTS
Luncheon---$10.00 per person
Dance---$25.00 single; $40.00 couple
Golf Tournament---$50.00 per person; teams of 4 (scramble)
Cookout---$10.00
Hall of Fame
As you probably know, the alumni association has instituted the LHS Alumni Association Sports Hall of Fame. Nominations must be submitted by July 1, 2021. The nomination form can be found on our website, wampuscats.org. The ONLY way to submit a nomination is by using this form. Your nominee must be a Leesville High School graduate, have earned a letter in one or more varsity sports, and have graduated at least 10 years prior to being nominated.

Bricks---$35.00 Brick orders must be received by July 1, 2021, to be installed by Homecoming 2021. Wampuscats.org has a form for ordering bricks. There is also a cookbook form on the website.
We will post more detailed information nearer the Homecoming date.

04/28/2021

Hi there, all you Wampus Cats! We have just learned that LHS has set the date of Homecoming 2021. It will be October 1.

The date for nominating an outstanding athlete for the Hall of Fame is July 1. That is also the deadline for ordering bricks if you want them installed by October 1.

Our website, wampuscats.org has info and forms you can use for either.

The executive committee will meet in May. We will post additional information then.

Photo:  Director of the Vernon Parish Library Howard Coy accepts a 2020 Leesville High School yearbook from LHS Alumni P...
01/08/2021

Photo: Director of the Vernon Parish Library Howard Coy accepts a 2020 Leesville High School yearbook from LHS Alumni President Ray Ortiz as executive board members Charles Owen, Trey Dowden, and Susie Neubert, look on. Each year the LHS Alumni Association donates a yearbook to the library.

Homecoming 2020.Because of Covid-19, the Homecoming crowd was smaller than usual, but all who did attend said they had f...
11/15/2020

Homecoming 2020.

Because of Covid-19, the Homecoming crowd was smaller than usual, but all who did attend said they had fun and planned to return for as many reunions as possible.
Thanks to LHS Principal Mark Mawae, his staff, and the LHS students for their hospitality.
Photos are from the "Meet and Greet" and the assembly at LHS, the parade on Third Street, the family cookout at the Leesville Municipal Park, and the golf tournament.

LHS Alumni Sports of Hall of Fame 2020The LHS alumni executive board is proud to announce Demond Mallet, who graduated f...
10/14/2020

LHS Alumni Sports of Hall of Fame 2020

The LHS alumni executive board is proud to announce Demond Mallet, who graduated from Leesville High School in 1996, as the 2020 Sports Hall of Fame selection. A gifted and motivated athlete, Demond achieved a great deal of success in sports and eventually a storied career in professional basketball. His three-pronged journey began at Leesville High School, continued collegiately at McNeese State University, and ended professionally in Europe.

As a freshman at LHS, Demond lettered in three sports: football, basketball and baseball. However, after a grueling freshman year, he decided to focus on two, basketball and baseball. Modestly, he stated, “Along with great coaches and gifted and talented teammates, I was able to enjoy numerous team and individual successes all four years.”

His contributions grew over time, as did the honors he received. He played on championship-contending teams in both basketball and baseball, along with district championship teams; moreover, he was a member of a team who reached the state finals. His individual honors included multiple selections as First Team All-District, First Team All Vernon Parish, First Team All-State; district and state MVPs; Louisiana State Heisman Winner; and Mizuno All-American Honorable Mention. He finished his high school career with a 4-year athletic scholarship.

In addition to his outstanding athletic career at LHS, he won numerous honors in academics and in the extracurricular life of the school, notably FBLA, Most Popular Male Student, All-State Academic, President of the Student Government Association, and Student of the Year. He graduated with honors.

The second leg of Demond’s journey came after graduation from LHS; he landed at McNeese State University. There, Demond was a four-year letterman. As a senior, he played 31 games, leading the Southland Conference in scoring at 21.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.1 apg, and 2.1 spg; FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 38.9%, and FT:79.6%. He finished his collegiate career at McNeese as the all-time leader in career three-points made (331), and steals (206) and third in points scored (1,941). He is listed in the LSU Miscellaneous Records as the last time a player on a team opposing LSU had 30 or more points. Demond scored 31 against the Tigers on December 13, 2000. He was named to the Southland Conference 1990s All-Decade Men’s Basketball Team and was inducted into the McNeese University Hall of Fame in 2012.

As at Leesville High, Demond continued to excel in academics and school life as a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity and a Hall of Fame inductee. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree.

The final leg of Demond’s journey led him to play the game he loved, basketball, professionally in Europe. He had an enduring career and achieved numerous successes. His successes included multiple championships, all-star appearances, 3-point shooting championships, scoring titles, and MVP honors. He concluded his career with a banner and retirement of jersey on Joventut’s Hall of Fame. Upon announcing his retirement, Demond was surprised with a retirement ceremony at half-time in Bamberg, Germany, where he helped lead the team to the 2005 BBL title.

Demond is single and has no children. His parents are Donald and Nita Mallet. He is a partner in a New York City restaurant, The Cabin, and owner of DMB International Basketball Consultants.

He will be introduced at the homecoming assembly at Leesville High School on Friday morning, November 13, and inducted into the LHS Alumni Hall of Fame just prior to the Friday night football game, when the Wampus Cats host Northwood of Shreveport.

09/26/2020

Pictured: Executive Board Members Susie Knapp Neubert, Angie Smith Magee, Ray Ortiz, Trey Dowden, Gene LaCaze, Charles Owen, Carol Karamatic Hurst

09/26/2020
06/04/2020

Hi, All You Wampus Cats,
If you haven't bought a commemorative brick for the main walkway going into LHS, you can still buy one. You can have your name or the name of any other alumnus on the brick. The deadline for purchasing a brick for 2020 is July 1. Bricks make great gifts.

The wampus cat website has info and a form for ordering. You can use PayPal.

As far as we know, Homecoming is still scheduled for October 30. We will post information when it becomes available.

02/20/2020

Hi there, Wampus Cats:

Your executive board met on February 6. Here’s the latest info we have:

Homecoming will be on Friday, October 30. The Cats will host the Falcons from Northwood in Shreveport. LHS will be honoring the classes that end in zero.

Attending the meeting were Ray Ortiz, president; Charles Owen, vice-president; Angie Magee, secretary; Gene LaCaze, treasurer; Carol Hurst, cookbook chair; Susie Neubert, luncheon chair; Tresa Abramson, publicity chair; and Renita Goins Page, class representative 1980. Renita reported that she and her classmates have already been working on their reunion.

Most of the Homecoming activities will be the same as in past years. This is a list of those alumni activities that have been planned so far:

Parade. Friday, 3:00. Hope for good weather.

Luncheon. Friday noon, First Baptist Church CLC. $10/person.

Dance. Friday night, St. Michael’s Center. $25/person; $40/couple. Same DJ as last year.

Golf Tournament. Saturday morning, Leesville Municipal Golf Course; 4-person scramble; $50/player.

Additional information:

Commemorative Bricks (pavers). These are installed at the main entrance to LHS. Any graduate of LHS can have a brick. You can buy one for yourself or for another alumnus. $35 (see our website to order, www.wampuscats.org). To be installed by Homecoming 2020, bricks must be ordered by July 1. Parents of 2020 seniors: bricks make great gifts for graduates!

Tickets for the luncheon and dance can be purchased there also, through PayPal.

Cookbooks. Recipes are from LHS alumni. $20; 25 if mailed. See website.

LHS Alumni Sports Hall of Fame. Mr. T. Barrett Porter is the latest inductee into the Hall of Fame, having accepted the honor during Homecoming festivities 2019.

The requirements for eligibility are as follows:
Candidate must have graduated from Leesville High School;
Candidate must have graduated at least 10 years prior to nomination;
Candidate must have played at least one year of any varsity sport;
Candidate must be a respected member of his/her community.

Nominators must re-nominate a candidate if he/she nominated someone who was not selected in a previous year. Nominations are due by July 1. The Wampus Cat website has a nomination form.

More Homecoming information will be posted as plans go forward.

02/08/2020

LHS Wampus Cat Dr. Carolyn Leach Huntoon, 2020 Louisiana Legends Honoree

Scientist and first woman to serve as Director of NASA’S Johnson Space Center

Dr. Carolyn Leach Huntoon graduated in 1958 from Leesville High School and attended nearby Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, from which she received her undergraduate degree in 1962. She procured her Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Dr. Huntoon was appointed Director of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, in January of 1994. She was the first woman to direct a NASA center. Before being selected for this position, she served as the center’s Director of Space and Life Sciences, a position she held since 1987. She managed and directed medical research and operations for all manned space flight missions for life science experiments.

Dr. Huntoon served Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton as the Department of Energy’s Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management, a Senate-confirmed position. As Assistant Secretary, she oversaw the cleanup of 113 nuclear sites in 30 states and one territory. She managed seven DOE field offices, including the Savannah River site.

After retiring from government service, Dr. Huntoon became an independent consultant in the fields of energy and aerospace. She advises both government and the private sector on the proper disposal of radioactive nuclear wastes, as well as the physiological responses to space travel.

Dr. Huntoon is a fellow in the American Astronautical Society, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the Aerospace Medical Association. She is a recipient of the Russian Yuri Gagarin Medal, which recognizes her work in space biology and medicine. She holds the S. P. Koralov Medal from the Russian Cosmonautics Federation for her work in shaping the Shuttle-Mir program.

Your alumni association donated a current Leesville High School yearbook to the Vernon Parish Library.  Making the prese...
01/30/2020

Your alumni association donated a current Leesville High School yearbook to the Vernon Parish Library. Making the presentation to Howard Coy, Library Director, is alumni board member, Susie Neubert. The library has yearbooks upstairs at the Leesville branch and online.

Thanks to Angie Smith Magee
11/01/2019

Thanks to Angie Smith Magee

Thanks to Angie Smith Magee

Coffee and Lungeon
10/27/2019

Coffee and Lungeon

Coffee and Lungeon

Coffee and Get Together at LHS and the Alumni Luncjheon
10/27/2019

Coffee and Get Together at LHS and the Alumni Luncjheon

Coffee and Get Together at LHS and the Alumni Luncjheon

LHS Alumni Golf Tournament Winning Team 2019: Chris Glover; Michael Hunter; Cedric Franklin--all, class of 1989.  Congra...
10/26/2019

LHS Alumni Golf Tournament Winning Team 2019:
Chris Glover; Michael Hunter; Cedric Franklin--all, class of 1989. Congrats, Guys!

Mayor Rick Allen signs a proclamation designating October 21-26 Leesville High School Alumni Association Week. Pictured ...
10/18/2019

Mayor Rick Allen signs a proclamation designating October 21-26 Leesville High School Alumni Association Week.
Pictured with Mayor Allen are alumni executive board members Gene LaCaze, Carol Karamatic Hurst, Susie Knapp Neubert, and Tresa Taylor Abramson.

There are a lot of sad Wampus Cats this weekend.  Many of you were in school when Mrs. Van Dine worked in the front offi...
10/13/2019

There are a lot of sad Wampus Cats this weekend. Many of you were in school when Mrs. Van Dine worked in the front office and then in the counseling office. I am sorry to tell you that she died this weekend. You can read her obituary at jeanesfs.com. Here she is with former principal Billy Crawford at a recent homecoming luncheon.

Leesville High School Sports Hall of Fame 2019The Leesville High School Alumni Association is pleased to announce that M...
10/04/2019

Leesville High School Sports Hall of Fame 2019
The Leesville High School Alumni Association is pleased to announce that Mr. T. Barrett (T-Berry) Porter is the 2019 inductee into the Leesville High School Sports Hall of Fame.
Mr. Porter is a 1945 graduate of Leesville High school. While at LHS T-Berry lettered in football and played in the marching band. As one might imagine, life was very different in Leesville and at LHS during the early 1940s.
Since World War II was being fought while T-Berry was in high school, gas was rationed until the end of the war in May 1945. Mr. Porter recalls that his family hauled garbage during the gas rationing period and thus earned more stamps for gas than many others. His mother, therefore, would drive to the away games, carrying five of the starters; the coach, Bill Turner, would carry the others. Once, while traveling to DeQuincy to play, one of the vehicles had a flat tire near Ragley. The team was picked up by a man driving a stump truck and rode in the back of the stump truck all the way to DeQuincy, making it in time for the game. Coach Turner was a Louisiana State Trooper and coached the Wampus Cats without being paid. Home games were played at Gilbert Field, which is located behind the “old school on the hill” (the former LHS building).
Economic times were difficult during T-Berry’s school years. The school board did not have funds to buy football uniforms so some of the local merchants bought the uniforms for the team. Also, according to Mr. Porter not every player had cleats, which meant that those players actually in the game wore the cleats, and when a player or players came out of the game, the cleats were given to the player or players going into the game. Mr. Porter did not have to swap cleats since he played both offense and defense. He weighed 135 pounds and was the starting center and linebacker.
At half-time T-Berry changed out of his football uniform and played in the band, switching back into his football uniform to play the second half of the game.
Perhaps Mr. Porter is better known for his career as a professional rodeo athlete. In 1949, at the age of 22, he competed in bull do***ng and calf roping at Madison Square Garden in New York. Mr. T-Berry Porter of Leesville, Louisiana, won the National Calf Roping Championship. This was an amazing feat, made even more amazing when one realizes that the calves T-Berry was roping outweighed him by 100 pounds. In 1963 Jimmy Bullock, Sports Editor for the Shreveport Journal, called T-Berry Porter the Pelican State’s “Mr. Rodeo.”
In addition to being the 2019 inductee into the LHS Sports Hall of Fame, Mr. Porter is enshrined in the National Rodeo Hall of Fame (2015) and the Louisiana All Sports Hall of Fame (2018).
Leesville High School’s Homecoming is on October 25. Honored classes are those whose graduation year ends in “9.” Homecoming day will feature a “Meet and Greet” at LHS at 8:00 a.m., then an assembly, where alumni will be recognized, the football team will be presented, and the 2019 Homecoming Queen will be crowned. The Homecoming luncheon will be at the First Baptist Church CLC after the assembly, and the parade at 3:00.
T-Berry will be introduced at the assembly and then honored as Grand Marshal of the parade.
Previous alumni inducted into the LHS Sports Hall of Fame are Kevin Mawae, Eddie Fuller, Ted Paris, Richard Reese, Robert Gaines, Terry Holt, Grant Westerchil, and Holly Wentz-Reeves. The plaque honoring them is installed in the front hall of LHS, just outside the auditorium.
Mr. Porter’s Hall of Fame induction will take place just prior to kickoff of the Wampus Cats-Bolton Bears football game in Wampus Cat Stadium on Friday night, October 25.

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1980... who's attending homecoming? Any plans to get together? 40 years seems like only yesterday!
Wampus Cats Class of 60 This notice is intended to remind you that our "60th" Reunion is being tentatively scheduled for October 29-31, 2020. If you plan to attend or have a question regarding what effect the COVID-19 Pandemic may have on the Reunion, please contact Rusty Bailes , Class Coordinator . email: [email protected] or 337-424-1178
Register between NOW and 14 AUG 20 for ONLY $20 - we moved the race to January 8th due to the uncertainty of the season and COVID-19 restrictions...so that means, more time to train up AND save! You can also purchase WAMPUS CAT SWAG, that will be available before Christmas! Not a runner? No worries, register as a Sleep Cat - stay home and let one of our players run the race for you! www.runsignup.com/Race/LA/Leesville/FridayNightLights5Kand100yardDash
Looking for Don Scoggin. My daughter is Captain in USAF in Columbus, MS and knows his aunt (Betsy). Will provide his name after my daughter tells me.
How do you find what year(s) others graduated?
When is the Homecoming Parade?
The Class of 1969 is looking for class members. Plans are coming together for our 50th (hard to believe) reunion. Please contact us if we have not contacted you.
The Class of 1969 is still looking for class members. Plans are coming together for our 50th (hard to believe) reunion. Please contact me if we have not contacted you.
Does anyone know if the mural is still on the wall of the auditorium? It was painted by my art class 1967. Just curious.
Joshua Green 1983
Joshua Green
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