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Jack Yates Class of 1974 45th Year Reunion

The Jack Yates Class of 1974 is busy planning our 45th Class Reunion which will be November 29th - December 1st, 2019. We have a reunion meeting scheduled for this Saturday, May 18, 2019 starting promptly at 4:00pm at This is It at 2712 Blodgett, Houston, TX 77004. (In private dinning area) Please contact Sarah English Freddie @ 404-403-7572, Rena Williams Hicks @ 281-777-3583 or Debra Smith @ 512-663-4351for more information. We look forward to seeing you and participating in our 45th Reunion. "Once A Lion, Always A Lion"

posted May 14th, 2019

Jack Yates Class of 1969 50th Year Reunion

Good morning! The JY Class of 1969 is planning a 50th year Class Reunion for November 22-24, 2019. We're working to contact and reach out to all members of our class. We have a Facebook page, The Jack Yates Class of '69, that members can access and join our group. For more info, you can contact me at Looking forward to hearing from you. Take care and take charge!

posted February 7th, 2019

40th Reunion Planned in October for 1972 Reunion Class

The plans for our 40th Reunion Activity Weekend are planned for October 12 through October 14, 2012. We have been busy raiserfunds and contact classmates. Please pass the word along that our reunion is near! For information, classmates can call our hotline at JY 1972 Reunion Class Hotline Telephone - 713 866-4096

posted September 24th, 2012


Project Retreat 2011 is a retreat workshop for selected young ladies of Yates HIgh School in December 9, 10, 2011 at Danbury, Texas, between Pearland and Angleton, Texas.

I have attached a file with all the particulars of the Retreat. We are asking the support all Jack Yates Graduates in order to have great success!

Minimum $10 donation in cashier's check or money orders may be mailed Thank you!

Doris Williams Sauls JY "66

posted October 27th, 2011

Retire Rashad L Minix Football #32

Jake Yates High Alumna the Minix family need your help too. We sent the email below to the principal at JY.
Any info you have to help us our goal please call Roby thank you....

Dear Principal McNeal-Sheppard,
My name is Roby L Minix Sr, I'm Rashad Minix Dad and his mother (Harolyn J Hayes-Minix) and I would like to have our son football jersey number 32 retired. We need to know the proper protocol to get our son's number retired. We can be reached or at Mrs. Minix .
Thank you so much for your time and help in this matter.

Retire Jack Yates High School Football Jersey Number 32
Petition summary and background Rashad Landon Minix was murdered on July 3, 2011. He was a star football player for Jack Yates High School and a 3.5 GPA student of the 2010 class. Rashad empowered others by being motivational and inspirational. He demonstrated the leadership role in the class room and on the football field. Rashad believed in building good character, showing compassion towards others, offering his services and time for the sole purpose of helping others better their situations and their desires to overcome challenges.

posted October 14th, 2011

New Formed Band Alumni Association

Attention: Calling All Former Drum Majors, Instrumentalist, Majorettes, and Flagettes:

The Marching Motion Band needs your help! The band is asking all former band members to join the newly formed Band Alumni Association created by Kelvin Cofield, Assistant Band Director & Class of 1984. The current band director, Mr. Darrell Williams, is seeking new ideas to get the band to the next level. The band is in desperate need of funding and is struggling with ideas for fundraisers, instrument repairs, recruiting new membership, summer band camp, uniforms, and more.
At this time, the band is accepting all donations via monetary, time, or moral support.
All monentary donations are accepted via check or money order payable to:

The Jack Yates Marching Motion Band

Donations are to be mailed to the school at:

Jack Yates Senior High School
C/o Mr. Darrell Williams, Band Director
3703 Sampson Street
Houston, TX 77004

To celebrate Yates 85th anniversary, an Alumni March game is scheduled for fall 2011.

Don’t forget to participate in the Band Photo Archive Page on the Jack Yates High School Band Page on Facebook.
All old videos and photos (originals or yearbook/newspaper scans) are welcomed. If there are photographers with old photographs of the band over the last 60 years, please provide a release statement of the photos for the archive page.
Please spread the word to all band alumni!

For more information, contact Mr. Darrell Williams or Kelvin Cofield:
Darrell Williams, Band Director
Band Office Number: 713-749-8835 or email

Kelvin Cofield, Assistant Band Director & Creator Jack Yates Band Alumni Association
Cell# 832-245-4368 or email

posted March 30th, 2011

Please Support the Marching Motion Band!

It's Showtime..You Know It!

The Marching Motion Band is seeking donations from our alumni. The band is in need of all donations both monetary and non-monetary. Donations will go toward instrument repairs, the purchasing of brass and woodwind horn mouthpieces, reeds, drum mallets, sticks, travel expenses, and recruitment activities. School funding for the band program is not enough to cover all the expenses. The band has seen a decline over the years due to the lack of participation. We need all alumni, especially the former band members instrumentalist and auxillary, to help push the band forward with moral and financial support. If anyone can donate new or gently used band instruments and accessories, please do so. If any of you have a business or is employed by a company that can sponsor the band, please contact us immediately.
All support is welcomed by the band members, Mr. Williams, and the band booster parents.
Help keep the band program alive before it is too late.

If there are any questions or concerns, contact Mr. Williams, Band Director at the school.

Thank you and God Bless.

The Marching Motion Band 2010-2011

posted July 26th, 2010

Obituary Notice

MYOSHEA BARTHOLOMEW-FRANCIS. The sister of Beverly Bartholomew ('65), Judie Bartholomew, ('68); Sandra Bartholomew, ('72); Gerald Bartholomew ('73); Katrina Bartholomew ('75); Tatyanna Bartholomew ('79); Angelia Bartholomew ('84)
MYOSHEA FRANCIS, 49, passed away Nov. 29, 2009. Visitation Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009 from 9:00am - 10:45am with services beginning at 11 am. Both services at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 2702 Dowling St., Houston, TX 77004, Rev. Terrence D. Grant-Malone, Pastor/Officiating. Interment – Paradise Cemetery North.

posted December 6th, 2009

Class of '68 - Winds of Change

Join us at the Renaissance Hotel, 8:00 p.m., December 20th, 2008 for a celebration of the Winds of Change as our class continues to thrive in the defining moments of history in our country, our state, our city, and our school, Jack Yates. Fee is $68.

posted October 25th, 2008

Class or 1973 Weekend Reunion

The plans for our 35th Class Reunion are as follows:

• Jack Yates Football Game ~ TBA~ (the football schedule has not been posted)
• Get Re-acquainted ~ Friday, October 3, 2008, The Groove Downtown (Clyde Drexler’s former barbeque place) 6:00 pm (cost on your own)
• Dinner Dance ~ Galena Park Community Center~ October 4, 2008 7:30 pm - 12:30 am
• Sunday Worship ~ Metropolitan CME Church, 10:45 am, 10800 Scott @ South Acres (Brenda Morris Davis’ Church ~ small baby gold dome)
• Sunday Brunch immediately after Worship Service (venue) ~ TBA

The cost for the Reunion Weekend is $100.00 per classmate. *Married Classmates* will pay $125.00. Please see the definition for*Married Classmates* below. Gerald Joseph has graciously provided us with a facility to have our 35th class reunion. There is no cost for the facility. Listed below is a list of the expenses for our activities.

$500 ~ approximately 100 tickets to the football game (each classmate will
$200-250 ~ Police officers for the Dinner Dance (2)
$200 ~ Donation to the Church for Sunday Worship
$450 ~ DJ for the Dinner Dance
$350 ~ Decorations for the Dinner Dance
$125 ~ Clean Up Crew for Dinner Dance
Unspecified amount ~ for caterer and bartender for the dinner dance (this price will vary depending on the number of classmates participating)
We will award a Jack Yates graduating senior next spring with the Herbert Melton Scholarship ($500)
Sunday Brunch is o

posted June 15th, 2008


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posted May 14th, 2008

JY meeting held 5/5/08

Fellow alumni,

Please pass this along to everyone that received this email. I am sending this out to set the record straight. I was in attendance at the meeting last night because of concern for removal of the lion from the front of the school. However upon getting there I found that this is not the case. I will attempt to run down everything that was discussed at the meeting as best I can. When asked if the lion will be removed the answer from both the principal and the executive regional principal was no. However there are many problems at Jack Yates High school. This being said we as alumni need to come together and support our school like others support theirs and try and find solutions to these problems. The biggest problem I saw is budget and basically what was stated is that JY is in trouble with this situation. They will be making cuts for the next school year to compensate for the budget problems. I have one question to ask why is that JY cannot have the support that these other schools have? We all had our glory days there and we need to keep this school alive in order to make those days available for future generations. Yes we have some children now a days that just aren't interested in school but we can change that. JY is a school of communication and yet the communication between faculty, staff, administrators, parents, alumni, and community has failed. I challenge all classes to take the step to make JY what it used to be and not let it become the school

posted May 6th, 2008

Jack Yates History

I am currently putting together as much history of Jack Yates High School and the man that Yates was named after Reverend John Henry "Jack" Yates, a former slave and a minister. If you have any history you would like to contribute you can submit them, along with your name, class of, and city and state all to I will about the history of Jack Yates on my Television Show "Key's Kreations". It airs only on Comcast Cable (Channel 17- Public Access TV). All your information will show beneth your comment. Please try to make them short and sweet.

-Chloe Felton-
Class of '02

posted April 10th, 2008

Class of 1998 Mixer

Time is approaching for the class reunion and we need to act now. It takes and entire village, so in order for this to be a success, we need to all pitch in. I want to first thank the previous individ

posted April 24th, 2007

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