(11/22/23) This is the official site for The Istrouma High School Class of 1964 where you will find news relative to events, Istrouma High School and our 1964 classmates.

Please send any change of addresses to or use the online form on The Directory Form Page. Be sure to visit our News Page for recent announcements concerning our 60th Reunion and our Monthly Luncheons. You can also read all of our recent e-Blasts in the e-Blast Campaign Archive.



60th Reunion Held on June 22, 2024

(6/27/24) Our 60th Reunion Dinner/Dance was held on June 22, 2024 at the Drusilla Seafood Restaurant Ballroom, 3482 Drusilla Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70809 from 5 to 8 p.m. Classmates, spouses and guests enjoyed a buffet with hot/cold Hors D'oeuvres, desserts, 60th Reunion Cake, and a cash bar. The attendance was 124..

Visit the Reunions page for details.

July e-News Letter

July 7, 2024

Our 60th Reunion is now history. The Reunion Committee heard from those in attendance that it was a great evening and so much fun to visit with friends of the past, to reminisce of those high school days, to share what's been going on in people's lives for the past 60 years, and to feel the joys and sadness of those who hold a special place in our hearts and memories. One-hundred-twenty-four persons attended with the majority being graduates from our class. A few people were attending their first reunion.

We had a short program with our class president Hugh Taylor sharing some memories and stating that "our time" was the "best of times". He shared that many of our classmates have contributed in many professions and have had outstanding careers. Wayne Messina shared as keepsakes for everyone the wooden pieces of the gym floor that he dug out of a dumpster when the IHS gym floor was being replaced. He cut up the floor pieces and gave everyone a souvenir to take home -- with people remembering playing basketball and other P.E. activities on that floor, attending school dances on that floor, etc. Thank you Wayne, for rescuing pieces of the floor and cutting them up so that everyone could have a piece of our past to take home.

The answers to the "quiz" in the May e-Blast are posted to our website. Most people did their quiz on-site -- and some of the answers were a group effort but the winner of the "floor" prize for getting at least 70% of the answers correct was Janice Kincaid Laurent. She received a bigger piece of the gym floor than everyone else (although she also got an extra bag of goodies).

Our webmaster Avery Sloan has posted several photographs on the website from the reunion and also added an updated In Memoriam Tribute that includes 117 classmates who have passed away. Before our next newsletter we hope to have an updated class directory available on the website that you can access using a password. Avery will also be redesigning our website to make it more "user friendly" for both cell phone and PC users. When our website was first created some 15+ years ago, it was designed to be viewed on a personal computer. Technology has improved so vastly that most people these days now use their cell phones to access websites. The updated website will be ready toward the end of the summer.

Many people have commented that they look forward to these e-blasts especially those who have moved away from their hometown. As more and more of us are not as physically active as we once were, having social interaction is very important for one's well-being. As some of you know, I have been the one sending out the e-blasts -- usually with a prompt from Lydia to send out information about the monthly luncheon.

I would like to start including more from classmates who have information to share. It would not be appropriate to share personal information about what others are going through unless they approve it. (An example: I have had some people say we need to have a prayer list for individuals with specific health issues, but I can't do that because of privacy issues unless the individual requests it.)

I have asked Wayne to write about his efforts to save some of the memorabilia when Istrouma High School was shut down for several years and much was thrown out and/or ruined in the process (for a future e-blast). Saving Nawagant (our class gift to the school) was a huge feat. (I might not be able to give those exact details in writing.) Many of the items Wayne rescued are on exhibit or stored at the East Baton Rouge Parish Public Library in the Baton Rouge Room. If anyone else has something they would like to share about yourself or someone else (I will have to confirm permission from them), please send to our email I will do my best to share the news.

We do have some sadness in our IHS 64 family with several families experiencing losses this past month. Our condolences go to Jackie Elliser Maravich McLachlan on the death of her son Josh Maravich, Suzanne Labauve Pevey on the death of her husband Joseph Pevey, and Roddy Boudreaux on the death of his wife Barbara Boudreaux. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you and your families.

There will NOT be a luncheon this month (Reunion Committee is still tired, it's too hot, and many people are on vacation) but we will resume in August. Those who typically attend want to try out some different places, so if you have any suggestions send those to our email as well.

We do want to share that The North Baton Rouge Neighborhood's 27th Annual Reunion will be held Thursday July 11th at the old Sherwood Forest Country Club (on Sherwood Forest Blvd.) from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. Admission is free and you are asked to grab a name tag and mingle with old friends from the 1940 to 1960 era.

Until our next e-blast, our hope is that everyone stay healthy, safe and in touch.

Carolyn Ponder Ellender for The Reunion Committee

Gene Cabaness, Ginny Carlisle Ognibene, Dale Dugas, Barbara Evans, Bill Favaro, Darlene Frank Shilling, Carol Jones Edwards, Janice Kincaid Laurent, Frankie Lamb, Maurice Loup, Wayne Messina, Sharyn Miller Sides, Carolyn Ponder Ellender, Lydia Rayborn Cook, Herb Rogers, Jo Ann Spiller Jensen, Hugh Taylor. Rebecca Lee Trahan Robixhaux and Ken Wall

(Read all of our recent e-Blasts in the e-Blast Campaign Archive.)

Reunions Page Updated

(6/27/24) The Reunions Page has been updated with links to the new 60th Reunion Gallery.

(10/26/23) The Reunions Page has been updated with many new scanned documents and images, courtesy of Carolyn Ponder Ellender.

Monthly Lunches

Join us for lunch each month. See the up-to-date schedule in the e-Blast that is sent the first week of each month.

At Frank's Restaurant - November, 10, 2023

Our site is free to use!

flatbed scannerAlong with providing 50th Reunion information, we want to have updated photo gallery pages devoted to previous reunions and school activities way back when, plus other links of interest to everyone.

You can help by contributing to these pages. Start now - scan your old photos and email to

Try to include the names for captions and approximate dates and descriptions.

As you may know, there are several commercial Internet sites that specialize in providing classmate and reunion information for schools and colleges allover the country. is well known and many of our alumni enjoy using the free and paid subscription services. Other sites featuring reunion notices include, and If you see any references to The Istrouma Class of 1964 on any of these or other places, please make certain that they are showing the link to our official site - - and not asking you to register, RSVP, subscribe or pay a fee to get information. You do not need to register or subscribe to any of these commercial websites in order to get information about our reunions. Bookmark our site - and make us your source of information.

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Keeping Up with Our Tribe

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