Alumni News

Class of 1959 RHS Alumnus Publishes Essay Collection

Bill Brown, RHS Class of '59, has published a collection of essays under the title "Yellow Cat, Hendry & Me: Dispatches From Life's Front Lines."

Of the collection, one reviewer said, "Stray cats, chatty waiters, new wallets and old expressions, few areas of everyday life escape Bill Brown's unique perspectives."

The book is available from and Signed copies also are available from Bill. Bill -- whose sister, Beulah Laster, and brother, Donnie Brown, still live in Ruston -- hopes to be in Ruston soon for a book signing.

2006 RHS Grad promoted to Marine Corps Sergeant

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. - Ruston, LA native and Ruston High School class of 2006 graduate Kendrick D. Underwood was promoted to the rank of Marine Corps Sergeant during a ceremony with fellow Marines aboard Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Virginia, Wednesday, December 1, 2010.

Sergeant Underwood, who entered active military service in November 2006, is currently serving as a communications repairman within Marine Corps Training and Advisory Group (MCTAG) in Virginia Beach, VA. MCTAG provides conventional training and advisor teams to work alongside partner Nations' security forces.

Before checking into MCTAG, Underwood served as a communications repairman with 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, NC.

Marine Lt. Col. Dan Thoele, executive officer leads
Sgt. Kyle Campbell (r) and Sgt. Kendrick Underwood (l) in the
oath of enlistment just prior to promoting both Marines
to the rank of sergeant

Gunnery Sgt. Brian C. Johnson, communications and electrical maintenance chief
and Gunnery Sgt. William D. Brown, a communications specialist at Marine Corps
Training Advisor Group pin on the rank of Sergeant to Kendrick Underwood
who is a Ruston, LA native

Dean drafted to elite team

"Mean" Fred Dean, Class of 1971, has become the first RHS Alumni to be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.

Click Here to see the entire story from the August 3, 2008 edition of The Ruston Daily Leader.

Click Here to see Fred on the NFL Hall of Fame web site.

RHS grad makes top 20
in NYC film fest

Matthew Ramsaur, Class of 2008, recently had his film Drunk Driving accepted as one of the top 20 entries in New York City's Independent Features Film Festival.

Click Here to see the entire story from the July 25, 2008 edition of The Ruston Daily Leader.

Pen and Ink drawing

RHS Alumni James White, Class of 1954, has done a wonderful pen and ink drawing of Ruston High. These drawings are available through the Alumni Association.

Click Here to see the drawing and for more details on how to get your signed copy.

Prep track: Ruston enjoying dramatic renovations

a news article in the April 12, 2008 edition of
the Monroe News Star
by T. Scott Boatright

Fred Dean named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame

a news article in the February 2, 2008 edition of
the Monroe News Star
by Nick Deriso

Robert W. Mondy, Class of '58
announces the publication of his book
Human Resources Management, 10th Edition

RHS grad gains second star

a news article in the June 15, 2007 edition of
the Ruston Daily Leader
by Chuck Cannon

General with area ties to receive 2nd star Friday

a news article in the June 12, 2007 edition of
the Shreveport Times
by John Andrew Prime

Earnest Miles III named
Outstanding Male Jazz Band Camper

a news article in the July 10, 2007 edition of
the Ruston Daily Leader

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Ruston native sworn in

a news article and photo in the January 28, 2007 edition of
the Ruston Daily Leader
by Mary Margaret van Diest (class of 1965)

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Brown receives first
Commerce and Industry Award
given by RHS

a news article in the November 26, 2006 edition of
the Ruston Daily Leader
by Mary Margaret van Diest (class of 1965)

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Julie Jackson Lusby (Class of '68) and Fred Holland, Jr. (Class of '69) would like everyone to know that their daughter, Jolie Holland, has a successful music career. She's been compared to Billie Holiday and has been called the best whistler since Otis Redding.

"Springtime Can Kill You" is Holland's third official release and is a gorgeous collection of sleepy, downtrodden ballads that have a rather lonely, back bar on a dirt road in Texas feel to them. Holland's voice is the real draw; at times she hooks you in with a sultry, bluesy feel, at others it's whimsical and playful, despite echoing themes of melancholy throughout. "Springtime" could very well be the singer/songwriter album against which all others are measured this year.

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