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  • 1927 El Paso High School Yearbook
  • 1928 El Paso High School Yearbook
  • 1931 El Paso High School Yearbook

Famous Alumni

Larry Shapiro Class of 1958

World famous violinist and concermaster: Larry Shapiro is professor of violin at the Jordan College of Fine Arts, Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana as a visiting professor in 1986 and artist-in-residence the following year, in the midst of a long and distinguished career. After completing advanced violin study with Broadus Erle, Robert Semon, Noumi Fischer, Rafael Bronstein and Dorothy Delay, and chamber music studies with Lillian Fuchs, Aldo Parisot, David Wells, and William Kroll, Shapiro embarked upon a career that has included a great range of activities-from soloist to quartet player, from concertmaster to pedagogue. As a quartet player Shapiro has performed as first violinist, second violinist, and occasionally violist with five quartets: The Fine Arts, Audubon, Berkshire, Evansville, and Delos (which he founded in 1965). He has served as concertmaster for many orchestras, including the El Paso Symphony, Evansville Philharmonic, New York Philharmonia, Green Bay Philharmonic, Grand Teton Festival, Akron Symphony, Orchestra of Illinois, and Orchestra Sinfonica de Mineria in Mexico City. He was concertmaster of the Columbus, OH Symphony for four years. Mr. Shapiro's teaching background includes positions at Indiana University, the University of Delaware, the University of Evansville, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Virginia Tech and Akron University. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras throughout the country, conducted both university and youth orchestras, and has been violinist for both the Gabrielli and New Art Trios. For several years, Mr. Shapiro toured as soloist with the American Ballet Theatre, soloing more than 100 times in most of the major cities of the United States, as well as in Paris, Tokyo and London. For three years, Mr. Shapiro was first violinist with the White Oak Chamber Players, touring with Mikhail Baryshnikov. He performs on a violin made in 1772 by Nicholas Gagliano. He is currently concertmaster of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and in 2004, celebrated his 10 th summer as concertmaster for the Bear Valley Music Festival in California

Dr. Kay Porter Class of 1958

Sports Psychologist. Author of the "Mental Athlete." Member of the US Olympic Committee Sports Psychology Registry.

Luis Jimenez, Jr. Class of 1958

Brilliant sculpture/artist. Jiménez was known for his large polychromed fiberglass sculptures usually of Southwestern and Hispanic themes. His works were often controversial and eminently recognizable because of their themes and the bright, colorful undulating surfaces that Jiménez employed. In 1998 he received a Distinguished Alumni award from the University of Texas in recognition of his artwork. He was killed on June 13, 2006, in his studio when a large piece, a mustang intended for Denver International Airport, fell on him severing an artery in his leg. The sculpture was based on the eight-foot-high sculpture Mesteño (Mustang), now on display at the University of Oklahoma.

Arturo Islas, Jr Class of 1956

Novelist/Professor of English: Arturo Islas Jr., wrote two novels that initially explored the Chicano experience of cultural duality. Islas, a native of El Paso, Texas, and a graduate of El Paso High School first came to Stanford as an undergraduate in 1956, and remained as a student and then teacher. He received three degrees from Stanford: a B.A. in 1960 (Phi Beta Kappa), a master's in 1963 and a Ph.D. in English in 1971, when he joined the Stanford faculty. Islas was a very gifted speaker and popular teacher who in 1976 received the Dinkelspiel Award for his contribution to undergraduate education at Stanford. He was invited three times by the graduating seniors to be a speaker at the Class Day ceremonies that are part of commencement. Islas is known for his two thought provoking brilliant novels, The Rain God, which won the best fiction prize from the Border Regional Library Conference in 1985 and was selected as one of the three best novels of 1984 by the San Francisco Bay Area Reviewers Association, and Migrant Souls, published in 1990. The novels were part of a planned trilogy. Islas was working on the third volume at the time of his death. Giving the 1990 Galarza Lecture, an annual event in memory of the Mexican American scholar/activist Ernesto Galarza, Islas said, "I consider myself, still, a child of the border, a border some believe extends all the way to Seattle and includes the northern provinces of Mexico. In my experience, the 2,000-mile-long Mexican-United States border has a cultural identity that is unique. That condition, that landscape and its people, are what I write about."

Rafael Jesus Gonzalez Class of 1954

Famous Poet. Rafael Jesús González was born in El Paso, Texas, attended El Paso High School,the University of Texas at El Paso, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, & the University of Oregon. Professor of Creative Writing & Literature, he taught at the University of Oregon, Western State University of Colorado, Central Washington State University, the University of Texas at El Paso, and for thirty years at Laney College. His poetry and scholarly articles are widely published in reviews & anthologies in the U.S., Mexico & abroad; his collection of verse El Hacedor De Juegos/The Maker of Games published by Casa Editorial, San Francisco, went into a second printing. Also a visual artist, his work has been exhibited at the Oakland Museum; the Mexican Museum of San Francisco; & others in the U.S., Mexico, and abroad. He was Poet in Residence at the Oakland Museum of California and the Oakland Public Library under the Poets & Writers "Writers on Site Program" in 1996.

F. Murray Abraham Class of 1958

Actor: Won the 1984 Academy Award for Best Male Actor in Amadeus for his brilliant role as Antonio Saleri. Notable acting roles in various other legitimate theatre, film, and television media including narrator in PBS NOVA series. He gave a superb performance as Ad’har Ru’afo in Star Trek: Insurrection the film presented in 1998. As a descedent of Syrian and Italian parents, in July 2004, during a ceremony in Rome, he was awarded the "Premio per gli Italiani nel Mondo." This is a prize distributed by the Marzio Tremaglia foundation and the Italian government to Italian emigrants and their descendants who have distinguished themselves abroad. Early in his career, he was one of the "Fruit of the Loom guys"—the grape (men dressed up as fruits) in the underwear commercials much to the delight of children and fans who grew up knowing him.

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