April 25, 2005 - The Bossier High School Alumni Association (Interim) held an organizational meeting in the Bossier Parish Historical Center, next to the main branch of the Bossier Parish Library. Buzz Wojecki '66 presided over the meeting. About 20 Bearkats were present.
Guest speakers were Bossier High School Principal, Bud Dean, and Mr. Bill Emory, Vice President of the Byrd High Alumni Association. Byrd is enjoying outstanding participation in their association. Bill Emory shared his perspective about the formation and operation to this time of the Byrd High School Alumni Association. He answered questions from the floor regarding the nuts and bolts of running an association.
June 1, 2007 - BHSAA in review.
Some of our accomplishments:
We have organized ourselves, established bylaws, elected officers. We are meeting monthly at 6:00PM on the 3rd Tuesday at the History Center located on Beckett Street in Bossier City.
Membership has grown to just over 350 dues paying members.
We have a website, http://www.bearkatsforever.org/, where information related to the activities of the BHSAA are reported. You can find a list of our members, our bylaws, meeting minutes, photo tours, etc. We have added the ability to accept credit cards using the secure site, PayPal.
We have furnished Bossier High School with a set of Military flags for use in parades and meetings. These flags were also used at the funeral of Joshua Burrows, Class of 2005, who gave his life in support of his country. See the "Legion of Honor" page on our website.
We participated in the Homecoming Parades. In 2006 after the parade we held a "Sock Hop" in the school cafeteria. The Classes '61, '64 and '66 were having reunions and were enjoying the Homecoming festivities.
The BHSAA presented Alumnus Zach Rathke '04 with the first Alumni Association Medal of Merit for his successful effort as a student and alumnus to help move BHS onto the National Historical Register. Principal Bud Dean was presented with the Association's second medal of merit for initiating the effort by tasking Rathke to take on this effort. Dean was also recognized for his important contributions towards the advancement of the BHSAA.
Vice President 2006, Tommy Smith rounded up Bossier leaders for a first ever meeting. It was Tommy's vision to create a synergy for BHS by creating an Executive Advisory Board. Among those attending were Congressman Jim McCrery; Parish Administrator, Bill Altimus; Bossier City Mayor's representative, Pam Glorioso and Bossier Chamber of Commerce President, Wanda Bennett '54.
In 2006 a Scholarship award program was initiated. From 2006 to 2012 thirty-nine BHS Students have received these awards.
Contributions were made to BHS to help obtain a new mascot costume and to add to a clothes closet where needy students can obtain help with school uniforms.
The BHSAA hosted the first "Hall of Fame" induction ceremony in 2006 as part of the Homecoming festivities. Inducted were Neal J. Huckaby '29, Arthur Ray Teague '31, James J. O'Donnell '32, Neal A. Yarborough '32, Wilna Wyse Mabry '33, F. Maxwell Smith '34, Kirby Wilson '36 James Cathy '37, Henry Clifton Brown, Jr. '38, Dr. C. H. McCuller '43, Billy Ross Robinson '47, and Miss Olivette Montgomery, faculty. Through 2012, sixty-six Bearkat alumni have been inducted into the BHSAA Hall of Fame. BHSAA members are encouraged to nominate a Bearkat for the "Hall of Fame".
Beginning in 2008 a Sport and Spirit Hall of Fame was initiated to honor those alumni for their achievements accomplished as a Bearkat, for setting and sustaining the values sought by all Bearkats and the continued support of Bossier High School. From 2008 to 2011, fifty Alumni or teams have been recognized. Admission is charged for attendance and the net proceeds are used to support projects at BHS.
Each year we support the Cheerleaders and Yearbook staff by purchasing and ad in the football program and the Les Memoires.
We wish we could do more. If we can gain the support of Bearkat alumni that should be possible.