Knoxville East High School Alumni Association

Knoxville East High School Alumni Association

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P.O. Box 71171

Knoxville, TN 37938


Knoxville East High School Alumni Association Scholarship Program For 2011-12

Knoxville East High School Alumni AssociationWhen the Knoxville East High School Alumni Association (KEHSAA) was created, it was determined that the organization would establish a scholarship fund in order to offer financial assistance to students who meet the required criteria. This commitment is aligned with the organization’s mission statement and by-laws. The scholarship fund is generated by donations from the current KEHSAA membership, as well as community members, businesses, and/or other individuals who wish to honor friends/colleagues with memorials or honorariums. The amount provided for scholarships is designated in the KEHSAA budget and may vary from year to year depending on contributions and available funds.

Scholarship Amount

(1)  Two $1000 scholarships

(2)  One for Academic study and one for Vocational/Technical education

Scholarship Criteria

(1)  Be classified as a senior in the Knox County School System

(2)  Have a cumulative 3.0 or higher GPA

(3)  Demonstrate a financial need

Application Packet

(1)  Cover Sheet

(2)  Resume

(3)  Essay

(4)  Letters of recommendation

For more information contact Mary Lou Kanipe:




Joshua Butler<br />
Mariah  Ragland<br />
Ciara  Mitchell<br />

Joshua Butler                Mariah Ragland                     Ciara Mitchell

Knoxville East High School may no longer be around but its alumni are making sure their alma mater is remembered.

They recently awarded three $1,000 scholarships to Austin-East seniors Joshua Butler, Mariah Ragland and Ciara Mitchell. They’ll also hold a 60th anniversary school reunion from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., June 16, at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

The scholarships are just the latest step the alumni association has taken to develop closer ties to the school that formed in 1969 when East and Austin high schools merged during desegregation.

“To date they have done a lot for us,” said member Jim Adcock, a 1965 East graduate. “This is our first chance to do something meaningful for them.”

Adcock said the Austin-East administrators and student body were very welcoming when an all-class reunion was held two years ago for East alumni. He said Austin-East ambassadors served as tour guides and the school’s culinary arts students handled the catering.

Dr. Mary Lou Kanipe, a 1962 East graduate, headed the scholarship committee.

“I’m very impressed with the progress that’s being made at Austin-East,” said Kanipe, a retired educator. “Principal Benny Perry and his team have just done a tremendous job increasing test scores, graduation rates and attendance.”

Kanipe has also been impressed by the students:

Joshua Butler, the son of the Rev. Dr. John and the Rev. Donna Butler, will attend the University of Pennsylvania. This year’s valedictorian, he earned a 4.13 grade point average and participated in the marching and jazz bands. He also played tennis and volunteered with the Clinton Chapel JustLead site.

Mariah Ragland, daughter of Pat Ragland, will attend Fisk University. She had a 3.9 grade point average and volunteered at the Knoxville Zoo and the Ronald McDonald House. She also performed and did choreography with the Austin-East Dance Company and works as a professional disc jockey.

Ciara Mitchell, daughter of Seth Mitchell, received a vocational scholarship to attend Paul Mitchell The School. She was a member of the Air Force ROTC and served as a mentor to incoming freshmen and a peer tutor. She was also an Austin-East ambassador.

Kanipe said much of the scholarship money was donated in memory of Bob Polston, an East High football coach and science teacher, and Rhetha Hankins, a physical education teacher.

Adcock said East High School only had 17 graduating classes and that a lot of its former students are now gone.

“A few years ago we got together and vowed to put as many people together as we could to keep the name East High School alive,” he said.
(KNS – Terry Shaw – May 22, 2012)


East High Family,

Several Alumni have expressed their intent to give a monetary gift to the Knoxville East High School Alumni Association scholarship fund in memory of Coach Polston and other teachers and classmates. If you would like to participate in this effort, please contact:

Dr. Mary Lou Kanipe
Mobile Phone 865-414-7682

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