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Board of Directors Meetings

Mar
16
2020

The March 2020 meeting of the Association's Board of Directors has been canceled.  The Board normally meets at R.A. Long High School and RAL, as with all other Washington schools, will be closed until late April 2020 due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak.

At this time, we expect that the next Board meeting will be held as scheduled on April 28, 2020, at R.A. Long High School.

2020 Hall of Fame Ceremony - CANCELED

Mar
01
2020
Date
Fri, 20 Mar 2020 at 05:30 PM PDT
Location
R. A. Long High School

UPDATE:  The 2020 Hall of Fame Ceremony has been canceled in accordance with recommendations to avoid large public gatherings to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  We'll update the web site when we have information about the induction ceremony of the Hall of Fame class of 2020.

UPDATE 2:  All inductees in the class of 2020 will be inducted during the 2021 ceremony.  The 2021 ceremony is tentatively scheduled for March 19, 2021.

 


 

Welcome

Welcome! The R. A. Long High School Alumni Association began in 2002 with just a few people gathering to answer the question "Wouldn't it be nice to form an alumni association to maintain contact amongst the generations of R. A. Long students and to benefit the school and current students in some way?" This small group researched, planned, and registered as a non-profit corporation in the State of Washington. The Association is also a non-profit organization under the IRS 501(c)(3).

Leslie Stiebritz (1931)

Mar
04
2020
Name
Leslie Stiebritz
Category
HoF Lifetime Achievement
Class
1931
Induction Year
2020

Leslie Stiebritz lived a long and industrious life.  Born September 11, 1913 in Elk, Washington, Leslie passed away on October 28, 2017 at the age of 104. His family moved to Longview when he was 16 in 1929.  Leslie arrived in Longview before his family by riding in a boxcar tending to his family’s personal belongings and farm animals. The rest of the family came to Longview in a car, meeting Leslie at the Kelso Train Depot a week later.

James Mitchell (1949)

Mar
04
2020
Name
James Mitchell
Category
HoF Lifetime Achievement
Class
1949
Induction Year
2020

Jim was born in Libby, Montana, son of James and Bessie Mitchell. He attended R.A. Long for 4 years from fall 1945 to graduation in 1949.  He married Marianne Peters (also an R.A. Long graduate). They had two children: James and Monty.

Jim says his vocational education experiences in Machine Shop and Auto Shop at R.A. Long High School were very helpful during his career in managing manufacturing companies, and with his hobby of restoring antique automobiles.

Post-secondary Education:

Al Gillespie (1970)

Mar
04
2020
Name
Al Gillespie
Category
HoF Lifetime Achievement
Class
1970
Induction Year
2020

Over the years, many children have imagined and dreamed of being a firefighter.   Sirens, lights, excitement, and danger can be definite draws.

The Firefighters Prayer, perhaps, says it all:  ”When I am called to duty, God wherever flames may rage, give me strength to save a life, whatever be its age”.

Al Gillespie, a 1970 R.A. Long graduate, began his firefighting journey in 1977 as a volunteer.  Three years later, he made it his career, and its trajectory took off like a wildfire.

Jim Caple (1980)

Mar
04
2020
Name
Jim Caple
Category
HoF Lifetime Achievement
Class
1980
Induction Year
2020

Jim grew up in Longview and met his good friend and fellow R.A. Long Hall of Famer, Dan Little, on the way to their first day of kindergarten. They attended school together from kindergarten through college and remain good friends.

Jim & Lisa (Smith) Buchan (1985)

Mar
04
2020
Name
Jim & Lisa (Smith) Buchan
Category
HoF Lifetime Achievement
Class
1985
Induction Year
2020

Jim and Lisa are the first married couple to be honored for Lifetime Achievement in the R.A. Long Hall of Fame.  Both graduated from R.A. Long High School in 1985.  Lisa was a cheerleader for four years.  Jim was a varsity wrestler for three years and served as Team Captain, received Most Valuable Player, and placed in state his senior year.

1990 Girls Volleyball - State Champions

Mar
04
2020
Name
1990 Girls Volleyball - State Champions
Category
HoF Team
Class
1990
Induction Year
2020

The R.A. Long Volleyball program has a rich history of excellence.  During the peak of their success in the 1980s, they qualified for the state tournament every year except 1986.  Seven years after the Lumberjills’ first State Volleyball Championship, in November of 1990 under the guidance of first-year R.A. Long Head Coach Jackie Schlecta, the tradition extended into the next decade.  The Jills were the 1990 2A State Volleyball Champions.

1966 Boys Basketball Team - 13th Place State Championship

Mar
04
2020
Name
1966 Boys Basketball Team - 13th Place State Championship
Category
HoF Team
Class
1966
Induction Year
2020

The 1964-65 R.A. Long boys’ basketball team showed glimpses of what could be possible as it posted a 12-8 record.  But the 1965-66 cage club took the next step - actually a leap.

R.A. Long boys’ Basketball coach Tiz Miler, with his son Terry leading the charge, directed the 1966 Lumberjacks to a 17-8 record.  Coach Miller’s cagers cut the margin with a 62-57 win over Hudson’s Bay (Terry Miller 21 points) and kept its playoff hopes alive with wins over Battle Ground 74-58 (Miller 25 points) and Camas 89-67 (Miller 27 and Hal Calbom 23 points).

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