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New alumni directory coming in 2020

By KATIE CLONTZ - For The Courier-Times

An updated directory of New Castle High School alumni will be published in 2020. Former Trojans were recently contacted in an effort to verify and update information being used for the project.

A company called Publishing Concepts, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is producing the book and was in charge of contacting alumni, collecting information and updating listings.

According to Publishing Concepts Customer Service Representative Douglas Odom, New Castle High School will receive a portion of sales from the directory. However, the school was not charged anything to have the book produced.

The deadline to update a listing and order a copy of the directory was in August, Odom said.

New Castle businessman Ric Barr, who serves as president of the New Castle Alumni Association, said this is the first new directory to be produced in several years.

“It’s really something neat for the community,” Barr said, adding that the directory is great for those individuals who may not have access to the internet or social media.

Additionally, the directory is a great product for people who want memorabilia from the school, or something nostalgic, Barr said.

People who updated listings for the directory were under no obligation to buy anything, although various merchandise and packages were offered for sale at the time the listing was updated. A hardback copy of the directory was sold for $119.98 plus $19.95 shipping and handling.

Trojan alumni were contacted via mail or email and given a phone number to call to update their listings in the directory. Representatives from Publishing Concepts asked questions such as a person’s marital status, job occupation, their current city of residence, what degrees they have obtained since graduation, etc.

Those updating their listings also had the option to exclude personal information from being published, such as exact address, telephone number, email address, etc.

Family members of a deceased alumni were also invited to call the publishing company to have that information updated.

According to Publishing Concepts, the 2020 New Castle High School Alumni Directory will include information for over 19,000 alumni worldwide. A 10-page introductory section will include photos, stories and an up-to-date history of the school.

Odom said the directory dates back to 1895.

People listed in the directory will be referenced in three different ways: alphabetically (cross-referenced by maiden and married names), geographically and by year of graduation.

Directories are expected to ship to those who ordered a copy in July, 2020.

For more information, contact Publishing Concepts at 877-562-6040.