Thomas Jefferson High School Historical Preservation Society

2018 Fiesta Medals on Sale

The TJHS HPS 2018 Fiesta Medals are here! The medals feature a dangle of the Patio Fountain, built in 1932, that is currently being restored as the latest TJHS HPS project. At a cost of nearly $200,000, the restoration will be finished near Summer 2018.

The medals will be on sale for $10 at:
  • Thomas Jefferson High School (sold out)
  • Good Time Charlie's
    2922 Broadway
  • Karolina's Antiques
    1709 Blanco
  • Deco Pizza
    1815 Fredericksburg

April 18, 2018

We can see it, touch it, almost taste it!

Progress on the fountain is so encouraging, and the entire Board is ecstatic. We wish each of you could feel like we do when we go see the progress.

Fountain under constructionA shot of the fountain with the frogs.

We had little time at this meeting other than working out at the fountain with the tile folks deciding on color matches and seeing the latest version of the frogs. As many original tiles as possible will remain on the fountain, but many were damaged and need to be replaced. There are a variety of colors involved for the ledge around the top of the inner pool and the outside of that pool. The tiles were glazed in green, brick red, yellow, and black. We compared them to the tiles that will remain on the fountain for the sake of matching. We soon discovered that the original tiles are not all the same color. There are variations in the red/orange that lean toward one color or the other and in the yellows that range from an ocher to a more true yellow. We decided, along with advice from both the tile manufacturer and the installer, to make differing percentages of the tiles in each of the colors and mix them just as the originals are.

The green tile.

One of the new reds next to an original.

Black on black.

Larry Stevens, Class of 1969, brought the final frog design with several different coatings of colors ranging from an oxidized green to copper to a dark tint. We chose to go with a medium tint of the green oxidized color. The contractor who is doing the water for the fountain showed us how the frogs will work, each of three frogs spewing a stream of water into the middle of the inner pool. He told us how the stream can be adjusted individually for each frog. The piping and control valves for the water are already installed, along with the controls for the float valve that will regulate the fountain's water level.

Once all of our decisions were made, we adjourned our outside gathering and met again in the office in the Main Hall where we normally meet. Other topics discussed include the ongoing drive to sell memory bricks and a promotional video we are having produced to educate the public on the importance of Jefferson and on your role in maintaining it's legacy through TJHS HPS.

Memory Bricks

We need a shot in the arm to get the next (third) batch of bricks laid. We have orders for about 75 bricks right now., but we need more to move on engraving and laying.

We need at least 100 bricks to have a set engraved. We need at least 200 to put a batch in the ground. We hate to make people wait so long after they buy a brick before they see it on campus, but  our stewardship of the Society's funds requires that we do things only at financially advantageous breakpoints.

Put this project on your social media to reach out to as many Jeff grads as you can to help get those bricks into the ground.

Here is a suggested post for your Facebook page, complete with a link to an order form. Copy and paste it into your Facebook status:


Add your name to the Thomas Jefferson High School Mustang Legacy Circle. Over 500 people already have their names around and near the flagpole on the front lawn of Jefferson. Immortalize a family member, a friend, or yourself by purchasing an engraved Memory Brick. The funds raised go to help restore the student council patio fountain.

Download the order form at

Download a list of all engraved bricks that are in place as of 9/19/2017.

Include Your Class
in the Mustang Legacy Circle

The highlighted classes have a brick in the Mustang Legacy Circle. Get your class involved!

    1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
1950 1951 1952
1957 1958
1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019

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Volunteers Needed

TJHS HPS needs volunteers to help at events we hold and attend. Please send your name, phone number, and e-mail address to Dana (Goodwin) Ward at

210-392-3262 or


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