A poll taken in 1955 reflected life at WHS
The following popularity poll is reprinted from a 1955 issue of The Black Kat, the student newspaper at Whitesburg High School:
Mr. Whitesburg High, Don Caudill; Miss Whitesburg High, Shelbia Mullins; Best Personalities, Arlayne Collins and Windus Franklin; Prettiest and Most Handsome, Anna Lois Mullins and Jim Enlow; Most Likely to Succeed, Doris Banks and Bert Francis; Best Dressed, Eva Lou Everidge and Burkie Holbrook; Cutest, Walleen Enlow and Maurice Moore; Cutest Couple, Eva Lou Everidge and Gene Sparks; Sweetest, Pat Martin and James Meade.
Other winners included Best Athlete (football), Buddy Fields; Best Athlete (basketball), Wilgus Sexton; Best Athlete (track), Cecil Barnes; Best Cheerleader, Arbadella Pigman; Best Pianist, Ann Cox; Best Sport, Ardath Polly and Arlie Joe Kincer; Best Voice, John Edward Collins; Best Artist, Norma Jones; Best Bandsman, Gail Potter.
Wilsie May Mason and Paul Maggard were named wittiest, while Billie Lois Adams and Maurice Lewis were named most fun to be with. The One who does the most for others was shared by Phyllis Stamper and Dayne Marvin Jarrett
The Black Kat advisor for 1954-55 was Mrs. Virginia Combs. Student staff members were: Ann Cox (editor), Carolene Adkins, Billie Adams, Nadine Sexton, Lola Wright, Glemah Taylor, Anna Lois Mullins, Gloria Holstein, Bonnie Collins, Arlayne Collins, Phyllis Stamper, Shelbia Mullins, Waleen Enlow and Wilsie Mason.
Maurice Moore won first place in a state contest for an essay entitled "What Civil Defense Means to Me." He was awarded $100 in Lexington during June 1955.
Wilgus Sexton was captain of the basketball team. The other seniors were Buddy Fields, co-captain, Burkie Holbrook, Arlie Joe Kincer, Bert Bach, and Don Barker.
There were nine seniors on the football team. Captain was Buddy Fields, Don Caudill, co-captain, Cecil Barnes, Burkie Holbook, Gene Sparks, Charles Frazier, Jimmy Enlow, William Bill "Trim" Richardson and Hobart Cupps.
Twelve students received pins for participating in the All Festival Band in Corbin, and 31 received pins for All Festival Chorus. The performances reflected the love, admiration, and respect the students held for Mr. Hugh Adams, Mr. Jack Taylor, Mrs. Ruth Tolliver and Mrs. Jackie Combs Owens for their very excellent training and accomplishments in band and chorus.