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Moments and Memories of WHS


Whitesburg High School Faculty 1956-57 — Front row, left to right, R.C. Day, Jeanette Wampler, Bonnie Day, Jan Combs, Virginia Combs, Leslie Morgan, (second row) Edwin Moore, John Preston, Nora Hall, Joy Wray Breeding, Betty Jo Little, Gardner Bates Jr. (third row) Jack Taylor, Vera Raleigh, Cleo Stamper, Mary Emma Lewis, Edgar Banks, Cecil Caudill, (back row) Jim Preston, Walter Enlow, Bill Collins, Ernie Trosper, and Monroe Breeding. Whitesburg High School Faculty 1956-57 — Front row, left to right, R.C. Day, Jeanette Wampler, Bonnie Day, Jan Combs, Virginia Combs, Leslie Morgan, (second row) Edwin Moore, John Preston, Nora Hall, Joy Wray Breeding, Betty Jo Little, Gardner Bates Jr. (third row) Jack Taylor, Vera Raleigh, Cleo Stamper, Mary Emma Lewis, Edgar Banks, Cecil Caudill, (back row) Jim Preston, Walter Enlow, Bill Collins, Ernie Trosper, and Monroe Breeding. October 1956

On the Hill by Betty Pratt

For the next few weeks, there will be a little mystery in the air. “The Yellowjacket is watching.” It has already succeeded in taking a picture in the hall of the high school building. You see, the “ Yellowjacket” is our annual for 1957.

If you do anything outstanding, the “Yellowjacket” will know about it. Also, if you can slip an informal snapshot of a friend we’ll be glad to get it into the annual.


A-Team Cheerleaders — Donna Spangler, Inez Pratt, Wanda Collier, and Wanda Rogers. A-Team Cheerleaders — Donna Spangler, Inez Pratt, Wanda Collier, and Wanda Rogers. Miss Jan Combs is our supervisor, so we expect to have a lot of fun along with the work. Those on the staff are James Reynolds, Ronald Collier, Jimmy Day, Pat Fulton, Ellene Adams, Arminta Ison, Janice Fleenor, and Betty Pratt.

The positions have not been decided upon as of yet, but I’ll keep you posted when they are selected.

The homecoming was a huge success. Mrs. Lona Lykins Jones relinquished her crown to lovely Ella Yonts.

The members of the Music Club were well rewarded for their efforts when they were presented with first prize. The Science Club was a good second.

To make the night just perfect, the Yellowjackets stung the Lynch Bulldogs 42-14.

The Harlow Motor Company was very nice in letting us use their garage to hold our homecoming dance.

It won’t be long before there will be another Queen to crown. This time there will be a King to accompany her. They will reign in regal splendor over the Halloween Carnival.

The procedure of election will be somewhat different this year. They will be elected by popular vote. Of course we’ll still have our class plays, which will add interest to the affair.

The Whitesburg Yellowjackets and Middlesboro Yellowjackets will meet in the Jaycee Bowl at Brodner Stadium in Middlesboro on November 8.

The Yellowjackets will meet the Jenkins Cavaliers on Saturday night. Boys, we’d like to see you sting them like you did the Lynch Bulldogs.

(The above article from the October 11, 1956 Mountain Eagle.)

December 1956

Although there are only three days this week, it has been a whirlwind of events. On Monday afternoon the Beta Club had a call meeting to discuss the initiation of the new members, which was held Wednesday afternoon at 1:00. Whitesburg Beta alumni were invited to come. We hope they enjoyed the ceremony very much.

On Monday all clubs met with the exception of the Hi-Y, which had a rehearsal of the “Stars of Tamar”. They presented their program on Tuesday morning. We can always depend on the Hi-Y to give a good program and they certainly didn’t disappoint us.

Our prayers and deepest sympathy are extended to Miss Cleo Stamper, who lost her brother, and Freddie and Wayne Baker, whose father passed away last week. I hope they keep in mind the thought of James Whitcomb Riley, “ He is Only Away”.

The band and chorus are really busy this week. On Monday they presented the Christmas Program to the grade school and then to the P.T.A. on Monday night. We were privileged to see the performance Wednesday.

Under the direction of Jack Taylor, the band and chorus can always be depended upon for a good program.

On Wednesday, the homerooms had their Christmas party from 1:30 to 2.

The annual staff has sent off 14 more pages of the “ Yellowjacket”. All of you kids had better get yours today. You’ll miss out on all the fun this spring when everyone is giggling at the pictures. That goes for the faculty too. We have some mighty cute shots of you too.

The Black Kats were given out on Wednesday morning. There were a lot of mixed expressions. Some happy, some angry and some just plain tickled.

I guess the majority of you have seen the Home Economics room. If you didn’t, you really missed something. Miss Dugan and the Home Ec girls had the tree and tables decorated beautifully.

There is also a Christmas tree in Mr. Leslie Morgan’s and Miss Wampler and Mrs. Joy Wray Breeding’s room. It seems as though every window in the school is adorned with decorations.

Chesta Webb, the freshman artist, is responsible for much of the Christmas art, including the art on the bulletin board. She has displayed much talent. Plans are being made to organize an art club after the holidays for all the talented art students. Others contributing to art displays were Betty Adams Sexton and Ava Martin. It seems as though Mr. Trosper’s first period class REALLY likes him. Was there another teacher on the hill who was presented with a turkey?? That’s right a TURKEY!! How’s that for Christmas Spirit?

The above article from the December 20, 1956 Mountain Eagle.)

May 1957

There is a lot of excitement going on and will be from now until May 24, which is the big day for most of you. School ends! The Junior Mardi Gras committee is working diligently under the direction of the junior sponsors, Mr. Preston, Mrs. Combs, Mrs. Hall, Mr. Enlow and Mrs. Lewis. The doors will open at 8 o’clock on May 2 at the Whitesburg gymnasium. The King and Queen will be elected by the junior class on Thursday. Also the teacher of the year, who was voted upon Tuesday, will also be presented at the Mardi Gras.

The seniors have been slaving the past few weeks, learning lines and actions for their play, “The Angel Brats” which will be presented on May 7, 10 a.m. and 7 p. m. at the grade school auditorium. From what I’ve heard and seen, which was only a fraction, it is really a scream. The admission is: Adults, 50 cents and students, 25 cents.

The shorthand class has had some very distinguished guests the last week. After going to the court house to witness a trail, or rather to observe the court reporter, court adjourned and so Danola Fields very graciously consented to talk to us about how exciting and satisfying a career in the legal field as a stenographer would be. She answered many questions that anyone would want to know. And then on Friday, Nadine Amburgey came to the classroom and talked to us. She told us of her experiences and also answered numerous questions. They were both just wonderful and we enjoyed their speeches very much. We also appreciated the interest Jan Combs has shown in our shorthand class. She has been very encouraging to all of us.

The music festival at Middlesboro was very successful as far as the Whitesburg Band and chorus were concerned.

“The Band was by far the most impressive,” stated Patsy Fields. The chorus sang as beautifully as they looked. They wore formals. The Girls’ Chorus sang “Jesus, Priceless Joy.”

The mixed chorus sang “Prayer from Hansel and Gretel” and “Climbing Up the Mountain.”

The judges were extremely impressed and pleased with the trumpet solos done by Billy Hall, Tommy Stansberry and Billy Ray Cayce. Mr. Taylor has done a wonderful job with the chorus and band and they, in turn, have done a wonderful job for him.

(The above article from the May 2, 1957 Mountain Eagle.)

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