2011-07-13 / Families & Friends

Moments and Memories of WHS

By BENNETT WELCH


The 1927-28 Whitesburg High School girls’ basketball team (left to right, standing) Coach Marvin Glenn, Corrine Adams, Viola Combs, Evadean Squires, (seated) Delilah Speaks, Lora Combs, Evelyn Back , Ida Hart and Clara Adkins. The 1927-28 Whitesburg High School girls’ basketball team (left to right, standing) Coach Marvin Glenn, Corrine Adams, Viola Combs, Evadean Squires, (seated) Delilah Speaks, Lora Combs, Evelyn Back , Ida Hart and Clara Adkins. Editorial staff for commencement edition of the Black Kat-May 1928

Taft Spradlin: He’s the guy who likes to speak, anywhere, seven days a week. Honors: editor in chief of the Black Kat, Hiking Club, Glee Club, debate team, Pep Club, Literary Club, editor-in-chief of the commencement edition of the Black Kat, delegate of K.H.S.P.A. convention.

Beulah Fields: Here’s a girl who looks her part; her weapon is Blind Cupid’s dart. Honors: society editor Black Kat; literary society; photograph editor commencement edition; delegate to K. H. S. P. A.; cheerleader class; cheerleader of Pep Club; Glee Club; Hiking Club; historian of class.

Jennie Caudill: A good old girl, we must admit, who’s always willing to do her bit. Honors: assistant business manager of the Black Kat ; Hiking Club; Pep Club; assistant business manager of the commencement edition. Literary Society.

Karl Day: We wish the Lord had made him rich instead of so good looking. Honors: business manager of the Black Kat; Glee Club; Pep Club; business manager of the commencement edition of the Black Kat; president of the Literary Society; senior joke originator; delegate in K.H.S.P.A. convention.

Hazel Bach: Versatile and talented, she can play, sing or pick her way into the everlasting memory of her fellowmen. Honors: assistant editor of the Black Kat; president of the Literary Society first semester; Glee Club; Hiking Club; pianist; Pep Club; delegate to K.H.S.P.A. convention; assistant editor commencement edition; Literary Society.

(The above article from the May 1928 Black Kat.)

Mildred Speaks: Tall and slender, full of fun playing pranks is her art ; If any mischief can be done, she’s always sure to take a part. Honors: joke editor of the Black Kat ; Hiking Club; Glee Club; Pep Club; joke editor of the commencement edition; Literary Society.

Will Banquet High School: Business Men’s Club will entertain seniors on night of May 18, 1928: The Business Men’s Club of Whitesburg will give a banquet at the Daniel Boone Hotel Friday night, May 18, in honor of the graduating class of the Whitesburg High School. Seniors and faculty members are invited to be the guests of the club at this meeting.

Members of the club are urged to make reservations for plates early, so that the secretary, J.L. Hayes, will know how to arrange with the hotel. This is expected to be the biggest banquet the club has ever given. A good program has already been arranged.

(The above article from the May 3, 1928 Mountain Eagle.)

Will Put on Senior Play: The seniors of Whitesburg High School will give a play, ‘Polly With a Past’ on the night of May 24, 1928. It is being directed by Miss Grace Harris, who has given this city many splendid dramatic entertainments. ‘Polly with a Past’ is a Booth Tarkington royalty play that had a year’s run in New York City and was produced in London. It is a real treat, a big town play, and with the aid of the directing genius of Miss Harris, the seniors should be able to give Whitesburg play-lovers an evening of genuine enjoyment.

(The above article from the May 10, 1928 Mountain Eagle.)

Commencement Week Offers Good Programs: The commencement address will be delivered by Dr. S.B. Landers of Winchester, on Friday evening at 7:30 in the new graded school auditorium. He is a speaker of ability and not a stranger here, having begun his ministry at the Presbyterian Church of this city several years age.

A large crowd was present Sunday night at the Baptist Church to greet the graduating class in their initial appearance in cap and gowns. Rev. G.R. Tomlin delivered a masterful baccalaureate sermon.

Monday night the pupils of Miss Cecile Elliott, director of music, from the grades gave a piano recital. The little girls showed real progress in the intricate task of learning to play the piano. This recital was followed by a lovely little operetta by the boys and girls of the grades.

Tuesday night was class day exercise. Jennie Caudill was class historian, Mildred Speaks, class grumbler; Pansey Webb, class reader; Eunice Lewis, musician; Mallie Strong, class prophet; Beulah Fields, giftorian; Taft Spradlin, orator; Lora Combs burned the test papers; Karl Day read the class will; Vera Sergent, class poet; Orell Fields pre- sented the senior key to the junior class and Cecil Baker accepted it. Prof. Marvin Glenn sang a solo.

Wednesday night the piano pupils of the high school gave a recital, followed by the eighth grade commencement.

(The above article from the May 24, 1928 Mountain Eagle.)

High School Class Officers Elected: The senior class officers of Whitesburg High School this year are: Orell Fields, president; Vera Sergent, vice-president ; Kermit Boatright, secretary; Hazel Bach, pianist; Beulah Fields, cheerleader.

Junior class: Cecil Baker, president; Nassarita Hays, vice-president; Eva Dean Squires, secretary.

Sophomore class: Pascal Hall, president; Ferdinand Moore, vice-president; Ida Hart, secretary; Lola Campbell, cheerleader.

Freshman class: Robert Bentley, president; Archie Craft, vice-president; Leonard Webb, secretary; Paul Vermillion, treasurer; Edith Baker, pianist.

(The above article from the Oct. 20, 1928 Mountain Eagle.)

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