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Moments and Memories of WHS

By BENNETT WELCH

1952

Whitesburg will inaugurate Folk Festival Saturday

Saturday night is the big night at the Whitesburg School for that is the night when folk games and dances will be introduced to the general public by the Whitesburg charges of Mrs. Albert Routley and Miss Betty Jo Little.

Also on hand to help give an expert touch and help assure the success of the big Folk Festival will be Lee Cooper and his Stuart Robinson folk game players, who are known far and wide for their prowess in the folk arts.

All proceeds from the festival go to the Whitesburg High School Band. Admission is 25 and 50 cents. Some of the dancers scheduled to perform at the festival are: boys, Frank Duke, Junior Whitaker, James Cornett, Jimmie Hays, David Estep, Johnny Duke, Dickie Caudill, Lawrence Back, Elwood Cornett, Marion Miniard, Billy Croucher, Oscar Bowling, Raul Salvans, Harlan Eldridge; and girls, Loretta Mays, Delores Caudill, Nora Turner, Margaret Crigger, Claudetta Breeding, Barbara Blair, Jean Caudill, Jo Ann Crigger, Louanna Caudill, Faye Dunn, Shelby Jean Breeding.

(The above article from the Dec. 4, 1952 Mountain Eagle.)

Hazard falls to Whitesburg

Whitesburg’s scrappy Yellowjackets had the nerves of their fans on edge again Tuesday night as they fought an invading Hazard Bulldog team off its feet and came out with a 56-55 victory. The game was in doubt as to its outcome from the opening minute although the Yellowjackets led all the way, after trailing 5-4 in the early part of the first quarter. Jimmy Bert Tolliver played his usual excellent brand of ball for the Yellowjackets and ended up as high man for the night with 22 points. Sexton was also hitting for the Yellowjackets as he sank ten from the floor for a 20-point total. Keffer and Quillen were the big guns for Hazard as they garnered 21 and 17 points respectively. Shackleford, who made ten points, looked good for Hazard

(The above article from the Jan. 24, 1952 Mountain Eagle.)

120 seniors graduate here this month

Burnis Back, Salyer Banks, Vaughan Baker, Ronald Brooks, James Harold Brown, Charles Caudill, Hassell Caudill, Hebert Caudill, J. T. Caudill, Willis Caudill, Bronston Clay, Eugene Collier, Avery Lee Collins, Eddie Collins, Marvin Collins, Bobby Ray Combs, J. W. Combs, Clabe Craft, Daniel Craft, Ronald Craft, James L. Day, Mack Gene Day, Richard Day, Don Edmiston, Jack Hammock, Eugene Hammons, John Fox Hogg, Douglas Hunsucker, Armand Ison, Monroe Holcomb, Harold Ison, William B. Ison, Bernard Jarrett, David Kincer, Jackie Kincer, Vernon Maggard, Ray Mullins, James Noble, Clarence Pack, Bobby Pennington, Doug Polly, Maurice Polly, Terry Polly, Gene Pendleton, Douglas Roberts, Merrill Salyer, Tommy Sexton, Carroll Sexton, Jimmie Stallard, Kelly Stamper, Van Roy Spangler, Jack Mary Taylor, James Trent, Robert Lee Tomlinson, Jimmie Bert Tolliver, Jimmie Wampler, Tommy Wampler, Jimmie Whitaker, Bobby Williams, Odell Wright, Eleena Adams, Doris Ann Adams, Garnette Ruth Adams, Louella Adams, Mattie Mae Adams, Catherine Auton, Joyce Addington, Billie Jo Banks, Roberta Bentley, Sadie Bentley, Willie Mae Bentley, Ocie Evelyn Boggs, Sonnie Branham, Mary Elizabeth Breeding, Ida Burton, Jan Combs, Phyllis Combs, Evalee Cornett, Norma Jean Cornett, Drucilla Day, Mary Jane Day, Thelma Dean, Shirley Fields, Vessie Frazier, Sally Fugate, Vina Jane Fugate, Nellie Gibson, Iva Lee Goode, Sarah Ruth Hampton, Billie Joyce Ison, Nettie Pearl Ison, Patricia Ann Jones, Rosa Sue King, Alpha Mae Kiser, Lorelei Kiser, Jackie Madden Carolyn Ruth Minton, Flora Maggard, Norma Jean Morgan, Donna Carol McKnight, Alice Mae Newsome, Ruth Newsome, Charma Pace, Helen Sue Polly, Jeanette Smith, Alleen Sumpter, Clara Ruth Whitaker, Neal Williams, Ruth Augusta York, Nila Jean Sumpter, Anna Sue Reed, Mary Sparks, Katherine Scott, Shirley Kay Smith.

Miss Drucilla Day delivers Valedictory

Supt. Craft: Members of the County Board, the Class of 1952 is grateful to you for the educational advantages you have made possible to us. We are thankful for the warm buildings, comfortable bus transportation; safe drivers and for our beautiful gymnasium. We realize that the opportunities offered at Whitesburg High school are equaled to the best of any school in our nation. To Mr. Tolliver and all the teachers, we can say: You have worked untiringly; you have given to us good advice; long assignments and careful explanations, and each one of us has learned according to our abilities. Dear Parents: We trust as we cross this stage tonight to receive our diplomas that you will be as proud of us — as we are of you! We know we would not be here except for your sacrifices; your desires for us; your interests and encouragements. To the juniors, sophomores and freshmen, let me express my thoughts to you in Omar Kahayan’s poem: “The moving finger writes and having writ moves on; Nor all your piety nor wit can lure it back to cancel half a line — Nor all your tears wash out one word of it.” So do not squander time — for that is the stuff life is made of. I consider it a great honor to be the Valedictorian of the Class of 1952! It is good to be graduating at a time when there is so much widespread prosperity — such rapid scientific development — and when so much attention is being given to human welfare. Yet it seems as if we are searching for something greater and better. We desire an organization of human habits and customs that will not always end in mass conflict. It is an impressive fact that all efforts to establish a lasting peace on earth have repeatedly ended in failure. We realize the importance of education as applied to our human relations. Tonight we stand at a milestone, which had to be passed in the lives of those persons who represent us now as doctors, lawyers, teachers, engineers and scientists. This is the heritage, which has been given to us through education. Our purpose is to express and preserve this great heritage. It is our turn to carry on in footsteps and make our world a better one in which to live. We feel there is something better and more wonderful as farther we go toward our destination and goals. Again, we are thankful to our parents, teachers, friends, and to all who have shared with us in helping to bring about our education and pointing out to us the better things in life.

(The above article from the June 5, 1952 Mountain Eagle.)

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