2017-08-30 / Columns

Moments and Memories of WHS


Pictured are members of the Whitesburg High School Hi-Y Club. Pictured are members of the Whitesburg High School Hi-Y Club. 1966

Gardner Bates, Jr., Head Coach of the Yellowjacket football team, was born and raised in Letcher County. He went to Whitesburg High School and played guard for the Yellowjackets where he made the All-Conference team. He received his A.B. degree from Morehead State University where he was a 4-year letterman in football. He played on the 4th Army Championship team and was elected to the All-4th Army All Star team.

He began his coaching career in 1956 as assistant football coach at Whitesburg High School. In 1957, he went to Cumberland High School as head football coach where he had some outstanding teams which were runners-up in the CVC and won the Coal Bowl. He returned to Whitesburg High School as head football coach in 1961 and in 1966 he moved up to Athletic Director at WHS. During his coaching career, he had a record of 51-38-2 which puts him in the top 25 coaches in Kentucky with a won-lost percentage of better than 50% for more than 9 years coaching.

He is married to the former Barbara Holstein and they have two children, Mark and Tiphanie. Hi-Y Club, R.T. Holbrook, advisor

The Hi-Y clubs are U.S. social clubs for middle school and high school boys and girls that are affiliated with the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA). The purpose of the clubs is “to create, maintain and extend, throughout the home, school, and community, high standards of Christian character.” What I Think of the Space

Age by Warren Hall

Ever since man has been on this earth his mind has wondered what is in space. He has gazed at the bright stars at night and thoughts have run through his mind. What is out there in the blue, blue sky? He could see as far as his eyes would carry his sight, but still see nothing but the blue mist of the sky. He could go on and on and never find the end of endless space. There is no end. He wonders if there are other living beings on the other planets. The space and the wild blue yonder are a puzzle in the minds of all people. People of this space age are setting out to find the answer to these questions. The space age is a wonderful period of living. It is filled with adventure and discovery. We are living in a great age! May we guard our lives that we may see the wonders yet to come.

GARDNER BATES, JR. GARDNER BATES, JR. On Being an Office Girl by Geraldine Webb

I have worked in the high school office the past two years and have enjoyed every minute of it. Mr. Burkich is a wonderful person to work under, and the secretaries are helpful in every way. Some days there is a lot of work involved, but then some days not too busy. My advice to all you junior and senior girls is to try to be an office girl, because it is good experience, and may help you to get a job after you graduate.

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