1950 Whitesburg schools open
Aug. 29 this year
The Whitesburg grade and high school will open Monday at 8 a.m. on Aug. 29. Only freshmen are to be enrolled in the high school on Monday. The sophomores, juniors and seniors will enroll on Tuesday. Regular high school classes for all high school students will begin Wednesday. Buses will start their runs at 7 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday.
The high school will have a greatly enlarged curriculum this year, adding several new courses: Sociology, Physical Education, Economics, General Business, and Art. The enrollment of both grades and high school is expected to increase, making a possible total of over 1,100 students.
Several new teachers have been added to the high school faculty. They are Ruth Edmiston Harrison, Jason Holbrook, Mrs. Blaine Polly, Junior Profitt, and Venon Whitaker. The teachers who will return are Hugh Adams, Pauline Amburgey, Edgar Banks, Carlice Breeding, Paul Boggs, William Collins, Viola Cook, Bonnie Day, Ann Dugan, Isaac Hogg, Ray Pigman, Vera Raleigh, Leonard Stallard, Jeanette Lewis and Ruth Tolliver. We feel that this group of teachers is exceptionally fine and it promises a successful school year.
The grade faculty will be much the same as last year with one addition, Mrs. Viola Moore. The others are Gladys Adams, Minerva Adams, Sarah Adams, Cora Addington, Dorothy Brown, Oma Fields, Cora Frazier, Madeline Harter, Ruth Rice, Virginia Vermillion and Mrs. Jan Walters.
The lockers for high school students will have combination locks this year so no students need to purchase a lock before coming to school. The lock will be loaned as a part of the rental price of the locker. The use of combination locks will eliminate lost keys and damaged lockers.
We are looking forward to the new school year with eager anticipation. The new gymnasium should prove a great asset to our school and the Physical Education program will benefit our entire student body. Millard Tolliver, Principal.
(The above article from the Aug. 18, 1949 Mountain Eagle.)
Whitesburg FHA is hostess to district meeting Saturday
The Whitesburg Future Homemakers of America was hostess to a very successful district meeting Saturday, Oct. 29. The meeting started with the registration at 9:30 a.m.
Other activities included skits by each chapter, a movie showing the latest developments in modern kitchens, talks by a chapter mother and an advisor, and an interesting session on the problems that face the entire family.
The lunch hour proved to be very entertaining. All the tables at the school lunchroom were decorated with autumn colors. While the girls were eating, a ghost story was told by some unknown character, which resulted in screaming from all the girls.
There were about 150 girls at the meeting. After the final session, the visiting chapters were given time to visit Whitesburg and the school campus.
Senior class honors for class of 1950
Highest Scholarship (girl) Martha Ann Holbrook, (boy) David Wayne Polly; Most Likely to Succeed (girl) Thelma Caudill, (boy) Raymond Harris; Prince of Personality John Ramsey; Princess of Personality Geraldine Smith; Four Fold (girl) Dolores Holbrook, ( boy) Harrison Garrett; Most Talented (girl) Jackie King, (boy) Porky Polly; Best Athlete Leonard Duncil; Most Artistic
(girl) Janice Reynolds, (boy) Ray Crawford; Biggest Clown Mansie Brown; Biggest Cut Up Maywood Sparks; Most Serious (girl) Lora Lou Bentley, (boy) Eddie Minns; Best Dressed (girl) Norma Polly, (boy) Bill Adams; Neatest (girl) Barbara Caudill, (boy) Jim Adams; Most Studious (girl) Juanita Blair, (boy) Ronald Sergent; Sweetest Girl Laura Ison; Cutest (boy) Dean Nease, (girl) Lillian Hall; Best Looking Boy Carl Collins; Prettiest Girl Geneva Nease.
Future, Here We Come. Class Flower White Rose. Class Colors Purple and White. Class Officers: President Jimmy Tackett, Vice- President Billy Ray Cooper, Secretary-Treasurer Juanita Blair. Class Sponsors Vera Raleigh and Viola Cook.
Whitesburg High starts basketball play next Tuesday
The Whitesburg High School Yellowjackets will start this season’s basketball play next Tuesday, Nov. 29, when they meet Kingdom Come on the Kingdom Come floor. Next Friday, Dec. 2, they will play their first home game when they meet First Creek. Both Kingdom Come and First Creek have already played several games this year.
Coach Ray Pigman reports that about 35 boys have turned out for basketball practice. The Yellowjackets have 23 games on this season’s schedule.
The new Whitesburg gym is expected to be a great asset to the team this year. For the past several years Whitesburg has had a basketball team playing without a gym.
The Yellowjackets record for last year was rather good. They won about 13 games out of a 20-game schedule. For the past two years, the Yellowjackets have won the district basketball tournament in spite of the lack of a gym.
(The above article from the Nov. 24, 1949 Mountain Eagle.)
Clyde Pitts, what happened? We see you with Flora Maggard a lot these days. Frances Tuggle, what was the answer you gave some boys in study hall the other day? Seems as though Steve H. was left out when Billy Gene Kincer came home. Is it true, Donna Jo? How many minutes did that phone call last the other night, Delores? We heard it lasted about 30 minutes. Seems as though Harrison G. won’t let us in on the secret, so the Kat got busy and found out. In case you don’t know, Harrison seems to be pretty thick with Jenna Lee Nickolson. Wonder who the cute little Fleming girl that we saw Jimmy F. with? Could her name be Margret Bentley? The Kat would like to know. Gerald K., a cute junior girl, namely Wanda K., is mighty interested in you. It seems Santa was good to three fortunate girls, by bringing them each a diamond. The gals were: Barbara Caudill, Lora Bentley and Faye Raleigh.
Whitesburg wins District Tournament
The Whitesburg Yellowjackets won the 53rd District Basketball Tournament Saturday of last week by defeating the Jenkins Cavaliers
35 to 32. High point men for Whitesburg were Tolliver and Sexton with 9 each. Adams paced the Cavaliers with 11 points.
The first game, played last Wednesday, saw Jenkins defeat Kingdom Come 38-36. Belcher was top scorer for the winners with 9 points. Fields was high point man for Kingdom Come with 11 points.
The second game on Thursday was a defeat for Stuart Robinson at the hands of the Yellowjackets. The final score was 54 to 35. Duncil was high scorer for Whitesburg with 22 points.
The championship trophy was presented to Whitesburg and Jenkins received the runner-up trophy. Stuart Robinson received the sportsmanship trophy for its fine showing of sportsmanship in the tournament.
“I’m Confessing”—that’s what Jack Hale said when Miss Raleigh asked him where his English workbook was.
“For Heaven’s Sakes”— Did you hear Mrs. Harrison say that, Dean?
“Fine Thing”—That’s what Polly Lou said about Raymond and Virginia.”
“Let’s go back and kiss the girls goodnight again” -We overheard Nolan Auton say that to Jack Fairchild.
“You’ll Know When it Happens” – Mr. Profitt to his 2nd period class.
“It’s as simple as that” – Mr. Hogg, talking about geometry.
(The above articles from the 1949 Mountain Eagles and the 1949 Black Kat Newspaper.)