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Moments and Memories of WHS

From the October 1971 Black Kat

Homecoming 1971

On Friday, October 15, WHS was dismissed at 2:30 for the annual Homecoming Day parade. The parade began with the traditional W.P.D. car and the VFW fire truck leading the way. They were followed the theme banner and the 1970 homecoming queen, Judy Frazier, driven by James Edward Combs. After her came the WHS cheerleaders and the WHS band playing “Look of Love.”

The 1971 homecoming attendants were: Sandra Joseph, Glenda Miles, Diane Adams, Cordelia Collins, Charlene Tackett, Judy Tyree, Denise Collins, Terry Greene, Sharon Niece, Linda Webb, Medina Blair, Jennifer Maggard, junior attendant, Debbie Lynn Hall, sophomore attendant, and Phyllis Ann Adams, freshman attendant.

The three senior candidates for queen were Lee Anna Collins, driven by Larry Mullins, Nina Sturgill, driven by Donnie Parsons, and Gwenda Watts, driven by George David Adams.

That night at the football game, Nina Sturgill was proclaimed homecoming queen 1971.

Dress code suspended!

Just what can you wear at WHS? Anything! Beginning October 20, 1971 WHS has no written dress code. Mr. Burkich said suspension of the code was in “keeping with the times.”

The Student Council had been considering the problem of the dress code since the beginning of the year. When they presented a suggestion to suspend the code, they met with faculty approval and their proposal was accepted.

Voicing complete confidence in the new state of affairs, Burkich said the matter was now the responsibility of the student body. Now it is up to the students to be responsible enough not to carry this privilege to an extreme.

Student council members elected

On Friday, Oct. 1, 1971, elections for the 71-72 Student Council offices were held. The winners were: President Caron Crawford, Vice-President Glenn Palumbo, Secretary-Treasures Lina Welch, and Reporter Mitzi Mayes. The council has some ambitious plans for this year, including a revised dress code, a student lounge and a new way to select cheerleaders.

Whitesburg has new coaches!

“I’m very happy to be here . . . and I’m looking forward to this season,” commented Coach Lyle Eads, new basketball coach at WHS. Although he said he’d never seen the team play, he heard a lot of good comments about the Whitesburg team.

Coach Eads comes from Bourbon County High School where he’d been head basketball coach for 5 years. He is a 1956 graduate from Bourbon County where he played basketball for three years receiving Honorable Mention, All- State. He is replacing Coach Darrell Bell, who resigned last year.

WHS is extremely proud to have Carter B. Bradshaw as assistant coach on our football coaching staff. Coach Bradshaw graduated from WHS then attended Indiana University in 1960 through 1962. There he was quite active in the field of athletics. He furthered his education at Morehead State University through 1963-64.

Since then he has coached football at Bath County High School and Huntingburg High School in Indiana. During three years of coaching his teams were only defeated 12 times.

‘It all started . . .’

On Wednesday, October 6, 1971, the Kat interviewed three of the five senior football players, Danny York, Gary Mullins, and Carl Breeding. Here are some of the answers of questions the Kat asked them:

The Kat: How long have you been playing football? Danny – 4 years. Gary – 4 years.

The Kat: What position do you play? Danny – fullback. Gary – tackle.

The Kat: If you go to college, do you plan to play on the college team? Danny – yes. Gary – no.

The Kat: Did you ever think about playing pro football? Danny – yes. Gary – yes.

The Kat also asked Carl Breeding to give us a brief history of his football life, here is what he told us.

“It all started 6 years ago when I was in the seventh grade. I decided to go out for football. I played the tackle position in the seventh and eighth grade, and in the 10th grade the coach finally realized I was good enough to play the tight end.”

To show you where long, hard work will get you, Carl scored his first touchdown last Friday against Jenkins. After 6 years of ball, that touchdown was worth every bit of it.


September 30, 1971, the Tri-Hi-Y, a Christian Club for girls sponsored by Mrs. Arthur, held their first meeting of the year. During the meeting they made plans to make a float for the homecoming parade.

Present officers are: Dianna Ott, President ; Greta Wesley, Vice President; Ann Tolliver, Secretary; Lulu Collins, Treasurer; Cathy Newell, Chaplin.

Mary Poloskey, Ann Tolliver, Janet Smith, and Kim Sexton were selected to choose and plan the initiation for the new members.

From the November 1971 Black Kat

DECA — This year the DECA Club has 40 members, 22 of them are new members. These members have recently ordered their DECA jackets. The DECA Club at Whitesburg High School received the 100 percent membership award from the National Association of DECA. The Club is now getting ready for a candy sales campaign and is also planning to have a Christmas party this year for the members.

FHA — The FHA Club recently had a cookbook sale which started Nov. 1 and lasted through Nov. 5. All together, the club earned a net total of $215 with top salesmen Teresa Sturgill and Debbie Miles selling 21 books each.

For a special Thanksgiving project the FHA is planning to give a basket of food to a needy family.

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