My Best Year at Whitesburg High, by Mary Grace Caudill: Of all the years in high school, the senior year is by far the best. The thrill of getting class rings, the excitement of the senior trip to Washington, the gaiety of the Mardi Gras, the ring dance, the Valentine dance, the feeling of superiority I get from being a high and mighty senior, the thrill of being measured for caps and gowns and last of all the greatest thrill — graduation — combine to make my senior year complete . . . the best year of my life.
The 1959 Junior–Senior Prom was held on Friday, May 8, in the gym. The prom took place on an imaginary Hawaiian Island. Lovely girls in formals and men in white dinner jackets with dark trousers came down the gangplank to a land of palm trees and artistic murals, making the gym very beautiful and realistic as a beach of Waikiki.
The Copper Kettle Orchestra playing soft Hawaiian strains, the tropical food, and pretty leis, also added to the atmosphere. The highlight of the evening was the crowning of Mr. and Miss Senior. Popular Judy Combs and Glenn Ihrig were elected by popular vote of the senior class to receive these honors, while the student body selected Mr. Porky Polly as “Teacher of the Year.” The “U.S. ’59 left the dock and set sail from enchanting Hawaii.
Senior facts and fancies
Donna Lois Adams, 7-27-42; Ambition, Teacher; Favorite Song, “We’re Late”. Chad Edward Back, 5-13-41; Ambition, to stay as young as Jack; Favorite Song, “That’s Why”; Expression, What a groundhog! Gerald Frazier, 1-17-42; Ambition, Teacher; Favorite Song, “Charlie Brown”; Expression, Why not? Rita Kathryn Hale, 2-5-41; Ambition, Get to Washington without getting bus sick; Song, “Sleeping at the Foot of the Bed”; Expression, I don’t believe it. Glenn Ihrig, 1-30-42; Ambition, To Get Out of School; Song, “Sh-Boom”; Expression, “Why’s everybody always pickin’ on me?” Joyceleen Kincer, 12-25-43; Ambition, Dress Designer; Song, “Come Softly to Me”; Expression, “Gee willikers”. Gurnie Maggard, 9-3-??; Ambition, Create another Frankenstein; Song, “White Lightning”; Expression, “O.K. baby” Ester Tackett, 4-24-40; Ambition, Teacher; Song, “For Your Precious Love”; Expression, That’s more butter. Harold Vance, 5-22-41; Ambition, Engineer; Expression, What ye say! Donald Lee Wagner, 4-1-40; Ambition, Salesman; Song, “Going to Travel On”; Expression, Oh! Boy.
What high school has taught me
Janice Jones: My years here have taught me that everyone appreciates a smile and a friendly word once in a while. Lois Rogers: I have been taught common sense, and to respect the rights of others and to understand their feelings. Tish Webb: It has helped me to accept some responsibility and how to prepare myself for the future. Phyllis Stallard: It has taught me obedience, honor, respect, truth, loyalty, love, hate, fear, anger, disappointment, and happiness. The most important thing W.H.S. has taught me is to honor, love, and cherish the National Guard! Mary Grace Caudill: How to be a graceful loser. Gyles Williams: How to cope with situations. Mary Rogers: To be alert for a pop test, to throw food down at 90 miles an hour without getting indigestion, to still be able to move after climbing steps and run- ning to classes, to put up with all kinds of people especially fussy teachers, to take disappointments such as assigned buses going to Washington. Helen Richardson: How to go out in the world on my own and make a living for myself. Geneva Owens: To learn to know myself. Barbara Fields: It has taught me the real meaning of studying and why. Lois Rogers: I like the wonderful teachers at W.H.S. They work overtime grading our papers, making our test and helping us in our activities. Geneva Owens: I like most the kind, wonderful human people. Schools hold the best people, the friendliest people. That’s what I like about Whitesburg High. Barbara Fields: I like the old buildings that groan when you walk over them, that held rooms full of dear memories, the merry laughter of the kids changing classes, and the cherry good mornings of our best friends and tired but happy goodbyes at the close of the day.
My Best Year at Whitesburg High by Betty Cornett: Thinking over my years, I believe my freshman year was my best. I’ll admit I was pretty dumb, but it was fun. Oh, I wasn’t exactly dumb mentally; it was just that the whole place was so strange to me. In grade school there were only three rooms, so when I came here the buildings seemed so large and everywhere were strange, new faces. All this seemed most frightening.
After the first two weeks of getting lost every day; of eating lunch three times a day; of being called “green horn” for going up the down steps and down the up steps; of trying to buy a study hall book, I finally learned my way around. I got acquainted with most of the students and learned to laugh and tell jokes with them. Not going steady then, I had dates with many different guys. My subjects, not being too hard, gave me much free time. The teachers were more considerate and the school system suited me just fine.
The last word
Advice from seniors to W.H.S. students. Mary Frances Bradshaw: If you want to save money, better not chew gum in Miss Raleigh’s class, or 20 cents she’ll get. Paul Boggs: It’s been good knowing you. Rua Caudill: Don’t get caught with correspondence courses. Gerald Frazier: Don’t try to chew gum in class. Glenn Ihrig: Have fun! Study, learn, and set a good pace for the future.
Remember! It’s what you make it. Arnold Kiser: Always study your English and literature. Gurnie Maggard: Stay away from Anna Lee. Helen Doris Profitt: Don’t skip classes, it doesn’t pay. Esther Tackett: Be good to Miss Raleigh. She’ll be good to you. Barbara Trent: Shun room six if possible. Harold Vance: Study hard but have a good time. Donald Lee Wagner: If you will study in English IV, it’s not so hard. Nolan Webb: Go to Fleming. LeRoy Stallard: Don’t let ’em get you down. Kendall Ray Ison: Don’t try to slip nothing on Miss Raleigh. Hazel Creech: Don’t ever play hooky. Frances Jean Brown: Study more than I did. Earnest Wood Whitaker: Do not smoke on the hill. James David Stidham: Love thy neighbor. Emma Walker: Don’t play hooky like Jo and I did. Be good and you’ll enjoy school more. Phyllis Ann Wampler: “Bonne Chance”. Monette Sexton: Get more out of ole W.H.S. than I did. Brenda Sue Taylor: I’m going to miss this old house. Jewell Watts: Go bankrupt before becoming a senior, or will be afterwards. Donnie Fields: Hurry up and get out of school, because it is crumbling fast. Judith Carol Franklin: Work hard for your senior trip and don’t be going steady unless you want to two-time. Billie Jean Hodge: Get all you can, while getting is good. Donnie Amburgey: Watch the teachers, the life you save may be your own. Virginia Banks: Don’t wait until you’re a senior before you start working.
My Best Year at Whitesburg High, by Genny Banks: My junior year stands out as my best year. I enjoyed my subjects and liked all of my teachers very much. Most of all I liked speech. My teacher, Mrs. Jan Trosper, was kind and sweet. We put on three plays and I had a leading part in each one. For all the holidays and special events we planned a program for a church or some other organization. At the speech festival we won a rating of “Good”.
The formal affairs I loved in my junior year were the Jr. and Sr. Prom, the Beta Prom, the Band Concert. I was chosen as usher at the Baccalaureate and Graduation Exercises. We had wonderful times on our band and speech trips.
Most of all, I shall never forget the day we were measured for our class rings and I knew I would be a senior the next year.
(The above articles from the May 1959 Black Kat.)