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Moments and Memories of WHS



Can you identify these Whitesburg High School graduates? Answers are at the bottom of the column.

WHS Class of 1952

Motto, “Able and Willing”; class flower, white rose; class colors, purple and white; class officers, President Allene Sumper, Vice-President Eddie Collins, Secretary-Treasurer Ruth York. Valedictorian Drucilla Day; Salutatorian, Janet Combs; class sponsors, Vera Raleigh, Edgar Banks, Bonnie Day.

Senior basketball: Eddie Collins, Carroll Sexton, Jimmy Bert Tolliver and Jim Whitaker. Jimmy Bert Tolliver was 1st Team All State in 1951; Carroll Sexton was 2nd Team All State; Eddie Collins, Tolliver and Sexton were All Regional runnerup, Hazard won by 3 points.

Football seniors: Doug Polly, Jack Fairchild, Jimmy Bert Tolliver, Jimmy Wampler, Eddie Collins and Bobby Combs. Yellowjackets won the Big Sandy Conference. They also won an after season game with Virginia’s counterpart to the Big Sandy Conference.

Cheerleaders were Jan Combs, Shirley Fields, Carolyn Minton, and Katherine Auton.

The 1952 managers were Pee Wee Back, Maurice Blair, Elwood Hall. Coaches, Ray Pigman, Ed Moore and Pop Enlow.

WHS Class of 1953

President Gary Banks; Vice President John Rufus Hall; Valedictorian, Janet Lewis; Salutatorian, Barbara Lewis; Class motto: “Live and Learn”; class colors, pink and silver; class flower, carnation.

Black Kat staff: Barbara Lewis, Editor; Janet Lewis, Janice Clay, Judith Clay, Atlas June Collins, Anita Holbrook, artists; Loretta Fields, Georgia Gose and Norma Polly.

From Who’s Who in the Black Kat

Most Popular, Barbara Lewis and Hoot Hall. Prettiest and Best Looking, Eunice Tyree and Billy Dean Sergent. Most Likely to Succeed, Jane Fincham and Glen Banks. Cutest Couple, Atlas Adams and Orville Garrett. Wittiest, Betty Whitaker and Franklin Boggs. Brainiest, Janet Lewis and Larry McKnight. Best All-Around, Norma Everidge and Lee Day. Best Athletic, Eveleyne Pennington and Bob Breeding. Most Artistic, Nita Holbrook and Arnold Hatton. Biggest Flirt, Nadeane Amburgey and Sam Banks. Best Dressed, Donna Tolliver and Gary Banks. Sweetest, Loretta Fields and Freddie Collier. Best Personality, Norma Polly and Ivan Hall. Best Manners, Janice Clay and Francis Logan. Neatest, Judy Clay and Bobby A. Kincer. Most Talented, Janice McClure and Elmer Banks. Couple Most Likely to Marry First, Judith and Calvin.

Senior football players: Jack Adams, Sam Banks, Bobby Breeding, Freddie Collier, John Rufus Hall, Billy Sergent, Billy Ray Starnes, Sidney Slemp, manager Eddie Holbrook, Danny Banks, Dwayne Wright.

Senior basketball players: John Rufus Hall, Bobby Arnold Kincer, Billy Harold Whitaker, Jack Wiley Craft, Billy Ray Starns, manager Eddie Holbrook.

Answers for pictures above

1. Margaret Hammonds; 2. Larry Hatton; 3. Jerry Barker; 4. Tommy Stansberry; 5. Nelda Austin; 6. Winford Sturgill; 7. Joyceleen Kincer; 8. Arius Holbrook; 9. Martha S. Adams; 10. Ted Cook; 11. Jimmy Sturgill; 12. Codell Gibson.

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