Whitesburg KY

Moments and Memories of WHS



The Dugan Award was an award named in honor of Miss Ann Dugan, who served as the Home Economics teacher for 27 years at Whitesburg High School. The award was first presented in 1966 and was awarded by the faculty to a senior girl on the basis of character, scholastic standing and leadership ability.

Miss Ann Dugan, the Home Economics teacher at Whitesburg High School since 1934, will retire July 1, 1960 completing 26 years of continuous service. Miss Dugan came to the Whitesburg School under the George Reed Bill, which required the school to put $500 for equipment, her salary being paid by the federal government the first two years. The purpose of this bill was to introduce this subject to the community to show the people the value of home economics to their daughters. Miss Dugan had the following equipment to start her first class in the little building known as the Teacherage: 1 coal range, 2 kerosene ranges, 2 new sewing machines, 2 old treadle sewing machines, 5 tables, cooking equipment, some stools, chair and dishes to serve 20 girls.



In 1940 there was added to the department another room. How nice, one to cook in and one to sew in! In 1948 the Home Economics Department was moved into the new gymnasium building into a large second floor front room approximately seventy by twenty feet. The value of the equipment is now about $10,000, besides that which is placed there each year new by the Kentucky Power Company through courtesy of the electric company to be used by the girls, namely 6 electric stoves, refrigerator, automatic washer, automatic dryer, portable dishwasher, which equipment is taken out of the department at the end of the school year and sold and replaced each fall with new models. The department now consists of six unit-kitchens, each with new equipment for cooking, preparing and serving meals for four girls. The department owns six thread sewing machines, two electric machines, 4 portable mixers, 1 large electric mixer scrubber, 1 electric sweeper, three electric irons, 1 electric scrubber, 1 Electrolux sweeper, plus many other pieces of equipment, 6 sewing tables, 24 matching chairs, 6 kitchen tables, with 24 chairs, two tote drawer storage cabinets with 58 tote drawers, two storage cabinets for coats and completed sewing, one duplicator and wall cabinets.

All this equipment has been well taken care of and is in excellent condition at the present time, after being used constantly by about thirty-five girls, each period of the day.

Each year Miss Dugan visits in the homes of her girls, often making two or more visits, adding up to about two hundred visits a year. Miss Dugan said about the girls she has taught, and I quote, “At least a girl who has had Home Economics can’t say when she marries ‘ I have never made biscuits’.” Many of the girls she has taught make their own cloths, as well as those of their own families. There is a great demand for Home Economics majors, especially for teachers. Whitesburg High School will be looking for one next year. Other fields are in research, social welfare, child development, housing and equipment, homemaking and decorating.

When Miss Dugan retires in July, many people will miss her. It will be difficult for our school to replace her with one so capable, so interested in her work and so anxious to help the girls in her department.

(The above article appeared in The Mountain Eagle April 7, 1960.)

Special program honors Miss Dugan

Some few months ago the Whitesburg P.T.A. set aside Tuesday, May 10, as “Ann Dugan Day” in Whitesburg. This was a day to honor Miss Dugan, who had given 26 years of service to Whitesburg High School as teacher of Home Economics. At 6:30 a dinner honoring Miss Dugan was scheduled in the school cafeteria.

So far so good, and Miss Dugan knew all about it. She went about expressing her appreciation of “Ann Dugan Day”. Little did she dream that the Speech Department under the direction of Mrs. W.B. Hall was planning for a big surprise on “Ann Dugan Day.”

At 9:45 a.m. the entire school, plus some town folks, appeared in the gymnasium for an assembly. Miss Dugan took her regular seat and patiently waited for the speaker to appear on the scene. Suddenly Mrs. W.B. Hall introduced George M. Webb, serving as “Ralph Edwards”. When he yelled “This Is Your Life, Ann Dugan” she was escorted to the stage.

Amid the regular “This Is Your Life” program the expected commercials of “Prell,” “Gleem,” and “Joy” were done by members of the Speech Department.

Appearing on the “This Is Your Life” program were Miss Laura Prewitt Moores of the State Department of Education; Mrs. Alvin Francisco and Mrs. Rucker of Hellier, Ky.; Mrs. Hazel Craft of Hemphill; Mrs. Chester Webb of Mayking; Sybil Brown; Mildred Mercer; Mrs. George M. Arnett of the State Department of Education; Lena Hoskins, F.H.A. president; Carol Brown, F.H.A. Chum; Faye Brashears; Cheryl Frazier; Terry Combs; Johnny Swisher and Bobby Dugan; Bob Fike, of the 4-H Club Council; Irene Smith of the Presbyterian Church; Rachel Ann Moore of the B.&P. Women’s Club; J.M. Burkich; Marian Jenkins of the Kindergarten; Melody Ann Moore, and Superintendent William B. Hall. All these people along with Ralph Edwards told the story of Miss Dugan’s life and extolled her virtues.

Gifts were presented and pictures were taken.

One hundred people were present at the 6:30 dinner honoring Miss Dugan. Mrs. Hall served as toastmistress for the occasion. Chesta S. Webb gave a brief resume of Miss Dugan’s life, after which several people spoke in praise of Miss Dugan’s accomplishments.

(The above article appeared in The Mountain Eagle May 12, 1960.)

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