Whitesburg KY

Moments and Memories of WHS


Pictured is the Whitesburg High School Band of 1979-1980. The Band Boosters raised $12,000 to enable the band to purchase new uniforms.

Pictured is the Whitesburg High School Band of 1979-1980. The Band Boosters raised $12,000 to enable the band to purchase new uniforms.

Band accomplishes impossibility

The Whitesburg Band has done what many people have stated was an impossibility. After many hours of hard work and frustration, the band was finally able to purchase new uniforms for the first time in 17 years.

In 1976, temporary uniforms were purchased until uniforms of a better quality could be purchased.

Last year the Band Boosters, with Ann Estep as president, set a goal for themselves. They decided that new uniforms had to be purchased if the band was to maintain its respect among other bands and directors. Their goals were high and many people stated that the large sum of money required to buy the uniforms would be almost impossible to acquire in such a small amount of time. But undaunted by these comments, the Band Boosters began planning projects which would enable them to reach their goal.

Once the planning was completed, hours of work from students, parents, and other concerned citizens began. Several local businesses were contacted about purchasing uniforms. Each business expressed great enthusiasm, and several donated enough money to buy more than one uniform.



Each member sold candy and hand towels in which the band received 40 percent of the money.

Perhaps the most enjoyed fundraising event was the disco dance held at West Whitesburg, where everyone danced to the beat of loud music and flashing lights.

When the last project was completed, the total amount of money raised was $12,000. Therefore, this enabled the Boosters to buy 50 band, 12 flag, 4 rifle uniforms and 1 field director uniform.

New secretary welcomed

The staff of WHS would like to welcome a new secretary, Sherry Rogers. Sherry, who is replacing Shelia Williams Sloane, has lived in Whitesburg all of her life. During her school years at Whitesburg High, she attended the Letcher County Vocational School where she was taught secretarial training. Upon graduation in 1974, she attended Morehead State University for two years.



Sherry, who is a former lineperson for South Central Bell, is the mother of a 3-year-old girl, Rhiannon. Her hobbies include arts and crafts, sewing, and camping.

The Black Kat would like to wish Sherry the best of luck with her new job.

The Harris Award was named in honor of Professor H. H. Harris, who served as Principal of Whitesburg High School from 1919 until 1927. It is awarded by the faculty on the basis of leadership, character, and scholastic standing. This year’s recipient is Bobby Roe.

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 on the basis of character, scholastic standing and leadership ability. This year’s recipient is Jackie Breeding.

(The above articles from the Sept. 7, 1979 Black Kat.)



Drama Club holds auditions

The WHS Drama Club has already had tryouts on Nov. 12 and 13 for their first production. The play is a Shakespeare play called “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. The cast includes: Shannon Adams, Kim Arthur, Kim Kincer, Jane Kimberlin, Michelle Cates, Karen Buntin, Lisa Holbrook, Dale Bailey, Pat Wright, Elzi Kiser, Kitty Gish, Machelle Bates, Ricky Warf, William Sizemore, Barry Amburgey, Elisa Tyree, Andy Cates, Elizabeth Masters, Robert Engle, Terry Fugate, Jeff Brashears, Bonny McAuley, Ann Wright, Wendy Caudill, Gloria Terracciano and Rhonda Adams. The actors and actresses have rehearsal every day after school until 5:00. Of course, Mr. Henrikson is the director.

More of the Class Will for 1980

Bobby Dollarhyde wills all his craziness to the whole junior class. Pam Morris wills her ability to cheat without getting caught to Teresa Dunn. Chuck Blair wills his money bumming ability before parties to David Blair. Carolyn Sizemore wills her ability to make A’s to Larry Adams. Van Breeding wills his job at Superior Food Market to Harold Craft. Joyce McCool wills her sometimes nerveracking job at Quillen’s to Nadine Fields. Jane Kimberlin wills her Hawk to Paula Warzon. Marcella Wells wills her seat in Mr. Banks’s math class to Dianna Fields. James Adams wills his seat in Redneck Row in Mr. Henrikson’s class to the biggest and ugliest one of all the juniors. Martha Wynn wills her curls to Terry Cook. Cheri Profitt wills her ability to be a great clarinet player to Vicki Johnson. Tricia Sexton wills her ability to stay in Vocational School to Sarah Frazier. Tracie Breeding wills her seat on the Vocational School bus to Kim Huff. Hester Fields wills her messy locker to Nancy Long. Lisa Hampton wills her secret life story to Ruth Gibson. Arlena McCall wills her personality to Teresa Sexton. Ann Leslie Collins wills all of her brownie points with Mr. Ison to Mary Smith. Jeff Adams wills his ability to play basketball to Andy Cates. LeNora Martin her old excuses to Sherry Waller. Eula Holbrook wills all of her deadly doughnuts from Mr. Miller’s room to Terre Adams. Tom Brock wills his seat in the English Building “john” to Keith Calahan. Norma Lewis wills her dirty tennis shoes to Nancy Long. Timothy Maggard wills his seat in study hall to Michael Lee Williams. Randy Lowe wills his skipping abilities to David Howard.

(The above article from the May 30, 1980 Black Kat.)

Senior Class Officers: President, Billy Caudill, Vice President, Ralph Hall, Secretary, Nancy Brown, Treasurer, Kenny Miles. Junior Class Officers: President, Tim Lucas, Vice President, Sarah Frazier, Secretary, Tammy Creech, Treasurer, Teresa Davis. Sophomore Class Officers, President, Dottie Fields, Vice President, Mark Cornett, Secretary, Renee Raleigh, Treasurer, Deanne Profitt. Freshman Class Officers: President, Charlie Gibson, Vice President, Kim Pennington, Secretary, Kaye Gose, Treasurer, Gary Wright.

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