Whitesburg KY

Moments and Memories of WHS



From the 1961 Black Kat Martin Lewis, valedictorian; Ritter Ann Banks, salutatorian.

Ranking number one in a class of 175 is Martin Lewis, a handsome, wellbuilt youth whose brown hair, blue eyes, and 6’3″ frame mark him as one of W.H.S.’s best looking.

Marty has made superior grades. He has won a certificate of commendation for his score on a National Merit Test.

He is a friendly, sociable lad whose quick smile makes you like him instantly. He takes part in all school activities.

Marty also takes an active part in church affairs. He is a member of the Baptist Church and attends Sunday School and church regularly. He serves as an usher in the church and is secretary/treasurer of the Training Union.

We all are proud of and admire Marty for his many abilities and his high intelligence. He will grow into the type of man our country needs. By Barbara S. Caudill.

The salutatorian of our senior class this year is an attractive, healthy girl whose brown eyes and wavy black hair call for a second look.



Miss Ritter Ann Banks has a clear mind, studies faithfully, and makes excellent grades.

Her refinement, culture, and poise contribute to her pleasing personality. Although she tends to be serious, she is very sociable.

Ritter was brought up in a Christian home and attends the Methodist Church regularly. She is also a member of the Youth Fellowship and church choir.

W.H.S. is proud of Ritter and knows she will put her high abilities to use. By Barbara S. Caudill.

Whitesburg High holds annual Awards Day program May 25, 1961.

Whitesburg High School seniors had their annual Class Day exercises on May 25. This event is to honor students who have made outstanding achievements.

The program was opened with a devotional by Inez Caudill and Betty Lou Caudill. Barbara Stallard, class president, gave the welcome address, followed by the class history, will and prophecy given by honor students.



The faculty then presented the following awards: Martin Lewis, English, mathematics and French Award; William Ronald Amburgey, science; David Sturgill, Industrial Arts; LaDonna Sue Price, Social Studies; Inez Caudill, shorthand and Business and Professional Women’s Club Award; Rana Rose Hensley, journalism and Betty Crocker Award; Emma Banks, home economics; Phyllis Tolliver, speech; Ritter Ann Banks, typing I; Betty Gilliam, typing II; Linda Banks, Art.

The annual Harris Award, given to an outstanding senior boy each year in memory of Prof. H.H. Harris, was presented to Martin Lewis this year.

For extracurricular activities Stephen Stamper won the Senior Athlete Award and Paul Yonts the outstanding basketball player. Emil Joe Clay was given the outstanding musician award. Owen Wayne Wright was the editor of the annual.

George M. Webb won first place in the ‘I Speak for Democracy’ contest, with Molly Boggs, Betty Gilliam and Faith Armstrong as runners up.



Ralph Dudley Webb won the award for an essay on Soil Conservation. Molly Boggs took the award for the essay on Kentucky’s constitution.

Mary Lynn Gentry was given the best salesman award.

David Combs and David Sturgill were given awards in the audio visual department.

The valedictorian award was presented to Martin Lewis; the salutatorian award was given to Ritter Ann Banks.

Those ranking in the top 10 percent of the class were Martin Lewis, Ritter Ann Banks, Orville Collier, William Ronald Amburgey, Oveta Frazier, Arnold Ray Frazier, John Combs, LaDonna Sue Price, Inez Caudill, Betty Caudill, Janice Kimberlin, Joyce Fields, Sheila Hall, Mary Gentry, Phyllis Tolliver, Owen Wright, Roger Lee Day, Benjamin Pace and Molly Boggs.

Students placing in the upper 10 percent in college qualification tests were: Martin Lewis, Ritter Ann Banks, Inez Caudill, LaDonna Sue Price, Ronald Amburgey, Frankie Day, Ronald Ray Ison and Emmet Burke Fields.

Brenda Williams, 1960 Prom Queen; Paul Yonts, 1960 Prom King

Brenda, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Williams of Thornton, is a girl everyone likes and enjoys being with. A member of the band four years and a senior majorette, she has been one of the most popular girls on the campus.

Prom King Paul Yonts is one of our most popular boys. A member of the basketball team for four years, he was selected as co-captain. At the beginning of the year, Coach Burton told the team the boys who made the most foul shots, and the most rebounds; and made all-conference team would receive rewards. Believe it or not, Paul got all three awards, which were presented to him at the athletic banquet.

Senior superlatives

Most likely to succeed – LaDonna Sue Price and Martin Lewis; Most Studious – Inez Caudill and Martin Lewis; Most Attractive – Sharon Reynolds and Frankie Day; Most Popular – Sharon Reynolds and Windell Sparks. Drum Majorette – Shirley Ruth Combs, Majorettes – Mina Breeding, Carol Davidson, Brenda Williams, Frieda Moore, Head Majorette – Barbara Bentley.

A-team cheerleaders

1961-62 chosen

Twenty girls tried out for cheerleaders. From this group, 10 were chosen by the sponsors. These performed before the students and each student cast a ballot for five girls. Because of the excellent job done by last year’s A-team, the following were re-elected: Sue Combs, Sue Lewis, Pricilla Boggs and Loraine Day. The fifth member of the group chosen was Charlotte Davis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Davis. Charlotte was a transfer student this year from Jackson High School. We are very proud of these girls and we know they will do a good job next year. Only one cheerleader on the A-team was in the graduating class, and they will carry on without Marsha Kincer, who did a wonderful job during her high school career.

My best year at W.H.S.

For a senior to be asked what year he liked best might be like asking a little girl which she likes best — spinach or ice cream. And she may choose spinach as I have done. You would think that the senior trip, rings, prom, graduation, and all the getting out of school would make a hit with most people, but with me my freshman year was the best. Meeting new friends was a bright start when I saw I had most of my classes with my group I was really thrilled. One of the things that stands out most during my freshman year was General Science in the “dog house.” Lots of things happened to make this memorable, like breaking windows, blowing up the pencil sharpener, eating Mr. Breeding’s apple, but the funniest thing of all was when Mr. Breeding locked us out and we took the door off the hinges to get in. When Mr. Breeding returned and unlocked the door it fell over on him.

Then when the Black Kat Staff allowed me to be Kitten of the Month, and when I got cheerleading even though I was on the B-team. I though I was on top of the world. But all in all my freshman year was the best.

Remember it, seniors? Marsha Kincer.


Congratulations to Nina and Wendell Banks on their recent marriage. Shirley Frazier, could you be dating Jimmy Stamper? Elman Blair, there is a certain sophomore girl who likes you. Could you tell us who is Pebble Kincer? Linda Nease and Hatler Isaac are getting married June 9, 1961. Congratulations and many happy days. Joyce Sturgill, we think you’re going steady with Burl Sexton! Emma Banks, who did you want to march with? Could it have been Arnold Frazier? Grow a little. Why does Sharon Adams like first period study hall? Could J.D. Jones be the reason? It must be true love for Donna Easterling and Adrian Maggard. Eulice Cook, there still might be a chance. Don’t give up easy. Kathleen Gilley, we hear you and Lucky are getting married. Is this true? Molly Boggs, who were you with at Blair’s Lake Sunday? Could it have been Billy Dean Adams? Wanda Burton, who has your class ring? Could it be Arthur Frank? We all wonder why Rosemary Craft wanted to ride Miss Wampler’s bus. It was Glenn Day, wasn’t it, Rosemary? Carol Lewis, can you tell us your secret the last of June? Oh happy day for Miss Cureton, June 4.

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