Whitesburg KY

Moments and Memories of WHS




Pictured are students who were in Mr. Carl B. Banks’s senior homeroom and were members of the 1969 graduating class of Whitesburg High School. Mr. Banks had this to say about this group: “This was a very special gathering of intelligent, handsome/ pretty, well prepared, well behaved young students. They were credits to their families, their teachers, and to Whitesburg High School. They gathered with me each morning for homeroom. My most frequently asked question of them was ‘Okay, who is absent?’ I really enjoyed this group.”

Coach Roy Kidd speaker at WHS Athletic Banquet

The annual WHS Athletic Banquet, honoring all school letterman, will be held in the WHS cafeteria Saturday night, May 3, 1969, at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased from the school, Dawahare’s, Quillen Drug, and Family Drug, until Friday noon, May 2.

The speaker of the evening will be Mr. Roy Kidd, head football coach at Eastern Kentucky University. Mr. Kidd began his football career during his high school days at Corbin in the late 1940’s. He played college football at Eastern. As head football coach for 6 seasons at Madison High School he had an impressive 54-10-1 record. He was voted Coach of the Year in 1961 when his team was ranked No. 1 in the state all season.

In 1962 he accepted an assistant coaching position at Morehead. He returned to Eastern as assistant coach in 1963 and was named head football coach in 1964. During the next four years he guided the team through steady improvement and a post-season win at the Grantland Rice Bowl and earned the Mid-East Region title for his team.

Coach Kidd is married to the former Susan Purcell of Richmond and they have three children.

(The above article from the April 24, 1969 Mountain Eagle.)

Whitesburg High to hold graduation

One hundred seventyfour seniors at WHS will receive diplomas at commencement exercises next Friday, May 30.

Roger L. Wilson, vicepresident for student affairs at Morehead State University, will make the commencement address. Wilson is former principal of Jenkins High School. He is a graduate of Eastern State University and the University of Kentucky.

Baccalaureate services will be held at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 25, at the First Baptist Church. The Rev. James Erwin, pastor of Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church, will deliver the sermon.

Miss Linda Ison, class valedictorian was named this week as the winner of an award from Reader’s Digest given annually to students who by their successful school work give promise of attaining leadership in the community.

Band concert set

The WHS Band will give a spring concert Sunday, May 11, in the grade school auditorium at 3 p.m.

Various composers will be heard during the concert with both popular and classical music to be played.

Selections will range from such popular tunes as “Windy” and “Spanish Flea” to Wagner’s “Processional March” from Die Meistersinger. The Surprise Symphony by Franz Joseph Hyden also will be heard.

During the past two and an half years the band program has grown from an enrollment of 22 students in grades nine through 12 to more than 75 students in grades six through 12.

The band has participated in several events during the year, including the Eastern Kentucky University Band Day, the Miss Letcher County Pageant, and the Letcher County Day Parade.

(The above articles taken from the May 1969 Mountain Eagle.)

Whitesburg defeats

Wheelwright 34-0

Whitesburg goes to Harlan Friday to play the James A. Cawood team, following the Yellow Jackets’ 34-0 victory over Wheelwright.

After a slow start due to penalties in the Whitesburg- Wheelwright game, Whitesburg bounced back in the second quarter to turn a close game into a romp.

The first half was a series of bad breaks before Whitesburg turned the tide and scored two touchdowns late in the second quarter.

Whitesburg’s defense was superb as they held Wheelwright to zero yards rushing in 20 carries and only three first downs as compared to Whitesburg’s 406 yards in 53 carries.

George Adams, Joe Hunsucker and David Wright for the lead in tackles with Arnold Amburgey close behind.

The outstanding defensive play was made by defensive end Emory Kirkland, who played off a blocker to catch Wheelwright’s fullback Harris in the end zone for a safety.

Whitesburg was overpowering on the ground as they rolled up 400 yards with an average of 7.7 yards per carry. Captain Joe Hunsucker, a senior halfback, gained 163 yards on the ground, averaging 10.9 yards per carry.

Junior quarterback Bruce Day gained 56 yards and scored three touchdowns. Hunsucker and senior halfback Mike Combs scored one touchdown each. Brian Moore gained 48 yards as Mike Combs and Roger Morton gained 38 yards apiece. David Wright made a fine catch for the longest pass play of the season as he took a Bruce Day pass for 35 yards.

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