Whitesburg KY

Moments and Memories of WHS



Class of 1969
Three named merit

Three students at Whitesburg High School have been named semifinalists in the 1968-69 National Merit Scholarship Program.

They are Linda Ison, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Ison of Whitesburg; Danny Mohn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Carello of Whitesburg, and Jimmie Sparks, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Sparks of Mayking.

Whitesburg Principal J. M. Burkich said each of the students had been outstanding at the school and has been a credit to the school and the community.

Miss Ison is a member of the Beta Club, the Tri-Hi-Y, the Student Council, the French Club, the Science Club, the Junior Science Club, the Math Club, the Nurses Club, the Yellowjacket Staff, the Junior Planning Committee and the Girl Scouts.

Mohn has been an active member of the Pathfinders, the Hi-Y, the Science Club, the Student Council, the Order of the Arrow of the Boy Scouts, the Junior Science Club, the band and the freshman basketball and track teams.



Jimmie is a member of the Beta Club and played football for two years until a leg injury sidelined him.

The three Whitesburg students are among 15,000 semifinalists named across the nation. They will compete for 3,000 Merit Scholarships to be awarded in 1969.

Whitesburg High to hold

One hundred seventyfour seniors at Whitesburg High School 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 Ison 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.

Whitesburg defeats
Wheelwright 34-0

Whitesburg goes to Harlan Friday to play the James A. Cawood team, following the Yellowjacket’s 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 tied 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.

(This article from The Mountain Eagle.)

Band concert set

The Whitesburg High School 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 a 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


Ralph Coldiron named
West Point alternate

Ralph Coldiron of Whitesburg has been named first alternate to the United States Military Academy at West Point by U.S. Representative Carl D. Perkins.

Coldiron served as captain of the Whitesburg High football team, was a member of the all-Eastern Kentucky Mountain Conference first team and received allstate honorable mention.

He has been president of the Hi-Y Club, secretary of the Future Teachers of America, and a member of the W-Club, Photo Club, Science Club and Student Council.

He is the son of the former Ginny Combs of Whitesburg.

Whitesburg loses to

Whitesburg opened its 1969 football season with a 47-6 loss at the hands of the Belfry Pirates. Belfry’s Roy Brogar returned a first quarter WHS punt 65 yards for a touchdown. Whitesburg fumbled on the first play following the kickoff with Belfry recovering. A short time later, senior tailback Cap Woods scored Belfry’s second TD from four yards. He later scored on a run of 53 yards and a 40-yard interception return.

Whitesburg’s only score came when senior halfback Brian Moore went 15 yards with a Belfry fumble. Other Belfry TDs were a one-yard sneak by quarterback Gary Layne, a 20-yard run by Ben Hubbard, and a 27-yard pass from Charles Frazier to Gary Hensley. It was a bad night for the Yellowjackets.

Inexperience hurt WHS although J.R. Brock performed well at quarterback, hitting 7 of 18 passes for 80 yards in his debut. Sophomore halfback Danny York led Jacket rushers with 3.8 yards per carry.

Captain Bruce Day lead in tackles with senior Gary Cornett second. The halftime saw Belfry leading 20- 0.

Labor Day, Whitesburg has its home opener with Wheelwright. Game time is 8 p.m.

(The above article appeared in the Letcher County Community Press Aug. 28, 1969.)

Coach Roy Kidd speaker
at WHS athletic banquet

The annual Whitesburg High School Athletic Banquet, honoring all school letterman, will be held in the Whitesburg School Cafeteria Saturday night, May 3, 1969, at 7:00. 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

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