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Moments and Memories of WHS



The Tigers are coming! No, this is not a circus, but a game of basketball at the Armory next Saturday night at 7 p.m. between the Hazard Baptist Institute Tigers and the Whitesburg High School that will be more exciting than a circus. From the advance sale of tickets the largest crowd ever gathered in the Armory will be out to see the game. Come out!

School news report from the Oct. 28, 1926

Mountain Eagle

Prof. Squires in a lecture at E.K.N. said, “I have just returned from the meeting of the U.K.R.E.A. at Whitesburg. We had a great time. There are some of the finest people I have ever met living at Whitesburg.

A city superintendent writes Prof. Harris, “I have intended every day since I have been at home to write you regarding the meeting of the U.K.R.E.A. held at your place. I just wanted to say that we enjoyed the meeting very much and appreciate the hospitality of your people. The universal comment as I talked to teachers about the meeting, is that they were never treated more royally at a meeting before.”

Andrew Holbrook is at Eastern. He wrote Prof. Harris a letter of remembrance, speaking kindly and appreciatively of Whitesburg School.

This is the closing week of the second month. Report cards will be sent to parents showing the progress of the pupils. Parents should look out for these reports. They show the days pupils attend school, days absent, their standing in their studies and behavior at school.

Prof. Adams conducted opening exercises Tuesday and gave a short lecture on the opportunities that Whitesburg presents to the school children. It was interesting and helpful.

Prof. Glenn had charge of the stage Thursday and outlined the prospects for athletics and encouraged the pupils in the work. Good talk.

Prof. Hale conducted chapel Monday. He said, “You children will each have one chance in 500,000 to be President of the United States.” He said, “If I throw a pencil to a class of 50 each would have one chance in 50 to get the pencil; if I throw 50 pencils you each would have an equal chance to get one.” He showed that we all have a chance to get a good position if we are worthy of it and want it. He urged the pupils to improve their opportunities and showed them that all can become good citizens.

There is a fine spirit of cooperation in school and in the city in support of the school this year. There is a splendid body of students in the grades and in the high school.

Miss Dalna Hays brought her children to chapel Friday. They would come every day but the auditorium is too small for the entire school. There are now 520 enrolled. Of this number 150 are in high school and about 50 at the Caudill School.

Some things needed on the hill: A greater, better library; a fence around the campus; another school building; equipment for playground; more trees on campus; a concrete or brick walk up to the school and lights along the walk; a business department.

Last Friday the Literary Societies had the best program yet. Prof. Glenn’s solo, the boys’ quartet, Miss Grace Harris’s story, quotations by the sophomores, and a debate. Walter Enlow on Current Events, song by Wilma Back, Orell Fields’s original story were among the best.

The junior and senior girls gave a beautiful march at chapel led by Hazel Back.

Miss Willamae Lawrence was sick a few days. We are glad to see her in school again.

That is a beautiful painting by Virgil Blair, which he gave to Prof. Harris. It can be seen at the school.

The school has been a good one. For years it has been a center of intermediate and secondary education. Many of our leading young men and women have prepared themselves here for useful lives. They make the best citizens. They make good teachers, good businessmen and women.

We have classes in agriculture, to teach our pupils to be better farmers, gardeners, fruit growers. Some day the mines will be exhausted in this country. They the people will turn to the soil for a living. Our boys and girls must be taught to build homes, beautify them, raise big crops and be independent. This is one of the best agricultural and fruit growing countries in America. We ought to sell, not buy, send out, not bring in any agricultural products, meats, or fruits or vegetables. We can raise and produce all these fine things. We can raise hogs better and cheaper than people elsewhere can, because we have a mast. This country is especially adapted to sheep raising because of the hills, rock cliffs and forests that give protection against bad weather. More sheep and fewer dogs; more love for “Mary’s Little Lamb,” and less for “Old Tige.”

This Friday is Temperance Day according to law. All teachers shall observe it, so says the State. We shall have songs, speeches, flag salutes, pledge of loyalty, America’s creed, and some five-minute lectures, all tending to educate for temperance.

(The above article from the Oct. 28, 1926 Mountain Eagle.)

Junior band plays

In front of the Daniel Boone Hotel Tuesday night the junior band of Whitesburg exhibited a bit of their skill. Only a few pieces were played but they were cheered enthusiastically. At the close of the concert the crowd contributed the sum of $5.60 toward a fund to help the band along.

Those out with their pieces were Vernon Day, Follis Fields, Edwin Jenkins, Woodford Webb, Clarire Back, Zenneth Bentley, Earnest

Lykins, Bramlett Clark, Junior Davis, T. G. Lewis, Jr.

(The above article from the Jan. 28, 1926 Mountain Eagle.)

Whitesburg school issues fine paper

The following comment on the Black Kat was taken from the Lexington Leader:

“The January edition of the Black Kat, monthly publication of the Whitesburg, Ky. high school, which has just been received in Lexington, is called the ‘Wedding Number’ in honor of a double wedding solemnized at the First Baptist Church at Whitesburg, Dec. 29. The contacting parties were Miss Earle and Edison Lewis and Miss Jessie Triplett and Oscar Lewis, all of Whitesburg. Students of the school sang at the wedding. An account of the affair is graphically told in the Black Kat, which is rapidly coming to the fore as one of the outstanding high school publications in the state. Several advertisements attest to the efficiency of the business and advertising departments of the paper. The personnel of the paper is as follows: Vergil Lewis, editor-in-chief, Astor Brown, assistant editor, William Ewen, athletic editor, Wilma Back, humorous editor, Poppy Huges, social editor, Ethel Adams, assistant social editor, Earl Day, business manager, William Ewen, assistant business manager, Eva Peters, exchange editor, Mary Earl Lewis, censor.”

We wish to say that the January Kat was called the “Wedding Number” also in honor of the wedding of Miss Virginia Harris and Stephen Combs, Jr.

(The above article appeared in the Mountain Eagle March 4, 1926.)

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