The Mountain Eagle
Whitesburg KY

Moments and Memories of WHS



Whitesburg Dramatic Club to perform

“Happiness” will be presented on Friday night, April 3 at 7 o’clock in the city school auditorium. This beautiful play had a Broadway run of more than a year. The Whitesburg Dramatic Club has been rehearsing it for some weeks and will give a performance that cannot be excelled by amateurs anywhere. All stage property that is necessary to create an atmosphere of realism will be acquired. Tables that open into something else; wood carvings of Robert Emmett; pianos that play-maybe. Then there will be poor little shop girls in poor shabby cloths; fine ladies in beautiful evening gowns; gentlemen in full dress suits and ambitious young fellows in overalls. All these things and many more will you see in “Happiness.” Buy your ticket from the first solicitor. Price is 50 cents, school children 25 cents. Proceeds for benefit of the school.

The above article from the April 2, 1925 Mountain Eagle.

Tigers are coming

Saturday night of this week the people of Whitesburg will be given the treat of the season in the way of basketball. On that date at 7 p. m. the undefeated H. B. I. Tigers, district champions, will hook up with the crack team of the Whitesburg High School. The Tigers are noted all over the State for their prowess and it is the hope and aim of Whitesburg to take them into camp if possible and it is the belief of many that our boys are able to turn the trick. We have as strong a team as any high school and they are at present in the best shape for a crucial game they have ever been. The Tigers are coached by Rev. Strickland and our boys by Charlie Blair, and both teams are made up of the highest class players and clean, moral boys. A chance to see two such worthy teams play against each other may not come again soon. Let everybody come out to the Armory and see the game.

The above article from the Feb. 5, 1925 Mountain Eagle.


The high school this year will turn out five graduates, as follows: Mrs. Beulah Sigrist, Miss Ruth Collins, Watson G. Caudill, Willie Fields, and Glen F. Fields. These are all excellent young folks, the pride of fond parents and the highest types of intellectual young men and women. They go out from the portals of this excellent school with every endowment for success and their many friends who have watched their struggles and gloried in their efforts will wish them the success they deserve. They reluctantly and sadly part with high school life, but may higher avenues open up to each and all of them.

The above article from the May 7, 1925 Mountain Eagle.

Spelling Bee

A very interesting spelling match was held at the High School Auditorium here last Saturday. Eleven contestants warmed up in the match and for more than an hour the battle waged. Those who entered were, Misses Mamie Cooper, Urilla Webb, Helen Caudill, Julia Vanover, Alice Kirk, Malinda Vanover, Bonnie Mann and Rachel Caudill; boys, Kelly Webb, Willie Watts, Noah Campbell. Prof. Nat Hale, one of the county’s oldest and best teachers gave out the words to the class. Jones’ Speller and Mater of Words were used. As the spelling progressed the contestants on missing a word dropped from the class till finally Miss Julia Vanover of Budine school and her cousin, Miss Malinda Vanover, of the McRoberts school, were left to battle for the honors. After several minutes, Miss Malinda dropped in a final vowel and Miss Julia stood victor. She will go to Louisville in April and contest for the State Championship. To be State Champion means a prize of $200. The next best will receive $100, and the next $50. The county winner will get all expenses paid. The Courier Journal is putting up the money. Being a witness to the contest, we want to say that the contest we want to say that the contestants were right up on their jobs and under the circumstances spelled exceedingly well. Whether it was a fair process of finding the best speller is uncertain, but under the circumstances the very best was done. Every speller is certainly entitled to honorary mention. At least, the constant will be worth much to our young student body throughout the county.

The above article from the Jan. 22, 1925 Mountain Eagle.

Commencement exercises

On Friday night, May 21, the last entertainment of the school year was given at the auditorium. This program was presented by the expression department under the direction of Miss Grace Harris. The first part was given over to individual readings. Mrs. French Hawk read “A Set of Turquoise,” a dramatic play in three acts. The main feature of the evening was Shakespeare’s “ Mid-Summer Night’s Dream.” The play was adapted to the needs of the class. The cast of characters was wonderfully chosen and some showed special talent along dramatic lines while all showed they had received thorough training in their parts. The rendition of this play was indeed excellent and Miss Harris deserves praise for teaching so difficult a drama to children of this age. All who saw this play were indeed fortunate for it was one of the finest plays of the season.

Wednesday night the Commencement exercises were given, consisting of a beautiful processional composed of the faculty, speakers, seniors, mascot and board of trustees, speeches and music by the seniors, address to class by Rev. A.S. Petrey, and presentation of diplomas by Prof. Harris.

Tuesday the senior play, “Out of Court,” coached by Miss Grace Harris, was presented. All the seniors acquitted themselves nobly. Special mention might be made of Verna Back and Vergil Lewis, who played the leading roles to perfection, while the others did the minor parts with enthusiasm and credit to themselves.

“All on Account of Polly,” a play in three acts, was given on Monday night by the juniors. Also 26 eighth grade diplomas were presented by Prof. Williamson.

On Sunday morning the baccalaureate sermon was preached at the Baptist Church by Rev. W. B. Garriott, of Hazard. His subject was, “For Lack of Vision the People Perish”.

On May 13, the musical recital, closing with an operetta, “Nearly a Honeymoon.” Each member of the class chose a partner from the boys of the high school and these sang the choruses. Mrs. Harris, director of the class, deserves credit for her special work in this operetta as well as for her aid in overseeing and drilling all of the other entertainments during the

On Wednesday night a patriotic program was given by the sophomore class under the direction of Prof. Hale.

Tuesday and Monday nights were the freshman entertainments, while the grade entertainments were given the week preceding. All the children did well and showed especial training by their teachers.

The above article from the May 27, 1926 Mountain Eagle.

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