Whitesburg KY

Moments and Memories of WHS




Whitesburg schools close with week of graduation exercises; 69 graduate from high school and 40 graduate from grade school.

Mrs. Harris’s Music Class recital Thursday night, May 12

The greeting song, “Hello, Hello, Hello”, followed by chorus was led by Master Howell Lewis in costume, who sang and played well, was supported by the class. Each pupil played an instrument and all joined in on the singing.

A quartette was sung by Mary Caudill Lewis, Avenelle Polly, Harriot Ann Caudill and Carol Combs and another by Emma May Lyons, Dorotha Addington, Anita Jo Hart, Ruth Blair.

Vocal solos by Lovell Williams, Kathryn Webb, Janice Mullins, Emma Carolyn Hart, Patricia McClure, Elaine Stamper were sung with grace and showed talent and training.

The vocal duet by Eulain Polly and Mary Jo Whitaker was well rendered and enjoyed by all.

Junior-Senior Banquet,

May 14

The Junior-Senior Banquet was held at the Presbyterian Church. A fine supper was served by the ladies of the church and the occasion was one of the finest in the school history.

Baccalaureate Sermon,

Sunday, May 15

The Baccalaureate Sermon was delivered by Rev. L.O. Griffith. The large church auditorium was crowded to its capacity. The graduates, 69, in caps and gowns listened attentively to the splendid sermon, full of counsel and wisdom. Songs and prayers suited the occasion.

Mrs. Jones music recital

Monday night, May 16

Mrs. Albert Jones presented her musical recital, consisting of instrumental and vocal solos, duets, trios and choruses, Monday night.

The audience appreciated the talent and training shown by the students.

Violin solo was played by Steve Bowen accompanied by his sister, Stella Fae.

Another feature was the expression class, Howell Lewis, Carol Combs, Mary Caudill Lewis, Jack Lewis, Roy Crawford and Fillmore Bowen. All spoke well. Carolyne Hays rendered the “Soul of the Violin” with unusual talent.

The play by the Glee Club, “A Reminiscence”, was the closing feature and was illustrated and pantomimed by members of the high school and was well presented.

Senior Play and Class

Night Tuesday, May 17

The senior class presented on their Class Night a beautiful gypsy play in costume. It was well acted and rendered to the delight of a large audience who thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment.

Wednesday, May 18,

Eighth Grade


Forty pupils were promoted to high school with exercise held Wednesday, May 18th, at the Graded School Auditorium.

Rev. Lloyd Moody pronounced the invocation. Patricia McClure delivered the salutary address, welcoming all and praising and thanking the parents and friends for all the advantages the pupils had received from them. Then 38 others came forward and each delivered a short declamation selected from the classics.

Then Ruth Combs delivered the valedictory in a pleasing manner. She bade farewell to the teachers and addressing her classmates said, “ I will not say goodbye to you, but will say good night and in September we will all say good morning.”

Venon Whitaker with chosen words delivered certificates of attendance to those who have not been absent during the semester. There were 59 pupils who had not been absent.

Supt. Arlie Boggs then delivered the diplomas. Mr. Boggs was at his best, made a good speech and 40 children were given diplomas that will admit them to high school anywhere in the state.

Prof. Harris made a short farewell and presented the class to Prof. Squires. He complimented them on their work during the year and the advantages they had received.

The Giftorian Joanne Lewis as sited by her twin sister Jenette made a beautiful scene presenting in poems and rhymes a gift to each of the pupils and to the teacher and an orange reminding all of the prize oranges given during the session.

Thursday night, May 19

On Thursday night, May 19, the play “Grandmother Goes to Hollywood” was presented. This was an upto date play and judging from the applause it received from the large audience was a great hit.

High School


Friday night, May 20

The crowning event of the week was the high school graduation exercises for the class of 69 young ladies and gentlemen, who in cap and gown arranged themselves on the spacious rostrum.

Prof. Squires was master of ceremonies. He introduced Rev. Caudill, who pronounced the invocation. A trio by Mrs. Squires, Moore and Jones was rendered in their usual entertaining manner.

Miss Helen Craft was salutatorian; her subject was “Friendship” and was well delivered. Garrett Craft was valedictorian for the class. The class was addressed by Lieutenant Governor Keen Johnson. His speech was of faultless diction, perfectly delivered, full of historical examples of great Kentuckians, in education, art, finance, and letters.

Supt. Arlie Boggs presented the diplomas and Prof. Squires congratulated the members of the class and dismissed them to the great world with kind words and an urge to press forward.

(The above article from the May 26, 1938 Mountain Eagle.)

Yellow Jackets and Midway Basketball Battle, from the “Neon News,”

Jan. 14, 1938

If I am any judge of a well-played and orderly game of basketball the one at the school gymnasium here Saturday night between the Whitesburg Yellow Jackets and the Midway team this was one. The boys all came on the floor full flushed and trimmed for a battle royal and though the Midway boys chilled the strings of the Yellow Jackets by scoring several times they showed no flagging of ardor in the least but kept up the gallant fight to the end. When the gun sounded, the Yellow Jackets found themselves trailing behind Midway 23-33.

Whitesburg was stunned at the defeat but it had no criticism for its boys but rather recognized it was only bad luck and not poor sportsmanship that lost them the game.

The big gym was crowded. More than 500 people having gathered to witness the game.

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