Whitesburg KY

Moments and Memories of WHS



(Part III)

The Dugan Award was an award named in honor of Miss Ann Dugan, who served as the Home Economics teacher for 27 years at Whitesburg High School. The award was first presented in 1966 and was awarded by the faculty to a senior girl on the basis of character, scholastic standing and leadership ability.

The Whitesburg Home Economics Club

The Home Economics Club was organized Sept. 1934. Miss Minerva Adams, a senior, was the first president, Miss Ann Dugan, Home Economics teacher, the sponsor.

The club was organized for the purpose of furthering good fellowship among the girls who are students of Home Economics and for broadening their knowledge of Home Economics Education outside of the regular course of study. Gradually our club has grown and the purposes and ideals have broadened. We have grown into an organization of high ideals and a broad scope of service.

Each year the club has joined the American and Kentucky Home Economics Association of Student Clubs.



(The above article from the April 27, 1944 Mountain Eagle)

Miss Dugan “Woman of the Year”

Miss Ann Dugan, home economics teacher at Whitesburg High School, is the “Woman of the Year” chosen by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Miss Dugan was nominated by the Business and Professional Women’s Club, of which she is a member. Her selection was announced at the annual installation banquet of the VFW and auxiliary.

Other nominees were Mrs. James Brown, nominated by the Whitesburg Woman’s Club, and Mrs. Troy Stallard, nominated by the Junior Chamber of Commerce.

Here is the B&PW letter of nomination for Miss Dugan.

“The Business and Professional Women’s Club is most happy to present to you our nominee for Woman of the Year for 1959, Miss Ann Dugan, Teacher of Home Economics at Whitesburg High School. This year will mark her 25th year in Whitesburg and she has given freely of her time and talents toward making our county a better place in which to live. She has had under her supervision thousands of high school girls and she has visited each home, sometimes walking across mountains and sometimes wading the rivers shoes in hand. No home was too remote or too humble for Miss Dugan to visit. She loves young people, especially the underprivileged.

“She has helped hundreds of girls to clothing and financial aid in order for them to stay in school and encouraged their education in every way. She has helped several to get scholarships at Midway and the University of Kentucky especially.

“She has taken many girls on trips to National and State Home Ec. Conventions who had never been out of Letcher County before. No one can estimate how many nights Dugan’s fingers have been busy sewing and “making-over” clothes for senior girls to go to Washington or to college or just to stay on the Hill.

“She is a Christian lady of highest moral character. She is a member of the Christian Church and has taught a Sunday School Class at the Presbyterian Church for years.

“She is a charter member of the Whitesburg Business and Professional Women’s Club and has been a chairman every year. She is dependable and a leader in every phase of club work. She has held almost every office in the State Association of Home Economics and participated in every department. Two years ago, this organization recognized her with a 25-year service pin. Though her efforts the Whitesburg High School Future Homemakers have won numerous awards and honors. She is truly a dedicated teacher and leader.

“Whitesburg Business and Professional Women’s Club is proud of the achievements of Ann Dugan and heartily recommend her to you as Woman of the Year on this her Silver Anniversary in Whitesburg.”

(The above article from the April 30, 1959 Mountain Eagle)

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