Printed from:

Welcome to Columbia Magazine  

Columbia High School Basketball Team, 1938/Graduation Events

Story includes Basketball Banquet, Baccalaureate, Class Night and Play, and Commencement with complete list of all graduates
Click on headline for complete story

By Mike Watson, Adair County Historian

Closing out the school year in May 1938, a banquet was held for the Columbia High School basketball team. The Juniors hosted the Seniors with a banquet on Friday night, the 13th, in the school dining room. Dinner was served by the P.T.A., after which the Juniors and their sponsor, Mrs. Woodruff J. Flowers, presented an interesting program.

Those Senior basketball players who had played in a sufficient number of games received sweaters and letters. Those receiving sweaters were: Paul Phelps, Allen Phelps, Robert Smythe, Ralph Edwards, Lester Carmon and Walter Pickett. Letters were awarded to: James Holladay, Allen Young, Walter Miller and George Kemp.

Those who took part in the program were: George Kemp, Edna Wilson, William Walker, Ruth Kelsay, Walter Pickett, Basil Young, Mrs. O.E. Huddle, Nina Waggener, James Dunbar, Martha Lena Burdette, and Alfred Flowers.

Columbia High School Commencement, 1938

Columbia High School's Baccalaureate service was held Sunday, May 15th in the school auditorium with a large crowd in attendance. Rev. I.Q. McCorkle, pastor of the Christian Church, preached the sermon and special music was furnished by the high school Glee Club under the direction of Mrs. O.E. Huddle.

A class night program in the form of a play, "Gypsies For A Day" was presented on Thursday night, May 19th, in the school auditorium.

Commencement for Columbia High School was held on May 20th. Dr. Hugh R. Peterson, of of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, addressed the graduates. Special music was again provided by the Glee Club. Superintendent O.E. Huddle presented diplomas to the graduates. Local ministers pronounced the invocation and benediction.

Chester R. Young, named valedictorian, won the annual scholarship to Lindsey Wilson Junior College; Miss Louise Smith was the salutatorian.

Twenty-five students were presented certificates for perfect attendance during the school year.

Diplomas were awarded to forty-seven students: Joseph Royse Allison, Mary Edna Banks, Marion Eugene Buster, Earl Dennis Cain, Frances Cain, Elizabeth Biggs Callison, Martha Snow Clayton, Julia Draper Coffey, Margaret Ann Cooley, Mabel May Curry, Mary Elizabeth Edwards, Margaret Elsie Finn, Jewell Miller Firquin, Anna Elizabeth Gilpin, Christine Goff, Nellie Kathryn Hale, Victor Samuel Hancock, James William Holladay, Lucy Mae Kemp, Jean Frances Martin, Walter Bryan Miller, Nancy Elizabeth Moore, Nathan Miller Moore, Frances Russell Moss, Helen Edith Morrison, Mary Christine Murrell, Dorothy Nell, Mary Frances Pelly, Dimple Hall Reeves, Bessie Overstreet Rice, Ruby Jane Rogers, William Clyde Royse, Martha Louise Smith, Maxine Squires, Gene Kenneth Shipp, Warren Cloyd Shipp, Maxine Alda Tarter, Nellie Lee Tarter, Thomas Howard Tarter, Nancy Elizabeth Todd, William Lawrence Walker, Nolan Ray White, Archie Bryan Williams, Luther Jackson Willis, Nellie Dean Wilson, Allan Moran Young, and Chester Raymond Young.

This story was posted on 2017-05-17 06:57:23
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.

(AD) - Many Reunion organizing efforts are also advertised in our REUNIONS category in our CM Classifeds. These are posted at a very low cost. See RATES & TERMS


Quick Links to Popular Features

Looking for a story or picture?
Try our Photo Archive or our Stories Archive for all the information that's appeared on


Contact us: Columbia Magazine and are published by D'Zine, Ltd., PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.
Phone: 270.403.0017

Please use our contact page, or send questions about technical issues with this site to All logos and trademarks used on this site are property of their respective owners. All comments remain the property and responsibility of their posters, all articles and photos remain the property of their creators, and all the rest is copyright 1995-Present by Columbia! Magazine and D'Zine, Ltd. Privacy policy: use of this site requires no sharing of information. Voluntarily shared information may be published and made available to the public on this site and/or stored electronically. Anonymous submissions will be subject to additional verification. Cookies are not required to use our site. However, if you have cookies enabled in your web browser, some of our advertisers may use cookies for interest-based advertising across multiple domains. For more information about third-party advertising, visit the NAI web privacy site.