WESTERN HIGH CLASS OF 1948
Western High Class of 1948
Members of the Class of 1948 of Western High School are shown in this photo. From left are, front, Virginia Rainey, Mary Hardegree, Marie Payton, Peggy Fulcher and, seated, teacher Alma Yarbrough; second row, Dorothy Stephens, Joanne Greene, Beulah Faye Hester; third row, George Smith, Nelle Grizzard, Frances Rainey, Marijohn Crain fourth row, Charles Estep, Jeanette Luckie and Elizabeth Banks. The photo was taken in the fall of 1947 in front of the red brick Western School building that was built in the mid-1930s and was destroyed by fire in early 1949. This class was the last to graduate in the building with Mrs. Eula Austin was principal. She resigned at the end of the school term after serving a number of years. This class enthusiastically raised money to take a short senior trip, which was possibly one of the first senior trips in the country. It was made in June 1948 with Melvin "Chick" Cox as bus driver. Passengers included 14 members of the '48 class, and Ralph Gordon and Alton Stallings of the '49 class - a reward for participating in the senior play. Chaperones for the four-day outing to Vogel State Park were Miss Frances Crain, Mrs. Mary Grimes Crain and senior teacher Alma Yarbrough Carroll.
Alma Yarbrough Carroll
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