Henderson City High School, 1955 to 1963

City High Facts
Henderson City High Basketball With Game Scores1955-56
The Game-Henderson All-Stars vs the Harlem Magicians, April 1961
1955 KHSAA State Football Champions & Game Scores
1956 Henderson City High Baseball
1956 Henderson City High Track
Barret Manual and Henderson City High Coaches 1952-1971
Coach Don Shelton-1928- 2011
1955-56 City High Basketball team, Players Profiles
1956 West All-Star Team
Pascal Benson, All-State-Football, Basketball, baseball
Tommy Glover, high school All-American
1959 KHSAA State Football Champions
1959 Football State Champions Reunion
1959-60 Henderson City High School Basketball
1959-60 Henderson City High School Basketball Queen
1959-60 Henderson City High School Homecoming Queen
1959-60 Henderson City High Cheerleaders
1960-61 Henderson City High School Basketball
1960-61 Henderson City High School Football
1960-61 Henderson City High Cheerleaders
1960-61 Henderson City High Basketball Queen
1960-61 Henderson City High Homecoming Queen
Link to Class of 1963
City High Class Presidents, 1956-1963
All Henderson High Schools Basketball Scoring records
All-State-Regional-District-Honors from 1953 to 1957
All-State, All-American High School Basketball teams 1955-56
All-Time Kentucky High School Scorers
National High School 100 point games
Barret basketball 1954-55
Barret basketball Scores-game by game 1954-55
Barret baseball 1955
1954-55 Barret Manual High School Cheerleaders
William Spoehr & the 1916 Barret Basketball champions
Closed Henderson Schools & Kentucky School Consolidations
Photos of old Henderson Schools
Barret High & City High Fight Songs
100 points records and Mr. Kentucky basketball winners
"King" Kelly Coleman and the Wayland Wasps
Kentucky State Basketball Tournament Records
Link to 1957, 6th Grade Jefferson Elementary
Lex's pick of best of Kentucky Athletes/Entertainers
All-time Barret/Henderson City High Basketball Team
Contacts with Classmates
Links to other web-sites

A brief history of Henderson City High School

Henderson City High School existed from 1955 to 1976 in Henderson County, Kentucky. It was the fourth and last building to serve as Henderson High School. The school was called "City High" to distinguish it from Henderson County High School which had opened a year earlier. The original school was on the third floor of the city school system's first school, Center Street
School, from 1870 to 1888. The first graduating class was the class of 1872. In 1888 a new high school was built at the corner of Washington and Adams Streets. This building served as the high school until 1910 and later served as a junior high and then as Central Elementary School until 1975. The most famous graduate from this school was Admiral Husband Kimmel,
the commander at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, who was the  valedictorian of the class of 1899. From 1910 to 1955, the high school serving white students in the Henderson city limits was Barret Manual Training High School. Though the school was named Barret in honor of James Barret, who donated property for the school, all logos still used an "H" and it was
considered to be a continuation of HHS. The 1916 B.M.T.H.S. basketball team won the first state tournament at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.
That first tournament was an invitational and consisted of only eight schools. Barret is one of the few schools to win the Kentucky State Tournament with an undefeated season. This tournament was two years before the formation of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association and is not shown in the press guides. In 1927 the Henderson Gleaner and Journal held a contest to have a nickname for the athletic teams, which had never had a mascot. The winner was Purple Flash, which was submitted by Sam Levy. In 1955 the new Henderson High School was built to replace Barret, parts of which had been built as a mansion in 1860. The last location of Henderson City High School was 800 South Alves Street. That location is now the Henderson South Middle School. The mascot was changed to Flash at this time because the school colors were changed from purple and gold to red, white, and blue. Black students in the city and county attended Douglass High School. In 1965 desegregation was completed in the city school system and Douglass was merged into Henderson City High School. In 1970, Holy Name High School, a private Catholic high school, closed and the students transferred to 
either the City or County high schools. Due to the city school system being "landlocked" into the city limits which had existed years earlier, the tax base began to shrink as city residents began to move to subdivisions on the edge of town. The Henderson City Board of Education petitioned the Henderson County Board of education to merge. This took place in 1976 and the decision was made by the Henderson County Board of Education to have only one high school with all grade 10 through 12 students attending Henderson Senior County High School. Henderson City High School became the Henderson County Freshman Center for one year before becoming Henderson County South Middle School in 1977 following the closure of Barret Junior High School.

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Barret Manual Training High School, 1953 to 1955
Henderson City High School, 1955 to 1962

The following is taken from the 1955-56 City High yearbook, "The Revue".


Henderson City High's basketball team set quite a record this season by winning 29 games and only losing 3. The Flash were defeated twice during season play, by the #1 team in the state, Berea, and by a well balanced Earlington club. Before being defeated the team had won 13 straight games. They also swept through the tournament the as #2 team in the state of Kentucky. Henderson High was the first team to place 3 men on the all-state team without being the state champions. Seniors; Pascal Benson, Byron Pinson, and junior David Eakins made All-District, All-Regional and All-State.


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Especially the Henderson City High 1955-56 sports teams
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An alumni of Henderson City High School stated to me:

"Once a Flashman, always a Flashman".  

Truer words have never been spoken.

Many thanks to the people listed below for their contributions.
Jim Adams (HHS '59),
Elaine Benson (HNHS: '59),
Pascal Benson (HHS '56) 
Don Gish (BMTHS '55),
Glenda Alexander Guess (HHS '57),
Shirley Hagan (HHS '56),
Billy Haynes (HHS '59),
Sonda Keach Nolan (HHS '56),
Dr. Fred Schuette (HHS '56),
Sammy Joe Shelton (HHS '56),
Bud Bayard Walters (HHS '59),
Coach T. L. Plain


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