Henderson City High School, 1955 to 1963

Pascal Benson, All-State-Football, Basketball, baseball

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

Pascal Benson
All-State performer:
Basketball, Football, Baseball, 1955-56

Pascal Benson
Henderson City High School
Class of 1956

Senior Guard/Forward
Football: Center
Baseball: pitcher, outfield
All-State-Football, 1st team, 1954, 1955
All-State-Basketball, 1st team, 1956
All-State-Baseball, 1st team, 1956
All-Regional-Basketball, 1st team, 1956
All-Regional-Baseball, 1st team, 1955, 1956
All-Regional-Football, 1st team, 1953, 1954, 1955
All-District-Football, 1st team, 1953, 1954, 1955
All-District-Baseball, 1st team, 1953, 1954, 1955
All-District-Basketball, 1st team, 1956
All-State Tournament 1st team, Basketball, 1956

     Without a doubt Pascal Benson is the most talented athlete to ever hail from Henderson, KY. Pascal Ray Benson still stands today as the only athlete in Kentucky history to be named to the 1st team all-state in 3 sports in one year. A feat that is so rare, I was not able to find any other athlete that accomplished that feat in Kentucky or any state.

     Pascal was a southpaw pitcher-first baseman on the City High Flash baseball team that went undefeated in regular season, and finished 3rd in the state baseball tournament after losing to Murray High School, and then defeating Bell County 7-3 in the consolation game. Pascal finished his junior year with a 9-1 record, which included a rare perfect game in a 12-0 victory in the district tournament over rival Henderson Holy Name. Pascal also went 5 for 5 at bats in that victory, knocking in 3 base runners to help his own cause. 

     Pascal was a forward/guard on the 1954-55 Barret Manual basketball team that finished third in the state with a 29-4 record, and was a center-linebacker on the undefeated City High team in 1955 (10-0) that won the "mythical" Kentucky state football title. Pascal was a starting guard/forward on the City High basketball team that finished 29-3 and runner-up in the state tournament.

     He went on to become a starting lineman at the University of Kentucky and later coached baseball and football at the consolidated Henderson County High School.

     Pascal turned down a contract with the Milwaukee Braves in 1956, so he could play football for Blanton Collier at the University of Kentucky. Pascal said his only two regrets were not winning the state basketball title, and not playing basketball for Adolph Rupp at the University of Kentucky. He says he was just too beat and tired up to try to play basketball too.

    Pascal received his bachelors degree in Physical education at UK and obtained his masters degree at Murray State, and his first rank also at Murray State. Elaine, (a 1960 Henderson Holy Name graduate) & Pascal married in 1962 and have 3 children. They have two sons Tracy, Edward, and daughter Jodie. Both sons reside in Henderson and daughter Jodie resides in Louisville KY. His favorite memories of Henderson as a student were obviously his sports prowess and the sock hops at City High Gymnasium after the home games.

     Benson said that Bill Haley & his Comets were his favorite singing group. Pascal retired as a teacher at Henderson County High School in 1988, and opened his own driving school the same year. Pascal and his wife Elaine teach ballroom dancing today.

This web-site is dedicated to the Barret Manual &
Henderson City High Sports teams from 1954-1963.
Especially the Henderson City High 1955-56 sports teams
that had so many great gifted student/athletes.  

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, TM, , 2008, 2009, 2010  

The contents of this web site are intended to be used

only for the educational  value and entertainment enjoyment.

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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