Henderson City High School, 1955 to 1963

Coach Don Shelton-1928- 2011

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

Donald Shelton, 1928-2011 

Don Shelton passes away

Former star player, coach was 83


Gleaner correspondent


Don Shelton, one of Henderson’s all-time great athletes who later coached two state football champions at Henderson City High, died early Tuesday morning at his home in Ocala, Fla.

Shelton, 83, had been in declining health in recent months.

However, poor health couldn’t keep him from attending this year’s University of Louisville-Murray State football game, where he was honored during halftime ceremonies, accompanied by several of his former players.

A four-sport star at Barret High School, Shelton was a standout halfback for four seasons at U of L and, after an illustrious coaching career at Henderson City High, became head coach at Murray State in 1960.

His 1955 Henderson City High team posted a 10-0 record and laid claim to the mythical state championship. His 1959 team went unbeaten in 12 games and captured the Class AA state championship in the first year of the KHSAA playoffs.

James Biggs, one of the key players on the 1959 squad, also played for Shelton at Murray State. Later, as superintendent of the Covington Independent School District, he hired his former coach as one of the school’s administrators.

Reached Tuesday by phone in Florida, Biggs recalled advice his former coach gave him several years ago upon the dedication of the James E. Biggs Early Childhood Center in Covington.

That advice: “Don’t ever forget how much you’ve worked or how many people have helped you get from Ward’s Service Station (in Henderson) to where you are standing today.”

Biggs was among several former Henderson City High and Murray State players who gathered with Shelton last month at festivities surrounding the Louisville-Murray State football game. (Host for the festivities was Louisville attorney Ron Sheffer, quarterback of City High’s undefeated 1955 team.)

The halftime ceremonies and his entourage of former players represented “a great and fitting tribute” to Shelton, Biggs recalled Tuesday. “He was waving and beaming, especially when his picture flashed across those giant screens.”

Shelton is survived by his wife of 62 years, JoAnn; two sons, Don Jr. and Doug; and a daughter, Marla Watts.

Following his wishes, Shelton’s ashes will be spread on the Watts’ horse farm at Ocala.

A memorial service will be held later, his daughter said.

Please note that this article is the exact article written by Ronnie Jenkins, completely unedited, and is used without the permission of Jenkins, or the Henderson Gleaner-Journal.

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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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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