Henderson City High School, 1955 to 1963

Barret basketball 1954-55

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



1954-55 Barret Manual

High School Basketball team,

finished 3rd in State Tournament.

Season Record: 29-4

 The Purple and Gold Flash of
       Barret Manual Training High School: 
The Purple Flash


L-R: Don Gish, Byron Pinson, Fred Schuette, Dick Yates, Billy Brown, Sammy Joe Shelton, Pascal Benson, Tommy Childress, David Eakins, and Bill Ruff  

Don Gish 
all-state, 1954, 1955 basketball
all-district, 1953, 1954, 1955 basketball
all-regional, 1953, 1954, 1955 basketball
Little all-American, 1958-59, 1959-60,
Kentucky Wesleyan College basketball
all-tournament team , 1959, 1960, NAIA final four  

This two time high school all-state performer Don Gish led this fabulous team with Coach T. L. Plain at the helm, finished third in the Kentucky State High School Basketball tournament in 1954-55. The 6' 4" Barret Manual star grew another two inches to 6’6 1/2" in college.

      The Purple Flash beat Shelby County 82-56 in the first round, whipped Clay County in the second round by a score of 77-57, lost to an excellent Adair County squad 66-54 in the state semi-finals and beat #1 Ranked Newport Catholic in the consolation game for third place 68-62.

     Don attended Niagra High in his freshman & sophomore years. Don's  family moved into town in 1953 when his dad became a deputy sherrif for Henderson County and attended Barret for the remaining 2 years.

     Barret, led by Center Don Gish, the Purple Flash completed a 29-4 season, best ever all-time record for any Henderson based basketball team (up to 1955), and the best record in history for Barret. Senior Billy Brown, juniors, Byron Pinson, Pascal Benson, super sophomore David Eakins filled out the starting five. Juniors Sammy Joe Shelton, Dick Yates, Fred Schutte, along with sophomore Bill Ruff and senior Tommy Childress would all contribute to a very talented Barret High squad.  

     Don is still today considered the greatest basketball player from the Henderson school system (Barret, City, Douglass, Holy Name, and County High Schools and of course the other 9 schools that have since been shut down). Don led Barret in scoring 29 of the 33 games.

    The all-state player went on to Tennessee Tech, where he scored 34 points in a single game as a sophomore, after a bout of home-sickness Don transferred to Kentucky Wesleyan, where he played his final three seasons. Don was team-mate with King Kelly Coleman and led the Panthers to a third place finish in the small-college 1959-60 National championship beating Cornell University. T. L. Plain was Don's head coach at WKC for his final collegiate season.  

     At KWC, his 28 rebounds against Bellarmine in 1960 still stands as the Owensboro Sportscenter record and the all-time high for rebounds in a single game.


Billy Brown
Henderson City High School
Class of 1958, Reserve Guard/Forward
Barret Manual Training High School
Class of 1955, Barret starting Guard 
all-Regional, basketball, 1954
all-Regional, basketball, 1955
all-district, basketball, 1954
all-district, basketball, 1955
Billy Brown was a starting guard on the 1954-55 Barret High School basketball team. Bill also lettered for 5 years on the last Barret Tennis team. Under the guidance of Lee Allen Rhoads who was the Barret Manual tennis coach from 1950 to 1955. Bill was a guard on that 1961 Henderson all-star team that played & beat the Harlem Magicians at the City High gymnasium.
    Brown attended Murray state for a year, and served in the U. S. Army from 1958-1960. Bill earned his degree in business administration from the University of Evansville in 1963.  
     Bill retired from PB&S Chemical Company in 2002, and is still living in Henderson.     
     Bill & wife Becky (who hails from West Virginia) were married in 1996, and have no children.

Tommy Childress
Barret Manual Training High School
Class of 1955 
Reserve Guard on 1954-55 Barret basketball team
Safety on 1954 Barret football team.
Tommy Childress was a reserve guard on the 1954-55 Barret High School team. Tommy also played safety on the Barret football team. After leaving City High Tommy attended Murray State & played guard on the Murray Freshman basketball squad.
     Tommy was director of purchasing for a major chemical company in Atlanta, then founded, owned & operated his own chemical company, C-Land Chemicals of Atlanta, Ga.
    After selling his chemical Company Tommy returned to Kentucky and went in the coal business.
    Tommy and his wife Linda of 28 years have 6 children and 7 grandchildren. Tommy is now doing church camp counseling during his retirement.  
    Tommmy and Linda are presently residing in Louisville, KY.

1954-55 Barret High Basketball team, 29-4,

finished 3rd in State Tournament.

     This fabulous team with Coach T. L. Plain at the helm and the 6’4" 2 time high school all-stater Don Gish finished third in the Kentucky State High School Basketball tournament.

     After breezing through both the district & regional tournaments, the Purple Flash beat Clay County 66-58 in the first round, whipped Shelby County in the second round 72-58, lost to an excellent Adair County 56-54 squad in the state semi-finals and beat top ranked Newport Catholic 68-62 in the consolation game for third place. Hazard High beat Adair Co. 74-66 to lay claim for the 1954-55 Kentucky state championshp.  

     Led by seniors Don Gish and Billy Brown, juniors Pascal Benson, Byron Pinson, and super sophomore David Eakins, the Purple Flash completed a 29-4 season, the most victories ever, an all-time record for a Henderson based basketball team. This record will stand forever in the annals of Barret Manual Training High School, as this would be their final season for the Barret players. The Purple Flash of Barret Manual Training High School would be no more. This 29 win season will be equaled by the 1955-56 new Henderson City High School. These two teams still have the best won-lost records for all-time in all  of the Henderson County high schools.  

     Juniors, Fred Schuette, Sammy Joe Shelton, Dick Yates, sophomore Bill Ruff and senior Tommy Childress would all contribute to a very talented Barret High squad.

    The three regular season losses were to Owensboro Catholic by 2, Owensboro Senior High School by 2, and Louisville Flaget High by 7 points, for a combined total of 11 points. Barret averaged 74.2 points for the regular season per game and held the opponents to 53.5, a margin of 20.7 points per game over their opponents.  

    With the high & low game of this 1954-55 season being Uniontown St. Agnes, whom they whipped 118-18 in the first round of the district tournament held on a neutral site at the Holy Name Gym. The 118 was a season high for Barret  point total and by holding St. Agnes to a season low of a very stingy 18 points for the Knights of St. Agnes. This total was also a low for all opponents during the regular season. This stingy total of 18 points was also the state low by any Kentucky high school team in the 1954-55 school year. The 100 point victory margin was also only the second time in Kentucky high school history that a Kentucky high school won by 100 points or more. It also marked the first time that a 100 point margin happened in a tournament game. And to defend Barret & T. L. Plain, regarding a victory of that size. Coach Plain pulled all starters out of the game in the early minutes of the second quarter. 5' 6" reserve guard Bill Ruff burned the nets for 38 points in less than 3 quarters of play for the Purple Flash. Barret Center Don Gish finished the game with 28 points and 12 rebounds, playing a total of 10 minutes for the entire game.  

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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