Henderson City High School, 1955 to 1963

William Spoehr & the 1916 Barret Basketball champions

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

1916 Barret Manual High School, Undefeated & Un-official Kentucky State High School & National High School Champions.  



Henderson Kentucky



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1st Row Left to Right: Team Captain: R.F. Cottingham, William Spoehr. 2nd Row: William Gardner, C. Green Fitz-Hugh, Harry Jones. 3rd Row: Anthony Dishman, Coach: W.R. Leker, Unidentified, Taney McGee.

     The 1916 Barret Manual basketball team under Coach W. R. Leker won the first Kentucky State tournament in 1916 at Centre College. At that time it was only an invitational state tournament. Barret is one of only three Kentucky high schools to ever win the Kentucky High School state tournament in an undefeated season. This 1915-16 Barret basketball team was not only undefeated in 12 games, Barret Manual won the first national basketball tournament and defeated Parkersburg, WV at Athens, Ohio 38-32 for the recognized national basketball title. However most sources will not acknowledge the Barret state championship because the KHSAA didn't come into existence until a two years later in 1918, at which time the KHSAA took over the state basketball tournament.

 One other undefeated team was the 1928 Ashland High School Blazers. The 1928 undefeated Ashland team is also only the second Kentucky high school to win the National High School Championship. The 1916 Barret High team was the first Kentucky school to win the coveted National title. The third & the last team to go undefeated in Kentucky high school was the 1948 Brewers High School basketball team from Marshall County in Western Kentucky. Brewers High School led by all-state performer Mason Cope, went to the Kentucky state finals from 1944 through 1948, before finally winning it all in that undefeated season with a record of 29-0. After a brief military stint, Cope teamed up with former Barret star Don Gish & former Wayland star Kelly Coleman at KY Wesleyan to finish as national runners-up in the NAIA National Finals tournament.      

    The only time in KHSAA tournament history that two undefeated teams have ever met in the the State semifinals was in 1933. Horse Creek (24-0) defeated Hazel Green (25-0) 42-41. Neither team won the state tournament that year.  


William Spoehr, Barret 1916
   One of the greatest of the early Barret athletes, he starred in
three sports for Barret High teams in 1915 and 1916. The 1915-
1916 basketball team was undefeated in 12 games, won the first
state basketball tournament and defeated Parkersburg, WV
at Athens, OH 38-32 for the recognized national basketball
title. He also played football for three years and was a
member of the 1912 Barret track team as an eighth-grader.

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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, TM, , 2007, 2008, 2009. 2010,

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Shelby A. (Lex) Riggs II

Please note that all photographs were sent in by former students of Henderson City High School. They have all been edited, corrected & cleaned up as well as they possibly could. If you are displeased with a photo, simply scan the photo that you want replaced and I will be more than happy to replace it.
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