Henderson City High School, 1955 to 1963

1955 KHSAA State Football Champions & Game Scores

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

Ranked # 1 in the Litkenhaus state ratings by the Louisville Courier-Journal,  
Kentucky State Football Champions 1955

Coaching Staff:
Head Coach: Don Shelton
Assistant Coach: Don Chapman

Undefeated 1955, 10-0  


1955 Henderson City High School Football Team.
Undefeated Kentucky State Football Champions
Front Row: 77-Sonny Watkins, 75-Petie Bryant, 87-Bill Harralson,
99-James McMahon, 93-Richard Yates, 90-Pascal Benson,
94-Bobby Glover, 95-Burney Royster, 88-Harry Tate,
67-Sammy Joe Shelton, 72-Ronnie Sheffer
Middle Row: 66-Fred Gibson, 68-Dutch Herzog, 72-Jim  Hatley,
73-Ronnie McClure, 70-Bill Ruff, 84-Junie Hall,
80-Jerry Smith, 82-Ronnie Marshall, 79-David Wilson,
 96-Gerald Duncan, 68-Charles Book
Back Row: 82-Tommy Glover (14 years old, 8th Grade),
98-Robert Stone, 76-Jim Lambert, 74-Jim Wilson,
78-Sonny Mills, 97-Virgil Toome, 91-Don Workins,
              75-Jerry Barron, 88-Butch Abernathy, 88-Darrell Sheffer,
81-Hershel Cave Jr.

#1 Ranked football team in Kentucky.

1955 Kentucky

State Football Champions

Game by Game scores:

Henderson City: 20             Caldwell County High:       19

Henderson City: 39             Bowling Green High:          19

Henderson City: 60             Providence High:                  6

Henderson City: 35             Marion High:                        6

Henderson City: 20             Hopkinsville:                         7

Henderson City:   7             Sturgis High:                         6

Henderson City: 25             Madisonville:                        7

Henderson City: 14             Morganfield High:                13

Henderson City: 40             Daviess County:                   13

Henderson City: 45             Owensboro Sr.:                     6

     Only Barret High, 1916 stood as the only undefeated Henderson team in the school history for 47 years (Barret opened in 1908). Henderson City went on to win the mythical state football championship (there was no playoff system until 1959). The City High Flash repeated another undefeated season four years later, with a 12-0 record in 1959, again winning the state championship by defeating Ft. Thomas Highlands.

     This was the first year for the new Henderson City High School Flash. This was the 3rd season for Coach Don Shelton and head assistant Coach Don Chapman, as he took a ragged team from the old Barret Manual Training High School to a new era. His first two seasons he managed to win a total of but 8 games, and was able to turn the program around in 3 years.

     The Barret Manual High School Purple Flash had been the cellar dwellers of the Western Kentucky Conference for the last few years. Now, with a team full of talent from top to bottom, City High had no weaknesses.

    With all-state performers Quarterback Ronnie Sheffer, Lineman Pascal Benson, and fullback Sonny Watkins, they managed to go through a perfect season. They also had superb running backs in future all-state performer junior Petie Bryant and senior Sammy Joe Shelton. Sammy was later a punter & running back for SMU., while Petie became a star running back at University of Louisville.

     They beat three teams by a point in each game and cruised past their WKC foes in fashion.

     The Flash easily handled both opponents from neighboring Owensboro. The games against Daviess County Panthers & Owensboro Senior Red Devils set the stages for the Litkenhaus #1 ranking in the final polls for the season. The other big rivalry were the Madisonville Maroons, which the Flash handled easily 25-7. The Sturgis Bears stingy defense held the Flash to their season low of 7 points.

     In the Litkenhaus state ranking in the Louisville Courier-Journal the City High Flash was ranked #1, with the undefeated Prestonburg Blackcats (10-0) ranked # 2 in the Litkenhaus polls. Both teams claimed the state title. The KHSAA did not utilize a state playoff system until the 1959 football season. Because of the #1 ranking in the Litkenhaus polls, the Henderson City School Flash claimed the state championship title outright. Prestonburg also claimed title, but they still were only ranked #2.

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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