Henderson City High School, 1955 to 1963

All-State, All-American High School Basketball teams 1955-56

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

1955-56 Litkenhaus Kentucky High School Basketball ratings
Berea High School was the #1 ranked team in Kentucky by the Litkenhaus ratings in the Louisville Courier-Journal at the end of the regular season. Berea was led by All-American/All-state 6' 6" center Don Mills, lost to Johnson Central High School in the 13th regional finals, whom Berea had beaten three times during the regular season. In regular season play, Berea beat six of the teams in the KY sweet 16, including state champion Carr Creek and runner-up Henderson City.  
Final Litkenhaus ratings for end of 1955-56 regular Basketball Season: Top 10
1.   Berea
2.   Earlington
3.   Wayland
4.   Henderson City
5.   Louisville Valley High
6.   Mayfield
7.   Carr Creek
8.   Lexington Lafayette
9.   Central City
10. Louisville Flaget
11. Louisville Atherton
12. Pikeville
Final Litkenhaus Top 10 ratings for 1955-56 Basketball after state tournament:  
1.   Henderson City
2.   Carr Creek
3.   Wayland
4.   Berea
5.   Central City
6.   Louisville Flaget
7.   Pikeville
8.   Earlington
9.   Louisville Valley
10. Lexington Lafayette

1955-56 Kentucky High School Basketball
All-State Team:
Byron Pinson-Henderson City (Senior)
David Eakins-Henderson City (Junior)
Pascal Benson-Henderson City (Senior)
**Kelly Coleman-Wayland (Senior) *
Corky Withrow-Central City (Senior) *
Roger Newman-Central City (Senior)
***Harry Todd-Earlington (Freshman)
Charlie Osborne-Flat Gap (Senior)
Don Mills-Berea (Senior)
Donnis Butcher-Pikeville (Senior)
****Billy Ray Lickert-Lexington Lafayette (Senior)
E.A. Couch-Carr Creek (Senior)
(names are not in any type of order)
Kentucky did not have a 1st or 2nd all-state team at this time. There was only one all-state team that consisted of 10-12 players. Kentucky began the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd all-state teams in 1958 or 1959.   
*named to high school all-American team.  
**Kelly Coleman of Wayland was named Kentucky's
first Mr. Basketball & the first National High School Player of the Year. 
Kelly Coleman of Wayland High School is the only high school player from Kentucky to be named the National High School Player of the Year. Corky Withrow of Central City High School opted to play major league baseball in the St. Louis Cardinals organization.
***Harry Todd of Earlington High School is first player named to all-state teams
all 4 years of high school.  
****Billy Ray Lickert of Lexington Lafayette High School is named to the 1960 all-American team at the University of Kentucky and spent 8 years in the NBA.
The 1955-56 basketball season was the
first & only year in the history of the
KHSAA that there were three first team
all-state members from the same high
school in the same year.
And they did not come from the
winning state championship team.
Henderson City's Byron Pinson, David Eakins
& Pascal Benson are also the only players in KHSAA
history to be named to all-district, all-regional,
and all-state teams in the same year
from the same high school.
The year was 1956.
This has never occurred before the 1955-56
season and has not happened since.   

1956 Kentucky ALL State-TOURNAMENT TEAM 

1st team:

Kelly Coleman, Wayland

Raymond "Corky" Withrow, Central City  

Byron Pinson, Henderson City 

David Eakins, Henderson City

Pascal Benson, Henderson City

2nd Team:

E. A. Couch, Carr Creek

Bobby Shepherd, Carr Creek

Harry Todd, Earlington  

Rex Story, Mayfield

Billy Ray Lickert, Lexington Lafayette



Kelly Coleman, Wayland, KY

National High School Player of the year


Kelly Coleman, Wayland, KY

Corky Withrow, Central City, KY  

Oscar Robertson, Indianapolis, IN 

Jerry West, Cheylan, WV

Albert Ellison, Linden, TN

Horace Walker, Chester, PA

Don Mills, Berea, KY

different web-sites list different 1st team all-Americans, so there are more than 5 listed. Source:



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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