MURRAY COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
(Placed on the National Register of Historic Places June 21, 2004)
SCHOOL YEAR 1939-40
43 SENIORS GRADUATE
There was no annual so very little information is readily available for this year.
In the May 23, 1940 issue of the Chatsworth Times the following appeared:
FROM MURRAY HI SUNDAY
Hon. Ellis Arnall Delivers
Hon. Ellis Arnall, attorney general of Georgia, delivered the address last Sunday morning when forty-three Murray County High school seniors received their diplomas and when honors were awarded to outstanding students.
Attorney General Arnall, introduced by Elswick Keith, principal of the high school, delivered the address along optimistic and inspirational lines and interspersed his remarks with poetic quotations and numerous stories illustrating salient points of the address.
"Education is a continual process. As long as one lives his educational development continues or else he stagnates," Attorney General Arnall told the graduating class.
The Attorney General said: "This is the most interesting period of time in the history of mankind. The world is moving fast but new and alluring fields of service beckon to youth. Opportunities are here today as they have always been for young men and young women who are trained and who are willing to really work. Troubled and unsettled conditions have created greater fields for unselfish service.
"Happiness in life depends on doing things for others and eliminating selfish ambition and desire.
"Success in life ultimately depends upon doing your job well, whatever it may be or wherever it may be. No matter how humble or lowly is one's work, that work should be glorified, prized and respected.
"You can and will succeed in life if you are willing to put all you have got into the serious business of making a success.
"Trust in God and belief in a Divinity adds strength and character to life and in times of trouble is a great comfort."
The exercises were opened with the invocation by Rev. W. M. Kelley, after which the hymn "Onward Christian Soldiers" was sung.
Prof. C. W. Bradley, coach of the basketball teams, then awarded letters to the following players: Rembert Townsend, Charles Adams, Newell Jones, Neil Rouse, Bo Presley, Ben Rucker, William Robinson, Ralph Kelly, Leon Davis, Earl Hightower, Edreas Warmack, Robbie Hall, Alleen Kendrick, Helen Sue Green, Louise Parrott and Edna Stroup.
Prof. Keith then awarded letters to the eight honor graduates, Evelyn Gregory, Mary Lynn Long, Ben Rucker, Margaret Jones, Leon Davis, William Robinson, Earl Hightower, Edith Presley.
The high school medals for citizenship were awarded Newell Jones and Lois Westfield by Prof. Keith, after which Dr. Stanton Jones, representing the American Legion, presented these same two students with citizenship medals from the Legion. Dr. Jones also presented the school with an American flag.
The following medals were awarded: Athletics, Charles Adams; Agriculture, Vernon Hix; Home Economics, Roberta Chambers; Music, June Hargis; Scholarship, Virginia Hemphill (for second successive year); Activities, Ben Rucker.
The following were presented certificates for perfect attendance during the year: Bleeka Leonard, Wilburn Keener, Vernon Hix, Clinton Lunsford, Bo Presley, Geneva Campbell, Robbie Dee Hall, Margaret Jones, Edith Presley, C. L. Sailors, Gladys Swanson, Willie June Gee, Helen Sue Green, Markie Hale, Glen Langston, Bernard Peeples, Katie Lee Sitton, Baynard Evans and James Loughridge.
At the close of the exercises, Jack Greeson, county school superintendent, presented diplomas to the following graduates: Bradford Pierce, Bo Presley, Bertie Rhota Stokes, Geraldeen Juruthia Cox, Johnnie Isenhower, Evelyn Peeples Gregory, William Benjamin Rucker, Jr., Effie Ellen Swanson, Edith Presley, Carl Leon Davis, Roy Franklin Taylor, Gradis Clinton Lunsford, Wallace Hamilton Brackett, Ben C. Coffey, William B. Robinson, Rembert H. Townsend, Charles K. Adams, Jr., Edress Warmack, Miriam Bradley, Clyde H. Richards, Maurice Nell Rouse, Mary Keith Harris, Margaret Jones, Newell Jones, Ragan Long, Vernon Clinton Hix, Doris Kathleen Keys, Geneva Campbell, Robbie Dee Hall, Roberta Chambers, Bonnie Grace Anderson, Allins Witherow, Morris Peeples, James Fredrick McEntire, Sibyl Aileen Kendrick, James Edwin Wilson, Denton Lenord Keener, Cosby Bowers, Gladys Davis, Mary Lynn Long, Berniece Mathis, Jean Cate, Earl C. Hightower.
Prof. Keith announced that the average attendance for the year was 278 which is 8 more than last year.
Murray County High School
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