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Columbia High School, Graduating Class, 1940--

By Mike Watson

A few things have changed in eighty years, but celebrating high school graduations has not. Here are a few items on the class of '40. You may recognize a few names.

Lois Vivian Antle, Columbia; Frances Rosalie Banks, Cane Valley; Joe Russell Barbee, Columbia; Cecil Theodore Bennett, Gradyville; Alma Fay Biggs, Coburg; Helen Hindman Burton, Garlin; Martha Caldwell, Milltown; Estelle Vee Coomer, Columbia; Minnie Corbin, Columbia; Elizabeth C. Cundiff, Greensburg; Elizabeth V. Cundiff, Columbia; Everett Glenn Cundiff, Columbia; Frances Nell Cundiff, Columbia; Lucy Mae Cundiff, Columbia; Dorothy P. Dillon, Columbia; Gwinn Clinton Dunbar, Garlin; Floyd Wayne Erickson, Cane Valley; Marvin Darrell Farris, Coburg; Alfred W. Flowers, Columbia; Doris Ruth Hancock, Cane Valley; Mildred Helen Hancock, Columbia; Charles Russell Harris, Columbia; Paul Samuel Henson, Cane Valley; Mae Holladay, Montpelier;

Nancy Randolph Hood, Columbia; Mary Edna Ingram, Columbia; Pansy Jeffries, Columbia; Myrtle Regina Jessee, Columbia; Joe Taylor Johnson, Columbia; Wallace Kimble Jones, Columbia; Olen Kerns, Columbia; Elizabeth Lee Knifley, Columbia; Mary Frances Maupin, Columbia; Ruth Patteson Miller, Columbia; Ralph G. Montgomery, Columbia; George William Morris, Columbia; Austin Lee Morrison, Columbia; Lester Earl Moss, Gradyville; Mary Eileen Nankivell, Columbia; Elizabeth Nell, Columbia; Evelyn Wilson Page, Cane Valley; Jean Parson, Columbia; Mary Garnett Patterson, Bliss; Wilma Maenell Phelps, Columbia; Avis Maree Powell, Garlin; Joseph Simpson Rodgers, Pickett; Mary Nell Rogers, Columbia; Dorothy Mae Royse, Garlin; Frances Walker Smith, Columbia; Mildred Smith, Columbia; James Edwin Shirley, Bliss; Mary Margaret Staples, Bliss; Martha E. Tupman, Columbia; Francis Tutt, Milltown; Frances Amelia White, Columbia; Ruth Elna White, Columbia; Ruby Corinne Whitley, Columbia.

Columbia High School Administration:
  • O.E. Huddle, Superintendent of Columbia Schools
  • Miss Mary Lucy Lowe, Principal, Columbia High School
  • Mrs. W.J. Flowers, Twelfth Grade Sponsor
  • Miss Frances Russell, Eleventh Grade Sponsor
  • Mrs. David Heskamp, Tenth Grade Sponsor, Librarian
  • Mrs. Eddie Scott, Ninth Grade Sponsor
  • Joe B. Janes, Eighth Grade Sponsor
  • Mrs. Joe Hutchinson, Seventh Grade Sponsor
  • W.H. Owens, Commercial Band Sponsor
  • Miss Virginia Carnes, Home Economics
  • J.E. Gambill, Agriculture
  • William Carneal, Coach

Class of 1940 class officers:
  • Charles Russell Harris, President
  • Doris Ruth Hancock, Vice President
  • Lucy Mae Cundiff, Secretary-Treasurer
Valedictory address was given by Ruby Whitley; Salutatorian address by Frances Cundiff.

Class Motto: Finished But Beginning; Class Flower: White Lilac; Colors: Green and White.

1940 Commencement Speaker: Honorable Rodes K. Myers, Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky.

The Columbia High School, organized in 1909, has been directed by W.M. Wilson, Chesterfield Turner, J.R. Abner, R.R. Moss, A.P. Prather, L.M. Lutes, M.B. Vaughn, and O.E. Huddle. Enrollment in the school was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary School, and increased (in enrollment) from 5 in 1909 to more than 200 in 1940.

The Columbia High School Annual, the Red & White, was edited by Ruby Whitney; typists were Mary Edna Ingram and Floyd Erickson; managers were Gwinn Dunbar and Martha E. Caldwell; art editor was Randolph Hood.

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