The class of 1961 was the last to graduate from Summerville High School.  With the consolidation of Menlo and Lyerly High Schools, Summerville High School ended its 70-year history and reopened in the fall of 1961 as Chattooga High School.

kids outside school
Front of the school looking west.  The old Ford dealership is in the background at the location of the current BB&T bank.

board of ed
Mr. Hair swings the board of education.

essential personnel
Janitor Hinton Freeman and Principal A. L. Clark were identified as "two essentials at SHS."


marching band
Mr. Herman Johnson was the band instructor.

football team
"Head Coach Paul Quinn, in his first year at SHS, led a young and inexperienced band of Indians to the first undefeated regular season we've ever had.  Coach Quinn also tutored the Indian line, and each of the student body expresses their gratitude for an outstanding job.

Assistant Coach Rex Cassidy also did an excellent job with the backfield, and was another big cog in the winning Indian machine."

Were these ladies dressed for a Sadie Hawkins dance?

homecoming court
The Homecoming Court consisted of (front row, L-R) Betty Hamner, Sue Weems, Wanda Crowe, Mary Lou Caldwell, Sandra Williams, Joyce Koonce, Paula Allen, Sandra Worsham, Elaine Patterson, Martha James, Carolyn Cling, and Linda Wheeler.  Their sponsors were (top row, L-R) Billy Johnson, Petey Dunson, Ray Casey, Billy Mitchell, Jimmy Hunt, Alec Johnson, Harry Barnes, Tommy Dooley, Bud Reynolds, Bob Mahan, Leon Arnold, and Steve Groce.

Whoever's driving this Ford convertible must have been one of the coolest cats at Summerville High.  Perhaps this is the Homecoming Parade.  (View is looking northwest on Commerce Street near the post office.)

The cheerleaders ride atop a classic Plymouth convertible in a photo taken near the post office on Commerce Street, looking north.

homecoming queen
Mary Lou Caldwell was crowned Homecoming Queen by the previous year's winner, Alice Ruth Henderson.

homecoming dance
Are they dancing the Bop, the Stroll, or the Madison at the Homecoming 1960 hop?

Original caption:  "What do you mean, we don't look like Indians?"

more indians

miss chattooga county
These pretty ladies were contestants for Miss Chattooga County.  Front row (L-R) first runner-up Shirley Adams, Miss Chattooga County Joan Tucker, second runner-up Linda Wheeler.  Back row (L-R) Wanda Crowe, Martha James, Mary Lou Caldwell, Lenelle Hartline, Linda Parrish, Ann Woods, and Brenda Wright.  

studious students


Some of the Senior Superlatives included (L-R) Martha James, Betty Hamner, Mary Lou Caldwell, Albert Hudgins, Olney Meadows, Mary Warren, and Lonelle Baggett.

Thanks to Gene McGinnis for providing the 1961 Sequoyah.

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