The Chattooga High School Marching Band was under the direction of George V. Henderson in 1971-1972. He was also the Chorus Director.
Miss Claudia Floyd was the School Secretary for many years and was the "go to" person in the main office. She was later married to teacher Alvis Copeland.
Mr. Paul Hosmer was the Agriculture teacher and advisor.
Mrs. Frances Ellis was one of the English teachers.
Miss Bettye Lee Busbin taught Business Law and Typing.
Mrs. Vertice Bolds was the EMR teacher.
Teachers "raiding" the Halloween candy in the teacher's lounge were, from left to right, Mrs. Martha Price, Mr. Ben Mosley, and Mrs. Linda Johnson.
Mrs. Mary Nell Trimble taught World History.
Mr. Charles Morrow taught P.E. and also coached.
Mr. Douglas Ford taught English.
Mr. Jack Herring was the Assistant Principal.
The Band Color Guard included, from left to right, unidentified, Brenda Bond, unidentified, Patty Cooper, and Donna Reeves.
The school newspaper, the Indian Lore, included staff members, from left to right, (seated) Connie Reeves, Kathryn Clowdis, Joel Cordle, Ebeth Martin, and Drusilla Romine; (standing) Susie Stewart (editor), Mrs. Phyllis Payne (advisor), and Judy Wright.
Sophomore class officers included (seated) Vice President Bob Eleam, (standing, from left to right) Secretary Keitha Cash, President Vicki Cooper, and Treasurer Beverly Finster.
Future Business Leaders of America included, from left to right, (kneeling) Debbie Johnson, Connie Reeves, and Becky Bowman; (standing) Becky Mitchell, Sandra Smith, Linda Mull, Debbie Pickle, and Brenda Gaines.
The Senior Superlatives for Most Athletic were Sandra Smith and Butch Lanier.
The Senior Superlatives for Most School Spirit were Lori Byars and Melvin Mosley.
Ruth Gayler and Al James were Mr. and Miss Freshman.
Junior class officers included, from left to right, Treasurer Jeannie Owens, Secretary Anne Pesterfield, Vice President Delores Smith, and President Tony Thompson.
The Boys Varsity Basketball team featured, from left to right, Andy Hudgins, Harold Hudson, Gary Richardson, Bobby Mitchell, Vincent London, Freddy Everett, Herman Fletcher, Greg London, Gerry Perry, and David Mitchell.
Bobby Mitchell and Greg London pose for pictures during practice inside "the barn."
Robert "Lefty" Norton, coincidentally on the left, was the Boys B Team basketball coach. Jack Mayo coached the Boys Varsity basketball team.
Terri Bryant and Lucy King were two varsity football cheerleaders.
The Library Club included, from left to right, (kneeling) Ted Fuller and Drusilla Romine; (standing) Mary Camp, Tony Thompson, and Eddie Newsome; and (top) Delores Smith.
The Hi Y Club officers included, from left to right, President Benny Lenderman, Vice President Gary Floyd, Secretary Tony Thompson, and Chaplain Herman Fletcher.
This photograph shows members of the Hi Y Club.
These reporters for the school newspaper, the Indian Lore, posed in the school library.
The chorus officers included, from left to right, President Wanda Nell Parris, Secretary Gail Sumner, and Treasurer Patsy Henderson.
The camera caught these kids just "shooting the bull." From left to right, Lori Parham, Sandra Smith, Susan Wallin, Cathy Norton, Debbie Pickle, and Benny Lenderman.
Senior representatives on the student council included, from left to right, Ginger Henley, Gary Floyd, Susan Busbin, David Tidmore, Terri Bryant, David Mitchell, Ellen Gayler, and Butch Lanier.
The student council included these freshmen: from left to right, Ruth Gayler, Cindy Vernon, Coleman Ledford, and Al James.
Members of the track team included, from left to right, William Crouch, Gerry Perry, Coach Charles Morrow, John Marks, Joel Ozment, Jim Meredith, and Johnny Eaton. The student kneeling is unidentified.
Also included on the track team were, from left to right, (front row) Tom Neal, Jim Meredith, and Melvin Mosley; (top row) Bobby Mitchell, Johnny Eaton, and David Mitchell.
In appreciation of the popular television show Hee-Haw, the yearbook staff dressed up for a picture taken in the Ledford barn located just off the Trion Teloga Road.
A Tribute to the Class of 1972
by Judy Brooks
A Tribute to the Class of 1972
by Judy Brooks
The winds of change that began stirring in the 1960s as a small breeze rapidly became a tempest in 1972 which swept in the unforeseen political and societal shifts of the 1970s. Weeks after the CHS Class of 1972 graduated, the infamous Watergate break-in was exposed and would impact our political structure in unforeseen ways. It was the same year Nike shoes hit the market and one of the earliest video games, Pong, was released.
George Wallace was shot and permanently paralyzed while campaigning. Charles Manson was sentenced to death, but soon faced life in prison when the Supreme Court ruled against the death penalty. And, in a brilliant bout of in-your-face defiance to Soviet chess domination, 29-year-old Bobby Fischer defeated Russian Boris Spassky.
Thanks to the 26th Amendment which had passed in 1971, the Class of 1972 registered to vote at the ripe old age of eighteen and many voted in the 1972 presidential election. Earth Day began only a couple of years before, inspiring many CHS students to join the newly-formed Ecology Club.
Headlines for 1971-1972 covered the opening of Disney World, the Munich Olympics, and the Attica Prison Uprising. Although the headlines for our little school paper were far from those on a national scale, the Indian Lore served the literary aspirations of many of the senior class who wrote, edited, and photographed material for our weekly school paper. The seniors on the Sequoyah staff were instrumental in putting together a first-rate yearbook, and the Class of 1972 was well represented at Quill and Scroll functions.
In 1972, Joe Namath, Mark Spitz, Arthur Ashe, Pete Maravich, and Lee Trevino were among the sports heroes of the day. The CHS sports program saw a number of seniors participating in activities like football, basketball, baseball, tennis, golf, or cheerleading. The 1972 CHS Marching Band received good ratings during competitions, as did the Color Guard. The drum major was rated excellent, while the majorettes, with senior leadership, outdid themselves to bring home a Superior rating.
Media was a crucial influence on our generation, and the 1970s seemed to burst with creativity and experimentation. It was a stellar year for movies and many of us saw The Godfather, Klute, and A Clockwork Orange when they were released. As for reading material, the best-seller list included Jonathan Livingston Seagull, The Winds of War, I’m OK, You’re OK and, ironically enough, the poetry of Rod McKuen. Many read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings for the very first time.
Cigarette ads had just been banned from TV. The Waltons swept the Emmys, and The Partridge Family, The Bob Newhart Show, Columbo, and Mannix were popular, but for me, none of these compared with The Mary Tyler Moore Show. I imagined a life far away from Summerville; someplace larger and more vibrant, and daydreamed about my life a la Mary Richards. I would have a cool job, live in a designer-decorated, third-floor Victorian apartment, and spend my weekends tossing my hat into the air at each street corner I came to.
Radio was also experiencing a metamorphosis and those of us who took transistor radios to bed to listen to WLS late at night were about to be pleasantly surprised. The unexplored territory known in the 1960s as FM radio was beginning to come into its own. As a result, many of us said goodbye to Jet Fly/WFLI, with its episodes of “Chickenman” and “The Tooth Fairy” and began tuning home stereos to the Chattanooga and Atlanta stations that offered something edgier than mainstream top 40.
Now, forty years later, it seems we are yet again living in interesting times, and the changes are coming fast and furious. Compared to the 1970s, these alterations now hit at the warp speed of the Starship Enterprise rather than the sedate pace of a light year.
One of the biggest changes for me? My excellent memory of which I was so proud no longer functions as the old reliable standby it once was, at least when I try to remember things that happened over twenty years ago.
Recently, I pulled out my 1972 Sequoyah and thumbed through it, hoping to find pictures to kick my aging dendrites into action, and was dismayed to draw not one, but several blanks. I carefully scanned all the notes and good wishes from everyone who signed my annual that year and what I came away with is this: I’m grateful for the opportunity I had to make friends with many of the 1972 seniors, but, having read every yearbook message again and again, I wish I had gotten to know each and every member of the Class of 1972.
After graduating with the CHS class of 1973, Judy Brooks attended Berry College before beginning a career that encompassed a number of diverse positions, from bartender and directory assistance operator to assistant grant-writer and office manager. She has lived in Rome, Atlanta, and Paducah, KY, where she spent two years in the Information Technology program at West Kentucky College and Technical School. Judy returned to Summerville in September of 2010, and is quite content to be back among family and friends. She is currently a writer and editor, and is in the process of establishing her own Internet publishing company. She is passionate about movies, books, writing, cooking, jazz, and spending time with her family, and would be thrilled to hear from friends, classmates, and other interested members of the community. Judy can be reached at email@example.com.
Thanks to Susan Wallin King for caption information and Judy Brooks for the class essay.
Photographs by T. Emmett Nunn.
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