High school graduation is
for many the first major milestone in life. The event symbolizes far
more than mere completion of academic coursework, but the end of
childhood and the beginning of adult responsibilities and expectations.
Here are several photographs of graduating seniors from several schools
across the county. Others may be found under the School Days category.
Lyerly High School. From left to right (front row): Miss Ruby Lee,
Mable Dover, Principal Victor Williams with unidentified boy, Annie Lee
Groce ?, and Mrs. Victor Williams; (middle row) ? Doster, Anna Dover,
Stella Hassed (sp?), ? Willow, Irene Dover, Grace Doster, and Helen ?;
(back row) ? Morrison, Hollis Dorsey, unidentified, Wilburn ?, ?
Tucker, Malcolm Hosteller, and Lucille Pollock.
Gore High School. From left to right (front row) Farris Dawson, Mary
Nell Pinion, Virginia Woods, Mamie Bradford, and Robbie Lee Ward;
(middle row) Louise McCollum, Ima Jean Perry, Rita Baker, Dukie Lee
Hendrix, Sybil Christian, and Catherine Hawkins; (back row) Billy
Mills, Tom Phillips, Dill Ballenger, G.W. Jones, Billy Bowman, and
1945 Summerville High School.
1945 Summerville High School women. Note the school buildings in the background which still stand today.
1945 Summerville High School men pose with the class mascot.
1945. These two unidentifed kids were perhaps underclassmen at Summerville High School and had something to do with graduation.
1945. Two graduates of SHS: twins Waynie and Haynie Pickle. Haynie later married Joe Speer, author of Uncle Joe's Journal on this website.
Lyerly High School. From left to right (front row): Nathaniel Baker,
Sally Anderson, Maxine Cochran, Toni Woods, and Bobby Woodall; (back
row) Fred Copeland, Lawrence Bullard, Wilburn Ragland, unidentified,
and Buddy Colbert.
1958 Summerville High School.
Lyerly High School. This was the last graduating class from Lyerly due
to consolidation with Summerville High School in the fall of 1961 to
form Chattooga High School.
1962 Trion High School.
1963 Chattooga High School.
1964 Chattooga High School.
1967 Trion High School.
1967 Chattooga High School.
1968 Chattooga High School. Jimmy Abney addresses his fellow classmates and others.
1968 Chattooga High School. Superintendent James Spence distributes the diplomas.
1970 Trion High School.
1977 Trion High School.
courtesy of Bill Bowman, Chattooga County Library, Waynie Edge, Charlie
Logan, Joe Pullen, Wilburn Ragland, and L.C. Smith. Many of the
photographs from the 1960s and 1970s were taken by T. Emmett Nunn.