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Picturing the Past 85: 1946 Golden Eaglettes

Posted Tuesday, November 2, 2010, at 12:07 PM

The 1946 Central High Aquila yearbook contained first names for some, but not all, players. It appears that the front row may have been the freshmen or junior varsity. Kneeling, from left, Hickerson, Miller, Palmer, Parks, Rambo, Vaughn, Frazier, Kellar, Carol (Carroll?), Taylor, Gregory, Adams. Standing, from left, Coach "Red" Swing, Campbell, Jean Naron, Billie Hayes, Nancy Ogle, Frances Lamb, Doris Stokes, Jessica Compton, Dot Gibson, Milbrey Eakin, Marie Barton, Jerry Boyce, Patsy Thomas, Jean Barton, Ruth Tittsworth and her future husband Deery Eakin. (1946 Aquila photo)
I actually had another photo in mind for today - you'll see it next week - but Jennifer Jarrell brought by Frances Rowland's 1946 Central High Aquila yearbook containing photos of the 1946 Eaglettes this morning. Some of those Eaglettes will be at today's Central High for an alumni game Saturday to benefit the new Boys and Girls Club of Bedford County.

You'll also see an "identify the player" contest in our print edition this week. The person who ID's the most former Eaglettes wins dinner for two at Legend's.

This 1946 team finished as runners-up in the 11th District tournament as well as the Unit 3 tournament in Murfreesboro. (Were 'units' similar to today's regions?)

They appear to have finished with a 10-8 record and played Wartrace, Bell Buckle and Unionville in addition to the surrounding cities on today's schedule.

That gym was on the upper floor of the Elm Street version of Central High, which those who attended from 1955-77 (and later Harris Middle students?) remember as the cafeteria. I remember entering the cafeteria from a long hallway through a doorway like this one behind the players. Is that the door to the hallway pictured?

Looks like there wasn't much room behind the basket. I'd hate to end up running hard into that wall (speaking from personal experience at another gym -- the scar's still on my upper lip).

Picturing the Past is featured each Tuesday in this blog. Reader contributions are welcome.

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Great picture David. At least two of my high school teachers are either mentioned or pictured here. Yes, that was the double doors leading to the hallway that you mentioned. On the extreme left of the picture would be the stairway leading down stairs to the dressing rooms. If my memory serves me correctly there were tumbling mats fixed to the wall on the opposite end of the gym to prevent serious damage from collisions there.

-- Posted by leeiii on Tue, Nov 2, 2010, at 2:45 PM

The 1958 Aquila has a pic on page 4 which shows the lunch room, the back door that went down to the back of the wood shop area, and the balcony . On page 43 the wood shop which was directly below is shown. The kitchen was on the North end,and below that was the band room, and the football dressing rooms on the West side.

-- Posted by Cal t on Tue, Nov 2, 2010, at 4:43 PM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.