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Picturing the Past 145: 1950-51 JH Basketball

Posted Tuesday, February 7, 2012, at 4:08 PM

These were identified as the 1950-51 Shelbyville Junior High boys basketball team and cheerleaders. (T-G File Photo by Glen Prince)
A reader brought by this photo he's identified as the 1950-51 Shelbyville Junior High (is that what it was called then? boys basketball team. From the trophy they're holding it looks like they may have won a tournament.

Those in the photo are listed on the back as, first row from left, Roseland Penn, unidentified, Donna Smith Sepull, Tommy Reed; second row, Billy Thomas, Jim Adcock, Buddy Haynes, Joe Coffey, Junior Cook, Charles Lowe, Joe Gleaves, Red Grogan; back row, David Smotherman, Morris "QBall" Haynes, Bobby Uselton, Bob Thomas, Lloyd Adamson, -- Craddock, coach Niles Todd.

This was stamped on the back as a Times-Gazette photo so at some point I could probably search the files and find the missing names.

Can anyone tell if this was made next to the old Bryant Street building that was demolished - or next to what's now the school adminstration building on Madison Street? Those windows look like the Madison building, and I do remember the older building.

This one goes back a little further than I've been going in recent months, but we'll still post some older stuff occasionally if there's interest.

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

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FlaDon, another tidbit that came to my mind is that Donna Smith's Mother was a sister to General Douglas MacArthur's wife.

-- Posted by leeiii on Tue, Feb 14, 2012, at 6:22 AM

FlaDon, I thought she was Donna Smith, however, I can not remember what year she moved away from Shelbyville. If that is who she is then she lived over on North Jefferson. I know that she did not go to high school with us.

-- Posted by leeiii on Tue, Feb 14, 2012, at 6:19 AM

The Craddock guy's name is Carlton "Glynn" Craddock.....Glynn is a retired Chemical Engineer from Tenn Tech living in Mobile, AL....Glynn holds several patents and worked on things like the "Whitteners" in modern laundry detergents and adhesives for Space Shuttle Tiles.....leeiii, who is the girl next to Rosalyn Penn??

-- Posted by FlaDon on Mon, Feb 13, 2012, at 9:08 AM

That was during my years at Jr. High School. I remember all of these people.

I also agree with mytaxesaremine that this picture was surely made on the East side of the old Madison Street School. The windows are clearly metal frames. Jr. High had wooden frame windows.

-- Posted by leeiii on Wed, Feb 8, 2012, at 6:16 AM

Most of these young men went on to play at Central High School. They were a little older than me, but I remember them.

-- Posted by caligal on Tue, Feb 7, 2012, at 7:32 PM

I agree with mytaxesaremine, and I remember when Joe Coffee went over the dam and drowned.We walked the river bank for miles looking for his body.

-- Posted by Cal t on Tue, Feb 7, 2012, at 6:17 PM

I just saw on 1-13 in the T-G where Joe Gleaves passed away.Sad when you look at a boy who had his whole life ahead of him and now he is gone.

-- Posted by mytaxesaremine on Tue, Feb 7, 2012, at 5:59 PM

David This could be East side of the current BOE building.If you walk in the old front door there was a first grade class.That would be the large group of windows.The single window would be the boys restroom. It could also be the West side rear where the large group of windows would have been a second grade class and the single window the girls restroom.It is one of the two.

-- Posted by mytaxesaremine on Tue, Feb 7, 2012, at 5:45 PM

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