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Class of 1909

I’m posting this information to amend erroneous and/or missing information in the “purple books” sponsored by the Alumni Association in 1994 and 2007. Maybe your parents or grandparents show up on these lists?  Were there any 3rd generation Pounders?   One of the more notable grads of 1909 was three-sport star Hawley Cushman, who returned a fumble for the only score in Central’s first football victory over City High and later started for John Heisman’s football and basketball teams at Georgia Tech.  Horace Jones was a “ringer” recruited from Baylor, who pitched Central to an undefeated season in baseball, including a win over previously undefeated Baker-Himel of Knoxville for the unofficial East Tennessee Championship on May 24, 1909 (which was also graduation day).

The 35 members of the Class of 1909 per the May 24, 1909 Chattanooga Times:

  • Oscar Barr
  • Frank S. Barker
  • Isabelle Rankin Bible
  • Richard Brown, Jr.
  • Mary Burger
  • Alma Cartwright
  • Laurel Crozer
  • Lily Crozer
  • George Hawley Cushman
  • Lois Carter
  • Mary Cochran
  • Mamie Alley Farris
  • Frank Griscom
  • Frank Hancock
  • Myrtle Holmes
  • Julius Horton
  • Horace Jones
  • Rufus Kelley
  • Nan Martin
  • Annilau Miller
  • Penelope Moore
  • Earnest W. Morrison
  • Reba Moulton
  • Willellah Neal
  • Mary Orrill
  • (Julius) Herbert Poindexter
  • Grace Shackelford
  • George H Shackelford
  • Norman Shackelford
  • Miss Willie Sutton
  • Joseph Tatum
  • Alice Taylor
  • Virna B. Wall
  • Audrey Watson
  • Harvey Wiley


Graduated from Central in 1965. Had the honor of being Mr. Central 1965. Started on the Central Basketball Team for three years and was a member of the Track Team in my senior year. Shared command with Bryant Millsaps of the Central JROTC unit in my senior year. Other activites at Central are documented in the 1963 -1965 Champions. Received an athletic scholarship and played Division I College Basketball for four years. When I graduated from Auburn in 1969, I was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Army Adjutant General Corps and served 25 years on active duty, retiring in 1994. Some of the military awards I earned include the Legion of Merit, one Meritorious Service Medal for Achievement, six Meritorious Service Medals for Service, Joint Service Medal for Achievement, two Army Commendations Medals, and Viet Nam Service Medal. After retirement in 1994, I became a Real Estate Broker until my second retirement in 2010. I am passionate about Central History and am pleased to be Administrator of this Blog/Site.

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