Posted in Early History, Faculty, Preservation of History


Here is a wonderful example of Central lore that we are uncovering in our research. Please add your reflections into the human side of the Purple and Gold.

-Chattanooga Times, May 15th, 1919
Fair weather prefaced a storm and a tranquil and sweet beginning preceded a bitter end last night when at the Junior-Senior banquet and entertainment of Central High school Principal J. S. Ziegler, with stern and emphatic language, declared against a dance planned by the boys and girls of the Junior class.

At the end of the dinner program last night, when the Juniors had planned to clear the Patton (Hotel) ballroom and end the evening with a dance. Mr. Ziegler ordered the room cleared; staying some forty-five minutes to see that the lingering banqueters did not indulge their terpsichorean fancies.

After a number of those in both classes had decided to disregard his admonitions and run the last part of the program to suit themselves, they found the ballroom locked and as Manager John Lovell was nowhere to be found, they left the hotel with a bitter taste and rebellious trend of reflection, to go to their homes.

The banquet went off with exquisite smoothness until George J. Heron, the president of the Junior class, announced the dance, when as one present remarked, “Turmoil broke loose.”

Not only did the principal announce that they must not dance but he declared that he would suspend all who stayed in the hotel.

A representative number of Central boys last night declared that knowing their principal’s objections to dances; they made the dance a separate part of the program. The principal was not to be in charge of this feature and, according to some of the youngsters, was not even invited.

Mr. Lovell, they said, agreed to let them use the ballroom for dancing when the banquet was over. The orchestra was furnished by them and the dance; they said was to be a “private” affair. They doubted the principal’s right to interfere, but as they found the ballroom closed they were forced to go away disappointed, not however, without budding plans for a continuation of the program in the future to be held without his supervision.

P. P. Celzer (probably W. P. Selcer) and Mrs. L. M. Russell were two other members of the faculty present. They advised the youngsters to go home without crossing the will of the principal.

Posted in Purple Pounders

Anvil and Hammer Beginnings

The football team was annointed “Purple Pounders” during football season of 1937, but when were the Anvil and Hammer symbols adopted?

Working backward, the earliest photo I’ve found is in 1944 Champion – The footbal coaching staff are wearing tee shirts with anvil and hammer printed on the front. You can view a copy of this photo in Charlie Sedman’s football history articles.

I would love to know the story behind our beloved Anvil and when it was first represented our Purple Pounders.

Posted in Champions

Origin of Champion

Have you ever wondered how, when and why our beloved Yearbook, The Champion was named?

When the third edition of Central’s annual was published in 1914, the cover was embossed with “The Champion 1914”.  Previously, neither the first 1911 edition  “Sleepless Eye”, nor the second in 1913 “The Central” carried any hint of what would follow.  The Forward on page five of 1914 edition states,

“The Champion” was chosen as the name of our annual because of a few very distinct characteristics of the word. In Ancient times the Champion went forth from his castle to fight for the right and to represent those principles to which he had pledged his allegiance. So shall this annual strive to represent the best there is in this school. We have activities in our school that should be represented to the world.  Go forth, O Champion! And may you help win greater laurels for our school.  –The Annual Board”

Almost 100 years later, it’s still our much loved Champion!

Posted in The Central Digest

Digest published longer than thought

The Central Digest was published during Fall 1980 through Spring 1984 school years. Previously, it was rumored to have ceased existance after 1975.  The Editor for 1983-1984 confirmed publication over dinner last night, and has promised to check her mother’s closet for any surviving issues.  She also confirmed that Miss Marjorie Ogle was still an Honored member of Faculty that year.

Small world and even a larger “after the Holidays Honey-Do” list for me!

Posted in Authors' Chatter, School Building on Dodds Avenue

Dodds Ave Architecture

Can anyone recall what appears in photos to be inscribed granite plaques that were planted in the two brick columns beside the main front entrance on Dodds Ave? I cannot locate a close-up photo of the inscriptions in any Champions. Since the plaques appear all the way back to 1911 Sleepless Eye, my assumption is that they probably had to do with Dedication of the facility. Can anyone provide a close-up to publish here? Also, what happened to them at demolition of the building in 1970?