Category: Distinguished Graduates

A Standard Met by Few


Class of 1947

Class of 1947

Senior 1946

Senior 1946

Against City at Engel Stadium

Against City at Engel Stadium

Boxing 1946

Boxing 1946

1946 State Champions

1946 State Champions

Research Information Provided by Charlie Sedman

In his first game as a freshman in 1944, he scored 4 touchdowns and kicked extra point in 31-7 win over Stevenson, AL.  In his second game, he scored on 56-yard punt return and on a 33-yard run against Red Bank.  Later in season, he scored 3 touchdowns against Rome, GA , 3 against Tyner & threw a touchdown pass against Baylor.  He ended freshman year with at least 13 touchdowns and was selected All-City.  He also played basketball and was selected All-City in baseball.

In the Fall of 1945 (not listed as a sophomore or junior), in his first game against Asheville NC, he returned an interception for 60-yard touchdown.  In his second game against Rhea County he returned 2 interceptions for 69 yards and 71 yards.  Went on to score 2 touchdowns against Shelbyville, an 80-yard touchdown against Kingsport,  2 touchdowns against Red Bank and Columbia Military Academy, a touchdown against MBAQ, 3 touchdowns against Soddy Daisy,  a 99-yard touchdown against Birmingham Ensley, a touchdown against Baylor, 3 touchdowns against Tyner, and 4 touchdowns against City.  His season total was 24 touchdowns and 6 extra points–150 points was an all-time record locally.  He was also on the baseball and boxing team that year.

In his 3rd year in Fall 1946 (listed as Senior), in his first game he scored 2 touchdowns against Asheville and 5 touchdowns in the second against Spring City (4, 40, 45, 52, and 80 yards).  Against Louisville Male, he scored a touchdown, and against Kingsport on September 27th, he injured ribs in the 1st quarter.  He missed the next 3 games against Red Bank, CMA, and MBA.  After returning on October 26th, he scored twice against Soddy-Daisy and once against Ensley.  Injured again, he played sparingly the rest of the season, finishing the season with 11 touchdowns.  He did not box or play basketball due to injury, but was All-City again in baseball.

Charlie Sedman’s research indicates he ended his career at Central with 48 touchdowns and was All-City in football and baseball 3 times.


In Memory of Janette Castle Crawley

Passed away November 27, 2012

Wittiest in Class of 1951

Faculty Member from 1959 – 1988

The Champion Dedicatory in 1975

Class of ’55 History

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TV Spotlight on Luther

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We are honored to have Miss Bobbie Ruth Hodges, whom to the best of our knowledge is the senior surviving faculty member, participate in the unveiling of the Tennessee Historical Marker to Central on Dodds Avenue at 10:00 a.m., August 4, 2012, at the McCallie Soccer Field, 500 Dodds Avenue.

From The Champion 1960

Joy Jernigan

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Doris Giles Phillips

It is our honor to have Luther participate in the unveiling of the Tennessee Historical Marker to Central on Dodds Avenue at 10:00 a.m., August 4, 2012 , at the McCallie Soccer Field, 500 Dodds Avenue.

The Phillips Family of Quarterbacks

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Phillips Family of Quarterbacks

1954 State Champions

CBS Bumps Feature Story on Luther

Luther’s piece on CBS Evening News has again been bumped due to tragic events in Colorado and CBS’s extensive coverage tonight.