Category: Homecoming Queens


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Shirley Sewell

By Charlie Sedman:  I finally identified the first homecoming queen, crowned at the first homecoming game against Rossville on Oct 22, 1949. Shirley Sewell is shown being crowned by an Alumni Association bigwig, probably Ernie Feagans, who was never very far away from a microphone. Other candidates were Jeanine Watson, Geraldine Maxey, Hulene Huff, and Evalynne Anderson.

Homecoming Queens

The Central Digests of October 1, 8, and 15, 1949 detailed the selection process of the first homecoming queen to be crowned at halftime of the Central-Rossville game at Chamberlain Field on October 22, 1949.  The Senior English classes nominated 8 contestants, then the student body selected 5 finalists, with the person getting the most votes crowned by the Alumni President (at that time Jerry Perry).  Subsequent queens would be crowned by the previous year’s queen.  Betty Bridges, Betty Drinnon, and Diane Haynes were eliminated by the student vote, leaving the top 5 – Evalynne Anderson, Hulene Huff, Geraldine Maxey, Shirley Sewell, Jeanne Watson – to appear on the field for the presentation, which was won by Shirley Sewell.

  • 1949:  Shirley Sewell
  • 1950:  Peggy Kistler
  • 1951:  Pat Williams
  • 1952:  Dot Wood
  • 1953:  Joy Schroeder
  • 1954:  Norma Jean Coulter
  • 1955:  Patty Rector
  • 1956:  Mary Ruth Neyman
  • 1957:  Linda Scruggs
  • 1958:  Ann Travis
  • 1959:  Carolyn Hale
  • 1960:  Donna Reed
  • 1961:  Jill Keef
  • 1962:  Judy Jackson
  • 1963:  Pam Piercy
  • 1964:  Janie Young
  • 1965:  Cheryl White
  • 1966:  Teri Tinker
  • 1967:  Martha Hollis
  • 1968:  Ginger Nye
  • 1969:  Jayne Arnold
  • 1970:  Karen Sue
  • 1971:  Vicky Thacker
  • 1972:  Debbie Hunt
  • 1973:  Robin Hall
  • 1974:  Annie Owen
  • 1975:  Cheryl Williams
  • 1976:  Robin Rozzell
  • 1977:  Kim Ellis
  • 1978:  Sheri Bankston
  • 1979:  Sherri Bradford
  • 1980:  Cathy Russell
  • 1981:  Nancy Lonas
  • 1982:  Emily Schaerer
  • 1983:  Tamye Yarbrough
  • 1984:  Denise Knowles
  • 1985:  Ava Kirby
  • 1986:  Kim Freezell
  • 1987:  Lorena Stitts

Note 1:  Research by Charlie Sedman and Bob Johnson

Note 2:  Year show is year crowned.