WEST END HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
Our next Lunch Bunch is Thursday, March 21 at HILLWOOD COUNTRY CLUB at 11AM. The cost is $ 10 per person for the soup and sandwich buffet, payable at the door.
Our March speaker will be Fletch Coke, a Nashville Historian. The program will be a surprising history about some well-known Nashvillians. Join us for this enjoyable presentation, good food, and Bluejay fun and fellowship.
For reservations, please call Linda Nealy, 615-944-1054 or email [email protected] by Saturday, Mar 16.
Reminder: Lunch Bunch meets the third Thursday of each month with the exception of January. All meetings are at 11AM at Hillwood Country Club and the cost is $ 10 per person.
Obituaries will be added to our email the middle of the month.
WEST END HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
Our (Last) Homecoming -- Save the Date
Thursday, June 20, 2024
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Seated Lunch Served at 11:30, only $30*
Registration Deadline is June 1st
*As our group ages, some of us have budgetary constraints. If you find it tough currently, we have funding available to help our schoolmates attend. As this will be our last all-school reunion, it is important and desired that you be there. The assistance will be handled confidentially by John Wade. Please, please come!
Watch for future announcements and check back frequently for additional information.
WELCOME TO WEST END HIGH SCHOOL - WHERE THE BLUE JAYS FLEW!
If you are an alumnus of West High, you already value the wonderful education we received, and the warm relationships with our classmates. If you are a visitor to our site, we hope you will enjoy learning about our history, our alumni, and our upcoming events.
“ON THE CITY’S WESTERN BORDER, REARED AGAINST THE SKY, PROUDLY STANDS OUR ALMA MATER AS THE YEARS ROLL BY”
West End High School has proudly stood on West End Avenue since 1937. In 1968, the last senior class graduated, and West End High School became West End Middle School. Here is a brief history of the years in between.
West, which was a Public Works Administration project, opened as a high school in September, 1937, with 823 students in grades 10-12 and a faculty of 30. The addition of grades 7-9 increased enrollment to 1,025. Dr. William Henry Yarbrough was selected as principal.
The building was formally dedicated in November, 1937 at a ceremony attended by many of the city’s most prominent educational and civic leaders. The suggestion that the school be named in honor of the Mayor, Hilary E. Howse, was refused by the Mayor, based on the policy of the federal government through the Public Works Administration that no building in which they cooperated was to be named for any living person. After the mayor died, it was suggested the name be changed to honor Mayor Howse, the students and the PTA protested, and the Board of Education relented. The graduates even threatened to buy their own special diplomas just to show they were graduates of West!
The name, “West High Blue Jays”, was given by a local paper. While not popular at first, it remained, becoming part of the West End High School tradition.
The first year saw the organization of the Men’s Club, the West Wind newspaper, the R.O.T.C, and student government. At the first graduation in 1938, 122 seniors received diplomas. In the second year, the National Honor Society and Quill and Scroll were organized. The third year saw the organization of the Beta Club and the football team became city co-champions.
1944 saw the first state basketball championship, and the 1946 and 1948 teams were also state champions! The 1954 team is legendary since it came from behind in the last minute of play to win the state championship. The principal, “Doc” Yarbrough, attended against the advice of his physician, and the team definitely went “All the Way for Doc.” The trophies in the lobby are a tribute to all who participated in sports at West High.
John Oliver succeeded Doc Yarbrough in 1954 and served for 17 years.
In 1961 the junior high classes were removed and it became a high school for grades 10-12. Then, in 1966, the junior high was returned, and from 1966-1968 the high school was phased out at the rate of a grade a year.
The renovation of the building is fantastic. We could only dream about having air-conditioned class rooms and an elevator! Of course, the “Sunset Club” bench is still in the office.
Mr. Charles Frazier, mentor, teacher, and friend
1954 State Champs! French, Greenbaum, Greer, Stephens, and Gaines
ALL THE WAY
1954 State Basketball
HALL OF FAME
Clark Sloan '44, Julie Weiland Waters '60, Rob Thomas '44