WEST END HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
LUNCH BUNCH

Our next Lunch Bunch is Thursday, May 16th at HILLWOOD COUNTRY CLUB at 11AM.  The cost is $10 per person for the soup and sandwich buffet, payable at the door.

Our May speaker will be Demetria Kalodimos, Former news anchor for WSMV.    Join us for this presentation, good food, and Bluejay fun and fellowship.  The program will be about her new endeavor, The Nashville Banner.

For reservations, please call Linda Nealy, 615-944-1054 or email lkn8240@att.net by Saturday May 11th.

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.

 

WEST END HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

Our (Last) Homecoming

Hillwood Country Club

Thursday, June 20, 2024

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Seated Lunch Served at 11:30, only $30*

Registration Deadline is June 1st. Download the RSVP form (link below) and mail it in.

*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!

If there is anyone in this group who is interested in assisting with future HOMECOMING / Reunion events, please reach out so that this won't be our last HOMECOMING!!!

Complete the RSVP (link below) and mail in so that we can have the best ever HOMECOMING. Share with your classmates and encourage them to attend. We look forward to a fun-filled event and hope each of you will be part of it! There are still memories to be made.

WEHSAA Homecoming 2024 RSVP

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 Alumni Association

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.

 

West Sign

 
 
     Your Alumni Association is open to all who graduated or attended West End High School, and you are invited to participate in our monthly Lunch Bunch luncheons at Hillwood Club (the third Thursday of each month except January) and our Homecoming every two years.   Please let us know if there is any information you would like to see on our website, and we will try our best to include it.

Our email address is:

alumni@westhighnashville.org

“FORWARD EVER BE OUR WATCHWORD, CONQUER AND PREVAIL.
HAIL TO THEE, OUR ALMA MATER,
WEST END HIGH ALL HAIL.”