My deepest appreciation goes to Roleta and the WI Newsletter staff for making this presentation available to their readers. At the end of the last segment, credits and appreciation will also be given to those who took time to help with this project.
I trust you will enjoy these seven segments on the history of Washington Irving High School as much as I did putting them together.
To get the complete picture of Washington Irving's history, it is important to understand how and why the school was established in the first place.
To do this we need to go back to 1795, just 19 years after the United States gained its independence.
1795 – Randolph Academy in Clarksburg, was still part of Virginia.
On June 20, 1863 West Virginia became the 35th state in the Union.
In 1865, the last session of Northwestern Virginia Academy was taught by Rev. John Connor. During this same year, there were various new Clarksburg public schools teaching in rented rooms throughout different sections of Clarksburg.
Below is a picture of the Parr Mansion on Lee Avenue.
Orie McConkey was the first principal of Washington Irving High School and held the position from 1914 to 1946.
Although there was no 1915 WIHS yearbook published, the class picture is available.
1915 – The Board of Education.
The WI Class of 1916 produced the first yearbook “Reminiscences”. (1916 to 1933)
1916 - Superintendent of Schools F. L. Burdette and first Principal of WIHS Prof. Orie McConkey
1916 - Dedication to Mr. Frank Elsworth Arnett
1916 - Faculty.
1916 - Reminiscences Staff.
1916 - Class Officers.
1916 - The WI Class of 1916 had sixty-five graduating students as shown below.
1916 - Junior Class.
1916 - Sophomore Class.
1916 - Freshmen Class.
1915 - WI Baseball Team. Taken from a 1916 yearbook.
1915 – The Washington Irving High School Football Squad. Picture from a 1916 WI yearbook.
In 1915, WI’s first athletic field was located where Norwood Park is today. The players had no dressing rooms here and no means to clean up after practice. Many players rode home on trolleys after practice and this led to several complaints by the streetcar company, mainly about the mud the boys were leaving on the streetcar’s floors and seats.
1916 - WI Basketball Team. Taken from a 1916 yearbook.
1916 - Washington Irving's Baseball Team was also coached by Frank E. Arnett. Picture from a 1917 yearbook.
1917 - Seniors.
1917 - Junior Class.
1917 - Sophomore Class.
1917 - Freshmen Class.
1917 - Webster Debating Club.
1917 - Canterbury Club.
1917 - WI High School Orchestra.
Baseball Team coached by Frank E. Arnett. Picture from 1917 yearbook.
1918 - Reminiscences.
1918 - Reminiscences yearbook staff.
1918 - Teachers
1918 - Class officers.
1918 Class president.
1918 - Seniors.
1918 - Junior Class.
1918 - Sophomore Class.
1918 - Freshmen Class.
1918 - 1917 WI students do patriotic work during WW I.
1917 - Baseball Team taken from a 1918 yearbook.
1917 - Football Squad taken from a 1918 yearbook.
1918 - Basketball Team.
1918 - Basketball Reserves.
1918 - The devastating influenza epidemic hampered Washington Irving’s staff and interrupted school activities. Students and staff missed as much as six weeks of the school year. It infected 500 million people across the world, including remote Pacific islands and the Arctic, and killed 50 to 100 million of them—3 to 5 percent of the world's population at the time—making it one of the deadliest natural disasters in human history.
1919 - Reminiscences.
1919 - Principal Orie McConkey.
1919 - Senior Class.
1919 - Junior Class.
1919 - Sophomore Class.
1919 - Freshmen Class.
1918 - Football Team. Picture taken from a 1919 yearbook.
1919 - Basketball Team.
|1919 - List of WI graduates.|
1919 - WIHS's Manual Training Building. In 1922 Central Jr. High School would be built in front of this building and just to the left in this picture.
Manual Training Building shown on this side of Central Junior High School.
1920 - Reminiscences
1920 - Class Sponsors.
1920 - Teachers.
1920 - Seniors Class.
1920 - 1919 Sports.
1919 WI Football Team.
Picture taken from a 1920 yearbook.
1920 - WI Basketball Team.
1919 WI Track Team.
Picture taken from 1920 yearbook.
1921 - Reminiscences.
1921 - Yearbook Dedication.
1921 - Class Sponsor.
1921 - Teachers.
1921 - Miss Ethelyn Selby.
1921 - List of WI graduates.
1921 - Clubs.
Webster Debating Club.
Canterbury Club -
1920 WI Football Team.
Picture taken form a 1921 yearbook.
1921 - WI Basketball Team.
Picture taken from a 1921 yearbook.
1920 - WI Baseball Team.
Picture taken from a 1921 yearbook.
1922 - Dedication to Mr. Bragg.
1922 - Principal Orie McConkey
1922 - Teachers.
1922- Class Sponsor.
1922 - Seniors.
1922 - Juniors.
1922 - Sophomores.
1922 - Freshmen.
1922 - Coach Clay B. Hite.
1921 - Football Team. Picture taken from a 1922 yearbook.
1922 - Basketball Team.
1921 - Baseball Team. Picture taken from a 1922 yearbook.
1921 - Track Team. No team picture in the yearbook
1922 - Girls in Sports.
1922 - Clubs.
1922 - Canterbury Club.
1922 - Webster Debating Club.
1922 - Friendship Club.
1922 - Commercial Club.
1923 - Reminiscences Staff.
1923 - Class Sponsors.
1923 - Miss Ethelyn Selby started teaching at WIHS in 1923. She would later marry and have a son by the name of Charles Madison Ferrell who graduated from WI in 1946.
1923 - Pearl Custer graduated with the Washington Irving Class of 1923. She would later become the school’s secretary.
1923 - Seniors.
1923 – The Washington Irving Be Square Club was organized this year.
The club remained active until 1984.
1923 - Canterbury Club.
1923 - Cadman Choral Club.
1923 - Glee Club.
1923 - High school orchestra.
1923 - 1922 WI Sports.
Clay B. Hite’s 1922 WI football team was the High School Champions of West Virginia after the 12-6 defeat of Huntington High School.
The football players....
1922 - Baseball Team. Picture taken from a 1923 yearbook.
1922 - Track Team. From the pages of a 1923 yearbook.
1923 - Basketball Team.
1923 - Carmichael Auditorium opened and became the scene for all WI home basketball games.
1924 – Alice R. Griffin was still librarian at Washington Irving High School.
1923 - Track Team. Picture taken from a 1924 yearbook.
1923 - WI Football team coached by Clay B. Hite.
Picture taken from a 1924 yearbook.
1923 - Picture taken from a 1924 yearbook.
Dedication to Miss Myrtle Hayes.
The desk-markers get a lecture.
1925 - Seniors.
1925 - Juniors.
1925- Freshmen Girls.
1925- Freshmen Boys.
1925 - Clubs.
1925 - Be Square Club.
1925 - Domestic training.
1925 - Music Departments.
1925 - Sports.
1925 - Girls in Sports.
1926 Class Sponsors.
1926 to 2014
1926 - Seniors
1926 Club Directory.
1926 WI State Champions in football coached by Clay B. Hite. Picture was taken from a 1927 yearbook.
In 1926 Tony Folio started as a scrub, but ardently wanted a new uniform. He worked hard and just after a few games, he was playing first string.
Tony Folio was a freshmen in 1926. The following was taken from a 1926 yearbook.
Below are the football players that lettered in the 1926 season. Taken from a 1927 yearbook.
The WI basketball squad had a successful season in 1926, winning 12 of their 16 games. Coach Hite had substitutes whose work was almost on a par with that of the regulars.
W.I.'s new athletic field near South Chestnut Street (Hite Field) became the setting for sports events in 1926.
South Chestnut Street can be seen in the lower left corner of this photo. The West Fork River is shown at the top and Monticello Elementary School is shown in the top left of this photo.
1926 – Freshmen girls volley ball team at Washington Irving High School.
In the fall of 1926, a series of games were played in an interclass tournament. It was a great day for the WI Freshmen girls when they won the tournament by defeating the Senior girls, in a closely contested final match.
The year was 1927
Sponsors of the Class of 1927 were.....
1927 - Teachers.
In 1927, Mr. Gudekunst founded the Hi-Y for boys to emphasize clean living and to support WI athletics.
From her spelling of the words “fresh man”, I wonder what she really meant by this message. I guess I’ll never know.
Maud Yoak perhaps had a way with words, but she didn’t hesitate to voice her opinion about matters she didn’t like either.
For example, she didn’t like the Washington Irving alma mater used at WI during early 1930’s and strongly express her opinion about it.
1927 - Varsity Football Team. Tony Folio is in the center of the second row. Picture from a 1928 yearbook.
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If each of us give a little, just think what a collection of history we will have put together.
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