1948 SENIOR EDITION
LEXINGTON, N. C., MAY 28, 1948
Messrs. L. H. S.
Mr. and Miss L. H. S. of the Senior
Edition are always the editor and
business manager of the LEXHIPEP
but as you can see, we have two of
the male species. We were going to
have one of them dress up as a girl
and still be able to have a Mr. and
Miss L. H. S., but they both wanted
to be Miss L. H. S., so we have to
call them “Messrs.” L. H. S.—(that’s
a pun, son).
Therefore, these two handsome????
gentlement looking so demurely (or
somethin) through the gate are Tom
my Young, the handsome one, and
T. D. Stokes, the clem without a tie.
The decision will have to be made
now as to which will go first. The
neckel usually decides the point, so
T. D. wins, through the goodwUl of
Young and the crooked coin tossing of
T. D. likes good-lookin’ women,
convertibles, chocolate pie, LEXHI
PEP, food, Carolina, the LAKE, the
beach, fast music, friends, football,
His dislikes are nosey people, lemon
meringue pie, Duke, studying, conceit
ed people, math, and cold weather.
SENIOR ASSEMBLY HELD TODAY
This afternoon graduation exercises
for the Senior class of L. H. S. were
ushered in by its annual Senior As
sembly in the Lexington High School
At two o’clock Seniors entered the
auditorium dressed in caps and gowns
as the processional was played.
.Zacky Taylor, class president, pre
sided over the assembly which foi-
lowed its traditional pattern of pro
cedure. He announced the class colors
—rose and white, the class flower—the
rose, and the motto—“It is better to
deserve honor than to possess it.”
Bill Blalock, class historian, read
the class history, after which presents
werq presented to the mascots, Sally
Bagley and “Pete” Leonard. The Se
nior superlatives were called to the
platform and presented by the presi
dent: following Doug Graver, testator,
read the last will and testament.
Various awards were made to de
serving students, including the O.
Henry short story medal, the Honor
Society scholarship medal, the Eu
terpe and Lexington Music Glub
awards, and the P.-T.A. and Givitan
T. D.’s ambition is to make at least
a million dollars in one day and retire.
T. D. proclaims that his favorite
college, his coliege preference, and the
only place he wants to go is Carolina.
It is also his second and third choice.
His favorite teacher is Mrs. Hedrick
and his favorite pastirrie is having a
His activities are Business Manager
of the LEXHIPEP (natch), Hi-Y,
Quill and Scroll, Beta Glub, Vice-
President of the Honor Society, went
to Boys’ State, was a member of the
football team, and was a member of
Tommy likes the LEXHIPEP, loaf
ing, living, and life; spring rain, Pon
tiac cars, Chevrolet trucks, football,
basketball, baseball, tennis, softball,
and tiddly-winks; sleeping, music at
the music bar, arguing, and pie (his
He dislikes Imposing people, to be
refused anything, to lose an argument,
and insincere friends.
So^*” is “Body and
Tommy’s favorite pastimes are rest-
fussing. (Do they
go together?) ■’
His college preference is Carolina.
His favorite teachers are Mr Wike
Mrs. Hedrick, and Coach Maus.
Tommy is in the Honor Society
Beta Club, the Quill and Scroll, Editor
of the LEXHIPEP, Junior Rotarian,
(Continued on Page 14)
The class poet, Hewey Clodfelter,
read the class poem, “Look to the
Future,” Tommy Young, prophet, read
the class prophecy, and as editor of
the LEXHIPEP gave the dedication
and presented the first issue to the
honoree, Mr. Clay Leonard.
Features of the program were mu
sical numbers rendered by talented
members of the Senior Class. Charles
Harbinson played a trombone num
ber, and Grace Hendricks and Betsy
Sink played piano selections.
To the traditional strains of
“Largo” the Seniors Ailed out of the
auditorium, and the curtain closed on
the final assembly for the class of ’48
THE REV. E. L. CONRAD, D.D.
The mascots for the Senior class
of 1948 are Miss Sally Bagley and
Mr. ’^Pete” Leonard. Sally is the
daughTer of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bag-
ley of Hillcrest and was sponsored
by Dottie Russell. "Pete’s” proud par
ents are Mr. and Mrs. I. M. (Bid)
Leonard of the Holly Grove Road,
and was sponsored by his big brother,
I M., a member of the class. Nowhere
could the Seniors have picked cuter
or nicer mascots, and the members of
the class are very proud of them.
The second feature of the Lexing
ton High School commencement will
take place Sunday evening at the
First Evangelical and Reformed
Church at eight o’clock. The Reverend
Flavius L. Conrad, D.D., pastor of
Emmanuel Lutheran Church of High
Point and a native of Davidson County,
will deliver the sermon. He will be
Introduced by the Reverend Ross
Ritchie, pastor of the First Lutheran
Church of this city.
Music will be furnished by the High
School Glee Club under the direction
of Mr. John Crocker, with Mr. Charles
E. LeFevre, minister of music at the
First Evangelical and Reformed
Church, at the organ.
Summa Cum Laude
Magna Cum Laude
Isabel Esslck has qualified for and
been made valedictorian of the Class
of 1948, with an average of 97. This
is the highest honor to be bestowed
upon any one class member. She is
the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John
H. Esslck of 5 West 6th Street.
Martha Cox, another outstanding
scholar, took next honors as saluta-
torian with a 96.54 average. Martha
is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.
M. Cox, who lives at 205 Church
The final feature of the commence
ment program will be the graduation
exercises which will be held in the
High School auditorium at eight
o’clock on the evening of June 3. Ap
proximately one hundred seniors be-
ginnnig the year with fifty boys and
fifty girls on their class roll will re
ceive diplomas. The welcome will be
given by the salutatorian, Martha Cox,
only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. M.
Cox, with an average of 96.54 for
the four years of her high school
career. The LEXHIPEP would also
like to give honorable mention to the
following students who have main
tained an exceptionally high average
throughout high school: Ruth Jen
kins, 96.31; Nancy Witherspoon, 95:76;
Grace Hendricks, 95.33; Nancy Wait-
man, 95.46; Jane Gordon Shoaf, 94.89;
and Joyce Welch, 94.29.
Again special music will be ren
dered by the High School Glee Club.
The commencement speaker. Dr. A.
R. Keppel, President of Catawba Col
lege, will be Introduced by the Rev
erend Banks J. Beeler, president of
the board of trustees of the college,
and pastor of the First Evangelical
and Reformed Church of Lexington.
Zacky Taylor, president of the class
of ’48, will present the class gift, and
after the presentation of diplomas by
Mr. George S. Coble, chairman of the
school board, the valedictory will be
delivered by Isabel Esslck, daughter
(Continued on page fifteen)
DR. A. R. KEPPEL
This, the Senior Edition of the
LEXHIPEP, is dedicated to Mr. H.
C. Leonard, better known to every
school child as “Speedy”. His hon
esty, sense of fairness, willingness
to co-operate, genuine goodness are
qualities that have endeared him
to the hearts of L.H.S. students
“An honest man’s the noblest
work of God.”