The May 1, 1952, issue of the Tri-County Newsreported on the 4-day visit the Senior Class of Harris High School in Spruce Pine made in April to Washington, D.C. The highlight of the trip to the nation’s capital, they said, was visiting Clyde R. Hoey, US Senator from NC from 1945-1952, who reminded the young people of the “responsibility which will be theirs of keeping the US Government sound and fearful of God.”
Pictured seated in the front row are Mabel Pitman, Juanita Washburn, Juanita Shuford, Annis Bartlett, Dorothy McKinney, Anna Mae Hollifield, Barbara Hughes, Shirley Blevins, Joyce Ellis, Joan Buchanan, Nell Buchanan, Nell Freeman, Hettie Lee Duncan, Patricia Gunter, and Joan Sparks.
Second row, kneeling, are Barbara Baird, Reba Hoyle, Larry Mann, Charles Hoyle, Harold Holcombe, Gerald Gage, Eddie Cassity, Paul Stewart, Morris Buchanan, Bobby Pitman, Kennedy Brinkley, Knox Hollifield, Patsy Berry, and Nina Burleson.
Standing, back row, are Virginia Glenn, Jessie Harrison, Ruby Hefner, Lillian McMahan, Sally Bell, Sally Tappan, Jack Pharr (driver), Mr. and Mrs. William F. Pegg (chaperones), Virginia Hollifield, Marguerite Sparks, Teenie Ross, Margaret McGee, Vivian Medford, Shirley Hollifield, and Maxine Freeman.
The students packed a tremendous amount into their 4-day trip; besides the Capitol, they visited the Washington Monument, the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials, the Supreme Court, the National Archives, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institute, Mellon Art Gallery, Washington National Cathedral, Mt. Vernon, plus the airport and the zoo!