Commencement ceremonies this year, during the Covid-19 pandemic crisis, are very different from the experience of the 1933 graduating class of Bowman High School in Bakersville.
This photo, made in 1930 when the students were Freshmen, appeared in an undated clipping from the Tri-County News; it was submitted by Mrs. Georgia Conley Morgan of Hendersonville. She was not able to identify every single one of her classmates, but those names she provided are as follows:
First row seated, from left: James Parnell, Brown Huskins, unidentified, Robah Thomas, Grover Duncan, Robert L. Blevins, George Silvers, Robert Hobson, unidentified.
Second row, kneeling, from left: Jack Parsons, unidentified, Helen Burleson, Flora Howell, Stella Greene, Mrs. Davis (Home Economics teacher), Bertie Wilson, Gladys Sparks, Thelma Hoilman, Willie Mae Huskins, Charlie Burleson, next 2 unidentified.
Third row, standing, from left: Hattie Greene, unidentified, Cleo Pannell, Edna Cook, Gracie Biddix, Grace McNeal, Virginia Hensley, Hattie Davis, Mildred Pittman, Ruth Conley, Jessie Lee Wilson, Susie Wilson, Gudger Fortner, Ed Hensley.
Fourth row, standing, from left: Miss Helen McBee (Home Room teacher), Robert Duncan, Earl Angel, unidentified, Hugh Dellinger, Astor Buchanan, Guy Wilson, unidentified, Charles Woody, Charles Baker, Avery Willis, Jr., unidentified, Milton McKinney, Marvelean Willis, Pat Hughes, Milt McKinney, Claud Ollis, Fred Turbyfill, unidentified.
Fifth row, standing, from left: Mildred Jarrett, June Jarrett, next 2 unidentified, Louise McKinney, Georgia Conley, Vaughtie Johnson, unidentified.
If you have additional identifications, please contact MCHS.