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    • CommentAuthorBlondie9
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2009
     
    It has been so long since I have written on here I didn't no if I could sign in .I thought I might have forgotton my pass word.
    Coach It is looking good you have added more pictures on here.You sure have spent a lot of hours putting this all together.
    • CommentAuthorCoachO
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2009
     
    Blondie9:
    Thanks. People are beginning to email us more photos and then when we post the photos others will email us with information about them. Some of those people never post on here, but they email stuff in to the site. I think we're going to have to break the photo page down into three separate pages : Students, Sports and Community. Otherwise it's going to take too long to scroll down through everything. I spent the whole evening tonight with one of Sunshine's cousins. I'm beginning to find out lots of stuff I never knew about the earlier years.
    • CommentAuthorCoachO
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2009
     
    Redd :
    Way back there you asked what ever happened to Lida Jones. I just found out the answer. She left Ferguson, earned a degree in Home Ec from UK, moved to Michigan, married a guy several years older than her, and had a son. Eventually she moved back to Kentucky and became a Home Economics Extension Agent headquartered in Burkesville with a place on Dale Hollow Lake.
    • CommentAuthorCoachO
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2009
     
    KC :
    Herb Childers left Ferguson and coached basketball at Pendleton County and Mason County. He was known as a master motivator and a very good coach. He then accepted a job at one of the largest high schools in Delaware, where he coached for a long time and won several state championships. He eventually became the principal there. He died several years ago.
    • CommentAuthorBlondie9
    • CommentTimeMar 26th 2009
     
    Coach O I think that is a white 1959 Chevrolet by Patti Dykes 1957 ford.Take another look.
    • CommentAuthorCoachO
    • CommentTimeMar 26th 2009
     
    Blondie9 :
    You are absolutely correct. You've still got very good eyes. And I recognized it as soon as you pointed it out. The '57 Chevies had those tall vertical tail fins, not the horizontal ones of the '59. I guess I had the number 57 in my mind from Patti's Ford and just absentmindedly typed it in. Would you by any chance know whose cars those are parked over in the shadows in the same picture, or who owned that '51 shoebox Ford that is in two of the other pictures?
    Thanks.
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    To everyone who visits our web-site,we hope you enjoy it enough to come back.We are having a " Pot Luck" on April
    18th,at Ferguson School,between 1:00 - 6:00 PM. Bring a dish and join us.Take a walk down memory lane,and remember the good old days.
    • CommentAuthorAunt B
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2009
     
    To Coach, Nancy, or Whoever :
    What a wonderful website!! Actually, my granddaughter found it, since I'm computer incompetent. But I have loved looking at the pictures and reading the captions. I have also loved reading all the posts in the Memories section. My granddaughter scanned in some old photos I have and we are sending them to you. I hope you can use them. They are quite old --- handed down from my parents and grandparents!! I know I'm old, but they were even before my time. Fortunately, my parents and grandparents wrote captions on the back.

    I loved Ferguson. I miss it. I want to go back. I know that's impossible, but this website helps a little bit. Please keep it up.
    • CommentAuthorBlondie9
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2009
     
    Coach O,
    That is Mark Wiles instead of Mark Wilson and the second grade class of 1971 instead of the 8th grade.
    But they were lucky enough to finish 8th at Ferguson.I think the picture looks good I can't wait to call my son tonight.
    • CommentAuthorBlondie9
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2009
     
    Coach O,
    That is Tommy Ridner instead of Tommy Richner.
    Maby together we can get them right. I know it was hard for you to see the names.
    Thanks
    • CommentAuthorBlondie9
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2009
     
    Coach O,
    Add My son's name on there he's in the second row.His name is Ricky Merritt
    I didn't have his name on that paper.
    Coach how come when I type FergusonSchool.com in I can't find it on the web?Is that the way it's suppose to be I have it on my favorite's or i couldn't find it.I did type it in last night and found it but right now i can't find it by typeing it in.
    • CommentAuthorBlondie9
    • CommentTimeApr 18th 2009
     
    on my son's second grade class photo that guy derrick his last name is nevel
    • CommentAuthorBlondie9
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2009
     
    Sure is a nice website for Ferguson School .I told a couple of girls on facebook about it.
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    I'm still having trouble accessing these sites ??
    • CommentAuthorBlondie9
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2009
     
    I just about forget My password I had to try twice before i typed the right one .I'm going to write it down so i can always get in .I love this website.
    Thanks Coach O
    • CommentAuthorJulia1
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2009
     
    It looks as if May 8th was the last comment on here. I hadn't been on here in awhile. Been on Topix reading the Ferguson school thread and Old stores and others. I liked the posts about some of the teachers we had. They were funny. Hope some of them will get on here too.
    Coach are you on here anymore? I see Knowitall9 is, and Blondie and auntB.
    • CommentAuthorCoachO
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd 2009
     
    Yes. I'm still here. While school's out in the Summer, I have to get my travelling in. I've been out in North Dakota at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, up in Minnesota at the Boundary Waters Wilderness, and down in Bowling Green at my wife's family farm. When I'm on the road, I don't take my computer with me, so I have no way to post. Even if I took my computer, at Theodore Roosevelt and the Boundary Waters, you can't get a cell phone signal or internet reception.

    Nancy is also offline these days. Her own computer was damaged. Now she's moved to Texas so she has no computer at all. But one of these days, she'll get a new computer and will be back, both on Topix and on here.

    Neither Nancy nor I have been able to figure out how to encourage everyone to move the Topix discussion over here. Maybe eventually we'll figure out how to motivate them. The original hope was that by setting up this message board, we could keep the riffraff off who don't care anything about Ferguson but just want to make fun of people or stir things up.
    • CommentAuthorJulia1
    • CommentTimeJul 7th 2009
     
    Hello everyone!
    Just checking to see if anyone had got on here since I was on June 11th. I guess I will just check every so often to see if anyone has wandered by.
    Coach, hope you and your family had a great time in North Dakota and Minnesota. When I was coming back from Canada, I came through South Dakota. It was a beautiful state. Montana was my favorite state.
    I did get to chat on line with Nancee afew weeks ago when she was in. She seems to be doing great.
    We are having the Ferguson Reunion get- together at Ferguson school on the 18th of this month. It will be a good time to tell others about it, and maybe they will start getting on here.
    • CommentAuthorRedd Ryder
    • CommentTimeJul 11th 2009
     
    Hi Everybody.

    You will remember I dropped off here and Topix for a while because several other posters had stopped posting and Nancy thought maybe I had made them mad. So she wanted me to drop off hoping they'd come back. But it doesn't look like they came back. So I may as well resume posting. In the meantime, it looks like even Nancy has quit posting. From what others say, I gather she's lost her computer. People say she's gone to Texas, but I've driven by her place a few times and there's still activity there, so it looks like maybe she's returned.

    From several Topix threads, it looks like everyone is out in their gardens this Summer. I don't know much about raccoons but apparently they've become quite the subject of controversy.

    What I would like to know is what that bomb evacuation business in Ferguson was all about. We got into lots of excitement back there in the sixties, but we sure never got into explosives. As a matter of fact, I don't even remember anybody into marijuana. Was I just naive or clueless?
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    Mr. Omlor,

    I have just discovered the Ferguson School website and really enjoy it. I want to thank you on behalf of the entire Duncan family for the very kind words about my dad, Ralph Duncan. He would have been so pleased with the way he is portrayed in the article. His dedication to Ferguson School and to the city of Ferguson was appreciated by those who knew him well but misunderstood by many others. He loved Ferguson dearly and the city lost its greatest supporter when he died.

    Again, thank you for giving him the credit he so seldom received when he was alive.

    Pam Duncan Goff
    • CommentAuthorCoachO
    • CommentTimeJul 12th 2009
     
    Pam :
    So good to hear from you. And I'm glad you like the website. Most of the credit for the site should go to Nancy Atchley, not to mention all the people who provided the photographs and historical information. I just did the computer programming.
    But I certainly share your view of your Dad. After leaving Ferguson, I was fortunate to teach and coach in seven other high schools. I met a lot of board members and chairmen. None of them measured up to your Dad. I've known a lot of board chairmen who had MBAs, law degrees, PhDs and other high sounding educations, and they didn't have his dedication, shrewdness, instinct for when someone was trying to get away with something or manipulate the numbers, or his honesty. Most school board members, especially chairmen, have their own political agendas. They're trying to use the school system to further their own political careers. Your Dad wasn't like that. He wasn't planning to go anywhere. He just wanted to do the best job for the town and the school. He just cared about the kids. If we had men like your Dad in Congress, we wouldn't be in the mess we're in as a nation.
    How's Larry? I've thought about him often. I've been fortunate enough to coach several championship teams and 33 of my players went on to play in college, five in the NBA. But inch for inch, Larry remains the best rebounder I ever coached or saw. He was a white kid who consistently outjumped the best of the black kids. I've always wished we could have had a better team for him to play on his senior year. He deserved to showcase his skills at the state tournament. Please tell him Hello and give him my best.
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    Larry has just retired from G.E. He has 2 sons and he lives in Somerset. His knees don’t allow him to play ball much anymore but he always loved the game. I will certainly tell him that you asked about him.

    You’re right about Dad's keen instincts. I miss that about him. I sought his advice when I needed to make a decision because he had the ability to analyze things and predict outcomes. Things almost always worked out the way he said they would. He’s been gone 15 years but there’s still a huge void in our lives because of his passing.

    Mom will be 85 this Saturday. She is doing pretty well and still lives in the same house on Murphy Ave. I live across the street from her, have lived in the same house for 35 years and been married to the same man for almost 38 years. We have 2 daughters, 2 granddaughters and 1 grandson. Our fourth granddaughter is due in August. I am completing my 20th year of employment with the Pulaski County School System. I never got a college degree and never really wanted a career except as a wife and mother. I was blessed to be a stay-at-home Mom and then to get a job with the school system when my children were both in school. Here I am twenty years later and still love my work.

    I read on the Topix thread that you have a daughter. Is she your only child? How old is she?

    I have several memories of your English class. I remember watching “Porgy and Bess” on your recommendation and hating it. I also remember reading “Night Comes to the Cumberlands” and not really understanding it. I also remember writing a short speech as an assignment and then refusing to give the speech to the class because everyone else refused to do theirs. That may have been the only “F” I ever got in school. I led such a sheltered life and was so naïve that I couldn’t really appreciate things that were different and couldn’t make decisions for myself. I had no idea what went on in the world outside Ferguson and, after looking at some of the posts on the websites, I obviously didn’t know a lot about what went on in Ferguson, either.

    I remember the Mustang that you drove. I’ve wondered many times over the years if you laughed at all of us little hillbillies Coming to Ferguson must have been like entering a different world.
    • CommentAuthorCoachO
    • CommentTimeJul 12th 2009
     
    Pam :
    I remember visiting your house on Murphy Avenue to talk with your Dad about various things.

    My daughter is 15 and in August will be a sophomore at Henry Clay here in Lexington. She's my only child. I was busy coaching and waited a while to marry. The girl I married was also a coach, who had also won a few state championships and sent some players off to college. Even after marrying, we thought having a child while both of us were coaching would be unfair to the child, so we waited. Finally, my wife decided to retire from coaching to have Abby. She's been the highlight of my life. She's played basketball since second grade, played violin, won five straight state engineering competitions, three straight science fairs and made straight As in school. We just went to an assembly at school this morning where she won this year's outstanding science student award. She wants to be either an engineer or a vet.

    I still have the Mustang. It's down in the garage here as I type this. It has 353,000 miles on it and still runs fine. Abby learns to drive this Summer and can't wait to take over the Mustang. Larry used to like that car. I used to let him and David Carr take it over to David's and wash it. They'd then "sneak" it out on the highway for a drive. Unknown to them, various people would always call me and ask if I knew two high school students were hot rodding my car at high speed. I knew Larry was a good driver, so I pretended like I had no idea. I only drove it back and forth from my little apartment to school, so he was actually helping keep the engine cleaned out.

    (overlimit---see next post)
    • CommentAuthorCoachO
    • CommentTimeJul 12th 2009
     
    Pam :
    (I can't believe we have such a short limit on posts)...

    You're right in that coming to Ferguson was like entering a different world, but I never laughed. I loved it. Had they kept the school open and allowed me to stay, I would have stayed quite a while. You and your classmates were the best kids. Most of the students didn't have much, but they were bright and respectful and had talent in one thing or the other. I've always regretted that as a school we didn't do more for the students. We just didn't have the money. Imagine how you and your classmates would have appreciated getting to go on field trips to Washington DC, Boston or Chicago.

    And, of course, I loved those ball players. Those seventh and eighth grade teams were one of the highlights of my coaching career. I sure do wish we could have kept the school open long enough for them to play varsity ball at Ferguson. And even that team Larry played on, even though they struggled, they were also a pleasure to work with. Most teams in that position would have become very discouraged and started bickering among themselves. But the Ferguson players just kept working hard and never became discouraged. I had better teams later at other schools, including several which won championships, but none of them ever worked any harder than Larry and his teammates.

    So all things considered, it was a great experience for me. I just regret that I didn't do a better job of inspiring several students to go on to college, and helped arrange scholarships for them. There were a bunch of you that have carved out good lives for yourselves, so you weren't hurt too badly. But the society might have benefitted from your contributions.

    As far as that Topix thread, I've learned things on it that I didn't know were going on, either. I can't believe Nancy attracted over 5600 posts on it and then had a website grow out of it.
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    I know you’re very proud of your daughter. She sounds extremely bright and talented. The accomplishments of my children have always meant more to me than anything I did personally. My oldest daughter, Amy, has a master’s degree in Public Health Education and works at our local health department. Our youngest daughter, Angie, is a nurse (LPN) and is currently enrolled in a transition program at Somerset Community College working toward her RN certification. She also works full-time at a local nursing home.

    There are times I wish I had finished college, especially now that I am nearing retirement. I went one year to SCC and made good grades. Based on entrance exams I was allowed to take English 105 which was Advanced English. There were only 6 or 8 students in the class and 2 of us were from Ferguson – Steve Abbott and me. Other local schools, including Somerset, only had 1 student in the class. I wondered then why everyone thought we were so deprived and getting such a poor education. You should be proud knowing that your students were as well prepared for college as anyone else.
    • CommentAuthorCoachO
    • CommentTimeJul 12th 2009
     
    Pam :
    You're right. I have truly enjoyed Abby's various successes.

    You may remember once a year you were tested. Even way back in the 60s, before "reform," schools tested. Then, of course, after we got the results back from the state, we sat in teachers meetings and analyzed the data. I still have the printouts. Ferguson consistently scored significantly higher than any other school in Pulaski County outside Somerset and it was your Dad who noticed that if you only took the top 20% from Ferguson and the top 20% from Somerset, Ferguson and Somerset were within a few tenths of a point from each other, with one school slightly better one year and the other slightly better the next. He then did a little research and found that the average top 20% Somerset student came from college graduate parents with average incomes $10,000 a year higher than the average top 20% Ferguson student's family, which were not college graduates. You had graduated, but you may have heard that when Ferguson students were sent to Pulaski County High School, they were about a full year ahead in classes. Later, when the grade school was also closed, and Ferguson students were sent to the county elementary system, they caused a real problem, because they were a little more than a year ahead of their peers in the same grade. Pulaski really needed to skip all Ferguson students a full grade, but that was not possible, so the move ended up wasting a whole year of each Ferguson student's education. So much for Ferguson not being a good school. That was just propaganda created by Somerset and Pulaski County. The secret was that while Ferguson was badly underfunded by the time you came along, it still paid more than either Somerset or Pulaski, and had a really good core of teachers. I still remember Mr. Young, Mr. Overbey, Mrs. Holder and others in the high school, and several outstanding elementary school teachers. And, of course, Ferguson was a small school. Each student got individual attention, especially down in the grades, when they were being taught to read and write and do basic math. I remember the State did an annual "audit" of schools, and their report identified one teacher in particular at Ferguson, who had been there forever, as one of the foundations of the schools' high reading and writing scores. Nancy had that teacher in grade school and wrote about her on the website.

    (overlimit. see part 2)
    • CommentAuthorCoachO
    • CommentTimeJul 12th 2009
     
    Pam (part 2):

    By the time I arrived, underfunding was cutting into programs, but your class in particular still had skills and talents you had picked up down in the grades. You will find it amusing that I have kept a final set of papers from every year I have taught, which I've used in research and just for nostalgic looking back. I still have a paper from you, from Larry, and from Brenda New, Barbara Flynn, Nancy Atchley, Don Minton, Linda Burton, and all your other friends. When we were putting that website together I went back through those papers. I now teach at UK; My students are very bright. They have to have high test scores and high grades to get in. They tend to come from well educated and prosperous families. However, they have a hard time getting above 70s on their papers because they make so many spelling and grammar mistakes. They can research and think, but they're missing their fundamentals. When I look back at those Ferguson papers, it is amazing. You, Larry, Brenda, Don, Nancy, Barbara, even Jerry Peters and Jackie Linville (who could have cared less about school), rarely committed spelling or grammar errors. We were writing on much simpler topics (whether the driving age should be raised to 18, whether there should be a draft or not, what you thought about Huckleberry Finn, etc.), and some of you were still learning how to organize your thoughts and how to look up information in the library, but you could spell and write a complete sentence. All your papers were handwritten in ink on lined notebook paper, and all the papers today are done on Word on the computer, but your papers in high school if handed in today would pass a college course in content and not lose any points on spelling or grammar, so as juniors and seniors in high school you were writing college level papers. And that was 40 years ago. (Remember I had just arrived. I can take no credit for that. All of you had come up through the Ferguson system grades 1-11.) So the school had been doing a lot better job than it was getting credit for, which was one of the things your Dad kept telling anyone who would listen. He kept asking, if the State wants to close someone down, why aren't they closing down Burnside or Shopville, which had much lower test scores, much less qualified teachers, and offered far fewer high school classes. For instance, they were not offering Journalism and didn't have near the Music program Mr. Young was providing. But he was like someone trying to hold back a flood with a bucket. Nobody was listening. There was political connivery going on. He knew it, and 10 years later stuff came out which proved him right.

    (overlimit. see part 3)
    • CommentAuthorCoachO
    • CommentTimeJul 12th 2009
     
    Pam (part 3) :

    But even though I was disappointed we didn't get you or Larry or several of your classmates off to college, it is interesting to see how many Ferguson kids did go pretty far. Look through that website and you'll find Ferguson kids from your time period who got degrees from Michigan State, the University of California, Western Kentucky University, the University of Louisville, Berea College, Eastern Kentucky University, the University of Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Murray State University. They became lawyers, accountants, teachers, coaches, business executives, biomedical researchers, and other white collar specialists. So we should have done better, but we did pretty darn well for a bankrupt school of 110 students. Burnside, Shopville, Eubank, Nancy and PC weren't sending kids off to all those colleges. Their graduates went to SCC, Cumberland and Eastern.

    I think that's why I always have fond memories of Ferguson. The kids did the best they could with what they had, and did better than anyone would have predicted. You walk into a public school today and see hundreds of kids under achieving. It's a huge difference.
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    I’m so impressed with your knowledge of Ferguson history. I knew my Dad fought hard to keep Ferguson High School alive and independent but I had no idea all that went on in the process. I know that what you say about the Reading and Writing instruction at Ferguson is absolutely true. In my English class at SCC we had a conference with our teacher at the end of the semester and he told me that I was the most perfect writer he had ever had in class. As you said, the grammar and structure of the writing was really good. I would say that I wish I had more worldly knowledge so the content could have been better but that would mean I wish to change the way I was raised and I wouldn’t change that for all the money in the world.

    I have often wished that my children could have been part of the small-school environment that I enjoyed. Part of my current job is serving as secretary to the Elementary Supervisor of our school system. In this role, I often deal with the analysis of test scores and do charts and graphs comparing the 8 elementary schools in our district. I find it very interesting that the smallest elementary school in our district consistently outscores the larger schools. Your comparison of Ferguson’s scores with surrounding schools doesn’t really surprise me. I always thought we had wonderful teachers and the best learning environment possible. It seems we were taking AP courses back then and no one realized it.

    I love hearing about the success of so many Ferguson students. I laughed when I read your list of students who displayed such outstanding spelling and grammar skills. I would never have guessed that Jerry Peters and Jackie Linville would make that list.

    I shared your emails from yesterday with my Mom and 2 of my sisters. None of them are very computer savvy so I will have to plan a night at my house when they can all get on the Internet to check out the websites. I’ll invite Larry, too. He’s much too tight to spend money on a computer so he’ll have to share mine, too. Thank you so much for sharing your memories.
    • CommentAuthorCoachO
    • CommentTimeJul 12th 2009
     
    Pam :
    While you and your family are reminiscing, would you happen to have any old photos we could add to the collection on the website? Anything at all would be helpful. Larry mowing the grass or washing the car, you and your sisters trimming the Christmas tree, anything going on over at Church, scenes of the neighborhood, kids from school over at your house, sledriding in January, anything at all. Especially any photos of Margaret Tucker, Nancy Atchley, Barbara Flynn or Brenda New. They seem like ghosts : everybody knows they were there, but they don't have pictures of themselves and neither does anyone else.
    Cameras were bigger then and more expensive, and none of us carried one around in our pocket like we do now. I sure wish I'd had one of these little digital compacts back then. The pictures I could have taken !!
    Does anyone in your family have a copy of those famous photos of Larry (high in the air rebounding against Willisburg) in the Lexington Herald or Nancy (coming down the staircase at school) in the Somerset Commonwealth Journal? People have talked about them on the Topix thread and everybody remembers them but nobody has copies.