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Birmingham, AL Phillips High School (Central High School) Alumni Notes
"By a school's graduates you shall know it; and no school has produced more distinguished or more versatile alumni than has Phillips"—still known to some as Central— Many of the alumni are leaders in Birmingham schools. Mr. C. J. Going and Mr. Chester Bandman, are principals of the two largest city high schools. "In facultate" of Phillips are Misses Lynch, Senn, Montgomery, Tuttle, Williams, Chase, Robinson, Castleman, Cross, Dryer, Thomas and Messrs West, Hall, Keller, Cooper and Wright. Miss Lula Bradford is supervisor of primary work in Birmingham schools; and Miss Margaret McAdory is supervisor of art for Jefferson County schools.
Of course, other professions, law, medicine, dramatic, music and business, have claimed many. Hugh Morrow, Jelks Cabaniss, and Alan Daly are in law. Carl Fox is a local specialist, Grace and Tinsley Harrison are doctors at John Hopkins, while Estes Hargis is an interne at Mayo Brothers. Mrs. Annie Mays Miller dramatizes Mother Goose plays for children. Russell Filmore has entertained us for the past two summers with his clever acting. Mildred Scales and Beulah Barnes are also stars of the (legimate) stage.
Elise Sparrow, the first Miss Birmingham, has made quite a hit in New York, and because of her unusual talents has been adopted by Howard Chandler Christy. Mrs. Minnie McNiell Carr, Evelyn Going, and Mae Bell are well known in Musical Circles. Jessica Ingram is on the staff of the News. Maud Gambell is president of the Business and Professional Womans Club. Robert Strickland is vice president of a film company in Atlanta. Croom Beatty, Frank Rushton, Hubert Drennen and John Henley are sucsessful business men of their home city.
Naturally, since our state University is so near, one will find many of our Alumni at Alabama. Louise Perry, Virginia Donovan and Earl Weaver are members of the Phi Beta Kappa, honor fraternity. Elizabeth Stevens is a member of a society, for exceptional students in Math. Reginald Thomas and E. Sykes are on the Glee Club.
In the Blackfriars are many of Phillips former dramatic stars, George H. Clark, Bryant Sells, Jack Turner, Bryan Chancey, Fulton Clark, and Gilbert Green. Ruth Dewberry and Martin Smith have written plays, which have been staged by the Blackfriars. In a volume of poems published by the University, are poems by Virginia Donovan, Julia Riser and Dorothy Winters.
Although many of our alumni chose Alabama, other well known colleges have claimed some of our most brilliant graduates. Susan Cobbs, Vice-president of the class of '23, won the inter-collegiate debate for Randolph-Macon this year, Catherine Grubb and Virginia Shook passed the college entrance examination and are attending Smith, while Margaret Lampkin was among the highest who passed the competitive examination and is at Wellesley. Duane Lyons was admitted to Harvard without an examination because of his Phillips record. Howard Leake, a former president of the Hilliard, is on the faculty at Washington and Lee, and Luther Reynolds is editor of the Ring Tum Phi. Henry Richard, who has delighted us so much with his playing at the Little Theatre, and Richmond Beatty, who is one of our former orators, are members of the Oiciran Delta Kappa honor fraternity at Birmingham-Southern. James Childers won the Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford from Alabama.
Thus, one finds Phillips or Central graduates in every field of human endeavor. These alumnia have brought honor and fame to our school. May the class of '25 follow in their footsteps, and continue to glorify the name of our Alma Mater,
----James DeValse Mann, '25
Alumni Notes from the 1925 Yearbook of Phillips High School
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