Linville High School

1909-2005

Linville, Louisiana

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Linville High School Class of ’63 50th Reunion
April 6, 2013

Front Row: Sandra Ford Perry, Shirley Sullivan, Carlon Hollis, Marie Thedford Shelton, Shirley Kay McKinnie Spearman

Back Row: Tommie Hobson, Emery Perkins, Jon McKinnie, Freddy Platt, Freddy Franklin, Joe Wheeler, Paul Meeks.


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This poem was submitted by Cindy Ray, Class of 1978. Only true Hornets will understand.

On Death and Baseball

It used to be a churchyard,
laid with the quiet Baptist dead,
until it became a baseball field.
Though it is seldom said
during glorious Hornet victories
and amid visitors’ defeats,
that our whirling, powdered ancestors
dance underneath our cleats.

One gray stone still stands today
between the dugout and the bleachers
Old rebel Etienne Reppond rests,
(As familiar as our teachers)
Venerable member of the C.S.A.
and as unlikely as it seems,
he faces east to greet the Host
and scowl at other teams.

We know not where the others sleep.
There are no records, charts or maps.
We sit in the sun and shout for runs
with nachos in our laps.
At Linville High we cheer the game
without thought for curse or fate.
Without a glance at death disturbed
and we almost always go to state.


Mascot History

by Don Wheeler

Linville High School acquired the name "Hornets" from the 1948 Girls Class C State Championship Team

Not having seen all of the yearbooks, I have found thus far four hornet mascots through the years. This history will likely change as I gather more information, but wanted to go ahead and post what I have discovered. The first hornet mascot - the diving hornet, is found in the first issues of "The Stinger" from at least 1956 (and assuming from the beginning in 1950) through around 1960. I have seen a second mascot on the front of 1954 Stinger but do not have a copy as of yet. The third mascot - the happy hornet, reigned from the late 1950s until 1970. In 1971 and 1972, a combination of the third mascot and fourth mascot - the fighting hornet, was used. The last time I have been able to find the happy hornet was in the 1981 Stinger where the diving hornet is also found. I have not seen any yearbooks since 1987 to see if the fighting hornet is the last used or not.


Class of 1965 Holds Class Reunion

Linville Class of 1965 held their 45th Class Reunion Saturday, June 26, 2010, at the Warehouse in Monroe. Those Attending were Ronnie Jones, Bonnie (Taunton) Fuller, Johnny Gunter, Virginia Cook, Geri Lynn (Norman) Petty, Judy (Silmon) White, Gary McKinnie, Phyllis (Langford) Pettit, Doris (Henry) Teddleton, Larry McKinnie and Jimmy Gathright.

History of Linville High School

Taken from "Celebrating Our History 1778-1993"
Linville P.T.O.

A business started, a man honored, and the history of Linville began. It was in the late eighteenth century (1778) when Mr. Linville settled in a dense forest about one and one-half miles southeast of the old post office in Linville, on an Indian trail leading from Ouachita City, the nearest store. As people moved into the area, Mr. Linville built a trading center and started his own business.

It wasn't until almost ninety years later, in 1867, that the need for education resulted in one term of school near Mary Defee's place and, again two years later, in a log house near Jim Green's place. The next recorded school was in a log residence located at the present C.M. Crow place. Mrs. cole taught this school.

It wasn't until 1881 that a building was constructed for the specific purpose of education. One term of school was held in the crude log hut built by Bill Kirpatrick, Ike Reppond, and Dick Pilgreen near the W.M. McKinnie place. This was named Oak Grove School. It had no windows, no supplies, and the children stood to write on boards nailed across pegs driven in logs.

In 1885, J.D. Crow and W.M. McKinnie joined the three men mentioned above to construct a one-room frame building with windows with wooden shutters and desks. School was conducted each summer for five years.

In 1890, aided by P.M. turner, the 1885 building was torn down and moved and a large one was built*. The students now enjoyed windows with glass, blackboards, maps, charts, and crayons.

In 1909, a two-room building was erected on three acres given by J.D. Crow. E.L. Westbrook, Sr., R.L. Love, and W.C. Beasley were carpenters. This was the first building on the present site of Linville High School. During the next few years, Oak Grove, China Grove, and Lin Grove were drawn together at Linville School. Chapell R. Reagan was the first teacher.

In the following years, rooms, buildings, and more teachers were added to Linville School. Locations of classes changed as buildings were built. Various departments were added or deleted. A hot lunch program was started in 1938. Tax mills were approved and later increased to fund education. Water, electricity, natural gas, and much later, telephones and air conditioning were added to the school. Dirt roads were first graveled and later paved. It is interesting to note that the Little Red Schoolhouse was first built for a science building in the late 1930's.

Between 1910 and 1923, Linville School was state approved on the elementary, junior high, and high school levels. In 1957, the school became a member of the Southern Association. Linville's first graduating class in 1923 included: Nazareth Harrell (valedictorian), Vernie Allen (salutatorian), Alvin Harrell, Jack Waldrop, Olivia Roberson, Fannie Mae Haile, and Ovia Love.

In 1948, the community cheered as the girls won the state basketball championship with Mrs. Willard Taylor as the coach. The following year, they won the runner-up spot.

*The following was added by Everett R. Smith, Sr. (graduate 1953): The 1885 building that was near W.M. McKinnie's house with the wooden shutters for windows was Lingrove School and was not torn down. It became the Union Primitive Baptist Church and was torn down after I was grown sometime in the fifties. The present church that is there now was built from the lumber from the old building. When we tore the building down, I found two old pen staffs (used to write with before fountain pens) in the wall where someone had lost them in a knothole. They belonged to Mrs. Winnie Booth Nee McKinnie because they had her initials carved on them and she remembered losing them; and, I gave them back to her. The old building's frame was put together mortise and tennon style and had homemade square nails.

The progress of Linville High School reflects commitment, dedication, and pride of the people of this community as shown by the following facts.

1. From three acres to 22.10 acres.

2. From a two-room building to six buildings, including 23 classrooms, a library, a cafeteria, a gym, offices, a home economics living room and kitchen, and other utility rooms.

3. From one teacher to 22 teachers, including a Director of Student Affairs, a librarian, a special education teacher, and a coordinating teacher and one secretary.

4. From one covered wagon to five buses.

5. From seven grades to 12 grades and kindergarten

6. From the first "box supper" in 1907, to buy a bookcase and books to Doc Cooper Day and the Halloween Carnival to buy a computer and other supplies.

7. Graduates averaging 30 per year.

8. From summer sessions only to a nine-month term.

9. From one janitor (B.F. Love, 1930) to four janitors.

Linville High School is the center, heart and soul of this area that started in a "dense forest" more than two hundred years ago. Sadly, after trusting voters passed a tax to maintain upkeep of the schools, the school board abruptly decided to close the school during the summer of 2005 forcing students to Marion High School seven miles north of campus.

The legacy of Linville High School, however, lives on in those of us who attended and/or graduated from there. Although only a small country school, Linville graduates went on to achieve lofty goals and much success in life.

Long live the Linville High School Hornets!

This site created by Donald Wheeler, Jr. (Class of 1981) and Dorothy Wilson Donald (Class of 1980)