Georgetown High School
Buffaloes
Georgetown, Kentucky
With notes about:
Ed Davis High School
Garth High School

 Quick Facts
State:  KY
City:  Georgetown
Name:  Georgetown High School
Nickname:  Buffaloes
Color1:  Green
Color2:  White
School District:  Scott County Schools
County:  Scott
Year Opened:  1959
Year Closed:  1975

Georgetown Middle School
(Google Street View)

 

Our search of online books and web sites turned up conflicting versions of the history of Georgetown High School. One report says the green & white Georgetown Buffaloes that most of us would remember was opened in 1959, then merged with Scott County High School in 1975. It also states that during its seventeen year existence, over 900 seniors graduated from the school. Most sources first mention Georgetown High School when a new building was built in 1955. The building today is the home of Georgetown Middle School.

But this may have been the second (or third) version of Georgetown High School. There are references to wealthy (white) students attending GHS as early as 1902. A 1919 study of recreational opportunities for young people in Kentucky refers to GHS as a black school. Indeed, the school nickname "Buffaloes" may have been in reference to the many "Buffalo Soldiers" who migrated from Scott County to the wild West after the Civil War. It may have also referred to the many buffalo traces in the area.

A Georgetown High School definitely existed in 1924 and 1925. In 1924, before there was a playoff system, the Buffaloes were voted the State Football Champions. In 1925, the Georgetown Buffalettes won the girls State Basketball Championship. Also, during those years, the Georgetown baseball team won back to back State Championships. Four State Championships in two years is pretty amazing, but is only a sub-plot to the real story. All four teams were coached by the same man, W. C. "Bedie" Thomason. Thomason was belatedly inducted into the KHSAA Hall of Fame in 1996.

Below, in timeline format, is some of the info we uncovered about Georgetown's schools.
(Most of this information came from these two books:)

  • Scott County, Kentucky: Families and History
  • Georgetown & Scott County (KY) (Images of America)

  • 1894

    A school for black children opened on North Chambers Ave. Sometime between 1894 and 1929, the name was changed from the Graded School for Colored Children to Chambers Avenue School. (another source reports the school opened in 1884)

    1910

    The Georgetown Independent School Board received accreditation to begin a 4-year high school.

    1918

    One history book contained a photo of kids playing outside the "Georgetown city school" at the corner of Washington and Mulberry streets.

    1911

    A two-year high school program was added to Chambers Avenue School by Principal Ed Davis.

    1924

    A four-year high school program was added to Chambers Avenue School by Principal Ed Davis.


    Georgetown High School was the Central Kentucky Football Champions. Bedie Thomason was the first coach in Kentucky to use a huddle between plays. Georgetown shut out every opponent but one during their undefeated regular season.


    Georgetown High School won the State Baseball Championship.


    The Georgetown High School girls basketball team lost in the finals for the State Championship.

    1925

    Georgetown High School won the State Baseball Championship.


    The Georgetown High School girls basketball team won the State Championship.


    The Garth School opened (grades 1-12).

    1927

    The Georgetown High School girls basketball team won 43 games, but lost the State Championship game 19-18 in overtime.


    The new Garth High School on Hamilton St. opened.

    1928

    Garth High School won the Central Kentucky Football Championship with Bedie Thomason as their coach. (Did Bedie switch schools, or did he coach Georgetown HS AND Garth HS?)

    1929

    Chambers Avenue School was renamed Ed Davis High School in honor of Principal Ed Davis.


    The Ed Davis Mud Turtles football team were Bluegrass Conference champs.

    1930

    The Ed Davis Mud Turtles football team were Bluegrass Conference champs.

    1937

    Grade school portion of Ed Davis High School closed.

    1948

    The Ed Davis Mud Turtles football team were Bluegrass Conference co-champs.

    1949

    The Ed Davis Mud Turtles football team were Bluegrass Conference champs.

    1951

    Garth High School won the Central Kentucky Basketball Championship with Tom Green as their coach.

    1955

    Scott County High School opened, merging Ed Davis High School, Sadieville High School, Stamping Ground High School, Oxford High School and Great Crossing High School. (various sources report Ed Davis as closing in 1954, 1955 & 1956)


    Garth High School merged into the newly built Georgetown High School on South Hamilton St. The old Garth High School building becomes Garth Elementary School.(various sources report Garth High School as closing in 1955 & 1956)

    1975

    Georgetown and Scott County School Districts merged. Georgetown High School became Georgetown Middle School. The Georgetown High School students transferred to Scott County High School.

    2003

    Ed Davis Learning Center opened. It is located in Ed Davis Park. (At some point, Ed Davis High School was torn down and the site became Ed Davis Park.)

    ---------- KY High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame Inductees ----------

    1995: Geneva "Red" Lemons Coblens - A woman before her time, “Red” was a member of the Georgetown High Buffalettes, one of the first powerhouse girls’ basketball teams in the state. In 1926, she led her squad to a 43-win season, including a 23-16 victory over the Cleveland Favorite Knits – the national champions – before a crowd of 4,300 fans at UK’s new Alumni Gym. That year, Georgetown finished as state runner-up and the following year, she earned All-Kentucky honors and once again led her team to the State Tournament. To cap her legendary career, she was selected All-Southern Running Guard in 1928.

    1996: WC "Bedie" Thomason -- Coached at Georgetown where he compiled a 78-15 mark in football and his 1924 team won the mythical state title. In girls' basketball, he recorded a 164-29 record and took four teams to the state tournament, appearing in the finals three times and winning the championship in 1925. In boys' basketball he recorded a 140-67 mark and in baseball, he won the state in 1924 and '25.

    2006: George Lusby – Lusby was a prep athlete at Georgetown High School and later coached baseball and basketball at his alma mater. He has been involved in officiating over 40 years, working 11 KHSAA State Football Championship games.

    ---------- Web Links ----------
     

  • Georgetown High School Buffaloes apparel
     
  • Garth High School (Google Street View)
     
  • Ed Davis Park (Google Street View)
     
  • Scott County Schools
     
  • Georgetown News-Graphic, Scott County's 24/7 news source
     
  • Doug Prather (GHS'67) Photographic Art
     

    ---------- Facebook Groups ----------
     

  • Georgetown, KY
     
  • Garth High School
     
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