(click image for full-sized version)Madison High School, Richmond, KY
(photo used under Creative Commons License with permission of creator, John Lovell (Madison High School, Class of 1976)
Richmond Madison High School
| Quick Facts|
|Name: ||Madison High School|
|Nickname: ||Royal Purples|
|Year Opened: ||1920|
|Year Closed: ||1989||Oh when that old Madison High team falls in line
We're gonna win this game another time
And for that dear old school we love so well
And for that dear old team we'll yell and yell and yell
We're gonna fight, fight, fight, for every score
We're gonna hit that line and score some more
We're gonna roll old (opponent) on the side, on the side
Rah, Rah, Rah, Rah, Rah, Rah,
Here's to old Madison
Madison will win
Fight to the finish
Never give in
You do your best boys
We'll do the rest boys
On to VICTORY!
(from Wikipedia) "After Caldwell High School (then the community high school in Richmond) burned to the ground in 1917, the need for a new high school led to the building of a school on the grounds of the old Madison Female Institute (between Madison Avenue and Second Street)… Madison High School was an independent city high school in Richmond, Kentucky (Madison County, Kentucky). The school's enrollment (grades 9-12) never exceeded 400 and it never graduated a class of more than 90 students in its 70 year existence."
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When Madison Female Institute was incorporated in 1858, a large brick residence located on a hilltop south of downtown Richmond was enlarged to accommodate the school, and ten acres were divided into lawns, gardens, and tennis courts. Following the Civil War battle of Richmond in 1862, the building served briefly as a Union army hospital where teachers and students helped care for the wounded. Madison Female Institute attracted students from all over the South and became famous as a finishing school. The property was leased in 1919 to the City Board of Education for ninety-nine years.
In 1906 Eastern Kentucky State Normal School, now Eastern Kentucky University, established. Model School at Eastern. A merger between Eastern Kentucky State College's Model Laboratory School and Madison High School occurred in 1939. (The same year Madison Central High School opened). Under the agreement, students from both schools could take classes at the other and classes for the college, Madison High and Model ran on the same schedule. Unified programs in physical education, athletics and music between Madison High and Model were begun after consolidation, and the two schools had a joint commencement program. The last Madison Model teams played in the 1960-61 season when the academic-athletic partnership between Madison High and Model ended.
In 1956, in response to federal court rulings, the old black high school in Richmond, Richmond High School, was merged with Madison High School. 1957 was the year of the first integrated graduating class of Madison High School. One graduate, Ann Peyton Spain, became the first black student to complete four years of college in 1961 at the then Eastern Kentucky State College, now Eastern Kentucky University.
In 1988, the Richmond School District merged with the Madison County School District . In 1989 Madison High School was consolidated with Madison Central High School, the MHS property was purchased by the Madison County School District Board of Education and, after renovation, the campus was re-opened in 1992 as Madison Middle School.
* * * * * * Athletics * * * * * *
Mr. Basketball Award - 1970 Robert Brooks (Richmond Madison)
Kentucky High School Athletic Association
Sports Hall of Fame
Ray Vencill - He had an outstanding football and basketball career at Elizabethtown cut short by
injury…He built an excellent record in 16 years of coaching, spending eight years each at Elizabethtown
and Richmond Madison…His teams won 311 games and lost 101…His Madison teams made
consecutive Sweet Sixteen® appearances in 1969 and 1970, with the '70 squad losing to Male 70-69 in
the finals…He returned to his alma mater in Elizabethtown and guided the Panthers to three Sweet
Sixteen® appearances, The first came in 1972, the school's first appearance in the state tournament, and
they later returned in 1975 and '78…He earned the unique distinction of taking two different schools to the
finals…He was chosen Kentucky High School Coach of the Year on four different occasions and later
served the Elizabethtown schools as an outstanding administrator.
Jerry Woolum - guided the football program at Madison Model for two seasons...during his
playing days, established many state records and was an All-South honoree in 1958...continues
to be active in high school athletics by serving as volunteer physician for Pineville High School.
Roy L. Kidd - This outstanding football coach played in three consecutive state basketball tournaments
for Corbin High…He also played football and baseball and was first team All-State in football…He was
Kentucky's Coach of the Year in 1961 when his Richmond Madison High teams were ranked No.1 in the
state all season…His Madison teams were 54-10-1, had a 27-game winning streak and shut out 14
Goebel Ritter - The Sweet Sixteen® and the multi-talented Goebel Ritter are synonymous because he
took four Hazard teams to the Big Show, winning the championship in 1955, and served as a referee for
three State Tournaments…Ritter joins his star, the great Johnny Cox, in the Hall of Fame…Cox scored 32
points for Ritter's Hazard Bulldogs in their 74-66 championship victory over Adair County…His State
Tournament record was 7-3…In addition to his 10 years at Hazard, Ritter coached one year at Fleming-
Neon and four years at Whitesburg…He officiated for 18 years…Ritter was one of Kentucky's finest
athletes, playing basketball, football and golf for Madison High in Richmond…He signed a football
scholarship at Eastern Kentucky University, but wound up playing basketball, golf, baseball and
track…He was such an outstanding player that he performed for the New York Knicks in the National
Ralph Carlisle - While coaching at Lafayette, Richmond's Madison High School and his alma mater, Kavanaugh High School near Lawrenceburg, Mr. Carlisle compiled an impressive 488-144 career record.
Once hailed as the best high school coach in the state by University of Kentucky Coach Adolph Rupp
Mr. Carlisle was named Coach of the Decade for the 1950s in a poll by The Courier-Journal of Louisville. His 1953 state championship team was named Team of the Decade, and he was twice named Basketball Coach of the Year by the Kentucky High School Coaches Association.
Guy Strong - He was an exceptional high school athlete at Irvine High School, an All-State selection in
basketball…He led his school to its only appearance in the Sweet Sixteen® in 1948…In that season, he
also led his baseball team to the State Tournament, and once pitched and won both games of a
doubleheader during the regional tournament…He coached basketball at Madison, Male and George
Rogers Clark, with his teams compiling 245 wins against 124 losses…His Clark County teams made
three Sweet Sixteen® appearances, with the 1990 squad advancing to the semi-finals…He is recognized
as a distinguished educator and administrator…Strong played on a national championship team at the
University of Kentucky and coached a national championship team at Kentucky Wesleyan.
* * * * * * Athletics Highlights * * * * * *
State Football Playoffs
1961 (State Runner-Up)
1964 (State Runner-Up)
1971 ('Monty Joe' Lovell coached from 1971-81)
1979 (State Runner-Up)
State Basketball Sweet Sixteen®
1970 (State Runner-Up)
Football Bowl Appearances
Recreation Bowl Champion
Recreation Bowl Runner-Up
Big Sandy Bowl Runner-Up
Scholarship Bowl Champion
Laurel Bowl Champion
CKC Bowl Champion
CKC Bowl Runner-Up
Optimist Bowl Champion
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