Durrett High School — Louisville, KY

Durrett High School, Louisville, KY
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Durrett High School building today

Reunion Apparel for Sallie Phillips Durrett High School

Sallie Phillips Durrett High School

4409 Preston Highway
Louisville, KY 40213

colors: Royal Blue & gold
mascot: Demons

Durrett Junior High School opened in 1954, built on land owned by the Durrett and Phillips families. In 1957, the building was expanded to house Durrett High School. Rather than transferring students into the new high school, the Durrett Junior High Freshman led the way through and became the first graduating class in 1960. In 1968, the old Durrett family home that still stood on the property was demolished. Durrett High School closed after the final graduation ceremonies in 1981. From 1981 until 1991, the building was used by Jefferson County Public Schools’ Library Media Services and was home to the Durrett Education Center. In the Fall of 1991, after a $7 million makeover, it became the home of Louisville Male High School.

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There are two Durrett High School groups on Facebook.
Durrett Facebook group
Durrett Facebook group

———- Athletic Highlights ———-

Cross Country

– Steve Boyd, was the Individual Class AAA State Champion in 1967.


– 1959 – Lost in the State Finals (duPont Manual 41, Durrett 14)


– 1970 – Catcher, Terry Mappin, was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the first round
– 1971 – 1st Baseman, Lynn Minner, was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the second round
– 1979 – Durrett lost in the State Semi-finals (Shelby County 5, Durrett 3)

———- Durrett Folks in Music & the Arts ———-

Shirley Caddell & The Aristocrats recorded two songs in 1963: “The Big Bounce” and “Don’t Hurt A Good Thing“.

Leon Middleton has played sax with everybody from Louisville’s own Monarchs to the Beach Boys.

George Poole started out with the Aztecs, a group of Durrett singers. He is now part of The Doo-Wop All-Stars.

Paul Penny (Paul Stodghill) sang and played with the Carnations and TrenDells, recorded five solo albums and still performs locally. Contact him through paulpennyband.com.

Marsha (Williams) Norman, is a playwright, screenwriter, and novelist. In 1983, she received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play, ‘night, Mother. You can review her work at Amazon.com.

– Former Durrett art teacher, Ginger Adams, is teaching art classes at The Riverbend Academy in Henderson.

Kenneth M. LaMaster (Class of ’79) has authored two books: U. S. Penitentiary Leavenworth (Images of America) and Fort Leavenworth (Images of America).

If you have additional info or memories about Durrett High School, please leave a comment below.

14 thoughts on “Durrett High School — Louisville, KY

  1. What ever happened to the artifacts that were in a restaurant on Frankfort Ave that was open in the 1990’s. I gave several DHS items to the owner and never got them back because I was not informed that it had closed. I would like them back. One item was my DHS football helmet.

  2. I am looking for 1961 Durrett High School grads. We are planning a 50th reunion bash in Louisville in May of 2011. I will be happy to hear from you and will check this site again. I used to be Linda Deitschmann.

    1. Dear Linde,
      I have contacted 3 committee members about the reunion in May and have not gotten a response from any of them – Mike Heyser, Keith Braun and Bruce Gaddie.

      Could you send me information on the dates for the 50th? I really want to attend, but if I can’t get particulars I won’t be there.

      Thank you so much, Kathy Mathis Petro kpetro@tampabay.rr.com

  3. We are looking for classmates from the the class of 1964. We have begun to compile names and contact information for our annual summer and winter get-togethers and allso for our 50th Reunion. Any one with information about anyone who graduated in 1964 can ocntact me at kysilver@att.net

    We have a site on Facebook also. Durrett High School- Class of 64

    Also looking for a recording of the Fight song and Alma Mater.



  4. Where are the artifacts from Durrett at. The seal that was in the middle of the floor. Pictures and trophies

  5. I am looking for anything about the first day of school in 1976. When all the black chldren were kept on the bus for several hours cause they were not ready for us to come to that part of life
    . Does anyone remember that?

    1. i was on one of those buses they would throw rocks at us try to spit on us that was not right at all never will forget it.

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