Events Calendar




September 30 is our annual golf tournament at Bear Trace Golf Course. We have Goody Bags for the golfers. If any of you have items that you would be willing to donate, it would be awesome? Do you own a business that you purchase pens, pencils etc, with your logo on them. That would be great.

Do you play golf? How about putting together a team and join us? $100.00 per person. We would like to field 18 teams.

Don’t play golf??? How about helping with the sponsorships? Hole sponsor, cart sponsor. Barney Ottinger and Judy Phillips have all the details.

REMEMBER!!! The proceeds from the golf tournament help to fund the needs of the school that are not met by Hamilton County and also help to fund the 12 scholarships that are awarded to deserving seniors. I know our alma mater means a lot to you, SO how about helping us? I know we can count on you.

If you can help us out, contact Judy Phillips at fourboysmema@msn.com.


On September 15, we will have our annual Sports Hall of Fame Induction. The induction will be preceded by a BBQ dinner in the school cafeteria. Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased at the door or by calling Central High School @ 423-344-1447. Below are the inductees. I know you will be impressed by the selections the committee has made.

  1. Arnold (Buck) Davis—Class of 1948.  Football, basketball, baseball, 7 years minor league.  1948-1955. Greater Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame. (Dodds)
  2. Kip Henley—Class of 1978. Golf. Greater Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame.  Tennessee State Open Amateur, 1982.  Tennessee Section Champion (4) time. (58)
  3. James Earl Hale—Class of 1951.  Football, basketball, track.  Western KY and UC-1955.  1958-1964—Head baseball coach. 1960 State Champ.  Greater Chattanooga Hall of Fame 1995.  Assistant and Principal.  (Both)
  4. Paul Potter—Class of 1953.  Baseball, basketball.  Greater Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame.  Washington Senators, Minor League—Chattanooga Lookouts.  Fast pitch softball.  Tennessee ASA Hall of Fame-Softball. (Dodds)
  5. Charles Glenn—Class of 1963.  Auburn University.  NY Giants. (Dodds)
  6. Tom Cole—Class of 1983.  University of New Mexico.  Coached at Memphis State. (58)
  7. Matt Shelton—Class of 1988. Track. UT Decathlon, 1994, 1992.  1991-1992 All American. (58)

BY THE WAY!!! The Pounders will be playing East Hamilton at 7:30 p.m.


See you there and you can respond to this email should you have questions.

“What a Wonderful School is Central High”.


Lucy McGlohon Bottorff



Chattanooga Central Alumni Association and Supporters

615-478-3585 Cell

615250-8751 e-Fax



Much is going on at 58 HWY, so know, this is a LONG email!!
Last night, Thursday August 17, our Purple Pounders defeated Walker Valley 48-37. This was the first time in 4 years that the Pounders have won their opening game. Coach Braswell and the team worked extremely hard in the off season to get ready for this year. 
You can keep up with them on the school website. 
Upcoming Sports Hall of Fame Induction will be held on September 15, 2017. 
The following alumni will be inducted:
  • Tom Cole Football 1983
  • Arnold Davis Baseball Football 1948
  • Charlie Glenn Football 1963
  • James Hale Football Baseball 1951 and Baseball Coach
  • Kip Henley Golf 1978
  • Paul Potter Baseball Basketball 1953
  • Matt Shelton Track 1988
  • The evening will begin with a BBQ dinner at 5:30 in the school Cafeteria. 
  • Tickets are $5.00 each and can be purchased in advance at the school or can be purchased that evening.
  • The induction ceremony will begin at 6:15 and will be followed by the Purple Pounders Football vs East Hamilton @ 7:30.
Please support these inductees 
who have honored our school so well.
Other News of Interest
There will be a Book Signing in the School Cafeteria on  Sunday afternoon August 27, 2017 from 2:00-4:00 PM
"Stanley J. Farmer: We Called Him Coach", Author-Jerry H. Summers
Make checks payable to the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga in the amount of $21.95. All proceeds go to fund the Stan Farmer Scholarship Fund. Mr. Summers has been most generous in his support for Central High School. This will also give you an opportunity to see the memorabilia collected and donated by CHS alums over the years.
Golf Tournament!!
Central High School Alumni Association Golf Tournament to be held on September 30, 2017 at Bear Trace Golf Course with tee off at 8:00 A.M. Sponsorships are needed to support this event. Your business can be a hole sponsors, cart sponsor, or a major sponsor. Contact Barney Ottinger @ 757-284-9922 or Judy Phillips @ 423-503-7413
Did You Know.....(worth reading)
Harrison, TN-(WDEF) With Central set to begin a new high school football season, we'll once again hear one of the most unique nicknames in America, the Purple Pounders.
School administrators are always having to explain what the heck is a Purple Pounder.
Central principal Finley King and Central head football coach Cortney Braswell are both constantly quizzed about their school's nickname, the Purple Pounders.
Said King :"I'll go on vacation and talk about my job. They'll always ask, what's your mascot? And I always say will let me tell you something before we get started with the that. We're the Purple Pounders, and then I'll get all kinds of reactions from good to bad."
Said Braswell: "A lot of people envision kind of like an Incredible Hulk fist that's pounding something. The head coaches always kind of meet at the center of the field before a game, and you are staring down the other team's kids, and they are staring down yours. It almost always comes up. What exactly is a Purple Pounder? And so next thing you know, it's 7:15 before kickoff, and you're explaining the history of a century of Chattanooga Central high school to them."
King has the history on Central's unique nickname.
Said King:"Prior to 1935, they were referred to as the Purples or Purple Warriors or Purple Hurricanes. But in 1935 was when Central's football program really came on strong. There was a reporter at the Chattanooga Times newspaper that referred to Central as the Purple Pounders. And so from then on, every time the Times wrote an article about Central, especially the football team, he would refer to us as the Purple Pounders. The art department picked up the hammer and anvil symbol for Pounders. We recently over the past ten years decided to actually come up with a mascot. Our student body at the time did some research on football coaches and principals and those kind of things! Decided to name that mascot Stan after Stan Farmer, who was a long time football coach during those winning years that we had on Dodds Avenue. So we refer to that mascot as Stan the Pounder Man."
King and Braswell enjoy that Purple Pounder Pride.
Said Braswell: " There are a million Tigers out there. There are a million hawks and bears and all of those things out there, but there's only one Chattanooga Central Purple Pounder. So, when you put that jersey on, it means something."
Hope to see YOU at one of these events!
Lucy Bottorff, President of the Alumni Association
Chattanooga Central High School Alumni

Attention, Golfers: Mark your calendars for alumni golf tournament on Saturday, September 30th at Bear Trace with a start time of 8:00 AM. "Save the Date" cards will be mailed to all golfers who have played in past tournaments and will also include the date for the football booster club tournament which is June 9th, also at Bear Trace.

The Central Digest needs more "likes" for its Facebook page in seeking recognition as website of the year. Go to The Central Digest page and click or tap on "Like" at the top, of the page. While there, catch up on what is going on at the school and with the Digest. You can read the Central Digest by visiting www.centraldigest.com/


2017 Inductees to the CHS Distinguished Hall of Fame

-John A. Dyer, PHD CHS ’54; nationally recognized transit authority
-Hubert Shuptrine CHS ’54; nationally acclaimed watercolor artist
-Kenny L. Parker CHS ’61; gospel music artist
-Clyde R. Moore CHS ’71; electronics supply and maintenance businessman
-Barry S. Borden CHS ’72; drummer for rock bands, including Marshall Tucker Band and Mothers Finest