Look Back at 1920s High School Basketball
Sometimes when you are involved in the task of house cleaning and organizing, some forgotten items can be found. About a decade ago I came across an old scrapbook that once belonged to my great-aunt tucked away behind some boxes in a closet.
The scrapbook has a collection of memorabilia from the mid-1920s, but further examination revealed that my great-aunt, Louise Joplin, collected mementos while she was a student at the old Nashville Central High School. Her sister was my late grandmother, Hattie Joplin Traughber.
Central High School was the first public high school in the county system. It was founded in 1915, but moved to a location on Rains Avenue (near the fairgrounds). That school building stood from 1921-1971 and is remembered with a Nashville historical marker.
As a writer and researcher of Nashville sports history, I was drawn to old basketball team photos of Central High. The photos were of the 1924-25, 1925-26 Central girls team.
Both photos included my great-aunt, but the latter stated that she was the team captain. Numerous old, yellowed newspaper clippings from this period featured some basketball results from Central’s girls and boys team.
A check with the TSSAA records indicates that the 1923 Central girls basketball team were state champions. That was their only state basketball championship for the Central girls. My great-aunt was not on that team, but as captain of the 1925-26 team she played in the first season of the TSSAA. Continue Reading