Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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June 26, 2014

Louisa native compiles massive book of high school's history

LOUISA — Mike Miller’s retirement has been full, thanks to a project he dreamed up: to create a pictorial history of Louisa High School.

The result is “Louisa High School Through The Years,” a 533-page, hard-cover book that includes Louisa High School yearbooks he scanned and organized.

The former information technology specialist for the commonwealth of Kentucky said he’d never put together a book and never known of a high school having such a comprehensive history, but he thought it needed to be done.

“I had this dream and plan for years and didn’t have time to do it until I retired,” he said, noting access to the books was a victory for him.

“I scanned 44 Louisa High yearbooks (Scarlacks) that were on display in the genealogy room at the Lawrence County Library,” Miller, a 1969 graduate of Louisa High School, said, noting he started working last fall. “I also needed to borrow a few the library did not have. With the exception of five yearbooks from the 1930s, I scanned books from 1929 through 1977. This was the year LHS merged into Lawrence County High School.”

He said he had to resize pages and many were damaged, so he tried to restore them and make each page and picture look as good as he could using Adobe PhotoShop.

He also used photos donated by the late Kenneth Hayes, who was a teacher at Louisa.

The book contains photos of everything from bands and majorettes to senior-class moments and underclass officers.

Once he had the book completed, he approached Entourage Yearbooks in Trenton, N.J., which agreed to publish the book.

“They kept a copy,” Miller said. “They said they’d never done a complete history of a high school before.”

The book was completed in time for the all-school reunion June 14, where Miller took orders for more than 30 books. He said others expressed interest in ordering books, too.

“I want as many people to have it as can afford it,” he said, noting the price is low for the size of the book. “I think  it will bring back a lot of memories. Sometimes when I was working on it I had to stop and compose myself. I got emotional. I realized the people who look through this are going to have the same reaction.”

“Louisa High School Through The Years” is available for $75 plus shipping by calling Miller at (606) 483-9280. He also may be reached at mikemiller2622@gmail.com or at 2622 Ky. 2565, Louisa, KY 41130.

LEE WARD can be reached at lward@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2661.

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