Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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September 4, 2013

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ASHLAND — ‘Cow Town’ name offends CHS grad

This past weekend I returned to the area to celebrate my 40th high school reunion.

I graduated from Catlettsburg High School in 1973, the next-to-final year of CHS existence before being consolidated into Boyd County High. Each moment of my reunion was filled with times of great memories. The school was small and long-lasting friendships were formed. 

The reunion ended with our group of graduates standing and singing our alma mater. Each person felt school pride returning as our voices blended in harmony.

The event at Oakland Avenue Baptist Church was meaningful. Earlier at the old CHS another reunion event was taking place. I had been informed about a display being unveiled featuring CHS memorabilia. My husband and I stopped to view the display.

Walking through the foyer and hallways of the old school was quite exciting and I was happy to see the spirit of the Wildcats was being honored. However, my joy turned quickly to disbelief as I stared at the statements plastered on walls and emblazoned on T-shirts referring to Catlettsburg as “Cow Town.”

Throughout my time in school in Catlettsburg, this term was used by other schools and those who disrespected us as a term of derision. It was used to mock and humiliate us. As many know, Catlettsburg was not named because of its relationship to cattle or livestock but after the founding brothers Horatio and Alexander Catlett in 1811.

We have a proud history as a city and I for one find referring to us as “Cow Town” offensive. Why would a term of derision such as this be allowed to "honor" the memory of our school?  A number of my former classmates shared my dismay over this terminology.

Is there not a better way to honor the memory of our school?

Pamela Sloas Maynard,m Jacksonville, Fla.

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