Saturday, July 17, 2010

Lubbock High School's famous student

Dropped by Lubbock High School the other day. The distinctive red-tile roofed, sand-colored brick building constructed in 1930 is the most outstanding architecture in the largest city of the Great Plains and listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The contractor went so far over budget during construction that he sold his family's East Texas oilfield interests and never completed another building.

The Home of the Westerners is just as significant as the alma mater of Charles Hardin Holley, better known as Buddy Holly. Dixie Chick Natalie Maines, Ralna English of the Lawrence Welk Show, crooner Mac Davis, Crickets Jerry Allison and Joe B. Mauldin, singer-songwriter Sonny Curtis (composer of the Mary Tyler Moore Show theme), Ohio Players drummer Jimmy Sampson, Texas music producer and pedal steel virtuoso Lloyd Maines, Rolling Stones sax man Bobby Keys, Lost Gonzo Bob Livingston, Texas attorney general Waggoner Carr, and football stars E.J.Holub, and Hub Bechtol are also LHS grads, but only Buddy has his own trophy case at the school.


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