Woerner Junior High School

School Common Name
Woerner Junior High School

Other Name
Emma J. Woerner Junior High School; Eastern Junior High School; Atherton High School; Jefferson County Traditional Middle School; Woerner Metro Alternative School

Last Address
1418 Morton Avenue


Year Opened

Year Closed

Eastern Junior High School, previously located on Broadway, moved to the former Atherton High School building on Morton Avenue in 1964 and was renamed Woerner Junior High School in honor of Emma J. Woerner, the first principal of Atherton. Woerner closed as a junior high, circa 1977, and became Woerner Metro Alternative School. Jefferson County Traditional Middle School later moved to the former Woerner circa 1981.

Resource Information

This resource is provided by the Jefferson County Public Schools Archives and Records Center, Louisville, Kentucky. See JCPS History Wiki and Blog Information for contact information.

Charlie Allison (unauthenticated)Nov 20, 2008 10:26 AM

I remember attending Woerner Jr. High in the mid 60's. Had to walk to school back then 2/12 miles 1 way past the Bourbon Stock Yards. Mr Bert Pierson was our band director and we put on plays in their beautiful auditorium One was called Sadie Shaw from Arkansaw. The wooden & marble floors are just as beautiful today as they were back then.We had 2 gyms 1 for boys & 1 for girls. In the Lunchroom I (being white) once got sent to the office for setting with my Black classmates. Teachers I most remember were Bill Maier/PE - Ms Appling / Social Studies- Mrs. Yuille - Ms. Seestadt and doing Hinky - Pinky's in Ms. Dukes Room......... Mr Lawerence was Principal & Joe Greer & Ms. Vanover were Counselors .........Oh those were the days !

juanita wilson (unauthenticated)Jan 7, 2010 10:17 PM

I remember Woerner Jr High. I attended it also in 1965-and I liked it there. Going up and down those steps all of the time. I had Mrs. Kleinhenz
for Math and Mr. Harrelson for History I believe. We had a lot of fun at that school. I would like to hear from others who went there.

Ralph Bowman (unauthenticated)Apr 2, 2010 7:26 PM

I attended Eastern Jr. HS in 64. That was also the year we moved to E.J. Woerner Jr. HS. I remember all of us students taking whatever we
could carry and walking as a very large group to the new school. I remember Mr. Lawrence. I also remember Mr. Miseburg
(not sure of the spelling) as the principal. The gym teacher was rather large person, 6'6 and 245lbs (can't remembewr his name). Mr. Ross
Miller was my wood shop teacher. A great teacher (yea, I got a taste of one of his paddles on more than one occasion). I
have a class picture of my homeroom somewhere. If I can find it, I'll attempt to post it. It's been 40+ years. Would like to hear from anyone from that time...

Sherrie Freeman Bischof (unauthenticated)May 21, 2010 9:36 AM

I was in the last class at Emma J. Woerner Junior High School. I am now 48 years old and I can say unequivocally that those were the happiest years of my life.I remember Geneva Hawkins, our strong willed black principal (a real role model). I remember the glorious Dr. Mae Kaufman, strong black woman and brilliant mathematician (also a real role model). I remember our music department, Terry Florence and Bob Scott. Bob, wherever you are, you opened up worlds unimagined for me. I am so thankful that I was a part of that time and that place.

DB (unauthenticated)Aug 26, 2010 12:11 PM

Is mr Parker out there? And mrs. fetzer? An is Terry Webb still alive?

Freda Jimmerson (unauthenticated)Nov 8, 2010 1:37 AM

I was attending in 1964, the year that we moved from Eastern on Broadway. I loved both schools and remember it as
being the best of my school years. I was in choir and had Ms. Belmar. She was great and I loved her dearly. I remember
the boys gym teacher that Ralph mentioned, but also can't remember his name. I believe he previous played basketball
for U L. For those of you who might remember Henry Bacon,who played for U L, also attended Woener at that time. I
saw him play while at U L. I absolutely loved Mr. Lawrence. I thought he was a great Principal but also stern. Those
were definately the days. I have some photo's from those years and cherish them. Anyone remember Sue Payton, Charlie
Jones, Pat Matthews? Just a few of some of my classmates. We should have a reunion. The 1st students of '64'.

Norman Williams (unauthenticated)Dec 27, 2010 2:32 AM

Wow,,,this is REALLY taking me back(lol). I grew up in Butchertown and only by happenstance did I attend Woerner Jr High,I "intended' to attend Barret Jr High but had moved 1 block West on Washington St and found myself entering Woerner in 1971-74. I remember Mr Lawrence,Ms Agress,Mr Maier,Mr Scott,Mr Abrams,Mr Detwyler,Mr Hawkins,Mr Anderson and various others that made my time at Woerner memorable. I only wish that Woerner had been extended to both a Jr. AND High school during my teens.

REBECCA BROOKS-SCHANK (unauthenticated)Jan 19, 2011 4:53 AM


Robert bender (unauthenticated)Jan 21, 2011 12:39 PM

I loved going to woerner, happiest days of my life

Diana Salama Farhat (unauthenticated)Feb 22, 2011 4:55 PM

I have great memories of my time at Woerner Jr. High. I remember Mr. Allen making me read Lord of the Flies and understand it and work with the school newspaper and Mr. Scott introducing me to Vivaldi.

Bill Brannen (unauthenticated)Mar 24, 2011 3:43 PM

Best school experience of my life, Mr Florence, Mrs Smith and all the great teachers.....we had a great basketball team with Thomas Bridgewater, and with Robert Bender in my homerun the bullies were told to leave me alone.......Thanks Robert....

marilyn wheatley (unauthenticated)Apr 8, 2011 2:01 AM

I went Woerner jr high, with my high school sweetheart T.J Payton, we later married and years later divorce ( but still good friends) We both still talk about the sock hops ,they use to have.I was in Mrs Miller home room and He was Mr.Sampson home room, thus were the days teenagers had real fun,. I believe my class was the last, for Woerner ( 1964)

marilyn wheatley (unauthenticated)Apr 8, 2011 2:05 AM

mean to say we were the first class in (1964) not the last

Ralph Bowman (unauthenticated)Apr 14, 2011 8:20 AM

I now remember our PE teacher. That was Mr. Chappell. I also remember Sue Payton, if I'm not mistaken I believe she was related to Mr. Miller the Wood shop teacher. I do ,or did know both Louis and Henry Bacon.

Ralph Bowman (unauthenticated)Apr 14, 2011 8:23 AM

High fellow classmates. I finally remembered my 9th grade HR teacher, That was Mr. Sampson. Our PE teacher was Mr. Chappell. I also remember Sue Payton as she was related to Ross Miller the wood shop teacher. I joined the Army in Dec. 1967. Why? Because by this time (like an idiot) I had quit HS and my draft number was up. I stayed in the Army for 21 years. Then I took a Government job in Nothern VA and retired from that job in 2009. I come to Louisville every year at the end of Aug. I also remember Louis and Henry Bacon. As I remember more I'll post, but it's been 45 years, memory sucks as we age.....

PAMELA SANDERS (unauthenticated)Apr 23, 2011 1:36 PM

I remember worner jr high school i went there in 1973 my best friend susie glasgow and wanda rose went there also im still trying to find them, I had mrs smith in science and she was one of the best teacher's ,we had a guy name robert who would not stop trying to play with my hair and mrs smith motion for me to duck ,she threw a eraser at him he has white chalk all over his face he was a friendly black boy but would get in trouble oh how the day's went by and pam smith was a friend of mine also

Mary Colleen Rose (unauthenticated)Apr 27, 2011 6:01 PM

My Name was Mary Colleen Rose, My HR teacher was Ms Appleby , I loved my time at this school. I remember I had such a crush on Mr. Sampson. Some of my classmates were Becky Jones ,she had a sister named Barbie, Louie Carr,Glenn Spenser,Henry Bacon and so many others . I hope to hear from all of my classmates,Love to all Colleen. richpatnick@insightbb.com

becky spencer neel (unauthenticated)May 30, 2011 2:48 PM

wish i could say it was good but not so much

clara bertram (unauthenticated)May 31, 2011 8:58 PM

I went to my grandson's graduation today at Jefferson County Traditional Middle School.
That school has a special meaning to our family. My mother worked nights there cleaning the
school. Also, my brother went there I think 1967-1968. His name was Richard Lawson and he
died in January of 1968,he had leukemia. Does anybody remember him.

Ralph Bowman (unauthenticated)Jul 7, 2011 9:38 PM

The memories of those years is coming back (slowly). If it serves me correctly, I was at Eastern JHS when JFK was assinated, I was in the 8th grade metel shop (don't remember the teachers name). I remember in the 9th grade (as I said before Mr. Sampson was my 9th grade HR, I also had him for Civics). 1964 was an election year and Mr. Sampson and a group of us students held a mock Presidential election between LBJ and AU H20. LBJ won by a landslide. Who else remembers that? Some of the classmates names I rember were, Harry Ayres, Bruce Logson, Glenn Spencer, Danny Brown (deceased), Tommy Sincorn, Ray Mason, and others whose names fail me at this time. I also remember in the 9th grade I took Mr. Millers wood shop class. I made a ceder chest and two ceder end tables, I still have those three items. They have been all over the world with me during my career in the Army, and are still in use. I would like to hear from anyone from those times. Email: rbsmss@comcast.net

Sandra Robinson,Cheerleader 1974 (unauthenticated)Sep 27, 2011 10:21 PM

Woener jr. High, was one of the best schools I ever attended. There was no busing then but the school was very diverse although in a predominately white neighborhood. A black girl so far from home, I still somehow felt safe. I met many friends black and white and wish I could find them! My best friend was Lisa Perfumo whom I cheered with, she was Captain. The teachers back then were so helpful and truly cared whether or not we learned. I rode the Oak St. bus all the way there from the west-end and again back home. My mother who is now in Heaven had the good sense to send me there. Initially I thought I would hate it but turns out I didn't. The Teachers/Staff most memorable to me are Mr. Smith(Reading), Mr. Wright,/ Mr. Ecton(Asst/Principal), Pat Wright(Cheerleaders Coach), Ms. Rosati(art) Ms Nochlin and Ms.Royce (gym). I still to this day loves Woerner and has only warm kind memories. Hopefully, my grandchild can attend Woerner. (JCTMS). Please contact me: sandra.robinson5268@yahoo.com

marilyn wheatley (unauthenticated)Oct 10, 2011 12:22 AM

does anyone have the year book 1964, if you do please let me know , or were I can get one. stardust1970@insightbb.com


Thomas Withers (unauthenticated)Oct 26, 2011 9:51 PM

I attended Woerner 1971-1974 this was the best school very racially diverse way ahead of it's time. The best part was blacks and whites got along I can't remember and racial tension.
My 7th grade teacher homeroom Mrs. Ellison, Mr.Porter,Mr Hawkins,Mr.Scott and who could forget Mr.Maier. Any of the old basketball team around Keith Miller,Michael Styles,Jeff Mack,Maurice Jenkins.
What about the track team any remember Eddie Burton the fastest guy in town.

nathan wynn (unauthenticated)Feb 4, 2012 8:25 PM

mid 60's those where the best of time, home rome 105 nathanwynn@live.com

nathanwynn@live.com (unauthenticated)Feb 6, 2012 2:18 PM

why not have a woerner junior high school reunion. nathanwynn@live.com

Jeanette Faulkner Scott (unauthenticated)Feb 16, 2012 10:39 PM

I would like to talk to others who attended Weorner in the mid 1960's. My brother "Burkey married Susie Glasgow. My other brother is "Stids", both younger. My sister is Judy"rabbit". I remember Lavonda Harp and her brother Buddy. I remember Karen Bronger, Patsy Salmon, Madge Layfield, Gary Dennison, Leonila Toledo, Pat Haynes, Wesley Corduroy and Charlotte Edmonds. Ms. Howlett Royce was our gym teacher. I remember Mr Lawrence, Mrs.Dukes,.Ms.Seastadt, Mrs.Kleinhenz, and Mr. Harrelson .My email is jfaulkner2@att.net
. Thanks
Jeanette Faulkner Scott

charlie guttman (unauthenticated)Mar 29, 2012 4:50 PM

woerner was the best school i went to except high school. myself an robert atcher always hung around together. we lived one block
apart . all the teachers were the best.thank-you to all. charlesguttman@bigriver.net.
charlie guttman

charlie guttman (unauthenticated)Mar 30, 2012 5:10 PM

i agree with nathan wynn we should have a high school reunion. it would be great to get every-body back to gather. none of us is getting
any younger. it has been appox 50 55 yrs since we were all together, that is a long time. i don,t live in louisville any-more ,just out-side
of memphis tn. it is about a 7hr drive but i would be there. my e-mail is charlieguttman@bigriver.net.

Mitzi Summitt (unauthenticated)Jun 5, 2012 6:16 PM

i loved my years at Woerner. my last year there was 1969. i lost my school ring. if anyone has a ring that looks the same as the 1969 ring and could post a pic or send me a pic grayrider@bellsouth.net so i can have a new one made i would be ever so greatful. i loved that ring more than my high school ring

Gerald Smith (unauthenticated)Jul 12, 2012 8:28 AM

I personally had a great time at Woerner, and can still remember most of the faculty there, like Mrs. Appling, Dr. Mae E. Kaufman, Mrs. Cobb, Mrs. Yuille, Mrs Vanover (Counselor), Mr. Abrams, Mrs. Dukes, Miss Rose, and Mr. Detjen. I agree, I truly miss those days since I'm an educator now.

gwyn(boes)beams (unauthenticated)Sep 29, 2012 7:23 PM

i went to woerner starting the year we switched from eastern,i can remember carrying stuff from one to the other.i have a twin sister named lynn who attended also.i am ashamed to stay we were kinda snobbish then and ran with the supposedly 'in' crowd.to the lady marilyn who married t.j.i went through elementary school with him gary bryson wayne hall .i remember richard dawson somewhat.one of my favorite teachers was mr.newman,last i heard he went from there to board of education,mr buell,science teacher. also.if any one that time at woerner 64 -67 reads this i am on facebook as gwyn beams please post me a message

Marilyn Wheatley (unauthenticated)Feb 21, 2013 10:20 PM

(I just read Gwyn Boes Beams Post), I do remember her and her sister well, she stated she and her sister was a kinda snobbish back then however I never seen her that way, she did run with a different group of ladies in school than my self, but everyone back then had their own little group, to me our's was the In Group and to Gwyn hers was the In crowd , but really we were all just teens in a great school just trying to get by and slip in a little fun along the way. Both twins were always nice to me, when I ran into them at school.just to let anyone who knew Gary Bryson, or Wayne Hall they have pass, thou I can't confirm this I also heard Gary Deal pass away. Richard Dawson is well and is on facebook. as I am under (Marilyn Shanks ) He married my second X- husband Phil Shanks sister, Pat but now their divorce. I would love to get in touch with one of my best friends back then Barbara Mullins, if anyone knows how please e- mail me at stardust1970@insightbb.com

Skip (unauthenticated)Mar 26, 2013 3:20 PM

I went to Woerner from 1966-1969. In reading some of the comments above I remembered some of the teachers and the students
who attended. I had not thought about those days for many year. I have a daughter that is in the 7th grade at North Oldham and can
relate to those days when I was that age. Goes too fast.

Mike Milam (unauthenticated)Aug 29, 2013 12:46 PM

I went to Eastern Jr in 63 and recall clearly the PA coming on to tell us Kennedy had been shot. The boys gym teacher was Mario Cheppo who played semi pro basketball. Was assistant coach at UofL before going to Eastern. Mid-year in 63 we switched buildings to the old Atherton Building. Which was re-named Emma J Woerner. Mr Cheppo use to set up a boxing ring in gym and everybody HAD to box. I can't recall teachers (save one) Ms. Cundiff and the reason I remember her was she was young and a very pretty lady. All the boys had a crush on her, LOL..

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Connie Woosley (unauthenticated)Oct 17, 2013 1:59 PM

I started out at Eastern, and moved to Woerner in the early sixties. I always hated school. I could never stop day dreaming in class. I do remember my best friend was Sandy Spencer, her brother was Terry. And I believe the gym teacher's was Mr. Chappell and Mrs. Chappo. I thought she was a pretty big lady to be teaching gym. Marilyn, I don't remember you going to Woerner, must have been after I left in sixty five. I'm like you, I would like to see a year book. I find myself wanting to find so many links to my past these days. Still looking for a name I recognize besides Marilyn Shanks. Thanks for this site.

Bonnie Goldsmith-Copas (unauthenticated)Nov 8, 2013 8:58 AM

Reading all the comments has brought back so many fond memories from my time at Woerner Jr. High. I attended back in the 70's and made many wonderful friends back then. My best friend's were Debbie Johnson and Mary Hites. I don't know how many times we got caught smoking in the bathroom, we spent quite a few times in Ms. Laymans office but she was always nice and gave us the same lecture every time about the hazards of smoking. Mr. Abrams was an awesome teacher, do any of you remember how tall he was and drove the compact car? It was so funny to watch him get in and out of it. If anyone would like to contact me, you can reach me at: Muffin1026@aol.com. I look forward to hearing from some of my old classmates.

Reed Jetter (unauthenticated)Nov 8, 2013 11:11 AM

I went to woernor in the early 70's it was OK

Brenda Price (unauthenticated)Nov 8, 2013 1:06 PM

I went to Woerner Jr High, and my mother went to Eastern Jr High...when Eastern changed to Breckinridge I attended 3rd grade through 6 grade there. I also attended Atherton (on Dundee)...school days was happy times hanging out with friends.

Beverly Ann Skiles (unauthenticated)May 9, 2014 9:58 PM

I love woener Jr high I had so much fun I also remember Henry bacon,Mr. Sampson,Mr. Newman it would be great to have a reniun .

mitzi summitt (unauthenticated)Aug 22, 2014 1:07 PM

i am still looking for a pic of a ring that looks like the 1969 school ring but i put the wrong e-mail address down it is grayrebel@bellsouth.net if anyone could please send me a pic of any of the school rings i would greatly appreciate it so i can have one made like it i miss my ring it meant so much to me. i loved my years at that school. the only school i ever liked. i would also like to have a reunion. does anyone remember mr. laird or mr dant

EVONNE CRAIGE (unauthenticated)Jul 8, 2015 4:08 PM


Sharon (Faught) Wientjes (unauthenticated)Aug 13, 2015 10:47 PM

I went to Woerner Jr High in 1965 thur 1967 I loved that school, had very many good times at that school. My favorie teacher was Mr Sampson. Does any one remember Mr Stites?

TERRY HANIFEN (unauthenticated)Sep 30, 2015 3:42 PM

I WENT TO WOERNER 66-69. I REMEMBER ONE CHARLES ' SKIPPY ' HOWELL 9 MIGHT NOT BE SPELLED PROPERLY, AND QUITE A FEW OTHER PEOPLE, A LOT OF THEM I WENT TO HIRAM ROBERTS ELEMENTARY WITH..IF YOU GUYS AND GIRLS Are reading this...thanks for the memories , and i hope you all had a great life..me, i have no complaints

Debbie (Bender) (unauthenticated)Oct 12, 2015 11:15 AM

For those that went to Woerner there is now a page set up on facebook. They are trying to put together a reunion.. Join WOERNER JR HIGH REUNION on facebook

Peyton Grigsby (unauthenticated)Oct 21, 2015 5:50 PM

Mr Pierson was my band director and I sat first Trumpet, I was accused of giving Mr Mills his heart attack while in drama, sadie shaw and boarding house reach, and I was Captain of the safety patrol

Leo Elias (unauthenticated)Jul 13, 2016 11:28 PM

I helped move things to Woerner from Eastern. Had lots of fun miss those days .

freddie hinkel (unauthenticated)Aug 24, 2016 8:41 PM

i attended eastern jr. hi., 1957-60. it was a great school. i have many fond memories, and will never forget how hard my gym teacher, mario cheppo,( he stood 6'6), could swing his long, perforated paddle.he would tell you to grab your ankles,'cause here it comes'. i remember walking across broadway to a field to play softball. i took woodshop, printing, and projection. and who can forget the 'dresscode'? memorie's, i love 'em.

Della Kay Herndon Jacobs (unauthenticated)Feb 16, 2017 11:12 AM

I just found this blog. This really takes me back. I LOVED going to Woerner! The teachers I remember are; Cheppo, Newman, Sampson, Appling, Travis, Sampson, Rose, Cundiff, Chadwick, and Delmar. I was in chorus. I remember carrying things from Eastern to Woerner in '64. Some students I remember are; my boyfriend Jimmy Jacobs, Charlotte Reed, Diane Compton, Sue Payton, Beverly Eversole, Becky Jaggers, Brenda Sims, Harry Ayers, Frankie Hunt, Ruth Cowherd, Edith Cook, Robert Atcher, Leo Elias, and I think I remember. Ralph Bowman. I have a year book some where from 64 or 65. Would love to have reunion and see everyone. I am on Facebook. Look for my full name.