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CFHS Alumni Association 25th Anniversary 

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This is a very special year for the Clifton Forge High School Alumni Association as we are delighted to celebrate twenty-five successful years (1996 – 2021).  Twenty- five years, a quarter of a century – that is a long time for a non-profit organization to endure on volunteers and donations.  Many CFHS Alumni offer much time, effort, and money to establish ourselves as a valued organization to the community and our Alumni.  Deep appreciation goes out to our present and past officers and board members for their leadership and efforts over the years while carrying on the Mountaineer traditions.

The Clifton Forge High School Alumni Association (CFHSAA) was formed to carry on the “Mountaineer Spirit” and to give back to the Clifton Forge community. The Association is a bona fide 501(c)(3) non-profit organization qualified to receive donations which donors may deduct from their income taxes.  Details regarding donations may be obtained by contacting the Association.

Since the Association’s first social event at the Ice House in Clifton Forge during the Fall Festival in 1996, we have participated in numerous community projects. The Association supports the Clifton Forge Little League, the Stars and Stripes Fourth of July event, Heritage Day Festivities, C & O Heritage Center, VA Adopt a Highway program and many other local causes. The Association gave a generous $50,000 to the Masonic Theatre for a much needed elevator in the renovation of the theatre. The Alumni Association participated in the first Magic in the Mountains festival in the Alleghany Highlands in 2006.

The Association began Academic and Athletic Scholarship and Endowment Funds in 1998. Our Association has awarded more than $30,000 in scholarships to descendants of CFHS Alumni.

The Green and Gold Club was formed with the purpose of “refreshing” and “Mountaineerizing” the old Armory.  This included repainting and “accessorizing” the gym in the traditional Green & Gold color scheme. The group was headed by Alumni Coaches Alma Watts and Colin Ferguson. Assisting them were former basketball players Karen Deaton Buzzard, Ione Calendar, Tom Dean, and John Grimes.

In November 2009 the Alumni Association established an Athletic Hall of Fame for its former athletes and supporting personnel, such as coaches, quarterback club participants, and newspaper reporters.  The first CFHS Sports Hall of Fame inductees were announced in August 2010.   The time frame covered 1928 through 1983, the 56 years the high school existed on Lowell Street.

The CFHS Mountaineers won the first Jug encounter in 1937, 14-7.  Robert P. “Bootie” Dellinger, late husband of Josephine Hughes Dellinger ’44, and Doug Pamplin were co-captains of the team that won the Little Brown Jug.  The co-captains and Coach Floyd “Pop” Kay were presented “the jug” on the stage of CFHS.

During the 46-year rivalry, CFHS won 2 games in the ‘30s, 3 in the ‘40s, 2 in the ‘50s, 2 in the ‘60s, 2 in the ‘70s, and 2 in the ‘80s.  The biggest disappointment was in 1954 when the undefeated and unscored-on Mounties lost in Covington 34-18.  The 1967 team won the most lopsided CFHS victory, 40-6.  The 1966 Mounties also won handily, 32-12.  The 1980 squad scored the most points against the Covington Cougars, 41-22.

Overall, the Green and Gold won 13, lost 32, and tied 1-a 0-0 game in 1938.  The Mountaineers had a victory in their last game of an unquestionable 12-0 victory.  The Mountaineer football team, a proud group of players, embraced our school spirit.

To preserve the historical aspects of the High School and its story, the Association maintains a room full of memorabilia which is currently stored in the Presbyterian Church in Clifton Forge.   The Association maintains a list of alumni and is an excellent tool by which alumni may get in touch with their old friends!

The New Mountaineer newspaper keeps members informed of meetings, events, alumni obituaries, notes from alumni, pictures and local news of our community. The All Alumni weekend occurs each third (3rd) weekend of August, with a social gathering for all members and guests. The annual golf tournament, which began in 1998 continues to be one of the favorite event during this weekend.

The present officers of the Alumni Association are: President, Bonnie Tillery Nicely, 1st Vice President, Linda Hartsook Rice, 2nd Vice President, Tammy Conner, Secretary, Suzy Jenkins Mullikin, Treasurer, Karen Deaton Buzzard.

A very special thank you goes to our secretary, Suzy Mullikin. Without her diligence and hard work we wouldn’t have been able to accomplish so many endeavors. You always go above and beyond in all that you do. You are a fantastic team member! Great work!

Clifton Forge continues to provide a special place where our Mountaineer Alumni can return to bond with old classmates, visit with family members, and make new memories with those who find the CFHS all-alumni weekend the place to be.

Many of our CFHS Alumni offer much time, effort, and money to establish ourselves as a valued organization to the community and carry on the Mountaineer traditions for you.  Our officers and board members provide the leadership and planning to provide special events for your pleasure.  But in order to keep the Association active and productive and to plan future events, more volunteers are needed. If you would like to become more actively involved in the Association and can volunteer some of your time a couple of times a year, please talk to one of the officers or board members. Plan now to become more actively involved and keep the Mountaineer Spirit alive.  Please visit our website or postal address CFHSAA, P.O. Box 118, Clifton Forge, Virginia 24422

Once again, thank you for helping us make the past twenty-five years so successful we appreciate your loyalty to our Alumni Association.  As we continue to grow, we want you to know that one thing will never change: our commitment to the “Mountaineer Spirit”!

If you have a child, grandchild, or great-grandchild that is graduating. Don’t forget we are still accepting applications. They can be downloaded from our website HERE!


All Alumni Weekend 2018 – Photo Gallery

2018 Joe Wood CFHS Alumni Mountaineer Golf Classic – Photo Gallery

2018 Inductees in the Clifton Forge High School Sports Hall of Fame

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Tom O'MearaQuarterback Club1953-1983
John Thomas ReynoldsFootball1965-1982
Gilbert Alexander DavisFootball1970-1974
Freddie Keeble LiptrapFootball,Basketball,Baseball1956-1959
Dr. Willett Lewis "Bill" LehewFootball1952-1956
David Allen HickmanFootball,Basketball,Baseball1961-1965
Donald Ray CorronBasketball1951-1954
Ray Wilson TilleryFootball1962-1966
Grady Andrew HaynesBasketball1972-1974
B. C. WilliamsFootball1966 - 1968
Robert Hankins GloverBaseball1943-1945
Robert Eugene "Bob" WarfSports Writer1958-1970
Mark DeanBasketball1965-1969
Joseph Henry "Joe" WoodFootball,Golf Tournament1952-1956
Cory E. "Sonny" HartbargerTrack & Field


Academic and Athletic
Scholarship Application ~ 3 pgs. <

Submit the completed application to the Board of Directors of CFHSAA, by April 15th

Applications can be mailed to:

Clifton Forge High School Alumni Association

PO Box 118

Clifton Forge, Va. 24422

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