Acknowledgements - From Jim
Elder, BHS Class of 1958
Brookville High School Yearbooks 1937 – 1970
This project was inspired by Phyllis Coleman, who expressed a desire to
see all the BHS yearbooks on the Internet. Since I had the interest, the
time, and a scanner, I decided to work on it. Over the course of about
two years, 34 yearbooks have been scanned.
Phyllis also provided the cover photos used in the top directory. These
came from her book “A Place Called Brookville”.
Many thanks to Larry Lewis for providing technical advice regarding ways
to prepare and present the books on a web site and for doing the work to
place the files on the www.BHSBees.com
Thanks to Brookville High School Principal, Bruce Abbott, for allowing
me access to the BHS Library’s collection of yearbooks. Thanks also to
Librarian, Karen Reynolds, for all her help.
Thanks to Virginia Hodges (Wife of Ashby Hodges (’38)), Earl Driskill
(’44), and Sandra Phlegar Weigand (’59) for loaning me their books to
Brookville’s first yearbook, The Script, was published in 1937. There
are several reasons why the effort stopped with the 1970 book. Mr.Abbott,
in consultation with the Campbell County school superintendent and
county lawyers, felt that we should not publish recent books on the web
because of privacy concerns. I wanted to go past 1969 to include Larry
Lewis (’68) and his wife, Susan Rowland Lewis (’69). After 1970, the
yearbooks are larger and do not fit on my scanner. I was getting tired
of all this scanning and wanted to bring the project to an end. The
later years will be left to the younger lions.
The high-resolution scans are 600 dpi using a 16 bit grayscale. Pages
with photos were descreened at 175 lpi. to eliminate moiré patterns.
Covers and the few pages with color were scanned at 200 dpi to reduce
file size. Color pictures were also descreened at 175 lpi.
The files used on the web pages are derived from the original high
resolution scans. They are constrained to 1024 pixel height.
Some editing has been done using Photoshop to erase any very personal
messages, like “Best of luck to you and Shirley”. I typically just
erased the “and Shirley”.
Some books have photos of BHS that cover 2 pages. I tried to combine
these in PhotoShop for a nice big photo.
Jim Elder, BHS 1958
Note from Larry Lewis, owner/editor
BHSBees.com - started September 1996:
Jim Elder spent many hours scanning these yearbooks. During that time,
and since then, my health has taken a priority, and the interface I had
in mind is incomplete. If my health improves, maybe one day I can
improve it. For now, all pages are viewable, just not so user-friendly.
Thanks to Jim Elder and Phyllis Coleman for their patience with me.