Formation Of Caverna

Caverna is a story of two sets of integration. In 1950, the towns of Horse Cave and Cave City were integrated when Caverna Schools opened and students from both Barren and Hart counties had a shared school system. There were problems: some families didn’t like the loss of their Horse Cave or Cave City Schools and felt cheated out of their school identities. There were lawsuits: some citizens didn’t like that the Cave City students had to take a bus to the Horse Cave School and that Horse Cave Middle School Students had to take a bus to the Cave City School building. Many felt that their communities would be damaged. In the first year of its existence, the Caverna High School basketball team made it all the way to the State Championship–a phenomenal accomplishment. With the new school system established, the stage was set for racial integration which occurred in 1957.

Clarence Glover

Asst Principal, Farnsley Middle School, Jefferson County Public School Former Boston Celtics Basketball Player Caverna Class of 1967

Dr. Bill Braden,LPPC, NCC (Ret)

Kentucky Counseling Assn., Executive Director Caverna Class of 1951

Tom Chaney


Martha Rose Miller Turner

Caverna Class of 1951