Since Fayette County Schools will open a new high school in 2017, I suggest that it be named for one of Lexington’s outstanding educators: Warren R. Featherston.
A native of Lexington, Featherston graduated from Lafayette High School in 1949 and entered the University of Kentucky to study agriculture. He left UK to serve in the Navy for four years, but returned to complete his degree in agriculture. He taught at Bourbon County High School before returning to UK for a master’s degree.
He was a counselor at Lafayette High before being named assistant principal. After five years, he became principal of Tates Creek High School. He remained there for 13 years before retiring. In retirement he was interim principal at Henry Clay High School for two years.
Featherson influenced thousands of young lives in Kentucky and especially Lexington during his tenure as teacher, counselor and administrator. His goal was to educate the whole student. Tates Creek High was much like a junior college, preparing students for higher education and life.
I speak as a parent of two sons who graduated from Tates Creek with honors and are now outstanding professionals, citizens and parents.
Featherston is a prime example of a selfless person who dedicated his life to educating the youth of Lexington.