Tuesday, November 17, 2015

the eel tank

Welcome to Eminence, home of the Eel Tank and the birthplace of UCLA's 10 National Basketball Championships.   What?  That's right, little Eminence, home of the Eels (located nowhere near the Eel River, but that's another story) with a school population of 125 and a history of some roundball success (both the boys & girls teams have won 4 Sectional titles and one Regional) was the birthplace of Glenn Curtis.  Curtis, a successful college coach at Indiana State from 1938-46, is more well known as the head coach of Martinsville High School (19 years) where he won 3 State Championships and coached John Wooden (who would go on to succeed him at ISU and eventually to UCLA).  But, back to the Eels - or on this rainy night, the Lady Eels.  A recent lack of success has not affected the desire & pride we witnessed at the well maintained little gym, where after every home game the current crop of 7th graders sweep the stands to earn money for their high school prom.  Eminence remains the birthplace of greatness and a great place to watch Indiana's game.  CGS.    


  1. So proud of our small school. I have 3 grandchildren attending now. They are the 4th generation in our family to attend this school. Their great grandmother graduated from Eminence and also taught elementary school there. Their Grandfather and myself are both graduates of Eminence, he in 1960 and myself in 1964. Their Mother was a 1997 graduate of Eminence. We have family pride in our school and salute our teachers and staff.
    CHEERS for good old EHS.

  2. Eminence has won 2 Regional titles - Boys in 1962 and Girls in 1999.

  3. I was a teacher and coach at Eminence Jr./Sr. High School from August of '83 until August of '88. My maiden name was Pam Brannock, then Pam Arnett, now Pam Black, and I just retired from teaching after those 5 years at Eminence and 27 more years at Union City, in Randolph County. Eminence was a great little school and a great place to start my career. I have many memories of the time I spent there, and thanks to Melissa Pinkstaff Randle, so far I have been able to get in touch with a few people I remember. Feel free to get in touch if you want to simply say "Hi!"


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