By Donald L. Wagoner,
President of the Cynthiana High School Alumni Association
Great weather graced the morning of June 22, 2013, a great day to honor a great Cynthianian, the late Louis Stout. Since he grew up on Water Street, the Cynthiana High School Alumni Association unanimously agreed to petition the honorable Cynthiana Mayor Steve Moses and the honorable Cynthiana commission to honor the late Louis Stout by changing the name of Water Street to contain Louis Stout’s name.
The mayor and city council unanimously approved the request and decided on the street becoming “Louis Stout Way.”
Louis Stout was one of Cynthiana High School’s most distinguished and accomplished graduates. It was by his leadership and athletic abilities that he led the Cynthiana High School Bulldogs in 1958 to its one and only appearance in the Kentucky High School Basketball Tournament.
Mayor Moses read his proclamation designating June 22, 2013, as “Louis Stout Day in Cynthiana” to a crowd of over 100 persons in attendance at the ceremony. He then presented the proclamation to Anna Stout, who is Louis Stout’s widow.
Ms. Stout then spoke about how much Louis was interested in what was happening in Cynthiana and how proud he was of his hometown. Ms. Stout commented that no matter the personal achievements Louis Stout had that he never forgot he was from Cynthiana. She concluded by saying the changing of Water Street to Louis Stout Way would have caused Louis to say, “Way to go Cynthiana.”
The next speaker was Cynthiana’s own and former Regis College and the University of Kentucky basketball teams coach, Joe B. Hall. Louis Stout played basketball on Coach Hall’s basketball team at Regis College, Denver, Colo. where Louis made Small College All American.
Coach Hall commented that no matter who or what the challenge Louis Stout faced on the basketball court that he met and exceeded it. Further, Coach Joe B. Hall said in admiration that every organization Louis Stout joined, even at entry level, he eventually became the head of each and every one of them. Coach Hall made special reference to one Louis Stout’s greatest achievements of becoming the first black commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, there was a ribbon cutting across Water Street that changed the street name to Louis Stout Way. It was indeed a great day for honoring the late Louis Stout, his family and Cynthiana, Ky.