The 1947 Chronicle described Rufus Barkley as “a magnificent passer, a marvelous tactician and a tower of strength on defense. It was Rufe who really set the example for the backfield.” Barkley was the starting quarterback for three years on the football team and he captained the baseball team as a starting second baseman. In the 1947 Woodberry football game Barkley passed for 233 yards and four touchdowns, as EHS capped off an undefeated season with a 41-13 win.
Rufus Barkley was a Senior Monitor and he was awarded the football prize at commencement. He went on to play football at the University of Virginia.