Classes started at Shades Cahaba High School in 1920 and has continuously served students in Homewood and other over-the-mountain communities for 100 years. This project was started to record the memories of those that attended and worked at Shades Cahaba and those that just have a great story to tell. This project will continue to the end of 2020.
Listen to the stories told by those who went to Shades Cahaba. Teachers, students, staff and parents. The shool means something a little different to each person.
My name is Shawn Wright and I attend Shades Cahaba Elementary from 1970 through 1974. My first year was in Mrs. Lemmon’s 2nd grade class. Both of my children have attend Shades Cahaba and my youngest will “graduate” during Shades Cahaba’s 100th year.
I shot this video around 2010 with my new iPhone 4. The video was terrific back then. I shared it on the Facebook page “I went to Shades Cahaba when the main entrance was on Hollywood Blvd.” There was a tremendous response from Shades Cahaba alumni. I thought you might like to see the Underpass.
Do you have a story to tell?
If you have a story that you think would make a good episode, contact me! Maybe you’re a former student or teacher? Maybe you worked for the school system? The stories come from everywhere and we want to preserve them. If you are in the Birmingham area, we will get with you to record your story. If you are are out of town, we can still record using Facetime, Skype or a similar service.
Shades Cahaba School has had just nine principles in the past 100 years. The first principal, James Ward stayed for 23 years before he was “kicked upstairs” to the Jefferson County Board of Education. Here is a list of the Principals and the years they served Shades Cahaba. James Ward, 1920-1943 R.B. Nichols, 1944-1951 Lelton...
During Shades Cahaba’s 29 years as a high school, there were 6 coaches and they coached all the sports. Mainly football and baseball and early on basketball. The first decade saw the school go through most of the coaches until Oren Prentice Mitchell, better known as Piggy Mitchell brought stability to the schools athletic programs....