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Shades Cahaba Principals

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…

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Shades Cahaba Coaches

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….

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Girls Baseball Champions 1923

In the athletics episode, I mentioned that the Shades Cahaba girls baseball team was the 1923 champions. Here is the writeup in the Owl Yearbook. Listen to the episode at https://shadescahabahistory.com/podcast/shades-cahaba-athletics

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Bands at Shades Cahaba

The last post featured the 1949 majorettes, but they are nothing without the band. Here are a few photos of the band in the 1940s. The featured image is of the 1949 band. The girls at the back are the majorettes featured in the last blog post.

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Majorettes at Shades Cahaba

In some marching bands, the majorettes are the featured performers at halftime. In recent decades, the majorette has been replaced by dance teams such at the Star Spangles Girls at Homewood High School. The photo here is of the 1949 Shades Cahaba High School majorettes. The last year at Shades Cahaba. Left to right: Joyce…

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Cheerleaders at Shades Cahaba

Behind every football team, no matter how good or how bad their season is going, there is a dedicated group of students there that have their back. That will rally the fans and help the team on a critical play, “push ’em back, push ’em back, waaay back!” Here are a few photos from the…

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The 1945 Football Team

Here is a few photos of the Shades Cahaba High School 1945 Football Team. In Coach Piggy Mitchell’s 12th year as head coach, the team went on to an 8-1 record.

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1945 & 1946 Baseball Teams

The photo of the 1945 baseball team in the main image states that they made the sixth out of eleven years that the team has entered the county prep playoff. The really tall person in the middle of the back row is Herb Griffin who we spoke with in Episode 6. He is also in…

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1926 & 1927 Baseball Teams

Every year a baseball team was chosen, they had not started the season due to the time it took to get the yearbook printed and bound to be distributed by the end of the school year. In the 1926 book it said that the team was the division champions and the whole team was back.

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1923 Girls Basketball Team

In the previous post we showed the boy’s basketball team so we can’t leave out the girl’s team. Here is a photo of the 1923. Unfortunately I did not capture the write-up in the yearbook. I do know that one of the girls in this photo is Helen Cockrell. Sue Grogan spoke about her on…

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