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Montgomery Highway 1927

I mention in the Underpass episode about Montgomery Highway, today’s Independence Drive, being a sleepy country road when the school was built. As the over-the-mountain communities grew the need to keep the students safe was a key driver for the underpass. In this 1927 photo of the west side of Shades Cahaba, the view from…

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1964 Shades Cahaba Basketball Team

I received this great photo from Homewood resident Jeff Underwood. It is the Shades Cahaba basketball team from about 1964. Jeff believes that the school team may have been sponsored by the YMCA and that is why it is on the S on the letterman’s jacket.  The team is left to right, Pat O’Hara, Paul…

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Boys Basketball Team 1922

The 1922 Shades Cahaba High School boys basketball team an description from the 1922 Owl yearbook.

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Fourth and Fifth Grade 1951-1953 – Don Harbor’s School Days

My Fourth Grade teacher was Mrs. Lois Harper. Mrs. Harper was a mousey small woman of average build of the type who slither through grocery stores wearing dowdy dresses. She had curly salt and pepper hair and wore glasses. She seemed to have a constant smirking smile as her beady eyes peered over her glasses….

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Third Grade 1950-1951 – Don Harbor’s School Days

My Third Grade teacher was Miss Barbara Manor. Miss Manor was a tall, strikingly handsome woman with long jet black hair worn in either a pony tail or in a bun on the back of her head. Unlike the other teachers, Miss Manor dressed in stylish, though conservative, clothing. She walked very erect like a…

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Second Grade 1949-1950 – Don Harbor’s School Days

My Second Grade teacher was Mrs. Lurlie Franke. She was tall, matronly, slightly heavy.set with jet black hair that was very long. She wore it in a bun on top of her head. She still drove a Model A Ford that looked very old to me in 1949, though it was less than twenty years…

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Don Harbor’s School Days

Don Harbor wrote his memories of his time at Shades Cahaba to share with family and friends. When I mentioned to him that I was going to produce a Shades Cahaba history podcast, he sent me a copy, which was my starting point for the Shades Cahaba Oral History Project. He has graciously allowed me…

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Wishing You Christmas Cheer and a Happy New Year

Thank you for your support during 2019 and we look forward to sharing more stories about Shades Cahaba and Homewood during 2020.

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The beginnings of the Homewood Board of Education

It was on this day, 50 years ago, in 1969 that the Homewood City Council established the Homewood Board of Education, one of the first steps the city took to establish it’s own school system.

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Domestic Sciences at Shades Cahaba

Homewood High School has two elective classes to help students who may want to work in a restaurant one day or in the case of my son, just likes to bake. Those classes are Fundamentals of Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Arts. Back when I was at the High School it was just Home…

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