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The Mountaineer – Final Edition

During Shades Cahaba’s 100th Celebration party in the fall of 2019, I met many former Shades Cahaba students, including some who attended school when it was a high school. One of those was Denny Pappas, who brought along his family. In the photo below, Dr. Pappas is on the left with his family in the…

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Early Homewood Area Schools

There were many early schools in Shades Valley in the late 1800s and early 1900s. You can learn more about those on the Homewood Elementary School episode or in the book Homewood: Life of a City by Sheryl Summe. The two that I have images of are listed here. Union Hill Union Hill School which…

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Rosedale School

Community leader and educator B.M. Montgomery established a school for black children in the 1920s in Rosedale Park. They initially met in Montgomery’s home. Sometimes in the 1930s a wooden building was built up on the hill in the northeastern section of the community. The school was damaged by fire twice and some think that…

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Edgewood Elementary School

The community of Edgewood became a full-fledge town in 1920 and soon after, leaders decided they needed their own school. Six acres of land just off Broadway was purchased and the town deeded five of the acres to the Jefferson County Board of Education in 1924. Before the school was even completed, the School Improvement…

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Hall-Kent Elementary School

Oak Grove, what we now know as West Homewood, was annexed into the city of Homewood in 1955. This brought Hall-Kent Elementary into the Homewood Family of schools. Schools in this area go all the way back to the 19th century and includes the Zelosophian Academy which I mentioned earlier.  Hall-Kent originally began as Oak…

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Athletic Letters from the 1950s

Bill Cather found these varsity letters when he was digging around looking for his Shades Cahaba scrapbooks to share with me. It’s the varsity letters that were awarded to players at Shades Cahaba during the 1950s. Bill tells me that similar to what Jeff Underwood said in his post, in the years after the high…

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5th Grade, 1963-1964

This photo is in the display case in the front office of Shades Cahaba. I borrowed it to share it with you. It’s the class picture of Mrs. Florence Allen’s 5th Grade class. This is the school year 1963-1964.

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The Owl Yearbooks 1940-1949

Yearbooks are important in the year of a student and more important when you are trying to restart memories later in life. For me, they have been invaluable when reconstructing timelines and confirming (or correcting) stories. Here are the covers of the yearbooks from the 1940s. The last decade Shades Cahaba was a high school….

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The Owl Yearbooks 1930-1939

Yearbooks are important in the year of a student and more important when you are trying to restart memories later in life. For me, they have been invaluable when reconstructing timelines and confirming (or correcting) stories. Here are the covers of the yearbooks from the 1930s. I have been able to find yearbooks at the…

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The Owl Yearbook 1922-1929

Yearbooks are important in the year of a student and more important when you are trying to restart memories later in life. For me, they have been invaluable when reconstructing timelines and confirming (or correcting) stories. Here are the covers of the yearbooks from the 1920s. You will notice the logo on some of them…

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