Sue Grogan was principal at Shades Cahaba from 2000 until her retirement in 2013. She was the first person I met when my oldest son started Shades Cahaba in 2008, and she made a big impression on me and my family. Sue is probably best known for helping establish the “Shades Cahaba Way,” which children hear about every day at Shades Cahaba.

We talk about her time at Shades Cahaba and the legacy left by alumni such as Helen Cockrell, who was in the 1923 graduating class of Shades Cahaba. We also get to talk about the school in the 1940s, its last decade as a high school.

The photo above is of Helen Cockrell’s 1923 Shades Cahaba basketball team. She is second from the right.