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Montevallo in Shelby County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Montevallo High School

 
 
Montevallo High School Marker Side A image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, October 17, 2010
1. Montevallo High School Marker Side A
Inscription.  Known as the Alabama College Laboratory School, Montevallo High School was housed in Reynolds’ Hall on the University of Montevallo campus from 1922 until January 1930 when the central portion of this building was completed. The original structure contained 9 classrooms and housed grades 7-12. The class of 1933 had 35 graduates. Around 1940, the Works Progress Administration constructed the building’s wings. The structure was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990. In 1964, a gymnasium was added and later dedicated to long-time teacher and 1933 MHS graduate Susie Dement in 1978.

The school first fielded a football team in 1930. Coached by Leon Hicks, the first game was played against Piper - Coleanor HS, the longest serving coach has been Theron K. Fisher (1947-1966) for whom the stadium was named in 1977. The blue and orange school colors were adopted circa 1936. In 1969-1970, MHS and the African-American Prentice HS merged.

Reverse:

One of the earliest schools resembling a modern high school was the Montevallo Male & Female Collegiate Institute incorporated in 1858 and operated by the Cumberland
Montevallo High School Marker Side B image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, October 17, 2010
2. Montevallo High School Marker Side B
Presbyterian Church. However, not until the opening of the Alabama Girls Industrial Institute (later Alabama College and now University of Montevallo) in 1896 and the creation of a training school for prospective teachers did a contemporary high school exist in Montevallo. Classes were conducted in a wooden structure on the Alice Boyd Building site beginning in 1906. The high school was housed in the Jeter Building from 1915-1920 and then moved to a building where Palmer Hall now stands from 1920-1922. In 1922, the high school was moved to Reynold’s Hall. Dr. M. L. Orr served as High School Director for many years and was a leading advocate for progressive education and cooperation between the town. Girl’s Institute and the Shelby County Board of Education in the operation of Montevallo High School.

Researched by Katie Gothard.
Erected by the MHS Class of 1952. Emily Vest Pendleton, President.
 
Erected 2004 by Cahaba Trace Commission / MHS Class of 1952.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. In addition, it is included in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects series list.
 
Location. 33° 6.224′ N, 86° 51.66′ W. Marker is in Montevallo, Alabama, in Shelby County
Montevallo High School image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, October 17, 2010
3. Montevallo High School
. Marker is on Oak Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 980 Oak Street, Montevallo AL 35115, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. University Of Montevallo National Historic District (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Alabama Historical Association (about 400 feet away); King House (about 600 feet away); Welcome To Historic Montevallo (approx. ¼ mile away); Town of Wilton (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Liberty Bell Garden (approx. 3.1 miles away); The Liberty Bell (approx. 3.1 miles away); The Colonial Courthouse/The Stocks and Pillory (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montevallo.
 
Montevallo High School image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, October 17, 2010
4. Montevallo High School
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 31, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,064 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 31, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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