“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Arab in Marshall County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

First Arab High School

First Arab High School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Judith Barber, February 6, 2011
1. First Arab High School Marker
Inscription. In the early 1900s, students from Arab enrolled at Albertville High School because Arab didn’t have a high school. One group, called the “Brindlee Mountain Boys”, would travel to Guntersville by buggy and then by train to Albertville to attend school. Since the journey to and from school was so difficult, they were often away from home for months. Because so many more students yearned for an education, residents decided to build a high school in Arab. Many of them mortgaged their farms to raise money. The townspeople made a cooperative and sacrificial effort, laboring long hours cutting logs and hauling them to saw mills and planers to complete the inside. The exterior of the building was constructed with bricks made on site at a kiln that was operated by parents 24 hours a day. Students staged plays and talent shows to help pay any remaining debt. The land was originality owned by town founder Stephen Tuttle Thompson and donated by his descendants.
Erected 2010 by Alabama Tourism Department and the City of Arab.
Location. 34° 19.251′ N, 86° 29.791′ W. Marker is in Arab, Alabama, in Marshall County. Marker is at the intersection of 4th Avenue NW and 1st Street NW, on the left when traveling west
First Arab High School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Judith Barber, February 5, 2011
2. First Arab High School Marker
on 4th Avenue NW. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 323 1st Street NW, Arab AL 35016, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 1883 Methodist Church Cemetery (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Farmer's Exchange (approx. ¼ mile away); Stephen Tuttle Thompson (approx. 0.3 miles away); First United Methodist Church (approx. one mile away); Bear Meat Cabin Road (approx. 1.4 miles away); Gilliam Springs Baptist Church (approx. 1½ miles away); Brashier's Chapel Cemetery (approx. 2½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arab.
Categories. Education
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 3, 2011, by Judith Barber of Marietta, Georgia. This page has been viewed 584 times since then. Last updated on July 20, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 3, 2011, by Judith Barber of Marietta, Georgia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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