Sylacauga City School System Celebrates 125th Anniversary This Year

SYLACAUGA, Ala. – At the Sylacauga School Board’s monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 23, board members signed a proclamation commemorating the 125th anniversary of the Sylacauga City School (SCS) system.

According to an SCS press release, it all started in 1895 when the Alabama Legislature passed legislation to build the Fourth District Agricultural School in downtown Sylacauga.

The building stood at the corner of Broadway Avenue and 8th Street, where the J. Craig Smith Community Center now stands, and the school’s opening ceremony was held in 1897.

SCS communications director Kelley Wassermann described the building as having three stories with a girls’ dormitory on the third floor, the president’s suite and classrooms for upper grades on the second floor, and the cafeteria and classrooms. lower than the ground floor. Historical records indicate that the young men were to embark elsewhere in the city.

In 1908 the lower ranks were moved across the street to a bank building on the site of what is now Legion Stadium.

Fourteen years later, in 1910, Mr. Charles S. Crowther was appointed as the first superintendent.

Only two years later, the State Agricultural High School was built on the property on which Sylacauga High School stands today.

Soon other schools and buildings followed. In chronological order, the next institutions of learning to appear would be Main Avenue Elementary, Sylavon Elementary, South Highland Elementary, East Highland High, Mountainview Elementary, Pinecrest Elementary, Indian Valley Elementary, and the most recently built, Nichols-Lawson Middle.

This summer, a team has been organized to plan celebratory activities commemorating the 125th anniversary, with most activities focusing on Homecoming Week which runs from October 3-7.

The “Aggie Pride Through the Decades” theme will be reflected in ornate streetlights in downtown Sylacauga, a reception for school system retirees hosted by the SCS Foundation, a Chamber Connection feature with a tour of Sylacauga High and a community” Goose Chase Scavenger Hunt”. ”

A community pep rally and bonfire will be held the day before the return game against Clay-Central, and a large tailgate party is planned at the entrance to Legion Field on the night of the return.

A highlight of the anniversary celebration will include all schools submitting 2022 artifacts in a time capsule at the October board meeting. This commemoration of the SCS system will be inaugurated on the 150th anniversary during Homecoming week in 2047.

Sylacauga Superintendent Dr. Michele Eller said, “For the past 125 years, the schools in the town of Sylacauga have proudly been a light in partnership with the community. The goal is to encourage, equip and empower all students to take charge of their future by providing diverse pathways to an excellent education. This is the legacy of our school system and one that many graduates cherish. We celebrate this heritage with an eye to the future by training today’s students to become tomorrow’s leaders.

Jeremy S. McLain