Shelby County High School celebrates 100 years

The Cops on Top fundraiser for Special Olympics was held April 24 and 25 at Walmart off U.S. 31 in Pelham. (Reporter Photo/Emily Sparacino)

Dr. Emmett Earl Hughes, ’63, a retired U.S. Army colonel, was the keynote speaker at SCHS 100th celebration and told of the school’s 100th year history and achievements. (Contributed)

By PHOEBE DONALD ROBINSON / Special to the Reporter

COLUMBIANA – Shelby County High School was filled with alumni, former faculty, staff, coaches, principals and superintendents on Saturday, April 18 to celebrate the school’s 100th anniversary.

Organized by the SCHS Alumni Association, Randy McDonald chairman, the day was filled with people reminiscing of days gone by.

SCHS Principal Gene Rogers welcomed the attendees after a reception in the school lunchroom where scrapbooks and memorabilia were available.

School tours were led by current students. Rogers told of the amazing work of the current student body and staff committed to excellence.

He shared that in 2014, the school’s graduation rate was 92 percent, a great achievement, as well as all time high ACT comp scores of students.

SCHS Alumni President Allan Lowe, ’83, followed with greetings from the alumni association and welcomed all special guests.

Alumnus and veteran Charles Duncan, ’67, led the Pledge of Allegiance as the colors were presented by Troop and Pack 560 of Wilsonville.

Denisen Justice recited the Bible verse Psalm 19:14 that was said at the beginning of school during the 1950-1960s: “Let the words of my heart and the meditation of my heart; be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”

The National Anthem and SCHS Alma Mater were sung by the SCHS Show Choir led by Choral Director Ashlyn Delianides.

The Rev. Joe Stone, ’54, pastor of Kline Baptist Church, led the invocation and Lowe introduced the key note speaker, Dr. Emmett Earl Hughes, ’63, retired U.S. Army colonel who is married to the former Angela Skelton, ’63.

Hughes gave a PowerPoint presentation of important events of SCHS’s 100-year history.

“I want to pay tribute to SCHS for its 100 years of doing ‘whatever it takes’ to prepare a student to achieve his or her potential in life,” said Hughes. “This is our school’s chosen mission and vision.”

The program concluded by singing “Amazing Grace,” benediction led by Leslie Whiting, and special presentation to McDonald for his years of service to SCHS.

To purchase a video made by alumnus Ricky Harmon, send $15 payable to SCHS Alumni Association to Randy McDonald, 1687 Highway 56, Wilsonville, AL 35186.