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Ardmore High Celebrates 100 years

by Loretta Merrell Ekis

The Ardmore High School Anniversary Celebration Committee, the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce and First National Bank, invite former students, graduates, faculty and members of the community to attend the anniversary celebration at Ardmore High School Saturday, August 25 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

First National Bank, the school's sponsor, will provide refreshments, and attendees will have an opportunity to tour the school and see all the improvements. Recently added are new lockers, new ceilings, new lights, bathrooms and freshly painted halls and rooms.

Tressie McLemore, a 1972 graduate and retired teacher, will serve as the master of ceremonies and welcome attendees in the library at 2:30 p.m.  An invitation to attend has been extended to the oldest living student, Martha Scott Hodges, now 101 years old, and it is hoped that she will be present.

The school plans to display year books which will be of great interest to not only graduates but also many of their family members. It will be a great time to meet and greet those students who attended AHS many years ago and to see how much the school itself has changed.

The concept of a high school in Ardmore began sometime around 1915 when

Tennessee residents Austin, Childers and Boyd, donated five acres of land for the school. Donations in money, labor and materials to build the school began to make the school a reality in 1915-16. Numerous local residents gave their money, time and talents to build the two-story brick building. This building contained a library/study hall and classrooms on the first floor, and a stage on the second floor.

In 1917, the school opened with J. T. Blackshear as principal, and it became accredited in 1927. Today the principal is Glynn Bryant with a staff of 65 employees and about 950 students in 6th through 12th grade. The focus of this school is trifold: academics, athletics and the arts.

The school and its students have achieved scholar bowl wins and scholarships through the years, and the sports teams have won several state titles. In addition, the approximately 100 member Tiger Marching Band has received high rankings in competition.

The mission of Ardmore High School is to continue to promote academic, physical and ethical growth that will allow students to grow and become productive citizens of the community, county and the nation at large as many before them have gone on to do.

Ardmore Veterans Museum Open House This Sunday by Loretta Merrell Ekis The Ardmore Veterans Museum will hold an Open House Sunday, Aug. 19, at 2 p.m. The museum is located at 26301 Hamlett Street in Ardmore. This street runs parallel to Main Street on the north side and may be accessed from both Main Street and Ardmore Ridge Road. The displays hold photos, some uniforms and other items that have been donated. Refreshments will be served on Sunday, and the public is invited to attend. Pat Crosson said Monday that all veterans, veteran's families and the general public is invited to attend and see the progress that is being made toward establishing a museum that will honor all branches of the military. Currently, they have displays for POWs, WWII and various other branches of service. The museum is designed to provide a memorial to local veterans from Ardmore, Prospect, Elkton, Elkmont, Taft, Blanche, Cash Point and the surrounding area. Anyone wishing to donate memorabilia from any of the wars and all branches of service are invited to do so. The museum will be open after the Sunday event on August 19, every Friday and Saturday from 12 noon to 4 p.m. and by appointment on Sundays, Crosson stated.

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