Historical moments recalled, homecoming events planned, since 1966 Lowndes Academy celebrates 50 years of tradition

Published 3:52 pm Thursday, October 20, 2016

By Fred Guarino

The Lowndes Signal
Founded in 1966, Lowndes Academy is celebrating 50 years of tradition this year.
The following are a list of homecoming activities, events planned and historical moments from the school as recorded by The Lowndes Signal.
At each of the home football games this season, the school has been recognizing decades of graduates, football players, coaches, cheerleaders and Rebelettes.
This Friday night, Oct. 21, Lowndes Academy will celebrate homecoming with its game against Sparta Academy and the first decade of graduates from classes 1967-76.
The classes, football coaches, cheerleaders, faculty and board members members will be recognized prior to the football game at 6:30 p.m.
Earlier on Friday, from 3:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. there will be a tour of Lowndes Academy. From 5-6:30 p.m. there will be an alumni barbecue at the football field (by reservation).
From 6:45-until 6:55 p.m. there will be a recognition of current senior athletes.
The homecoming game against Sparta will kickoff at 7 p.m., and the homecoming court and all 50 homecoming queens over the years will be recognized.
The school previously recognized alumni volleyball players and coaches on Sept. 27.
On a date to be announced, the school will recognize alumni basketball players and coaches coaches at a game. And on another date, baseball players and coaches will be recognized during a game.
And on Nov. 4 there will be an alumni volleyball game in the Lowndes Academy gym.
For more information on these activities contact Lowndes Academy or Lora Ward at lwardrnbsn@yahoo.com.
Here are some Lowndes Academy historical moments as recorded by The Lowndes Signal:
July 29, 1965: “Plans for a private school system were made last Friday night at the Lowndesboro Recreation Center. More than 200 people gathered at the recreational center to help in making plans for the coming school year, beginning in September.”
June 30, 1966: “Ray Bass, president of the Lowndes County Private School Foundation announced today that five faculty members have been employed by Lowndes Academy for the 1966-67 school year.
“Thomas H. Health will serve as headmaster and teach history.
“Mac Champion comes to the school as coach and math teacher.
“Mrs. Celia S. Randolph, Lowndesboro, joins the faculty… as first and second grade teacher.
“Mrs. Sara Lane, Davenport… will teach third and fourth grades.
“Mrs. Caswell McCurdy, Lowndesboro, will come to Lowndes Academy to serve as head of the science department.”
August 4, 1966: “A statewide effort for funds for the Lowndes County Private School Foundation has been launched by a group of private citizens with a goal of $500,000 set by the finance committee. Contributions will be used for the Lowndes Academy…”
August 18, 1966: “Thomas H. Heath, headmaster, Lowndes Academy, announces the employing of the final three members of the faculty for 1966-67. They are Miss Guice Stevens, Evergreen, Ala, English teacher…; Mrs. Ray Bass, Hayneville, fifth and sixth grade…; Mrs. Wilda Williams, Montgomery, commercial subjects…”
February 1967: “There will be a meeting of the Lowndes County Private School Foundation, Monday, Feb. 27 at the school. The registration will officially open the date for the 1967-68 school year…
“Students now enrolled at Lowndes Academy — No Charge. New Students — $20 per student. Late registration — $10 per student.”

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