Athens High School
Before Athens had its own high school, students were permitted to take a sixteen-unit course of study at the Concord State Normal School. After the decision in 1923 to establish a high school, classes were temporarily offered in the Normal School and later in the basement rooms of the Christian Church. Following was a long and difficult process of requesting funds from the Legislature to construct an adequate facility for the students of Athens. This process is described below in Early History and the anchor photo for that section shows the new building which was completed in January of 1941 after almost thirteen years of waiting.
Faculty and Staff includes excerpts from the yearbooks that featured principals, teachers, secretaries, cooks, and custodians during our years--a period from 1951 - 1969. The complete versions of the yearbooks, along with selected additional printed material from this era is reproduced in Publications. There are contributed snapshots in the section devoted to Co-Curricular activities.
Growing Up, Surviving Adolescence, Having Fun, and Learning
Proms, Sock Hops, and Special Events
Informal gatherings in the gymnasium to listen to music amplified from an RCA Victor 45-rpm player and to dance in socks was a valued Friday evening event. We remove shoes in those days to avoid scratching the shiny hardwood floor in front of the stage, between the two basketball goals. Of course this same facility was elaborately decorated during a week late in April or early May as classmates prepared for the Junior-Senior Prom, which was the hallmark of the year's special events with perhaps the exception of the Senior trip to Washington D.C.
Proms, Sock Hops, and Special Events is a place for those who remember the Athens We Knew to share photographs of the favorite high school moments. Click here to view contributed material. Additional photos and memorabilia are placed in Our Years.