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~ The Albany High Times ~

Albany, Georgia

... just a small town in South Georgia that grew the best kids ever raised!



... as we celebrate the "TIMES" of our lives ... !!!   


The Complete History of the


Albany High School


(click here Albany Academy for history of The Albany Academy - Albany's all-grades school)

1916 - 1925

In 1916,  Albany High School,  a two-story ten room class room building with two bicycle racks, was built on the southwest corner of  Monroe Street and Society Avenue.  Over the next 9 years it was obvious they had outgrown the building, and in the fall of 1925, the AHS on Monroe Street became McIntosh School, housing grades 4 - 6, and served for almost 50 years.  It was named for Mr. H.M. McIntosh,  former Editor of The Albany Herald.   Miss Toy Spence was the Principal.

1925 - 1954

The new Albany High School opened in the fall of 1925 at 1000 N. Jefferson Street.   Mr. J.O. Allen was Principal.   The south end of the school was for boys and the north end was for girls!   There was no lunchroom.  There were only 11 grades! 

The Class of 1950 was the last year with 11 grades.  Serving as a bridge in the change from 11 to 12 classes, the Class of 1951 was small; but by the next year, the Class of 1952 was the first full class to graduate in 12 years.  

The first Librarian was Mrs. Mabel White Hogue.  The Indian was first mentioned in the 1925 Thronateeska.   Thronateeska, the Indian name for the Flint River, means "giving forth" in the Creek Indian language.   The Student Council was started in 1926-27 with Stephen Hofmayer as President.  The Class of 1954 was the last graduating class in this building.




                                                                                          Site of 1954 Graduation Ceremony 

...  last graduating class from the Jefferson Street Building


1955 and going forward ...

When the doors opened at the third new Albany High School on Residence Avenue, the Class of 1955 proudly assumed the role of the first Senior Class.   Mr. J. J. Cordell was Superintendent of Education,  Mr. J. O. Allen was Superintendent Emeritus,  and Mr. H.E. (Mr. Mac) McNabb was Principal.   In addition to Mr. Cordell,  Ed Martin,  J. P Champion, Jr.,  E. H. Kalmon,  Jos. S. Rosenberg,  H. Holcombe Perry,  Jim  Porter Watkins and Louis Peacock served on the Dougherty County Board of Education.   Dennis and Dennis were Architects,  Richard V, Richard, Associate,  and S. J. Curry of  S. J. Curry and Company was General Contractor.  The 1955 Thronateeska Editor-in-Chief was Claire Wooddy.  The Annual was dedicated to  Mrs. Helen Myers Long, and to the memory of Lansing Burrows Mays.  Emory Lewis was Student Body President.  Sara Cordell and Jimmy Phillips were selected by faculty vote to be the recipients of the Kiwanis Award and the McIntosh Award,  the highest awards attainable at Albany High School. 












This page last modified: Thursday March 23, 2017  


AHS TEMPORARY website first posted on "Beverly Smith Zacharias" website: June 4, 2002

The original ALBANY HIGH TIMES ~ first posted: August 16, 2002

"NEWS & CLUES" ~ first edition: January 21, 2007


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Sponsors for June 2016 - May 2017!

This website grew out of a plan to start a website for the Class of 1955 (first class to graduate from new Residence Avenue building), but soon many other classes showed interest, so The Albany High Times was created instead, for all classes. 


The website has connected classmates in a wonderful way, and you who have volunteered to be Sponsors for the next year are a part of making that happen! 


*Bob Duggleby, Class of 1956

In memory of Charlotte Gale Duggleby, Class of 1957

            *Helen Blanchard Percilla Barnhart, Class of 1944                      

*John C. Boesch, Class of 1957

In memory of my brother, Lt. Col, George R. (Bobby) Boesch, Class of 1962

*Anne Alderman Pack, Class of 1969

In honor of the Class of 1969

                    *Bettye Bryan Pate, Class of 1954                         

*Don Shirley, Class of 1956

In memory of Sara Hughes Shirley, Class of 1959

*Jimmy Bell, Class of 1956

In memory of my good friend David Campbell, Class of 1964

*Sara Joiner Eubanks, Class of 1961

In memory of ALL AHS Indians who died serving our country and didn't get to come home and enjoy the freedom for which they fought.

May God eternally bless all of their souls.

*Don Strickland, Class of 1960

In memory of my brother Billy Strickland, Class of 1957,

and my close friend, Frank Thurmond, Class of 1956

*Beth Parker Connors, Class of 1964

In memory of Joyce Gerst Campbell, Class of 1964 - 1965


*Patricia A. Dean, Class of 1948

In  memory of classmates: Janet Marks Sobel, Class of 1948,

and Catherine Dismuke, Class of 1948

*John Mangum, Class of 1963

Honoring all of our military veterans

*Dale Briggs Deckert, Class of 1957

In memory of my grandfather, J.O. Allen


                      *Carlton Fordham, Class of 1955                        

                   *Jessie Herbert Paulk, Class of 1952                     

*Mack Lipsey, Class of 1950

In memory of Coach Glynn Sowell

  *Lakea M. Chatmon, Class of 2006


*Warner, Class of 1952, and Wisteria Simmons Houston, Class of 1952

In memory of Bridges Simmons, Class of 1950

*T. Raleigh, Class of 1960, and Gail Hall Mann, Class of 1961

In memory of W. David Campbell, Class of 1964

*Harvey, Class of 1958, and Twila Mason Willis, Class of 1959

In honor of Harvey's Class of 1958,

and in honor of Twila's Class of 1959

*Robert Waller, Class of 1969

In memory of Bob Allen, AHS Class of 1961

*Leslie Mays Daniel, Class of 1967

In memory of Lanny Mays, Class of 1958; and Edgar Mays, Class of 1962

*Sumter, Class of 1963 and Lynda Fulford Bradwell, Class of 1968


*Donald K. Pollock, Class of 1966


*Barbara Amann Clement, Class of  1955

In Memory of Helen Long Cordell

*Tommy Tarpley, Class of 1952

   In memory of wife Pat Tarpley

    *Sandra Holloway Hancock, Class of 1958


*Beth Wallace Glass, Class of 1959

Honoring the memory of my husband, best friend, and soulmate

Rembert J. Glass, Jr., Class of 1957

*Jerry Lawson, Class of 1960

In memory of Lyn Lofton, Class of 1960.  My best friend all of my life.


*Janis Howze Polin, Class of 1955   



The Albany High Times

... is extremely grateful to ALL, who through the years,

have been willing to serve as  Sponsors for the Albany High Times!




  •  Creator and WebMaster: Beverly Smith Herrington ('55), albanyhightimes@aol.com

  •  Reporter/Editor: Tommy Pattison  ('54),  goldenoldie35@yahoo.com

  •  Advisor/Photo Editor: Tom Herrington ('56), THFISHW8@aol.com

  •  Reporter/Editor: Martha LeSueur Nicholson  ('56), mlnicholson@yahoo.com

  •  Liaison to 1960's and 1970's: Joann Roark Arneson ('62), jprarneson@aol.com

  •  Liaison to 1970's and 1980's: Lynne Garrison Johnson ('82), Yquem29@aol.com

  •  Genealogic Consultant for "In Memoriam": Brenda Arnett Darbyshire ('67), badarbyshire@gmail.com

  •  Original Web Teacher and Advisor: B. Dianne Calhoun, WebDesignbyDi@aol.com

    • (daughter of James M. Calhoun ('50) and Beverly Smith Herrington ('55)

  •  Also ... many thanks to Tommy Pattison, Tommy Herrington, Buster Wasden and Dan Brooks (deceased) who helped get the Albany High Times off the ground in 2002!


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