Ozark school listed in the Alabama Register of Landmarks

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Feb. 22, 2019 at 5:23 PM CST
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D. A Smith High School has always been a major landmark in Ozark and Friday it was honored as a historic African-American High School.

Inez Pennington Class of 1948 said, "After all these years which I am 87 years old it makes me feel so good to know that we are still recognizing this school."

Alumni from all across the country came back to the school they knew and many had memories that have stuck with them to this day.

Jessie Dubose Class of 1966 "Back then it was a stage up there and the bleachers look small but this D.A the school on the hill and I enjoyed every moment that I was here."

Alice Parker Graduating Class of 1964 said: "Mr. Smith told us that if he could touch somebody just one student his living would not have been in vain and he touched me."

Teacher Stella Whitehead taught here for 28 years and she’s amazed how much teaching has changed since she left.

Stella Whitehead graduate Class of 1947 said "We would buy them then and then we had buy materials for the classroom. We didn't have the teachers edition we didn't have all that so we prepared everything out of our money it was a small payment but I enjoyed teaching so much.

For Adrian Lynn who was in the last segregated class at D.A High in 1968, this is his first time back in 40 years.

"I think they called this baby eagles or something like that and that didn't sit well with me. I thank god for my brother Gene Lynn and the concerned citizens of Ozark how they went to the board and got the name reinstated and it's really touching."

The marker was placed at the campus entrance to ensure the legacy of the school.

D. A High School was registered as a heritage landmark on June 14, 2018, but they thought February was the perfect opportunity to honor a historic black school since the month is dedicated to African Americans and their achievements.

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