Happy Birthday Houston County High School!

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COLUMBIA, Ala. (WTVY) - On September 12th, 1908 - the school first opened its doors in Columbia.

Students and faculty celebrated the milestone all day long.

Halls were decorated with balloons and banners, and students also traded in their backpacks for dancing shoes.

Teachers who are also alumni re-lived their high school days, Melissa Sims, an English teacher and class of '92 graduate explained, “The best part about this school is there is nowhere else you will be as loved. I mean because it really is like a family, we know the students and a lot of the time we know their parents.

We taught their parents it’s just a very small close knit, like having a bunch of aunts and uncles watching out for you and wanting the best for you," she continued.

Principal Lisa Towns who is also an Alumni says she’s proud of how far her school has come, and is excited to see how far it will go!

The celebration doesn't stop there, students, faculty and alumni will host a BBQ Friday night during their football game against Ariton.