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This page last modified: Saturday February 24, 2018    
Albany, Georgia

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

... and looking back ... we celebrate the "TIMES" of our lives ... !!! 

Albany High School  .... Through the Years
~ 1908  to  2017 ~

First Dedicated Albany High School

1908 - 1925

North Corner of Monroe and Society

Second AHS Building

1925 - 1954

North Jefferson Street

Last AHS Building

Fall of 1954 - Closed 2017

Residence Avenue


The Monroe and North Jefferson Schools were 3 grade years until 1951

The North Jefferson and Residence Schools were 4 grade years until 2017


Note: for earlier high school history: Mrs. Anselm Sterne's Institute founded in 1877

and The Albany Academy founded in 1886

(click here) Albany Academy




~ 1908 to June 2017 ~

The History

of the

1st, 2nd, and 3rd buildings that housed ...


First Albany High School

~ 1908 - 1925 ~


  In 1908, a two-story building with ten class rooms and two bicycle racks, was the first actual Albany High School.  It was built on the southwest corner of  Monroe Street and Society Avenue.  It was an 11 grade school.

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 to 1954 ~

The second Albany High School building 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 Class of 1954 Graduation Ceremony, last class to graduate from Jefferson Street


~ 1955 - 2017 ~ 

Sadly, Albany High School closed abruptly on June 6, 2017, on the

 first Senior Class of 1955's 62nd Anniversary of their Graduation Day, June 6, 1955

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. 

~ Last AHS Building - Through the Years ~












~ Our Sponsors ~


June 2017 - May 2018!

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 number of Indians (classes of 1933 - 2018) in the tent is close to 2,000.


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


Brenda Arnett Darbyshire, Class of 1967; In Memory of my mother, Sara Sauls Arnett, Class of 1942

John J. "Jay" Beck, Jr., Class of 1962; In Memory of my mother, Olivia Beck, who taught Art at AHS in the late 1940s

Judy Deen Wingate, Class of 1960; In Memory of all our 1960 classmates who have passed on

Marie Fowler Howe, Class of 1956; In Memory of Dan Brooks, Class of 1956, who was married to my sister, Patricia Fowler Brooks, Class of 1962

Jo Anne Johnston O'Quinn, Class of 1952: In Memory of Harry Helton, Class of 1952

Eloise King Newton, Class of 1961; In Memory of my childhood neighbor, friend and classmate, Diane Dempsey Holman, Class of 1961 

Leon S. "Sam" Lee, III, Class of 1978; In Memory of my sister, Jan Lee Kruglak, Class of 1968

Gloria Malone Drake, Class of 1959; In Memory of my sister, Faye Malone Carlton, Class of 1963

Paul, Class of 1969, and Pam Dunston Mullins, Class of 1971; In Memory of our classmates who have gone before

Jill Robertson Hiers, Class of 1970; In Memory of Paul Berry Robertson former Superintendent of Dougherty County Schools 

Don Strickland, Class of 1960; In Memory of my youngest brother, Cecil Strickland, Class of 1965.  He excelled athletically as an Indian.

Steve Tanner, Class of 1960; In memory of my classmates, Larry Carter and Phillip Eller

Henry Barker, Class of 1961; In Memory of David Wolfe, Tommy Gilliam, and all other friends and classmates from the Class of 1961 who have left us. 

Richard Stalvey, Class of 1962; In Memory of Deloris Lowery Stalvey, Class of 1963

Dotti Reeves Crosson, Class of 1955; In Memory of the three Crosson brothers: Perry Eugene "Gene" Crosson, Class of 1952; William Norman Crosson, Class of 1954; and Riley Frederick Crosson, Class of 1956  

Jerome "Jerry" Schine, Class of 1943

Myra Clark Johnson, Class of 1957; In Memory of Warren L. Johnson, Class of 1953 

Charles Gillespie, Class of 1962; In Memory of Bill Satterfield, Class of 1962

Janice Hayes McLendon, Class of 1955; In Memory of Lem McLendon, Class of  1949 and 1950 

Brinson Phillips, Class of 1954 

Judy Pryor Hoxie, Class of 1958; In Honor of the Class of 1958, the first class to attend 4 full years at the new Albany High School building

Tom(my) Ross , Class of 1960; In Honor of those lucky enough to have attended Albany High School

Anne Ruffin Folsom, Class of 1956; In Memory of my sister Ruth Margaret Ruffin, Class of 1947, and brother Robert Lee Ruffin, Class of 1949, both AHS graduates

Warner, Class of 1952, and Wisteria Simmons Houston, Class of 1952; In Memory of Carol Houston Makant, Class of 1955; Bridges Simmons, Class of 1950; and Herbert Simmons, Class of 1944

Bill Upton, Class of 1960; In Honor of Beverly Smith Herrington, Class of 1955 for all you do

Jim Cline, Class of 1961

Leon Perrett, Class of 1956; In Memory of John G. Crosby, Class of 1956

Ruth Chambers Honick, Class of 1958; In Memory of Rebecca Chambers Lang, Class of 1960

Edwina Davis Shealy, Class of 1958; In Memory of Hugh Wallace, Class of 1958; Lewis Whitman, Class of 1958; and Alan McDowell, Class of 1956

Van Knowles, Class of 1958; In Memory of my father, Capt. Rev. BRW Knowles, who gave it all in WWII

Barbara Gene Murphy Stough, Class of 1961; In Memory of  close friends, Jean Smith McDaniel and Nicky McDaniel

Barbara Westberry Bynum, Class of 1962; In Memory of my dear friend, Linda Richard Wiglesworth, Class of 1962

Joe Bowden, Class of 1958; In appreciation of Linda Cullom Jordan, Class of 1958, for getting us together every five years for the last nearly 60 years - you are our heart and soul!

Joanne Simmons Smith, Class of 1958; In memory of Billy Bragg 

Neal Moore, Class of 1955; In Memory of Steve Moore, son of Neal and Linda Moore

Tommy, Class of 1956, and Beverly Smith Herrington, Class of 1955; In Loving Memory of Albany High School


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!




"ALBANY HIGH TIMES"  and "News & Clues"

*** Beverly Smith (Zacharias) Herrington first posted a TEMPORARY website on her personal website on June 4, 2002

*** The ORIGINAL stand-alone ALBANY HIGH TIMES website was first posted on August 16, 2002

*** As the number of Indians grew, the monthly newsletter, "NEWS & CLUES", was created.  The first edition was emailed January 21, 2007.  The monthly issues reach approximately 2,000 Indians in classes from 1933 to 2018!



Comments, questions or problems regarding this web site should be directed to:



  •  Creator and Webmaster: Beverly Smith Herrington ('55),

  •  Reporter/Editor: Tommy Pattison  ('54),

  •  Reporter/Editor: Martha LeSueur Nicholson  ('56),

  •   Reporter:  Bruce Garey ('63),

  •  Liaison to 1960's and 1970's: Joann Roark Arneson ('62),

  •  Liaison to 1970's and 1980's: Lynne Garrison Johnson ('82),

  •  Genealogic Consultant for "In Memoriam": Brenda Arnett Darbyshire ('67),

  •  Website Advisor: B. Dianne Calhoun,,  daughter of Beverly Smith Herrington ('55) and James M. Calhoun ('50)

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

  •  Tommy Herrington (D) also served for 15+ years as a Staff Member.




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