First Arab High School

First Arab High School (HMR77)

Location: Arab, AL 35016 Marshall County
Country: United States of America

N 34° 19.251', W 86° 29.791'

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In the early 1900s, students from Arab enrolled at Albertville High School because Arab didn't have a high school. On group, called the "Brindlee Mountain Boys", would travel to Guntersville by buggy and then by train to Albertville to attend school. Since the journey to and from school was so difficult, they were often away from home for months. Because so many more students yearned for an education, residents decided to build a high school in Arab. Many of them mortgaged their farms to raise money. The townspeople made a cooperative and sacrificial effort, laboring long hours cutting logs and hauling them to saw mills and planers to complete the inside. The exterior of the building was constructed with bricks made on site at a kiln that was operated by parents 24 hours a day. Students staged plays and talent shows to help pay any remaining debt. The land was originality owned by town founder Stephen Tuttle Thompson and donated by his descendants.
HM NumberHMR77
Year Placed2010
Placed ByAlabama Tourism Department and the City of Arab
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 7:25am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 546320 N 3797846
Decimal Degrees34.32085000, -86.49651667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 19.251', W 86° 29.791'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 19' 15.06" N, 86° 29' 47.46" W
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Area Code(s)256
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 323 1st St NW, Arab AL 35016, US
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