At the time I graduated from high school
all I could think about was getting out
of school. At that time I never really
took in what all my school was about.
DuPont Senior High School actually went
back to 1926 when the original school
high school came to be in Old Hickory TN.
It had 3 teachers and 63 students.
But as Old Hickory grew, so did the school.
The first class to graduate was in 1929.
The high school had been held in the
grammer school but in first high school was
built in 1930.
Years down the road, that school burned
to the ground and the only thing left
standing was the gym.....which still stands
and is used today. Later on another school
was built on that spot. Later this school
became the Jr. High school.
In 1967 another high school was built
on another spot of land. This would be
the new DuPont Sr. High School.
I attended both the Jr. and the senior high.
Graduated from the senior high with
a class of 300 and something.
Each graduating class has their own reunions
but years ago there was a Alumni committee
started and I have been honored to be
able to photograph the Alumni Reunion
the last two years.
This gentleman was my principal, Abby
Williams. According to what I heard at the
reunion, it was Mr. Williams that suggested
there be an Alumni committee.
Mr. Williams was also a DuPont graduate...
This guy is Coach Brown. He was at DuPont
while I was there. Nice man and I will say this,
I have been out of school 34 yrs., this man has
not changed a bit!
This lady was there the other night at the
reunion, she graduated in 1949.
What a beautiful lady.
Had to throw this pic in the mix. This is Charles Hockett and
Melody Ward. Charles graduated the same yr. that I
did...1978 and Melody was behind us. These
two special people sat on the committee board for
the Alumni. Thanks to Mel, I was introduced
to the committee as a photographer for doing the
event....I have never been voted in on anything
that I know of before last year...lol
35th Alumni Reunion. So much fun and
so much laughter that night.
As a school we continue to have the support of our
fellow classmates, or teachers and our principal also.
DuPont Sr. High was closed down as a Sr. High
school in 1986. It is now a middle school for the community that
it is in, Hermitage. The original site of the Sr. High, went from
being the Sr. High, to a Jr. High to a middle school.
My grandson, Caleb, now a 6th grader is attending his
2nd yr at the middle school that now carrys the name
DuPont Hadley (the street it is on) and the middle school
that is in Hermitage is DuPont Tyler (the street it is on).
Anyway, Caleb is now the 3rd generation from my family
to go to that school. It was a Jr. High for me, and
a middle school for my son and now Caleb.
DuPont Sr. High may not be an actually operating
Sr. High anymore but.....that spirit of it goes on.
So much so that the Board of Ed and the coucilmen for
our area are trying to get another community high
school built in our area. There has not been one
since 1986...it is time. There is also hope
that the school when built will carry the
Isn't history awesome?
Thanks for stopping in,