On this day in Alabama history: Kate Duncan Smith school opened

On this day in Alabama history: Kate Duncan Smith school opened
Sign at the entrance to the Kate Duncan Smith DAR School in Grant, 2017. (Brian Stansberry, Wikipedia)

February 26, 1924

The Kate Duncan Smith DAR School (KDS) opened in Grant. A public school administered by the Marshall County Board of Education, KDS is the only K-12 school in the nation owned and operated by chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). The DAR located the school on Gunter Mountain to serve Guntersville and Scottsboro, citing the isolation of the area, its need for educational opportunities and the commitment of residents. Today, the school enrolls about 1,400 students in more than 40 buildings, several of which date back to the 1930s, and the district boasts a 96 percent graduation rate. The school was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.

Read more at Encyclopedia of Alabama.

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