History of Addison High


1927
James Wakefield became principal; a gymnasium was built with two wings.

1928
Addison High School began football.

1929
Mr. Tanner was the principal of the first graduating class; the football team had its first full season of regularly scheduled games.

1930
First undefeated football season.

1932
W.E. Maulden became principal.

1934
Wade Hester became principal.

1935
Addison High School building erected.

1937
First football game played in Addison; R.E. Moody became principal in February; Burton Burdick became principal in July.

1943
First band at Addison, used instruments and homemade uniforms.

1945
L.L. Porch became principal.

1947
Old gym was built; James Wakefield became principal again; the town of Addison was incorporated.

1949
Murphy Batchelor became principal.

1950
Leonard York became principal.

1952
Jimmie C. Lott became principal.

1954
First yearbook, Weldon Cole named it Memorabilia.

1955
Everett Johnson and Harold Wayne Naylor were thawing out pipes when the Ag building caught on fire and burnt to the ground.

1956
Coach A. G. Hicks began coaching for the Bulldogs.

1961
Elementary building was erected.

1962
Addison swimming pool was built.

1965
Lunchroom was built.

1968
AHS band was formed after several years of not having one.

1970
Football team won its first state championship.

1971
D.A. Sharpton became principal; football team finished second in state.

1972
The basketball team finished fourth in state.

1974
February, the first Traders and Farmers Bank was built in Addison; A.G. Hicks became principal.

1975
The girls sports program began; Allen Stephenson became head coach and assistant principal.

1976
Football team won the state championship.

1978
New gymnasium was built.

1983
Bo Bolzle became principal in June; March 29, the stadium was named after Coach A.G. Hicks.

1985
Sunday, January 13th, the main church building of Addison First Baptist Church burned to the ground.

1988
Mini gym was built next to the playground.

1991
The lunchroom caught on fire, sack lunches were served from the home economics building and students had to eat in class.

1992
The new high school building was erected.

1993
The old high school building was torn down.

1994
An earthquake hit Addison.

1996
The softball team won the state championship; the volleyball team got runner-up in state.

1998
The lunchroom was enlarged; Addison added a turn signal to the red light.

2000
Allen Stephenson was named principal of Addison Elementary School after the school was split off from the high school.

2002
In December, Ellen Oliver was named principal of Addison Elementary School.

2010
July 1, 2010 Micah Smothers, a 1984 graduate of AHS, became principal of Addison High School. Micah is the first AHS graduate to hold the position.

Other Interesting Facts

 

Videocast - History of Addison Sports Facilities - 4MB student videocast Produced by Jordan, Chris and Caleb

The following Podcast are interviews of Grandparents and friends of Mr. Head's History Class describing what it was like during the depression and World War II:

Lena Brown, "They made 50 cents a day" "Life in the Great Depression"
Recorded by Dakota on March 29, 2007

Leon Hightower, "They had the beachhead and the snow was deep" "Life in World War II"
Recorded by Josh, Corey, and John on Tuesday, March 28th, 2007

Mamaw Morgan, The blackout and ration coupons "Life in World War II"
Recorded by Brooke, Hannah, and Kyle on February 28, 2007

Donald Lay, My brother was killed "Life in World War II"
Recorded by Kody, Andrew, and Elliot on March 7, 2007

Faye White, 85, The men would come help, "Life in the Great Depression"
Recorded by Brooke and Leslie on February 21, 2007

Vergie Hyatt, Syrup and biscuits "Life in the Great Depression and World WarII"
Recorded by Jake, Jessie, and Daniel on February 10, 2007

Trixie, Know that you can survive "Life in the Great Depression"
Recorded by Larisha and Dana on January 11, 2007

Roxie, age 87, Cornmeal coffee and good morals "Life in the Great Depression"
Recorded by Kayla and Jessie on January 5, 2007

Annette, age 82, Food, Work and TVA "Life in the Great Depression"