Historic Markers Across Alabama

Edward Bell High School/Alma Mater

Marker ID: AHA 
Location: At the old school on Sen. Claude Pepper Dr., Camp Hill, AL
County: Tallapoosa
Coordinates: N 32° 48.384    W 085° 38.985
  32.8064    -85.64975
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMQD2A


Edward Bell High School

On this site Tallapoosa County Training School, later named Edward Bell High School, became the first high school for African Americans in Tallapoosa County, Alabama in 1931, with graduation of its first two students in 1933. It was a pioneer educational institution for students in the County and beyond, with an emphasis on college and vocational curricula. In 1947, citizens of the community built the first gymnasium, lunchroom, and additional classrooms from donated building materials. During the late 1950's the older building burned and a new building was constructed at a nearby site. Extracurricular activities included sports, band, newspaper, photography, solar energy, hydroponics, aquaculture, greenhouse, and gardening projects. The school bore the name of Edward Bell, one of its several outstanding principals. School colors were Royal Blue and White and the mascot was the Bear.

Alma Mater

Hail to thee, Our Alma Mater, dear thru the years, you've shone your beacon light over hills and valley clear. Let our hearts go forth and show thy love and might.

Dear EBH, thou name and fame shall ever live and flourish through the ages. Our school so dear, All hail to thee! Our Alma Mater, All Hail!

Alabama Historical Association 2015

End of Edward Bell High School/Alma Mater