Shades Valley 1963, 1964 and 1965 Reunion Committees Donate 1947 Architect's Drawing
Pictured here are Bill Trotter '63, Debbie Davis Denson '65, Warren Bailes Cain '63,
Pierre Tourney '63, Mae Bayliss Coshatt '65, Shades Valley Principal Dr. Antjuan Marsh,
Avery Sloan '63, Marsha Currie Terrell '63 and Virginia Kelser Jones '64.
(4/19/18) In January 2017, Class of 1963 Webmaster Avery Sloan was searching for early photos of Shades Valley's old campus in Homewood and found a link on Google to an eBay ad for a framed drawing. He contacted the owner of the drawing, Rick Carter, and found that it was by the original architectural firm Van Keuren & Davis and dated 1947, two years before the school opened. Carter had found it in his aunt's attic when preparing for an estate sale at her house. He had no idea as to how his late aunt may have come to own the drawing. She was an RN at UAB Childrens' Hospital and had passed away the previous year.
Sloan then contacted several Shades Valley Reunion Committee chairpersons for whom he does work. Warren Bailes Cain '63, Lynne Epsman Cohen '64, Virginia Kelser Jones '64 and Mae Bayliss Coshatt '65 agreed to share the cost of the drawing restoration with the idea of donating it to the new Shades Valley. Virginia Jones took the drawing to Presentations, etc. Studio in Edgewood for restoration and reframing. After years in a hot attic, several air pockets developed between the drawing and its backing. The result is what was presented to the school on Friday, April 13, 2018, prior to the Class of 1963's "Combined" 55th Reunion celebration that included the Classes of 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1965. After the presentation, Dr. Antjuan Marsh, Principal at Shades Valley, conducted an hour long tour of the new campus for the committees. See tour photos here.
70th Birthday Bash held on August 5th !
Over 100 classmates and guests attended our 70th Birthday Bash on August 5, 2017 at the Vestavia Country Club. Photos are being assembled and will be posted here soon. In the meantime. visit our Facebook page to see some of the pictures.
For more information, visit this page.
We've had another reunion!
This is the official website for The Shades Valley High School Class of 1965 where you'll find everything about our 50th Reunion that was held on August 15, 2015 at the Vestavia Country Club.
Visit the 50th Reunion page for details about the reunion and available photos and publications.
Senior Class Officers - Seated: Susan Atkins, Girls' Activity Chairman; Nan Tucker, Secretary; Louise Moody, Vice President. Standing: Bette McGibboney, Treasurer; Vecihi Basarin, Boys' Activity Chairman; Herbie Stiles, President; Susan Butler, Assistant Treasurer
Visit the News Page each week for news, obituaries, announcements and articles about classmates such as our exchange student from Turkey, Vecihi Basarain.
Update your email address
We've worked diligently to update our 2005 email address list and are using it to send email blasts to classmates using MailChimp, a widely used reputable service. Learn how to update your address information here.
Update your Bio listing for 50th Reunion Memory Book
A MUST DO FOR EVERYONE (attending reunion or not) is filling out the Classmate Directory & Bio Form. EVERYONE needs to complete this form online. This information was used for our 50th Edition of the 1965 Tower Memory Book. Update your bio here to be included in updates to the publication.
Help us find our Missing Mounties
We've maintained the list of contact information from our 40th reunion celebration in 2005 and used it and recent updates to keep our new database current. A list of Missing & Found Classmates has been updated as we locate the missing classmates.
Please do what you can to help us find missing classmates and faculty members. Look at the lists to see who you may have information about, let us know, and also spread the word to your friends about our website.
Send us your photos!
Along with providing 50th Reunion information, our photo Gallery Pages give a look back at previous reunions and school activities way back when, and the Links Page should be of interest to everyone. You can help by contributing to these pages. Start now - scan your old high school photos and email to email@example.com. Please keep the size to 640 x 480 / 100dpi max resolution, and try to include the names for captions and approximate dates and descriptions.
Bookmark us and spread the word
We'll be posting news and announcements here as things develop. The coming months are going to be very interesting and exciting as announce reunion events and make contact with old friends and classmates. Occasions such as a 50th reunion come around only once and we're going to make this one very special. So, add our address to your Favorites or Bookmarks and tell your classmate friends, too. Please email your comments or suggestions to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Important: Our official site is free to use
There are several commercial Internet sites that, among other things, provide classmate and reunion information for schools and colleges all over the country. Classmates.com is one of the well known ones and many SVHS alums enjoy using the free and paid subscription services there. If you see any references to The SVHS Class of 1965 Reunion on any of these sites, please make certain that they are showing the link to our official site - svhs1965.com - and not asking you to register, RSVP, subscribe or pay a fee to get information. You do not need to register or subscribe to any of these commercial websites in order to get information about our reunion. Do not RSVP on any of these sites. Your Reunion Committee will have our own reservations procedure in place and will coordinate any listings and announcements on these commercial websites should the need arise. Bookmark our site - svhs1965.com and make us your source of official information.
- Mae Bayliss Coshatt / Reunion Committee