TowerShades Valley Class of 1963


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.


Pictures below are from the presentation and tour.


Drawing displayed on easel in Administration Office reception area.


Closeup of Drawing Description


Warren Bailes Cain '63,  Dr. Marsh,  Avery Sloan '63, Virginia Kelser Jones '63
& Mae Bayliss Coshatt '65


Auditorium: Marsha Currie Terrell '63, Bill Trotter '63 & Dr. Marsh




Band Room Trophies: Warren Bailes Caine '63, Pierre Tourney '63, Bill Trotter '63
& Marsha Currie Terrell '63


Band Room Trophies


Band Room Guitars


Band Room:  Bill Trotter '63, Warren Bailes Caine '63, Pierre Tourney '63
& Marsha Currie Terrell '63


Band Room:  Debbie Davis Denson '65 & Walter Schor '64


Dr. Marsh, Mae Bayliss Coshatt '65 & Music Director


Band Trailer


Competition Gym


Competition Gym Scoreboard


Shades Valley's Ambassadors


School of Science Technology Engineering & Math instructor explains Drone Competition that students have entered.


Shades Valley's Ambassadors


School of Science Technology Engineering & Math: 3D Printer


School of Science Technology Engineering & Math: Robots are one of many projects that students design and build.


Health Sciences: The Health Science Program orients student to careers that promote health, wellness, and diagnosis as well as treat injuries and diseases. The program prepares students to work directly with people in hospitals, medical and dental offices, laboratories, cruise ships, medivac units, and sports centers.


Health Sciences Instructor


French Language Classroom


Computer Science Lab is very popular.


This teacher recently won Teacher of the Year Award.


Library was being used for testing when we were on tour.