Mortimer Jordan High School - Torch Yearbook (Morris, AL)

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I f ' y. , ' ' --:•»• ' «;-»-.- TORCH 1974 Mortimer Jordan High School Morris, Alabama TA BLE OF CONTENTS Student Life Student Recognition Student Participation Student Activities Student Categories Student Supporters Dawn brings the myth of a new day. . . And the beginning of a new era to MJ. With the dawn of our 74 school year, M.J. awakens from the sleep of the old to a year filled with changes — changing times, changing places . . . CAPTION A: Weather beaten lumber with cracked paint reminded us of the old MJ. CAPTION B: Cathy Comer gave the sign of a new generation established ttwough constant changes. CAPTION C: Stacked chairs and books were the predecessors to a new well-organized library. changing people. lAPTION A: The student body ' s spirit wos one of ttw special things highlighting the 74 year. CAPTION B: A friendly attitude of welcome was shown by the familiar face of Karen Williams toward a newcomer at AAJ, Wallace Higginbotham. Yet, through the change, MJ does not lose its individuality. Our student body steps forward to be unique in a world of carbon copies. CAPTION A: These students showed the attitude of pride that many MJ students have gained this year. CAPTION B; Displaying his spirit proudly, Patrick Bell was one individual out of many at MJ who believed in fun and youthful- ness. CAPTION C: These girls enjoyed the privileges of a modified dress code. CAPTION D: Tired feet and legs were the results of Tammy Isbell ' s hard work for AAJ. . . . Thus, we hopefully emerge a year wiser and older — yet a year newer. CAPTION A: Mitzi Holt looks toward the future with a challenging smile for she has leorned of life from the new MJ. CAPTION B: We, ot MJ, ore climbing ever upward with each other to discover new and belter things. i The Life OfMJ Is Found Within Its Students II Because of the Blue Devils ' winning season, each Pep Rally seemed to become more spirited than the one before. The Cheer- leaders organized the events for the rallies, and it seemed that all students enjoyed the fun and looked forward to the times when they could join together in support of their favorite team. At each Pep Rally, competition was held in which each grade endeavored to yell louder than the other. Enthusiastically, the students would stand and shout the chants with the cheerleaders, feeling that they were important to the school and were a part of the winning. One of MJ ' s greatest assets was its old-fashioned spirit, and AAJ Pep Ral- lies seemed to prove this whole-heartedly. Pep Rallies Piped-in music, pastel, gay colors, and new modern facilities were all a part of MJ ' s new lunchroom. Whether the stu- dents came to eat or just to be a part of the excitement found in the hustle of the lunchroom, it served as a favorite meeting place. Many students found a source of relaxation during their assigned period and enjoyed the satisfying lunches sup- plied by the team of lunchroom workers. A Nice Place To Be , . . The Lunchroom 11 Before School Girls with roller topped heads ran in from band practice just in time to get reody for class before the homeroom bell sounded. Some students looked anxiously to see if their English or Math teacher hod gotten to school; yet, secretly hoping they wouldn ' t come. However, all morning activities didn ' t take place inside Jordan. Cheerleaders led the Pep Club in cheers to help promote spirit for the night ' s gome. Band members worked diligently in the misting rain to per- fect the half- time show. Still other students collected around the smoking pit, getting that one last drag before homeroom. Typically, the mornings were jammed full of student-life business — both socially and academically. 12 After School When the end-of-school bell rang at 3:00 p.m., everyone didn ' t go honne. For many students and faculty members there were after-school activities that would keep them working long after other people were home eating their afternoon snacks and watching T.V. The after-school curricu- lum included various organizations practic- ing to improve their skills and teachers striving to complete some extra work. Jordan was almost as busy after school OS it was during school because the stu- dents and faculty at MJ were involved in the school ' s action and growth. 13 A Time For Giving . The Thanksgiving Program of Mortimer Jordan has become a traditional event in which the students show their concern for others. Each homeroom prepared a Thanksgiving basket to be judged in com- petition and later to be given to an espe- cially needy family. This year ' s program was held on Wednesday morning, Novem- ber 22. The gym was decorated for fall with the baskets arrayed in the front of the gym. Reverend Ronny Dabbs spoke of the thankfulness we should have in our hearts. The Select Choir sang such songs as " Bless This House " and " My Shepherd Will Sup- ply My Need " pertaining to Thanksgiving. Afterwards, Miss Bradley ' s homeroom was announced as the first place winner in the basket competition. The students feel that they shared their blessings with others, and received the greatest blessing, that of giving. V. r u A Special Time Of Year . With a Christmas spirit of excitement in the air, the M.J. Christmas program proved to be one of the best ever. The program began v ith a devotion by Valerie Bobo and then a big sur- prise follov ed. M.J. was given the spectacular Revis Hall Trophy for having been voted the Jefferson County high school having the best sportsmanship. Then an unexpected visitor arrived, Santa Clous, and two dancing rein- deer! After telling of the gifts he had brought, we were entertained by Cindy Vodovoz who performed an enchanting ballet routine. Peggy Smith was our speaker, and discussed her true meaning of Christmas with us. Joy Carroll added more festive talent to the program by singing. The program ended solemnly by the chorus of the entire school singing " Silent Night. " The Torch Is pleased to comment thot the Christmas vacation began with joyous mem- ories of M.J. fellowship. 15 All-American Leggs Legs of all different shapes and sizes were exhibited at 1 974 ' s All-Americon Mr. Legg ' s Pageant. Contestants were selected by each club at AAJ to compete in this event. With hid- den identities and many antics, the beautiful " legs " strolled down the pageant runway. The commentator, Mr. Renda, gave a summary of each male ' s special legs with many detailed elaboration. An original song, dedicated to the contestants was performed by Valerie Bobo, Cathy Comer, Gary Kelley, and Mr. Renda. After reviewing the legs, the audience waited anxiously and impatiently for the announcement of the winners. The 1 974 Mr. Leggs ' win- ners were: Faculty — Jimmie Trotter Student — Wallace Higginbotham i 16 Dedication For many years, the students at Mor- timer Jordan have received special atten- tion, care, and love from the members of the faculty and administration. One partic- ular teacher has devoted her life to instructing those students for whom she cares so greatly. She is not thought of as " just an English teacher " ; but she pos- sesses on unusual ability for giving strength, guidance and leadership to all around her. She is admired by those with whom she comes in contact. In this extra- ordinary 1 973-74 school year, the TORCH staff would like to dedicate the 1 974 year- book to an extraordinary person. In recog- nition of her outstanding abilities as a teacher and special qualities as a friend, we dedicate the 1974 TORCH to Mrs. Frances Posey. • ' fii,ii i - Ml:-m ' 7A W ' mii! ' £ 7 y f ' 1 18 MJ Recognizes The Outstanding Accomplishments Of Its Students 19 Ifl ' ' »k ' ?. ' " ■ ' ' -m :-!» ' i„ .• - vr ' .or ' «!■ la • y4 Special Tribute Competition adds vitality to the mainstream of life by presenting us with a sense of initiative to win. In the year 1 973-74, Mortimer Jordan has captured this Initiative and has attained the will to win. Whether our accomplishments were made by hard, diligent work or by quick wit and a little bit of lock, the whole of oor desires was to bring a greater glory to Mortimer Jordan High School. Thus, the TORCH pays tribute to the " Winners " in this special year. r i. [ ] r ' f ' f 5f - ! JS ' w sr— «! ' . ■ -• IBSj V xWi i aft y- i — o gBgggf!: To The Winners The Mortimer Jordan Blue Devil Marching Band has entertained MJ fans and opposing competitors at all I football games, with well-deserved compliments from both. Included in its activities were marching in the i Veterans Day Parade, participating in the Dental Clinic activities, and performing well at the State football I playoffs in Brewton. In addition, the band received a superior rating and a trophy at the Talladega Band {Competition. Without a doubt, the Band is one of AAJ ' s greatest assets. A Host Of Trophies Represent The Satisfying Accomplishments Of These Well-Deserving Mortimer Jordan Students And Organizations. 22 p 11 od •- ' v -.5 yr " : : " - ' - 9 With sparkling smiles and winning routines, AAJ ' s majorettes were awarded a superior rating at Talladega Band Competition. Mortimer Jordan ' s entertaining majorettes this year were Kathy Smothers, Mitzi Holt, Bobbi Daniels and Terri Trotter. An exciting addition to the Mortimer Jordan Band this year was the Dixie Devilettes. This group specializes in kickline routines and various dance steps. Made up of twenty girls, the Devilettes worked hard to develop their talent and to make their organization the best. The Devilettes won a first place trophy at Jacksonville State Band Camp and received a superior rating at the Talledega Bo nd Competition. Receiving a trophy for the Most Improved Drum Major at Bir- mingham Southern Camp and winning a superior trophy at Tal- ladego Band Competition, Gary Kelley was the talented drum major for the 1 974 AAJ Band. The Band and MJ appreciate Gary ' s fine exhibition of leadership and dedication. This 1973 football season the Boby Blue really presented their fans and opponents with a fine showing. The team played an unde- feated season and became county champs of the A division. They also received a beautiful trophy for the result of their terrific team- work. SCORES Tarrant Corner Greenwood West Jefferson Oak Grove Pinson Warrior Midfield 22-0 34-6 48-12 34-14 30 34-6 42-8 26-0 m 23 r, ! Vir. n2 The Society Of Outstanding High School Students Of America Mike Carlisle Debbie McGough Valerie Bobo Mike Flinn Karen Williams Collette Findley Dale Redman Joe James Nelson Hannah Steve Mosley These students were selected on the basis of academic achievement, citizenship, scholarship, contribution to the school activities, and charac ter. 26 Dale Redman Valerie Bob© Mike Carlisle Who ' s Who In America Dale Redman, Valerie Bobo, and Mike Carlisle were honored by Who ' s Who in America. Selection for this honor was made on the basis of achieving the highest academic scores as well as outstanding contribution to the school. Outstanding High School Teenagers Of A merica utstanding Teenagers of America is an ganization that is based on the student ' s rvice to the school and the community, snise Abney and Cathy Comer were rec- jnized as Outstanding Teenagers of nerico. Denise Abney Cathy Comer 27 For the first time In the history of Mortimer Jor- dan, the football team won a place at the State playoffs. The mighty Blue Devils, with a 9-1 record, brought a long awaited victory season to MJ students and loyal fans. The newly aroused enthusiasm for the winning team was contagious as students, faculty members, and fans watched the climax to a winning season in the game at Brewton with T.R. Miller High School. 28 Two WINNING Senior girls of the ' 74 year were Denise Abney and Volerle Bobo. With tears of amazement and happiness, Denise won the honor of the Senior Beauty and Valerie was voted AAJ ' s Homecoming Queen. The TORCH also recognizes, with pride, Denise ' s state title of Miss Alabama Teenager. 29 Senior Beauties Are A Vivid 30 Debbie is seventeen years old and enjoys participating in the Future Business Leaders of America, AAJ for Christ, and the Pep Club. She enjoys horseback riding, taking hikes, and skiing. In her future lies plans for becoming a secretary and getting married in June. Vicki has many interests in school as well as outside of school. A few of them are as a member of the Future Business Leaders of America, Four-H Club, Senior Science Club, and Junior Achievement. She has planned her future as either an occupational therapist or in speech pathology. She is seventeen years old and among her hobbies are sewing and knitting. Wanda enjoys playing the piano and roller skating. She is seventeen years old and is a member of the Future Business Leaders of America, Youth for Christ, Pep Club and the Senior Science Club. She hopes to attend Jefferson State Junior College after graduation from AAJ while she works part-time. Later, she would like to attend Auburn University. Wanda Hall Part OfMJ. ' s Winners Mitzi is an active participant in The Club, Future Business Leaders of America, AAJ for Christ, and Senior Choir. She is o majorette with the band and enjoys twirling very much. She is seventeen years old and plans to attend Jefferson State Junior College for two years after graduation to complete her program in Data Processing. After completion of this course, she hopes to go to the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She would like to teach Data Processing. Mitzi Holt i 31 Donna is presently enjoying,activities such as MJ for Christ, Senior Choir, and Honors Editor of the TORCH. She is seventeen years old and plans to beconne a missionary either at home or abroad. Among her many interests, her favorite is singing and playing the piano. Donna Self Beth is seventeen years old. She is a member of the TORCH Staff serving as copy editor and is President of the Future Business Leaders of America. She is also a member of the Senior Honor Society and The Club. She plans to attend a small college and major in home economics and minor in interior design or fashion coordination and maybe someday have her own little boutique somewhere nearby. She adores small children and cooking. Beth Cary 32 Vicki Crisler Vicki is eighteen years old and is an active participant on the TORCH Staff as Features Editor, Future Business Leaders of America, Pep Club, Senior Science Club, and MJ for Christ. She has plans to attend airline training school in Kansas City, Missouri and to enter some area in the airline field. Among her interests are being a Varsity Cheerleader, bowling, tennis, and traveling. 33 Our Beauties Adorn Nature TOP LEFT: Cathy Comer. ABOVE: Karen Williams. RIGHT: Pam Garner. 34 Outstanding leadership, a charming personality, warmth, and friendliness beyond com- pare — these are the qualities our 1 974 Miss Congeniality has that make her such a joy to be around and a pleasure to know. Voted by the thirty contestants themselves as the one person who was the most help and the easiest person to get along with, this coveted award went to Sharon Hayes, who was more than a friend; she served as an inspiration to everyone involved with the Pageant. Also presented at the Beauty Pageant were the Sophomore and Junior Beauties. Chosen by popular vote of their respective classes were Sophomore Ellen Chambers and Junior Bobbie Daniel. Top right: Bobbie Daniel; Bottom left: Ellen Chambers Exciting Moments Of The Senior Beauty Pageant kr% i 37 Another victory and another Fridaj night filled with the happiness of winning was the result of this year ' s Honnecomir excitement. The excitement didn ' t stod there, for an air of expectancy filled th| stands. Everyone was waiting for the excil ing moment when the 1 974 Homecoming Queen and her Court were announced Chosen by popular vote by the senior higl| classes, the Princesses from the Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior classes were first announced. At lost, the thrilling moment arrived. With tears in her eyes and a smile that comes with winning. Miss Valerie Bobo was named Homecoming Queen. Dr. William E. Burkett, Assistant Superintend- ent of Education crowned the smiling queen. Other contestants from the Senior Class were Miss Pam Garner and Miss Oenise Abney. Homecoming Was A Victory For Many Presenting the trophies and flowers to the Princesses were the Principal, Mr. Jimmie Trot- ter, and Assistant Principal, Mr. Terry Garrett. From the Junior class. Miss Bobbie Daniel was crowned. Representing the Sophomore class was Miss Ellen Chambers. Freshman Princess was Miss Sheila Hays. These girls made up the Queen ' s Court and were beautiful assets to the football stadium. They were chosen from a field of three girls per grade. Their victory was even more enjoyable as the football team won the game by defeating Hanceville. 39 tJ. 1, ' ii %-ll 1. i Homecoming Brought Happiness To MJ ' ' 40 Band Recognizes Loyalty One of the highest honors that can be received by the members of the band Is to be selected as Band King or Queen. The bond members themselves vote for the Senior boy and girl who have been the best band student for 1 973-74. Vance Belcher and SherrI Booker were chosen for the honor. Vance plays first trumpet, is a soloist for the bond, and also serves as band President. He is a member of the Choir and serves as an officer for M.J. for Christ. SherrI plays first flute and piccolo and has been a member of the band for six years. She serves on the Annual Staff as the Senior Class Editor, is a member of choir, FBLA, and M.J. for Christ. i__Jf ; 41 Steve Mosley Represents MJ At Boys ' State. Steve Mosley was chosen as the 1973 Repre- sentative to the Boys ' State Conference. Held In Montgomery, this convention gave to boys from over the entire state the opportunity to partici- pate in the operation of governmental affairs. The representatives ran for state offices such as governor and legislator. The experience of par- ticipating in Boys ' State provided Steve the opportunity to see first hand exactly hov the state government functions. Three Students Receive MJ ' s Highest Honor Selected by teachers on the basis of service to the school, three students were awarded the title of Mr. and Miss MJHS. Two senior boys, Mike Carlisle and Steve Mosley, were so equally deserving of the title, that a tie arose. Therefore, they were both awarded Co-Mr. MJHS. Valerie Bobo — selected as the girl who had given the most service to the school — was named Miss AAJHS. 42 r?t HtS- " ' Mike Carlisle Valerie Bobo Steve Mosley 43 Mike Carlisle, Dale Redman Co- Valedictorians For the second year in a row, more than one student has accomplished the " almost impossible " — making a perfect " A " average during the entire high school time. Mike Carlisle and Dale Redman have accomplished the awesome task of making a grade point average of 4.00. Both of these young men are well known around Mortimer Jordan as being of the finest character and reputation. Mike was chosen by the faculty to share the honor with one other student as being the young men who have contributed the most to the school in service, leadership, and character, as well as scholarship: Mr. Mortimer Jordan High School. Mike is a member of the Senior Honor Society, Spanish Club, Ushers Club, was chosen as Who ' s Who of American High School Stu- dents. Mike plans to attend the University of Alabama in Birmingham and major in Engineering. Dale Redman would like to have an exciting future with the United States Air Force. He is also a member of the Senior Honor Society, Ushers Club, Choir, and was chosen as Who ' s Who of American High School Students and one of Out- standing American High Students. Dale is also on the Prom Committee. 44 Salutatorian Strives For Success AAaking good grades during her high school days is nothing new to Debbie McGough. She has been an " A " student all during her school career. The end result of her hard work and studying was her selection as Salutatorian. Having a grade point overage of 3.971 4, Debbie pos- sesses ail the characteristics for a success- ful future. She is an active member of the Future Business Leaders of America, the Senior Honor Society, and Mortimer Jor- dan for Christ. Debbie would like to become a skilled farrier after graduation. 45 46 Participation Promotes The Physical Satisfaction Of MJ Students, 47 MJ ' s Pride - The MIGHTY Blue Devil Competitive Spoi ' i LEFT: Jimmy Creel scores a hard fought touchdown against Warrior. RIGHT: Trent Beasley finds going rough against the Indi- ans as fellow players rush to assist him. 48 Plotting their strategy. Coach Kimbrough and Cooch Hawkins plan the games ' procedure. Taking breather from the action Eddie Thrailkill exhibits (ignt of a hard struggle on the field. Against Gardendale, Jimmy Creel makes good yardage. Anxiously watching the game, Tim Glover enjoys his candy apple. 7 5 Steve Mosley wipes sweat of determination from his face. The Mighty Blue Devils take the field with enthusiasm. ■ «; -v, LEFT: Mark Burkett runs around end in the game against Gardendale. RIGHT: Waiting impa- tiently to get back in ttie game Mark Burkett and Steve Mosley discuss the game ' s progression. BOTTOM: A pile-up of both teams exhibits ' the fighting blood-and-guts game against Garden- dale. U- mryy 51 With tough competition, Steve Mosley fights for Blue Devil yardage. r,«r- ' ,-:je» J " : ' ■ Nelson Hannah Norman Shotts 34 Tim Ne«ly 5S Hamilton Allen Armstrong Charlie McGhee Mark Burkett 56 Allen Parker Neal Faucett J U David Gurley H ' ' ,.|| |g|jk . 3 1 1 t ■ ■ B 1 1 H E-jfll F M ? j E B y OMBarHall Robert Barnwell Doug Rhodes 58 Robert Glenn Steve Mosley ent beasle Roger Hill Randy Hoyt 59 Eddie Thrailkill lommy Fuller k Greg Singletary 60 Football ' 73 — MJ ' s Best Season [S The Mortimer Jordan Blue Devils rolled to a winning season in 1 973 — in fact, the best in MJ history. The 1 973-74 team, small in size and number but together in action, rated in the top eight teams in the state Class 3A division, winning nine games and losing one. Starting out the season, MJ defeated West Point of Cullman 1 6-7 and opened the road to success for the Devils. Next on home territory, the Devils took on Gordendole but were defeated 23-0, giving MJ its first and only defeat of the season. Defeat didn ' t stop the Blue Devils as they traveled to Dora to contain the Bulldogs 43-7. Picking up where they left off, the Devils romped over the Green Wove of Leeds 35-6. This was the first time in more than ten years that Mortimer Jordan had defeated the Leeds team. With the first half of the season coming to on end, AAJ again played a memorable game before a home crowd, defeating Tarrant 21-6. Beginning the second half of the season, AAJ pulled through a tight one to defeat Hewitt 16-14. Home- coming 1973 was another victory on the charts for the Devils as they overtook Hanceville 33-22. Back on home territory for the last time of the season, MJ rolled over Worrior 34-0. On the road to Corner, the Blue Devils squashed the Yellow Jackets 42-26 although the team had a little tougher time doing this than antici- pated. In the final game of our regular season AAJ rallied to a proud victory of 30-1 6 over Pinson Valley. The climax of this year ' s season was reached when the Devils, 26 strong, captured a playoff berth in the Class 3A state playoffs. Our opposition, T.R. Miller High School of Brewton, Alabama, defeated us 35-1 2 at Brewton, in a hard fought battle. This game was history in itself for Jordan, because this was the first time in MJ football that a Blue Devil team traveled as far as state playoffs. The Blue Devil offense, averaging 26 points per game, was perhaps the main reason for such a fine season. The offense had both speed and precise passing ability. Exceptional as well was the defense, which held many opposing lines while in action. The combination of our aggressive offense and our deter- mined defense provided for an inspired running team. I im Team Honors BIG Blue ' s Best Of all the distinctions a young man may receive, that of being an invaluable asset to his team is perhaps the most coveted of all. Through the blood, tears, and sweat of this 1973 record-breaking season, several football players emerged as being worthy of distinction. These ore the athletes that their fellow team- mates feel were the most responsible for bring- ing home the victories. Receiving Best Offensive Back, Jimmy Creel; Best Offensive Lineman, Allan Parker; Best Defensive Back, Doug Rhodes; Best Defensive Lineman, David Gurley; and Most Valuable Player, Steve Mosley. Permanent cap- tains were Robert Barnwell, Nelson Hannah, and Randy Hays. Nelson Hannah and Robert Barnwell 62 Each honoree received a trophy for his outstanding achievement. All teann mem- bers received a special award: the sopho- mores and juniors received small trophies; the seniors received plaques. Both awards exhibited the winning 9-1 season. The 1 973 Football Bonquet, held at the All Steak Restaurant in Cullman, was the setting for presentation of these awards and highlighted the end of a memorable season. Junior High — Best In The County Undefeated with an 8-0 season is the story of ttte 1 973 Baby Blue. Starting out the season MJ walked off with a win of 22-0 over the Tarrant Wildcats. Following up the victorious opener, the Devils rolled over Corner 34-6. Greenwood was defeated also by Jordan 43-12. The fourth game of the season went as well as the preceding games, with a 36-1 4 victory over West Jefferson. The first game of the second half of the season proved to be a winner too. The Devils won over Oak Grove 30-8. Pinson was next and AAJ pulled off another victory being 34-6. The Warrior game was the game of the season for AAJ, winning 42-8. In the final game of this fantastic season, MJ defeated Midfield 26-0. Winning this game, Mor- timer Jordan attained the title of County Champs. In recognition of this, the Baby Blue team received a trophy which was inscribed: JEFFCO—JR. HIGH ' ' A " DIVISION Champions — 1973 The team consisted of twenty-eight players, nineteen of them freshmen. Most of these young men are looking forward to participating in varsity football next year and the rest of the squad will continue to work hard to retain the title of County Champs. Coaching this fine team were Wayne Counts and Robert Keith. 64 spirited Varsity Basketball Team Brings A Better Season O r ' nn 5 ' Blue Devils regroup to receive coaching at the Gardendale gome. Striving to raise the score, against Gardendale, Ben Payne shoots a foul shot. h 3- ••Ui-« J i ff J ' i Jit Basketball this year got off to a slightly delayed start because of the State football play- offs. Our first game on November 30, however, was o happy opener when the Devils defeated Warrior 64-58. The remainder of the season was disappointing as AAJ could not make enough points to deliver a winner ' s streak and coincidentally patterned their games at intervals of two or four losses, then a win. Toward the end of the season, however, AAJ did manage to break through with several consecutive wins. Tournament wise, MJ was not very successful. The Mortimer Jordan Tournament was held December 13-14. MJ was defeated in both games against Corner and Warrior, respec- tively, but fell short of the winning score by only a fe w points. On December 20, AAJ parti- cipated in the Hewitt Tournament at Hewitt. The Blue Devils played Pinson and again were downed. The lost tournament, the County Tournament, was held January 3-5. AAJ played Gardendole and Warrior, losing both games. This year ' s team consisted of eight seniors and three juniors: Ricky Edwards, Tommy Fountain, Nelson Hannah, Robert Lovell, Jimmy McCombs, Kenny McGaughy, Steve Mos- ley. Bill Vines; Juniors — Mark Burkett, Jerry Monte, Bien Payne. All of these young men proved to be a dedicated athlete practicing every afternoon except game day, not to men- tion the many hours put in on home goals. Battling for the tip. Tommy Fountain jumps high for the ball in the exciting game against Leeds. Against Warrior, Jimmy McCombs prepares to shoot two. B»n Payne looks for on open man as he is w guarded in the Gardendole game. 66 Ricky Edwords warms up before the game. Stretching upward. Tommy Fountain makes a basket. ii J e ' 1 -W. Getting ttie rebound. Tommy Fountain passes out ward to a fellow player. Robert Lovell shoots a foul shot with o determining aim. A ■T! ' Elefore Gardendale ' s game. Nelson Hannah prac- tices form. Blue Devils surround Leeds player in an effort to halt his shot. AiAM iiai: AAark Burkett puts force Into his drive to the basket. Varsity B Team . . .A Hard-Playing Group la Af.- itinMatii ABOVE: MJ ' s B Team begins the second half of the winning game against Gardendale. LEFT: Jeff Rogers finds going rough as he is pinned under the baslcet. Junior A Team Junior A AndB Teams Gain Experience Junior B Team 71 72 Growth Through Responsibility - The A im Of Student A ctivities T. J. The TORCH Staff 75 The 4-H Girls Develop Useful Skills. The 4-H girls, one of the oldest organizations at AAJ, Involves stu- dents from the seventh through the twelfth grades. The type of girls in the 4-H club are of the caliber that makes it a lively group. Their main project is to find better methods to improve the status of America ' s environ- ment. Sandra Smith, Vice President; Dawn Vogel, Chaplain; Karen Fomby, Secretary; Tammy Wadsworth, President. I 76 I 4-H Boys Work Toward A Prosperous Manhood. Membership in Boys 4-H indicates an interest not only in preparing projects for periodic meetings, but also in experiences that strengtnen and dvelop the individual. The eager young men from tht seventh through the twelfth grade learn to develop their skills and to show leadership by wisely using their abilities and talents. Among many other activities, the boys prepare their individual projects in a way that the faculty and students would be proud of them. Neal Hannah, Vice President; Mr. Frank Ingram, Advisor; Randy Hughes, Secretary- Treasurer; Robin Cato, Presi- dent. 77 The Junior Science Club Prepares MJ ' s Underclassmen For The World Of Science Students join the Junior Science Club because of their interest in the field of science. The Junior Science Club makes various science trips to explore and investigate nature and man ' s accomplishments. Johnny Morris, Program Chairman; Glen Williams, Program Chairman; Randy Beasley, Reporter; Dorron Savage, President; Tammy Wadsworth, Vice President; Leah Nail, Secretary; AAiss Bradley, Advisor. % ®fi A r - 1 r t «j ■ ' Mr - v:vi mm Vf HRi ' fli 1- y — P rB IH HHHHB Sporting A New Name, The Science Explorers Strive For Another Great Year Of Achievement The purpose of the club is to further scientific knowledge ly providing activities for students exhibiting a special inter- «t in science. The group has visited places of scientific inter- st: Jimmy Morgan Zoo, Botanical and Japanese Gardens, [obert R. Meyer Planetarium, Central Alabama Regional Sci- Isnce Fair, and Alabama Space and Rocket Center. Members also enjoy v orking projects which include plans to build a greenhouse, to sponsor a science fair, and to maintain an aquarium in the library. Miss Jetta Bradley, ADVISOR 79 The Red Cross Exhibits A Caring For Others The Red Cross is an organization which serves Mortimer Jordan as well as our community, and other outside organi- zations. This year, as in years past, the Red Cross sponsored a schoolwide collection of small items such as brushes, combs, cards, chewing gum, and candy. These items were taken by Red Cross representatives to the VA Hospital and presented to the patients there as special Christmas gifts. Mr. Vines, Sponsor; Cindy Lance, Secretory-Treosurer; Bobbie Daniel, President; Ke Cousins, Vice President. 8C ■-■•»?«. ' ' -i1l«- ijea - ' ' it Where The Spirit Is — The Pep Club Sherri Hill and Pat Calvert shout exuberantly to MJ ' s winning teaml Although the Pep Club does not have o regular meeting time, they meet each morning before a game to boost the morale and spirit of the students and team. They strive toward building a fine school and better sportsmanship at all games. The varsity cheerleaders are in charge of each meet- ing. 81 The J Club Develops A Friendship Among Athletes Randy Hays, Vice President; Steve Atesley, President; Nelson Hannah, Secretary. 82 n The MJ For Christ Club Represents Christianity In High School ■ MJ for Christ, a devout and large organization, was organized to prove that all denominations can work together for the better- ment of students, spiritually, socially, educationally, and mentally. Young boys and girls meet regularly each month sharing thoughts about Christ among themselves. The goals of this spiritual group are to receive thoughts from others and to work with others ' prob- lems considering past experiences. The youth for Christ of this club sponsors the Weekly Prayer Watch. Although all these members are very busy, they express to all that Christ is real in their hearts by living a witnessing life. Mrs. Mary Hall, ADVISOR Valerie Elobo, Secretory; Mrs. Hall, Advisor; Kelley Cousins, Reporter; Chip Cousins, Vice President; Vonce Belcher, President 83 Promoting Better Relationships Between M J And The Outside World Is The Club A newly organized club at MJ this year is The Club. It is a service club with such projects as representing Mortimer Jordan in community activ- ities and visiting patients at the Chil- dren ' s Hospital and the Veteran ' s Hospital. The sponsor for The Club, some- times called the old Junior Honor Society, is Mrs. Frances Posey. Beth Gary, Secretary; Valerie Bobo, Reporter; Robert Lovell, Vice President; Mn. Frances Posey, Advisor; AAitii Holt, Trea- surer; Denise Abney, President. Beth Cory, Mrs. Frances Posey, Denise Abney, Valerie Bobo, Mitzi Holt, Karen Williams, Collette Findley, Steve Mosley, Nelson Hannah, Robert Lovell, Allen Parker, Mike Carlisle, Elmer Reno. 84 The Library Club Strives To Make M.J. ' s Library The Best AArs. Jane Adams, SPONSOR H Although the Library Club is not a new organization here at MJ, new faces appear in it each year. The Library Club strives for a bet- ter library. The members work to raise money for new books and new magazines. The members feel that a good library is synony- mous with a good school. V 85 Working, Laughing, And Sometimes Living Together Are MJ ' s Varsity Cheerleaders! Placing their school and cheerleading above everything else, nine girls were bound together in the late spring of 1 973 to promote Spirit. In July, cheerleaders attended a Golden Eagle Cheerleading Clinic at Birmingham Southern. Amid the greenness of grass, trees, and roll- ing hills, they worked with 450 other cheerleaders, bringing home three " Excellent " ribbons and the Spirit Stick which was awarded to the five squads who showed the most spirit while attending the clinic. During football season cheerleaders met with advisor Mrs. Jean Hicks each Tuesday and Thursday to plan the weekly pep rallies in which the bond, the Devilettes, the Majorettes, and even the teachers were encouraged to participate. All students participated actively in the pep rally, especially during competition yells, for which ribbons were awarded by the cheerleaders to the winning classes. Teresa Howard Pot Calvert «« Sherri Booker, Seniors Editor; Collette Findley, Typist; Patsy Reeser, Typist; Vicki Crisler, Features; Valerie Bobo, Editor; Beth Gary, Copy i Editor; Denise Abney, Organizations Editor; Kothy Bramlet, Assistant Coordinator; Terri Trotter, Apprentice; Cindy Roberts, Apprentice; i ' 88 I Nancy Meeks, ApprenKce; Cathy Comer, Underclassmen; AAiss Ann Smith, Advisor; AArs. Faye Toney, Advisor; Robert Lovell, Business Man- ager; Donna Self, Honors; Bill Vines, Sports. 89 Girls Volley Ball Team In ACTION! Miss Jo, Pafsy Reesor, Jo Harbin, Tyonia Guinn, Karen Bailey, AAiss Scott, Lynn McCombs, Karen Simmons, Sheree Arnold. 90 h Girls Bowling Team Makes A Fine Showing Girls Softball Team Strives For Success 91 Gary Paul Kelley, DRUM MAJOR Debbie Salyers ' " silver teeth " don ' t outshine her sparkling smile. The Blue Devil Marching Band 92 ; Belinda Limbaugh, J( Band Director — Phil Renda i ■ ■ ! , • I! BAND OFFICERS; Bennie Stubbs, Vance Belcher, Jeff Easter, Joel Goolsby m i JI gaimv ' f 93 " TWIRLERS: Denise Abney, Mitzi Holt, Kathy Smothers Sparking Smiles And Graceful Movements Identify MJ ' s Award Winning Majorettes 94 95 - MitziHolt.T The Dixie Devilettes Kick Their Way To Success We are sore yoo have already recognized the new addition to the Mighty Blue Devil Band — The Dixie Devilettes. During the sum- mer the Devilettes attended camp at Jacksonville State University and participated in the Dance Group Competition, where they received the first place trophy, the first trophy they had ever received. The girls kicked their way to the top again by winning a trophy and a superior rating at the Talladega Marching Contest. They received numerous comments for their performances and beautiful smiles. The work is hard and the pain is almost unbearable, but the product is fantastic and rewarding for the Award Winning Devi- lettes. Vicki, Linda, Patty, Debbie, Teresa 96 Jonis, Teni, Carol, Terri, Cndy Karen, oulo, Debbie, Wondo i. Sir Phyllis, Duke of the bandroom, laughs at the antics of the band. ' ' Let Us Serenade You 99 Providing advanced study and perform- ance activities for senior high students, the Mortimer Jordan Select Choir finished another great year. The main objective of the choir this year was to communicate effectively with its audiences, and with the help of a new and fantastic director, Mr. Hymes, the year was carried out to perfec- tion. Cathy Comer, Pianist; Vance Belcher, Vice President; Valerie Bobo, President; Mike Randall, Librarian; Sherri Booker, Secretary-Treasurer. Mr. Hymes, Director Math Club Seeks For A Higher Satisfaction In This Field The purpose of the Math Honor Club is to engender keener inter- est in mathematics, to develop sound scholarship in the subject, and to promote enjoyment of mathematics in high school students. Eager members worked hard this year preparing themselves for opponents in the Southeast Math Tournament at Samford Univer- sity in Birmingham. Elmer Reno, President; Oenise Abney, Vice President; Karen Williams, Secretary; Jimmy Creel, Treasurer; AAiss Judy VanSandt, Sponsor. AAlss VanSandt possesses other qualities besides her knowledge in mathematics. 102 The Junior Cheerleaders are a very spirited group of young ladies. Using their spirit, they cheered the Junior football team to the County Championship. The Junior Cheerleaders, in addition to cheering at football games, also cheer at the Junior basketball gomes. Also, they had three pep rallies and made signs for each gome. MJ Is Very Proud Of Our Junior Cheerleaders 103 Young Men A nd Women Prepare Themselves For The Business World In FBLA FBLA (Future Business Leaders of Amer- ica) is a national business club with its headquarters in Washington, D.C. The main purposes of this organization are to develop competent, aggressive business leadership, develop character, and pre- pare for useful citizenship. FBLA serves a useful purpose in preparing and guiding business and office education students into new perspective Ideas and concepts of the business world. Each member has the opportunity to learn about careers to choose his own vocation, and to learn what would be expected of him on the job. A business student looks to the future with confidence and pride for he is an Impor- tant part of tomorrow. 104 Membership in FBLA indicates an inter- est not only in preporing for employment in the field of business and office occupa- tions, but al so in experiences that strengthen and develop the individual. The 1973-74 FBLA is constantly on the go. Through hardworking committees and cooperation from all members, FBLA strives to serve Its school, individual stu- dents, and the community. Among many other activities, this organization has spon- sored a Christmas stocking project for the Children ' s Hospital and has visited the eld- erly in the community. Eager members have participated in district, state, and notional levels of competition. Mortimer Jordan is proud to say that they have had many winners on every level for the post two years. 105 Student Council Works Painstakingly To Unify The Student Body The Student Council is an active service organization. It serves with other organizations to help carry out special pro- jects during the year. The Council ' s main fund-raising project Is the operation of the concession stands at the football games. Through the Service Committee, SC works to fulfill the needs of all the students, community and the school. Denise Abney and Jimmy McCombs discuss one of Student Council ' s many pro- jects. • . ' lilKJSfl " Hicks, Advisor, Karen Williams, 1st Vice Presi- , SecT tary; Denise Abney . President; Mr Jimmie Trotter, Principal; ..d Vice President. Student Council leads in the celebration of Honfiecoming each year by spearhead- ing the construction of homecoming floats to represent each grade. The Thanksgiving program is a public relations project which serves to fulfill the needs of the community by furnishing the necessities for a Thanks- giving dinner. The Decoration Committee decorates the lunchroom on special holi- days. By obtaining outside speakers for appropriate occasions, the Student Coun- cil strives to keep the students aware of their many blessings and opportunities. The Service Committee prepared the refreshments for each home game. 107 The Newspaper Staff has the responsi- bility of producing the monthly paper, THE JORDAN ECHO. This paper attempts to inform the students of current events in and around the school. The ECHO STAFF works diligently to produce a better paper each month. Kalhy Bullard, Miss Johnson, Advisor; Debbie Martin Steve Reid, Editor Echo Staff Presents The Latest Scoop At MJ To The Students Steve Reid shows pride as he sells the finished product to Jimmy Creel. i I A Friendly Face And A Helping Hand Characterize The Ushers Club The Ushers Club provides the school with ushers for all school functions requiring them. They also work hard gathering and com- bining information for the programs to be sold at football games. Pictures ore token, copy is written, and programs are prepared. When the programs are printed, the real work begins. An occa- sional assembly Hine is seen in the library as members hastily fold, assemble and staple the programs for the night ' s game. Since membership is by invitation from the club officers and the faculty, it is on honor to become a part of this service club. Beth Car| ead Ushei Teres Combs, dent; Mike Carlisle 109 NationalJunior Honor Society Inducts Outstanding Underclassmen Candidates for membership of the National Junior Honor Society are chosen on the basis of academic achievements, leadership, character, scholarship, and service. Once initiated, mem- bers must maintain a B or above average to keep their membership in this club. This year the Junior Honor Society presented AAJ a flag to be flown on the school grounds. They also did various service projects for our school and the community. Janice Posey, Reporter; Jamie Lee, Parliamentarian, Cindy Roberts, Secretary, Janice Redwine, President, Leigh Turley, Treasurer, Steve Reid, Vice President. Mike Carlisle, Treasurer; Debbie McGough, Secretary; AAiss Patricia Hurst, Advisor; Dale Redman, Reporter; Steve Mosley, President; (Not pictured), Joe James, Vice President Top Students Are Rewarded Through Senior Honor Society No honor or responsibility conferred by the school excels that represented by the National Honor Society. It represents the fundamental objectives for which schools are instituted and gives recognition to those who have attained most nearly the desired ends. Other honors at the disposal of the school are only partial in the sense that they recognize specialized ability, skill, or talent; but this Society looks upon educa- tion as a total product measured by the four dimensions of life — Character, Scholarship, Leadership, and Service. . y : -. ' - - " ■■ ' Ti h " H " klL " ■.■ y ' ; i - §: ' tk F 2 ' tA Ht 4M ' i FCA picture was a little too eorly for Roger Hill. Athletes Exhibit Christian Attitudes AtMJ The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a group of mole athletes who display the quality of good sportsmanship, use their influence to improve the moral and spiritual lives of AAJ students. Nelson Hannah, Chaplain; Norman Shotts, Vice-President; Robin Coto, President; Jimmy Creel, Treasurer; David Gurley, Secretary 112 il A Great Big Thank You to BELMONT STUDIO 1433 D Montgomery Hiway Birmingham 823-4141 CHRISTINE and NICK COTTIS Gary Randy Roy Greg Chris Carl 113 114 MJ ' s People Are Characterized By Categories Representing Their Grade Level A t MJ. 115 One of the favorite honors anticipated by Seniors each year is the election of offi- cers. Elected by popular vote, these offi- cers serve as leaders for the activities for 1973-1974. The officers are: 2nd ROW: President — Steve Mosley; Treasurer — Sharon Hayes; Secretary — Pom Garner; Chaplain — Vance Belcher. FRONT ROW: Historian — Robert Lovell; Lawyer — Jimmy M cCombs; Prophet — Clarence Suddeth. Other than graduation, the most excit- ing event of a Senior ' s life is the Prom. To make a successful one requires much plan- ning and hard work. The Prom Committee for the 1 974 event is trying its hardest to make their prom the best one ever held. Prom Committee: FRONT ROW: Collette Findley; Steve Mosley; Dale Redman; Nel- son Hannah; Clarance Suddeth; Denise Abney. SECOND ROW: Debbie McGough; Debbie Martin; Kathy Bullard; Valerie Bobo; Pam Garner; Susan Scott; Not Pictured — Vicki Colafrancesco. SENIOR OFFICERS Seniors Exhibit Recognizable 116 PROM COMMIHEE Qualities And Characteristics To be chosen by one ' s classmates as being a favorite is a special honor. The election of Who ' s Who is by popular vote. In the Most Popular category is Denise Abney, President of the Student Council, Elmer Reno, a member of the MJ Band, Mary Hav kins member of FBLA, and Rob- ert Alford, who played basketboil. For Best Looking, there is Kathy Smoth- ers, a majorette in the band, and Steve Mosley, President of the Senior Class. 117 -- " : ' -- " iJ BESTALll Randy Hays Seniors For Best Personality, the Seniors elected Valerie Bobo, our 1974 Homecoming Queen, and Clarence Suddeth, Prophet of the Senior Class. As Best All Around there is Sherri Booker, Senior Editor of the Annual Staff, Randy Hays, a Varsity football player, Denice Williams, who is a very good dancer; and Cleophus Brown, who played basketball. Most School Spirit honor went to Karen Williams, a varsity cheerleader, and Louie Christian, who is " The Voice of the Blue Devils. " Being Most Athletic is Tyonia Guinn, a volleyball player, along with Nelson Han- nah, a varsity football player. BEST PERSONALITY Clarence Suddeth Valerie Bobo 118 Elect Favorities MOST ATHLETIC Tyonia Guinn Nelson Hannah 119 The Wittiest around MJ is Jane Crane, who played the cymbals in the band, and Robert Lovell, Senior Class Historian. Most Talented is Cathy Comer, a Dixie Devilette, Gary Kelley, drummajor for the band. Mono Johnson, whose favorite pas- time is dancing, and Clanford Alexander, who also enjoys dancing. Most Likely to Succeed is Debbie McGough and Mike Carlisle, who are members of the Senior Honor Society. Most Service to the School went to Beth Cory and Dale Redman, who are both members of the Ushers Club. Best Dressed is Collette Findley, a Prom Committee member, and Ricky Edwards, a member of the Library Club. Popular Titles Go ■■ ' - . .v. .. ,;-, .-, , sag ' , Gary Kelley Cathy Come I BEST DRESSED Ricky Edwards Coilette Findley MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED Debbie McGough Mike Carlisle 121 We ' re The Best ' Cause We ' ve Got More We ' re The Class Of " 74 99 DEMISE ABNEY CLANFORD ALEXANDER DEBBIE ARNOLD SHEREE ARNOLD FRANCES BALLARD ROBERT BARNWELL m VANCE BELCHER VICKI BELL RICHIE BICE VALERIE BOBO SHERRI BOOKER LINDA BRASHER MIKE CARLISLE BETH GARY ELAINE CHEATWOOD LOUIE CHRISTIAN CHARLOHE CLEVENGER w I Cathy COMER JANE CRANE r KERRY CRANE VICKI CRISLER DEBBIE CRUMLEY EDDIE DOSS RAYMOND DOSS TIMOTHY DUNCAN REGINADUNN RICKY EDWARDS COLLEHE FINDLEY MICHAEL FLINN TOMMY FOUNTAIN BOBBY FULLER PAM GARNER RONNIE GILLEY CINDY GLOVER TYONIA GUINN SHARON HAYES RANDY HUGHES JOE JAMES EDDIE JENKINS BRENDA JOHNSON HUGH LEWIS JOLLY I BOBBY KEITH GARY KELLEY MARIA T. LONG WILLIAM LOVE F " I ' M t fti r f H B ROBERT LOVELL JANIS MANN DEBBIE McGOUGH DEBRA Mcpherson DINAH MELVIN FRANK MIXON STEVE MOSLEY JOHN MULVEHILL TIM NEELY PHYLLIS NUGENT 134 RANDY ROCK DEBORAH ROPER .f i;x KATHY RUSSELL k TERRI SAVAGE RANDY scon SUSAN scon i • DONNA LYNN SELF E. B. SELF, JR. TERESA SHORE DAVID SINGLETARY KATHY SMOTHERS CLARENCE SUDDETH EDDIE SULLIVAN 1 i ' J ' yKTii f RANDY SWANN WANDA ELAINE THOAAAS PAM THREADGILL BILL VINES KATHY WHITWORTH JOHN WILLIAMS RICHARD WILLIAMS NOT POURED » ROBERT ALFORD MONA JOHNSON WAYNE PICKEH JOHN WILLIAMSON 139 Senior Directory DEMISE ABNEY Morris Sophomore Beauty; Junior Beauty; Senior Beauty; Feature Twirier; President — Stu- dent Council CLANFORD ALEXANDER Pinson Who ' s Who — Most Talented ROBERT ALFORD Dixiana Who ' s Who — Most Popular DEBBIE ARNOLD Dixie Devilette; FBLA; Pep Club Haig SHEREE ARNOLD Morris Volleyball Team; Track and Field Team; Softball Team; Senior Science Club; Youth for Christ FRANCES BALLARD Snow Rogers Top 5% of all Jefferson Co. Juniors; FBLA; Red Cross; Senior Science Club ROBERT BARNWELL Football; FCA; Science Ciyb Morris VANCE BELCHER Gardendale M.J. for Christ; Marching and Concert Band; Choir; Chaplain — Senior Class; Band King VICKI BELL FBLA; FAC; Pep Club RICHIE BICE Pep Club Gardendale Crosston VALERIE BOBO Sardis Editor — 1 974 TORCH; 2nd Vice Presi- dent — Student Council; Homecoming Queen 1 974; Band; Choir SHERRI BOOKER Crosston Senior Editor — TORCH Staff; Best All Around — Who ' s Who; Band Queen; Choir; Marching and Concert Band LINDA BRASHER pj n Senior Science Club; M.J. for Christ; FBLA; Pep Club CLEOPHUS BROWN pjnson Who ' s Who — Best All Around ANGELaIjrVaNT Happy Top FBLA — 3 years; Choir — 2 years; Senior Beauty Contestant; Recorder — FBLA KATHY BULLARD Bradford Marching Band; Select Choir; FBLA, Vice- President; Paper Staff; Prom Committee JOHN CANNON J Club; FCA Morris MIKE CARLISLE Mt. Olive Ushers Club; Jr. and Sr. Honor Society; Spanish Club; THE CLUB; Math Club BETH CARY Morris Jr. and Sr. Honor Society; TORCH Staff; President, FBLA; Student Council; Senior Beauty Finalist ELAINE CHEATWOOD Bradford Select Choir; FBLA; Senior Science Club: M.J. for Christ; Senior Beauty Contestant LOUIE CHRISTIAN Morris Jr. High Football and Basketball; 4-H; Voice of the Blue Devils; Most School Spirit — Who ' s Who CHARLOHE CLEVENGER Pinson FBLA; Pep Club; GAC; Youth for Christ PATSY M. COBB FBLA Pinson VICKI COLAFRANCESCO Pinson Pep Club; Top 5% of all Jefferson County Schools; Senior Science Club — Reporter- Red Cross; Junior Achievement CATHY COMER j |n_ Crosston! 1st Alternate — Senior Beauty Pageant; ' 1st Alternate — Jefferson County Junior Miss; Most Outstanding Band Girl; All- State Choir, 4 years; Most Talented — Who ' s Who JANE CRANE Warrior Band; Pep Club; Jr. and Sr. Science Club; Who ' s Who — Wittiest KERRY CRANE Kimberly Science Club, 4 years; Pep Club VICKI CRISLER Sardis Varsity and Junior Cheerleader; Senior Beauty Finalist; TORCH Staff — Features Editor; FBLA — Block Chairman; M.J. for Christ DEBBIE CRUMLEY Pinson Senior Beauty Pageant Finalist; FBLA; Pep Club; Junior Cheerleader; Supply Store Clerk KAREN M. DODSON Morris Varsity and Junior Cheerleader; Jr. and Sr. Honor Society; Math Club; Senior Beauty ; Alternate; TORCH Staff DENNIS DOSS Kimberly Band; Choir; 4-H Boys; Science Club EDDIE DOSS Pinson RAYMOND DOSS Bradford J Club; Senior Science Club B aguinI I TIMOTHY DUNCAN J Club; FCA; Junior Honor Society; SRQp- Who ' s Who — Most Athletic; Volleyball ish Club; Math Club Kimberly TYONIAGUINN Kimberly Team — All Star; Softball Team; Track Team; Bowling Team f REGINA DUNN Pinson FBLA; Pep Club; Senior Beauty Contestant TOMMY GUTHRIE, JR. RICKY EDWARDS Gardendale Library Club; Band; Who ' s Who — Best Dressed; Basketball, 4 years; Red Cross COLLEHE FINDLEY Morris , TORCH Staff; ECHO Staff; Prom Commit- tee; Student Council; Jr. Honor Society MICHAEL FLINN Mt. Olive President — Art Club; Society of Out- standing American High School Students; NCTE Nominee; Senior Science Club; Scholastic Excellence Award TOMMY FOUNTAIN Morris J Club; Jr. and Sr. Basketball; Red Cross BOBBY FULLER Band; Spanish Club Gardendale PAM GARNER Pinson Cheerleader; 3rd Alternate - Senior Beauty Pageant; Student Council — Sec- retary; Secretary, Senior Class; FBLA RONNIE GILLEY Pinson CINDY GLOVER Morris Dixie Devilette; FBLA; M.J. for Christ; Pep Club LAWANA GOWINS Mt. Olive Senior Honor Society; M.J. for Christ; Sen- ior Science Club; FBLA RANDY GRAHAM Science Club; Football Kimberly DENNIS GRAY Kimberly Jr. Football; M.J. for Christ; Pep Club RUSTY HAGOOD Majestic Haig WANDA HALL Pinson FBLA; Red Cross; Marching Band; M.J. for Christ; Senior Beauty Pageant Finalist NELSON HANNAH Bradford Football; Basketball; Sr. Honor Society; J. Club; Who ' s Who — Most Athletic AMGGIE LEE HARDING Sardis FBLA; Senior Science Club; Red Cross AAARY ANN HAWKINS Morris Volleyball; M.J. for Christ; FBU — Secre- tary; Who ' s Who — Most Popular; Senior Beauty Pageant Contestant SHARON HAYES Morris Student Council; Senior Homeroom — Chaplain; Miss Congeniality; Senior Class Treasurer; Ushers Club RANDY HAYS Morris Football; Baseball; J Club; FCA; Who ' s Who — Best All Around CURTIS HILL Crosston ROGER HILL Morris Football; Baseball; J Club; FCA CAROL HOGAN Kimberly MITZI HOLT Gardendale Majorette; Senior Beauty Finalist; FBLA; Jr. Honor Society; Treasurer — THE CLUB DENISE HOOPER Bradford FBLA Officer; Pep Club; GAC; M.J. for Christ RANDY HUGHES Morris JOE JAMES Gardendale Ushers Club; Math Club; Honor Society; Red Cross EDDIE JENKINS Haig Pep Club; 4-H Club; Sr. Science Club; Marching Bond MONA VANITA JOHNSON Bradford Who ' s Who — Most Talented HUGH LEWIS JOLLY Student Council; 4-H; Band Warrior BOBBY KEITH Gardendale M.J. for Christ; Pep Club; Science Club; 4- H GARY KELLEY Kimberly Drum Major; Red Cross; Who ' s Who — Most Talented MARIA T. LONG Pinson FBLA; Senior Beauty Contestant WILLIAM LOVE 4-H; M.J. for Christ; Choir Bradford ROBERT LOVELL Mt. Olive TORCH Staff; Ushers Club; FCA; Basket- ball; THE CLUB JANIS AAANN Morris FBLA; Devilette; Pep Club; M.J. for Christ, GAC DEBRA KAY MARTIN Gardendale Select Choir; FBLA — Chaplain; ECHO Staff; Prom Committee; M.J. for Christ RANDY AAAHHEWS Bradford JIMMY McCOMBS Bradford Basketball; Football; Bond; J Club; Sci- ence Club KENNY McGAUGHY Spanish Club; Basketball Mt. Olive DEBBIE McGOUGH Gardendale Senior Honor Society; FBLA; M.J. for Christ; Prom Committee; Who ' s Who — Most Likely to Succeed DEBRA McPHERSON FBLA TOMMY MELCHER DINAH MELVIN FBLA; Pep Club Mt. Olive Haig Pinson STEVE MOSLEY Kimberly President — Senior Class; Football; Jr. and Sr. Honor Society; Prom Committee; Who ' s Who — Best Looking JOHN MULVEHILL Pep Club Morris TIM NEELY Gardendale Football, 4 years; FCA; Track Team PHYLLIS NUGENT Crosston M.J. for Christ; Pep Club; FBLA ALLEN PARKER Morris J Club; FCA; THE CLUB. Science Club; Math Club MIKE RANDALL Hopewell Marching and Concert Band; Select Choir; B-Team Basketball; Sr. Science Club; Pep Club DALE REDAAAN Pinson Jr. and Sr. Science Club; Ushers Club; For- eign Culture Club; Sr. Honor Society; Math Club ELMER RENO Hoyden Jr. Honor Society; Bond; Who ' s Who — Most Popular; THE CLUB; Foreign Culture Club DOUGLAS C. RHODES Football JANICE RIDDLE FBLA Morris Pinson JEFF ROBINSON Kimberly Jr. Honor Society; Math Club; THE CLUB; Ushers Club; Foreign Culture Club RANDY ROCK DEBORAH ROPER FBLA Morris Warrior r KATHY RUSSELL Gardendale Pep Club; Red Cross; GAC; FBLA TERRI SAVAGE Morris Marching Band; Dixie Devilette; FBLA: Pep Club RANDY SCOn f h V Sit - Gardendale SUSAN scon Morris FBLA; Science Club; Student Secretary; Choir; Prom Committee DONNA LYNN SELF Kimberly TORCH Staff; Student Choir Director; Sen- ior Beauty Finalist; Vice President — Sci- ence Club; M.J. for Christ E.B. SELF, JR. 4-H Bradford TERESA SHORE DAVID SINGLETARY Pep Club Kimberly Morris KATHY SMOTHERS Morris Majorette, 3 years; Who ' s Who — Best Looking; Band; FBLA; Art Club CLARENCE SUDDETH Kimberly Senior Honor Society; President — Ushers Club; Prom Committee; Baseball; FCA EDDIE SULLIVAN Bradford RANDY SWANN " Crosston Marching and Concert Band. Art Club; Pep Club; Shop — VICA WANDA ELAINE THOMAS Pinson Track Team; Volleyball Team; Senior Beauty Contestant PAM THREADGILL Dixiana Volleyball Team; Track Team BILL VINES Mt. Olive Basketball; Sports Editor — TORCH Staff; FCA; Pep Club KATHY WHITWORTH Morris FBLA; Pep Club; M.J. for Christ DENICE ANN WILLIAMS Dixiono Volleyball Team; Who ' s Who — Best All Around; Homecoming Queen JOHN WILLIAMS R Morris RICHARD WILLIAMS Hopewell 4-H; Marching and Concert Bond; Pep Club JOHN WILLIAMSON Majestic; Marching and Concert Band ' S ort- U6 " r c -tS. •» ' CliS Color. ](a[cido top( l) Juniors help each other by caring enough to give their time , . . 1 Elsie Abel Gory Able Keitti Adams Lynn Anderson Allen Armstrong Elton Armstrong Johnny Arnold Karen Bailey Earl Baker Dee Bartlett AAike Beasley Trent Beasley Brenda Bell Jimmy Bennett Donna Bradberry Barry Bradford Kattiy Bramlet Pom Brekle Karen Brewer Mark Burkett Wesley Butsch Rodney Campbell Karen Cato Robin Cato Micki Chambers Melvin Clevenger Debbie Comer Doug Cotton Jimmy Creel Bobbie Daniel Randy Dobbs Charlie Dodd Cindy Doss Terry Duncan Rachel Felton Howard Franklin Juanita Gilley Robert Glenn Teresa A. Gray Teresa D. Gray David Gurley Dennis Hall Jimmy Hall AAike Hallman David Hamilton Roy Hamilton Jo Harbin James Harris James Hawkins Sheree Hoys Dwoyne Henderson Glenn Hicks Sherrie Hill DeWayne Holt Connie Howard Teresa Howard Danny Hughes Jimmy James Choree Johnson AAike Johnson 145 Aubry Jones Gary Jones Ricky Keith Down Kelley Patty Kelley Diane Knight Neal Long Linda Love Sherry Love Ronold Mahaffey Teresa McCombs Wanda McCowan Jeffery McGough Jacob McKinney Rita McMurray Nancy Meeks Brendo Melvin Don Melvin Greg Melvin Vickie Miller Jerry Monte Mary Monte Dennis Moore Carol Mulvehill Karen Murphree Judy Neely Elbert Norris Julie Odom Rhonda Pair Terri Patterson Benjamin Payne Jerrald Phorris Patsy Reeser Steve Raid Bruce Roberts Cindy Roberts Carol Rogers Chris Rogers Jeff Rogers Janice Roper 146 . . . and it ' s in the living of each day and each experience that lets them grow and unlock new dimensions of their own being. iA J . » I David Samuels Vicki Scott Kay Sharp Norman Shotts AAary Simmons Dwight Sloan Kathy Southern Donald Spurgeon Cheryl Stancil Roger Steel Bennie Stubbs Susan Taylor Becky Thomas Gracie Thomas AAike Thomason Terri Trotter Jimmy Tumlin Patricia Wallace Harold Wholey Roy Williams Vicki Williams Charles Wilson David Witt Sophomores devote time and effort to school activities. . . Debra Allen Mono Bornwell Stephen Blanset Houston Bobo Goyla Brokefield Judi Brasher Chris Brown Ray Brown Connie Burnham Deborah Calvert Rome Cannon Ellen Chambers Bruce Doyle Mike Dutton Heo Faucett Ronald Faucett Choriotte Franklin Tommy Fuller Barbara Harding Graylon Hicks Ricky Higginbotham Teresa Higginbotham Loretta Hill Kattiy Flogan Kathy HogelaiKl Daryl Holt Terry Horton Eugene Howell Tammy Isbell Candice Johnson Debby Kelly Kothy Kimbrell Cindy Lance Mike Lawson Jamie Lee Travis AAann Kathy Mason Lynn McCombs Charlie AAcCullar 2 7 49 JS Kothy McGaughy Debbie Melvin Johnny Melvin Terry Mikell Phyllis Mixon Jimmy Moore Joel Moore Cathy Morris Greg Morse Mike Mosley JeffMulvehill Joey Noil Angela Oden Daniel Page Charles Pierce Janice Posey Mark Randle Janice Redwine Up- - ..Jii BI . = Paula Reeser Johnny Reid Ginger Reno Debbie Salyers Allen Sanders Sherri Sargent Jeff Self Robert Self Karen Simmons Linda Simmons Greg Singletory Teresa Smith Mike Stoggs Kathy Staton Sherry Taylor Karen Thacker Sherri Thomas Earl Thrailkill " - 150 . . . with hard work and determination each accomplishment, whether large or small, is a step ahead for all 10th graders. 151 Freshmen express themselves to the fullest extent 9 m Mike Abney Ginger Allbritton Daphne Arnold Lisa Arnold Annie Bamett Jane Barnwell Janet Barnwell Randy Beasley Robin Belcher Donna Bell Bill Bennett Diane Bolden David Box Julie Brodberry Donna Bradley Ida Lee Burnett Teresa Bryant Monica Calvert Joy Carroll Phillip Chambers Donrra Colofroncesco Renee Cole Stephen Coiner Vickie Coiner Danny Conn Kelley Cousins 152 Charles Cox Gary Craig Daryl Crowder Steve Davis Karen Dingier Rodney Dobbs I l f C4 r i. f flt Dennis Doss Riclcy Doss Eddie Dralce A Wy VV c W: m Russell Findley Karen Flinn Martha Goodwin Joel Goolsby Rusty Graham David Grantham Wendy Green Sylvia Griggs James Guthrie Teresa Hall Glenn Hallman Neal Hannah David Hansen Terry Harris Shelia Hays David Hicks Tommy Hicks Rebecca Horn Joan Horton Tammy Howard David Howell Randy Hughes AAary Isbell Kathy Jackson Kenneth Joggers Sarah Jolly Donna Jones 27 U- 153 Gerald Jones Dennis Keeton Ronald Keith Sheila Lawrence Cerethlo Lewis Kenneth Lewis Belinda Limbaugh Deborah Logan Charles Loggins Bruce Lollar Sandra Long Steve Love Allen Mahaffey Gary Mann Danny Maro Eddy Mayfield Melanie McCarty Danny McCombs Ernie AAcCombs Tim McCool 154 Kathy McCray Charlie McGhee Jessie McGraw Linda McPherson Gary AAelvin Jerry Melvin Kathy Melvin Danny Mickle James Mims Tim Moman Michael Morgan Barbara AAosely Leah Nail Michael Nation Barry Neely Wayne Nix Dawn Norris Michael Oden IV . . . utilize the days and months to form lasting friendships with others. . . Randy Owen Ronnie Owensby Jammie Palmer Stanley Parker Bobby Patterson Mike Patterson Greg Pesnell William Pickett Jerry Pitts Debbie Ray John Rayburn Donald Roddam AAarilee Rogers Teresa Russell Baron Sargent Darron Savage Monica Scott Denise Shaver 1 I5S . . . and recall the good times of shared laughter that came from the simple things of life. . Michael Smith Tim Smith Howard Stephens Jackie Suddeth Jerry Suggs Greg Thomas LaWayne Thomas Roger Thorne Emerson Threadgill Greg Tumlin Denise Vinson Greg Vogel Teresa Wade Mark Wodleigh Tammy Wadsworth Glenn Williams Walter Williams Eighth Graders take M J life in stride , . . Paula Aaron Joey Abbott Lynn Abel Doris Armstrong Laura Armstrong Owanna Barber Jeannette Brown Darlene Burnett Cornelia Burrow Robert Carlisle Suzette Chomblee Kelly Chandler 157 Darlene Chatham Donna Cheatwood Randy Clevenger Tommy Cline Pom Clinton Lee Cochran Donald Colley Renee Conn Larry Creel Kelly Crumley Phyllis Curry Jo Daniel Richard Doss Sherry Doss Benny Dunn Melody Dutton Bryon Ellard Frances Felton Renee Godsey Charles Gollo Debra Green Jimmy Hallmark Anthony Hamilton Lynn Harding Michael Hargreaves Harold Harris Tim Harris Becky Hoys Jimmy Hays Gordon Hicks Mf£i , f M . . . each day brings the new awareness of themselves and others. . . 158 Jean Hicks Mike Higginbotham Cindy Hill Elaine Hogeland David Hollon Sarah Horn Russell Howard Perry Hughes James Jacks Audrey Jackson AAaxie Johnson Sharon Johnson Beverly Jones Karen Jones Oenise Kelley Karen Kelley Carl Kllgore Neal Kilgore Karen Knox Brenda LoBore Eddie Loyne Cindy Lawrence Michael lee Sherry Lewis Beverly Little Mike Logon Cindy Long Tanya Love Dewayne McCombs Linda McCullor 159 Anthony AAeek Reda AAelcher Johnny Melvin Johnny Morris Lee AAorton Cindy AAosely Suson AAosely Andy Mote Bruce Mulvehill Mlice Murphree Pamela Nail Doris Neely Janise Neely David Nelson Rex Nelson Roger Nichols Pam Nugent Suzanne Odom f.M Susan Roberts Gndy Robinson Pam Rogers Eddie Roper Lenny Ross Sandra Russell . . . moments arouse a sense of achievement, . . . and the goal of winning the spirit competition is reached. i?_A ' ii;a,? Keitti Sartain Shelia Scott Joy Self Freida Sidas Bill Smith Sandra Smith Thomas Smith Joseph Thrailkiil Brian Turley Dawn Vogel Billy Watson 7 Transition Touches Seventh Graders As they pass into MJ, . Brenda Adams Lisa Albritton Marty Anderson Ranee Angle Bobby Baker Bonnie Banks 162 I (Carry Collins K«vinCom r Roger Copelond Rita Oowe Ondy Damall Stave Dean Kenneth Dennis Romona Doyle Buster Drain Ken Faucett Patricia Faulkner Tinwttiy Fomby Jim Franklin Pam Franklin Mellisa Fuller Steven Fuller Donny Geeters Michol Gibbs Charlotte Gillond aifford Glaze Herbert Glaze Shania Glover Tim Glover DaRanda Griffin Sheryl Griggs Bonita Guthrie Dorethea Guthrie Gay Guthrie Glenn Guthrie Kae Hall Kothy Hannah David Harris 163 Dorothy Henderson Lynn Hicks Wallace Higginbotham Danny Hill Melanie Hill Ronnie Hill Jeff Howard Willie Jackson Debra James Linda James Barbara Johnson Martha Jolly Mary Jolly Lisa Kelley Beverly Kennedy Rita Kennedy Laura Loggins David love . . . the days were scheduled to allow for studying, listening, relaxing . . . it ' s a new situation for all seventh graders, but newness wears and everyone becomes comfortable in assorted experiences, . . . Chris Mahoffey Keith Morona Barry Matheney . Robert May Angela McCombs Clark McCombs Edith McCombs Gregory McCombs Laquetta McKinney Clark McPherson Steven Mayes Pom Melvin Dv ayne Mickle Bobby Mikel Terri Miller Pamela Moman Danny Moore Gregory Moore 164 Tommy Moore Donna AAonte Ricky Morgan Debra Morris Dwayne Nail Vickie Nail Sandra Nation Steve Oden Teresa Owensby Greg Padgett Terry Page Jeff Pate Jerry Peterson Donna Pierce Earl Prestidge Sonya Prince Teresa Ray Danny Reid Marsha Reeser David Reynolds Rita Roberts Tommy Robinson Holly Rogers Tommy Roper Blonnie Ruff Mark Rylont AAike Sargent Jay Savage Carl Scottlond Kim Self Pam Self Belinda Shorit Vicki Shotts Sheila Skinner Pom Srofe Ronny Stallings . . . thus dawns a year in a spirit of fun, a spirit of togetherness. w Gerald Stephens Jimmy Smith Tony Smith Sheila Swindle Carol Taylor Beverly Thomas James Thomas Laurie Thomas Theortis Thomas Angela Throilkil! Steve Tidwell Kim Tillery NOT PICTURED JUNIORS Mark Allison Wayne Jones Nathaniel Blakely Johnny Keith Willie Lee Burnett Bobby Loggins Sandra Collins Donna McCombs Ricky Copeland Andy Miller Kim Crumley Sherry Owensby Janice Drake Hugh Rogers AAichael Hallman Lillian Stell Robin Hays Bennie Stubbs Robert Johnson SOPHOMORES Jackie Bell - David Kilgore Pat Calvert Preston Nichols, — Printis Collins —- - Robert Page Karen Fomby . — David Rogers " Bobby Holland - Paul Rush Dennis Hooper-- — Thomas Williams FRESHMEN Kenny Able Carol Foster Randy Ballard Michael Johnson Ronald Bolden Trexel Manley Brenda Buzbee Jeanette Thomas Brian Felton Debra Williams . Debra Folds Tommy Witt EIGHTH GRADERS Michael Bishop Vanessa AAixon Tommy Calloway David Page Ricky Ellison Tammy Wilson — Rickey Hawkins Tammy Wood ' Kim Hicks Atortha Wooten— Jerry Loggins - SEVENTH GRADERS Raymond Bentley Bryan Hill Lynne Blakely Anthony Leibert Pete Curry Dewayne McGhee Johnny Dillard - Phillip Miller Cynthia Godsey Charles Steel , Tony Guthrie The " Control Center " For MJ ' s James Terry Garrett graduated from the University of Montevallo. He serves as Mortimer Jordan ' s assistant principle and he enjoys everything about this position. Mr. Garrett ' s hobbies are fishing, hunting, archery, and all sports. He feels Mortimer Jordan is the greatest school in the county because of the best kids and faculty. Mortimer Jordan ' s principal is Mr. Jim- mie Trotter. Mr. Trotter has aided much in making MJ the great school that it is today. His friendliness and genuine con- cern for the student ' s at MJ make him a favorite on AAJ ' s campus. 168 Activities — The Office Betty B. Thompson attended Wheeler Business College and Jefferson State. She is AAJ ' s registrar. She enjoys being in close contact with faculty and students. AArs. Thompson ' s interests are church work, sewing, flowers, pets (dogs). Mortimer Jordan and its students are great and wonderful. " Everyone is so friendly and eager to please, " said Mrs. Thompson. She feels that Jordan Is a pleasant place to work. Marion McCowan graduated from Jud- son College and the University of Tusca- loosa (M.A.). Mrs. McCowan is AAortimer Jordan ' s counselor and she enjoys every- thing about this subject. Her hobbies and interests include sewing, tennis, cooking, and working with youth groups. She feels that Mortimer Jordan ' s principle goal is helping every student and she hopes this philosophy will be continued. Delilah Frew graduated from Jefferson State Junior College and is the assistant registrar. She enjoys meeting people and being around students. AArs. Frew ' s inter- ests are sewing and home furniture. She feels that it ' s a pleasure to work at AAJ. Mrs. Frew said that the school has a great deal of spirit and MJ students seem to care about their school. 169 Patricia Gail Hurst graduated from Samford University and instructs 1 1th grade English. She feels that English deals with the ability of man to face a problem, think out a solution, and communicate that solution clearly. Miss Hurst enjoys reading, attending worthwhile movies, and keeping physically fit. Miss Hurst thinks AAJ has a harmonious, dedicated faculty and a friendly student body which is interested in the future of the school. Mrs. Hall Students Grow In Unique English Mary E. Hall graduated from Miles Col- lege and teaches 1 0th grade English. Eng- lish is most enjoyable to Mrs. Hall when she teaches to the point that the students are not bored but challenged. She enjoys church work, reading, and being a home- maker. Mrs. Hall feels that teaching at AAJ is rewarding. The students are very coop- erative and think of their teachers as indi- viduals, too. Ann Smith graduated from Auburn University and teaches Senior English. Miss Smith believes that English offers a broad expanse of experience and is particularly important because it concerns itself with communication. She enjoys reading above all, but she also likes to cook and jog. Miss Smith believes that MJ is unique because of the value of home and church. 170 I Ginny S. Landrum graduated from the University of Montevallo and teaches English. She enjoys working with students to analyze sentences. Mrs. Landrum ' s hobbies and interests are doing embroidery, cooking, and football. She thinks that MJ is the finest school she has worked with. She particularly likes the school ' s dress code. Appreciation For Our Language Mary Alice Chavers is a graduate of Alabama State University and teaches Jr. II English. She enjoys literature and com- I paring students ' points of view with the authors. Mrs. Chavers enjoys sewing, reading, listening to music, and dancing. She enjoys sports and is an avid football I fan. Mrs. Chavers thinks that AAJ is a great I school because of its spirited students. Frances Elam Posey graduated from Samford University and teaches English. Mrs. Posey enjoys everything about Eng- lish. Her interests and hobbies are writing, reading, and horseback riding. Mrs. Posey feels that Mortimer Jordan is the best school in the world — that the students are the nicest boys and girls anywhere. Mrs. Posey 171 Science And Math Bring Students Close To Mf Brodlay Helen Allen Guice graduated at Miles College and teaches Junior Science I. She enjoys teaching this subject because of its flexibility. Some of her hobbles and Interests are sewing and reading. Mrs. Guice feels that Mortimer Jordan meets the academic and social needs of the students. Jetta Pearl Bradley is a graduate of Florence State University, BS and the University of Montevallo, MS. She teaches Science, Biology, and Chemistry. Miss Bradley thinks that when we deal with life, we are handling the greatest thing in all the world. Roses, collecting bells, playing the piano, and church work are her favorite interests. Miss Bradley ' s attitude toward Jordan is that it and its students are too great to describe. Frank Ingram attended Florence State University, BS and Birmingham Southern, AAA. Eighth and ninth grade science are the subjects Mr. Ingram teaches. He believes that scien- tific principles govern our existence. Mr. Ingram ' s hobbles are fishing and hunting. " Best students in the state, " are Mr. Ingram ' s comments on AAJ. An Overall Understanding Of Our Universe Elton Hughdon Otwell graduated from Auburn, BS, MS, and the University of Alabama, Ed.Sp. He teaches Algebra I and II, Physics, and Analysis. Mr. Otwell is a nature observer and enjoys travel, and Auburn Football. He likes MJ ' s students pride in themselves, the school and their work. Leroy Simmons is a graduate of Miles College and the University of Alabama. He teaches Math and Social Studies. " It ' s fascinating what you can do with numbers and what numbers can do for you, " remarks Simmons. Among his hobbies are golfing and painting. He feels that MJ ' s students are tops. Robert C. Keith graduated from Alabama A M College. He teaches Math and enjoys it because there is always something " New and different coming up. " In Mr. Keith ' s opinion, MJ students are the greatest in the world. Noma Clarice Sonford Fuller graduated from the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Mrs. Fuller teaches geometry and considers it a subject in logic. Her hobbies include tennis, sewing, music, and reading. Her interests are teaching a Sunday School class, and working in the yard. She feels that AAJ is the most " different " high school in Jefferson County. She compliments AAJ ' s old-fash- ioned school spirit among students. Judy Van Sandt is a graduate of Jack- sonville State University and she instructs eighth grade math. Miss Van Sandt likes any kind of math. Her favorite hobby is water skiing. She feels that MJ ' s students are the best. Miss Van Sandt says, " there is great school spirit and unity in the stu- dent body. " 173 Wynema Vogel graduated from Flor- ence State and teaches Business and Office Education. Mrs. Vogel enjoys teach- ing students how to earn a better living standard in the working world. She likes oil painting, sewing, ceramics, and travel. " MJHS is tops because we have the best administration, faculty, and students who will work with dedication for one major purpose, " told Mrs. Vogel. Barbara Johnson is a graduate of Ala- bama State University and teaches Busi- ness and Office Education II. Miss Johnson enjoys training potential office-workers. Her hobbies and interests include sewing, reading, and traveling. She feels that MJ has one of the best student bodies in the nation. Faye H. Toney graduated from the Univer- sity of Montevallo and the .University of Ala- bama. She teaches first year Business and Office Education. Her main hobbies are church work and sewing, but she enjoys foot- ball games and reading also. Mrs. Toney beJieves in MJ students because of their respect for what is right and good. She feels that MJ is one of the best schools in the entire Frustrated Typists And Eager Discussions i Are Typical Of Business Offic e Education And History Grover C. Keith, Jr. attended Alabama A M University, University of Alabama, Tusca- loosa, and the University of Alabama, Birmingham. He teaches Government Economics and American History, and he enjoys these subjects in their entirety. Mr. Keith ' s interests and hobbies include reading, fishing, hunting, and photography. He states that his teaching experiences at MJ have been the most enjoyable ones of his entire teaching career. William E. Vines graduated from Samford University and teaches World History and Social Studies. Mr. Vine ' s interests and hobbies include fishing, football, and basketball. 175 MJ ' s Special Areas Make 1 d MrslSkenbein Audrey Allen Hasenbein graduated from Jacksonville State Unlvttrsity and teaches Home Economics and Home and Family. She enjoys Home Economics because it isn ' t a " lecture and take-notes " class; also Home Economics has more personal contact with the students. Mrs. Hasenbein ' s interests include " lake-living " , reading, sewing, and cooking fancy foods. She enjoys working with the Devilettes. Mrs. Hasenbein feels that Mortimer Jordan is definitely an exceptional school; the students are warm and friendly as a rule, and the school spirit is great. Robert Hymes graduates from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee and teaches choral music. Mr. Hymes feels that it is both satisfying to teoch and to perform. He enjoys teaching all music, especially choral and jazz. He collects jazz recordings of the 30 ' s, 40 ' s, and 50 ' s. Mr. Hymes finds the majority of Mortimer Jordan students to be very courteous and mannerable. Phillip J. Renda, Jr. graduated from Jacksonville State University and he instructs bond. Mr. Renda ' s favorite area In teaching music is Beginner Band. His Interests include working on stereo and quadrophonic sound systems. He also has a collection of records exceeding 650 i [ albums. Mr. Renda has enjoyed his two years of teaching at Jordan and is looking forward to many more. For A We II -Rounded Individual Jane Pallas Adams graduated from Birmingham Southern, A.B. and the University of Ala- ima, M.A. She is Mortimer Jordan ' s librarian. Mrs. Adams enjoys every phase of library Hor i; it all gives her pleasure. Her interests are reading, knitting, raising flowers, and pid- dling around the house. Mrs. Adams is proud to have been a part in the building of Mor- limer Jordan and associating v ith the finest students in Jefferson County. Mrs. Greer is a new member of our faculty and serves as our library assistant. Jean Hicks graduated from the University of Montevallo and teaches Spanish I, II, and Social Studies. Mrs. Hicks feels that the most enjoyable aspect of teaching Spanish is the individual students. Her interests inc lude football, horses, cats, fishing, swimming, and any- thing dealing with Jordan students. Mrs. Hicks feels that Jordan ' s students are the greatest because they care about their school. 177 Healthy, Happy Young People Cynthia Jane Scott is a graduate of the University of Montevallo, B.S. and Auburn University, M.E.D. She teaches Jr. Ill Sci- ence and Physical Education. Miss Scott Is very active and enjoys all sports including karate. She thinks the students show great loyalty for their school. Jo Stojcich graduated from the Univer- sity of Montevallo and majored in Physical Education. She enjoys spending time with her dog and her cats. Cooking new recipes also plays an important part In Miss Jo ' s interest. She is Impressed with the school ' s spirit and the student ' s concern for the school. Robert Keith is a member of the coaching staff as he works with the Junior Teams. Robert Lynn Kimbrough, a new addition to the coaching staff, graduated from Samford University. He teaches American History. He enjoys all sports, particularly fishing. AAJ is a well disciplined and organized school in the opinion of Mr. KImbrough. William " Bill " Hawkins is a graduate of Jacksonville State and Peabody in Nashville. He is head coach and teaches driver ' s edu- cation. Mr. Hawkins spends much time reading, golfing and fishing. He thinks MJ ' s spirit is great, and that there is concern for each other. Wayne Counts graduated from Samford and teaches American History and Physical Education. He coaches the Junior Football Team along with the Varsity. Being a coach, his interests are sports. " I consider MJ my second home. " Coach Counts remarks. Gerald Tuck was graduated from Samford University with a major in Physical Education. His interest tends to lean toward sports of all kinds. MJ has the best students in the world according to Coach Tuck. Made Possible By P.E. And MJ ' s Service Personnel £. Savage Mrs. Trotter 179 180 A ds Show Community Spirit 181 BLACKWOOD PROCESSING PLANT We slaughter — cut — and wrap for freezers P.O. Box 102 Cleveland, Alabama 35049 Phone 274-8247 853-8500 ML OLIVE DRUGS Curtis Florence, R.Ph. ( - h ic ji ' o h r.i t. .:. Ol € tj A m 182 o A MORRIS MERCANTILE Phone: 647-383 1 Meet Your Friends Old Highway 3 1 Morris Fast Easy Convenient Service 183 Congratulations Seniors! JERRY ' S UNION 76 Gardendale WILLIAM W. ROGERS The Variety Store Hunting and Fishing License Morris Phone:647-1437 COOLING HEATING CLIMATROL Continuous Seannless Gutters Residential, Churches, Connnnercial Sales Installation Service Free Estinnates: 63 1 -8774 Over 25 years experience Oils — Gas — Electric Connplete Sheet Metal Shop Serving North Jefferson and Surrounding Areas SUBURBAN HEATING COOLING Mt. Olive 184 Compliments from The sons and daughters of Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Bailey All are Alumni of MJ. Leo Bailey Year of 1940 Elsie (Bailey) Cas+ner Year of 1 940 Melvin Bailey Year of 1942 Harold Bailey Year of 1945 Laura (Bailey) Crowder Year of 1948 Eleanor (Bailey) Bobo Year of 1949 Bud Bailey Year of 1954 185 HAGOOD GROCERY General Merchandise, Gas, Oil Route I ' : Morris WARRIOR MERCANTILE MilRI «EP»Tm 305 Main Street Warrior Phone: 647-0533 Compliments of PINSON MEDICAL OFFICES. P.A. George E. Rudd M.D. Pinson Phone:681-7902 Robert Bryant Jr. M.D. JOHNNY PETREL Sporting Goods and Sportswear 25 25th Avenue, N.E. (Center Point) 853-0111 T5 = 186 187 Quality Mobile Homes Nationally Known Name Brands WALLACE MOBILE HOMES Sales and Service 647-3253 Home Owned and Operated Highway 3IN Morris 35116 188 ETHEL ' S BEAUTY SHOP iR-. N Morris Compliments of ENON BAPTIST CHURCH Morris, Alabama James T. Mayes, Pastor Compliments of a FRIEND 189 MERLE NORMAN COSMETICS 323 Main Street Warrior Phone:647-0915 Consultants: Owner: Lue Dean Watson Helen Dennis Ora Calvert ' CARLISLE ' S GARAGE Complete Auto Service 24 Hr. Wrecker Service Phone:631-4431 Nights and Sundays: 63 1 -3 1 60 Mt. Olive MORRIS MOBILE HOME COURT Highway 31. North Morris. AL 351 16 A NICE PLACE TO LIVE Charles N. Posey. Manager yofi GOOD FOOD SANDLIN ' S GROCERY Groceries, Hardware, Sporting Goods Kimberly Phone: 647-0760 J 190 BIRMINGHAM TRUST NATIONAL BANK Anytime Teller Full Service Bank Banking 24 Hours Contractors For Commercial And Industrial Refrigeration Hussman Food Store Equipment 3 1 26th Avenue, West — P. O. Box 1 0925 — Birmingham. Al. 35202 — Phone: 322-6587 BATES TEXACO SERVICE Gardendale Phone: 63 1 -9025 Compliments of RUSSELL HARDWARE AND FOOD CENTER Warrior Phone:647-9231 647-3241 191 JONES APPLIANCE Sales and Service 204 Tarrant Rd., Gardendale Phone:631-4570 NORTHEAST JEFFERSON CIVITAN CLUB Bradford Mailing Address: Route One, Box 70 Pinson 35126 W. A. BALDWIN APPLIANCE AND HARDWARE Whirlpool Appliance Sales and Service Phiico T.V. and Stereo Business: 647-61 1 I Residence: 647-9608 192 I LIBERTY BAPTIST CHURCH Welcomes You Where Everyone is Someone and Jesus Christ is Lord HOYLE GUTHRIE— Pastor Route One, Morris 193 KALEY ' S 50 1 00 STORE School Books and Supplies Variety Merchandise Pinson Phone:681-7838 JIFFY CHEK Gardendale Fultondale Pleasant Grove Center Point Warrior Convenience at low prices Open every day 7 a.m. — 1 1 p.nn. JONES CLEANERS Warrior Phone:647-4771 ALMA ' S CERAMICS Day and Night Classes Antiques, Gifts, and Collectables Located Next to: Morris City Hall Phone: 647- 1125 Meet the Chevy All Stars at CALVERT THE GREAT HIGHWAY PERFORMERS Warrior Phone: 647-0539 ] lllstale CHARLIE BURNS Gardendale Office: 63 1-58 12 Residence: 841-2100 ji 194 i Hmi i iHm H 1 Bfj ti iH l l Rl ijf H i i BOOKER ' S The Convenient Store Groceries ED and AVIS BOOKER Castledale Phone:681-8113 197 Compliments From Sealtest is a registered trademark of Krafco Corp. 198 McCURRY FURNITURE Serving Jefferson County Since 1917 Warrior, Ala. 35180 Phone: 647-0546 ELMER ' S AUTO PARTS 1 25 Louisa St. Warrior, Ala. 35180 AC DELCO ARVIN PERFECT CIRCLE Phone: 647-0829 JERRY ' S SHOES Gardendale Plaza Gardendale, Ala. 3507! Phone 63 1 -522 1 Forestdale Square Birmingham, Ala. Phone 798- 1 25 1 199 DISCOUNT SHOES 2325 Decatur Hwy. Ladies and Men ' s Name- Brand Shoes Latest Styles 631-3548 CARPET D.M.C.O. OF ALABAMA INC. P.O. Box 41 5 (Hwy. 3 1 North) Gardendale 35071 H. A. HALL CONSTRUCTION Rt. I Box 329 Gardendale 35071 Phone:631-7400 Compliments of RYDER TRUCK RENTAL. INC. 29221 3rd Ave. N Birmingham 35203 Phone:328-9871 GARDENDALE FLOORING Phone:631-4413 HOOVER MEMORIAL Phone:631-4405 200 LEE ' S CLOTHING STORE Clothing for the Entire Family Plaza Shopping Center Phone:631-5791 Compliments of FOODTOWN Pinson J. H. " Bobby " Baker STATE FARM INSURANCE ® Your Good Neighbor Gardendale Phone: 631-8766 GEORGE MORGAN TRAILER REPAIR CO. Trussville GARDENDALE CLEANERS 441 Fieldstown Road Phone:631-9261 JOHN and RENE WICKER 201 FARMER ' S GIN AND TRACTOR COMPANY Warrior, AL Allis Chalmers; David Brown — Farm Tractors New Holland Haying Equipment. Allis Chalmers and New Holland Lawn and Garden Tractors Fertilizer and Seed Cotton Ginning DENNIS K. HALL PHOTOGRAPHY Commercial — groups — yearbooks — weddings — sports S9® 631-7400 Route I , Box 329 Gardendale Compliments of GARDENDALE SUBARU 694 Main Street Gardendale, Ala. International Trucks Tel. 63 1 -569 1 Pinson PRICES DRUGS " On the corner since 1 898 " let us fill your next prescription In the Heart of Beautiful Pinson Valley 681-8821 202 THRIFTY DRUGS Prescriptions — our specialty Cosmetics lade East, Coty, Max Factor, Tussy Greeting Cards and Sifts Fountainette Phone:631-4782 Wd? 203 Compliments of Shu Lou We are proud to have Booted Up The Awardwinning Dixie Devilettes Boutiques Gardendale and BARGER ROLLER RINK Morris FLORENCE DRUto CO 300 Main Street Warrior Phone: 647-0574 • 7 p.m. Monday — Saturday — 8 a.m. • closed on Sunday Two Registered Pharmacists to Serve you Rick Bradshaw ov ner, O.B. Florence CULLMAN JEFFERSON COUNTIES Gas District P. O. Box 7 Warrior Phone:647-5311 %JJ s Antiques — Collector ' s Items Furniture — glassware — brass — copper BLOUNT COUNTY AUCTION SALES 26 miles north of Birmingham on Highway 79 Auction every Saturday Night owner: J. L. (Jack) Reno Phone:798-0614 204 Compliments of WARRIOR SAVINGS BANK " Make our Bank your Bank " Member F.D.I.C. Phone: 647-053 1 fifif ffmrrmmmwiiiiiriviiiivivvi Discount Furniture Galleries Phone:631-5784 Compliments of MERLE NORMAN COSMETIC STUDIO Adams Plaza Gardendale Marguerite Craft Marinox Moore 207 ' Nixit. TV — Stereo — Radio COCHRAN T.V. Color Specialist Owned and Operated by Jerry and Mary Cochran Service All Makes of T.V. Phone: 647-7284 Warrior C G ELECTRIC COMPANY 1 700 Decatur Hwy. Gardendale Phone:631-8728 BURN ' S BARBEQUE War the finest Pit Barbeque and Curb Service Phone: 647-9930 Typewriters Adding Machines Cash Registers Check Protectors Sales — Service — Supplies — Rentals BIRMINGHAM TYPEWRITER CO. 233 1 — 5th Avenue North Birminghann Sam W. Farris Phone: 324-8793 ROCKET MOBILE HOMES. INC. Hiway 3 1 North at Fultondale Gardendale Line Phone:631-5626 Office Phone: 631-4578 BILL LEOPARD ' S USED CARS Quality Used Cars Decatur Highway Gardendale, Alabama Home Phone: 631-3212 :a J V SARAH ' S BEAUTY SHOP Locust Fork, Alabama Owner: Sarah Holt Open Wednesday and Saturday 208 Compliments of THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA Tuscaloosa, Alabama SEW SEW FABRIC CENTER 133 Louisa Street Warrior Owners: Kenneth and Linda Young WARRIOR PHARMACY Bill Reid: Registered Pharmacist Phone: 647-0528 War THE PANTS POCKET Complete line of jeans for men and women Shirts Jackets 243 Fieldstown Rd. Belts Patches Gardendale MACK ' S VALLEY BARBER SHOP Pinson Compliments of: MACK BARRETT WARRIOR READY MIX AND SUPPLIES WESTERN WilO Phone: 647-9628 Warrior n Gardendale Phone:631-3647 Fultondaie WILSON FLORIST Phone:841-4491 209 GUINN CONTRACTING COMPANY Any Size Job Excavating Con+rac+ors Serving North Alabanna Phone:647-7991 Post Office Box 54 Kimberly For All Your Beauty Needs Call BUNGALOW BEAUTY BAR Phone:849-9813 Four Operations To Serve You Owner — Jean Moore Compliments of A. P. GREEN REFRACTORIES Kimberly SMOKE RISE MOBILE HOMES ESTATES Sales and Rentals Phone: 647-0537 BARGAIN CITY MOBILE HOMES Highway 3 I North Kimberly Phone: 647-0536 MORRIS BEAUTY SHOP MORRIS £ Phone:647-9122 Owner: Evelyn Sloan I 210 FARM BUREAU INSURANCE WILLARD DALE FARM BUREAU INS. Gardendale Office Phone: 833-9540 A A AUTO PARTS Owner: Earl E. Posey New and Used Parts We buy wrecked cars oi all kinds President William A. Roberson Vice-President Angela D. Roberson Sec. and Treas. Evelyn W. Roberson A B FURNITURE CO. INC. 30 10 stouts Rd. Pultondale Birmingham 2913 — 27th St. No. Phone:324-2591 or 324-2592 35207 Over 2 decades of Honest and Fair Bus. We buy and sell all used and new turn. 50 t4 ED BRASWELL FURNITURE CO.. INC. HUGHES HARDWARE 3 1 06 27th street North North Birmingham 1 825 Center Point Road Phone:631-8601 P. O. Box 233 Owner: E. W. Hughes Mt. Olive 351 17 211 FARMBESTMILK AND ICECREAM 2906 lOAve. N. Phone: 324-3423 212 Freshest Eggs Anywhere Strict Quality Control We Deliver Nationwide U S D A So E. C. HUGHES EGG FARMS 213 214 The Sun Shines On MJ Successes Each dawning day eventually reaches a noon — a time when the brilliance of the sun illuminates all the successes of the day. 1974 has reached a brilliance sym- bolized by the noon day sun, and 1 974 has brought us many successes. Success to the individual carries many meanings. It may mean having the fifth-ranked football team in the state or being first in the lunch line — being selected a member of the All-County Offensive Team or making an A on Mrs. Posey ' s English test. Success may mean being a member of the Dixie Devllettes or getting the teachers to cheer at a pep rally — being a member of MJ ' s volleyball team or winning the competition at the pep rally. Whether big or small, no success has been insignificant; each has had its own special meaning in the begin- ning of a new era at AAJ. As the twilight creeps around the corners of 1 974, we can say this year has truly been a begin- ning of brilliant things to come. 215 - ' • ' .. i ' t m. V-mirA f Marching, Marching, And More Marching - Adding the finishing touches to a wonderful season filled with hours of marching, many first place ratings, and plenty of fun was the Band Banquet. After a delicious meal, awards were presented. Everyone who had been in the band more than two years received a Letter and a certificate. With mixed emotions of pride in a job well-done and sadness that they were leaving the band, the senior band members received medals and the senior majorettes. Feature Twirler, and senior Devilettes were presented a trophy by their sponsor Mrs. Audrey Hasenbein. The highest honors of the evening were then presented. They were the following: Girl Band Member of 1 974 presented to Valerie Bobo, Boy Band Member presented to Mike Randall, the John Phillip Sousa Award presented to Vance Belcher, and the Director ' s Award presented to Gary Kelly. Rick Dees, disc jockey from V SGN, capped off the evening with an entertaining speech. The bright-eyed, entertaining Rick Dees was our speaker. Receiving the John Phillip Sousa Award was Vance Belcher. Drum Major, Gary Kelley, accepts the 1 974 Directors Award from Mr. Renda. Jf. X t. ' •tarn ' IB . ■ wm, r Good food, lovely corsages, fancy hairstyles, and plenty of smiles were found at the Banquet. 219 A Memorable Chilly Evening Waiting in line for refreshments provided for lively conversation. Ronoantic Music provided an opportunity for togetherness. HRHH I HH H m HHH K ' :«-:»»iim)iimm y r t H E ' 1 HKi L ' i 1 I L J » X? " 1 u p , -- BmImw ' ' " if ■; w M M.ii Wl ' „i Mrs. Toney, Mrs. Vogel, Mr. Garrett, and Mr. Trotter presented the awards to the Prom Queen. Everyone waited in anticipation of the leadout. Music was supplied by the Artistics. 220 Cathy Comer walks gracefully as her name is announced as Prom Queen Candidate. The excitement and surprise of being Prom Queen hit Susan suddenly. On a chilly, but beautiful April 1 3, the 1 974 Senior Class con- verged on the Airport Motel with the eagerness ond anticipation that is so characteristic of Prom Night. Entering an enchanted room decorated in kaleidoscope colors made the hard work of the Prom Committee seem worthwhile. As the Artistics provided the music everyone crowded the dance floor with a wide array of dances. The excitement everyone felt was displayed in their enthusiasm on the dance floor. The most exciting event of all, however, was yet to come. Steve Mosley, Senior Class President and Master of Ceremonies, rose to begin the ceremonies of crowning the 1 974 Prom Queen. Introduction of twelve beautiful candidates created tension-filled moments. Mr. Trotter, Mrs. Toney, and Mrs. Vogel prepared the trophies to award. Then building to the final moment of suspense the following alternates were announced: Third Alternate, Vicki Colafrancesce; Second Alternate, Kathy Smothers; First Alternate, Pam Garner. At last the climactic moment — " The 1974 Prom Queen is Miss Susan Scott! " Sharon Hayes, Miss Congeniality of the Senior Beauty Pageant, crowned Susan. The lead-out began with Susan and her escort Eddie Doss dancing and everyone else followed their lead. The fun and music of Prom ' 74 lasted until mid- night, but the memories will last a lifetime. Susan Scott, Prom Queen 1 974, and her alternates. 221 MJ Baseball ' 74 — Dedicated Team Played To Win The mighty Blue Devils were a winning team this season with a 14-9 record. During the first half of the season AAJ played to win and in doing so attained eligibility to participate in the state play- offs. In the first playoff game MJ defeated Midfield 9-2. This win enabled them to try for a higher position in a game against John Carroll. MJ stopped here with a loss of 6-4. The second half of the season AAJ exhibited excellent teamwork. The Devils displayed winning performances in every game with the exception of one league gome lost to Corner. This record won hM the title of Northern Division Champs. Having achieved this honor. The Blue Devils became participants in the county playoffs. Challenging the determined Devils in the first game were the Huskies from Hewitt. Emerging a 9-1 winner over Hewitt Trussville MJ then defeated Fairfield 4-2. John Carroll next fell to the power of MJ with a Devil victory of 3-1 . Facing Hewitt the second time proved fatal to MJ ' s winning streak; MJ lost 6-5. Sharing the honor of having lost only one play- off game each, Hewitt Trussville and Mortimer Jordan found them- selves facing each other the third time with the county champion- ship at stake. Once again, however, Hewitt foiled the Devils ' attempt to be county champs. Hewitt emerged the victor in 8-2 win over the Devils. f 222 Ceroid Tuck — COACH Steve Mosley holds o firm grip as he swings for o homer. Dedication to a particular sport is some- times putting everything else aside in order to feel you ' ve given your all. This means practicing till late hours, listening to a con- cerned coach, and desiring and playing to win. This year ' s dedicated baseball team consists of 1 7 players — 3 seniors, 6 jun- iors, and 8 sophomores. Coaching these players was Coach Gerald Tuck. Ben Payne covers first base as his opponent tries to distract him. Mortimer Jordan Baseball Schedule v - r-: MJ 4 Hewitt 1 MJ 10 Fultondole 6 AAJ 11 Fultondole 10 AAJ 3 John Carroll 4 hAi 11 Warrior 5 AAJ 6 Pinson 5 MJ 8 Pinson 7 MJ 2 Gardendale 1 •A J 9 Hewitt 1 MJ 4 Huffman 12 •MJ 9 Midfield 2 •MJ 4 Fairfield 2 AAJ 3 Gardendale 15 •MJ 4 John Carroll 6 ♦MJ 3 John Carroll 1 MJ 2 Huffman n MJ 9 Gardendale 6 •MJ 5 Hewitt. , 6 MJ 1 Corner 6 MJ 14 2 Hewitt Corner 4 8 •MJ 2 Hewitt 8 playoff games Roger Hill limbers up for his turn at bat. Batters Randy Hays — Outfield Mark Burkett — Pitcher, Outfield Elbert Norris — Outfield 224 Danny McCombs — Catcher Jerome Cannon — Outfield Alan Sanders — Pitcher, Outfield 225 226 " All right, you bunch ' a goatsll FRONT ROW: Mike Morgan, Ronnie Keith, Michael Nation, LaWayne Thomas, Neal Foucett, Jeff Self, Randy Beasley. SECOND ROW: Allen Armstrong, Norman Shotts, Rusty Graham, Steve Reid, Tim Corliss, Wayne Nix, Jimmy Moore. LaWayn Thomas raccivM baton from AAichael Nation in practice relay. Boys ' Track For the first time in several years AAJ sported a boys ' track team. This team con- sisted of 14 boys from both senior high and junior high. Practice was held seventh period each afternoon. These practices started in March and ended the latter part of April. On Thursdays the team competed against Corner, Warrior, and Gardendole at Gardendole High School. This competi- tion prepared the team for the district track meet held at Lowson Field where both boys and girls from many different schools competed for top places in track events. Steve Reid combines strength and effort to clear the pole. Allen Armstrong invents new style. 227 Girls ' Track Team Participates In Spring Events One of the most enthusiastic groups in the field of Spring sports is the Girls ' Track Team. Coached by Miss Jo Stojcich, this team requires many hours of practice and hard work and much perserverance. Afternoon practices were held after school with each team member practicing her specialty. On Thursdays, the team loaded up their equipment and went to Gardendale High School for practice meets. AAJ Girls ' Track team competed in practice meets against Corner, Warrior, and Gardendale high schools. The district meet was held at Lawson Field. The Junior Track Team actively engages in track events held here at MJ. Their hard practice should pay off in big div- idends for the varsity track team next year. Patsy Reeser hands off the baton to Lynn McCombs in a prac- tice relay. Junior Team Cindy Doss, Patsy Reeser, Teresa McCombs, Miss Jo, Monica Scott, Teresa Howard, Wanda Hall, Gracie Thomas, Donna Colafrancesco, Lynn McCombs, Jeanette Thomas. Grocie Thomas tucks her knees for another winning long jump. Teresa McCombs and Wanda McCowan up, up, and away — over the hurdles. Spring Sports Conclude A Shining Athletic Year Cindy Dost eyes the pit as she long jumps. Coach Tuck and David Gurley — another victory. 1 ■ 1 r H i t H ■l 3 1 ■ It ■ 1 1 l!i ?TE .•, , ■ Ke ' -.-P«3M WS0 r-- ' -- ' " rf Z-riSt . W ' - ' ' r . - J k .0 : -s ygl Keeping o well-groomed field is important to Steve AAosley, recipient of o baseball scholarship to Jefferson State. Teresa Howard twists over in the high jump. 229 High Ideals Common To PO W, U. Doss graciously displays the FBLA scrapbook for Beth, Debbie, AAary, Cindy and Kathy. Smiles conw easy to an ex-POW. POW ' s in Vietnam were a concern of millions of sympathetic Americans during the 1 970 ' s. The bright silver bracelets bearing the names of our POW ' s were visi- ble proof of the desire to bring these mis- placed Americans home to safety and relief. Many of us heard rumors as to the terrors a POW had to endure. None of us could verify the rumors, however, until to everyone ' s relief the Vietnamese War ended and POW ' s began to come home to tell their grisly tale to us firsthand. In an assembly Lt. Dale Doss an ex-POW described for us the horrors of his five years in a Vietnamese prison camp. His words were blunt — so blunt that many were stunned. None were so stunned, however, that his closing words of patriot- ism, and brotherly love did not leave an indelible impression upon our minds and hearts. Lt. Doss chats with Cindy Doss and Kathy Bramlet. 230 Student Council And NHS Student Council officers for 1 974-75 ore Steve Reid, President; Jimmy James, 1 st Vice; Cindy Roberts, 2nd Vice; Karen Dodson, Secretary. Because of the tough competition among candidates, running for Student Council was no easy task. After a week of petitions, campaigns, posters and tags there was yet a speech to be prepared. At an assembly each candidate gave his speech, immediately following the candi- dates eye-catching campaign manager. On voting day each class voted in a desig- nated area for the person they thought best for the jobs in Student Council. Mr. Trotter later called all candidates in his office and announced the following offi- cers: President, Steve Reid; 1st Vice, Jimmy James; 2nd Vice, Cindy Roberts; Secretary, Karen Dodson; Treasurer, Kathy Redwine. March 20, 1 974 was a rewarding event filled with laughter, tears and excitement for eleven juniors and seniors. The purpose of the tapping of these people by the Sen- ior Honor Society was to select new and promising members. The tapping cere- mony was held at a school-wide assembly followed by a tea attended by the newly- selected members and their parents. These honored people are the following: juniors; Susan Taylor, Diane Knight, Steve Reid, Mary Monte, Cindy Roberts, Carol Mulve- hill, Brenda Bell, Wanda McCowan, Patsy Reeser, Jimmy James and Howard Frank- lin; seniors; Cindy Glover and Mike Flinn. Displaying tlie four qualities that were the basis for their selection the newly selected members of the National Honor Society look forward to 1 974-75. 231 Graduation, the most looked forward to event of any senior ' s life, is preceded by a flurry of activities. Being able to say " I ' ve finally made it, " is an achievement con- cluded by that wonderful feeling of relief — relief from studying, getting up early in the morning, crowded halls, worrying about report cards, etc. But everything that is done well must be rehearsed. The sen- iors did just that as they gathered in their casual attire of shorts, halters, midriffs, jeans, and no shoes, to practice for their Baccalaureate Service and Commence- ment Exercises. After tedious marching, rising and sitting, marching again, and then last minute details being read out, the seniors were dismissed to a " feast " spread in the old gym. This delicious meal was prepared by the mothers of some of the seniors. Entertainment was provided by Rita McMurray, Greg Morse, Monica Scott, and Joy Carroll. Baccalaureate Services were held in the Gym on Friday night. May 24 with Rev. L. J. Weeks delivering the sermon. The last event the 1 974 Seniors participated in came on Tuesday night. May 28. Promptly at 7:30 p.m. the line of blue capped and robed students began its final march down the aisle of the gym. Graduation was here at last. Speeches were given by the Co- Valedictorians and Salutatorian. Assisting Mr. Trotter with the handing out of diplo- mas was Mr. Garrett. As the seniors sol- emnly made their way tbrough the reces- sional tears were seen streaming down the cheeks of many seniors — tears of sad- ness and of joy. X, Seniors line up for the delicious " feast " prepared by several students ' mothers; immediatel following gradua- tion practice found a group of hungry seniors. Feeding the ravenous gang were Mrs. Self, Mrs. Belcher, Mrs. Bullard, Mrs. Parker, Mrs. Comer, Mrs. Singletary, Mrs. Mann, Mrs. Scott, and Mrs. McGough. Frank Mixon and Clanford Alexander sport casual attire, a privilege granted to seniors during rehearsal for graduation. Something unknown has caught the attention of Pam Garner and Koran Oodson. A serious moment falls on several seniors as they talk during their last walk out of the halls of MJ together. Highlights Of Senior Events Sherri Booker cheerfully consoles Denise Abney as Denise sheds tears of mixed emotions on Graduation Night. Senior Prom April 13, 1974 Airport Motel Baccalaureate Services May 24, 1974 Gymnasium Commencement Exercises May 28, 1974 Gymnasium 233 life lllll. lllllllll »! ...JiCJ ' ta •m


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