to the Dora High School Website (Dora, Alabama)
Some of the younger alumni probably don't remember the old Dora
High School but it's a place I'll never forget. The floors were
treated with some kind of oil so that they wouldn't rot. The walls
had a dark wainscoting half way up and in the entrance way was
a plaque of honor with the names of men who served in the military
with a little star by the names of those who died.
There was so much grass around that old school, that by the time they finished
the front, it was time to cut Watkins Field, and on and on. The result of that
was that you always had the smell of fresh cut grass. To this day, when I smell
fresh cut grass I think of that school.
I do plan to shoot photos of the new school and I'll post those soon.
The stories and essays about Mr. Gant can be accessed by clicking on the Past
on the column to the left.
A Short Note about Mr. Gant: One hot summer day when I was about sixteen,
I was about to go in Allbritton's store in my usual hot-weather attire -- bermuda
shorts, sleeveless shirt, and, of course, I was barefoot. (I was almost always
barefoot.) Sitting on "The Bench" right beside the door was Mr. Gant.
He said, "Asa Faith, ladies don't go out in public without their shoes
on." I went home tearfully and when I told Mother that he hurt my feelings,
she replied in her typical "Fay" manner, "So, your feelings are
hurt. Get over it! Mr. Gant was teaching you a lesson in respectability." As
I sit here now at my computer, I am, of course, barefoot. But, Mr. Gant, if
you can hear me in that section of Heaven named Respectability, I want you to
know that I wear shoes when I go out in public. And --- I hope that God has
an Allbritton bench for you to sit on. Asa Randolph, DHS class of '61