Redwood High School &

Oak Ridge High School

RHS Building 1

Important Notice: Each year an All-County Reunion is held in Vicksburg for alumni of Redwood, Jett, Culkin Bovina, Jeff Davis and Oak Ridge. This year the reunion will be held at 10:00 AM, October 21, 2017 at Sheffield's Warehouse at 1619 Levee Street. This change of venue is necessary due to the Pavilion at City Park being rebuilt. Admission is $7.00. Parking and a shuttle is available. The lunch will be pot luck so bring a dish of your choice. There is always a wonderful variety of cuisine. Early arrival is encouraged. Reunion contacts are:

Annie Warnock-601-831-1343-Culkin
Bettye Oakes-601-634-8097-Jett
Donald Oakes-601-634-8097-Redwood

 

Introduction to Site: This web site, located at http://www.redwoodhs.net, has been redesign and now also has the address: http://www.patandmeloakes.com/RedwoodHighSchoolDWCC/index.html Both urls will work to take you to the site.

The change was necessitated by Apple no longer supporting the web creation software, iWeb, a terrific piece of software that was remarkably easy to use. I have had to shift to a far more complex web creation program, Dreamweaver. It required me to learn html, the basic language of web pages. As Pan American Airways used to say, we don't have problems, only opportunities. So I used this "opportunity" to redesign the site and make it easier for users. I hope you share my assessment. I would very much appreciate you corrections, additions and comments. To email me click the link below.

As before, each class has a dedicated page. I will also include years for Oak Ridge School. For each class have one of the composite pictures made for the graduating seniors. Some are of poor quality since my brother, Donald, had to photograph them through their glass cover. If you have one and are willing to share please contact me or Donald.

I would like also to have a list of names, addresses, phone numbers and email address for class members. Please let me know the names of anyone that you know is deceased and the year of death if possible. Obituaries would be very helpful. Information on spouses of deceased members will also be included. Any class reunion pictures would also be appreciated. If you have not attended a reunion, I would like to get a picture to include. Old pictures related to the school would add much. I am especially interested in pictures of teachers. If you scan pictures for e-mailing, please scan all pictures in color and at 150-200 dpi. Do not worry about the condition of an old picture; I can restore it with Photoshop if it is of high interest.

To e-mail me, click the following link: Email Mel Oakes

My home address is: Melvin Oakes, 2507 Briargrove, Austin, TX, 78704.

As mentioned above, I would appreciate corrections and suggestions. Those that contribute will be acknowledged on this page. I reserve the right to decide what content will be included on the site. I look forward to creating with your help an enduring memory of our school. (Important Warning: My wife Pat is an avid and able photographer and for reasons that escape me she conspires to have me in her pictures. Since many of the candid pictures here are hers, you must suffer. You can dilute my presence by sending me your pictures as soon as possible.)

Acknowledgements: Donald Oakes’ (1957) support has been critical in the development of this site. He is both eyes and legs for me in Vicksburg. He gives generously of his time scanning photos, visiting possible contributors and sharing information gleaned from county-wide reunions that he helps organize. Robbie Whitaker has provided a valuable history of our school and many identifications. Jane Keen Griffin (1954) has shared her extensive collection of Redwood memorabilia. Floyd (1955) & Betty Jo Terrell Oakes have been a great help with the Oak Ridge page. Others sending material include Robbie Whitaker, Nina Andrews, Barbara McDuff Guttery, Dorothy Sadler Barfield (1954), Johnnie Young Brown, Billie King Pennington, Gloria Crapps Gunn, Carol & Jack Pace, Gail Wells LaHatte, James Coley (1951), and Ailene Hays Weldon (1952). Many of the athletic pictures were provided by Coach J. C. and Dot Dorman. A great friend, Lois Mallory, has proofed the site for me and caught many errors.

A wonderful history of Redwood High School was written by Robbie Whitaker and presented at a school reunion in 1988. Click for Redwood High School History

Other School-Related Web Sites in Warren County:
Jett High School
Rosa A. Temple High School (Originally J.G.H. Bowman High School)
All Warren County School Group
Vicksburg Catholic School
St. Aloysius High School-no site
St. Frances Xavier Academy-no site
St. Mary’s High School-no site
Vicksburg High School
Carr Central High School-Class of 1954

(If you know of other sites associated with these school, please email me.)

RHS Principals

Principals:
Left to Right: Vera Opperman, J. Noel Nutt, Harold D. Bishop, Floyd S. Franklin and J. C Dorman

  • Principals:
  • 1914 -- Miss Inez Lum (1870–1937)
    1917-- Mr Alonzo McKay, raised pure bred pigs, joined the U. S. Navy in 1918. Referred to as Professor McKay. Taught at Beech Grove School. He had a band in Vicksburg.
  • 1924 -- Mrs. Charles (Louise) Dunn (1884–1938)
  • 1926 -- Mr. Winston
  • 1926–1933 -- Mr. Mark M. Chaney, lawyer. He was born June 8th, 1887, in Decater, MS to George W. and Susan Chaney. He was one of eight children. He was inducted into the US Army on May 3, 1918 in Sharkey, County, MS. He was sent to Camp Pike, Arkansas, and then to Edinburgh, Scotland and finally to France. He was released August 21, 1919. He attended Mississippi Normal School. He married Maud James in 1926, in Little Rock, MS, and became principal of Redwood School. He and Maud had one son, Mark M. Chaney, Jr. His wife, Maud, was a teacher at Culkin. He served in the Mississippi legislature for four years choosing not to run for re-election. He left Redwood to become the principal of Bovina School. He died July 14,1978.
  • 1933 -- W. T. Lowrey —There is a Dr. William Tyndale Lowery that in 1910 was President of Mississippi College. This is his son, W. T. Lowrey Jr., born 1895. According to Robbie Whittaker, he was married and had a boy and a girl while principal of the "Green School."
  • 1936 -- Virgil O'Neill
  • 1943 -- Vera Opperman
  • 1944 -- J. Noel Nutt
  • 1945 -- Harold D. Bishop
  • 1949 -- Floyd S. Franklin
  • 1962 -- J. C. Dorman
  • 1987 -- Sara Hill

 

 

 

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