The Antioch School was located on the site of the current Antioch ball diamond and adjacent to the Antioch Missionary College. The building was a two-story structure, which was painted white. When the college closed, the school was moved into its building, which was also a two-story, but painted red. The first floor was one large room, and the upstairs, which had been sleeping quarters, was divided into two classrooms.
Some of the early teachers were Myra Lambert, Myrtle Stewart, Susie Adams, Mrs. Gunter, Seal Cope, and Eva Clark. Some of the textbooks used included the popular Blue Back Speller and two arithmetic books.
For entertainment, the boys often played marbles, which would often lead to fights. Punishment for such usually was done with a substantial switch. Students were allowed to walk to the nearby Seth Stewart Store where they could buy a piece of candy with two marbles for two cents. Earlier owners of this store were a Mr. "Far," Mr. Bozeman, and Mr. Veasey.
After a few years the school had a boys basketball team, which played such schools as Harmony, Rose Hill, and Stanley. Clawson Henley transported the players to the games in his car.
As was true in most communities, the school was the center for many activities. There were a number of popular programs held in the evenings. Clint Worley fondly remembers the "fried-chicken suppers."
Local families whose children attended the school were Adams, Stewart, Clark, Cope, Merrill, Biggs, Scroggins, Burts, Kilpatrick, Boyette, Hobson, Powell, Sasser, Johnson, Odom, and Taylor.
Submitted by : Peggy Chesteen, Rt. 2, Box, Andalusia, AL 34620
Source: Interview with Clint Worley.
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