Lafayette County

Lafayette County Agricultural High School

Oxford, Mississippi


This page was first build to house a copy of a 1933 Lafayette County Agricultural High School Diploma, since I have found a brief history of this school along with a picture of the second building which replaced the one which burned.

My source is an article "C44" which Miss Pearl Galloway submitted to Lafayette County Heritage Book, published in 1989 by Skipwith Historical and Genealogical Society which reprints may be ordered from the Society from their books page at Books


Lafayette County Agricultural School 1913 until Consolidation of County Schools. cilck here to view enlagement

Miss Gallowy remembered the following 1913 - 1914 faculty members.

  • Superintendent - Mr M. P. BUSH (14 YEARS)
  • Asst. Superintendent - Mr. Hugh GREEN
  • Course unknown - M M BEDENBAUGH
  • Home Economics - Fannie RENFROW
  • Course unknown - Vivian WALLACE
  • Course unknown - Pearl NORMAN
  • Course unknown - Mrs. M M BUSH
  • Course unknown - J. B. EDWARDS
  • Course unknown - Miss ALSTON
  • Miss Galloway stated there was no graduating class the first year but graduating in 1914 or 1915 were:

    • Mary Lou JONES (LUCAS)
    • Carman CALLOWAY
    • Theora HAMBLETT [of Paris, MS]
    • Dulon COLE (HOWELL)
    • Leo CALLOWAY
    • Carl SHAW
    • Buford MATHIS
    • ______ PARLS
    • John BAKER


    • The school offered baseball and basketball teams from the beginning but football team didnot begin until 1920. see photo in the Lafayette County Heritage Book.

      KNOX LEON WELLS : Class of 1933

      Submitter: Debbie Brigman wrote:

      While going through some of my records tonight I found my grandfather, KNOX LEON WELLS' high school diploma in a real sheep skin! I believe the contents might be interesting to others and hope that you will place it on your site.

      Class of 1933

      Class Flowers: Sweet Peas

      Class Colors: Pink and Silver

      Class Motto: Pick Out Your Peak and Climb (Mountains)

      Actual diploma page:
      Having completed the course of study prescribed for this Institution, Knox Leon Wells,Jr is hereby declared a Graduate of Lafayette County Agricultural High School, and as an Honorable Testimonial of the Excellence of Character and Scholorship, is entitled to this diploma.

      Given at Oxford, Mississippi, this twenty eighth day of April 1933.

      J.B. Edwards, Superindendent

      G.C. McElroy, Chairman

      D.T. Keel, Secretary

      Back page:

      Class Roll:

      • Q-Milla New

      • Opal Katherine Waller

      • Annie K. Johnson

      • Annie B. Cain

      • James W. Norwood

      • Woodrow W. Gray

      • Robert Lloyd Norwood

      • Marshal B. Lynch

      • Richard E. Russell

      • Walter Clyde Babb

      • Johnnie Archie Morris

      • Joseph B. Dial, Jr.

      • Knox L. Wells, Jr.

      • Ethel Celia Ayles

      • S.W. Cantrell

      • Maybel Cathryn Adams

      • Dorothy Blanche Norwood

      • Loyd Conlee Bonds

      • Margret Lorene Ford

      • William H. Austin

      • James P. Alexander

      Faculty:

      • J.B. Edwards, Superintendent

      • Mrs. Cora C. Edwards, Lady Principal

      • Pete McElreath, Commercial and Coach

      • Mrs. Pete McElreath, English

      • O.S. Redden, Agriculture

      • Miss Julie Kathryn Parks, Home Economics

      • Miss Maude Edwards, Mathematics

      • Miss Nina Elizabeth Markette, Elementary

      • Miss Maude Brown, Primary




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