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Six schools in Opelika have served as High Schools.  The time frame spans from the late 1890's to the present.  Some of the images on this page are poor copies of the originals.  If anyone can provide a better image please CONTACT WEBMASTER.

Opelika's first school - Also know as Palmer Hall
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Built 1902 on the corner of Avenue A and 7th Street

Palmer Hall burning
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Lee County High School
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Erected on N. 8th Street

Clift High School c.1918
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Corner of N. 8th St. & 7th Ave.

Updated June 2011
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Opelika Middle School - Denson Drive


This school was constructed in 1959 as the new Opelika High School to replace the old Clift High School.  In 1972 it became the Opelika Junior High School and then renamed Opelika Middle School in 1990.  The Clift High class of 1958 was the last class to graduate from the old school.  The class of 1959 attended Clift High for a few months until the new OHS building was completed and was the first class to graduate from the new school.  

The image below is Opelika High School on Denson Drive c.1961.  The image was provided by Wayne Ware.  Here are Wayne's comments: "Look at the parking lot.. not on the street.. but the parking lot.  The first row facing the street, the 3rd car is our car.  It was a 1949 Chevrolet two tone, dark green top and a light green bottom.  Daddy paid $200 for the car".

OHS Denson Drive - Opelika, Alabama c.1961
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Image submitted by Wayne Ware

East Street High School - Replaced by Darden High
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Darden High School - Opelika, Alabama
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Darden High 2006 - Now the Head Start Complex
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Image from James Strickland, Graduate of Darden High

Opelika High School 1990's
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Lafayette Parkway - Opelika, Alabama

The photos above are all of the schools that were used as High Schools by the Opelika Public School system. 

Return to: Clift High School