James M. Ward

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James M. Ward was the first principal of Shades Cahaba High School and an administrator for Jefferson County Schools.

Ward earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Alabama and a master's in administration at Columbia University in New York. He was appointed principal of Shades Cahaba High School when the school opened in 1920. He served in that position for 23 years before moving up into the county's school administration.

Ward and his wife, who was a teacher at Shades Cahaba, lived in the portion of Rosedale north of Hallman Hill that is now the Homewood Central Business District. In 1947, Ward wrote an unpublished typescript titled, "History of Shades Cahaba P.T.A.," which is kept at Shades Cahaba Elmentary.

Preceded by:
Shades Cahaba High School Principal
Succeeded by:


  • Summe, Sheryl Spradling. (2001). Homewood: The Life of a City. Homewood, AL: Friends of the Homewood Public Library.