VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL COMMEMORATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
It’s been fifty years since the Valley Rams defeated Sylacauga in the final round of football playoffs to capture their most recent Alabama State Championship. To commemorate that historic event, coaches, players and cheerleaders who were part of the 1970 championship season will be honored this Friday, September 18, during the Rams’ Homecoming game versus Sidney Lanier.
1970 was also the first full year of desegregation in the Chambers County School District. What had been Rehobeth High School became Valley Junior High, and both white and black students were in the same classrooms together, most for the first time. Yet, under the leadership of head football coach Doug Lockridge and his assistants, Charles Sikes, Earl Henderson and Arthur Dunn, the high school football team put aside their racial differences and united under a common goal. The results of that effort are still vivid in the minds of those who experienced it.
All surviving members of the team who wish to participate in Friday’s festivities at Ram Stadium should RSVP on the Facebook page titled “Alumni: Valley High School.”