• 59°

Liberty families, faculties celebrate its 25th anniversary

Liberty Middle School Principal Nelson Brown, second from left, welcomed former principals to "Liberty's Legacy: A 25th-Year Celebration," including Dr. Brian Clayton, from left, Sandra Rhodes, Dr. Dee Fowler and Sally Bruer. (CONTRIBUTED)
Liberty Middle School Principal Nelson Brown, second from left, welcomed former principals to “Liberty’s Legacy: A 25th-Year Celebration,” including Dr. Brian Clayton, from left, Sandra Rhodes, Dr. Dee Fowler and Sally Bruer. (CONTRIBUTED)

MADISON – Alumni, retirees, students and staff relived “Liberty’s Legacy: A 25th-Year Celebration” on Oct. 21 for the middle school’s anniversary.

In 1989, Liberty was built at 281 Dock Murphy Drive by Madison County Schools and transitioned to Madison City Schools with its foundation in 1998.

“Liberty has such a wonderful culture,” Liberty Principal Nelson Brown said. “It was great hearing Liberty’s story told by former and present administrators and faculty members. I’m so proud to be a part of this amazing school.”

In the gym, Liberty Symphonic Band opened the program with “Londonderry Ballad” and later performed “Arabian Dances.” Katie Miller and Ethan Rakoff, James Clemens High School Band members and Liberty Band alumni, introduced the symphonic band.

Student Branden Mitchell introduced Madison City Schools Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler, Liberty principal from 1993 to 1998.

When Fowler was principal, Liberty’s population exploded to approximately 1,500 students as Madison’s only middle school. Construction of Bob Jones High School’s new facility at 650 Hughes Road in 1996 eventually alleviated middle school overcrowding with the opening of Discovery Middle School at Bob Jones’ former site at 1304 Hughes Road.

James Clemens student John Larsen introduced the Liberty Choir for “How Can I Keep from Singing” and “Seasons of Love.” Art teacher Sarah Baker announced art contest winners.

Assistant principal Jamie Golliver led “Moments in Liberty History,” recognizing former principals Fowler, Sandra Rhodes (1990-1992), Steve Holland (1992-1993), Sally Bruer (1998-2011) and Dr. Brian Clayton (2011-2012). Physical education teachers Fran Cornelison and Terry Fuell were acknowledged for teaching at Liberty for 25 years.

“I Am Liberty” readings were presented by Liberty student Mhairi Kerr, James Clemens student Meg O’Bryant and Mill Creek elementary student Jack Willis.

Tour stops were stationed throughout the building. Athletic memorabilia and a photo slide show were presented in the front foyer. “Memory Lane: Past Yearbooks and Reflections Book” were exhibited in the library.

The band room’s “Musical Medley and 25 Years of Memorabilia” allowed former Liberty bandsmen and parents to recall their first years in a band program.

Madison

Madison Fire & Rescue responds to second baby surrender through Safe Haven Baby Box

Bob Jones High School

Robertson finds ‘perfect fit’ as Special Education Coordinator

Liberty Middle School

Liberty’s Mardi Paws Parade raises funds for shelter animals

James Clemens High School

11-day tour to Korea, Japan in summer 2025 open to Madison teens

James Clemens High School

Players eager for 2024 Grade-Level City Chess Championship

Harvest

‘Brews for Enable’ at Yellowhammer to benefit Enable Madison County

Bob Jones High School

MCCL members, teams grab awards at Rookie Rally

Madison

State board lauds Heritage in ‘Top 25 Percent Schools’ for Alabama

Harvest

Parker composes, performs and mentors songwriters in lifetime of music

Bob Jones High School

Bob Jones AFJROTC named Grand Champions at Hoover

Bob Jones High School

TVA’s School Uplift grants can reduce energy costs and improve campus

Bob Jones High School

Warm-up Quads on Feb. 24 to prepare players for City Chess Championship

Liberty Middle School

Chander, Grieve, Rajput win national awards in PTA Reflections

Bob Jones High School

Knights of Columbus’ donations buy pods for MCS Special Education

Madison

Love is alive and well in the heart of this special artist

Love is alive and well in the heart of this special artist

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – Feb. 14, 2024

Bob Jones High School

Bob Jones, JC girls gear up for region play today at Wallace State

Business

Billboard selects Orion Amphitheater as “Top East Coast Amphitheater”

Madison

School choice: Is there really choice?

School choice: Is there really choice?

Bob Jones High School

Lady Patriota best James Clemens again to win Area 8 crown

Lady Patriota best James Clemens again to win Area 8 crown

Harvest

Triana chosen for Smithsonian’s ‘Crossroads: Change in Rural America’ exhibit

Bob Jones High School

Madison Street Festival grants reach $20K for 35 school projects

Harvest

Senior center members launch Arise2Read at Harvest elementary

Madison

MVP to promote Monarch butterfly survival with mural, contests

x