South Lamar School is located in Lamar County, Alabama. This beautiful and spacious campus sits between the towns of Millport and Kennedy. It boasts one of the largest and best football stadiums in the surrounding areas including the much larger schools. The 1986 graduates from Millport and Kennedy schools were the end to an era. Ironically, these students were the first to attend the state mandated Kindergarten program. Thirteen years later, their schools would no longer exist separately, but as one. These schools merged to form the new South Lamar School, and the Class of 1987 became the first graduates and started another era.
No longer were there Yellow Jackets from Kennedy High School or Jr. Tiders from Millport High School, but now only Stallions from South Lamar. The school colors were chosen by taking one color from each of the former rival schools. The crimson color came from the crimson and white Millport Jr. Tide while the gold came from the blue and gold Kennedy Yellow Jackets. For the first several years of its existence, fans and students struggled with the strong traditions brought into the mix from each respective school. Although these schools were combined by force, they merged and changed the traditions of the past to continue strong traditions far into the future of this school.
As part of the Lamar County School System, South Lamar is consolidated on one campus and is comprised of grades K-12. Currently, it is classified as a 1A school which is much lower than the Class 3A status it held when formed. This is due in part to the economy in the area. Many jobs have moved and so to have the students. The enrollment for the 2009-2010 school year sits just under 600 students, and although the student numbers are decreasing, the test scores are not which is encouraging. This can be attributed to the capable and caring faculty. One positive aspect of having a smaller school is that the teachers know the students and are more than willing to go above and beyond to help them succeed.
Many small towns have little entertainment other than Friday night football or whatever other activity might be happening at the local school. This tradition has continued as the two schools combined. As it was when the schools existed separately, South Lamar is a hub for activities between the towns of Millport and Kennedy. During the first decade or so, you could clearly see the division of fans skeptical of sitting with the “enemy” even if they are on the same side. As nearly a quarter of a century has passed, so has the skepticism and you hear Stallions fans from both towns chanting - We Are South Lamar!
The lines have blurred between the separate traditions of each school as they each brought a strong winning tradition in many sports. Through the years each sport has had its highs and lows, but the winning attitude has remained strong in the hearts of athletes and fans. These traditions were combined by force, changed for the good of the school, and continued.