Opened in 1924 by the Daughters of the American
Revolution, Kate Duncan Smith DAR School, Inc.
is a privately owned school located atop Gunter
Mountain in the town of Grant, Alabama.
KDS is a unique learning institution in
that specific elements of the school setting are
operated as a public school.
Working in tandem with Marshall County
and the State of Alabama, the mission of KDS is
to ensure the best possible education for the
students residing within the district.
The Marshall County Board of Education provides
the teachers and the curriculum, and KDS
Administration provides the land, buildings, the
patriotic environment and extras such as college
scholarships, work-study program, a full-time
school nurse, the Elementary Art and Music
program, funds for families in need at
Christmas, and funds for student health and
personal needs, just to name a few.
Kate Duncan Smith DAR School, Inc. is a private
501(c)3 non-profit corporation governed by an
elected Board of Trustees.
KDS has more than 1,400 students in Kindergarten
– 12th Grade, but it is more than
just a school for mountain boys and girls. The
rich cultural heritage and patriotic climate
associated with this unique learning institution
is woven and ingrained into the hearts of its
students and graduates and has become the major
force in the development of the local population
educationally, economically, socially,
physically, and spiritually.
The KDS campus includes 240 acres of land and 39
buildings (11 of which are faculty residences)
and is listed on the National Register of