KDS at a Glance
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 Historic Places.