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KDS History

Early
Early Dedication Day 1932

Kate Duncan Smith DAR School is located in the Appalachian area of Northeast Alabama, high on Gunter Mountain. The school is located in Grant in Marshall County.

The Alabama Society DAR established the school in 1924 and named it in honor of Kate Duncan Smith (Mrs. J. Morgan), who had been the guiding hand for the Alabama Chapters for twenty-one years.   In April, 1928, the Alabama Daughters were joined in their noble efforts by the National Society DAR.

Several possible locations were considered but the selection of the present site was determined by its isolation and great need for improved educational opportunities; the interest, enthusiasm and great desire of the mountain people for a school; a highly intelligent native population, many of whom were descendants of Revolutionary ancestors; and the beauty of the site on the edge of Gunter mountain overlooking historic Kennamer Cove.

Kate Duncan Smith is more that just a school for mountain boys and girls.  It 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 "Gem of Gunter Mountain" stands as a monument to the love and devotion of the DAR.  Because of the love and concern of Daughters everywhere, this Gem sparkles more brightly each year.

View of historic Kennamer Cove from the KDS campus
View of historic Kennamer Cove from the KDS campus