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The Alumni Center

Welcome to The Alumni Center's re-designed web site. We hope you will enjoy your visit, please feel free to browse the site.


Friday, 4/20/2018

The Alumni Center Website

After 9 years of being the webmaster and hoster for the web site for the Alumni Center, I am stepping down. The new Alumni Center Committee voted on to create a new web site for the Alumni Center.

The yearbooks, I will continue on hosting them over on the Class of 1973 web site, www.Ahsweb1973.com. You will need to sign in on the logon page. No password required.

All of yearbooks that I scanned, are on-line at The Class of 1973 web site.

I hope everyone continues to support the Alumni Center, it has come a long way, and it will continue to grow with your support.


Saturday, 8/26/2017

Mary Montgomery Class of 1974

Mary Montgomery

1974 Asheville High School alumna, Mary Montgomery passed away.

A re-print from the Asheville Citizens-Times

Mary Montgomery would have turned 61 Wednesday, and she would have been celebrating at lunch downtown with her closest friends, including Elizabeth Trask.

But Montgomery, an Asheville native and Olympic swimmer died Aug. 24 at her home at the Asheville Racquet Club.

Montgomery, the youngest of Wayne and Betsy Montgomery's five children, was a world-class swimmer, having set nearly 50 records.

At the incredible age of 15, she competed in the 1972 Munich Olympics - the same year Mark Spitz won seven gold medals. Montgomery finished in sixth place with a time of 5:09:98. In 1975, Montgomery won a silver medal in the 800-meter freestyle at the Pan American Games in Mexico City.

"It's very shocking to lose her, especially at such a young age," said Trask, a retired anesthesiologist who has known Montgomery since the first grade at Claxton Elementary School.

"She had a great smile and was such a loving person," said Trask.

"When she went to the Olympic Trials and made the team, everybody at Asheville High School was so in awe. When she came back, a bunch of us met her at the airport and had a big assembly at school to honor her."

She was a fierce freestyle swimmer, but excelled at all strokes, including breast, back and butterfly.

"Mary and the kids on the Asheville Swim Team trained in mornings before school and in the afternoon. I don't think she actually took any time off from school to train for the Olympics," Trask said.

"I think she tried to do a lot of normal things, like going to high school football games, but when you're training at that level it's hard. She was very focused at that point in her life. She was very determined to be an Olympian."

Montgomery was coached by her mother, Betsy Montgomery, who died four years ago in a car accident. Betsy was well known for her swimming technique and her coaching skills.

"Her mother was the big swimming coach in WNC, drawing admiration for her swimming form and technique," said Amy Pless Fleming, an Asheville real estate agent who was a "friend since birth" to Mary Montgomery and swam with her under Betsy's coaching.

"You could see where Mary got her technique. Every time she swam, people wanted to know how she swam so beautifully and effortlessly."

But more than her stunning teenage athletic feats, Trask said Montgomery will be remembered in Asheville as a beloved friend, daughter, sister and mother, and someone who never met a stranger.

Friend to all in Asheville

"Everybody that met Mary loved her. She was so personable and sweet," said Montgomery's older sister, Ann Sims.

She said Mary started swimming "right out of the womb." Their mother was Mary's coach from the beginning, coaching her alongside nationally ranked swimmers.

All five children started swimming at the Bath Club, which is now the Manor apartments in North Asheville. Woody played football, Swope played baseball, Jane jumps horses and their parents were master swimmers and loved to play tennis. Ann competes in triathlons, including Ironman.

"We grew up in a wonderful family that very active and loved the outdoors," Sims said.

"I think most athletes have to have that inner drive. I don't think you can make someone become an athlete. I don't think Mom pushed her more than the rest of us. Mary had natural ability to be a fabulous athlete. She decided that this what she wanted to do and she did it."

Sims said her sister was in and out of the pool throughout her life, but after her competitive years ended, she turned to coaching.

Montgomery had another older sister, Jane, and two brothers, Swope and Woody, two step-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Wayne Montgomery, who still lives in Asheville, is a former mayor, city councilman and county commissioner, and an orthopedist who was one of the founders of Blue Ridge Bone and Joint, and was on a "gazillion" boards and organizations, Ann Sims said of her father.

Mary Montgomery attended Asheville High and graduated from the Newfound School. She was inducted into the WNC Sports Hall of Fame and received a swimming scholarship to Florida State University, where she started having health issues, Sims said.

While in college, Montgomery contracted encephalitis which most likely led to her epilepsy. She struggled with the disease throughout the rest of her life, Sims said.

She was first married in 1983, then divorced and remarried to Tim Ferris, a Marine who took the family around the world. They lived in Okinawa, Japan, for a couple of years where Mary loved to collect Japanese art.

The couple had three boys, now ages 24-28. Sims said when Mary divorced Ferris, he took the young children to Virginia, where they still live.

It was hard on Montgomery not being able to see her children often enough, Sims said.

Later in life, Montgomery developed a mountain-sized love of Western North Carolina, its history, its people and its crafts. She began working in wood crafts and painting and wrote poetry.

Montgomery also had several jobs around Asheville that brought out her friendly, warm, gregarious side and her deep knowledge of WNC's history and culture. She worked at the Biltmore, Grove Park Inn and Bohemian Hotel as a concierge.

"She was a very loving person and always interested in what you were doing. When she'd meet someone, she'd always ask your name and where you were from. She was always interested in people, very kind.

"She was a great concierge because she was very interested in people. Wilson (Ann's husband) is from Nashville, and every time she'd meet someone at the desk who was from Nashville, she'd call up Wilson and say, "Do you know so-and-so?" That's how she was, she loved connecting people. One of her great gifts was her love of people."

Montgomery grew up in the First Presbyterian Church but also was active for a time in the Mormon Church.

"She was very open-minded about religion," Sims said.

"She was so good to her friends, and had a beautiful spirit," her longtime friend Fleming said. "There just couldn't be a more beautiful person."

Sims said there will be a service for Montgomery at the end of September at Groce Funeral Home in South Asheville. A date has not yet been set, but the service will be open to the public.

A memorial guest register for Montgomery is available at www.grocefuneralhome.com.


Thursday, 8/24/2017

Roger Ball's Photos Of The 1969 Protest

Roger Ball has graciously allowed The Alumni Center to create a photo gallery for the photos that he took on September 29, 1969 at Asheville High School.

All of these photos are copyrighted by Roger Ball. So please don't copy any photos without his expressed permission.

Go to the Galleries, then select the Photo Gallery sub-menu, then towards the bottom, click on the image that says "Roger Ball Photos From 1969 Protest". Once all of the thumbnails have loaded, then you may click on a thumbnail to view the larger image.

Some photos are very large in size, so they could take a little while to load up when viewing the larger size images.


Friday, 10/2/2015

Asheville High Class of 1980 35th Class Reunion Photo

The Class of 1980 Asheville High submitted their 35th Class Reunion group photo:

Class of 1980


Friday, 10/2/2015

Lee Edwards Class of 1965 50th Class Reunion Photo

The Class of 1965 Lee Edwards submitted their 50th Class Reunion group photo:

Class of 1965


Thursday, 3/5/2015

Rex Wells Retires

Rex Wells has steadfastly worn shorts for even some of the coldest football games that Asheville High has ever played.

That's a fact.

So it's ironic that the veteran athletic director and coach who never minded what a thermometer read has gone with his instinct.

Wells has been with the Cougars since 1992 and announced his retirement Wednesday.

"Somebody once told me that you will know when the time is right," Wells said.

"Well, the time is right."

Wells, 59, said he will finish out this school year and then relinquish his duties to someone new after Aug. 1.

"I don't know what I'm going to do," Wells said.

"I've been fortunate to work with so many tremendous people and spend 23 great years here. I want to make sure the (incoming) athletic director is oriented for the fall. Leaving things in good shape is important. To me, it's all about the kids. I've enjoyed being a part of their lives. If it took working 80 to 90 hours a week to grow and see them get better, then that's meant the most to me and what I'm going to miss."

Wells retired as Asheville's wrestling coach in 2004 with a career 326 wins in dual team matches. He coached Brevard to an all-classifications NCHSAA tournament win in 1985.

Football coach Danny Wilkins called Wells' retirement "a tremendous loss for us here at AHS."

"Rex has done so much. Everyone has their critics, but if people knew all the things he has done for athletes and coaches at this school, they would be floored," Wilkins said.

"He does so many of the extra things that don't ever get the headlines and when no one is paying attention. This is going to leave a big hole here at Asheville High."

Wilkins replaced former state championship coach Lou Fogle in 2000 and Wells inherited Fogles's duties as athletic director.

Wells was the defensive coordinator for Asheville's 15-0 NCHSAA 3-A championship team in 2005. He had been a co-coordinator with fellow assistant David Burdette for at least the last four years before only coaching linebackers last fall.

The Cougars (12-2) won their school-record 10th consecutive conference championship with a 30-14 win at Erwin on Nov. 7.

Wells graduated from Enka in 1973 and later Western Carolina University. He was inducted into that Buncombe County high school's athletic hall of fame in 2007.

Wells has been the state director of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in recent years and was inducted himself in 2009 for his "lifetime service to wrestling."


Saturday, 8/11/2012

Asheville High Booster Club

Note from AHS Sports Booster Club

Join our 2013-2014 Asheville High School Sports Booster Club or renew your membership with the form below. Print and mail the form back to the address listed on the form.

Provided below is the form, either in Microsoft Word format or Adobe PDF format.

2013-2014 Membership Form (Word Document)

2013-2014 Membership Form (Adobe PDF)


Friday, 6/8/2012

New Items For Sale In The Gift Shop

The Alumni Center has partnered with the Asheville High Athletic Boosters Club to offer new lines of merchandise for sale in our campus Gift Shop. Items now available for sale include several varieties of short-sleeve and long-sleeve T-shirts, coach-style polo shirts, caps, magnets, AHS carabiner clips, AHS stickers, framed school photos, and Lee Edwards gold ornaments. A few selected yearbooks are also available. Coming this fall are the ever popular hoodies!

The Gift Shop is open during reunion events at Asheville High School, or by appointment. Please email us at thealumnicenter@gmail.com for more information.


Friday, 6/8/2012

Graduation DVDs for Sale

The DVD of the 2012 Asheville High and SILSA Graduation Cermony is now available for purchase. The cost is $20.00, which includes shipping and handling. Many DVDs from other years are also available. Please email use at thealumnicenter@gmail.com for more information.


Thursday, 5/10/2012

Coach Lou Fogle

Coach Fogle has been selected for induction into the Franklin High School Hall of Fame. The mission of the hall of fame is to honor those groups or individuals whose actions or achievements bring honor and distinction to the heritage of the high school in four categories - professional achievement, athletics, service and lifetime recognition.

Lou Fogle, Class of 1960, for athletics - Football stand-out at Franklin High School and Clemson University and a successful high school coach in the Carolinas. The Franklin school district retired Fogle's "41" football jersey in 2008 and placed Fogle in the elite company of other FHS football standouts Nate Byham (20), Bay Lawrence (21), Red Law (22) and Ted Marchibroda (23).

He will be inducted into the hall of fame at a ceremony and banquet that will be held Oct. 4.

He will join distinguished Franklin High School English teacher Margaret Feldman, football greats Ted Marchibroda and Bay Lawrence, longtime sports editor of The News-Herald Jack Mays and U.S. Olympic coach Randall Lawrence Wilber, all members of the inaugural hall of fame class inducted last fall.

To be eligible for selection, FHS grads must have graduated at least 10 years prior to nomination. Teachers and coaches are eligible five years after retirement. Posthumous selections may be made annually.

The selection committee considers the following: actions that demonstrate outstanding character; outstanding citizenship that has received international, national or local recognition; leadership that can inspire students in the pursuit of excellence; and accomplishments or leadership that are considered outstanding or exceptional.


Friday, 2/17/2012

Yearbook Name Search

We now have the yearbook search feature. Right now, it is only for the Class of 1970, 1971, 1972 and 1973 yearbooks. Once you choose the school and year, enter a first and last or just a first or just a last name, then click on the Search button. You may use a partial of a first or last name. If we find any classmate that matches your search criteria, you will see a page of thumb names that you can click on. In the title of each page at the bottom, will be the full name of the classmate. If you see only the cover of the yearbook, this means that your search didn't find anyone with the name criteria.

If you find any names that we have mispelled, please let us know, as we may not catch any mis-spellings from the OCR scanning of the yearbook page images. This project will be a long running project, as there are 121 yearbooks with 12,509 pages to scan and create the indices.


Sunday, 2/5/2012

New Class Reunion Photos Added To Photo Gallery

Someone submitted three photos from the Class of 1978 Class Reunion. I added a new photo album to the Gallery, titled Miscellaneous.

We welcome alumni submitting their photos, if you could let us know when you do, and the titles of the individual photos or just the class name, we can post the photos quickly.


Friday, 11/11/2011

Asheville Tourist Invitation To Host Picnics For Class Reunions

My name is Matt Riley and I am a Group Sales Representative for the Asheville Tourists Baseball Team. We have been lucky enough to host the Reunions for the Classes of 1960 and 1961 from Lee Edwards High School here at the ballpark. I've been trying to track down a contact for the 1962 Class or even the 1952 Class to see if they would be interested in having something similar here as well, but I haven't had any luck. I'm not sure if you would be able to help me or not but I figured it would be worth a shot. If you have any contact information or a person I can contact for either class I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks very much.

Here are some PDF files with more details:
2012 Ingles Picnic Area
2012 Pepsi Party Pavilion
2012 Asheville Tourists Calendar

  • Matt Riley
  • Group Sales Representative
  • Asheville Tourists Baseball
  • 828.258.0428 Ext: 100

  • Single "A" Affiliate of the Colorado Rockies


The Asheville Tourists


Sunday, 9/4/2011

Tom Williams Retires After 30 Years Teaching

Tom Williams

After teaching for 30 years at South French Broad and Asheville High School, Tom Williams retires. He is a current volunteer at the Alumni Center, his thorough knowledge of the history of Asheville High brings a lot to the tours of the campus he gives during class reunions.

Let's all give Tom a big thank you for his many years of service.


Monday, 7/11/2011

The Alumni Center Report Of Activities 2011

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Attached for your information is the latest "Report of Activities" of The Alumni Center of Asheville City Schools. It covers the period beginning January 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011. None of the accomplishments would have been possible without the tireless efforts of our fellow volunteers as acknowledged in the Report. We also have great plans for the future!

We greatly appreciate the support of the Board of Education, Administration, Asheville High School and, of course, our alumni and contributors.

Please let us know if you have any questions or comments.


Marcia & Tim Amos


Tuesday, 5/24/2011

World War II Lee Edwards High School Veterans Memorial

WWII Veterans Memorial

Marcia Britt Amos, has worked tirelessly on a project to create a Memorial for the veterans that served in World War II that were classmates of Lee Edwards High School.

You can view the photos of the memorial in the Photo Gallery, in the Reunion Photos section.


Sunday, 5/15/2011

Lee Edwards Class of 1948 60th Class Reunion Photo

The Class of 1948 Lee Edwards submitted their 60th Class Reunion group photo:

Class of 1948

You can view a larger image of this photo in the Photo Gallery, in the Reunion Photos section.


Thursday, 9/1/2011

Asheville High and Lee Edwards High School Yearbooks

We completed the yearbook scanning project and posted all of the yearbooks from the Class of 1918 to the Class of 2009. We believe that the yearbooks will provide many years of enjoyment by former students, families, friends, historians, etc. We also have some of the Stephens-Lee High School, David Millard Junior High, South French Broad Junior High, and Hall Fletcher Middle school yearbooks scanned and posted online.

We ask any former student or family member that has any of the missing years in the Junior High and Middle schools that want to donate or loan to be scanned into our Alumni Center's web site, please contact us at TheAlumniCenter@gmail.com or webmaster@TheAlumniCenter.com.

This project consists of 121 yearbooks with 12,509 pages scanned, processed and uploaded to our web site. We started this project on 3 August 2009 and completed it 1 September 2011, excluding any future donated/loaned and new classes.


Sunday, 9/25/2011

Alumni Center Yearbooks

You will need to select the school you want to view, then select the year of the yearbook you want to view.

We scanned and posted yearbooks for the following schools/years:

The New icon denotes that the yearbook was added since: September 1, 2011.

  • Asheville High School:
    • 1918
    • 1919
    • 1920
    • 1921
    • 1922
    • 1923
    • 1924
    • 1925
    • 1926
    • 1927
    • 1928
    • 1929
    • 1930
    • 1931
    • 1932
    • 1933
    • 1934
    • 1935
    • 1970
    • 1971
    • 1972
    • 1973
    • 1974
    • 1975
    • 1976
    • 1977
    • 1978
    • 1979
    • 1980
    • 1981
    • 1982
    • 1983
    • 1984
    • 1985
    • 1986
    • 1987
    • 1988
    • 1989
    • 1990
    • 1991
    • 1992
    • 1993
    • 1994
    • 1995
    • 1996
    • 1997
    • 1998
    • 1999
    • 2000
    • 2001
    • 2002
    • 2003
    • 2004
    • 2005
    • 2006
    • 2007
    • 2008
    • 2009

  • Hall Fletcher:
    • 1958
    • 1960
    • 1962
    • 1963
    • 1964
    • 1965
    • 1966
    • 1967
    • 1968
    • 1969

  • Lee Edwards High School:
    • 1936
    • 1937
    • 1938
    • 1939
    • 1940
    • 1941
    • 1942
    • 1943
    • 1944
    • 1945
    • 1946
    • 1947
    • 1948
    • 1949
    • 1950
    • 1951
    • 1952
    • 1953
    • 1954
    • 1955
    • 1956
    • 1957
    • 1958
    • 1959
    • 1960
    • 1961
    • 1962
    • 1963
    • 1964
    • 1965
    • 1966
    • 1967
    • 1968
    • 1969

  • South French Broad Senior (Prior to 1970)/Junior High School (After 1969):
    • 1967
    • 1968
    • 1969
    • 1970
    • 1971
    • 1973
    • 1974
    • 1975
    • 1976
    • 1977

  • Stephens-Lee High School:
    • 1957
    • 1959
    • 1961
    • 1965

  • David Millard High School (Prior to 1932)/Junior High School (After 1931):
    • 1952
    • 1953
    • 1965
    • 1966


Saturday, 9/1/2012

The Alumni Center Video

Here is the video of the history of Asheville High School.


Saturday, 9/1/2012

Photo Gallery

For all Asheville High School classes that have reunion photos, if you want an on line photo gallery, submit your photos to us, and we will create you a photo gallery here.

Go to the Photo Gallery page, and click on the 'Upload Photos' button at the bottom of the page. On the Upload Photos page, there are instructions on naming your photos before you upload them.

The maximum width and height of your photos can only be 3264 (W) x 2500 (H) pixels, and the max file size is 4 MB per photo.


Saturday, 9/1/2012

The Alumni Center Video

Here is the new ad for The Alumni Center at Asheville High School.


Sunday, 2/2/2014

Check out the Class Reunions Scheduled for 2014

Click on the "Reunion Central" tab above for information about the reunions for 2014!

If you have more information, please email us at TheAlumniCenter@gmail.com.