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Photo 2001 by Beverly Guthrie Lougher '58

Dale's Tales

December 2, 2001

Dale Denham Shaffield
Class of '59

Welcome to the thirteenth edition of Dale’s Tales

As most of you know the new Arts and Technology Building was dedicated on October 20, 2001.
Beverly and I attended the dedication.  Through pictures taken by Beverly and a few that Ralph Merrow was kind enough to share with us I would like to walk you through the dedication.

First however I would like to recognize a few of our most recent members who have logged on our RGNS 50’s Alumni web site.

James Smith ‘53
Phil Landers ‘58
 Ronald Ward ‘55 
Vernon Burnette ‘55
Jack Ayers ‘51

Welcome to all of you.  I hope you are enjoying the site and all the memories it brings of your days at RGNS.   It’s always a pleasure to hear stories about how old friendships have been renewed and new ones are made as a result of our site.  Ronald Ward and James Smith are an excellent example.  They met in Las Vegas last month, a meeting that has been over 50 years in the making.

I would like to thank Jack Ayers, in particular, for all the memories he has shared with us on site.   Jack, you have made us laugh, you have made us cry, but most of all you have made us remember.  We look forward to your comments.  Please, continue to share your memories and knowledge with us.

October 20, 2001…. Dedication Day 

You couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day to hold an outside dedication.
The skies were blue.  The temperature was just right.  It was perfect in every way.

The first person we saw was Morris Brown.

Then, of course, Billy Joe was there.

Ralph Merrow ’59 and his wife Karen were also on hand.


The Welcome was delivered by Greg Zeigler, Headmaster/President.

Robert L Rearden, Jr., Chairman of the Board of Trustees delivered a reflection on the Past.


The choir consisted of the RGNS Upper & Middle Schools and the North Georgia Community Players. 

We were treated to a beautiful arrangement of “The Hills are Alive”.  I thought, as I looked out across the valley to the mountains, how fitting this song was.  It made chills go up and down my spine.

And, of course, the choir sang our school hymn,  “God’s Keeping”.  This was indeed a remarkable moment.

What dedication wouldn’t be complete without a ribbon-cutting ceremony?  Greg Zeigler, Robert Rearden and James Adams did the honors.

After the ceremony we took a tour of the A&T building.  Although the building is not quite ready for occupancy it was completed enough to reveal its beauty.

While touring the inside of the building we happened upon a few familiar faces from the 50’s.  These are a few of the 1950’s alumni who where in attendance.

The theater was named in honor of Dell and Robert Rearden, Jr.    The theater will be used by RGNS and outside drama groups (such as the North Georgia Community Players).  The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will also perform here beginning in the spring of 2002. 

Beverly with her magic eye captured a beautiful reflection in the following two pictures. 
A good title for the pictures would be “There is no future without a past”. 

Beverly, thank you for seeing and capturing all the beauty on and around the RGNS campus.  And thank you for sharing your talent with us.

Also, Ralph, thank you for sharing your pictures, too.  The following pictures were taken from inside the A&T Building.  Ralph has also captured the present and the past.

I hope you have enjoyed our walk through the dedication ceremony.  I know all of us who were able to attend enjoyed this '‘moment in time”.

Once again I would like to thank Harold Thurmond for bringing life to the “Circle of Love”.

The fourteenth edition of Dale’s Tales will appear next year.  Happy Holidays to all my RGNS family!

That’s all the news that is news for this edition of Dale’s Tales.

To the hills, I lift mine eyes!

Think HOMECOMING 2002! Spread the word! June 7th, 8th, and 9th.

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