Alice Terry Elementary School

Updated: July 13, 2018.


History

Written by Bonita Hutcheson and Thea Hutcheson for "Sheridan Celebrates" in 2014.
 
Alice B. Terry Elementary School was built in 1958 to handle the growth of further housing construction in the City Martin Marietta created. The school was named for Alice Bodine Terry who was born in 1899. She was one of eight children, four boys and four girls. Miss Bodine graduated from West High School. Her greatest desire was to be a teacher.” (Hidden Heroine, by Girl Scout Junior Troop #177, Mountain Shadows, pg 1). After several stints in one room schools, she came to Fort Logan in 1932. Her first assignment was as a teacher for “a fifth and sixth grade combination.” (Hidden Heroine, by Girl Scout Junior Troop #177, Mountain Shadows, pg 1).

In 1938 she became principal, saying, “this was the greatest challenge of her life.” (Hidden Heroine, by Girl Scout Junior Troop #177, Mountain Shadows, pg 2). She was a generous and kind teacher who cared greatly about her charges, bringing “food and clothing to school for the needy students. She personally tutored students who were having difficulty so they could keep up with their class.” (Hidden Heroine, by Girl Scout Junior Troop #177, Mountain Shadows, pg 1). She served as superintendent “her final year [1960-61].

She married Grant Terry “in the gymnasium at Fort Logan in May 1947…they had no children of their own, but shared their home with an adopted daughter.” (Hidden Heroine, pg 2)

In 1973 the park bordering Alice B Terry elementary was named in her honor. “of these two honors [the school and park]” Mrs. Terry says, “It is such a fine climax to my memories which are very precious and the love for boys and girls and their welfare, and for a better life will always be my greatest wish.” (Hidden Heroine, pg. 2).
 
Principals:
 
 Isabelle Bogart Murphy  1958-????
 Dick Watkins  ????-????
 Jack Gordon  ????-????
 Dick Watkins  ????-????
 Steven Kennedy  ????-????
   
 Joseph Hayes 2008?-2018
 Diego Romero  2018-Current .....New: July 13, 2018
   

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