Alfred G. Adams, Sr.
May 25, 1916 May 10, 2008
Alfred Gilmore “AG” Adams, Sr., a native of Linden, Alabama, received his elementary and secondary education at Linden Academy. He earned his B.S. and M.Ed. degrees at Alabama State University and did further study at the University of Cincinnati and the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. He began his career as a teacher at Muddywood in Marengo County. He then became a teacher and coach at Industrial High School, which later became Druid High School. Before accepting the principalship of Councill Training School in 1959, he taught at Lakeside High School in Decatur, and served as principal of Moulton High School in Moulton, Alabama and Ralph Bunche High School in Andalusia, Alabama.
Following Mr. Joseph Richards, he became the third principal of Councill Training School. His leadership skills produced a high caliber of teachers and students, many of whom have excelled in their pursuits. He, like Mr. Richards, continued the school’s winning tradition in academics, athletics and extra curricular activities. He was a perfectionist.
Mr. Adams gave broad community service and consequently brought recognition to Councill Training School. He was active at the local and conference levels of the United Methodist Church, serving as treasurer of Lakeside United Methodist Church for 24 years. He was also active in such organizations as Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, the AARP, NAACP, the Coleman Grand Lodge of Alabama Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Masons, and the Kiwanis Club of North Huntsville. He participated in the National Conference on International Affairs in Washington, D.C. and was included in a group that spent 21 days on a European Educational Study Mission.
Due to integration of public schools, Councill Training School became Councill Senior High School in 1968, limited to grades 10 through 12. The school closed in 1970, but Mr. Adams continued to serve the community. He was named Director of the Northern Area In-Service Project and later became Educational Consultant for the Alabama State Department of Education. Mr. Adams “retired” again after influencing and encouraging even more youth to pursue their dreams when he served as Director of Admissions and Records at Alabama A&M University.