Principals of Jena High since 1869

by By Billy Fowler
It disturbs me that our Jena High School students graduate and do not know the history of our old beloved school. Little do they know the history of our old school goes back to 1843 and many of the things we grew up believing to be true is not true. It is a long story. However, all JHS grads needs to know that the Rev. Talbert A. Routon is the one person who got our school started back in 1869. Rev. Routon came to the Hemps Creek area in 1839 from Georgia and quickly became the leading citizen. It was the Rev. Routon who started the Old Salem Church in 1843 and later in 1869, a school.

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