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Vestavia Hills City Schools to induct five educators into inaugural Hall of Fame class

September 4, 2020 -- Vestavia Hills City Schools will induct five educators this October into the school system’s new Hall of Fame.

Inductees in the inaugural class of the Vestavia Hills City Schools Hall of Fame are, in alphabetical order:

  • Buddy Anderson, head football coach of Vestavia Hills High School, who began his employment with VHCS in 1972 and is retiring after the 2020 season
  • Helen Holley, first principal of Vestavia Hills Elementary Liberty Park and former assistant principal at Vestavia Hills Elementary East, who served from 1993 to 2012
  • David Miles, former principal of Louis Pizitz Middle School, who served from 1991 to 2014
  • Dr. Carlton Smith, third superintendent of Vestavia Hills City Schools, who served from 1985 to 1998 and will be inducted posthumously
  • Kay Tipton, math teacher at Vestavia Hills High School, who served from 1971 to 2007

Inductees were chosen from a field of nominees submitted earlier this year by alumni, faculty and staff, and the community at large.

“The inaugural class of the VHCS Hall of Fame is the gold standard for educators,” said Dr. Todd Freeman, Vestavia Hills City Schools superintendent.

“Each individual member touched the lives of countless students and colleagues. Their legacies of influence continue to impact past, present, and future students. They exemplify what it means to be committed to providing every student the opportunity to learn without limits,” Freeman said.

The inductees will be recognized on Monday, Oct. 5, during the Vestavia Hills City Schools 50th anniversary celebration at Louis Pizitz Middle School. The ceremony will also mark the grand opening of the new Pizitz campus. Student ambassadors will conduct campus tours beginning at 5:30 that evening, followed by the 50th anniversary ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in the school’s new gymnasium.