Jim Duren, the band director from Gordo who shared music with 1000s of kids for 39+ years

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Jim Duren conducting at Oak Mountain
Jim Duren conducting at Oak Mountain. Photo via Melinda Ponder Goode

When you were navigating your awkward teenage years, did you play in band? I did, for four years, with Jim Duren as my band director, and the experience shaped so much about the person I became. On November 5, 2020, Mr. Duren passed away, and the memories have been flooding in. Keep reading to learn more about the life and legacy of this remarkable man who touched so many.

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More than competition. Girls’ high school sports in Alabama build character.

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The survivors walk at the Patriot Classic. (L to R) Cooper Swinney, M’Kay Gidley, Gena Frith (survivor), and Gracie Vanderford. Photo courtesy of Hillcrest High School

Earlier this month, we asked Alabama high school athletic directors and coaches to share with us some of their most inspirational girls’ sports stories from the AHSAA  2019-2020 school year

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