Thursday, May 26, 2016 | 8:05 PM
Five years and one month after the devasting tornado on April 27, 2011, which destroyed the Hackleburg school, the first class graduated from the new facility Thursday night, May 26. Thirty-seven members of the Hackleburg High School Class of 2016 received diplomas in the auditorium/gym of the beautiful new building. The strikingly beautiful structure houses both the Hackleburg Elementary and High School and provided a stark contrast to the portable classrooms the students have utilized during the years of planning and construction of the new school. This was truly a historical event.
Congratulations to the Hackleburg High School Class of 2016 and to the faculty, staff and the Marion County School Board for providing the education and having the faith to rebuild the schools in such a beautiful way.