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Welcome alumni, parents, faculty and friends!

Welcome to our new online community.  Membership is FREE and available exclusively to our alumni and friends!

This is Glenwood's private, online community created exclusively for Glenwood alumni.   It is a secure, password-protected environment established by Glenwood School Alumni.

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Athletic Director Pays it Forward in Panama



Glenwood's Athletic Director, Tim Fanning, traveled to Bongo, Panama twice recently. He was in search of making a difference in the lives of the children who lived there. 

The first trip was fall of 2012 when Coach Fanning traveled with several Glenwood varsity baseball players. The players worked hard making vegetable gardens and teaching them to grow crops. 

They also taught the children of Bongo how to play baseball. Businesses and companies from the United States donated items such as bats, balls, gloves, and jerserys. Not only were the rules of the game taught but sportsmanship was demonstrated as well. 

The summer of 2013 Coach Fanning traveled back to Bongo with another group of students. With a large tractor, dirt was moved in an area in the jungle to level the ground to make the baseball field. The work done was very labor intensive but they are rewarded by the smiles on the faces of the boys and girls of Bongo. 

It is definitely more than a game! Read more about this trip and view the video from the interview from WRBL TV3.

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Alum Honors Father By Providing Scholarship

Although alum Jim Mathews, c/o '81, lives in Montgomery, Al he has not forgotten his roots. For years Mathews has honored his father, Enoch Mathews by awarding a $1000 scholarship in his name for a Glenwood graduate each homecoming.

His father, affectionately called "Short-cut", was full of humor and fun. He was also a dedicated hard worker spending many hours at Glenwood making it a better place for his children, and for the generations of grandchildren to come. He served on the Board of Trustees at Glenwood for many years. 

When "Short-cut" passed away in 1979, the Board of Trustees decided to honor a Glenwood parent who is dedicated, hard-worker that strives to make a difference, each year in his memory.  Each year at Homecoming during halftime this person was recognized with a plaque from the Mathews family. Along with that recognition, the Mathews family has given a $1000 scholarship each year to a deserving Glenwood senior to use at the college of their choice.

This year, the Mathews family has taken it a step further! The $1000 scholarship will be continued but there is an additional scholarship offered. Enoch Mathews Endowed Scholar through Auburn University will be awarded beginning in Spring of 2014. This scholarship is valued at approximately $4500 to $5000 per year. It is available to a Glenwood graduate who has an ACT score of 28 or the comparable SAT score (excluding the writing score) and a GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. Each scholarship awarded is for four years, provided the recipient meets the requirements for continuation as established by the Auburn University Office of University Scholarships. 

There is no need to apply for the scholarship directly. To be eligible, students must apply to Auburn University and meet the requirements above. The university will award the scholarship in the Spring of 2014.

What a special way to honor "Short-cut" continue his legacy and give back to Glenwood School!



Glenwood School Recognized as Blue Ribbon School

The Alabama Independent School Association is pleased to announce that Glenwood School has attained the AISA Blue Ribbon School designation for 2012-2013 school year. An AISA BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL exemplifies excellence in teaching, student performance, school life and school and community interaction. A BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL award winner is an excellent school involved in an on-going process of school improvement. 


The AISA has been steadfast in its efforts since 1970 to maintain an organization of independently operated non-public schools that are rich in diversity and committed to academic excellence, and deeply concerned about the growth and development of children and youth. The association's goal is to provide quality educational opportunities for those parents choosing an alternative to public education. 


The AISA BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL is a program sponsored by the AISA to recognize member schools with outstanding educational programs. Glenwood School has maintained a high level of excellence in the areas of student and teacher performance, plant and facilities, student life, and community involvement and is very worthy of receipient of the AISA BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL award. 

2012 BEST Robotics Competition

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Alryk Perry c/o 2013 Finding His Place at Syracuse

Glenwood graduate, Alryk Perry, class of 2013 traveled all the way to Syracuse University to attend school. Mike McAllister, a writer from, featured Alryk in this recent article. 

Alryk Perry was a late addition to Syracuse's 2013 class. Now that he has arrived on campus, he has had the opportunity to become completely immersed in the program. He discusses his learning curve, becoming part of the team.

After signing day came and went, Alryk Perry still had not found a home. While exploring options on where to go from that point, Syracuse came knocking on his door with a chance to play for the Orange. Shortly thereafter, he joined their 2013 class.

Now on campus, he is experiencing the life of a division one football player. Despite being a late addition to the class, Perry says he is fitting right in with the team.

”I feel the same as everybody else,” Perry claimed. “I haven’t been treated any differently despite only having one offer coming out of high school. It’s a family environment, to be honest. I’m glad to be here. Everyday I come out here, I see people working and I work hard too. It’s been great.”

Perry, like all incoming freshman, has to adapt in order to become acclimated to this level of football. One of the biggest adjustments is learning Syracuse’s defensive system.

”I still need work coming in at linebacker,” Perry admitted. “Coach can tell I’m not naturally moving the way a linebacker should. That’s something I need to work on. In high school I didn’t have a defensive scheme, so learning one is new to me. The coaches explain it to me, but it’s still coming slowly.”

While Perry says all of the veteran linebackers have helped at different points since his arrival on campus, he says a former player has taken him under his wing in order to reduce the learning curve.

”One of them graduated last year, Siriki Diabate,” Perry explained. “He’s the assistant linebackers coach. He’s been teaching me and the other freshmen linebackers the defensive scheme. We came in here not knowing anything and now we know a lot of the defensive already.”

Redshirting is something that a lot of players deal with, but don’t necessarily enjoy. Putting the team first, Perry relishes having a role at Syracuse even if that means working with the scout team and postponing his on the field contributions.

”I’ll probably redshirt,” Perry said. “Definitely work on the scout team. Coach told us that we have to know our place on the team. And I’ve found my place for this year on the scout team. I’m happy with that right now.”

One of the things that has stood out to Perry since arriving on campus is the difference in the talent level from high school to college.

”Everybody on defense is fast,” Perry declared. “They’re big, they’re strong and they look like the position they’re supposed to be playing. The defensive ends are big and strong, the linebackers are tough, the safeties are flying around, the corners are long and lean and they hit people. It’s a tough defense.”

During the team’s time at Fort Drum, many players bonded with one another. It was a chance for some of the new players to really become part of the family. That was where Perry said he really felt like he belonged.

”We were at Fort Drum and we didn’t have any cell phone service,” Perry recalled. “Everybody was trying to get to know me. They found out little about me and they like me now. They told me I was raised right and I speak correctly. They said they like me!”

Whether he helps the 2013 Orange on the field or behind the scenes, Perry says the mentality of the team is to show their conference how good Syracuse football can be.

”We plan on winning,” Perry announced. “We want to show the ACC that we are an ACC team. Just got out there and dominate.”


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Investment Banker Becomes Physician

Class of 1989 graduate, Cristy Perdue is now a physician in New York City. After graduating from Vanderbilt University and having a 8 year plus career in Manhatten in investment banking at Union Bank of Switerland, she decided to make a change. Always desiring to become a physician, Perdue decided there is no time like the present! 

Here are her credentials from The Pain Institute of New York: 


Dr. Mary Cristin (Cristy) Perdue is an interventional pain management specialist, serving patients in New York City. A native of Alabama, Dr. Perdue attended the University of Alabama School of Medicine, ranked in the top 10 of medical schools in the United States. She is certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties and the American Board of Anesthesiology in anesthesiology, having trained at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons / St. Luke’s – Roosevelt Hospital Center. There she was trained extensively in regional anesthesia and the performance of minimally invasive management for acute and post-operative pain. She continued her training through the completion of a formal ACGME accredited fellowship in pain management, also at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt, which is widely recognized as a leading training institution in the performance of interventional techniques. She has extensive knowledge and experience performing interventional pain procedures for chronic pain syndromes.

2013-2014 Mr. and Mrs. Glenwood

Katie Tidwell and Boo O'Pry

Katie has attended Glenwood since K-3 (15 years). She plays varsity basketball and is a cheerleader. 

She is a member of the National Honor Society, Senior Beta Club and the new environmental club "The Green Team". Katie has volunteered in her community by boxing food for under privileged families.  

Katie enjoys reading, riding horses, running and hanging out with her friends. Her favorite song is "See You Again" by Carrie Underwood. Katie traveled with Mrs. Ragan last summer to study abroad while the toured London, Paris and Rome. Her GPA is 3.8. Katie wants to attend Troy University in the fall.

Katie hopes to one day become a Pediatric Oncologist. 

Boo O'Pry has attended Glenwood since K-5 (13 years). He plays on the Glenwood golf team. Boo is a member of the National Honor Society, Senior Beta Club, the Student Government Association, Mu Alpha Theta, and the Green Team. Boo enjoys volunteering with his church by feeding the homeless on the last weekend of each month. He traveled abroad this summer with his church on a mission trip to Belize to help little children. 

Boo is one of our founding members of the "Folding Chair" pep group for the Glenwood's volleyball team. 

Boo's GPA is 4.14. He has just made a verbal commitment to play golf for West Alabama. 

Boo loves playing golf, hanging out with his friends, and spending time with his youth group from Lakewood Baptist Church. His favorite song is "Courageous" by Casting Crowns. 

One day Boo hopes to be a golf pro and own his own golf course.  

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Glenwood Grad Interns at the White House

Glenwood graduate, Elliott Lynn served this summer at the White House as an intern. The 2010 graduate is studying politcal science at Auburn University. 

Father Jim Lynn says, "the Glenwood experience has been a huge part of our children's lives. Church, family, and a lot of hard work are equally in the mix, but being part of the Glenwood family gave Elliott a deep sense of commitment and a strongly held regard for the concerns of others. Things like Ann Ragan's 8th grade Washington trip, science fairs, playing football and basketball, all that created a well rounded experience and healthy foundation for future study.  The White House internship has been just one more step in a journey that began in the swamp!"

Read more about Elliot's internship at the link below. 

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Glenwood Graduate Plays at Southeast Missouri

Glenwood graduate Luke Dougherty, c/o 2013, will be playing for Southeast Missouri next year. We are proud of Luke and his accomplishments. 

Epworth Youth Praying for Glenwood School

Epworth United Methodist Church Youth Group went around to each of the area schools in Phenix City on August 18th to pray for them.

The Youth Group went on campus at Smiths Station Junior High School, Smiths Station High School, Central High School and Glenwood High School. These youth were praying for all the teachers and students to have a great school year. More importantly, to stand up for what they believe is right and be young men and young women of intergrity. 

Youth Minister, Mark Waldrop felt this was important to begin the school year by praying for each of the area schools. Waldrop says he wants the students to feel as if they are not alone. "They have each other to depend on and help hold each other accountable," says Waldrop. Most of all he wants them to feel the spirit of God as they walk the halls of their schools. 


Lewis Colbert Hall of Fame Induction

Glenwood graduate Lewis Colbert, Class of 1981, was inducted into the Chattahoochee Valley Sports Hall of Fame on February 2, 2013. 

Lewis Colbert wrote the book "The Unlikeliest Auburn Tiger". It tells the story of Colbert's determination to over come a deformity.  Doctors urged him as a child not to play contact sports but Colbert had other plans. He was a self-taught punter and played football at Glenwood. He was a walk on at Auburn University as their punter. With a 45.8 yard average per game, 2nd best in Auburn's history, Colbert was awarded All-American status, along with Bo Jackson. 

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