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A visit to old Breeding High School

By Linda Waggener and Geniece Marcum

On a perfect sunny November Friday, we explored southern Adair County toward the Cumberland County line and visited the little town of Breeding, KY. The main downtown has been bypassed so you have to turn off Highway 61 and wander in order to see the character of the town.

We rode out Independence Ridge Road until we couldn't go any farther, then on the return stopped to take a picture at the old Breeding High School.


As we were about to leave, we spotted a familiar face across the road so we stopped in and were welcomed by Ronnie and Connie Williams and their grandson Riley.

Turned out they get visitors and questions all the time. Once, Connie said, they had six cars in their driveway carrying Breeding High School alumni. The rest of the story is in the photos below this article.


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Ronnie and Riley across the road from old BHS



2015-11-21 - Breeding, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener.
It's natural for folks to go across the street to the home of Ronnie and Connie Williams and ask questions about the Breeding High School ruins. Ronnie keeps an eye out on the property and keeps it mowed. In the photo with Ronnie Williams is their grandson, Riley, the eight-year-old son of their daughter Rhonda and Rodney Redmon. Breeding High School is owned by Mrs. Hannie Gibson's son, F.C. Gibson, who lives in Chicago. The school closed in the early 60s but still draws passers by to stop by.

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Breeding High School entry fifty years ago



2015-11-21 - Breeding, KY in southern Adair County - Photo by Linda Waggener.
Once the front door of Breeding High School, this structure is being allowed to weather and turn to ruins naturally as Mother Nature works on it from season to season. Neighbors believe it closed in the 60s -- anyone remember the last graduating class?

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Mrs. Hannie Gibson's window



2015-11-21 - Breeding, KY in southern Adair County - Photo by Linda Waggener.
When Breeding High School was owned by Mrs. Hannie Gibson, the current owner's mother, she made her home in two of the large rooms -- just as Mom and I thought we'd have done had we been able to own an old schoolhouse. Mom went to Bellview School near the Cave Ridge community of Edmonton. My first five years of school were in Sulphur Well where several one-room schools had been consolidated into one long strip across from the United Methodist Church. Country schools in those days were made of sturdy native wood with plenty of windows for good light. Mrs. Hannie's curtain remains and waved in the breeze where the Breeding High School window pane is out.

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Breeding High School Class Ring



2015-11-21 - Campbellsville, KY - Photo by Marsha Bragg Grant.
Marsha Bragg Grant writes, "After reading the story about the ruins of the Breeding High School, I was prompted to look for my mother's (Claudie Firquin Bragg) class ring. She graduated from there in 1941. Just thought I would send a picture along with a thank you for the story."

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