Kate Duncan Smith DAR School is located in the Appalachian area of Northeast Alabama, high on Gunter Mountain. The school is located in Grant in Marshall County.
The Alabama Society DAR established the school
in 1924 and named it in honor of Kate Duncan
Smith (Mrs. J. Morgan), who had been the guiding
hand for the Alabama Chapters for twenty-one
years. In April, 1928, the Alabama Daughters
were joined in their noble efforts by the
National Society DAR.
possible locations were considered but the
selection of the present site was determined by
its isolation and great need for improved
educational opportunities; the interest,
enthusiasm and great desire of the mountain
people for a school; a highly intelligent native
population, many of whom were descendants of
Revolutionary ancestors; and the beauty of the
site on the edge of Gunter mountain overlooking
historic Kennamer Cove.
Kate Duncan Smith is
more that just a school for mountain boys and
girls. It is woven and ingrained into the
hearts of its students and graduates and has
become the major force in the development of the
local population educationally, economically,
socially, physically, and spiritually. The "Gem
of Gunter Mountain" stands as a monument to the
love and devotion of the DAR. Because of the
love and concern of Daughters everywhere, this
Gem sparkles more brightly each year.
View of historic
Kennamer Cove from the KDS campus