John T. Whatley School Song

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John T. Whatley School Song


Lyrics and music for the official school song of John T. Whatley Elementary School, Birmingham, Alabama. Opened c. 1960, Whatley Elementary was named for John T. "Fess" Whatley, Birmingham's celebrated "Maker of Musicians," longtime local bandleader and printing instructor at Industrial / Parker High School.

The school song, set to the tune of "Danny Boy" (one of Whatley's favorite numbers) was arranged by Mary Alice Clarke Stollenwerck, with lyrics by Whatley himself.


“John T. Whatley School Song,” Southern Music Research Center, accessed September 25, 2023,