Mr. Palmer's Farewell Party

Event Information

Join us for a celebration honoring Mr. Palmer's 26 years of service to The Altamont School!

Thursday, May 9
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Jemison Art Gallery
1814 1st Ave N
Birmingham, AL 35203

Free parking available on the street or in the Pizitz deck (up to 2 hours). The Pizitz parking deck is located on 18th St. N, between 1st and 2nd Ave N. Please be advised that the surrounding private lots will tow.


About Mr. Palmer

Birmingham University School, 1970
State Champion in Two-Mile and Mile
State Record Holder in Two-Mile
All State Cross Country
National Honor Society

University of the South, Sewanee 1974
Magna Cum Laude
Phi Beta Kappa
Conference Medalist, Track
Order of the Gownsmen

University of Alabama in Huntsville, 1980
Completed Masters, 4.0 GPA

Randolph School 1974-1992 (18 years)
English Teacher
Chair of English Department
Commander Lynch Faculty Award
Led 16 State Championship Teams (cross country/track)

The Altamont School 1992-2019 (26 years! Lucky us!)
Alabama’s Most Outstanding English Teacher
Chair of the English Department
Margaret Gage Teaching Chair
Led 24 State Championship Teams (cross country/track)
Four “Coach of the Year” Titles
Distinguished Service Award, Alabama Association of Independent Schools

Make a Gift

Honor Mr. Palmer with a Gift to the
Palmer Reading Garden

He loves to teach outside!

Adirondack Chairs: $1,000 contribution payable over two years, your name plate will be affixed to the chair. (Only 20 chairs available.)

Japanese Cherry Trees, as requested by Mr. Palmer: $750 contribution, your name will appear on a tree marker.

Brick Walkway: $500 contribution, your name will appear on a brick. June 30, 2019 is the deadline to purchase a brick.

Contributions of $499 or less will be directed to the landscaping of the garden – thank you!

Your contribution, of any size, will help us celebrate Mr. Palmer. All gifts in his honor will appear on a Donor Wall in the Palmer Reading Garden.

Memories and Life Lessons from Mr. Palmer

Mr. Palmer has that rare gift of being able to teach a subject year after year, period after period, with the same enthusiasm of someone who was seemingly experiencing something powerful for the first time. It was like he was on the journey with us as we absorbed great literature.

Everyone knew, and I’m sure still knows, that a good grade in a Mr. Palmer class was going to be a hard slog. I don’t think anyone would argue with the fact that you have to work in Mr. Palmer’s class. He holds the long view, however, that hard work pays off and that the value of great writing and knowing the classics is priceless.

There is no doubt that Mr. Palmer taught me how to write. Even now, I think of the “Palmer Rules” for writing in my job – limit the use of “to be” verbs, avoid the passive voice, etc. Mr. Palmer was a transformational figure for me and countless students throughout the decades.

—Jack Gray ’03