Clay-Chalkville High School

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Clay-Chalkville High School
Clay, Alabama
United States
School type Public
School district Jefferson County Board of Education
Principal Michael Lee
Grades 9-12
Color(s) Navy and Silver
Nickname Cougars

Clay-Chalkville High School (CCHS) is an United States high school which was established on August 14, 1996 in Clay, Alabama. The school is the largest of 17 high schools operated by the Jefferson County Board of Education, the second-largest of 127 school systems in the state of Alabama.


It is a one-level building with 53 classrooms, four computer labs, four science labs, a choral room, a band room, a media center, a fine arts room, a video production studio, a lunch room, practice and spectator gymnasiums, a 650-seat auditorium, and 766 spaces for parking. The school has fields for baseball, softball, football, and practice. Stadium seating was removed from the old Shades Valley High School and repaired for Clay-Chalkville High. The 9,880 sq. ft. media center is a focal point for the school and includes a time capsule placed by the Class of 2001. It overlooks an outdoor amphitheatre through a curved wall of windows. The auditorium has a fully complemented stage with fly tower and scene room. Clay Chalkville was founded in 1996 to cut back on overcrowding at Hewitt-Trussville High and Junior High Schools which resulted in overcrowding in the school they built to reduce overcrowding. The school opened it doors on August 6 of that year under the direction of Principal Lawrence C. Carter. Clay Chalkville Middle School opened the same day. The current principal is Mr. Steve Laney with Ms. Kim Weaver, Mr. Steve Shankles, Mr. Taki Sarhaan, and Dr. Megan Cusson serving as Assistant Principals and Administrator of Curriculum. The 2012 football team made it to the semi-finals after beating Mt. Brook and had a 12-2 season after Hoover put them out of the playoffs in the semi-finals


The average class size is 34.9


Athletics began at Clay-Chalkville when the school opened in 1997.


When football head coach Toney Pugh left in December 1998 to start Oak Mountain High School, former Erwin and Mortimer Jordan head coach Hal Riddle came in to lead the Cougar football program. In his first season, 1999, Riddle carried the Cougars to the Class 6A football Super 6 at Legion Field, beating Robert E. Lee-Montgomery, 30-27, in overtime for the school's first Alabama High School Athletic Association state championship. A first-half field goal by Matt Briggs stands as the longest field goal in the Class 6A title game. The Cougars' biggest rivalry began the same season, as CCHS beat Hewiit-Trussville High School in their first meeting. The Cougars would win their second Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 6A football title in 2014 by beating the Saraland Spartans in a competitive 36-31 game at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama.[1] The victory capped a 15-0 season which ended with the Cougars being ranked 35th in the nation by Max Preps and being featured on the website's Tour of Champions.[2]

Other Sports[edit]

In 2003, head coach Jeff Mauldin and the Cougars' baseball team won the 6A state championship in Montgomery. The Cougars returned to the title game in 2005 and 2006, but finished second. The boys' tennis team placed first in the Jefferson County Tournament in the past two years. Women's and men's basketball teams have also advanced to post season games throughout the school's short history.[citation needed] The school's softball team has won numerous area and regional tournaments and was led by Coach CJ (Urse) Hawkins to the state championship game in 2004 and the state quarterfinals in 2005, when the team set the school's overall record (65-8). The school also has volleyball, cross country, cheerleading, wrestling, soccer, golf and outdoor track and field.


There are three choirs in Clay-Chalkville Chamber, Women's Chorale, and the newly established Men's Choir. Chamber Choir recently performed at AMEA in Tuscaloosa AL.


The Cougar Band. Clay-Chalkville has three bands (concert, symphonic, and jazz band) and a marching band that all bands participate in.


In 2011, The Clay-Chalkville football team, undefeated at the time, was caught up in controversy when they were accused of using an ineligible player for the first nine games and therefore had to forfeit those games. They attempted to appeal the forfeits to the Alabama High School Athletic Association, but the appeal was denied. They later took the case to the Jefferson County Circuit Court, where they were granted an injunctive relief and put them back in the AHSAA playoffs. However, the Etowah County school system challenged the court's decisions in order to put Gadsden City, who was the 4th seed in region 7 when Clay-Chalkville forfeited the wins, back in the playoffs. Gadsden City ended up competing instead of Clay-Chalkville, and was shutout in the first round game against Mountain Brook High School 0-21.[3]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Allen, Kim (December 6, 2014). "Clay-Chalkville Tops Saraland 36-31 For 6A State Championship". NBC Wiregrass. NBC Wiregrass. Retrieved April 5, 2015. 
  2. ^ Harris, Erik (January 30, 2015). "Clay-Chalkville lands on MaxPreps’ Tour of Champions". Trussville Tribune. Trussville Tribune. Retrieved April 5, 2015. 
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  4. ^ Loggins, Nicole (June 13, 2011). "Miss Alabama winner reflects on 'dream come true'". Opelika-Auburn News. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 

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Coordinates: 33°41′44″N 86°36′06″W / 33.69544°N 86.60172°W / 33.69544; -86.60172