Homewood High School
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|Homewood High School|
|1901 S. Lakeshore Drive
Homewood, Alabama, 35209
|School type||Public, high school|
|School board||Homewood Board of Education|
|School district||Homewood City Schools|
|Superintendent||Dr. Bill Cleveland|
|Principal||Dr. Zack Barnes|
|Vice Principals||Latta Johnston
|Enrollment||approximately 1,000 (2010)|
|Color(s)||Red, White, & Blue|
|Team name||Homewood Patriots|
|Newspaper||The Open Line|
Homewood High School (HHS) is a public high school, serving grades 9-12, in Homewood, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama. It is the only high school in the Homewood City School System. The student enrollment for the 2009-2010 academic year was approximately 1,000. The current principal is Dr. Zachary Barnes. Assistant principals are Latta Johnston, Eddie Cunningham, Amanda Esslinger, Tony Lott, and Joel Henneke  Before coming to Homewood High School, Dr. Barnes served as the principal of Hewitt-Trussville High School in Trussville, Alabama and replaces Dr.Kevin Maddox after Dr. Maddox took the position of Assistant Superintendent for Business Operations with the Homewood Board of Education. In the summer of 2007, the front of the school was remodeled, and a new building, Pathways Alternative School, was constructed in the upper level of the student parking lot. The front office and lobby were also remodeled in the summer of 2008.
Homewood's colors are red, white, and blue and all competitive teams are known as the Patriots.
Homewood offers 19 AP courses:
- AP English Language and Composition
- AP English Literature and Composition
- AP Latin: Vergil
- AP French Language
- AP Spanish Language
- AP Calculus AB
- AP Calculus BC
- AP Chemistry
- AP Biology
- AP Environmental Science
- AP Physics B
- AP Physics C: Mechanics
- AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
- AP United States History
- AP European History
- AP Psychology
- AP Comparative Government and Politics
- AP Studio Art
The graduating class of 2009 had 236 students, with 206 students taking at least 1 AP exam. As a whole, the class of 2009 took 475 AP exams. The AP exam "pass score" of 3 or higher was 74.9% in 2009. The S.A.T. Critical Reading mean was 572 and the Math mean was 568. The average ACT composite score was 22.8. There were 3 National Merit Finalists, 1 National Achievement Finalist, and 7 National Merit Commended students in 2009.
The Homewood High School Patriot Marching Band participated in the 2011 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the eighth time it has performed in the parade. The band also participated in the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade, in Pasadena, California. This was the fourth time that this band has performed in this parade, which is more than any other band in the state of Alabama. Accompanying the band during performances is the Star Spangled Girls dance line and the Patriot Guard.
Roughly 1/3rd of the high school's students participate in the band program as instrumentalists, dancers, flag corps or as managers.
Active School Groups
- Honor Societies
- The Patricia Ragland Tolbert Chapter of the National Honor Society
- Mu Alpha Theta
- French National Honor Society
- Spanish National Honor Society
- National Art Honor Society
- National Forensic League
- International Thespian Society
- Beta Club
Homewood High School fields varsity teams in football, cheerleading, basketball, baseball, soccer, wrestling, golf, tennis, softball, volleyball, lacrosse, cross country running/track and field. The football team has won a 4A state championship in 1974, and 5A state championships in 1995, 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2005. The Track and Field and Cross Country teams have won seven State Championships. During the 2013-14 school year Boys Cross Country, Boys Indoor T&F, Boys T&F, and Girls T&F all won State Championships. The varsity boys basketball team also won second place in the 6A state championship in 2008 and 2010. The Homewood Boy's Soccer team has won four 5A state championships in 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2014.
Waldrop Stadium, in Homewood, Alabama (Bob Newton Field) is the home of the Homewood Patriots. The field is named after former head football coach Bob Newton, who led the Patriots to their five 5A wins. The stadium is home to the football, soccer, and track and field teams.
- John Zimmerman (1992), World Champion & Olympic figure skater.
- Chris Gray (1988), Former NFL offensive lineman
- Evan Mathis (2000), Current starting NFL offensive lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles
- Aaron Ernest (2011), Sprinter for LSU - (HS) USA Today All-American and T&F News All-American, NCAA All-American, and World Jr. Silver Medalist in both the 100m and 200m in 2012
- Ameer Abdullah (2011), running-back for the Nebraska Cornhuskers
- Bryan, Kim (August 31, 2009) "Homewood to dedicate high school football field in name of former head coach Bob Newton." The Birmingham News.