Lee High School (Huntsville, Alabama)

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Lee High School
LeeHSVAug2012.jpg
Lee High School-August 2012
Address
2500 Meridian Street
Huntsville, Alabama, 35811
USA
Coordinates 34°45′14″N 86°34′26″W / 34.754°N 86.574°W / 34.754; -86.574Coordinates: 34°45′14″N 86°34′26″W / 34.754°N 86.574°W / 34.754; -86.574
Information
School type Public
School district Huntsville City Schools
Principal Kevin Weiseman
Vice principal Jill Burwell
Dawn Ward
Faculty 76.0 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 912
Student to teacher ratio 18.3[1]
School color(s) Blue and Grey
Sports Football, Volleyball, Track, Golf, Cross Country, Basketball, Soccer, Baseball, Tennis, Cheerleading, Dancing, Swimming
Mascot General
Website

Lee High School is a four-year public high school that serves students in grades 9-12 from Huntsville, in Madison County, Alabama in the United States, as a part of Huntsville City Schools.

History[edit]

Lee High School was named for the Lee Highway which ran in front of the old school location in the 1950s, not after General Robert E. Lee.[2] (The highway itself was named for the general around 1910.)[2] The school's mascot is now a 5-Star General and, for many years, a painting of General Robert E. Lee mounted on his horse and holding the Confederate flag was on the Gymnasium wall. In 1974 the flag was painted over and the Generals mascot is now held to represent no specific person.

Lee Jr. High/High School (1958-2012) at 606 Forrest Circle site-2010 photo

The original building was constructed in 1957 and opened in the later part of the 1957-1958 school year. The current facility for Lee High School was begun in 2010 and is being occupied for the 2012-2013 school year. According to the 1967–1968 Lee High School Student Handbook:

"...Lee High School was established as a junior high school during the second semester of the 1957–58 school term. In the school term of 1963–64 Lee became a full high school, due to the procedure of discontinuing the lower grades and adding higher ones. The class of 1964 became Lee’s first graduating class. (Lee was Huntsville's Fourth High School. Huntsville, Butler and Councill were operating in 1964) During the past (1966–1967) school year, Lee’s enrollment was approximately 1700 students. The enrollment approximately for the 1967–68 school term is 1600 students. Still the need for more classrooms has caused Lee to add to its present building four new portable classrooms, raising the number of portable classrooms to seven..."

The school operated as a Junior High School to allow for the eventual closure of nearby Rison High School and changed its status in tandem with the opening of Chapman Junior High School (later, Chapman Middle School).

In 1986, the Huntsville City Schools created the Lee Arts and Pre-Engineering Magnet programs. This program draws students from other schools in the city to Lee for study and opportunities in specific areas. The arts magnet has been rather successful, attracting talented students for theater and vocal music opportunities.[3]

The Huntsville City Schools have constructed a new Lee High School facility on Meridian Street, North (next to the original location).[2] The new building is 250,000 square feet (23,000 m2) and designed for 1,200 students.

One issue surmounted during construction was the Norfolk Southern railroad adjacent to the school; a raised bridge has been erected to allow students to access playing fields that will be across the track from the classrooms.[4]

Although the school's scheduled opening was established as the beginning of the 2012–2013 school year, the new Lee Lyric Theatre had its debut production in June 2012. The production, Oliver!, was a collaboration between the school and Independent Musical Productions.[5]

On Thursday, August 16, 2012, a ribbon cutting ceremony marked the opening of the new Lee High School even as the old building's demolition continued a block away.

The new facility also houses "New Century Technology High School," which was a virtual entity at Columbia High School since the mid-1990s.

Magnet programs[edit]

The Huntsville City School performing arts, visual arts, and engineering magnet programs are co-located with Lee High School. Students are admitted to these programs through a combination of interview, scholastic achievement, and audition. The magnet programs include orchestra, creative writing, dance, engineering, photography, technical theatre, theatre performance, video/broadcast journalism, visual art, and vocal performance. In addition to their magnet courses (usually 2 to 3 hours per day), students follow a full complement of academic coursework, including AP and pre-AP coursework for most students.

Academics[edit]

Lee High School offers a broad array of academic offerings, including a full range of pre-AP and AP courses.

Clubs and organizations[edit]

The school sponsors a number of clubs and organization in which students may participate.[6]

  • Robotics
  • Scholars Bowl
  • SGA: Sponsor
  • Sigma Phi Psi
  • Band

Lee High School Band[edit]

Lee High's band, The Marching Generals, was awarded First Place in “The Greatest Bands in Dixie,” awarded during Mardi Gras in New Orleans in February 1976. As a result the band was selected to represent the State of Alabama at the inauguration of President Jimmy Carter on January 20, 1977.[citation needed]

Sports[edit]

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Dancing
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Bus accident[edit]

On November 20, 2006, a school bus transporting Lee High School students to a local trade school careened over a retaining wall on an elevated part of Interstate 565 at the U.S. highway 231 exit and plummeted 30 feet.[7] Investigating agencies at federal, state and local levels include the NTSB, Alabama State Department of Transportation, Alabama Department of Public Safety, and Huntsville Police Department. Crestwood Medical Center and Huntsville Hospital, the two local hospitals, both activated their Mass Casualty action plans. Emergency response personnel from throughout the area were called upon to assist in rescue efforts.

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lee High School. National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved on 2008-04-28.
  2. ^ a b c Bonvillian, Crystal (November 2, 2011). "Will Lee High School lose its name in merger with New Century?". The Huntsville Times. Retrieved November 4, 2011. 
  3. ^ Stephens, Challen (September 3, 2003). "Lee's magnet losing its power; School worries that others are duplicating special programs". The Huntsville Times (Huntsville, AL: Advance Publications). Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ Campbell, Steve (October 15, 2008). "New Lee High is 'Beautiful'". The Huntsville Times (Huntsville, AL: Advance Publications). Archived from the original on October 15, 2008. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ Wallen, Paul (June 12, 2012). ""Oliver!' will introduce Huntsville audiences to new Lee Lyric Theater". The Huntsville Times (Huntsville, AL: Advance Publications). Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Lee High School Clubs". 
  7. ^ Hunter, Desiree (November 22, 2006). "Bus tragedy unites Lee High students". The Decatur Daily. Associated Press. Retrieved Nove,ber 4, 2011. 
  8. ^ McCarter, Mark (January 8, 2012). "Ron Cooper's path to LSU and BCS title game began on fringe of Alabama A&M campus". The Huntsville Times (Huntsville, AL: Advance Publications). Retrieved December 5, 2013. "Cooper played high school football at Lee, then played for Jacksonville State." 
  9. ^ Hummer, Steve (May 21, 2011). "Braves closer took unusual path to role". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Atlanta, GA). Retrieved December 5, 2013. "Kimbrel the player, though, is an entirely different beast now. The kid just out of Huntsville, Ala., Lee High was nobody’s prodigy." 
  10. ^ "McBride, Jim". Northport, AL: Alabama Music Office. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 

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