Mars Hill Bible School
|Mars Hill Bible School|
|Headmaster||Dr. Kenny Barfield|
|Founder||T. B. Larimore (1871)|
|Location||Florence, AL, USA|
|Accreditation||Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, National Christian School Association|
|Campus||80 acres (320,000 m2)|
|Colors||Blue, Red and White|
Mars Hill Academy, the first predecessor of today's school was opened by T. B. Larimore on January 1, 1871. He later changed the name to Mars Hill College. The academy and college operated for 16 years teaching hundreds of young men. The college was closed in 1888 in order for Larimore to spend more time preaching.
Mars Hill Bible School was opened in 1947 through a collaboration among local churches of Christ. While Mars Hill Bible School affiliates itself with the churches of Christ and although the Mars Hill Church of Christ is next to the campus, the school is completely independent of all churches and is a fully autonomous entity.
- In 2006, 50 out of 50 graduates went to college.
- Median composite ACT score for 2006 graduates was 25, with 42% scoring over 26.
- Bible is a daily class for all students and passing this class is required for graduation.
- Chapel attendance singing Church of Christ hymns is required daily for all students.
The school has won 13 Alabama High School Athletic Association championships, with three in baseball (including 2010 and 2012), seven in girls' basketball, one on boys' golf and two in girls' track and field.
- Irven Lee (first president)
- Paul O. Simon
- Ralph Snell
- Jack Wilhelm
- Milton Sewell served as President of Mars Hill Bible School from 1983-1990. He is currently the chancellor at Freed Hardeman University.
- David Vester served as President of Mars Hill Bible School from 1994-2000. He is a National Christian School Association board member who has since served as President at Dallas Christian School and later at Nashville Christian School.
- Dr. Kenny Barfield served as President from 2000 until 2011. He is the author of The Prophet Motive and Why The Bible is Number One.
- Dexter Rutherford has served as President since 2011.
The following list of notable alumni is arranged by Class year and surname.
|Fletcher Srygley||187?||Preacher, writer, and controversialist in the American Restoration Movement.|||
|Dave Crittenden||1995||Placekicker for The University Of Alabama 1997-1999|||
|Josh Willingham||1997||Left fielder for Minnesota Twins in 2012|
|Matthew Fulmer||2007||Mechanical Engineer for NASA|||
- 1980 - Jerry Clower
- 1985 - Zig Ziglar
- 1986 – Art Linkletter
- 1987 - Paul Harvey
- 1989 - Gene Stallings
- 1991 – Minnie Pearl
- 1992 – Jack Anderson[disambiguation needed]
- 1993 - Jack Kemp
- 1995 – Marilyn Quayle
- 1997 - Heather Whitestone
- 1998 – Jim Lovell
- 1999 - Scott O'Grady
- 2001 - Bobby Bowden
- 2002 - Archie Manning
- 2003 – Jim Morris
- 2004 - Richard Picciotto
- 2005 – Dave Dravecky
- 2006 – Truett Cathy
- 2008 - Rece Davis
- 2010 - Don Meyer
- 2013 - Josh Willingham
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- "Sewell to be chancellor at Freed-Hardeman". Times Daily. 9 March 2007.
- "National Christian School Association". Wayback Machine.
- Kenny Barfield (1995). The Prophet Motive: Examining the Reliability of the Biblical Prophets. Gospel Advocate Company, Incorporated. ISBN 0-89-225458-0.
- Kenny Barfield (1988). Why the Bible Is Number One: The World's Sacred Writing in the Light of Science. Baker Publishing Group. ISBN 0-80-100950-2.
- "F.D. Srygley". Retrieved 2011-07-02.
- "Mars Hill Bible School". MHBS website. 2007.[dead link]