Mountain Brook High School
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|Mountain Brook High|
|The front entrance to MBHS in 2010|
|3650 Bethune Drive
Mountain Brook, Alabama, 35223
|School type||Public, high school|
|School board||Mountain Brook Board of Education|
|School district||Mountain Brook School System|
|Superintendent||Mr. Richard (Dicky) Barlow|
|Vice Principals||Lisa Walters
|Chief custodian||Mark Hutchinson, Head Custodian|
|Color(s)||Green & Gold|
|Team name||Mountain Brook Spartans|
|Newspaper||Sword and Shield|
Mountain Brook High School (MBHS) is a three-year public high school within the city of Mountain Brook, Alabama, a residential area of Birmingham, with approximately 20,600 residents. It is the lone high school in the Mountain Brook School System and is situated on 25 acres (101,000 m2) of land.
Mountain Brook High School serves grades 10-12 and enrolled 1004 students during the 2007-2008 school year. The MBHS administration comprises principal Vic Wilson along with assistant principals Lisa Walter and Jeremy Crigger. Wilson joined the Mountain Brook High School staff first in 2002 after vacating his previous position as Homewood Middle School assistant principal. In 2006, he was named Homewood High School principal, and returned to Mountain Brook in July 2008 as Principal, succeeding Dicky Barlow who was promoted to Assistant Superintendent. Before joining the MBHS team, assistant principal Missy Brooks served as assistant principal of Homewood High School. Similarly, assistant principal Patrick Kellogg served as assistant principal of Pelham High School before arriving at MBHS.
Active school groups and events
- American Field Service - An organization which promotes world peace through understanding other cultures. The Mountain Brook High School AFS chapter sponsors international students throughout the year, as well as sponsoring MBHS students to other countries.
- Debate Team - The Mountain Brook High School Debate Team meets during two periods of the school day and competes on the national circuit in Policy Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, and Public Forum Debate.
- Brookstock - A concert fundraiser held in the fall semester of the school year, Brookstock is traditionally held in the campus parking lot. Through the sale of tickets, concessions, and t-shirts, the fund raiser raises money for service organizations on campus. The performers are all high school bands, not necessarily from MBHS.
- Future Business Leaders of America - An international career and technical student organization which exists to primarily help students transition to the business world.
- Young Democrats
- Young Republicans
- Young Moderates
- Croquet Club
- Ping Pong Club- One of Mountain Brook's newest clubs.
- Key Club - One of the oldest and largest service program for high school students, the Key Club is a student-led organization that teaches leadership through serving others.
- Interact Club - Similar to Key Club, Interact is a national service based organization. At MBHS, Interact each year puts on Relay for Life, one of the largest Relay for Life events in the state. Teams composed of high school students compete with other teams from around the community to see who can raise the most money. The event lasts through the night, including local bands, sponsored events, and food from local establishments.
- Student Government Association - A student organization dedicated to social and organizational activities of the student body
- Other groups on campus
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The Mountain Brook Spartans compete in Class 6A, Alabama's largest classification. The sports teams have enjoyed a great deal of success, and the school holds more state championships (122) than any other in the state. In fact, the girls' cross country team has won eight state championships in a row, a streak dating back to 2003, and the boys have won the last three state championships. The tennis teams, outdoor and indoor track teams, golf teams, and swim and dive teams have also contributed to the total, among many others
The Mountain Brook High School tennis teams have been very successful. The boys tennis team has won 23 state championships, the most in the state. The girls tennis team also holds the record for most state championships in the state with 23 wins. Tennis is the varsity sport that has the most state championships of any other at Mountain Brook High School.
Spartan football has also achieved success, winning state championships in 1975 and 1976. Since their first season in 1966, they have had 11 ten-win seasons and 12 state quarterfinal appearances. The current coach is Chris Yeager; his predecessor, Joey Jones, is now the head coach for the South Alabama Jaguars. The boys' basketball team won its first state championship in 2013. They also reached the Final Four in 2001.
- United States Department of Education Blue Ribbon School; 1983–84, 1992-93.
- United States Department of Education Secondary Schools Recognition Program.
- Selected by Redbook magazine as one of 155 schools honored for "overall excellence"
- Recognized by Newsweek magazine as one of the nation's top 100 high schools.
- Honored by The College Board for academic excellence and outstanding support and participation in Advanced Placement Program.
- Mountain Brook has graduated three Rhodes Scholars.
- Mountain Brook has won more Alabama state athletic championships (119) than any other public school in the state.
- In October 2006, Mountain Brook High School's drama department, under the direction of Pat Yates, combined with Fairfield High Preparatory School to present Christopher Sergel's dramatization of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. The joint production received local and eventually national attention, and was featured on NBC's Today Show and NBC Nightly News. Even Harper Lee herself took notice, as the normally private author agreed to meet with the cast.
- Mountain Brook was named the top athletic program in Alabama for the 2006-2007 season by Sports Illustrated.
In 2013 the Mountain Brook High School basketball team, led by coach Bucky McMillan, won the class 6A state championship
- Nate Bland, Former MLB player (Houston Astros)
- Courteney Cox, actress (Friends, Scream, Cougar Town, Dirt)
- Natalee Holloway, an 18-year-old who mysteriously disappeared while in Aruba with friends in 2005.
- Alan Hunter, MTV Veejay
- David Jaffe, video game designer (God of War, Twisted Metal)
- Pat Du Pré, semi-finalist at Wimbledon in 1979 and a quarter finalist in the U.S. Open. 1979-1981; he was ranked in the top 20 in the world, reaching as high as 12th.
- Jared Weinstein, Special Assistant and Personal Aide to U.S. President George W. Bush from 2006 to 2009
- Graeme McFarland, football player (Indiana University)
- Emeel Salem, All-American baseball player at the University of Alabama, currently playing for the Tampa Bay Rays (6th round draft pick 2007)
- William Vlachos, center for the University of Alabama National Championship Team in 2009 and 2011.
- Tommy Dewey, actor (17 Again, The BabyMakers, The Mindy Project)
- Sarah Simmons, Top 8 finalist on season 4 of The Voice.
- Trevor Holder, pitched in College World Series for University of Georgia. Currently with Washington Nationals organization.
- Jay Friedman, baseball pitcher Furman University.
- Students learn about race through acting, NBC Nightly News. (October 22, 2006) Retrieved on January 17, 2007.
- "Best in state: The top high schools in each of the 50 states and D.C.". Sports Illustrated. June 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-23.