Smiths Station High School

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Smiths Station High School
Address
4228 Lee Road 430
Smiths Station, Alabama, United States
Information
School type Public
Motto Panther Pride
Founded 1918
School district Lee County Schools
Principal Joaquin Richards
Assistant principals Todd Wilson, Mary Holloway
Grades 10-12
Enrollment 1,382 (2014)
Language English
Color(s) Black & White
Feeder schools East Smiths Station Elementary, South Smiths Station Elementary, West Smiths Station Elementary, Wacoochee Elementary

Smiths Station High School is a high school in Smiths Station, Alabama, enrolling grades 10-12. The school enrolls 1,382 students, and is one of four high schools in the Lee County School District along with Beauregard, Beulah and Loachapoka High Schools.[1]

History[edit]

Smiths Station High School
Test scores of Smiths Station High School juniors in 2010 on the Alabama High School Graduation Exam, compared with juniors at the other public high schools in Lee County

Smiths Station High School was formed in 1918 with the consolidation of rural one-room schools in the Smiths Station, Motts, and Oak Grove communities. Smiths Station High was the first full rural high school in the Lee County Schools, prior to its creation, all students wishing to complete high school had to travel to Auburn to attend Auburn High School. A new consolidated school was built in Smiths Station in 1918, and the high school soon absorbed Prince School (1919), Lee Bullard School (1928) and Salem High School (1929). J.B. Page served as principal of Smiths Station High from 1929 until 1972, during which time the school spun off Smiths Station Elementary School from its original K-12 configuration. Integration came to Smiths Station in 1970, with SSHS absorbing the black school Wacoochee High School in 1971, moving to a grades 10-12 configuration. Growth in the 1970s led to the shifting of grade 9 back to Smiths Station in 1976.[2]

Between 1976 and the 2010 Smiths Station High School grew from an enrollment of about 600 to over 1800. In 2008, that growth, combined with expected future growth related to the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure involving nearby Fort Benning, led to the decision to build a new $32 million Smiths Station High School. The new facility opened in August 2011, with Smiths Station High adopting a grades 10-12 configuration.[3]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ State of Alabama Department of Education, Enrollment by Ethnicity and Gender (School Level) Year 2009—2010, Retrieved August 5, 2010.
  2. ^ J.B. Page, "Memories of Smiths School", Lee County and Her Forebears, (Montgomery, Ala.: Herff Jones, 1983), 134-142.
  3. ^ J.B. Page, "Memories of Smiths School", Lee County and Her Forebears; State of Alabama Department of Education, Enrollment by Ethnicity and Gender (School Level) Year 2009—2010; Kristen Letsinger, "New Smiths Station High School on track for fall 2011", Opelika-Auburn News, July 1, 2010; "Lee County names new superintendent, approves Smiths Station High School plan", Opelika-Auburn News, February 13, 2008.
  4. ^ Wood, Graham (1971). An A-Z of Rock and Roll. Studio Vista. 
  5. ^ Wood, Graham (1971). An A-Z of Rock and Roll. Studio Vista. 
  6. ^ Segrest, Doug (July 31, 2009). "Alabama Football Warriors, Wildfire Ensure Area's Rep as Minor-league Stars". Birmingham News. 
  7. ^ "Lowe Resigns UAB Position To Take Job At Smiths Station High School". UABSports.com. April 21, 2005. 

Coordinates: 32°31′16″N 85°04′48″W / 32.521016°N 85.079863°W / 32.521016; -85.079863