Albert P. Brewer High School

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Albert P. Brewer High School
Address
59 Eva Rd
Somerville, Alabama, (Morgan County) 35670
United States
Coordinates 34°24′46.34″N 86°42′18.99″W / 34.4128722°N 86.7052750°W / 34.4128722; -86.7052750Coordinates: 34°24′46.34″N 86°42′18.99″W / 34.4128722°N 86.7052750°W / 34.4128722; -86.7052750
Information
School type Public school (government funded), high school
Established 1972 (1972)
School district Morgan County Schools
NCES District ID 0102480[1]
CEEB code 012510
NCES School ID 010248001696[2]
Principal Jeremy Childers[3]
Faculty 62.57 (on an FTE basis) [2]
Grades 912
Enrollment 899 [2] (2010-2011 school year)
 • Grade 9 255 [2]
 • Grade 10 214 [2]
 • Grade 11 225 [2]
 • Grade 12 205 [2]
Student to teacher ratio 14.37 [2]
Language English
Campus Rural
Campus size 80 acres (32 ha)
Color(s)               
Red, White, and Blue
Mascot Patriot
Website

Albert P. Brewer Area Vocational and High School is part of the Morgan County School System. The school in the foot hills of the Appalachian Mountains near Florette, Alabama. The grounds are approximately 80 acres. Its mascot is the Patriot, and colors are red, white, and blue. Brewer is the largest high school in the Morgan County System and is classified as a 6A school by the Alabama High School Athletic Association. Brewer's biggest rivals in sports have traditionally been Hartselle, Arab and most recently Priceville.

History[edit]

In the late 1960s, former Superintendent J.C. Petty, superintendent George Nancarrow, the Morgan County School Board, and Governor Albert P. Brewer saw an increasing need for the development of an Area Vocational/Academic School for eastern of Morgan County. Albert P. Brewer Area Vocational and High School was created in 1972 by combining grades 10-12 from seven area high schools.

The school evolved from combining the five high schools of Cotaco, Eva, Ryan, Union Hill, and Priceville. Also, the other high schools in the Morgan County School System send their vocational and JROTC students to Brewer. In 1981 the 9th graders were also moved to Brewer. Beginning with the 2001-2002 school year, Priceville High School began removing one grade each year to become a high school again. Therefore, Brewer's student body now consists of students from four feeder schools.

The construction of Brewer cost 2 million dollars in 1972, which would be about 9 million dollars in 2006.

Present day[edit]

BHSoutsideinn.JPG There are currently about 902 students in grades 9-12. Brewer offers all the academics for honors and regular diplomas.in 2016, Brewer added several Advanced Placement courses for students. Brewer offers the only JROTC program and vocational/technical classes for the county school system. Students have a variety of elective subjects for participation. Students may also participate in a variety of extracurricular activities, programs and clubs.

Extracurricular[edit]

Besides the main academic classrooms, there are 15 vocational/technical classes at A. P. Brewer Area Vocational and High School. In addition there are several science labs, computer labs, and a library with a video room for viewing materials and another video room to produce Brewer's television show, currently, "What’s Up B. H. S." Brewer's first in school, student created television show was produced by Carson Clark and called "Good Morning B.H.S." Subsequent to Carson's tenure at Brewer, the late Jon David McAnally produced "Patriot Pride." "Patriot Pride" was continued and produced for four more years by John W. Tomlinson. These television shows could not have been possible without the support of two people who dedicated themselves to the students of Brewer, the late David Gurley and the late Johnnie Sue Gurley McAnally Ward. In order to honor their memories, in the late 90's, John W. Tomlinson, a student at the time, and Jerry Thomas, a teacher at the time who taught English and sponsored the Thespian Society, undertook a campaign to rename Brewer's library "The David Gurley and Johnnie Sue McAnally Ward Media Center." John and Jerry raised the funds and had Ms. Ward's portrait commissioned to be displayed by her brother's portrait in the Media Center.

There is also an JROTC / In-School Suspension building and Band Room. There are two gymnasiums, a softball complex, and a baseball complex. The football stadium has a six lane track, field house, and weight room. Besides the regulation football field, there are four additional regulation fields that are used for practicing football, soccer, and a marching band field. One of these additional fields is the official soccer field. There is also an Outdoor Classroom and "Farm" for the agriculture classes, and two greenhouses used for the Horticulture classes.

Notable alumni[edit]

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