Briarwood Christian School

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Briarwood Christian School is a school in Birmingham, Alabama. It was started by Briarwood Presbyterian Church in 1965.[1] In 1977, the school had its own dedicated facilities constructed on Highway 119, about 15 miles south of the current church campus. Elementary school classes are still held at the main church building.

Briarwood Christian School is now a SACS-accredited K-12 school with 1,900 students. It operates in four sections: Early Childhood, Elementary, Junior High, and Senior High.


Briarwood High School has won 34 AHSAA State Athletic Championships since 1990.[2]

Varsity Football[edit]

The Briarwood football team has won four state titles and is currently coached by Fred Yancey. Yancey is second on the list of all-time winningest Alabama high school head coaches. His staff includes fellow former Alabama players David Hannah, Chris Donnelly, and Ernest Carroll.[3] Former Alabama teammates under Bear Bryant, Jeremiah Castille (Super Bowl competitor) and Joey Jones (current University of South Alabama head coach) as well as former Alabama defensive back Sam Shade have also served as assistant coaches at the school. Former Briarwood players include NFL players Tim and Simeon Castille, as well as Barrett Trotter, former Auburn starting quarterback and St. Louis Rams football operations assistant. Former Briarwood quarterback and offensive coordinator Joe Craddock is currently on the football coaching staff at SMU. Craddock serves as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Mustangs.

Other Varsity Sports[edit]

Olympic gold medalist Cat Reddick played soccer at the school before joining the United States women's national soccer team.


Minor cases of student misconduct are punished with detention. Where this proves ineffective, and for any significant offenses, a spanking is administered. Spanking is usually administered only in elementary and junior high school. The school believes the Bible teaches the use of corporal punishment in the discipline of young people. Staff are instructed to use the paddle whenever necessary.[4] Spanking is not carried out in the presence of other students. Serious misconduct leads to suspension.[5]


  1. ^ "Our Heritage". Briarwood Presbyterian Church. Retrieved 2007-09-09. 
  2. ^ "Briarwood Athletics Overview". Briarwood Christian School. Retrieved 2009-02-01. 
  3. ^ "Briarwood Christian School football team loaded with star-studded group of coaches" Archived October 6, 2012, at the Wayback Machine., Birmingham News, Alabama, December 6, 2006.
  4. ^ "School Philosophy & Distinctives" Archived July 25, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., Briarwood Christian School.
  5. ^ Junior/Senior High School Handbook[permanent dead link], Briarwood Christian School.

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Coordinates: 33°23′31″N 86°41′23″W / 33.39194°N 86.68972°W / 33.39194; -86.68972