Buckhorn High School (Alabama)

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Buckhorn High School
4123 Winchester Road
New Market, Alabama
United States
School type Public
Established 1958
School district Madison County Schools
Principal Todd Markham
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1379[1]
Color(s) Blue and Gold
Nickname Bucks

Buckhorn High School is a public high school in New Market, Alabama, United States. Buckhorn received the State Department of Education's National Blue Ribbon in 2001.[2]

Buckhorn is located at the site of the American Civil War Skirmish of Buckhorn Tavern,[3] fought on October 12, 1863, between General Phillip D. Roddey's Alabama Cavalry Brigade and a Union cavalry brigade commanded by General Robert Mitchell.


By tradition, the tavern took its name "Buckhorn" in 1858 when William L. Fanning killed a buck near the site and presented its antlers to the innkeeper. The antlers are now displayed at Buckhorn High School.[4] The Madison County Board of Education bought land on November 19, 1956, from Annie Bruce Walker Short to construct a school.[citation needed]

On August 29, 1958, as a result of consolidation of New Market and Riverton High School, Buckhorn High School opened with approximately 200 students. William Loyd Fanning presented the original horns to Buckhorn High School on December 12, 1958.[citation needed]

To accommodate the rapid growth of New Market and the school, additions have been added over a span of 20 years, including a new library, 2 gyms, a technology wing, new science classrooms and labs, a new dining hall, a music wing, and the front atrium.[citation needed]

The school was damaged on March 2, 2012, during the March 2–3, 2012 tornado outbreak. The tornado struck the school building, damaging the science wing and a portion of the roof, then destroyed the press box at the soccer field and damaged the JROTC building. There were no reported injuries to staff or students.[5][6]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Buckhorn High School has a performing arts program, band, drama, choir, dance team, and musical theater.

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Coordinates: 34°52′16″N 86°27′14″W / 34.871°N 86.454°W / 34.871; -86.454