Cherokee High School (Alabama)
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|Cherokee High School
|850 High School Drive
|School district||Colbert County Schools|
|Grades||7 - 12|
|Enrollment||223 in 2006|
|Color(s)||Blue and vegas gold|
|Accreditation||Southern Association of Colleges and Schools|
|ACT average||25.8 in 2009|
|Fight Song||The Victors|
|Originally named Cherokee Vocational High School|
Cherokee High School was founded in 1925 as Cherokee Vocational High School as it was the first designated vocational school in Colbert County. The school provides both academic and general diplomas and has dropped the "Vocational" part of the name. The first graduating class consisted of 22 students. The most recent class (2012) consisted of 54 graduating students.
The original high school building was located where the current gymnasium stands. As the school expanded with the end of segregation in 1968 the old high school became the junior high school. That building burned on January 21, 1971. The original segregated school for African Americans became Cherokee Middle School and contained grades 5 through 8. That school closed at the end of the 2006/2007 school year and is being consolidated into Cherokee Elementary and Cherokee High Schools.
Cherokee High School has been notable for its sports teams through the years. Bud Mills (1950-1973, 1989), is a member of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. Mills had a career record of 152-81-4 during 25 years as a head coach. Garner Ezell (1983–85) led the Indians to Area Championships twice in three years, advancing to the Semi-finals in the 1984 season and the Quarter-finals in 1985. In 1985, the Indians recorded their first 12 win season while leading the area in most stats. Gene Mitchell (1990-2001), led the Indians to 6 consecutive playoff appearances (1996-2001) and back to back Region Championships in 1998-99.
From 1937 to 1950 not a lot has been found about Cherokee baseball. From 1951 to 1973 the school did not field a baseball team. Only the city league was available to the players. In 1974, Bud Mills started baseball again at the school and have fielded a team every year since then. Other than Mays and Mills, Brad Bradford and Richard Phillips are the only former coaches to this point to lead the Indians. Wade Turberville is the current coach of the Indians baseball team.
Coach Richard Phillips, along with his long-time assistant Kenny Aycock, amassed 403 career victories in 29 years as the head coach. During those 29 years, he also led the Indians to 16 Area Championships and 19 Play-Off Appearances. Of those 19 appearances, 4 years ended in losses in the State Semi-finals, and 4 years ended as the State Runner-Up. 2002 was the last time the Indians made an appearance in the State Play-offs. They lost to Gordo in the State Semi-Finals during that year.
The 2007-08 basketball team was ranked in the top 10 in the state for class 2A and led by long-time assistant Kenny Aycock. The 2008-2009 team made it to the playoffs and was three games away from making it to the state championship.
- Senator Bobby Denton
- Cecil Dowdy - University of Alabama football star during the coaching years of Paul "Bear" Bryant.
- "CHEROKEE HIGH SCHOOL / School and Community Contexts for Learning" (Adobe Acrobat). Cherokee High School. Retrieved 2007-06-22.
- "Coaches Directory, Cherokee High School (7H10)" (PDF). Alabama High School Athletic Association. 2006–2007. p. 75. Archived from the original (pdf) on 2007-05-09. Retrieved 2007-06-25.