Coahoma Agricultural High School

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Coahoma Agricultural High School
Location
Coahoma Agricultural High School is located in Mississippi
Coahoma Agricultural High School
Coahoma Agricultural High School
3240 Friars Point Road
Clarksdale, MS, USA 38614
Coordinates 34°15′22″N 90°34′17″W / 34.2560689°N 90.5712512°W / 34.2560689; -90.5712512Coordinates: 34°15′22″N 90°34′17″W / 34.2560689°N 90.5712512°W / 34.2560689; -90.5712512 -->
Information
Type Public, Secondary
School district Coahoma AHS District
President Dr. Valmadge Towner
Principal Milton Hardrict
Grades 9-12
Number of students 302(2015-2016)
Color(s) Maroon and White
Mascot Tigers
Website

Coahoma Agricultural High School is a public, secondary school in unincorporated Coahoma County, Mississippi (USA). It is located on the campus of Coahoma Community College,[1] approximately 4.5 miles (7.2 km) north of Clarksdale.[2] Designated as a part of the Coahoma Agricultural High School District (ASD #1402),[3] and operated by the community college,[4] is one of two independently functioning agricultural high schools in the state of Mississippi. The school has its own facilities, instructional and administrative personnel, and student programs. It shares library facilities with the college.

The school operates the Coahoma Early College High School (CECHS) program.[5] On July 1, 2018, the original Coahoma County Agricultural High School will be dissolved, with the Coahoma Early College High School taking its place.

History[edit]

Coahoma County Agricultural High School was established in 1924. It was one of the first agricultural high schools for Blacks in Mississippi. A junior college curriculum was added in 1949 and the institution's name was changed to Coahoma Junior College and Agricultural High School. The school was desegregated in 1965, although the student body has remained mostly and in recent years, exclusively African American.

Coahoma Junior College was removed from the title of Coahoma County Agricultural High School in 1975 and in 1981, the school began operating separately from the Coahoma County School District and dropped the word "county" from its name.

A 2012 report by Augenblick, Palaich and Associates suggested changing the school's focus to an early college school and/or merging it. It stated that the school's academic performance was below the state average and that the school no longer had a focus on agriculture.[4]

On July 1, 2018, the original Coahoma County Agricultural High School will be dissolved, with the Coahoma Early College High School taking its place. Governor of Mississippi Phil Bryant signed into law Senate Bill 2501, which will require this change in the school, in May 2016.[6]

Demographics[edit]

A majority of the Coahoma AHS student body comes from the towns of Friars Point, Coahoma, Lula, and Jonestown – all part of the Coahoma County School District. A limited number of students from the Clarksdale Municipal School District opt to attend Coahoma AHS instead of Clarksdale High School.[citation needed]

In the 2014-15 school year, the school enrolled 267 black students, 1 hispanic, and no white students.[7]

Structure[edit]

The president of Coahoma Community College also serves as superintendent of the Coahoma Agricultural High School. The same board of trustees governs both the high school and community college.

In addition to the superintendent and board of trustees, Coahoma AHS has the same administrative personnel common in other public high schools, including a principal and assistant principal.

Leadership[edit]

Superintendents[edit]

Term Incumbent
1924 – 1925 M. L. Strange
1925 – 1929 J. M. Mosley
1929 – 1937 J. W. Addison
1937 – 1945 J. B. Wright
1945 – 1966 B. F. McLaurin
1966 – 1979 J. E. Miller
1980 – 1992 McKinley C. Martin
1992 – present Vivian Presley

Principals[edit]

Term Incumbent
1951 – 1954 James E. Miller
1954 – 1963 W. L. Tobias
1963 – 1974 Frank McCune
1974 – 1984 Eugene Fox
1984 – 1985 Albert Williams
1985 – 1986 Sammy Fellton
1986 – 1987 T. W. Richardson
1987 – 1993 S. T. Bailey
1993 – 1996 Olenza McBride
1996 – 2007 John Brown
2007 – 2013 I. D. Thompson

Braxton Stowe

Demographics[edit]

2006-07 school year[edit]

There was a total of 291 students enrolled at Coahoma Agricultural High School during the 2006-2007 school year. The gender makeup of the school was 53% female and 47% male. The racial makeup of the school was 100.00% African American.[8] 93.5% of the school's students were eligible to receive free lunch.[9]

Previous school years[edit]

School Year Enrollment Gender Makeup Racial Makeup
Female Male Asian African
American
Hispanic Native
American
White
2005-06[8] 305 53% 47% 100.00%
2004-05[8] 313 53% 47% 100.00%
2003-04[8] 297 55% 45% 100.00%
2002-03[10] 298 55% 45% 100.00%

Accountability statistics[edit]

2006-07[11] 2005-06[12] 2004-05[13] 2003-04[14] 2002-03[15]
District Accreditation Status Accredited Accredited Accredited Accredited Accredited
School Performance Classifications
Level 5 (Superior Performing)
Level 4 (Exemplary)
Level 3 (Successful) X X X
Level 2 (Under Performing) X X
Level 1 (Low Performing)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "campus.jpg Archived July 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.." Coahoma Agricultural High School. Retrieved on October 10, 2010.
  2. ^ "School History Archived July 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.." Coahoma Agricultural High School. Retrieved on October 10, 2010.
  3. ^ "District Info." Coahoma Agricultural High School. Retrieved on July 8, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "State education board recommends closing one agriculture school, converting one and keeping one". Associated Press at gulflive.com. 2012-12-20. Retrieved 2017-07-03. 
  5. ^ "Coahoma Early College." Coahoma Agricultural High School. Retrieved on July 8, 2017.
  6. ^ "Bryant signs 5 bills to consolidate some school districts". Fox 13 Memphis. 2016-05-12. Retrieved 2017-07-09. 
  7. ^ "School Directory Information 2014-15". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 2 December 2017. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Mississippi Assessment and Accountability Reporting System". Office of Research and Statistics, Mississippi Department of Education. Archived from the original on 2007-03-23. 
  9. ^ "2006-07 State, District, and School Enrollment by Race/Gender with Poverty Data" (XLS). Mississippi Department of Education. 2008-01-16. Retrieved 2008-05-17. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Mississippi Report Card for 2002-2003". Office of Educational Accountability, Mississippi Department of Education. 2004-09-02. Archived from the original on 2007-08-12. Retrieved 2007-08-31. 
  11. ^ "2007 Results" (PDF). Mississippi Statewide Accountability System. Mississippi Department of Education. 2007-09-13. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-11-27. Retrieved 2007-09-15. 
  12. ^ "2006 Results" (PDF). Mississippi Statewide Accountability System. Mississippi Department of Education. 2006-09-06. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-02-17. Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  13. ^ "2005 Results" (PDF). Mississippi Statewide Accountability System. Mississippi Department of Education. 2005-09-09. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-12-13. Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  14. ^ "2004 Results" (PDF). Mississippi Statewide Accountability System. Mississippi Department of Education. 2004-09-26. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-07-05. Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  15. ^ "2003 Results" (PDF). Mississippi Statewide Accountability System. Mississippi Department of Education. 2003-11-21. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-12-11. Retrieved 2007-05-07. 

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