Cullman High School

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Cullman High School
Location
510 13th Street NE
Cullman, Alabama, 35055

United States
Coordinates 34°11′18″N 86°50′31″W / 34.18821°N 86.84186°W / 34.18821; -86.84186Coordinates: 34°11′18″N 86°50′31″W / 34.18821°N 86.84186°W / 34.18821; -86.84186
Information
Type Public high school
Motto Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow
Established 1909
School district Cullman City Schools
Principal Kim Hall
Faculty 63 (as of 2010)[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 934 (2010)
Student to teacher ratio 15.6
Color(s) Black, Gold, White
Athletics Football, marching band, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, tennis, golf, cross country, track, indoor track, cheerleading, indoor drumline, volleyball, bowling
Athletics conference AHSAA Class 6A
Nickname Bearcats
Rivals

Hartselle Tigers

Walker Vikings
Newspaper The Hilight
Yearbook The Southerner
Affiliation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Website

Cullman High School is the largest public high school in the city of Cullman, Alabama as well as Cullman County, Alabama. The school is classified as a 6A school and belongs to the Cullman City School District.

As of the 2010-2011 school year, the school had an enrollment of more than 930 students and 63 teachers, in grades 9-12, with an FTE ratio of 15.6.

Cullman High School is routinely recognized as one of the top public high schools in the state of Alabama in all areas: academic, athletic, and artistic. The school is also known for offering one of the most diverse curricula in Alabama with students having over 130 courses to choose from, including advanced academic courses (Advanced Placement, honors, dual-enrollment), specialized career/technical electives, technology/communications (computer programming, television production), culinary arts, home/economics, athletic choices (30+ sports teams), and dozens of courses in the fine arts (including numerous band courses, string/orchestral studies, choral courses, drama courses, visual arts courses, etc.).[2]

Cullman High School is also known for the high level of achievement of its students. Over the years, Cullman High School has been home to numerous National Merit Scholars, Presidential Scholars, and Horatio Alger National Scholars.[3][4][5][6]

History[edit]

Cullman High School was founded under the name "Cullman County High School" in 1908. That year, a group of 45 students attended the first classes on the second floor of the Imbusch Building in downtown Cullman, which housed the W. O. Kelley General Store.[7] The building is located in downtown Cullman on the corner of Third Avenue and Third Street and still stands to this day. The following year, in 1909, two Cullman businessmen, George H. Parker and C. H. Stiefelmeyer, donated 5 acres (20,000 m2) of land and donated $10,000 to construct a new school, which was located at 800 Second Avenue, which is the current site of Cullman Middle School.[7]

By 1920, nearly 280 students were enrolled at Cullman County High School and an expansion was needed. A new classroom building and an auditorium were added onto the Second Avenue campus to curb the growth in enrollment.[7] The school was nearly closed in 1935 when funding was completely lost due to the Great Depression. Students were warned that the school would close and they would not be able to graduate. Fortunately, the businessmen of the City of Cullman rallied together to raise the funds needed to keep the school open.[7]

By 1940, the school was known statewide as a leader in sports, especially football and baseball. The academic programs were also renowned as being "ahead of their time."[7] In 1949, the various schools within Cullman were taken over by the city and the Cullman City School System was officially formed. It was at this time that the word "county" was dropped from the name to indicate the school only served students living within the city limits of Cullman.

In 1960, a new Cullman High School campus was built at the current site at 510 Thirteenth Street. The old high school campus was demolished and Cullman Middle School was constructed there.[7]

The present-day campus of Cullman High School has been in the works for the past 2 years at the Thirteenth Street site. The new Cullman High School expanded campus, when completed, will support nearly 2,000 students and include updated facilities. The additions began in 2008.

Phase I of the Cullman High School Expansion Project was completed in the fall of 2010, bringing with it a new $4-million auxiliary gymnasium, a 5,000 square feet (460 m2) science building addition, and a new football stadium with an artificial turf field and an 8-lane track.[8]

Phase II will begin in late 2010 or early 2011, and includes a new two-story library and media center; conversion of the current library into a state-of-the-art business/career technical center; a second story addition to all of the academic buildings and administration; a new school entrance and lobby; an expanded cafeteria; an outdoor amphitheater outside the cafeteria; complete refurbishing of all academic buildings, the main gym, and the auditorium; expanded student and faculty parking; and potential other expansions and additions.[8]

Student Enrollment History
1910s - 1920s 45 - 280
1930s ~300
1940s ~560
1950s ~750
1960s ~800
1970s ~920
1980s ~780
1990s ~800
2000s ~900
2010s ~900

[citation needed]

Sports[edit]

The baseball program won its first state championship in 2002 and has been to the championship series of the playoffs every year from 2003 to 2008, except 2005. The baseball program won the state championship yet again in 2007 and also set a new state record for wins in a season with a 48-7 record. The baseball program has recently won its third state championship and second championship in a row in 2008.[9] The soccer program also won a state championship in 2002. Cullman's cheerleader's won the 5A state championship for 2005–2006, 2006–2007 and 2007-2008. The football program broke the school record for most wins in a single season in 2007 with a record of 13 wins and only 1 loss. It was the first time in school history for a Cullman football team to make it to the fourth round of the state playoffs.[citation needed] In October 2009, they clinched their 3rd consecutive region title. The 2012-2013 bearcats went 10-3, and went to the 3rd round of the playoffs. The 2013-2014 bearcats beat Walker, Hartselle, Athens, and Russellville in the same year with the likes of Tyler Glenn, Garrett Crider, Mason Jones, and Trey Moon, which had never been done before. Some refer to the 13-14 team as the last generation of Cullman's BMF's.

The math teams also won a state championship in all divisions (Geometry, Algebra II, and Analysis) in 2007, a record that was continued in 2008 by the Geometry and Algebra II teams.[citation needed]

Band[edit]

Cullman High School Bearcat Marching Band 2007

The band program was formed in 1929[citation needed] and has expanded over the years to include more than 300 total students. Cullman High School is also known for its large percentage of student enrollment participating in the band program, with more than 20% of all Cullman High School students active in the band program. The band has been successful on the national level, and attended the National Adjudicators Invitational in Cincinnati in 2005.

The Cullman High School Bearcat Band performs at every school football game throughout the year, as well as marching in the annual fair parade, performing at the Cullman County Band Exhibition, and participating in three contests per year. The band normally competes in the large band classifications, and has received all superior ratings in every competition it has competed in, including taking home "Best in Class" for AAA bands at the 2004 and 2005 Hoover Invitationals.[10] The auxiliaries (color guard, dance line, and majorettes) are known throughout the state and have won many best in class awards. Starting in the fall of 2011, the Cullman High School Band will start competing at Bands of America (BOA). This a national level of band competitions.

A trumpet duet performed by members of the Cullman High School marching band.

In 2007 the CHS Band marched in the Veteran's Day parade in New York and appeared on CBS Early Show. In 2008 the band marched in the McDonald's Thanksgiving Day parade in Chicago, and in 2009 the band performed under the St. Louis Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri.[citation needed] In 2010, the band performed in a parade at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Also, in 2011, the band performed in the Dunkin Donuts Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade.[citation needed]

Cullman High School also has a German Band, performing throughout Oktoberfest; a symphonic band, which is made up of mostly 11th and 12th graders; a regular concert band, which is mostly underclassmen; a jazz band, performing at both Christmas and spring concerts, as well as the annual Big Band Dance; and a pep band, which is considered to be the largest pep band in the state.[11]

The Cullman High School Band also sponsors the Cullman Indoor Drumline, which was formed in late 2008. The Cullman Indoor Drumline competes in both the Southeastern Color Guard Circuit (SCGC), where the drumline has always finished in the top 6, and in Winter Guard International (WGI) on the national level.[12][13]

CCTV99[edit]

CCT99 is a Public, educational, and government access (PEG) station operated by Cullman High School students. The station covers different events throughout Cullman including periodical news broadcasts from the students, and it is also the television home of the community interest program Ticket to Cullman.

Clubs[edit]

Clubs at the school include Math Team, LEO Club, Art Club, Cats for a Cure, Common Ground Outreach, DNA Science Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), French Club, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Future Farmers of America (FFA), German Club, Key Club, and Spanish Club.

1:1 Laptop Initiative[edit]

The 1:1 Laptop Initiative is a project that seeks to give each student a laptop to for homework, school work, and research. The laptop program is one of only 2 such projects in the United States.[citation needed] Every student in Cullman High School has received a laptop computer.[14]

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses[edit]

Cullman High School offers several Advanced Placement Program courses: AP Calculus AB, AP Chemistry, AP Macroeconomics, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP United States Government, AP United States History, AP Human Geography, AP Physics B, AP German, AP Spanish, AP French, AP Biology, AP Studio Art, AP Statistics, and AP Computer Science. In 2007, 40 CHS students took the AP exams for these courses. Of those who took the exams, 20% scored a 5, 25% scored a 4, 32.5% scored a 3, 14% scored a 2, and 8.5% scored a 1.[15] Beginning with the 2010-2011 school year, all students who take AP courses are required to take the accompanying AP examination at the end of the course.

The Advanced Placement Program at Cullman High School is under constant expansion, with 1 to 2 new Advanced Placement courses being added each year. Several additional Advanced Placement courses are available to Cullman High School student by means of online or computer-based programs, such as the Alabama ACCESS program.

Testing[edit]

Cullman High School students exceed state and national averages on many standardized tests, including the ACT and Advanced Placement Exams.[16]

The 2009 Cullman High School ACT score breakdown is shown below:

Subject Area CHS Average Alabama State Average
English 22.9 20.5
Math 21.8 19.5
Reading 22.5 20.7
Science 22.5 20.1
Composite 22.5 20.3

[16]

Cullman High School has had at least two Presidential Scholars, the last of which was in 1998.[17]

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cullman High School teacher directory, http://chs.cullmancats.net/webpages.htm
  2. ^ Cullman High School Course Catalog http://chs.cullmancats.net/ccatalog10-11.pdf
  3. ^ http://www2.ed.gov/programs/psp/2010/candidates.pdf
  4. ^ http://www.cullmantimes.com/local/x1116123528/Cullman-senior-named-National-Merit-Scholar?keyword=topstory
  5. ^ http://www.cullmantimes.com/local/x552027767/Star-Student
  6. ^ http://www.cullmantimes.com/local/x1164470635/Gammie-s-promise
  7. ^ a b c d e f http://chs.cullmancats.net/History-CullmanHighSchool.pdf
  8. ^ a b http://www.cullmantimes.com/local/x1494818794/Turf-talk/print
  9. ^ . Cullman Times. May 18, 2008 http://www.cullmantimes.com/homepage/local_story_138200715.html?keyword=leadpicturestory.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ "Festival Archives" (PDF). Hoover Invitational Marching Festival. Retrieved June 27, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Cullman Band". cullmanband.com. Retrieved June 27, 2010. 
  12. ^ This confirms membership in WGI http://wgi.org/units/Scholastic-Marching-A-ensemble-Cullman-HS.html
  13. ^ This link confirms the drumline's membership in SCGC and the results tab confirms the top-6 finish http://www.scgconline.org/membership.php?unit_id=200
  14. ^ Moore, Trent (5 September 2008). "Cullman freshmen get laptop computers". Cullman Time. Cullman, Alabama. Retrieved June 27, 2010. 
  15. ^ Taken from the 2006 - 2007 annual report (PDF) http://www.cullmancats.net/content/pdf/AnnualReport06-07.pdf
  16. ^ a b "Cullman City Schools Annual report 2008-2009" (PDF). Cullman City Schools. p. 3. Retrieved June 27, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Presidential Scholars- Alabama". Presidential Scholars Foundation. Retrieved June 27, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Wesley Britt, OT, Alabama". USA Today. May 18, 2005. Retrieved April 8, 2008. 
  19. ^ "Kurt Heinecke, VeggieTales Musical Director". Retrieved September 11, 2009. 

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