Hoover High School (Alabama)

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Hoover High School
Hoover High School Facade.PNG
1000 Buccaneer Drive
Hoover, Alabama, 35244
United States
Coordinates 33°20′39″N 86°50′16″W / 33.34409°N 86.83765°W / 33.34409; -86.83765Coordinates: 33°20′39″N 86°50′16″W / 33.34409°N 86.83765°W / 33.34409; -86.83765
Type Public
Established 1994
School district Hoover City Schools
Principal Don Hulin
Faculty 195
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2,770
Student to teacher ratio 14:1
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Orange, Black, White             
Athletics AHSAA Class 7A
Nickname Buccaneers

Hoover High School is a four-year public high school in the Birmingham, Alabama, suburb of Hoover. Formerly known as W.A. Berry High School, it is one of two high schools in the Hoover City School System and one of three International Baccalaureate schools in the Birmingham-Hoover Metropolitan Area. School colors are orange, black, and white, and the athletic teams are called the Buccaneers. Hoover competes in AHSAA Class 7A athletics.[1]

Hoover is the largest high school in the state of Alabama, with an enrollment of 2,770 students.[2] It is known for being featured in the MTV reality television series, Two-A-Days.

Student Profile[edit]

Enrollment in grades 9-12 for the 2013-14 school year is 2,770 students. Approximately 59% of students are white, 27% are African-American, 7% are Asian-American, 5% are Hispanic, and 2% are multiracial. Roughly 25% of students qualify for free or reduced price lunch.[3]

Hoover has a graduation rate of 92%. Approximately 94% of its students meet or exceed proficiency standards in reading, and 96% meet or exceed standards in mathematics. The average ACT score for Hoover students is 26 and the average SAT composite is 1860.[4]


List of Competitive Athletic Teams[edit]

Hoover competes in AHSAA Class 7A athletics and fields teams in the following sports:[5]

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Indoor Track & Field
  • Outdoor Track & Field
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling


Hoover has won a total of over 100 state championships in the following sports:[6]

  • Baseball (1972, 1981, 2008)
  • Boys' basketball (2015)
  • Girls' basketball (2001, 2010, 2012, 2015)
  • Boys' cross country (1968, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1981, 1982, 1992, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007)
  • Football (1977, 1982, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Boys' golf (1999, 2000, 2001, 2003)
  • Girls' golf (1987, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2014, 2015)
  • Boys' indoor track and field (1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2013, 2014)
  • Girls' indoor track and field (1990, 2006, 2012, 2014, 2015)
  • Boys' soccer (2003)
  • Girls' soccer (1991, 1992, 1993)
  • Softball (1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004)
  • Boys' swimming and diving (1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003)
  • Girls' swimming and diving (1969, 1970, 1994, 2010, 2011)
  • Boys' tennis (1999, 2001, 2006)
  • Boys' outdoor track and field (2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015)
  • Girls' outdoor track and field (2004, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Wrestling (1972, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2010)

Hoover's football team has played in the state playoffs 30 times, reaching the semifinals 18 times and the finals 17 times.[7]


The Hoover football team has been nationally ranked a number of times and has won the state championship seven times since 2000,[8] including four in a row (2002–2005) under the direction of former head coach Rush Propst. Before the start of the 2006 season, Hoover was ranked #1 in the nation by USA Today and Sports Illustrated, a ranking it maintained until being defeated 28-14 by #6 ranked John Curtis of River Ridge, Louisiana on ESPNU High School Showcase September 29. The team won four consecutive state championships from 2002–2005, and just missed winning 6 straight after losses in the championship game to Daphne in 2001 and Prattville in 2006. Hoover defeated Prattville to win the title in 2009. The Bucs finished the season ranked in the national top-25 polls in 2003 (#16),[9] 2004 (#4),[10] 2005 (#8)[11] and 2009 (#7).[12][13]

The 2005 football team is featured on the MTV show Two-A-Days. Season two for the Two-A-Days show, showcasing the 2006 football team, was filmed at the school as well and began its run in late January 2007.

Since 2008 the program has made seven consecutive state championship appearances (2008-2014). In these seven appearances, the Bucs have won four times (2009, 2012, 2013, 2014). In 2008, the Bucs were beaten by Prattville High School with a score of 16-13. In 2009, the Bucs won State by beating Prattville High School with a score of 28-23. The Bucs were defeated by Daphne High School in 2010 with a score of 7-6. In 2011, Prattville edged out the Bucs 35-34. The Bucs defeated Opelika High School winning the school's 98th athletic state championship in 2012. In 2013, the Bucs defeated Auburn High School for the school's 99th athletic state championship.

Performing Arts[edit]


Hoover's drama program was started by Sandra L. Taylor, who retired in 2005. The school's on-campus theater is named in her honor. Hoover competes annually at Alabama's Walter J. Trumbauer Drama Festival. In 2006 the one-act play "World Without Memory" was named the runner-up in state competition and was given a special invitation to the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska.


In 2013, Hoover City Schools and the city of Hoover were formally recognized as a “Best Community for Music Education” by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM).[14] Hoover ensembles include:

  • Symphonic Winds (concert band)
  • Concert Band (concert band)
  • Symphonic Band (concert band)
  • Competition Band (marching band)
  • Football Band (marching band)
  • First Edition Jazz Band (jazz band)
  • Hoover Jam (jazz band)
  • Hoover Dam (reggae band)

Marching Band[edit]

The Hoover High School marching band includes more than 200 members plus auxiliary (flags and dance teams). It has performed in the Rose Bowl Parade, Orange Bowl Parade, Fiesta Bowl Parade, St Patrick's day parade in New York City, and the Macy's Day Parade, among many others. It was awarded the “President’s Award” for their performance in the April 2009 Flambeau Parade of Lights.[citation needed]

Jazz Band[edit]

The First Edition jazz band has performed at the 2012 Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL.[15] It has received national recognition through its selection as a finalist in the Savannah Music Festival Swing Central Contest several years.[citation needed] It was also selected into the North Texas Jazz Festival and also received Superior ratings for 6 years in a row at the Loyola Jazz Festival in New Orleans.[citation needed]


See also: Rush Propst

Hoover High School became embroiled in controversy in the summer of 2007 over allegations that grades for certain athletes were changed to make them eligible for college sports under National Collegiate Athletic Association regulations. The charges center around players on the football team.[16] Rush Propst, the Bucs' head coach, denied any wrongdoing, as did then-principal Richard Bishop. Hoover Superintendent Andy Craig appointed retired federal prosecutor Sam Pointer to investigate the charges. The report was released on October 12, 2007, and found that grades had been changed for two athletes, along with various other issues. (The report can be seen on the school website.)

On July 25, 2007, the Hoover School Board voted to not renew Bishop's contract after one year of service. The action was based largely on a less-than-satisfactory performance assessment by a former assistant superintendent. Dr. Ken Jarnagin was named the interim principal; he started the previous month as the school system's chief academic officer.[17]

Hoover High School again came under public scrutiny in October 2007 after reports that a player failed to properly transfer from Hanceville High School. The AHSAA investigation resulted in the forfeiture of all games in which he played, reducing the team record from 6-1 to 2-5 at the time.[18][19] The Bucs still qualified for the post-season playoffs, however.

The state director of K-12 accreditation for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools announced his concern with the leadership at Hoover High. SACS asked for and received an outline of the changes necessary to fix the problems in order for the school to retain its accreditation.[20]

Notable Alumni[edit]

External links[edit]


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  2. ^ "Alabama School Rankings". SchoolDigger. Retrieved 2015-10-08. 
  3. ^ "Hoover High School". SchoolDigger. https://plus.google.com/110800277840544699412/. Retrieved 2015-10-08. 
  4. ^ "Hoover High School on Niche". 
  5. ^ "Hoover Bucs Athletics". Hoover Buccaneers - Hoover High School Sports. Retrieved 2015-10-08. 
  6. ^ "List of Alabama High School Athletic Association championships". 
  7. ^ "Alabama High School Football History". www.ahsfhs.org. Retrieved 2015-10-08. 
  8. ^ "Football Past State Champions". AHSAA. Retrieved 2009-01-22. 
  9. ^ prepnation.com
  10. ^ "Super 25 football rankings". USA Today. May 20, 2005. Retrieved May 4, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Final 2005 Super 25 football rankings". USA Today. December 20, 2005. Retrieved May 4, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Final Super 25 rankings: Don Bosco Prep finishes at No. 1". USA Today. December 23, 2009. Retrieved May 4, 2010. 
  13. ^ Xcellent 25 National High School Football Rankings: Don Bosco No. 1 - MaxPreps News
  14. ^ Anderson, Jon (April 8, 2013). "National music merchant group honors Hoover as one of nation's "best communities" for music education (videos)". Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  15. ^ "Midwest Clinic Concert Schedule 2012". 
  16. ^ Stock, Erin (July 20, 2007). "Pointer outlines investigation of school athletics". The Birmingham News. 
  17. ^ Stock, Erin and Jon Solomon (July 25, 2007). "Hoover school board dismisses Hoover High principal". The Birmingham News (al.com). 
  18. ^ Solomon, Jon; Erin Stock (October 24, 2007). "Hoover wins forfeited; heat on Propst grows". The Birmingham News (al.com). 
  19. ^ Steinbauer, Peter (October 18, 2007). "AHSAA Probes Player's Status". The Birmingham News (al.com). 
  20. ^ Stock, Erin (October 26, 2007). "SACS has concerns about Hoover High". The Birmingham News (al.com).