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|Mountain Brook High School|
3650 Bethune Drive
|School district||Mountain Brook School System|
|Enrollment||1,059 (2018–2019) |
|Student to teacher ratio||12.17|
|Color(s)||Green and gold |
|Athletics||AHSAA Class 7A|
|Newspaper||Sword and Shield|
|Feeder schools||Mountain Brook Junior High School|
Mountain Brook High School (MBHS) is a three-year public high school in the city of Mountain Brook, Alabama. It is the only high school in the Mountain Brook School System. The school's colors are green and gold. Its athletic teams are known as the Spartans. The MBHS competes in AHSAA Class 6A athletics.
MBHS is has been featured in several rankings, including:
- MBHS was ranked 4th among the 12 Alabama schools included in the Washington Post's 2015 list of "America's Most Challenging High Schools."
- In 2014, MBHS was included among the "Top 150 high schools in the U.S." by the Daily Beast.
- In 2015, SchoolDigger ranked MBHS second among 357 high schools in the state of Alabama and first among high schools in the Birmingham-Hoover metropolitan area.
- In 2015, Niche ranked MBHS 2nd in the state of Alabama and 2nd among high schools in the Birmingham-Hoover metropolitan area.
- In 2008, The U.S. Department of Education recognized MBHS as a National Blue Ribbon School.
The girls' cross country team previously had a 14-year state championship winning streak.
- Selected by Redbook magazine as one of 155 schools honored for "overall excellence"
- Mountain Brook has graduated three Rhodes Scholars.
- In October 2006, Mountain Brook High School's drama department, under the direction of Pat Yates, combined with Fairfield High Preparatory School to present Christopher Sergel's dramatization of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. The joint production received local and eventually national attention, and was featured on NBC's Today Show and NBC Nightly News. Harper Lee herself took notice and agreed to meet with the cast.
- Mountain Brook was named the top athletic program in Alabama for the 2006–2007 season by Sports Illustrated.
The school attracted national attention in 2022 for what was seen as an antisemitic incident. The school responded by making plans to adopt a diversity program by the Anti-Defamation League, but dropped it after complaints that the diversity program focused too heavily on race and gender. A Jewish student was reprimanded by the school for posting an out-off-context video of a teacher inviting his class give a Roman Salute, which is known in modern times as the Nazi salute during a lesson on how symbols can change over time, in this instance, from a basic salute to a symbol of hate. The teacher did not force the students to do the salute, and the lesson was subsequientially taken out of context and exaggerated, resulting in the incident being blown up in various sources.
- Nate Bland, former MLB player (Houston Astros)
- Scott Bondy, an American folk/alternative musician. Formerly lead singer of the band Verbena.
- Courteney Cox, actress (Friends, Scream, Cougar Town, Dirt)
- Tommy Dewey, actor (17 Again, The BabyMakers, The Mindy Project)
- Pat DuPré, semi-finalist at Wimbledon in 1979 and a quarter finalist in the U.S. Open. 1979–1981; he was ranked in the top 20 in the world, reaching as high as 12th.
- Alan Hunter, MTV Veejay
- David Jaffe, video game designer (God of War, Twisted Metal)
- Colby Jones, professional basketball player
- Graeme McFarland, football player (Indiana University)
- Bucky McMillan, Samford basketball coach who coached at Mountain Brook from 2008 to 2020.
- Tribble Reese, quarterback for Clemson, and star in the Reality Series The New Atlanta.
- Emeel Salem, All-American baseball player at the University of Alabama, former minor league player in the Tampa Bay Rays organization. (6th round draft pick 2007)
- Sarah Simmons, Top 8 finalist on season 4 of The Voice.
- William Vlachos, center for the University of Alabama National Championship Team in 2009 and 2011.
- Trendon Watford, an NBA basketball player with the Brooklyn Nets
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- MBHS website
- MBHS profile on SchoolDigger
- MBHS profile on Niche
- Alabama High School Athletic Association Records