Oak Grove High School (Jefferson County, Alabama)

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Oak Grove High School
9494 Oak Grove Parkway
Bessemer, Alabama
United States
Type Public
Established 1916
School board Jefferson County Schools
Principal Pam Dennis
Faculty 66
Grades 6-12
Enrollment 865
Student to teacher ratio 13:1
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Red and White         
Athletics AHSAA Class 4A
Nickname Tigers
Feeder schools Oak Grove Elementary School

Oak Grove High School is a combined middle school and high school in the Birmingham, Alabama suburb of Bessemer. Oak Grove is one of fourteen high schools in the Jefferson County School System. School colors are red, white, and black but the athletic teams are called the Tigers. Oak Grove competes in AHSAA Class 4A athletics.[1]

Student profile[edit]

Enrollment in grades 6-12 for the 2015-2016 school year was approximately 865 students. Roughly 95% are white, 4% are African-American, and 1% are American Indian. 32% of students qualified for free or reduced price lunch.[2]

Oak Grove has a graduation rate of 82%.[3] Approximately 84% of its students meet or exceed state proficiency standards in reading, and about 66% do so in mathematics. The average ACT score for Oak Grove students is 25.[4]


Oak Grove competes in AHSAA Class 4A athletics and fields teams in the following sports:[5]

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

Oak Grove won the 1983 state football championship for 2A schools. It also won regional championships in 1980, 1984, 1985, and 2001.[6]

Oak Grove Football[edit]

Oak Grove has 5 region championships and 1 state championship. Its first team was started back in 1922. Oak Grove has an overall record of 333-472-27 (.410). Their first playoff appearance was in 1973. Since then, they have made the playoffs 13 times, with the latest one coming back in 2010. Their playoff record is 8-13.

Oak Grove's rival is Corner High School. They have played each other 65 times. Corner leads the series 33-31-1.

In the 2016 season, led by first year head coach Pat Burchfield, Oak Grove made a run for a playoff bid but fell short at the end of the season to finish 4-6 overall.

Coaching history: Pat Burchfiled: 4-6 (2016-present) Tom Hannah: 12-18 (2012-2015) Keith Luker: 22-18 (2008-2011) Mike Battles Jr: 71-49 (1997-2007) Gene Rogers: 19-38 (1991-1996) Randle Cassady: 7-22 (1988-1990) Chuck Vickers: 4-6 (1987) David Earwood: 10-11 (1985-1986) Ronnie Gilliland: 22-14 (1982-1984) Mike Foster: 7-3 (1981) Ken Walker: 8-3 (1980) Jack Clayton 17-22 (1976-1979) Jimmy Ashcroft: 29-29-1 (1970-1975) Jack Hicks: 11-18-1 (1967-1969) Louie Coshatt: 81-181-21 (1934-1966) R.F Edwards: 9-23-4 (1922-1931)

1998 Tornado & Campus Reconstruction[edit]

An F5 tornado struck Jefferson County just before eight o'clock in the evening on April 8, 1998. It destroyed the original Oak Grove High School on Lock 17 Road. The school, which at that point served grades K-12, was damaged beyond repair with the elementary school portion destroyed. No one inside the school was killed, but a group of cheerleaders practicing at the school's gymnasium escaped disaster with only minor injuries when a wall kept a section of the roof from falling on them.

During the two years it took to construct the new school, the high school students were relocated more than sixteen miles away to the campus of Gilmore-Bell Vocational School in Bessemer. The elementary and middle school grades were relocated to the old McAdory Elementary School in McCalla, which was more than twenty miles away. When the school was rebuilt, the County School Board made the decision to construct a separate campus for the elementary school grades. Oak Grove Elementary School is located across the road from the new high school on Tiger Cub Trail.[7]


  1. ^ "AHSAA 2014-16 School Classification" (PDF). 
  2. ^ "Oak Grove High School". SchoolDigger. Retrieved 2015-10-05. 
  3. ^ "2014 Graduation Rates by School and District". Alabama School Connection. Retrieved 2015-10-29. 
  4. ^ "Oak Grove High School profile on Niche". 
  5. ^ "Oak Grove High -". Oak Grove High. Retrieved 2015-10-05. 
  6. ^ "Oak Grove football history AHSAA". 
  7. ^ "1998 Oak Grove tornado - Bhamwiki". www.bhamwiki.com. Retrieved 2015-10-05. 

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Coordinates: 33°28′10.88″N 87°9′35.31″W / 33.4696889°N 87.1598083°W / 33.4696889; -87.1598083