P.D. Jackson-Olin High School

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P. D. Jackson-Olin High School
1300 Avenue F, Ensley
Birmingham, Alabama 35218
United States
School type Public high school
Founded 1952
School district Birmingham City Schools
Principal Dr. Janice Sanders Drake
Faculty 64
Grades 912
Number of students 1,073
Student to teacher ratio 17:1
Color(s) Kelly Green and Gold         
Athletics AHSAA Class 6A
Team name Mustangs
Newspaper The Mustang Pride
Feeder schools

Bush Hills Academy
Bush K-8
Green Acres Middle School
Wilkerson Middle School

Wylam K-8

P.D. Jackson-Olin High School (J-O) is a four-year public high school in Birmingham, Alabama. It is one of seven high schools in the Birmingham City School System. Founded in 1952 as Western Olin High School, it was later renamed P.D. Jackson-Olin High School to honor its first principal, Pierre Denson Jackson. The school in its current form took shape in 2006 when J-O merged with Ensley High School as part of systemwide school consolidation.[1] School colors are kelly green and gold, and the athletic teams are called the mustangs. J-O competes in AHSAA Class 6A athletics.[2]

Student Profile[edit]

Enrollment in grades 9-12 for the 2013–14 school year is 1,073 students. Approximately 98% of students are African-American, 1% are Hispanic, and 1% are multiracial. Roughly 91% of students qualify for free or reduced price lunch.[3]

J-O has a graduation rate of 47%. Approximately 73% of its students meet or exceed proficiency standards in both reading and mathematics. The average ACT score for J-O students is 19.[4]


In fall 2006, Jackson-Olin moved to a new $30.8 million 300,000-square-foot (28,000 m2) building and merged its student body with the former Ensley High School. The new school has a capacity of 1,800 students in 90 classrooms on 2 floors. There is a 450-seat cafeteria, 1,800-seat gymnasium, 750-seat auditorium, a practice gym and a football stadium at the new campus. A career wing houses classrooms for auto repair, welding, and culinary arts as well as science labs. Goodwyn Mills and Cawood were the architects for the new building, and Doster Construction was the general contractor.[5]


J-O competes in AHSAA Class 6A athletics and fields teams in the following sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball (boys and girls)
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Indoor Track & Field (boys and girls)
  • Outdoor Track & Field (boys and girls)
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

J-O won the 1989 AHSAA state championship in girls' outdoor track and field.

Extracurricular Activities[edit]

Clubs and Organizations[edit]

Students participate in several clubs and organizations:[6]

  • Ambassadors
  • Beta Club
  • Book Club
  • Classic Moments in Black History Team
  • Diamond and DISC / JROTC
  • FCCLA Coop
  • First Priority Christian Club
  • Heritage Panel
  • HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America)
  • J.O. C.R.A.N.K. D.A.T. Team
  • Math Team
  • National Honor Society
  • P.O.E.M.S \ Poetry Club
  • Peer Helpers
  • Plant Biosystem Club
  • Science Club
  • Senior Class
  • SGA (Student Government Association)
  • Step Team T A Phi
  • Thespians/ Drama Club

Marching Band[edit]

The Jackson-Olin marching band, the Mean Green Marching Machine, ( MGMM ) is known for its showmanship and entertaining musical performances. A Western-Olin graduate himself, Mr. Donald "D.C" Crawford has served as the head band director for more than 32 years, leading the band to numerous awards and performances. The band performed at the 2000 inaugural ceremony for Bernard Kincaid, Jackson-Olin Alumnus and former mayor of Birmingham, Alabama.

Daniel Carr Jr. proceeded Donald Crawford as Jackson Olin's 3rd band director in 2011. Daniel Carr Jr. was also featured in the Jazz Hall of Fame. In 2014, Professor Kendall Forde, a graduate of Albany State University (Bachelor's) and Alabama State University (Master's), took command of the Mean Green Marching Machine after the retirement of Daniel Carr Jr and became the band's fourth band director.In 2013 the band competed against all other Birmingham City Schools at the band evaluations located at G.W.Carver High School, JO came in 1st place. The feature dancers of the marching band are the Golden Phillies. The Dazzling Diamonds are the flag team.

Notable Alumni[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "About Us / Our History". www.bhamcityschools.org. Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  2. ^ "AHSAA School Classification 2014-16" (PDF). 
  3. ^ "Jackson-Olin High School". SchoolDigger. Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  4. ^ "Jackson-Olin High School in Midfield, Alabama – Niche". K-12 School Rankings and Reviews at Niche.com. Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  5. ^ "About Us / Our History". www.bhamcityschools.org. Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  6. ^ "Student Organizations / Band". www.bhamcityschools.org. Retrieved 2015-09-29. 

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