Paul W. Bryant High School

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Paul W. Bryant High School
6315 Mary Harmon Bryant Drive
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35453
United States
Coordinates 33°9′28″N 87°27′13″W / 33.15778°N 87.45361°W / 33.15778; -87.45361Coordinates: 33°9′28″N 87°27′13″W / 33.15778°N 87.45361°W / 33.15778; -87.45361
Type Public
School district Tuscaloosa City Schools
Principal Linda Harper
Grades 9–12
Color(s) Navy, Gold and White             
Mascot Stampede

Paul W. Bryant High School serves grades 9 through 12 and is located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, forming part of the Tuscaloosa City Schools. The school is named after former Alabama Crimson Tide football head coach Paul William "Bear" Bryant. The school competes as part of the Alabama High School Athletic Association in Region 4 of the 6A division.


With the 1999 lifting of the desegregation order that resulted in the creation of Central High School in 1979, the School Board began exploring the option to construct three new high schools to replace Central.[1] By the early 2000s (decade), Tuscaloosa City Schools announced that three new high schools would be constructed that would become Bryant, Northridge and a new Central High School. By September 2001, the board would award construction contracts totaling $100 million to implement the Five-Year Facilities Plan.[2] Costing $31.5 million to complete, the school would celebrate its ribbon-cutting on August 24, 2003, with U.S. Representative Artur Davis delivering the keynote address.[3]


In January 2002, the Tuscaloosa City Schools School Board voted to name the school after Alabama Crimson Tide football head coach Paul William "Bear" Bryant.[4] The name was selected after being suggested by a resident during a community meeting regarding the new school.[4] Originally, the mascot was to be the "Bears" playing on the famous nickname of Paul Bryant.[5] However, that option was ruled out because the old Tuscaloosa High had been nicknamed the Black Bears, and a 1970s court order relating to the consolidation of Druid High with Tuscaloosa High stated that no new school in Tuscaloosa may take a nickname used by any of the former segregated schools.[5][6] Additionally, the name "Titans"—voted on by students of schools that would feed into Bryant—was rejected because Holy Spirit High School's teams were already named the Titans.[5]

With the rejection of "Bears" and "Titans," popular sentiment was in favor of using "Stampede" as a mascot. According to PTA president Paul Lightsey, anyone who heard the school's name would expect to see an elephant as the mascot even if the school opted not to use Alabama's colors of red and white. Due to concerns about copyright issues, "Huskies" was chosen as an interim name.[6] However, after Alabama lifted its objections to Bryant High using an elephant mascot, "Stampede" was ultimately chosen as the mascot for the school.[7]


Paul W. Bryant has a program offered to junior and seniors called Co-Op that provides students with the technical and hands on experience of the work force while in school.[8]

Varsity sports[edit]

Paul W. Bryant High School currently fields a varsity team in nine men's and eight women's sports.[9] They are:

Men's sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field

Women's sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball


  1. ^ Schmitke, Alison (Winter 2005–2006). "Teaching Brown in Tuscaloosa". Rethinking Schools. 
  2. ^ Kampis, Johnny (September 26, 2001). "Board approves contracts for schools". The Tuscaloosa News. 
  3. ^ Ricks, Markeshia (August 25, 2003). "New high schools open their doors". The Tuscaloosa News. 
  4. ^ a b Kampis, Johnny (January 29, 2002). "New school will be named Paul W. Bryant High School". The Tuscaloosa News. 
  5. ^ a b c Kampis, Johnny (March 19, 2002). "Bryant High School can't `Bear' it". The Tuscaloosa News. 
  6. ^ a b Reeves, Steve (April 22, 2003). "Bryant High Huskies, for now". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved 13 September 2009. 
  7. ^ Carroll, Andrew (August 7, 2003). "Stampede tries on its new colors". The Tuscaloosa News. 
  8. ^ [1] Archived August 16, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Paul W. Bryant High School, Paul W. Bryant High School Athletics. Archived August 14, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.

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