Pell City High School

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Pell City High School
1300 Cogswell Ave, Pell City, Alabama 35125
Type Public
Established 1912
School district Pell City
Faculty 100
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1200+
Color(s) Black and Gold
Nickname Panthers

Pell City High School is the only public high school serving the Pell City School system. The school has approx. 1,200 students in grades 9-12 and just recently finished adding on a $7.5 million multi-purpose building which houses a 2200-seat sports arena as well as a 400-seat theatre. The school offers an advanced diploma track that allows students to take honors classes in math, and the sciences, and honors or AP classes in English, Chemistry, and History. The school partners with the local community college to allow some students to take freshman college courses half a school day or at night.


The Pell City School colors are black and gold and their mascot is a Black Panther named Emmitt. The Panthers participate in 6A level sports and are one of the smallest schools in the division. The Panthers field teams in band, football, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's basketball, baseball, softball, men's and women's golf, outdoor track, cross country, women's volleyball and cheerleading.


The football and soccer teams all play at Pete Rich Stadium and the band performs their halftime show during football games there as well. The volleyball and basketball teams all play in the gymnasium located in the Center for Education and Performing Arts, more commonly referred to as the CEPA. The Baseball and Softball teams both have their own fields located behind the Jr. High School, and the golf teams play at the Pell City Country Club.


Pell City High School offers many after and during school clubs. Clubs include First Priority, JROTC, FFA, National Beta Club, Key Club, S.A.D.D (Students against Destructive Decisions), FBLA, Skills USA, FCCLA, Scholars Bowl, SGA, FTA, Pelmel yearbook staff, and the school newspaper called the "Panther Paw".


Pell City High School has a growing music program. The bands consist of a jazz band, percussion ensemble, concert band, symphonic wind ensemble, and a marching band. The marching band's name is the Pell City Marching Band of Gold. The "Marching Band of Gold" regularly competes on the state band circuit. Showchoir (Showstoppers) and Concert Choir compete on the state level.


The theater department at PCHS is a young but growing program that has become known for its high-caliber productions. Some of the recent productions at PCHS include "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", "Alice in Wonderland", "Peter Pan the Musical", "The Monkey's Paw", Pochahontas, Aladdin Jr., Crazy For You, The Wizard of Oz, a Michael Jackson's THRILLER Tribute, a critically acclaimed performance of "Our Town", and a regional director's guild awarded production of "Noises Off". Since 2008, the theater program has grown from approximately 20 students to over 200 involved in classes and production work. Ginger McCurry is the most recent addition to the theater department and has headed the program since 2012.

Pell City High School has recently recommissioned its charter with the International Thespian Society as ITS troupe #2012.

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Coordinates: 33°35′02″N 86°17′36″W / 33.58395°N 86.29320°W / 33.58395; -86.29320