Sweet Water High School

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Sweet Water High School
Sweet Water High School Gym circa 1989 Marengo County Alabama.JPG
440 Main Street

United States
TypePublic high school
NCES School ID010225000857[1]
PrincipalPhyllis Mabowitz
Teaching staff61.00 (on FTE basis)[1]
Number of students658 (2016-17)[2]
Student to teacher ratio11.56[1]
Education systemMarengo County School District
Color(s)Purple and gold         
NewspaperThe Paw Print Press

Sweet Water High School is a public high school that educates grades K–12 in the town of Sweet Water, Alabama, United States.[3] It is one of three K–12 schools operated by the Marengo County School District.[4] Sweet Water High School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.[5] Enrollment for the 2010-2011 school year was 705.[1]



In addition to elementary and middle school education, Sweet Water High School is a secondary school along the classic American model. The school curriculum includes traditional high school academic subjects, advanced academic classes, music and art. All students take a basic academic core including English, social studies, science, and mathematics courses.


The first school in Sweet Water was established in a log building in the 1850s. The first incarnation of the modern school dates to the 1870s, when a two-story frame building, topped with a cupola, was built near the current school site on the northeastern side of the junction of Main Street and Wayne Road. It was founded by Edward Quinney on property donated by Ivey McClure.[6]

The school moved to its present location in 1924, following the completion of a new campus. The late 1920s saw some consolidation of Marengo County schools, with children from former schools in Beaver Creek, Exmoor, and Aimwell moved to Sweet Water. The schools at Dixons Mills and Nanafalia were consolidated into Sweet Water in 1950 and 1961, respectively. New buildings were added to the campus in 1960, 1982, 1989, 1997, and 2001.[5]


Sweet Water High School offers the following academic clubs, athletic teams, and service organizations.[7][8]

Clubs and organizations[edit]

  • Bulldog Update
  • Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America
  • Partners Assistant Learner
  • Student Government Association
  • Students Against Destructive Decisions
  • Swahelian
  • Voices of Praise
  • Junior High Beta Club
  • Senior High Beta Club
  • SWHS Bulldog Marching Band


View of Nolan Atkins Stadium at the school.
  • Junior Varsity Basketball
  • Junior Varsity Cheerleading
  • Junior Varsity Football
  • Middle School Basketball
  • Varsity Baseball (State Champions: 1979 [1A], 1980 [1A], 1982 [1A], 1983 [1A], 1986 [1A], 1988 [1A], 1989 [2A], 1990 [2A], 2017 [1A])
  • Varsity Basketball
  • Varsity Cheerleading
  • Varsity Football (State Champions: 1978 [1A], 1979 [1A], 1982 [1A], 1986 [1A], 2004 [1A], 2006 [1A], 2007 [1A], 2008 [1A], 2010 [1A])[9]
  • Varsity Softball
  • Varsity Volleyball

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Sweet Water High Sch". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved March 5, 2013.
  2. ^ "Sweet Water High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  3. ^ "Sweet Water High School". Sweet Water High School. School In Sites. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  4. ^ "Schools". Marengo County Schools. School In Sites. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  5. ^ a b "History of Sweet Water High School". Sweet Water High School. School In Sites. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  6. ^ Marengo County Heritage Book Committee: The heritage of Marengo County, Alabama, pages 13, 31. Clanton, Alabama: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 2000. ISBN 1-891647-58-X
  7. ^ "Clubs and Organizations". Sweet Water High School. School In Sites. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  8. ^ "Sports". Sweet Water High School. School In Sites. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  9. ^ Paul Beaudry (December 2, 2010). "Sweet Water dominates R.A. Hubbard for ninth championship". The Birmingham News. Retrieved December 4, 2010.

Coordinates: 32°05′52″N 87°51′57″W / 32.09779°N 87.86572°W / 32.09779; -87.86572