Washington County High School (Alabama)

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Washington County High School
Washington County High School campus in Chatom, Alabama.
1 School Street
central Washington County
Southwest Alabama
Chatom, AL, Alabama 36518
United States
School type Public High School
Established 1915
School board Washington County Board of Education
School district Washington County School District
Superintendent Tim Savage
Principal Rodney Smith
Grades 5-12
Gender Co-Ed
Age range 10-19
Number of students 400
Average class size ~19
Hours in school day 7
Classrooms 30
Campus type open campus
Color(s) Maroon and Gold         
Song Alma Mater
Fight song "Bulldog Rouser"
Athletics conference AHSAA, Class 2A
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Football, Softball, Volleyball, Golf, Track
Mascot Bulldog Bulldog_mascot.jpg
Team name Bulldogs, Lady Dawgs
Rival Millry High School
Publication Herff Jones
Newspaper The Bulldog
Yearbook "The Washtonian"
Communities served Hobson, Howardtown, Yarbo, Tibbie, Seaboard, Laton Hill, Bigbee, Springhill, Rutan

Washington County High School, or WCHS, is a 2A high school in Chatom, Alabama. The campus is also the site of Chatom Middle School, which is grades 5-8. It is the largest school in Washington County, with 185 students enrolled in the high school as of 2014. The mascot is a bulldog, Butch. Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, dual enrollment classes were introduced to Juniors and Seniors in the high school. School colors are maroon and gold. The marching band is known as "The Pride of the Deep South". The football program at Washington County High School has peaked during the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 seasons with two consecutive appearances in the AHSAA Super 6 against the Tanner Rattlers. Both times WCHS returned as state runners-up.[1]



Coach: Al Earnest

2-time 2A State Runner-Up (2012 & 2013)

Varsity and JV programs for students grades 7-12.


Coach: Becky Williams/Farrah Deese

Substate finalist (2009) and 2nd Round Regional finalist (2015)

Varsity and JV teams for girls grades 7-12.

Women's Basketball[edit]

Coach: Brandon Dees

State tournament semi-finalist (1988, 2007)

Regional Finals (2007 & 2010)

Junior High, JV and Varsity teams for girls grades 7-12.

Men's Basketball[edit]

Coach: Brian Henry

Junior High, JV and Varsity teams for boys grades 7-12.


Coach: Clint Wofford

Regional Tournament (2015)

JV and Varsity teams for girls grades 7-12.



3A State Runner-Up (2007)

JV and Varsity teams for boys grades 7-12.


Coach: Brian Henry

Golf team for students grades 8-12.

Track and Field (Outdoor)[edit]

Coach: Woodrow Baughn

Track team that regularly qualifies for the state meet for students grades 8-12.

Clubs and Organizations[edit]


Coach: Cristee Utsey

Varsity, grades 9-12, and JV, grades 7-8, cheer-leading squads as well as the school mascot 'Butch.'

Marching Band[edit]

Director: Sandy Brown

Known as "The Pride of the Deep South", this is a Best in Class (2015) award winning, superior rated band composed of students in grades 7-12. It is made up of wind instruments, percussion and auxiliaries.

Gold Duster Dance Team[edit]

Coach: Amy Dees

Two-time Alabama Dance Champions (2000, 2001)

Award winning dance team that is made up of young ladies in grades 8-12.


Award winning flag corp composed of girls in grades 7-12.

Maroon Magic Dance Team[edit]

Coach: Amy Dees

JV dance team for girls grades 5-7.

Student Council[edit]

Sponsor: Dana Sheffield

Student government positions for grades 10-12, whose main objective every year is to create a memorable homecoming.

National Honor Society[edit]

Sponsor: Brandon Dees

Organization for Seniors who are selected by their superior academic status and panel evaluation.

Future Farmers of America (FFA)[edit]

Sponsor: Richard Dorman

Organization that competes at the district and state level made up of high school students.


Sponsor: Sandy Brown

A talented group of singers who perform at band concerts and the Veteran's Day program.

The Washtonian Yearbook Staff[edit]

Sponsor: Crimson Tarver

Dedicated group of high school students who create the yearbook every year.

National Junior Honor Society[edit]

Sponsor: Deborah Jacobs

Organization for 8th graders who are selected by their superior academic status.

Drama Club[edit]

Sponsor: Betty Dees

Theater group for middle school students who put on one play every year.


WCHS is consistently on the 'passing school' list in Alabama[citation needed].

In 2012 WCHS began a new, in house, dual enrollment system for juniors and seniors who wished to take part in it. Partnering with the University of West Alabama, these students were able to receive high school and college credits in classes such as English 101 and 102, Speech 101 and then eventually American literature classes. WCHS became the first school in its school system to offer such a program. This dual enrollment program still exists today as WCHS has continued to work with UWA and Bishop State Community College.

Notable alumni[edit]