Wenonah High School
|Wenonah High School|
|2800 Wilson Road SW
|Motto||Where champions are made|
|School district||Birmingham City Schools|
|Student to teacher ratio||16:1|
|Color(s)||White, Black and Old gold|
|Athletics||AHSAA Class 5A|
|Feeder schools||Arrington Middle School
Green Acres Middle School
Jones Valley Middle School
Wenonah High School is a four-year public high school in Birmingham, Alabama. It is one of seven high schools in the Birmingham City School System. School colors are black and gold, and the mascot is the Dragon. Wenonah competes in Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Class 5A athletics.
Enrollment in grades 9-12 for the 2013-14 school year is 782 students. Over 99% of students are African-American and roughly 85% of students qualify for free or reduced price lunch.
Wenonah has a graduation rate of 53%. Approximately 82% of its students meet or exceed proficiency standards in mathematics, and 77% meet or exceed standards in reading. The average ACT score for Wenonah students is 19.
After Wenonah School was destroyed by fire in 1946, the Tennessee Coal & Iron (TCI) Company donated a parcel of land consisting of approximately 16 acres (6.5 ha) to be used for a new elementary and high school. Construction began in late 1946, and in the fall of 1947, students in grades 8-12 from Riley Elementary School and Galilee, Mt. Olive and Bryant Chapel Baptist Churches began classes in Wenonah Elementary School's first floor while construction on the second floor and high school was being completed.
The high school was built at a cost of $500,000 and included 15 classrooms, administrative office, lunchroom, athletic room, shoe repair, upholstery and radio repair shop, cosmetology, foods and clothing labs. It was opened in January 1948 with an enrollment of 415 students. Its first graduating class participated in commencement in May.
In 1956, seven classrooms, a library and gym were added to the school plant, and in 1968, a vocational program was started. In the spring of 1970, a new $300,000 facility was erected by the Jefferson County Board of Education to house the Wenonah Area Vocational School. The building was located on the southwest side of the Wenonah High School campus.
In 1981, a new gym was constructed and equipped at a cost of more than $1 million. By 2000, the Wenonah physical plant had grown to include an elementary school, a state technical school and a junior college.
Construction started on the current Wenonah campus in 2005 and was completed in 2007 at a cost of $41 million. The site of the new school is located northeast of the previous facility.
The current Wenonah campus is a 183,000-square-foot (17,000 m2) facility that accommodates up to 1,200 students. It includes a 750-seat auditorium with theatrical lighting and sound systems. The main academic building features a media center, computer laboratories, and classrooms.
A career-technical wing contains an electronics classroom and lab, a fully equipped commercial kitchen and a family and consumer science classroom. There are also classrooms and labs for welding and cosmetology. The wing also includes classrooms for the band and choir, as well as the cafeteria.
The school includes a gymnasium for practice and physical education classes. The "new gym" that was part of the old school, a free-standing building, has been renovated and expanded to be a 1,400 seat-competition gym. In 2014, the gym was named the Willie High Basketball Arena in honor of Willie High, Sr.
The school includes a football stadium with a six-lane track, concession stands, restrooms and irrigation system. The stadium, which seats 4,500, was completed in December 2007. In 2012, a Field House Training Facility was opened. In 2014, the stadium was named the Bell-Cullpeper Stadium, in honor of Robert Bell and L. C. Cullpepper.
- Basketball (boys and girls)
- Cross Country (boys)
- Indoor track and field (boys)
- Outdoor track and field (boys and girls)
Wenonah has won state championships in the following sports:
- Boys' basketball (1977, 1990, 1993, 2011, 2012, 2013)
- Girls' basketball (1949, 1986, 1990, 1993, 2004, 2014, 2015, 2016)
Wenonah's football team won regional championships in 1985, 1989, 1995, 1997 and 2015.
- Arthur DeMario Beard (1998) Professional Musician & Music Educator
- Judge Ralph D Cook (1961), former Alabama Supreme Court Justice
- Donald Debrow (1954) Educator; Former Assistant Principal Wenonah High School and Principal Carver High School.
- Alonzo Ephraim (1999), former offensive lineman for the University of Alabama, Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins, and Cleveland Browns
- Ron Jackson (1971), former MLB player for the California Angels, Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, and Baltimore Orioles
- Lawrence Jackson (1968), former MLB player for the Chicago White Sox
- Ligarius Jennings (1996), former football player for the Cincinnati Bengals
- Lamar Johnson (1968), former MLB player for the Chicago White Sox and Texas Rangers
- Sandra Mixon Little-Brown (1973) Jefferson County Commissioner and former Birmingham City Counselor
- Wardine Towers Alexander (1973) Member District 7, Birmingham Board of Education
- Moody Duff (1976), former Deputy Chief of the Birmingham Police Department
- Chad Williams (1998), former safety for the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers
- John McDaniel (1969), former wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals and Washington Redskins
- Sam Shade (1991), former safety for the University of Alabama, Cincinnati Bengals, and Washington Redskins
- Joe Webb (2005), former quarterback for the University of Alabama - Birmingham and Quarterback for the Carolina Panthers
- Jeremy Towns (2008), former defensive tackle for the Buffalo Bills
- Leon Kennedy, 1948 - 1966
- William Jackson, 1966 - 1967
- William Hawes, 1967 - 1991
- Sidney Moore, 1992 - 2002
- Regina Hunter, Interim 2002
- Regina Carr-Hope 2003 - Present
- Wenonah High School website
- Wenonah alumni web site
- Wenonah athletics website
- Wenonah school profile on SchoolDigger
- Wenonah school profile on Niche
- Wenonah High School Sports History
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