Williamson High School (Alabama)
|Williamson High School|
1567 E. Dublin Street,
|Color(s)||Black, White & Gold|
L. B. Williamson High School (WHS) is a public high school and middle schoolin the Maysville community in Mobile, Alabama. From 2010 to 2011 the school lost 29% of its students and was one of the two county public schools with the most severe population declines. The No Child Left Behind Act required the school, which was underperforming academically, to offer transfers to students, contributing to the population decline. It is a part of the Mobile County Public School System.
Williamson High School began in 1916 as a small neighborhood school, the first in Maysville. The school was housed in the Sons and Daughters of Honor Hall located on Weinacker Avenue near Virginia Street. George Hall, the first teacher, led the school until his death, then Louella Banks became principal. Lillie B. Williamson and a faculty of six teachers succeeded her. After Miss Williamson’s death, the school was renamed in her honor.
Eliza Thompson was principal for the next 27 years until she retired in 1948. Lemuel K. Keeby then became principal of Williamson, which only served grades one through seven. Over the next few years, a high school was added to accommodate growth in the Maysville community. The high school saw its first graduating class in 1958.
In 1968 the building was expanded to its present capacity. Under Mr. Keeby’s leadership, enrollment rose to more than 1200 students with 67 faculty members. Mr. Keeby served as principal of Williamson for 30 years until his death in 1978.
The next principal, Fred N. Green Jr., led Williamson into a new era. The addition of technology, the Academy of Public Service (one of only six in the nation), Project Pass, and a voluntary uniform policy were a few of the innovative programs Mr. Green introduced. He retired in July 1996 after 18 years as principal.
In July 1996, Robert Likely became principal. That fall, Williamson was re-evaluated by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and met all requirements for accreditation. In the fall of 1996, Williamson faced a new challenge-preparing students to pass the Alabama Graduation Exit Exam mandated by the state legislature. That year, Mobile County Public Schools also abandoned the traditional 50-minute class periods for the 98-minute block schedule.
Mr. Kim D. Staley was principal for the 1999-2000 school year, also the first year of the Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration Grant based on the High Schools That Work model.
In July 2000, Mr. Terrence S. Mixon, Sr., was named principal of Williamson High School. That fall, Mr. Mixon oversaw a massive re-staffing; instituted several new incentive programs designed to encourage and reward student achievement; and took a leadership role in promoting a tax referendum to relieve Mobile’s funding crisis. Also under Mr. Mixon’s leadership, Williamson will begin a $5 million remodeling project in the fall of 2001.
- Rich Caster, former American football wide receiver and tight end
- Antonio Coleman, professional football defensive end
- Nick Fairley, defensive tackle for the New Orleans Saints
- Vivian Davis Figures, state senator in Alabama
- Lonnie Johnson, inventor who holds 80 patents, known for inventing the Super Soaker
- Tee Martin, former NFL quarterback and current wide receivers coach for the University of Southern California
- Matt McCants, offensive tackle for the Oakland Raiders
- John Mitchell, former professional football player and current assistant head coach/defensive line coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers
- Pete Myers, former professional basketball player and assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors
- Greg Richardson, former University of Alabama and NFL wide receiver
- JaMarcus Russell, former NFL quarterback
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