A. H. Parker High School
|A. H. Parker High School|
|Birmingham City Schools|
|Location||900 4th St. N., (map)|
|Colors||purple and gold|
A. H. Parker High School is a secondary school in Birmingham named after A. H. Parker, a long-time Birmingham educator, and located at 900 4th Street North in the Smithfield Community. The school was first named Negro High School and later became Industrial High School before being named in Parker's honor.
The school first opened as a high school for black children in the fall of 1900 with its freshmen class of 19 students and one teacher, Mr Parker. The school's first graduation was June 3, 1904 at the 16th Street Baptist Church, where 15 students received diplomas. By then Parker had become the school's principal.
In September 1910 the school moved to a new location called the Lane Auditorium and began offering skills for women such as sewing, knitting, and child care. By that time the enrollment was about 100 students. In 1920 the negotiations for the final location for the school were done. In spring of 1923 construction of a new building began. By 1929 the school had an industrial building, a library and a gymnasium.
The school continued to grow steadily to 3,761 students in 1946. Because of that large number, the school soon became known as the largest high school for Negroes in the world. In 1953, the school was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges, an accreditation it has kept ever since.
Constuction of a new gymnasium was completed in 2006. In February 2007 the board announced that Parker High School would be one of the schools rebuilt using the city's $331 million share of the $1.1 billion Jefferson County School Construction Fund. The board's plan to spend $35 million on the new school, which would be constructed without its own athletic stadium, has drawn criticism from several alumni who said that the proposed budget was far less than adequate. Plans to demolish the sole remaining historic building on campus, a two-story classroom wing built in 1927 and torn down in 2011, also drew opposition.
In 2008 members of the A. H. Parker High School Foundation criticized Principal Joseph Martin's performance, citing mismanagement, declining academics and poor leadership. Martin disputed those charges and said that academic performance was improving.
- A. H. Parker: 1904–1939
- William Johnson: 1939–1947
- Robert Johnson: 1947–1969
- Edward Thompson: 1969–1989
- Lovie Hayden (interim): January–June 1989
- Eddie Dansby, Jr: 1989–1998
- Raymond Reddick: 1998–2002
- Joseph Martin, 2002–2009
- Spurgeon Banyard, 2009–2010
- Cedric Tatum, 2010–present
 Notable alumni
- Oscar Adams, Jr, 1940, Alabama Supreme Court justice
- Kamau Afrika, civic leader
- David Barnes, former Birmingham Municipal Court judge, State Representative and dead of Miles College School of Law
- William Bell, Current Mayor of Birmingham, former Birmingham City Council member and Jefferson County Commission member
- Annie Jo Edwards, 1966, actress and singer
- Nell Carter, 1968, singer and actress
- Betty Gamble, Fairfield police chief
- Lola Hendricks, corresponding secretary for the ACMHR.
- Haywood Henry, jazz saxophonist
- Fred Horn, 1943, state senator
- Randall Horton, 1979, poet and author
- Bernard Kincaid, former Mayor of Birmingham
- Larry Langford, 1965, former Jefferson County Commission president and Mayor of Birmingham
- Avery Parrish, jazz musician
- George Perdue, former State Representative
- Alma Johnson Powell, 1954, wife of Secretary of State Colin Powell
- John Rhoden, artist
- Roderick Royal, current Birmingham City Council member
- Sun Ra, jazz musician
- Walter Sharpe, basketball player
- Arthur Shores, attorney, Birmingham City Council member
- Willie Scoggins, basketball coach
- Dannetta K. Thornton Owens, Birmingham Board of Education
- Parker, A. H. (1933) A Dream That Came True: Autobiography of Arthur Harold Parker. Birmingham: Industrial High School Press. - accessed through the Birmingham Public Library Digital Collections on January 4, 2007.
- Camp, Mrs. Claudette, John T. Cargill, Jr., and Zackary Sims. A. H. Parker History Page. A. H. Parker High School United Alumni Association. Accessed January 5, 2007.
- Singleton, William C. III (August 15, 2007) "Alumni want more funds for new school." Birmingham News
- Stock, Erin (June 26, 2008) "Parker principal defends leadership, says school has improved." Birmingham News
- Ruisi, Anne (August 9, 2011) "Birmingham's old Parker High at least temporarily escapes demolishion." [sic] Birmingham News
- Stewart, Shelley (October 2, 2011) "Parker inspired its students to walk on." Birmingham News
 External links
- A.H. Parker High School football history from ahsfhs.org website
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