Carver High School

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Carver High School
Carver High School crest.png
BCS small logo.png Birmingham City Schools
Years 1959present
Location 3900 24th Street North, (map)
North Birmingham neighborhood
Grades 9-12
Principal Evelyn Nettles Hines
Enrollment 902 (2014)
Colors red, blue & white
Mascot Rams

George Washington Carver High School (originally Northern High School) is a high school in the Birmingham City Schools system. It is located at 3900 24th Street North in the North Birmingham neighborhood. The principal is Charles Willis. The school motto is "Failure is not an option."

The school was originally completed in 1959 in the Collegeville neighborhood. The school's alma mater was composed by Awilda Smith. Just two years later the board approved a major expansion of the high school, with 25 classrooms, two study halls, six shops, a band room, choral room and restrooms. The $550,000 addition was designed by Charles McCauley and constructed by G. W. Hallmark.

The present building was constructed in 2002 on part of the former Mineral Springs Park, which was obtained from the City of Birmingham in a land swap. The 166,000 square-foot building was designed by Giattina Fisher Aycock. Its hillside site resulted in a five-story building with the main entrance on the 3rd story. The building includes several professional education suites and laboratories along with an auditorium, library and 500-seat cafeteria.

In 2010 a new $4.2 million football stadium adjoining the school was dedicated. The Rams broke a 28-game losing streak to usher in a new era under head coach Billy Culver.

In 2011, Carver became the home of the city's "Academy of Engineering" and one of two locations for the "Academy of Health Science", under Superintendent Craig Witherspoon's plan to establish career academies in the city's high schools.

Under the guidelines of the Alabama Accountability Act of 2015 Carver High School was designated as a "failing" school by the Alabama Department of Education in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.


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