Hewitt-Trussville High School

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Hewitt-Trussville High School
HTHS Logo.gif
Established 1925
School type Public
District Trussville City Schools
Grades 9-12
Principal Tim Salem
Enrollment 1,396 (2014)
Colors Red, white, & gray
Mascot Huskies
Location 6450 Husky Parkway
Trussville
Website www.trussvillecityschools.com/HTHS/

Hewitt-Trussville High School (HTHS) is a four-year public high school in the Birmingham suburb of Trussville located at 6450 Husky Parkway. It is the lone high school in the Trussville City Schools. The "Hewitt" moniker comes from the early local educator Robert Hewitt. School colors are red, white, and gray. The athletic teams are called the "Huskies". The current facility was opened October 14, 2008.

Enrollment in grades 9-12 for the 2013-14 school year was approximately 1,396 students. The principal is Tim Salem.

History

1938 building in January 2009

Originally called R.G. Hewitt High School, HTHS was established in 1925 on Chalkville Road and graduated its first students in 1927. By 1938 the student population had outgrown the facility, leading Jefferson County Schools to request that a community center under construction in the Cahaba Homestead Village be used as a high school instead. This building, located at 301 Parkway Drive, would serve as Trussville's high school until a new high school campus was constructed on Trussville Clay Road. Classes moved to the new campus in January 1984, at which point the facility was renovated to house Hewitt-Trussville Middle School.

1982 building in July 2006

The new HTHS campus was designed by Adams/Peacher/Keeton/Cosby, Inc. with Moore Engineering & Construction serving as the general contractor. In 1996 the large, illuminated signage visible from I-59 was added to the southern facade. The front wing contained the gymnasium, auditorium, cafeteria, band room and administrative offices. The rear wing contained academic classrooms with the five hallways being distinguished by color (the red, orange, green, yellow & gray). The interior featured a pair of outdoor courtyards.

During the late 1980s and 1990s, HTHS struggled to accommodate a rapidly-growing student population from the Trussville, Clay, and Chalkville areas. By 1995, HTHS enrolled over 1,500 students in only three grades and was the sixth largest high school in the state of Alabama. The Jefferson County Board of Education agreed to construct a new high school that would serve students from Clay and Chalkville, reducing the HTHS student population by about 40%. Although overcrowding was temporary resolved with the construction of Clay-Chalkville High School in 1996, the continued rapid growth within Trussville resulted in the need for a new building, which opened in October 2008. The existing school was then converted into Hewitt-Trussville Middle School, which now occupies the building.

HTHS in January 2009

The current HTHS building is located on a 127-acre site on Husky Parkway between Trussville-Clay Road and Deerfoot Parkway, across I-59 from the previous facility. The school is able to accommodate about 1,600 students with room to grow to 2,400 students in the future. It includes a fine arts center, auditorium, field house and multiple athletic fields.

The final design for the school was approved by the Trussville Board of Education in September 2006. On Tuesday, November 14, 2006, the Trussville City Council rezoned the parcels at 5601 and 5555 Trussville-Clay Road from agricultural to institutional use to allow for the construction of the new building. The school was designed by Davis Architects and encompasses 285,000-square feet. Its design includes white columns and a clock tower, and at a final cost of $70 million, the school was the most expensive high school ever built in Alabama upon its opening in October 2008.

Athletics

Jack Wood Stadium in July 2006

List of Competitive Athletic Teams

HTHS competes in AHSAA Class 7A athletics. It fields teams in the following girls' and boys' sports:

Girls' Sports Boys' Sports
Basketball Baseball
Bowling Basketball
Cheerleading Bowling
Cross Country Cross Country
Golf Football
Indoor Track Golf
Lacrosse Indoor Track
Mountain Biking Lacrosse
Outdoor Track & Field Mountain Biking
Soccer Outdoor Track & Field
Softball Soccer
Tennis Tennis
Volleyball Wrestling

Facilities

Jack Wood Stadium, adjacent to the building at 301 Parkway Drive, was used until 2013 for football games and track and field events, as well as annual commencement exercises. In 2014 a new stadium was opened on Husky Parkway, and the stadium has been demolished as part of the construction of Cahaba Elementary School. Current facilities include the HTHS gymnasium, baseball stadium, softball field, soccer field and Hewitt-Trussville stadium.

State Championships

Prior to the creation of the new class 7A, HTHS competed at the 6A level, where it has won six AHSAA state championships:

  • Girls' Golf (2005)
  • Girls' Indoor Track (1999)
  • Girls' Outdoor Track & Field (1999)
  • Wrestling (1983, 1987, 1988)

Student Activities

HTHS sponsors a variety of student activities, including many nationally-affiliated clubs and organizations. The following is a list of many of these

  • Alliance Club (promotes tolerance, individuality, and creativity)
  • Beta Club (promotes academic achievement, character, service, and leadership)
  • Biomedical Sciences Club
  • Book Club
  • Creative Writing Club
  • Culinary Club
  • Debate Team
  • Distributive Education Clubs of America
  • Engineering Club
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Future Business Leaders of America
  • Family, Career and Community Leaders of America
  • Future Teachers of America
  • HTHS Ambassadors
  • Hewitt-Trussville Marching Husky Band
  • International Thespian Society
  • Junior Civitan International
  • Latin Club
  • Math Team
  • Memento yearbook staff
  • Mu Alpha Theta (mathematics honor society)
  • National Art Honor Society
  • National Honor Society
  • National Vocational-Technical Honor Society
  • Peer Helpers
  • Recycling Club
  • Science Olympiad
  • Scholar’s Bowl
  • Serteen Club (organized by the Jefferson East Sertoma Club)
  • Skills USA
  • Spanish Club
  • Spanish National Honor Society
  • Student Council
  • Technical Students of America


Alma mater

The of Hewitt-Trussville is sung to the tune of God of Our Fathers, an English hymn. The lyrics are:

Dear Hewitt-Trussville, proudly now we stand
For the finest high school in our noble land.
Our hearts beat high with pride at Hewitt's name,
And cherish too her glory and her fame.

Principals

Notable Alumni

External links

References

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  • Debro, Anita (January 03, 2007) "$75 million bid accepted on new high school". The Birmingham News
  • Debro, Anita (July 03, 2006) "Trussville set to issue school bonds". The Birmingham News
  • Debro, Anita (September 27, 2006) "New high school design gets OK; bids due in November". The Birmingham News
  • Debro, Anita (November 16, 2006) "Government roundup". The Birmingham News
  • Dedication plaque viewed on-site by User:Patriarca12 in July 2006.
  • Leech, Marie (August 03, 2008) "Four new schools, renovations will greet students in Birmingham-metro area". The Birmingham News
  • Lloyd, Gary. (April 24, 2015) "Ground broken at Cahaba Elementary School". The Trussville Tribune.
  • Lloyd, Gary (2014). Trussville, Alabama: A Brief History. Mount Pleasant, SC: The History Press. ISBN 978-1626191853.
  • "Trussville High most expensive ever in Alabama". The Birmingham News
  • U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey", 1996-97 v.1a.