Minor High School
|Minor High School|
|District||Jefferson County Schools|
|Colors||purple and white|
|Location||2285 Minor Parkway|
Minor High School is a comprehensive public high school in the Jefferson County School System. It serves the communities of McDonald's Chapel, Edgewater, Mulga, Bayview, Minor Heights, Docena, Crumley Chapel, Sandusky, Hillview, Westwood, Adamsville, Cardiff, Forestdale, Graysville and Brookside in the western part of Jefferson County. The school provides both college preparatory and career/technical classes.
The school, designed by architect Bem Price, cost $100,000 to construct and equip. It opened in 1922 with 95 students and W. C. Petty as principal. In its first full academic year 7 faculty taught a total of 301 students. The first graduating class matriculated in June 1923 with 14 taking home diplomas.
A fire broke out in the chemistry laboratory on January 22, 1926 destroying most of the school. It was re-built and re-opened in 1927. Later additions provided a gymnasium and library in addition to more classrooms. In 1953 a state-of-the-art lighted football stadium was completed, with a press-box added seven years later.
New offices and classrooms were added in 1963. A band room and cafeteria were constructed in 1970. Later, Dixie Junior High School, adjacent to Minor, was relocated and the high school took over its classrooms and added a new field house and gymnasium, doubling the size of the campus.
An entirely new Minor High School was constructed in Adamsville, completed in time for the 1988 school year. A new stadium was built in 1996. Additional wings were constructed in 2002, along with a practice gym. New athletic practice fields were built after 2004. Campus security was enhanced with closed-circuit cameras in public areas of the school.
The school implemented several programs to improve instruction, including a Freshman Academy, graduation exam tutoring, and AP courses. In 2012 it was one of six schools nationwide honored by the "National School Change Awards."
Minor High School was included in the state's list of "failing schools" in 2016. The listing is based on 10th grade performance on the "ACT Aspire" standardized test. In 2016 Minor 10th graders scored 1% on math proficiency and 17% on reading proficiency.
- Otis Agee, Mennonite minister
- T. J. Cleveland, basketball coach
- Bart Moore, baseball player
- Kenny Harris, football player
- Dave McDaniel, radio host
- Butch Moore, baseball player
- Ray Reach, jazz vocalist, pianist and bandleader
- Bryan Thomas, football player
- Ken Watson, football player
- Leech, Marie (May 8, 2012) "Jefferson County's Minor High School wins prestigious National School Change Award." The Birmingham News
- Crain, Trisha Powell (January 11, 2017) "Alabama to label five high schools in Jefferson County as 'failing." The Birmingham News