Jones Valley High School
|Jones Valley High School|
|Birmingham City Schools|
|Location||2000 31st Street Southwest, (map)|
|Principal||A. E. Driggers|
|Colors||black and gold|
Jones Valley High School (JVHS) is a former high school built by the Jefferson County Schools system and later annexed into Birmingham City Schools. The school colors were black and gold and the athletic teams were called the "Brownies".
The school began as a 23-room combined high school and Jones Valley Elementary School in a 23-room brick building on a 5-acre site in Powderly. It replaced the former Powderly Elementary School which had been founded in 1884 as a private school named Sunnyside Academy.
Construction of the school began after a fire destroyed the former school. The site was purchased for $7,000 and $189,496 was spent on the new building which housed classrooms for 850 students as well as an auditorium and lunchroom. The school opened in the fall of 1921 with Charles E. Harrison as principal. Nine seniors who had started 9th grade at Bessemer High School were the first to graduate from Jones Valley in the class of 1922.
In 1928 five acres of land across the road from the school was purchased from the Jones Valley Land Company for a playground and athletic fields. In 1932 increases in the student body forced the conversion of the former lunchroom space for classes. Principal C. W. Phillips proposed that a new framed lunchroom be constructed, for which he served as architect and contractor, securing an agreement for Miller Brothers Construction Company to furnish labor for a total cost of $265 in order to keep their workers busy during the Great Depression. The lumber and equipment cost another $1,000.
In the 1940s the elementary school classes moved to a 12-room brick building adjacent to the high school. A dedicated library was constructed in the school in 1951.
On November 11, 1961 a 19-year-old student set fire to the school, destroying it. Ground was broken for a new building on October 7, 1962 with dedication following almost exactly one year later, on October 6.
- Charles E. Harrison, 1921-1922
- C. W. Phillips, 1922-1942
- A. E. Driggers, 1942-1972
- Simpson Pepper, 1978-1986
- Clettus Atkinson, newspaper columnist
- Ron Blankenship, shoe repairman
- Ron Casey, newspaper writer and editor
- Donald Green, college athletic director
- Johnny High, NBA player
- Chiquita Holloway, education specialist
- Gary Lavender, police officer
- Rica Lewis-Payton, 1977, hospital administrator
- Kathryn Lacey, preschool administrator
- Henry Strzelecki, 1958, bass player and songwriter
- Roper, Bob (n. d.) "History of Jones Valley High School" JonesValley.net - accessed February 29, 2008.