Altamont School

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The Altamont School
Established 1975
School type Private
District N/A
Grades 5-12
Head of school Cecil Stodghill Jr
Enrollment 389 (2022)
Colors Gold and white
Mascot Knights
Location 4801 Altamont Road

The Altamont School, located at 4801 Altamont Road in the Redmont neighborhood of Birmingham is a private, college-prep day school with coeducational enrollment of 425 in grades 5 through 12.

In 2005-2006, The Altamont School enrolled 425 students, with 188 in the Lower School and 237 in the Upper School. Most of the students live in Birmingham and the surrounding communities. Admission is highly competitive.


Altamont was established in 1975 as a merger between the Brooke Hill School, a college preparatory school for girls founded in 1940, and the Birmingham University School, founded in 1922 by Basil M. Parks.

Following the merger Edna Earle Mullins of Brooke Hill became headmistress of the new school and Bill Haver of B.U.S. became assistant-headmaster. One year later, Edna Mullins retired and Bill Haver became headmaster. Prominent roles were also played by Margaret Gage of Brooke Hill and Martin Hames of B.U.S.


Altamont's main campus is located on 28 acres on the crest of Red Mountain just south of downtown Birmingham. The main school building houses 40 classrooms, two science wings, a fine arts center, a student center, an art gallery and sculpture garden, a computer lab, a 20,000-volume library, and special studios for chorus, art, photography, orchestra. An audio-visual recording studio was recently added to the fine arts suite. The athletic facilities include two gymnasiums with two basketball courts, three volleyball courts and a weight room. The main campus offers six tennis courts, a soccer field and a track. A second campus provides another gymnasium as well as soccer, baseball, and softball fields.

Students, faculty, and administration

Approximately 80% of Altamont graduates matriculate to out of state colleges and universities. A total of 14% of the students in the class of 2008 were named National Merit semifinalists, the highest percentage of a school in the state. The faculty consists of 54 teachers, of whom nearly three quarters hold Masters degrees or higher. Altamont is governed by a Board of Trustees. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


Under the leadership of head coach Jim Palmer and former Olympian Phil Mulkey, the girls track and cross country teams have won the state title each of the last 14 years.

From 2003 through 2006 Coach Barry Bearden lead the Knights boys basketball to place first in the state for their class (at the time 2A).

Boys' and Girls' soccer are played on Lily Field (formerly Comer Field), named for former player Lily Rushton who died from cancer. The girls soccer team have won State Titles in 2004, 2006, and 2007. The boys team won in 2003.

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Notable alumni


  • "Altamont School" (November 11, 2006) Wikipedia - accessed November 11, 2006
  • Wolfson, Hannah (April 23, 2007) "Headmaster leaving Altamont after this school year." The Birmingham News
  • Wolfson, Hannah (November 14, 2007) "Sarah Wart Whiteside named head of school at Altamont." The Birmingham News
  • "The Altamont School opens year with new leadership, record enrollment." (August 22, 2022) submitted content, Iron City Ink

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