Benjamin Russell High School

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Benjamin Russell High School
Established 1950
School type Public
District Alexander City Schools
Grades 10-12
Principal Shannon Benefield
Enrollment 1,000 (2023)
Colors burgundy & gray
Mascot Wildcats
Location 225 Heard Boulevard map
Alexander City

Benjamin Russell High School (BRHS) is the sole high school in the Alexander City Schools system, serving just over 1,000 students in grades 10-12 in Alexander City. Shannon Benefield is the current principal.

The school was constructed in 1950, with the entire cost of more than $1 million paid for by the Russell Educational and Charitable Foundation and by Avondale Mills and other local businesses. The effort was led by Robert Russell, who named the school for his father, Benjamin Russell.

A program funded by the Alexander City Chamber Foundation provides scholarships for up to 64 credit hours for graduates who enroll at Central Alabama Community College.

Construction of a new campus for Benjamin Russell High School was announced in 2019, with a budget of $55 million. The site for the new school adjoins the Charles E. Bailey Football Stadium at the Charles E. Bailey Sportplex in the southwestern part of the city. The project was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic and complicated by major increases in construction costs. In 2023 the system announced that the school, now anticipated to cost $97 million, would be financed with long-term municipal. bonds. It is expected to open in 2026.

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