Center Point High School
|Center Point High School|
|District||Jefferson County Schools|
|Colors||Red, white, & blue|
|Location||105 Eagle Drive|
Center Point High School is a four-year public high school in the Birmingham suburb of Center Point located at 105 Eagle Drive as part of Jefferson County Schools. School colors are red, white, and blue and the athletic teams are called the "Eagles". Opening in 2011, this was constructed as a replacement facility for the former Erwin High School.
Representatives from the Jefferson County Board of Education showed the Center Point City Council preliminary plans for a new high school on May 22, 2008. At this meeting, renderings for the facility under the designs of Evan Terry & Associates were unveiled as Center Point High School at the request of mayor Tom Henderson and the city council. It was also noted that public input, including that for a proposed name change from Erwin, would be taken from Center Point residents, city officials and other interested individuals and groups.
On May 6, 2010, the school board officially voted to change the name of the new facility from E.B. Erwin High School to Center Point High School. Upon opening, the former high school became Erwin Middle School. A ceremonial groundbreaking for the facility was held on May 11 with construction scheduled for completion for the beginning of the 2011 school year. Construction for the $32.6 million facility was financed from the one cent county sales tax for education. The school was the sixth high school, final of the 22 projects constructed with the tax revenue. The final cost of the overall project was $44 million.
Its site is located on 88 acres across Jefferson State Parkway from Jefferson State Community College. The facility was designed to accommodate 1,200 students in about 259,000 square feet. Additionally, a new football stadium, competition gymnasium, baseball and softball fields, fine arts center, computer labs and auditorium with seating for 650 were also constructed as part of the project.
Center Point High School was included in the state's list of "failing schools" from 2012 to 2014 and again in 2016. The listing is based on 10th grade performance on the "ACT Aspire" standardized test. In 2016 Center Point 10th graders scored 1% on math proficiency and 7% on reading proficiency.
Center Point High School's (formerly Erwin High School) athletics programs compete in AHSAA Class 5A, Region 5. As Erwin, the school produced state championships in wrestling in 1992 and 1999 and the varsity football team won regional championships in 1980, 1988, 1989, 1995, 1996, and 1997.
- Martin, Wayne (May 23, 2008) "Erwin High School may get new name: Center Point High proposed for new building." The Birmingham News
- White, Linda (May 11, 2010) "Center Point, Ala. Gets new high school." Alabama's NBC 13
- Coman, Victoria L. (May 19, 2010) "Erwin renamed Center Point High." The Birmingham News
- Crain, Trisha Powell (January 11, 2017) "Alabama to label five high schools in Jefferson County as 'failing." The Birmingham News