Gardendale High School
|Gardendale High School|
|District||Jefferson County Schools|
|Colors||maroon, gray & white|
|Location||800 Main Street|
Gardendale High School is a public high school in the Jefferson County Schools system located at the corner of Main Street and Mt Olive Road in Gardendale. It is fed by students from Bragg Middle School, also in Gardendale. Enrollment in grades 9-12 for the 2013-14 school year was 1,095 students. The principal is Shelton Dukes.
The school which belongs to the Jefferson County Schools system, has been in three different buildings since its inception. The first was developed on the 45-acre site in 1956 with students in grades 7-9 coming mainly from Mortimer Jordan High School in Morris. The 17,118-square foot brick building facing Mt Olive Road was designed by Van Keuren Davis & Co. architects and constructed by J. E. Dillard & Co. Covered walkways connected three separate wings. One wing housed eight classrooms. A second held administrative offices and temporary classrooms, and the third held a "cafetorium". The cost of the initial building was $224,795. The new school opened its doors in January 1957.
In early 2007, plans were announced for a new school to be built with part of the county's share of the County's 1¢ sales tax for school construction. A proposal to merge Fultondale High School into the new school was rejected during planning.
On June 21, 2007 the County Board of Education contracted with Maloney Construction to demolish the old school building. The new $48 million school building was built on the north campus of the former school. It was planned for an overall enrollment of 1,200 students, with room for adding as many as 32 classrooms in the future. It has a 600-seat auditorium and 100-seat lecture theater, separate competition and practice gymnasiums. The school also has a vocational education center for use by all county high school students.
Gardendale's athletic teams are called the "Rockets", a name chosen by vote of the first students during the height of the space race. The school's Driver Stadium, originally called Rocket Stadium, was the largest of any school in the county during the 1970s. It was renamed for Lawrence E. Driver (a former Alabama Power employee) who was responsible for the stadium lighting and who later became the city's parks director. The school colors are maroon, gray and white.
Head football coaches
- Roy Holsomback (1965-1971)
- Dennis Love (1972-1974)
- Ed Bruce (1975-1983)
- Dale Cook (1983-1984)
- Alan Pridmore (1984-1991)
- Chuck Furlow (1992-1993)
- Mike Burrow (1994-1996)
- Mark Franks (1997-1999)
- Mike McCombs (1999-2001)
- David Norwood (2002-2003)
- Keith Luker (2004-2007)
- Chris Fancher (2008-2012)
- Matt Plunkett (2013-2017), moved to Cullman High School
- Chad Eads (2018-)
Head basketball coaches
Head baseball coaches
Gardendale has won state championships in boy's indoor track (1978-80, 1984, 1988 and 1989) and boy's cross-country running (1976-79 and 1982). The school also won the 1974 state wrestling championship and has produced individual wrestling champions Tripp Otis and Chad Bearden.
The Alabama Department of Education recognized Gardendale High School's Family and Consumer Sciences Education Program as the "Outstanding Program of the Year" for 2003.
- John Suddeth
- Hoyt Washington
- James Fuller
- Carl Roberts
- Anna Vacca (2000–2011)
- Jeff Caufield (2011–2016) left to take a position at JeffcoEd as HR Director
- Mary Beth Blankenship (2016–2018)
- Shelton Dukes (2018–)
- Jerry Hairston (1971), baseball player
- Curt Jarvis (1983), NFL player
- Willie Wyatt (1986), NFL player
- Alan Ogg (1986), NBA player
- Chris Fryar (1989), percussionist
- Daniel Grier (2004), fashion designer
- Trey Mullinax (2010), professional golfer
- Samuel, Sally (1956) "Gardendale to get a junior-senior high school." The Birmingham News
- Jones, Pauline Parker (1976), This is Gardendale.
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- Leech, Marie (June 21, 2007) "Contract awarded for demolishing Gardendale High." The Birmingham News
- "Students get tour of new Gardendale High School, which opens Tuesday." (February 12, 2010) The Birmingham News
- Montgomery, Ben (July 20, 2011) "Principal moves on after decade of service" North Jefferson News
- Carter, Robert (February 1, 2013) "Chris Fancher steps down as Gardendale High football coach" North Jefferson News
- Staff reports (October 18, 2016) "New principal named for Gardendale High School" North Jefferson News
- Harris, Erik (January 4, 2018) "Plunkett out at Gardendale" North Jefferson News
- Harris, Erik (January 25, 2018) "Gardendale hires Chad Eads from Hoover" North Jefferson News
- Harris, Erik (April 24, 2018) "Trent Hosmer named Gardendale head basketball coach" North Jefferson News
- Harris, Erik (June 12, 2018) "Gardendale names new principal, Pat Keedy moves from field to admin." North Jefferson News
- Harris, Erik (June 25, 2018) "Ryan Keedy named Gardendale head baseball coach" North Jefferson News