Hoover City Schools

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Hoover City Schools is an independent school system established by the City of Hoover in 1988. As of 2018, the system has a student population of 13,868, and operates 16 schools: two high schools, three middle schools, ten elementary schools, and one alternative school.

The Hoover Board of Education offices are located at the Farr Administration Building, 2810 Metropolitan Way. Kevin Maddox is the superintendent of schools.


In 1987, Hoover established an Education Committee to decide whether the city should form its own school system. The committee's recommendation was favorable and a referendum was held. Hoover's citizens rejected the proposal by only 57 votes, but the city council unanimously voted for the establishment of a city school system. Hoover took possession of Bluff Park, Green Valley, Rocky Ridge, and Shades Mountain Elementary Schools, Gwin Middle School, and W. A. Berry High School from Jefferson County Schools. Robert Mitchell was hired as the system's first superintendent.

In 2021 the system was awarded $19,103,157 ($1,423/student) in federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds tied to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2023 the system cancelled a scheduled visit by children's book author Derrick Barnes to three elementary schools in the district. Hoover reimbursed him $3,800 of the $9,900 he would have earned if he had made the scheduled appearances.




  • Honea, Vadie (n.d.) "Then & Now: A History of Hoover." City of Hoover - accessed February 6, 2007
  • Stock, Erin (May 23, 2007) "Born to controversy, school system aims to grow, improve." The Birmingham News
  • Williams, Roy L. (May 3, 2015) "Meet new Hoover City Schools Superintendent Dr. Kathy Murphy." Hoover Sun
  • Anderson, Jon (December 21, 2018) "Hoover Schools plan more than $35 million in capital projects." Hoover Sun
  • Crain, Trisha Powell (October 25, 2021) "Alabama schools got $3 billion in federal COVID relief money. Where did it go?" The Birmingham News
  • Crain, Trisha Powell (January 27, 2023) "Hoover schools cancel Black History Month author visit after parent complaint." AL.com

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