Jess Lanier High School

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Jess Lanier High School was a high school in the Bessemer City Schools system. It opened in 1970 at 100 High School Drive and was named for former Bessemer mayor Jess Lanier. In 1987 upon the closing of Abrams High School it became the system's only high school. The school closed in 2009 with students reporting to the new Bessemer City High School at the Academy Drive exit from I-20/59 in January 2010.

The final principal at Jess Lanier was Jerome Cook. The school's athletic teams were called the Tigers and its colors were purple and white.

Fire damaged the school in December 1981, destroying the library. Construction of a new, larger library was completed in 1983. An expansion of the school in 1988 brought new classrooms, a band room, science lab, and art studio.

The former high school building was renovated in 2013 for use by the new Bessemer City Middle School.


Notable graduates


  • Nance, Rahkia (October 17, 2008) "Bessemer school board approves the name Bessemer City High School for future school." Birmingham News

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