Pleasant Grove High School

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Pleasant Grove High School
Pleasant Grove HS crest.jpg
Established 1971
School type Public
District Jefferson County Schools
Grades 7-12
Principal Jarvis Watkins
Enrollment 755 (2016)
Colors purple and gold
Mascot Spartans
Location 100 Spartan Drive
Pleasant Grove

Pleasant Grove High School is a combined public junior high and high school in the Jefferson County School System. It was constructed in 1971 with the help of the city of Pleasant Grove and serves that city as well as the area formerly served by the Woodward School.

The racial make-up of Pleasant Grove High School's student body has changed dramatically since 1995 when only 47 black students attended. In 2005 there were 507 black students, and in 2018 the school enrolled 1,184 black students and only 175 white students.

A new $49 million building and athletic complex for Pleasant Grove High School was completed in 2010, designed by Lathan Associates Architects. After the McCrory Building Company was found to have defaulted on the construction contract, Wyatt General Contractor was tapped to complete the project.

Pleasant Grove High School was included in the state's list of "failing schools" in 2016. The listing was based on 10th grade performance on the "ACT Aspire" standardized test. In 2016 Pleasant Grove 10th graders scored 3% on math proficiency and 16% on reading proficiency. When the 2017 list was released, Pleasant Grove High School was no longer deemed a failing school.



  • Norris, Toraine (October 28, 2009) "Athletic facilities for new Pleasant Grove High School approved." The Birmingham News
  • Anderson, Michelle D. (August 1, 2010) "Birmingham, Jefferson County to launch new schools during coming school year." The Birmingham News
  • Crain, Trisha Powell (January 11, 2017) "Alabama to label five high schools in Jefferson County as 'failing." The Birmingham News
  • Beahm, Anna (July 28, 2019) "Pleasant Grove: A story of change at the hand of Mother Nature and the judge’s gavel." The Birmingham News

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