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Homewood High School

Homewood High School
1901 S. Lakeshore Drive
Homewood, Alabama, 35209
United States
School type Public, high school
Founded 1972
School board Homewood Board of Education
School district Homewood City Schools
Superintendent Dr. Bill Cleveland
Principal Dr. Zachary Barnes
Vice Principals Latta Johnston
Eddie Cunningham
Amanda Esslinger
Tyler Burgess
Matt Kiser
Grades 9-12
Enrollment approximately 1,000  (2010)
Language English
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Red, White, & Blue             
Mascot Patriots
Team name Homewood Patriots
Newspaper The Open Line
Yearbook Heritage

Homewood High School (HHS) is a public high school, serving grades 9-12, in Homewood, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama. It is the only high school in the Homewood City School System. The student enrollment for the 2009-2010 academic year was approximately 1,000. The current principal is Dr. Zachary Barnes. Assistant principals are John Finlay, Eddie Cunningham, Amanda Esslinger, Tyler Burgess, and Matt Kiser. Before coming to Homewood High School, Dr. Barnes served as the principal of Hewitt-Trussville High School in Trussville, Alabama and replaces Dr.Kevin Maddox after Dr. Maddox took the position of Assistant Superintendent for Business Operations with the Homewood Board of Education. In the summer of 2007, the front of the school was remodeled, and a new building, Pathways Alternative School, was constructed in the upper level of the student parking lot. The front office and lobby were also remodeled in the summer of 2008.

Homewood's colors are red, white, and blue and all competitive teams are known as the Patriots. Homewood High School also has a heated rivalry in academics and sports with local high schools, Vestavia Hills High School, and Mountain Brook High School.


Homewood offers 19 AP courses:

The graduating class of 2009 had 236 students, with 206 students taking at least 1 AP exam. As a whole, the class of 2009 took 475 AP exams. The AP exam "pass score" of 3 or higher was 74.9% in 2009. The S.A.T. Critical Reading mean was 572 and the Math mean was 568. The average ACT composite score was 22.8. There were 3 National Merit Finalists, 1 National Achievement Finalist, and 7 National Merit Commended students in 2009.[1]

Music Department

The Homewood High School Patriot Marching Band participated in the 2011 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the eighth time it has performed in the parade, more than any other band outside of the New York City area. The band also participated in the 2009 Tournament of Roses Parade, in Pasadena, California. This was the third time that this band has performed in this parade, which is more than any other band in the state of Alabama.. Accompanying the band during performances is the Star Spangled Girls danceline and the Patriot Guard.

Roughly 1/3rd of the high school's students participate in the band program as instrumentalists, dancers, flag corps or as managers.

The band will participate in the 2014 Rose Parade on January 1, 2014 in Pasadena, CA.[2]

Active School Groups

  • Air Force Junior ROTC
  • Art Service Club
  • Debate Team
  • FCA
  • Heritage Panel
  • Interact Club
  • Key Club
  • Peer Helpers
  • SGA
  • Unity Club
  • Yearbook Club
  • Birthday Club
Honor Societies
  • The Patricia Ragland Tolbert Chapter of the National Honor Society
  • Mu Alpha Theta
  • French National Honor Society
  • Spanish National Honor Society
  • National Art Honor Society
  • National Forensic League
  • International Thespian Society
  • Beta Club


Homewood High School fields varsity teams in football, cheerleading, basketball, baseball, soccer, wrestling, golf, tennis, softball, volleyball, lacrosse, cross country running/track and field. The football team has won a 4A state championship in 1974, and 5A state championships in 1995, 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2005. The varsity boys basketball team also won second place in the 6A state championship in 2008 and 2010. The Homewood Boy's Soccer team won three state championships in 2003, 2005, and 2006.

Homewood Patriot Football

The Patriots play their home games at Waldrop Stadium in Homewood, Alabama. Homewood has won the state championship six times (1974, 1995, 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2005).

Waldrop Stadium

Waldrop Stadium (Bob Newton Field) is the home of the Homewood Patriots. The field is named after former head football coach Bob Newton, who led the Patriots to state championships in 1995, 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2005. The stadium is home to the football, soccer, and track and field teams.

Notable alumni

  • John Zimmerman (1991), World Champion & Olympic figure skater.
  • Ronald Nored (2008), basketball player on both Butler teams that played for the NCAA National Championship in 2010 and 2011
  • Evan Mathis (2000), American football offensive lineman
  • Aaron Ernest (2011), sprinter
  • Ameer Abdullah (2011), running-back for the Nebraska Cornhuskers


External links

  • Homewood High School homepage
  • Homewood Board of Education homepage

Coordinates: 33°29′29″N 86°42′43″W / 33.49147°N 86.7120°W / 33.49147; -86.7120

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