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Hueytown High School is a public high school in Hueytown, Alabama. It is part of the Jefferson County Board of Education school system. Hueytown High was founded in 1922. It is currently a 6A school with an enrollment of 1032 students in Grades 9-12. Beginning in the fall of 2010, its athletic programs will be reclassified to compete at the 5A level for at least a two-year period. The current principal is Mrs. Gayle Gober.
The first Hueytown High School began classes on February 25, 1921, with students who had transferred from Bessemer High School. It was one of six new high schools in the Jefferson County system at that time. It had an enrollment of just 66 students with 25 seniors in the first graduating class in 1922. Mr. Harley F. Gilmore was the first principal and athletic director, serving as principal from 1921 until his retirement in 1956. Only six teachers served on the original staff with Mr. Gilmore.
Subjects available in those early years included French, Latin, chemistry, mathematics, and history. Home economics was offered for girls and manual arts (woodworking) for the boys.
In 1957, Mr. Charles Vines became principal when enrollment had reached 1,273. The next year the school relocated to its Dabbs Avenue campus serving grades 10-12. The old building then became Pittman Junior High School (serving grades 7-9) and continued in that capacity until May 1970.
Following Mr. Vines retirement in 1962, Mr. Louis Marty became principal and served until his own retirement following the 1975 school year. Other later principals have included Mr. Pat A. Salamone, Mr. Haywood L. Atkinson, Mrs. B. Kaye Reach, Mr. John O. Hudson, Ms. Kay P. Lindsey, Dr. Judson L. Jones and Mr. Randy H. McCarty.
Hueytown High School has been located at two different sites since its founding.
Student groups and activities include art club, band, cheerleading, choir, dance team, debate team, DECA, drama club, FBLA, FCCLA, First Priority, flag line, Hueytown Ambassadors, Key Club, majorettes, math team, National Honor Society, Scholar's Bowl, and Science Olympiad.
Today the school's sports teams, known as the Hueytown Golden Gophers, compete in baseball, basketball, football, golf, softball, tennis, track, cross-country, wrestling and volleyball.
On September 30, 1921, the as yet unnamed "Golden Gophers" played the school's first ever football game by visiting Jefferson County High School (present day Tarrant High). The next week the team played its first ever home game against Alliance High School and won 9-0. They would complete that inaugural season with a record of 3-4, including a loss to the Howard College Grass Cutters. That same season the boys baseball team posted a 10-3 record and the girls basketball team finished 4-1.
During the next six years the football program would have a record of 28-16-5, including the 1924 team (7-1-1) which outscored opponents by the margin of 256-38. The 1924 squad had four shutouts and a victory over St. Bernard College of Cullman.
The Gophers greatest football era would come under Melvin Vines who coached the team from 1948-1962 with a record of 78-44-9. His best team was the 1958 unit (10-0), the only undefeated and untied team in school history. They had an amazing eight shutouts and outscored opponents 253-26. They won the Jefferson County Championship (The Dental Clinic Game) over Fairfield High School that same year. Vines' teams won five county championships at a time when no statewide playoff system existed. Since the advent of a state playoff system, the football team has made several appearances with trips to the playoffs in 1974, 1975, 1995, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008.
In 1974, the Hueytown High wrestling team won the school's first state championship with the 4A State Title under the guidance of then head-wrestling coach, Tony Morton.
The boys baseball team has traditionally been among the state's strong programs including a state 4A Championship in 1976.
The girls softball team has won four state softball championships in six years with titles in 2005 and 2006 as a 5A school and 2008 and 2010 as a 6A school.
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