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Spain Park High School is a public high school located in Hoover, Alabama, USA and is managed by the Hoover City School District. The school opened in the fall of 2001. The principal is Chris Shaw. The current enrollment at Spain Park is around 1,450 students.
Spain Park High was named as a Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education in September 2008, the highest honor awarded to secondary schools by the department. Spain Park also won the National Lighthouse Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Award in the same year, making it the only U.S. school to have won both Blue Ribbon awards in the same year.
Spain Park's athletic teams are known as the "Jaguars." For the first time in the school's short history, the Jaguar basketball team advanced to the AHSAA Final Four state championship, losing in their semi-final matchup against LeFlore Magnet High School.
Spain Park's football team was shown on MTV's television program Two-A-Days, as an opponent of arch-rival Hoover High. The team also advanced to the "Super Six" Class 6A final game of the Alabama High School Athletic Association football championship, losing to defending champion Prattville High School (which defeated Hoover in the 2006 finals). Al Del Greco, former kicker for the Houston Oilers and Tennessee Titans, is the boys' golf coach and the football team's kicking coach.
Spain Park has eight state championships in Class 6A: Women's Soccer (2004, 2009 & 2010), Men's Tennis (2007), Men's Golf (2008, 2009 & 2010), and Women's Golf (2009).
In November 2006, the Spain Park Marching Band participated in the New York City Nation's Parade, which celebrated Veterans Day. The band also participated in the New Year's Day Parade in Rome, Italy on January 1, 2008.
Since the school's founding, Spain Park's show choir, known as The Park Singers, has been very successful in competitions across the South. Highlights include Grand Championships at the Auburn University Jazz and Show Choir Festival (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007), the Opelika High School Southern Showcase (2004, 2005), the Homewood High School South Central Classic (2005, 2006, 2007), and the Enterprise High School Show Choir Invitational (2007). The Park Singers have also competed at Show Choir Nationals in Nashville, Tennessee, since 2006. More recently, the Park Singers performed in Fame Orlando in 2008, placing first runner-up.
The school's theatre department, directed by 2009 Spain Park Teacher of the Year Jesse Tilton, won two consecutive state championships in 2006 and 2007 and won second place in 2009. They also won Best Original Play at the Southeastern Theatre Conference Secondary School Play Competition in 2010.
The Dance program attends the UDA Camp each year at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and performed at the 2009 Sugar Bowl between the University of Alabama and the University of Utah along with hundreds of other dancers from all over the Southeast.
In debate, Spain Park competes in numerous tournaments in metro Birmingham, and in the Harvard Debate Tournament and Yale Invitational.
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