School Details

Huntsville High School

2304 Billie Watkins SW, Huntsville, AL 35801
(256) 428-8050
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1693 students 18 students/teacher (AL avg is 16)

Test Scores by grade

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Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE)

In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Huntsville City Schools average
  • Alabama state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE)

In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Huntsville City Schools average
  • Alabama state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Huntsville High School is a public high school in Huntsville. The principal of Huntsville High School is Mrs Leslie Esneault, who can be contacted at lesneault@hsv.k12.al.us. 1,693 students attend Huntsville High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Black, non-Hispanic. 17% of the 1,693 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Huntsville High School is 18:1. Pinnacle Alternative Day School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 74% 48%
Asian 3% %
Black, non-Hispanic 21% 43%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Hispanic 2% 5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.6%
Multiracial 0.2% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 17% 43%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    As a student actively participating in JROTC at the high school as well as having participated in other electives there is much more financial and administrative support that goes towards sports but honestly it's hard not to find a school focused on sports in Alabama. However the education I've been receiving here is phenomenal and most all of the teachers are great at what they do (especially in honors programs) . Wouldn't want to be anywhere else in the city schools. Go Panthers!

  • (1 year ago)

    I'm proud to say I'm a Huntsville Panther. As the school representing the city of Huntsville we strive to live up to our name. We're the best in the city at every sport and great in academics. I'm proud that I'll get to tell people I graduated from Huntsville High School in the class of 2016. Go panthers!

  • (2 years ago)

    I am a freshman at Huntsville High this year. (2012-2013)I probably have the most amazing teachers in the world. (I think Mrs. Dotts and Mr. Swanson are possibly the most inspiring teachers I've ever had.) They both are really passionate about what they do to help us achieve our goals they inspire us to our best and they are both insanely funny! Also I agree with people when they say things like "The school is mainly about programs clubs sports". The school IS about social clubs programs and sports that's how you have friends at this school... If you're not in at least one of the programs or clubs or anything at this school you'repratically a nobody. I'm in the Band French Club FBLA Newpaper Staf FCCLA and I perform with the band at the Halftime Show and sit in the bleachers with them and play flute. ) This is what my school is about and I am proud of it already.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is great my kid loves it! And the teachers there really know what they're doing. They have pushed my child to his limits and really made him shine! Both on the field and in the school house.

  • (2 years ago)

    I love how the teachers interact with the students they really push them to their full potential. Go Panthers!

  • (2 years ago)

    I love this school super great! Couldn't be any better! The tachers there couldn't of done a better job!

  • (4 years ago)

    Huntsville High is a decent school. If you are not involved in sports it's almost miserable. It seems to be what most of the school cares about. There are quite a few great teachers though with a passion for teaching and helping students. Mrs. Schrimsher is probably one of the best teachers I've had. She has helped so much with the college applying process and helping to make sure we all graduate and excel at what we are best at. I believe she has helped a lot of students to grow up. Also Coach Mincher is probably one of the best math teachers I've ever had and has really helped me to understand it. I never understood Shakespeare before I took Mrs. Dotts class on it. It is super fun and amazing to see just how much she really loves it.

  • (4 years ago)

    There are (basically) two populations of students at Huntsville High School. If you break out student performance based on demographics one population scores better than any high school in Northern Alabama. Students from Hampton Cove and the neighborhoods in and around the Medical District contribute positively to the overall academic performance. Huntsville High School and it's extracurricular facilities are clean modern and maintained. The students walking in the halls appear cheerful and engaged and they appear to be proud of their school. The faculty are stable and for the most part dedicated. There is a lot of parent involvement in both academic and extracurricular activities though the environment is extremely competitive. Virtually all students advance to four year universities and many students advance to college athletics and college arts.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have been very pleased with the high school and all of the administrators and teachers I have encountered thus far. My daughter has some special needs and they have done a great job of accommodating her needs. I really sense her teachers care and their expectations for the students requirements and behaviors are clear.

  • (5 years ago)

    Huntsville High School is definitely a great school. The counselors are willing to help if only you are willing to ask for it. The teachers are good maybe not great. Mrs. Dotts an English teacher is amazing and is very passionate about teaching. So is Mrs. Blocker a History teacher she is one of the toughest teachers at the school but trust me she is passionate and knows what she is doing. The classroom sizes are somewhat big (30 or more in some). Of course there will always be cliques in schools that's just how it is but most kids are friendly enough. Also the athletics are really good though I never involved myself in any of them. The volleyball team won state for the 6th time in a row I believe. Overall a very good school

  • (5 years ago)

    This school failed us miserably. I've felt the censure of the educators toward us as parents as well as my son. They took no responsibility for our son's failure it was all his lack of effort. Concluded that everday I sent him to this school emphasized his weaknesses instead of his incredible strengths and out of the box intelligence. He was struggling with anxiety and gravitating to students with behavior and drug issues. We reacted strongly and pulled him out to homeschool. It has made a TREMENDOUS difference. Now we focus on his strengths and abilities. His anxiety is gone. Confidence returning and he now talks about the possibilities of his future. If you have a different kind of learner (ADHD) don't even try - they have no clue. Take charge yourself and see success.

  • (6 years ago)

    HHS has a lot to offer and there are some excellent teachers. As in most things in life students get out of it about what they are willing to put into it. Overall it is a good school. And kids have a wide variety of sports clubs and extra curricular activities in which to be involved -- which I believe keeps them out of trouble.

  • (6 years ago)

    As an educator I believe HHS is one of the better schools I have taught at. Class sizes are a bit high- it can be difficult to teach when average class has more that 30 students. The biggest issue seems to be getting parents to support academics as much as they do extracurriculars. Parents seem to view a 'good' teacher as one who is willing to manipulate grades to make students look good on a transcript regardless of effort put forth in a class setting. Students are not encouraged to take responsiblity for their actions or their education. However of the area schools I have taught at HHS is the best teaching environment.

  • (7 years ago)

    If you really want to know about Huntsville the leadership is weak the counselors are more focused on helping the kids who are struggling than the ones with a desire to excel. They are overloaded and insensitive to personal needs. The teaching staff leaves a lot to be desired in the Math and History Departments. Science and English are better but not by too much. I have had probably three or four excellent teachers in my four years and at least one or two complete idiots each year. Think long and hard before moving into this district your kids will do better elsewhere.

  • (7 years ago)

    After having 4 children attend and graduate from HHS ( two in 2002 2004 and now 2008) I believe the English and Science departments to be exceptional. The teachers really care about the students and nuture them throughout their 4 years. Math preparation is dependent upon teacher and level. A great principal who often must yeild to the fundamentalist codes of parents serving on PTA board. Social politics are sublte but quite active. Would that as much attention were paid to the math team debate and other competitions as to the athletic programs.

  • (7 years ago)

    Huntsville High is a great school with a great Principal. It has any and every extracurricular activity there is to offer so you're sure to get you student involved! It's recent move back to 6A classification (a result from an 06-07 attendance of 1512 students) has put its sports to the test. Yet our Volleyball team still has 5 State Champions in a row and our Football program still makes it to the playoffs this year ending a 7 year losing streak to cross-town rival Grissom. HHS also has a magnificent Drama Department and under Mike Chappell has put on a spectacular production every year.

  • (8 years ago)

    We have just moved to Huntsville. I specifically chose Huntsville High for many reasons academic involvement social etc. One thing I would really like to see Huntsville High pursue is the use of technology. In transferring my child I found much of the information and forms needed were in the office and plentiful but hardly any of this information was housed on the website. Given today s lifestyle communication is very important. Please continue to place the hard copy information in the office but also place it on the website within twenty-four (24) hours of the announcement release. Prime examples are the summer reading list and the handling of a serious unfortunate incident.

  • (8 years ago)

    There is room for lots of improvement-- parent of several current students ( Both parents have combined certified teaching experience of 30+ years) Its very disappointing for such a progressive and educated community to be willing to accept less than satisfactory teaching practices. We advise other parents to know how grades are calculated and expect clear expectations. MRS. McBeth is the BEST-- heart toward student achievement.

  • (9 years ago)

    This is an awesome school with an wonderful athletic program. The volleyball team has won state 4 years in a row which I am a part of. The counselors are sure to help your children graduate high school. They are there to give them all the information they need to fill out important paper work that has to do with their schooling. Huntsville High is a really good school for any kid. And its not costly.

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