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Clay-Chalkville High School

American public high school

Clay-Chalkville High School (CCHS) is a four-year publichigh school in the Birmingham, Alabama suburb of Clay. It is the second largest of the Jefferson County Board of Education's fourteen high schools. School colors are navy blue and silver, and the athletic teams are called the Cougars. CCHS competes in AHSAA Class 6A athletics.[2] The school was recognized by "" as the 42nd "Best High School for Athletes in Alabama" among the top 50 in 2020. CCHS was one of only two Jefferson County System schools designed among the state's more than 300 high schools.[3]

Student profile[edit]

Enrollment in grades 9-12 for the 2013–14 school year is 1,333 students. Approximately 56% of students are African-American, 38% are white, 4% are Hispanic, and 2% Asian-American. Roughly 50% of students qualify for free or reduced price lunch.[4]

CCHS has a graduation rate of 86%.[5] Approximately 84% of its students meet or exceed state proficiency standards in mathematics, and 81% meet or exceed standards in reading.[6] The average ACT score for CCHS students is 21 and the average SAT Score is 1480.[7]


The CCHS campus was constructed in 1996 and is located on the border of Clay and Pinson. It consists of a one-level building with 53 classrooms, four computer labs, four science labs, a choral room, a band room, a media center, a fine arts room, a video production studio, a lunch room, practice and spectator gymnasiums, a 650-seat auditorium, and 766 spaces for parking. The school has fields for baseball, softball, football, and practice. Stadium seating was removed from the old Shades Valley High School and repaired for use at CCHS. The 9,880 sq. ft. media center is a focal point for the school and includes a time capsule placed by the Class of 2001. It overlooks an outdoor amphitheatre through a curved wall of windows. The auditorium has a fully complemented stage with fly tower and scene room.


CCHS students have access to eight Advanced Placement courses:[8]

  • Biology
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • English Language & Composition
  • English Literature & Composition
  • Psychology
  • U.S. History
  • Computer Science

CCHS students can also take courses in one of six career-based academies:[9]

  • Arts & Communication Academy, including vocal and instrumental training, theater, journalism, and visual arts
  • Building Science Academy, including agriscience, construction, drafting and design
  • Business, Marketing, and Information Technology Academy, which offers courses in entrepreneurship, leadership, and computing fundamentals
  • Culinary Arts Academy, offering both training in both culinary arts and tourism/hospitality
  • Educational Training & Human Services Academy, which offers a variety of courses in consumer sciences, child development, psychology, and education
  • Health Science Academy, with classes in sports medicine, wellness, and nursing fundamentals

CCHS students are eligible for dual enrollment at Jefferson State Community College, allowing them to earn high school and college credit simultaneously.[9]


CCHS competes in AHSAA Class 6A athletics and fields teams in the following sports:[10]

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Indoor Track & Field
  • Outdoor Track & Field
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

CCHS has won state championships in baseball (2003) and football (1999 and 2014). It has won six regional championships in football: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.[11]


When football head coach Toney Pugh left in December 1998 to start Oak Mountain High School, former Erwin and Mortimer Jordan head coach Hal Riddle came in to lead the Cougar football program. In his first season, 1999, Riddle carried the Cougars to the Class 6A football Super 6 at Legion Field, beating Robert E. Lee-Montgomery, 30–27, in overtime for the school's first Alabama High School Athletic Association state championship. A first-half field goal by Matt Briggs stands as the longest field goal in the Class 6A title game. The Cougars' biggest rivalry began the same season, as CCHS beat Hewitt-Trussville High School in their first meeting. The Cougars would win their second Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 6A football title in 2014 by beating the Saraland Spartans in a competitive 36–31 game at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama.[12] The victory capped a 15–0 season which ended with the Cougars being ranked 35th in the nation by Max Preps and being featured on the website's Tour of Champions.[13]

In 2011, the CCHS football team, undefeated at the time, was caught up in controversy when it was accused of using an ineligible player for nine games and therefore had to forfeit those games. It appealed the forfeits to the Alabama High School Athletic Association, but the appeal was denied. It later took the case to the Jefferson County Circuit Court, where it was granted an injunctive relief and allowed back in the AHSAA playoffs. However, the Etowah County School System challenged the court's decision in order to put Gadsden City High School, who was the 4th seed in region 7 when CCHS forfeited the wins, back in the playoffs. Gadsden City ended up competing instead of CCHS, and was shut out in the first-round game against Mountain Brook High School 0-21.[14]

Other sports[edit]

In 2003, head coach Jeff Mauldin and the Cougars' baseball team won the 6A state championship in Montgomery. The Cougars returned to the title game in 2005 and 2006, but finished second. The boys' tennis team placed first in the Jefferson County Tournament in the past two years. Women's and men's basketball teams have also advanced to post season games throughout the school's short history. The school's softball team has won numerous area and regional tournaments and was led by Coach CJ (Urse) Hawkins to the state championship game in 2004 and the state quarterfinals in 2005.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ abc"ClayChalkville High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 24, 2020.
  2. ^"AHSAA School Classification 2014-16"(PDF).
  3. ^Ben Thomas,, May 22, 2020.
  4. ^"Clay-Chalkville High School". SchoolDigger. Retrieved 2015-09-22.
  5. ^"2014 Graduation Rates by School and District". Alabama School Connection. Retrieved 2015-10-29.
  6. ^"Clay-Chalkville High School in Clay, AL - Niche". K-12 School Rankings and Reviews at Retrieved 2015-09-19.
  7. ^"Niche - Clay Chalkville High School rankings".
  8. ^"Clay-Chalkville High - Course Descriptions and Request Forms". Clay-Chalkville High. Retrieved 2015-10-06.
  9. ^ ab"CCHS Curriculum Guide"(PDF).
  10. ^"Clay-Chalkville High -". Clay-Chalkville High. Retrieved 2015-10-06.
  11. ^"Alabama High School Football History". Retrieved 2015-10-06.
  12. ^Allen, Kim (December 6, 2014). "Clay-Chalkville Tops Saraland 36-31 For 6A State Championship". NBC Wiregrass. NBC Wiregrass. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  13. ^Harris, Erik (January 30, 2015). "Clay-Chalkville lands on MaxPreps' Tour of Champions". Trussville Tribune. Trussville Tribune. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  14. ^"Mountain Brook 21, Gadsden City 0". 4 November 2011.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 33°41′44″N86°36′06″W / 33.69544°N 86.60172°W / 33.69544; -86.60172


CCHS Tiger Trot 5k, Conquer the Hill (12 & under) and 100 m Mad Dash (12 & under)


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Heflin, AL US 36264


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Parker McCullough and Jake Moore of Chilton County High School took part in the 84th American Legion Alabama Boys State at the University of Alabama in July.

American Legion Alabama Boys State is “a leadership program for young men who have completed their junior year of high school and are leaders in their schools and communities,” according to a press release.

The program lasts for a week, and it allows participants to learn about the different levels of government by having each participant be elected into different governmental positions. Once elected, each student is faced with real-life scenarios that a person in their position would face on a daily basis.

McCullough and Moore were just two of a small group of students to be asked to participate in Boys State. They were joined by the group of young men from 2020 that were chosen for the program but could not attend due to COVID-19.

McCullough was a member of the Constitutional Convention while Moore was a member of the House of Representatives.


Clarke County High School

Clarke County High School is ranked 317th out of 384 ranked schools in Alabama, for total students on lunch assistance.

The percentage of Clarke County High School students on free and reduced lunch assistance (47.3%) is slightly lower than the state average of 48.1%. This may indicate that the area has a lower level of poverty than the state average.

Students at a participating school may purchase a meal through the National School Lunch Program. Families with incomes between 130% and 185% of the federal poverty level are eligible for reduced price meals. Schools may not charge more than 40¢ for reduced-price lunches, nor more than 30¢ for reduced-price breakfasts. Students from families with incomes at or below 130% of the federal poverty level are eligible for free meals.

For 2014, a family of two needs to make an annual income below $20,449 to be eligible for free meals or below $29,100 for reduced price meals. A family of four needs to make an annual income below $31,005 for free meals or $44,122 for reduced price meals.


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