High School is a comprehensive 10-12 high school in Auburn, Alabama with
an enrollment of 975. AHS offers technical, academic, and International
Baccalaureate diplomas, as well as joint enrollment programs with Southern
Union State Junior College and Auburn University. Auburn High
was ranked in the top 100 public high schools in the nation by
the Associated Press based on Advanced Placement test scores, the 125th
best public high school in the United States by US News and World Report
(out of 22,000), the 135th best non-magnet public high school in the US
by Newsweek in June 2003, and the second best educational value in the Southeast by SchoolMatch,
as reported in the Wall Street Journal. Some
90% of Auburn High graduates go on to post-secondary education, with 5%
of the senior class earning National Merit Finalist or National Achievement
Finalist status (fourteen AHS students were National Merit Finalists in 2001).
A full quarter of AHS graduates receive academic
scholarships to colleges and universities ranging from local schools such
as Auburn University and UAB to more national schools such as Duke, Rice,
Chicago, Vanderbilt, and Virginia. Recent graduates also attend Princeton,
Harvard, Columbia, and Yale.
Auburn High School competitive teams are also in the top of their league. The AHS Scholars' Team placed second in the nation in 1997, losing in the Panasonic Academic Challenge (national tournament) only to the State of Maryland All-Star Team in the finals. The Science Olympiad team has placed first in the state eight of the past nine years, and commonly places in the top 30 teams in the nation at Nationals. The Knowledge Masters team normally places in the top ten in the nation in each semiannual competition, placing 6th in the US in 1999. AHS English Olympiad teams generally place in the top five in the nation, and the Global Challenge current events competition team usually places in the top ten nationally (In fact, the nation's top scorer on that test in 1996 was an AHS junior). The Auburn High marketing team also is a high scorer at national competition, and set the state record for the most points ever in the 1997 state competition. The AHS Judicial Team on average holds 40% of the state's judgeships, usually winning the state mock-trial championship, and in 1998 placed a student on the National Mock Trial Team. AHS has sent four students to Boys and Girls Nation in the past three years, with an AHS student being elected vice president of Girls Nation in 2001. Over the past decade, Auburn High's government club has held 38% of the state officer positions at Youth Legislature, including governorships four out of the past five years.
Auburn High has one of the oldest and most active National Honor Society chapters in the state, and hosted the National Honor Society National Convention in 1996. Auburn High is also considered to have the top arts program in the state, with not only a nationally recognized band, but also a chorus program that is considered to be among the strongest programs in the Southeast and an art program that produces some of the state's premier conventional and sequential artists at the high school level. Athletically, AHS offers varsity sports in Football, Men and Women's Basketball, Men and Women's Soccer, Baseball, Fastpitch Softball, Track, Swimming, Diving, Wrestling, Competitive Cheerleading, Men and Women's Golf, Men and Women's Tennis, Volleyball, and Crew. AHS has recent graduates that presently play on the Division I collegiate level in two-thirds of these sports. AHS has placed among the top ten 6A schools in the Birmingham News All-Sports rankings for seven consecutive years--the only school outside of the major metropolitan centers of Birmingham, Mobile, and Huntsville to accomplish such a feat.
AHS has a diverse student body consisting of 54% Caucasian or Hispanic, 35% African-American, 7% Asian, and 4% of other races. Twelve percent of Auburn High students were born in a foreign nation, and 23 different languages have fluent speakers in the AHS student body.
Auburn High is on a modified block schedule, with four ~90 minute classes a day, which either alternate every other day all year or are every day for a semester. To graduate, AHS requires for all students five credits (years/Carnegie units) of English, four credits each of Math, Science, and Social Science, one credit of Physical Education, and one-half credit each of Fine Arts, Keyboarding, and Speech. The academic diploma also requires three credits of a foreign language, and the technical requires four and a half credits of technical electives in the student's chosen field. The I.B. diploma requires that the criteria set by the International Baccalaureate Board be met. All students must pass the Alabama High School Exit Exam, and have taken Algebra II and Economics.
The principal of Auburn High School is Dr. Cathy Long, and the Superintendent of the Auburn City Schools is Dr. J. Terry Jenkins. AHS is located at 205 S. Dean Road; Auburn, Ala. 36830, and the office can be reached by phone at (334) 887-2110. The website for the Auburn City Schools is located at www.auburnschools.org, and Auburn High School's home on the web is www.auburnschools.org/ahs.
© Trey Armistead, 2003. Last revised 26 July 2003.
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