School Profile

  • ADMINISTRATION

    Principal: Dr. Amanda Esslinger

    Assistant Principals:

    Mr. Josh Britnell

    Mrs. Yvette Coley-Smith

    Mr. Brandon Key

    Athletic Director: Mr. Patrick Kellogg

    College and Career Specialist: Mr. Tracy Prater 

    FACULTY

    Professional Staff: 149

    Master’s Degree & higher: 73%

    Five+ years of experience: 93%

    National Board Certified Teachers 18

    ACCREDITATION

    COGNIA (AdvancED)

    Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE)

    PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

    NASSP, NACAC, SACAC, ASCD, AACD, ALCA, The College Board

    ENROLLMENT (Fall 2021)

    Total 9-12: 1558

    9th: 388, 10th: 404, 11th: 389, 12th: 377

    OVERVIEW

    Four-year, Alabama public high school located on 100 acres in the city of Hoover, a commercial/residential suburb of Birmingham.  Spain Park High School opened in 2001, and the charter class graduated in May 2004.

    GRADING SCALE

    A = 90 - 100

    B = 80 - 89

    C = 70 - 79

    D = 60 - 69

    F = 59 and below

    AP TESTING RESULTS

    AP Total # of Candidates Tested: 443

    AP Total # of Exams Administered: 1,096

    Current Year scores of 3 or higher: 67.72%

    Candidates Tested in Subject Area:

    AP Research   19

    AP Seminar   62

    AP Music Theory   8

    AP Studio Art: Design   6

    AP English Language   125

    AP English Literature   94

    AP Human Geography   72

    AP Macroeconomics    42

    AP Psychology   18

    AP US Government   50

    AP US History   120

    AP Calculus AB   23

    AP Calculus BC   25

    AP Computer Science A   15

    AP Computer Science Principles    37

    AP Statistics    21

    AP Biology    64

    AP Chemistry   26

    AP Environmental Science   53

    AP Physics I    17

    AP Physics C: Elec. and Mag.   13

    AP Physics C: Mechanics   15

    AP French Language and Culture   6

    AP Spanish Language and Culture   11

    AP Spanish Literature and Culture    2

    ACT COMPOSITE SCORES (100% of student body tested)

    SPHS: 23.0 SPHS Avg. English: 22.8

    State: 18.6 SPHS Avg. Mathematics: 22.3

    National: 20.7 SPHS Avg. Reading: 23.6

    SPHS Avg. Science: 22.9

    State Avg. English 18.3

    State Avg. Mathematics: 18.1

    State Avg. Reading: 19.4

    State Avg. Science: 18.9

    CEEB/ACT CODE: 010381

    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

    Regular Diploma

    24 units including 4 English, 4 Social Studies, 4 Mathematics (including Algebra I & Geometry), 4 Sciences (including Biology and a physical science), 1 Physical Education, ½ Health Education, and 5 Electives.  Additionally, students choose any combination of 3 Career Technical Education, Arts Education, and/or Foreign Language courses. 

    • Completion of Civics Test
    • Completion of FAFSA

    CURRICULUM

    Advanced Placement Courses

    Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science A, Economics (Macro), English Language, English Literature, Environmental Science, French, Government, Human Geography, Physics 1, Physics 2, Physics C, Psychology, Spanish, Spanish Literature, Statistics, Studio Art (Drawing, Design), U.S. History, Research, Seminar

    Advanced Level Courses

    Algebra II Trig., Biology, Chemistry, English 9 & 10, French III, Geometry, German III, Latin III, Pre-calculus, Spanish III, IV, V, World History

    COMPUTATION OF CLASS RANK/ GPA

    Rank in class and GPA are cumulative for grades 9-12.  AP courses are weighted one point per period annually.  Advanced Level courses are weighted .5 per period annually. Debate team, math team, scholar's bowl, and dual enrollment are weighted .5 per period annually.

    ACADEMIC AND ATHLETIC DISTINCTION

    In its 19-year history, Spain Park High School has won 27 state athletic championships; including the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015 Boys Golf State Championship; 2012 Boys Indoor Track State Championship; 2004, 2008, 2010 and 2011 Girls Soccer State Championship; Boys Baseball State Championship 2015 and Girls Basketball State Championship in 2018 and 2019, Boys Soccer 2021 and Boys Tennis 2021. Football and Girls Softball both finished as State Runner-ups in the 2015/2016 season. Spain Park High School also holds the distinction of having the first-ever Alabama State Boys Bowling Champions in 2016 and 2017 as well as the first ever E-sports Champions in 2019 respectively .

    Spain Park High School is the 2008-2009 recipient of The Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence (U.S. Department of Education Secondary Schools Recognition Program) and the 2008-2009 Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Lighthouse Award Winner.

    In 2007, Spain Park High School was awarded the State of Alabama Attorney General’s Safe Schools Initiative Award. In 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Spain Park High School was recognized by Newsweek magazine as one of the “Top High Schools in the United States.” In 2014, Spain Park High School was recognized by ACT for College and Career Readiness and ranked among the top 5 nationally.

    SPAIN PARK ACADEMIES

    Spain Park High School offers academies with dynamic courses of study designed to help students hone skills in particular fields of study. These academies include Engineering Academy, Fine Arts Academy, Law Academy, Finance Academy and Health Sciences Academy.

    CLASS OF 2021 PROFILE

    NO. OF GRADUATES 392

    100 Honor Graduates

    157 Colleges/33 States/2 Countries

    Scholarship offerings: 66% class received $27 million in scholarship offers

    Record no. of Armed Services Commitments

     

    National Merit Recognition:

    • Commended: 2
    • Finalist: 13
    • Scholars: 3

    US Presidential Scholars Nominees: 5

    22 Choral Dept Members selected to AL All-State

    Rhapsody in Blue Show Choir: 4 Grand Championshiops, 24 Caption Awards

    Countless individual/team athletic accolades, including Gatorade Player(s) of the Year and State Championships

    38 Award-winning graduates of Pride of the Park Marching Band

     

    Spain Park Athletics Team State Champions

    2004   Girls Soccer

    2007   Boys Tennis

    2008   Boys Golf

    2009   Boys Golf

    2009   Girls Golf

    2009   Girls Soccer

    2010   Boys Golf

    2010   Girls Soccer

    2011   Girls Soccer

    2012 Indoor Track

    2012 Boys Golf

    2013 Boys Golf

    2014 Boys Golf

    2014 Baseball

    2016 Boys Bowling

    2016 Boys Golf

    2017 Boys Bowling

    2017 Girls Golf

    2018 Girls Basketball

    2019 Girls Basketball

    2021 Boys Tennis

    2021 Boys Soccer

    2021 Girls Golf

    2022 Volleyball

    2022 Boys Bowling

    2022 Girls Golf

    2022 Girls Soccer

     

    Individual State Champions

    2001-02   Matt Bell – 119lb. Wrestling

    2001-02   Musa Shunnarah – 160lb. Wrestling

    2001-02    Andrea Lewis - Discus

    2002-03    Matt Bell – 119lb. Wrestling

    2002-03   Musa Shunnarah – 160lb. Wrestling

    2002-03   Patrick Wells – Indoor Pole Vault

    2003-04   Patrick Wells – Outdoor Pole Vault

    2003-04    Josh Graff – 145lb. Wrestling

    2003-04    E.J. Graff – 145lb. Wrestling

    2004-05   Patrick Wells – Outdoor Pole Vault

    2004-05   Chris Spear – Indoor Pole Vault 15’6” (State Record)

    2005-06   Chris Spear – Indoor Pole Vault

    2005-06   Chris Spear – Outdoor Pole Vault

    2005-06   Adam Mims – Indoor Long Jump

    2005-06   Trey Delgreco – Boys Golf Individual State Champion

    2006-07   Trevor Denkers – Javelin 187’5” (State Record)

    2006-07    Josh Benton and Martin Strickler - #2 Doubles Tennis 

    2006-07    Ryan White - #2 Singles Tennis

    2006-07   Ryan White and Nathan White - #1 Doubles Tennis

    2006-07   Josh Benton - #3 Singles Tennis

    2008-09   Robby Prater- Boys Golf Individual State Champion

    2008-09   Hannah Collier – Girls Golf Individual State Champion

    2009-2010   Michael Johnson – Boys Golf Individual State Champion

    2009-2010   Joe Williams – Discus

    2009-2010   Geoffrey Bostany – 135lb. Wrestling

    2010-2011 Brandon Hazouri – Cross Country

    2010-2011 Will Freeman – Swimming – 200 & 500 Yard Freestyle

    2010-2011 Joe Williams – Shot Put & Discus

    2010-2011 Jasmine Moore – Shot Put

    2010-2011 Simone Charley – Triple Jump (State Record 40’.3)

    2011-2012 Brandon Hazouri – Cross Country

    2011-2012 Will Freeman – Swimming – 200 & 500 Yard Freestyle

    2011-2012 Corey Holmes – Swimming – 50 yard Freestyle

    2011-2012 Madeline Held – Swimming – 100 yard Freestyle

    2011-2012 Joe Williams – Indoor Track - Shot Put 

    2011-2012 Jasmine Moore – Indoor Track – Shot Put

    2011-2012 Simone Charley – Indoor Track – Long Jump

    2011-2012 Simone Charley – Indoor Track – Triple Jump

    2011-2012 Myles Charley – Indoor Track – Triple Jump

    2011-2012 Brandon Hazouri – Indoor Track – One Mile 

    2011-2012 Brandon Hazouri – Indoor Track – Two Mile

    2011-2012 Simone Charley – Track & Field – Triple Jump

    2011-2012 Joe Williams – Track & Field – Shot Put & Discus

    2011-2012 Brandon Hazouri – Track & Field – One Mile & Two Mile

    2012-2013 Will Freeman – 200 & 500 yard Freestyle

    2012-2013 Corey Holmes – 100 yard Freestyle

    2012-2013 Maddie Wohlfarth - 100 yard butterfly

    2012-2013 Connor Smith – Boys Golf

    2012-2013 Simone Charley - Long Jump – Indoor Track

    2012-2013 Simone Charley - Triple Jump – Indoor Track

    2012-2013 Simone Charley - Long Jump 

    2012-2013 Simone Charley Triple Jump – state record 42’3.5”

    2013-2014 Will Freeman Swimming – 200 & 500 Freestyle

    2013-2014 Daryn Ellison & Kendal Holladay – Girls Tennis Doubles

    2014-2015 Kevin McClure – 220lb Wrestling

    2014-2015 Daniel Nixon – 800M Track

    2014-2015 Patrick Martin – Boys Golf

    2015-2016 Rachel Cunningham – 100 Breaststroke & 200 Medley

    2015-2016 Daniel Nixon – 800M Track

    2015-2016 Daryn & Sydney Ellison – Girls Tennis Doubles

    2016-2017 Rachel Cunningham – 100 Breaststroke 

    2016-2017 Christian Strong – Indoor Track 60M Hurdles

    2016-2017 Daryn & Sydney Ellison – Girls Tennis Doubles

    2016-2017 Lindsay Song - #2 Tennis Singles

    2016-2017 Sydney Ellison - #3 Tennis Singles

    2016-2017 Mychelle Widra - #4 Tennis Singles

    2016-2017 Christian Strong – Outdoor 110M Hurdles

    2017-2018 Ward Lockhart – 500 Yard Freestyle

    2017-2018 Caroline Waldrop – Girls Golf

    2018-2019 Zachary El-Fallah – Dive 

    2018-2019 Matthew Gray - Indoor & Outdoor Shot Put 

    2018-2019 Jaxon Bast - 285lb. Wrestling

    2019-2020 Jaxon Bast - 285lb. Wrestling

    2020-2021 Mackenzie Culpepper- Indoor & Outdoor Track 400M

    2020-2021 Jake Wilson- #1 Tennis Singles

    2020-2021 John Kendrick- #5 Tennis Singles

    2020-2021 Brenton Cate & Sam Wasko- #3 Tennis Doubles

    2020-2021 Jake Wilson & Walker Jackson- #2 Tennis Doubles

    2020-2021 Anna Collins- Outdoor Pole Vault

    2020-2021 Keon Buck - Outdoor Track 100M & 200M Dash

    2021-2022 Yasmine Oliveira - Girls Wrestling 147lb

    2021-2022 Cole Henson - Bowling  

     

    Gatorade Players of the Year

    2005 Kathleen Walsh – Girls Soccer

    2006 Kathleen Walsh – Girls Soccer

    2009 Lauren Arnold – Girls Soccer

    2010 Annalika Steyn – Girls Soccer

    2010 Brandon Hazouri – Cross Country

    2011 Joe Williams – Track & Field

    2011 Simone Charley – Girls Soccer

    2012 Mikey White – Baseball

    2012 Joe Williams – Track & Field

    2012 Nick Mullens – Football

    2018 Brooks Rice – Boys Soccer

    2018- Jasmine Greene – Girls Soccer

    2020- Sarah Ashlee Barker - Girls Basketball

    2021- Annabell Widra - Softball

    2022 - Audrey Rothman - Volleyball