School Profile


    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 


    Professional Staff: 149

    Master’s Degree & higher: 73%

    Five+ years of experience: 93%

    National Board Certified Teachers 18


    COGNIA (AdvancED)

    Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE)


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

    ENROLLMENT (Fall 2021)

    Total 9-12: 1558

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


    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.


    A = 90 - 100

    B = 80 - 89

    C = 70 - 79

    D = 60 - 69

    F = 59 and below


    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


    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


    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


    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.


    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 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.



    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