Hoover High School
Hoover High School serves 2,766 students in grades 9-12.
Hoover High School placed in the top 10% of all schools in Alabama for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 10%, and reading proficiency is top 10%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 69% (which is higher than the Alabama state average of 47%) for the 2018-19 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 68% (which is higher than the Alabama state average of 45%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 is lower than the Alabama state level of 17:1.
Minority enrollment is 47% of the student body (majority Black), which is equal to the Alabama state average of 47% (majority Black).
Hoover High School ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Alabama for:
Reading/Language Arts Proficiency
Hoover High School's student population of 2,766 students has declined by 5% over five school years.
The teacher population of 205 teachers has grown by 5% over five school years.
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Total Classroom Teachers
Students by Grade
Hoover High School is ranked within the top 10% of all 1,263 schools in Alabama (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2018-19 school year.
The diversity score of Hoover High School is 0.64, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.61. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2020-2021 School Year Data
State Level (AL)
Overall Testing Rank
#102 out of 1263 schools
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
Student : Teacher Ratio
Two or more races
All Ethnic Groups
National School Lunch Program
Eligible for Free Lunch
Eligible for Reduced Lunch
School Statewide Testing
School District Name
Source: 2020-2021 (latest school year available) NCES, AL Dept. of Education
- This school takes its name from the city, which was named after founder William Hoover and not the former U.S. president.
- For high schools named after Herbert Hoover, see Herbert Hoover High School.
- Hoover High School is a public high school in Hoover, Alabama, USA, serving grades 9-12. Formerly known as W. A. Berry High School, it was renamed when it was moved to a new campus. It is currently the one of the two International Baccalaureate schools in the Greater Birmingham Area.
- Notable alumni: Notable alumni include:
- Murry Bartow, basketball coach formerly at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
- Jeff Brantley, former ESPN baseball analyst.
- Taylor Hicks, 2006 American Idol winner.
- Chad Jackson, New England Patriots wide reciever.
- Will Pearson, founder of mental_floss magazine.
- Heather Whitestone, 1995 Miss America.
- John Parker Wilson, football player and quarterback at the University of Alabama.
- Alex Binder, Dwarn "Repete" Smith, Kristin Boyle, and Max Lerner, featured on MTV's Two-A-Days. (Ross Wilson, also featured on the show, is not yet an alumnus — he is the quarterback of the current HHS football team, and is scheduled to graduate at the end of the 2006-07 school year.)
- Academics: Hoover is home to ten National Merit Semi-Finalists in 2006, one of which made a perfect score on the PSAT.
- Athletics: Hoover High School plays in the Division 6A of the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA), and uses the nickname "Buccaneers." In football, it has been nationally ranked by USA Today and has won the state championship in five of the last six years, including the last four in a row, under the direction of head coach Rush Propst. Before the start of the 2006 season, Hoover was ranked #1 in the nation by USA Today and Sports Illustrated, a ranking it maintained until being defeated 28-14 by #6 ranked John Curtis Christian High School of River Ridge, Louisiana on ESPNU High School Showcase September 29.
- Hoover, the second-largest school in Alabama (by student population), has won over 41 state championships in 19 sports in the last 10 years. Hoover has made an overall appearance in 21 state championship playoffs.
- The 2005 football team is featured on the MTV show Two-A-Days. Season two for the Two-A-Days show, showcasing the 2006 football team, is currently being filmed at the school.
My daughter is a Junior in the special education program. I could not tell you how unhappy and frustrated this pass years have been. Since she started 9th grade it has been a battle trying to get them to include her and every other child in the class. Its more upsetting that they don't understand that every child has the right to learn more academics not just vocational regardless of disability.
My son is now a junior and I couldn't be happier with this school. In fact, the entire Hoover school system. The school gives students a great sense of pride and a desire to be the best that they can be.
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