Mountain Brook High School

  • Mountain Brook High School serves 1,051 students in grades 10-12.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 65% (which is higher than the Alabama state average of 44%) for the 2016-17 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 61% (which is higher than the Alabama state average of 39%) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • Mountain Brook High School placed in the top 10% of all schools in Alabama for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 20%, and reading proficiency is top 10%) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 12:1 is lower than the Alabama state level of 18:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 4% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is lower than the Alabama state average of 45%.

Top Placements

Mountain Brook High School places among the top 20% of public schools in Alabama for:

School Overview

  • Mountain Brook High School's student population of 1,051 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 86 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades 10-12
Total Students1,051 students
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Total Classroom Teachers86 teachers
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School Comparison

  • Mountain Brook 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 2016-17 school year.
  • The school's student:teacher ratio of 12:1 has stayed the same over five school years.
  • The diversity score of Mountain Brook High School is 0.08, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.59. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2017-2018 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (AL)
Overall School Rank (16-17)#121 out of 1263 schools
(Top 10%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
65%
44%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
61%
39%
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Student : Teacher Ratio12:118:1
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Asian
n/a
1%
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Hispanic
2%
8%
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Black
n/a
33%
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White
96%
55%
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Two or more races
2%
2%
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Diversity Score0.080.59
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Graduation Rate
98%
88%
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School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameMountain Brook City School District
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, AL Dept. of Education

School Notes

  • Mountain Brook High School (MBHS) is a three-year public high school within the city of Mountain Brook, Alabama, a residential area of Birmingham.
  • Mountain Brook High School serves grades 10-12 and enrolled 992 students during the 2004-2005 school year. Barlow joined the Mountain Brook High School staff in 1996 after vacating his previous position in Georgia’s Gwinnett School System. Before joining the MBHS team, assistant principal Ben Hudson served as assistant principal of Tarrant High School. Similarly, assistant principal Patrick Kellogg served as assistant principal of Pelham High School before arriving at MBHS.
  • Mountain Brook High School colors are green and gold and the athletic teams are called the "Spartans". Along with its many academic clubs, the school had sororities until the early 2000's. The school also had fraternities until the early-to-mid 1990's. Both groups were disbanded for misbehavior.
  • Active school groups and clubs:
  • American Field Service (AFS) - This organization is intended to promote world peace through understanding other cultures. The Mountain Brook High School AFS chapter sponsors international students throughout the year, as well as sponsoring MBHS students to other countries.
  • Ambassadors - This is a coed service club designed primarily to assist new students and their families in becoming familiar with and involved in school activities.
  • Art Club - Any student studying art who enjoys activities with others with the same interest is encouraged to join this art related group.
  • The Cage - The Cage is comprised of a multitude of students from the Junior and Senior class who show an extreme support of their Spartans!
  • Connection - This is a coed service club whose purpose is to promote drug awareness and to provide peer support for all students who choose not to drink, smoke, or take drugs. Members are required to sign a pledge to not use alcohol or other drugs.
  • Debate Club - This club is for any students enrolled or previously enrolled in debate.
  • French Club - This club's sole purpose is to acquaint students learning the French language with French culture.
  • Latin Club - This club's sole purpose is to acquaint students learning Latin with classical culture.
  • Spartan Pride - This club is for any member of the student body who wishes to show their school pride.
  • Outdoors Club - Members of this organization determine opportunities for hikes, excursions and/or trips in order to explore surrounding areas, preserves, and points of interest in Alabama.
  • Thespians - The objective of this club is to stimulate interest in the dramatic arts.
  • Spanish Club - This club's sole purpose is to acquaint students learning Spanish with Spanish culture.
  • Stand-up Club - An independent, student-run organization that seeks to actively challenge complacency towards underage drinking. This club is dedicated to promoting a community free from underage drinking regardless of any social pressure.
  • Stock Market Club - This club meets to study and discuss information and trends in the world’s stock markets.
  • Students for Environmental Action - This club is for students concerned about the environment. Activities include letter-writing, volunteering, poster campaigns, and fund-raising by selling environmentalist t-shirts, etc.
  • Accomplishments:
  • United States Department of Education Blue Ribbon School; 1983-84, 1992-93.
  • United States Department of Education Secondary Schools Recognition Program.
  • Selected by Redbook magazine as one of 155 schools honored for "overall excellence" Recognized by Newsweek magazine as one of the nation's top 100 high schools.
  • Honored by The College Board for academic excellence and outstanding support and participation in Advanced Placement Program.
  • Mountain Brook has graduated three Rhodes Scholars.
  • Mountain Brook has won more Alabama state athletic championships (102) than any other school in the state.
  • Famous graduates:
  • Nate Bland, baseball player (Seattle Mariners).
  • John Cassimus, entrepreneur (Zöe's Kitchen).
  • Courteney Cox, actress (Friends).
  • David Jaffe, video game designer (God of War).
  • Karen Saull, businesswoman and politician.

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