Hueytown Schools - A Brief History

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In August of 1874 the families of Hueytown gathered to build a small log structure to be used as a combination school and church. Students attended part-time, based on the seasons and availability of teachers. Teachers were paid by the families of those children attending school. Sometimes payment was in the form of room and board for the teacher.

A later school, located on Upper Wickstead Road, burned in 1907. Another school was built on Dabbs Avenue in 1908. It was a four-teacher school operated by the newly organized Jefferson County Board of Education. One hundred students were enrolled. Because Hueytown was a farming community and children helped provide a living for their families, they were able to attend school only during times when there were no crops to be tended.

Increased population, coupled with a new mandatory school law meant that another school was needed for students in the Hueytown area. Hueytown High School graduated its first class in 1922.

In 1935 the old elementary school was torn down and a new, larger school was built at the same location. There were three hundred students enrolled. Fourteen years later, on a Thursday evening in March of 1949, once again, the school burned.

Hueytown Elementary School students started the school year at their current location in September 1950. The present school has had seven building additions and now houses nearly 1200 students and over 100 staff members.

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