Buckhorn High School (Alabama)

Buckhorn High School is a public high school in New Market, Alabama, United States. Buckhorn received the Alabama Department of Education’s National Blue Ribbon in 2001.[2]

Buckhorn High School
4123 Winchester Road

United States
School typePublic
School districtMadison County Schools
PrincipalTodd Markham
Faculty67.15 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment1,311 (2018-19)[1]
Student to teacher ratio19.52[1]
Color(s)Navy Blue and Gold

Buckhorn is located at the site of the American Civil War Skirmish of Buckhorn Tavern,[3] fought on October 12, 1863, between General Phillip D. Roddey's Alabama Cavalry Brigade and a Union cavalry brigade commanded by General Robert Mitchell.


By tradition, the tavern took its name "Buckhorn" in 1858 when William L. Fanning killed a buck near the site and presented its antlers to the innkeeper. The antlers are now displayed at Buckhorn High School.[4] The Madison County Board of Education bought land on November 19, 1956, from Annie Bruce Walker Short to construct a school.[citation needed]

On August 29, 1958, as a result of consolidation of New Market and Riverton High School, Buckhorn High School opened with approximately 200 students. William Loyd Fanning presented the original horns to Buckhorn High School on December 12, 1958.[citation needed]

To accommodate the rapid growth of New Market and the school, additions have been added over a span of 20 years, including a new library, 2 gyms, a technology wing, new science classrooms and labs, a new dining hall, a music wing, and the front atrium.[citation needed]

The school was damaged on March 2, 2012, during the tornado outbreak of March 2–3, 2012. The tornado struck the school building, damaging the science wing and a portion of the roof, then destroyed the press box at the soccer field and damaged the JROTC building. There were no reported injuries to staff or students.[5][6]

Buckhorn hosts a notable rivalry with fellow Madison County school Hazel Green High School. This fierce rivalry has been dubbed the “Cotton Classic” due to the significance in agriculture in the community.

Extracurricular activitiesEdit

Buckhorn High School has a performing arts program, band, drama, choir, dance team, football, basketball, baseball, golf, tennis, softball, fishing, JROTC musical theater, soccer, archery, cross country, and track.

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Buckhorn High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved May 5, 2020.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on June 30, 2014. Retrieved December 30, 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ http://www.historicmarkers.com/al/65773-Buckhorn-Tavern-Skirmish/[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ http://www.historicmarkers.com/al/65772[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Roop, Lee (March 2, 2012). "Meteorologists say up to 6 tornadoes hit Huntsville, Alabama area in echo of April 2011". The Huntsville Times. Retrieved March 3, 2012.
  6. ^ Stephens, Challen (March 2, 2012). "Buckhorn High School battered by morning tornado, but anticipated to be ready for some classes Monday". The Huntsville Times. Retrieved March 3, 2012.
  7. ^ Anton Keller at Madison County Sports Hall of Fame Retrieved November 24, 2017.

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Coordinates: 34°52′16″N 86°27′14″W / 34.871°N 86.454°W / 34.871; -86.454