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Northridge High School is a public high school in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States, enrolling 1300 students in grades 9–12. It is one of three high schools in the Tuscaloosa City School District. Northridge High offers technical, academic programs, as well as joint enrollment with Shelton State Community College and the University of Alabama. Northridge High School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Northridge High School
2901 Northridge Road


Motto"A commitment to excellence"
School districtTuscaloosa City Schools
PrincipalDr. J. Tygar Evans
Enrollment1,016 (2016-17)[1]
Color(s)Carolina Blue and Black          
Feeder schoolsNorthridge Middle, Southview Middle, University Place Middle

Founded in 2003, Northridge High School is one of the two youngest public high schools in Tuscaloosa. After the retirement of Central High School East, the Tuscaloosa City School system divided the city into three schools: Northridge High School, Paul W. Bryant High School (both of which were opened in 2003) and Central High School. Northridge High School is located on the north side of the Black Warrior River on Northridge Road.



56% percent of Northridge High's enrollment is African American, three percent is of Asian descent, forty percent is of European descent, and the remainder is mostly Hispanic.[2] In addition, Northridge offers the most AP Classes in Tuscaloosa County.


On average, four Northridge High students earn the National Merit Finalist Cy Young status each year.

Standardized TestsEdit

Northridge High School has routinely scored above the national and state averages since the school's inception in 2003. Like all Alabama public high school students, Northridge High students are assessed using the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (ending with the graduating class of 2014). In addition, NHS students are measured on the ACT and SAT college entrance exams, and on Advanced Placement tests.[citation needed]

Exchange StudentsEdit

Northridge is a hospital school for students all over the world. In 2010 Northridge hosted students from Russia, Ukraine, Georgia (country), Mozambique, Kenya, North Korea, Kazakhstan, and Germany.


The nickname for Northridge sports team is the "Northridge Jaguars." Their official mascots are "Mic Jaguar" and "Maggie the Jaggie". The school is a 6A school in the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA).

Football TeamEdit

Notable alumni include Vinnie Sunseri- NFL safety with New England Patriots, Malcolm Johnson-NFL fullback for Cleveland Browns. In their 2011 season the Northridge Jaguars finished with the best record in school history with a 10-2 record, moving onto the second round of the Alabama 6A playoffs.[5]

Baseball TeamEdit

The Northridge baseball team has had 4 consecutive 20+ win seasons. The Jags won the area championship in 2012 for the first time in school history.

Soccer TeamEdit

There is Freshman Boys' Team, Junior Varsity Boys' team, Varsity Boys' team, Junior Varsity Girls' team, and a Varsity Girls' team. In 2015, The Varsity Girls team competed in the Final Four and came in 3rd in the state. In 2016, both Varsity teams traveled to Huntsville, with the boys coming 3rd in the state and the girls competing in the finals. The Varsity Girls team came second in the state. The soccer teams have competed in more playoff games than any other sport and hope to continue improving each year.

Golf TeamEdit

Notable alumni include: Patton Kizzire- Auburn University and current PGA golfer[citation needed]

Tennis TeamEdit

The Northridge Varsity Girls team won the 6A state championship in 2018.

Notable alumniEdit

  • Bo Scarbrough, NFL player. He transferred before his senior season


  1. ^ "Northridge High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  2. ^ State of Alabama Department of Education, Enrollment by Ethnicity and Gender (school level) – 2007–2008 Archived August 6, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ ACT, Inc., College Readiness Report, Northrige High School, July 20, 2007.
  4. ^ "Northridge High School, Alabama Public School – College Prep – SchoolMatters". SchoolMatters, a service of Standard & Poor's. Retrieved April 8, 2007.
  5. ^ "Northridge Jaguars Football". Jaguar Quarterback Club. Retrieved April 11, 2012.

Coordinates: 33°14′41″N 87°31′40″W / 33.24484°N 87.52771°W / 33.24484; -87.52771