Vestavia Hills City Schools

The Vestavia Hills City School System is the school system of the Birmingham, Alabama, suburb of Vestavia Hills. Vestavia Hills City Schools serve 6,762 students and employ 765 faculty and staff.[2] The district includes five elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school.

Vestavia Hills City Schools
Location
United States
District information
TypePublic
MottoLearning without limits
GradesK–12
Established1970
SuperintendentTodd Freeman
Schools8
Budget$69.6 million
NCES District ID0103430[1]
Students and staff
Students6,762
Teachers423
Staff342
Other information
Websitehttp://www.vestavia.k12.al.us/

Student ProfileEdit

Vestavia Hills City Schools serve all students living within Vestavia Hills city limits. The student population is 83% white, 8% African-American, 5% Asian, and 3% Hispanic. Surrounding Jefferson County is 53% White 42% Black and 1.4% Asian. Approximately 10% of students qualify for free or reduced price lunch, a proxy for poverty. Two percent are English Language Learners (ELL), and 7% have Individualized Education Programs.

Vestavia Hills City Schools have an overall graduation rate of 99%. Approximately 95% of Vestavia Hills students meet or exceed state proficiency standards in mathematics, and about 97% meet or exceed standards in reading.[3]

SchoolsEdit

The system consists of nine schools: five elementary schools, two middle schools, a ninth grade campus, and one high school.[4]

Elementary schoolsEdit

  • Vestavia Hills Elementary East
  • Vestavia Hills Elementary West
  • Vestavia Hills Elementary Cahaba Heights
  • Vestavia Hills Elementary Liberty Park
  • Vestavia Hills Elementary Dolly Ridge

Middle schoolsEdit

  • Louis Pizitz Middle School
  • Liberty Park Middle School

High schoolsEdit

Mascot ControversyEdit

In the wake of the Charleston church shooting in June 2015, The Birmingham News highlighted this racially charged history and called for a removal of the Vestavia Hills mascot, the Rebel Man, which resembled the same mascot used by the University of Mississippi until 2003. Meanwhile, the school superintendent called it 'a "point of contention for some members" of the community.'[5] By early July 2015, some Vestavia Hills residents wrote an op-ed in The Birmingham News calling on the school board to change its name.[6] By the middle of July 2015, comedian John Oliver made fun of the claim that it was "heritage, not hate" on national television.[7] He argued, "Your logo is a plantation owner. [...] And saying that the image of a plantation owner is not used in a racist way is a bit like arguing the Hitachi magic wand is only used as a back massager."[7]

The Vestavia Hills School System decided to keep the Rebels name but initiate a "rebranding" process.

As of the 2016-2017 school year, the Rebel Man mascot is no longer being used by the high school.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Vestavia Hills City". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Search for Public School Districts \ District Detail for Vestavia Hills City". nces.ed.gov. Retrieved 2015-10-13.
  3. ^ "Vestavia Hills City Schools - Niche".
  4. ^ "Search for Public Schools - Search Results". nces.ed.gov. Retrieved 2015-10-13.
  5. ^ Ana Rodriguez, 'We will be responsive': Vestavia Hills to address Rebel mascot, superintendent says, The Birmingham News, June 23, 2015
  6. ^ Vestavia residents: school board must change Rebel mascot, The Birmingham News, July 7, 2015
  7. ^ a b Kyle Whitmire, John Oliver ridicules Vestavia Hills for rebel mascot, The Birmingham News, July 13, 2015
  8. ^ "Brand and Identity Guide Vestavia Hills High School" (PDF). KNIGHTEADY.COM. Retrieved 28 January 2017.

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