About Our School
Pisgah High School is a pre-kindergarten through twlefth grade school located in the rural town of Pisgah in the northeastern corner of Alabama. The school enrolls an approximate average of 700 students each school year with a commitment to assisting parents in encouraging and guiding children to develop to their fullest potential. Pisgah has a long-standing tradition of excellence in all areas of high school life for students, preparing them to be college and career ready adults. The campus currently includes a high school building for grades seven through twelve, an elementary building for grades kindergarten through the sixth grade, a library, an annex building which houses the pre-k program and the nurse's office, two gymnasiums, one lunchroom, an agricultural building, and football, baseball, and softball fields.
In 1917 Pisgah Junior High School was established. It became a high school in 1925. Albert Raines, later to become a U. S. Congressman, was the first principal. In 1938, a new main high school building consisting of nine classrooms, a home economics department, a library, two rest rooms, a teachers' lounge, and a principal's office was built with WPA labor. A two-story elementary building was constructed in 1953. The lunch room was also located in this building. Additional construction has included a new gym in 1961, a junior high wing, which is now the elementary building in 1963, a new agriculture department in 1964; a new lunchroom in 1969; and a new library in 1985.
Over the years several neighboring schools consolidated with Pisgah. These include Jones Cove, Webster, Chalybete Springs in 1939, New Herman in 1941, Browntown and Central in 1946, Sublets in 1951, Pleasant View in 1964, and Deans Chapel in 1969.
In the fall of 1998, sixty years after the construction of the main high school building, students moved into the present day building. The main structure of the old high school building was sold and moved to Gorham's Bluff, a community in Pisgah. At the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year, the agriculture department moved in to a newly designed shop after the destruction of the old 1964 ag building.
Pisgah High School Principals
1925-1926 Albert Raines
1926-1931 J. B. Cagle
1931-1951 Jesse Wheeler
1951-1953 J. E. Stephens
1953-1971 Cecil Bearden
1971-1973 Billy Lee Beard
1973-1975 Paul Allred
1975-1976 John Allen
1976-1981 Jerry Jeffery
1981-1982 Wayne Pendley*
1982-1989 Sam Kenimer
1989-1996 Billy Shelton
1996-2000 Ronnie Shelton
2000-2007 John Kirby
2007-2015 Mark Guffey
2015-2016 Rhonda Wheeler/Billy Duncan
2016- Billy Duncan
*Wayne Pendley, principal; Alex Jeffery, custodian;
and Timothy Brown, a summer worker, were killed in
an accidental fire in the two-story building at
Pisgah School in the summer of 1982.
Compiled by: Darlene Wheeler and Phyllis Whitton