THS, SPHS among largest in the state

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

Shelby County is home to two of the largest public high schools in the state, according to enrollment data recently released by the Alabama Department of Education.

According to the data, Alabaster’s Thompson High School, which has an enrollment of 1,945 students, and Spain Park High School, which has an enrollment of 1,639, are the eighth and 19th largest public high schools in the state, respectively.

Spain Park’s sister high school, Hoover High, is the largest public high school in the state, with a total enrollment of 2,922 students, according to state records.

In Shelby County, Oak Mountain High School is the third-largest high school after THS and SPHS with a total enrollment of 1,558 students.

Helena High School and Chelsea High School have a near-equal enrollment, with 1,216 and 1,212 students, respectively. Helena and Chelsea are followed closely by Pelham High School, which has an enrollment of 964 students.

Calera High School is next-largest, with 766 students, followed by Shelby County High School at 620 students, Vincent Middle High School with an enrollment of 486 in grades sixth-12th and Montevallo High School with an enrollment of 395.

The Shelby County School System is the largest system operating in the county, with a total enrollment of 20,024 students in 29 schools, followed by the Hoover City School System with 13,876 in 16 schools, Alabaster City Schools with a total enrollment of 6,038 students in six schools and Pelham City Schools with a total enrollment of 3,181 students in four schools.