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Huntsville High School

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Posted December 20, 2008

I am a student at Huntsville High School and I am very pleased with my surroundings. The teachers are all excellent and the principal can sometimes be harsh, but never goes over the top. Athletics on the other hand are not the strong point of the school, unless it involves basketball or football. The smaller sports such as baseball, cross country, soccer, volleyball, and softball, are not important in the schools eyes. There are many advantages that basketball and football players have that the other sports don't. In conclusion, Huntsville High School is a great school and it is very safe.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 8, 2008

this school is no good techer and principal all like to play favrets when i lafed hhs i was a falling student and at myy now school i was passing weth a and bs what dose that tall u thar is no prize for being a good student and clubs that have nothing to do weth football are all but put down i wuled naver send a chiled of min to this school tall stuf chages
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2008

It is a fantastic school with great teachers and administration. There have been several negative commnets made by people with an agenda. I have 3 children who have graduated from HHS and one more to go!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2006

My daughter goes to HHS. I really like her teachers so far, they keep in contact with me via email. I try to stay as involved in her education as possible. I do feel like the principal is a bully, and I think he picks favorites. He tries to intimidate the students, and the parents. I'm not sure why he feels like he does not have to listen to what the parents think, but he sure will listen to me! He should not be working in the public school system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2005

I am a student at Huntsville High School and I feel that the principal can be strict at sometimes but, it is for the students own good. He wouldnt get upset with them if they werent doing something they weren't supposed to. I feel very safe going to school here and most of the time Mr. Gray is very nice to me and my friends. The only people that I see get in trouble get themselves in that position. Personally I think if Huntsville really needed to work on making the school a better place they should work on the other departments such as AP classes .
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 21, 2005

As an alumni, and a parent of two HHS students, who also works as a substitute teacher, I am hopeful that all who read these reviews will realize that a few people with a self-serving purpose have written the negative remarks. Not only do the teachers (all but a select few old-timers) have the best interest of the kids but so does the administrative staff. I feel safe knowing my kids are under our principals watchful eye. The once rampant drug and violence problems are virtually non-exisitant now. Yes, HARRT is a great group, so is EAST, International Club, Chess Club,football (except for the coaches) all the kids are great and should be encouraged equally, which they are! GO Eagles! Don't let the few turkeys get you down, it is a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2005

The principal has been nothing but kind to us. When my daughter was being stalked, he was understanding, protective, knowledgeable, and supportive. The one thing that I've come to disrespect about this school, is this: since becoming a 4A school, Huntsville seems to have given up any hope of winning at most of our sports, and therefore has hired coaches accordingly. (The coaches who've been around for awhile, are great coaches.) As for the rest, why not put a little more of those tax dollars on a qualified coaching staff for 4A schools? Also, the Huntsville coaches have always played favorites, i.e. mostly the teachers', principal's, and superintendent's children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2005

This school is usualy refered to as a prison by not only the students but also by the teachers and parents alike. There are no rewards for good behavior. The price of going to this public school is getting far to high. For parking fees, locker fees, class dues, and to it all off lunch prices have been increacing rapidly.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 1, 2004

The high school is excellent and the students who graduate from there tend to be very successful in college. There are a wide variety of activities and sports offered for the students. The best is the HARRT group. They are a community service group trained in 1st aid, outdoor survival skills, and a variety of other useful things. They are responsible for conducting the emergency plan for the high school. They show how much a group of well trained, motivated teenagers can do when given a chance. Their sponsor is a special person. The one part of the high school that is not very good has been the shift from a block schedule to a 7 period day. It has been very hard on our students and was not a popular move. The principal is a bully with little concern for either the students or the parents. He needs to go away.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2004

Great school, terrible principal. Not sure why they can't do something better, the school has a great deal to offer students. It did switch to a 7 period day instead of block and that was a disaster. I must agree with those who have written about the HARRT program. Very impressive group, but for some reason you don't hear the school talk much about them. Ask any of the Red Cross people in Fayetteville and they'll tell you just how impressive they are. They have assisted on several missing persons searches and provide 1st aid at the Razorback football games in Fayetteville. Whoever is in charge of them must be dedicated.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 7, 2004

I attended this school, and I felt that perhaps at times the principal could be a little harsh, but, overall, I believe he was doing the best he could considering the lack of parental cooperation he received.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 3, 2004

I agree with the last review concerning the principal. He has to be the worst principal any school could ever have. Most teachers agree with me and think that this school will be better off with out him. He has no respect for the students. Why should we respect him. That is all i have to say.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 29, 2004

I have two children in Huntsville High School and my biggest complaint is that I do not ever know what is going on. I have to call the school to find out if there is an activity or a problem. There is very little outreach to the parents so the only information I get is either when I call the school or what little I can get out of the teenagers. The extra activities are very limited and the coaches of the few sports that are available make little or no effort to distribute information. I think we have a lot of potential that is not being used to its full potential. Overall I would say our school is OK with a lot of room for improvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2004

This 'prison' sickens me. They claim to want to help the students' achieve better for themselves, when all they care about is state testing. Why, you ask. Surely it has nothing at all to do with the state and federal funding that is based on such tests. The principal at this school is an immature child himself. He thinks that by intimidating children they will somehow behave better. I think one reviewer called him a 'bully' and I can't think of any word better suited for this man. The teachers at this school treat the student like they are still in elementary school, in no way preparing them for college or life after high school. I do NOT reccomend sending your child to the high school in Huntsville. The rest of the school are adequate, but the high school is a horrible failure.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2004

The principal needs to find a happy medium when it comes to discipline. He seems to play favorites and is very rude--to students, parents, and even the teachers. One could say that he is a bully himself even though he says that he will take of bullies and does not allow them within his school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

The principal maintains discipline but is unfortunately too much of a bully even to those who are not troublemakers. He even is rude to his teachers. It is his first job as a principal, so it may be that he is simply trying to assert his authority in an inappropriate manner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

Our school has numerous activities for our kids. One of the best is the Huntsville Arkansas Rapid Response Team (HARRT). They are part of the American Red Cross and are in charge of the high school emergency plan, work as medical spotters at the Razorback football games,and train as a search and rescue team. They have responded on numerous searches and have worked for the Chamber of Commerce several times. They are an incredible group of kids with a dedicated sponsor.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Literacy

The state average for Literacy was 70% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
69%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arkansas used the Benchmark Exam to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in literacy and grades 3 through 8 in math. The Benchmark Exam is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Arkansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Arkansas Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 77% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
81%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 44% in 2013.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
47%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 72% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
83%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arkansas used the End of Course Exam to test high school students in Algebra I, Geometry and Biology. The results for End of Course Exams administered in the spring of each school year are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The End of Course Exam is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined by the state of Arkansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Arkansas Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 91% 64%
Hispanic 8% 10%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Black 0% 21%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 49%N/A61%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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594 South Harris St
Huntsville, AR 72740
Phone: (479) 738-2500

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