Jackson High School is one of two high schools in the Clarke County Public School System. Opened in 1982, the present facility serves the communities in and around the City of Jackson located in the southern part of Clarke County. The area is primarily rural and the major industry is forest products.
History of Jackson High School
The Pine Level Company set aside a lot for a school in 1815. The name of the town was changed to Jackson and incorporated in 1816, three years before Alabama gained statehood. A large academy with a tall spire and bell was erected. This building served as a church and school.
In 1891 nine agricultural schools were authorized in the state – one in each Congressional District. The Jackson Agricultural College building was constructed and completed in 1896. Some time after 1903, the Jackson Agricultural College was changed to the First District Agricultural School and renamed again to State Secondary Agricultural School about 1920. The Jackson and Parkertown schools merged in 1921 and became part of the Clarke County system in 1936.
In 1965, the schools were desegregated when Harper High and Jackson High merged. In 1980, construction began on a new facility in north Jackson, the present site of Jackson High School, home of the Aggies.