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Lauderdale County High Rogersville, AL

  About The School  

Vision and Purpose Statement





Continuous Improvement Plan 2012-2013

Click here to view the 2012-2013 Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP) for our school.

Enrollment Count

As of April 12, 2016, our current total enrollment for Pre-K through 12th grade is 1177 students.

Action Plan



     During recent years the school and community have been actively engaged in a school improvement process. Three target area goals for student learning have been identified as priorities for our school improvement plan: Learning to Learn Skills, Thinking and Reasoning Skills, and Reading Skills. In order to prioritize goals used in the action plan the following were carefully considered:  the school’s profile, the mission and beliefs statement, the desired results for student learning, an examination of the instructional and organizational effectiveness, and the executive summary.   The plan also addresses the need to strengthen and expand the design of research-based instructional strategies to more fully support the learning needs of our students. In addition, the plan focuses on improving our professional development programs by aligning them more directly with the desired results for student learning, in conjunction with creating and maintaining collaborative networks.  This action plan reflects upon the strengths and addresses the limitations located in Part 3 and Part 4 of the self-study.

     Each of the action plans was reviewed by the school improvement team to ensure that they were consistent with the school's profile, beliefs and mission statement, desired results for student learning, and analysis of instructional and organizational effectiveness. The faculty and stakeholders were provided copies of the plan for review purposes.  The school improvement team analyzed feedback from the faculty and stakeholders.  The necessary changes were implemented.  The school improvement team recommended finalization of the plans.


     In specifying the action steps for each plan, we have also indicated the timeline, resources required to implement the plan, and the person(s) responsible for coordinating the action steps. Evaluation procedures have also been specified for assessing student learning within each action plan.

     The Lauderdale County High School Improvement Plan has been published and is available for review in the high school library.

Statement of Beliefs

At Lauderdale County High School, our goals include:

1. To place the students’ learning needs as the primary focus of all decisions impacting the work of the school.

2. To acquaint students with the ideas of democracy and to develop within the students the ability to choose with discrimination a code of behavior based upon democratic and ethical principls.

3. To establish an educational foundation upon which individual students learn to cooperate, to appreciate American heritage, and to exercise leadership capabilities.  

4. To provide well-organized and varied learning situations that will serve to develop the students’ physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs.

5. To offer opportunities for students to develop through self-understanding, self exploration, and action an awareness of their abilities, interests, and desires toward a more fulfilling life.

6. To provide a safe and physically comfortable environment that promotes learning where students are actively engaged in the learning process.

7. To share the responsibility for advancing students’ learning with teachers, administrators, parents, and the community.

8. To commit to continuous improvement that is imperative in order for our school to enable students to become confident, self-directed, lifelong learners.

Desired Learning Skills


Desired Results for Student Learning


Learning to Learn

·         Students make a commitment to creating quality work and striving for excellence.

·         Students use a variety of learning strategies, personal skills, and time management skills to enhance learning.

·         Students reflect on and evaluate their learning for the purpose of improvement.

Thinking and Reasoning Skills

·         Students gather and use information effectively to gain new information and knowledge, classify and organize information, support inferences and justify conclusions appropriate to the context and audience.

·         Students utilize, evaluate, and refine the use of multiple strategies to solve a variety of types of problems.

·         Students generate new and creative ideas by taking considered risks in a variety of context.

Reading Skills

·         Students are afforded a balanced instructional program composed of phonemic awareness, phonics, and contextual reading.

·         Students are immersed in a print-rich environment in order to develop concepts of print and foster a love of reading.

·         Students are monitored with an on-going daily assessment and evaluation to assure student progress and to guide instruction.


Lauderdale County High School used the National Study of School Evaluation's Opinion Inventories for students, parents, teachers, and the community.  These surveys were analyzed to determine the opinion of each group about the quality of education at our school.

School History

History of Lauderdale County High School 

Prepared by Frieda Belew
Revised by Pam Tanner, Kimberly Jones, and Krista Patterson

     In the summer of 1907, the Alabama State Legislature passed an act providing for a high school in each county, provided the people of the county construct a building, furnish the equipment and provide five acres of land to the state within a year.  At this time, thirty-one schools were established across the state, and the town of Rogersville was chosen as the site for Lauderdale County.  By virtue of being first, our school has proudly worn the county's name.
     Lauderdale County High School was located at Rogersville in 1912 during the administration of General Emmit O'Neal.  For several years prior to this time, a high school had existed at Rogersville but was not accredited.
     The Rogersville community has shown interest in public education dating back to the early 1800's.  The oldest school of which there is a record was started by a Mrs. Joshua James, Jr., daughter-in-law of one of the first Baptist preachers in the community.  The daughter of Mr. James taught in this school from 1845 to 1866,  The school was located on Lambs Ferry Road.  It was a one room log building.  The school term was three months, and the teacher's salary was $23.00 a month.
     From this humble beginning, the school system grew.  At first the high school was housed in a two-story building.  This building was destroyed by fire in 1926 and was replaced by a modern one-story brick building at a cost of $30,000, of which $17,000 was donated by the community.     The first graduating class in 1913 consisted of three members.  In 1931 there were thirty-four members; by 1949 there were sixty-three graduates.  Enrollment peaked in the 1970's with senior classes numbering near or over 100 students.  
     The elementary building was destroyed by fire in 1959 and was replaced by a modern structure.  The present high school building was built in 1958. 
     The present campus has approximately fifty-two acres.  It consists of an elementary building, a junior high building, a high school building, a cafeteria, band room, gym and athletic facilities.  Completed in 2001, the prominent Office/Library Complex contains the school's main office, a library media center for Grades 7-12 and two English classrooms.      The newest addition was built in 2010 to accommodate our elementary students in Grades four through six and provides grade-level access to a resource classroom, counselor office, conference room and a teacher workroom.  
     The principals of Lauderdale County High School since its establishment have been as follows:  W.L Davis 1912-15, Earl Hodson 1915-18, L.C. Tate 1918-19, E.R. Stroker 1919-22, L.L. Leftwitch 1922-25, M.C. Sandlin 1925-35, J.R. Roberson 1935, C.P. Nelson 1935-36, J.L. Couch 1936-41, J.L. Clay 1941-56, W.C. Hannah 1956-66, E.F. Cagle 1966-77, Gerald Perry 1977-78,  James Cooper Johnson 1978-93,  Kenneth Ray Hester, 1993-2001, Dr. Donna Henry 2001-02, Jay Stejskal 2002-11, and Eric Cornelius 2011-present.   At the present time, Lauderdale County High School is headed by Mr. Eric Cornelius, Principal; Ms. Sabrena McFall, Assistant Principal; and Mrs. Sherri Matthews, Assistant Principal. 
Lauderdale County High School has had one student in its history to score a perfect 36 on the ACT.  That student was Kerri Ezell from the Class of 1996.  She is also the only student from the Lauderdale County school district to attain a perfect score.  Kerri graduated from Mississippi State University with a 4.0 grade point and was named a Goldwater Scholar. 
     Our Drama Club received the following awards at the State Thespian Festival at Pelham High School in Birmingham on February 25, 2007:   1st place for Group Pantomime - Andrew Maxwell, Courtney Tully, and Andrew Crawford;  1st place for Lightning Design - Courtney Workman; and 3rd place for Playwriting:  Kasmine Roach.    On December 5, 2008, sophomore Reed Dudley won first place in the State Trumbauer Theater competition held at Troy University in the Female Contemporary Comedic category with the Gone with the Wind monologue she originally performed in the Drama Club's production of Hurray for Hollywood in 2006 when she was just a 7th grader. 
The athletic program at LCHS has been exceptional.  The school has earned 15 state championships for team in football (1974), one in track (1979) and thirteen in girls basketball (1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016), which is a state record.  Records for the University of North Alabama indicate that the school then known as Florence Normal College once played football against Lauderdale County High School in the early part of the century, and LCHS won over the college team.  In the 1940's during World War II, many young men were fighting, so the school played six-man football.  Our golf team was runner-up in the state playoffs in 2012.  Pato Lean, a foreign exchange student enrolled at LCHS, won the individual state championship for boys tennis (1A-3A) in 2003.  In 2016, senior Devonta Fuqua set a state record for Class 3A shot put, throwing 48 feet, 4.75 inches.

Last update:  May 2016

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