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Northridge High School (Alabama)

Northridge High School
2901 Northridge Road[1]
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States
Type Public
Motto "A commitment to excellence"
Founded 2003
School district Tuscaloosa City Schools
Principal Dr. Isaac Espy
Assistant principals Charles Anthony, Jennifer Box
Staff 70
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,200  (2011)
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Carolina Blue & Black         
Mascot Jaguars
Feeder schools Rock Quarry Middle, Southview Middle, University Place Middle

Northridge High School is a public high school in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States, enrolling 1300 students in grades 9–12. It is one of three high schools in the Tuscaloosa City School District. Northridge High offers technical, academic programs, as well as joint enrollment with Shelton State Community College and the University of Alabama. Northridge High School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Founded in 2003, Northridge High School is one of the two youngest public high schools in Tuscaloosa. After the retirement of Central High School East, the Tuscaloosa City School system divided the city into three schools: Northridge High School, Paul W. Bryant High School (both of which were opened in 2003) and Central High School. Northridge High School is located on the north side of the Black Warrior River on Northridge Road.



Northridge High School, r.[2] Fifty-six percent of Northridge High's enrollment is African American, three percent is of Asian descent, forty percent is of European descent, and the remainder is mostly Hispanic.[3] In addition, Northridge offers the most AP Classes in Tuscaloosa County.


On average, four Northridge High students earn National Merit Finalist Cy Young status each year, and, in 2006, 12 students were named AP Scholars by the College Board. In 2007, two hundred seniors received scholarships worth US$7.1 million to universities and colleges. Graduates of the classes of 2008 and 2009 went on to attend Vanderbilt, Princeton University, Rice University, Emory University, UNC, UPenn, Columbia, Wake Forest University, Boston University, and Stanford.

Standardized Tests

Northridge High School has routinely scored above the national and state averages since the school's inception in 2003. Like all Alabama public high school students, Northridge High students are assessed using the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (ending with the graduating class of 2014). In addition, NHS students are measured on the ACT and SAT college entrance exams, and on Advanced Placement tests.

Exchange Students

Northridge is a hospital school for students all over the world. 2010 was the year when it hosted students from Russia, Ukraine,Georgia, Mozambique, Kenya, North Korea, Soviet Union, Kazakhstan, and Germany.


The nickname for Northridge sports team is the "Northridge Jaguars." Their official mascots are "Mic Jaguar" and "Maggie the Jaggie." The Head Athletic Director is David Akins. The school is 6A and in region 5 of the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA).

Football Team

The Jaguar Football Team is led by Head Coach Mike Smith. Denton Bowling is the Defensive Coordinator, as well as the Linebacker coach. Other members of the defensive coaching staff are Michael Morgan-defensive line; Jared Smith-cornerbacks; and Matthew Carden-safetys. The offensive coaching staff includes Don McNabb-offensive line; Marcus Rice-quarterbacks; Shane Ashcraft-running backs; and Dustin Cooper-tight ends. Other non-coaching supporters of the team include Josh Jones, who is in charge of Filming and Quality Control, and Mary T. Long, the athletic trainer. Notable alumni include Vinnie Sunseri-University of Alabama, Malcolm Johnson-Mississippi State, Brandon Wilson-Mississippi State, and Jermaine Robertson - Arkansas State University). [6] In their 2011 season the Northridge Jaguars finished with the best record in school history with a 10-2 record, moving onto the second round of the Alabama 6A playoffs.[7]

Baseball Team

The Jaquar Baseball Team is led by Head Coach Turd Donaldson. Assistant coaches include Jared Smith, Matthew Carden, Andy Bernard, and Josh Jones. The Northridge baseball team has had 4 consecutive 20+ win seasons. The Jags won the area championship in 2012 for the first time in school history. Notable alumni include Brett Whitaker-University of Alabama and JC Wilhite-Shelton State.

Soccer Team

The Northridge Soccer team is led by Head Coach Carter Hill alongside Shane Ashcraft, Will Scogin and Cory Barry. There is Junior Varsity Boy's team, Varsity Boy's team and a Varsity Girl's team. The Junior Varsity Boy's team is led by Shane Ashcraft.

Golf Team

Led by the valiant effort of Joe Limbaugh, the Northridge Golf Team won every single tournament in Spring 2010, including the amateur Masters in Augusta, GA. Following Limbaugh's retirement from the golf world to fight crime, the team collapsed like Don McNabb sitting on a folding chair.


Coordinates: 33°14′41″N 87°31′40″W / 33.24484°N 87.52771°W / 33.24484; -87.52771

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