P.D. Jackson-Olin High School

P.D. Jackson-Olin High School
P. D. Jackson-Olin High School
1300 Avenue F, Ensley
Birmingham, Alabama, 35218
United States
School type Public High School
Founded 1952, Western Olin High School
Opened Fall 2006 (new building)
School district Birmingham City Schools
Principal Anthony Gardner
Vice principal Roderick Gadson
Cheryl Green
Joe Howze
Shun Williams
Faculty ~105
Teaching staff ~90
Grades 912
Gender Co-Ed
Number of students 1700+
Classrooms 90
Color(s) Kelly Green and Gold
Team name Mustangs
Newspaper 'The Mustang Pride'
Merged with Ensley High School 2006

P. D. Jackson-Olin High School, founded in 1952 as Western Olin High School, renamed after principal Pierre Denson Jackson. Affectionately known as J.O., it is the largest high school in the Birmingham City Schools System, serving over 1,700 students from the Ensley area. The school is located at 1300 Avenue F Ensley adjacent to McAlpine Park. The principal is Anthony Gardner.


Mascot & school colors

Jackson-Olin's teams are called the Mustangs and the school colors are Kelly Green and Gold.

New campus

In Fall 2006, Jackson-Olin moved to a new $30.8 million 300,000-square-foot (28,000 m2) building and merged its student body with the former Ensley High School. The new school has a capacity of 1,800 students in 90 classrooms on 2 floors. There is a 450 seat cafeteria, 1,800 seat gymnasium, 750 seat auditorium, a practice gym and a football stadium at the new campus. A career wing houses classrooms for auto repair, welding, and culinary arts as well as science labs. Goodwin Mills and Cawood were the architects for the new building, and Doster Construction was the general contractor.

Extracurricular activities

Clubs and organizations

Students participate in several clubs and organizations:

  • Ambassadors
  • Beta Club
  • Book Club
  • Classic Moments in Black History Team
  • Diamond and DISC / JROTC
  • FCCLA Coop
  • First Priority Christian Club
  • Heritage Panel
  • HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America)
  • J.O. C.R.A.N.K. D.A.T. Team
  • Math Team
  • National Honor Society
  • P.O.E.M.S \ Poetry Club
  • Peer Helpers
  • Plant Biosystem Club
  • Science Club
  • Senior Class
  • SGA (Student Government Association)
  • Step Team T A Phi
  • Thespians/ Drama Club

Marching band

The Jackson-Olin marching band, the Mean Green Marching Machine, is known for its showmanship and entertaining musical performances. A Western-Olin graduate himself, Mr. Donald "D.C" Crawford has served as the head band director for more than 32 years, leading the band to numerous awards and performances. The band performed at the 2000 inaugural ceremony for Bernard Kincaid, Jackson-Olin Alumnus and former mayor of Birmingham, Alabama.

The feature dancers of the marching band are the Golden Phillies. The Dazzling Diamonds are the flag team.


The school fields interscholastic teams in several sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball (Boys) Varsity
  • Basketball (Boys) JV
  • Basketball (Girls) JV
  • Basketball (Girls) Varsity
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track (boys)
  • Track (Girls)
  • Volleyball

Notable alumni



External links

Coordinates: 33°31′11″N 86°53′27″W / 33.51970°N 86.89097°W / 33.51970; -86.89097

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