- L. Frazier Banks Middle School
L. Frazier Banks Middle School (formerly Banks High School) was a former
high schooland middle schoolin the Birmingham Public School System in Birmingham, Alabama, USA. The school, which was named for former superintendent L. Frazier Banks, occupied six buildings in a residential area of Birmingham's South East Lake neighborhood.
The school was opened as a
high schoolin 1957 and, at first, accepted only freshmen. The high school's first graduating class matriculated in 1961. The school's athletic teams in that 1960-61 season won the Birmingham city football, basketball and baseball championships.
In the early part of that decade, a
U. S. Air ForceF-86D "Sabre" painted in the school colors of Columbia Blue and Scarlet was installed as a mascot and landmark in front of the school.
In 1972 and 1973, Coach Shorty White led the Banks Jets to consecutive 4A state football championships. The school was recognized nationally as a football power, even appearing in the pages of "
National Geographic". Future NFL quarterback Jeff Rutledgeled the team into a 1974 showdown with Woodlawn High School and running back Tony Nathanat Legion Field. The crowd was estimated at 42,000.
In the 1980s Banks was transformed into a middle school under the direction of Superintendent
Cleveland Hammonds. As a middle school, Banks fed into Woodlawn High. A December 2000 arson damaged the auditorium and destroyed dozens of band instruments.
In October 2006 the Facilities and Technology Committee of the Birmingham Board of Education heard a recommendation from new superintendent of schools
Stan Mimsto close Banks and transfer its students to the new Ossie Ware Mitchell School. The recommendation was approved, with students transferring during the 2006 Christmas break.
After the school's closure, the state of Alabama agreed to turn over the landmark jet to the
Southern Museum of Flight, where it will be restored to its military colors for display.
Notable Banks High School alumni
David Cutcliffe(1972), football coach (Coached Banks HS in 1980-81 with 17-4-1 record), previous Tennessee Offensive Coordinator, former 'Ole Miss Head Football Coach and currently Duke Uinversity Head Football Coach
Jeff Herrod(1983), NFL linebacker
* Mark Warner (1980), session guitarist, music producer, published songwriter [http://www.ascap.com/ace/search.cfm?requesttimeout=300&mode=results&searchstr=1599267&search_in=c&search_type=exact&search_det=t,s,w,p,b,v&results_pp=20&start=1]
* Alan Jacobs, scholar,
C. S. Lewisbiographer
Robert R. McCammon, writer
Johnny Musso, College Football Hall of Fame player
Jeff Rutledge, (1975), NFL quarterback, two time Alabama National Championship Quarterback and currently Arizona Cardinals Quarterbacks Coach
David Lee Smith, actor
Beth Thornley, songwriter and recording artist
Billy Shields, (1971) NFL Offensive Lineman
* Jordan, Phillip. (March 23, 2006) "Hitting the right note: Can neighborhood associations help fill the funding gap for city schools?" "Birmingham Weekly".
* Ingram, Ron (September 20, 2006) "Ex-Jets recall success." "Birmingham News".
* Hickerson, Patrick (October 3, 2006) "Banks Middle closing pondered." "Birmingham News".
* Archibald, John (October 5, 2006) "Sad, unsafe school once was mighty." "Birmingham News".
* Hickerson, Patrick (January 5, 2007) "Students, staff value Banks' replacement." "Birmingham News".
* Archibald, John (May 31, 2007) "Banks jet to be mighty once more." "Birmingham News".
* [http://bankshighschool.tripod.com Banks High website]
* [http://www.bhm.k12.al.us/schools/banks/Profile.htm Banks Middle School profile] at www.bhm.k12.al.us
* [http://www.bhamwiki.com/wiki/index.php?title=Banks_High_School Banks High School] at Bhamwiki.com
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