Who We Are
The Colbert County School System is located in the picturesque northwest corner of Alabama, most affectionately known as "The Shoals". Approximately 2,600 students are enrolled in one of our 5 Elementary Schools serving grades PreK-6 and 3 High Schools serving grades 7-12. Cherokee Elementary, Cherokee High Schools, New Bethel Elementary, Colbert Heights Elementary, Colbert Heights High School, Colbert County High School, Leighton Elementary, and Hatton Elementary schools serve every community throughout the 600 square miles of Colbert County. Ranking as one of the top 5 employers in Colbert County, the district employs approximately 400 teachers, administrators, and staff across our 8 campuses, central office, bus shop, maintenance, and technology facilities.
Five schools currently operate under Title I funds with school-wide programs. Career & Technical Education in Colbert County features the latest innovative programs, countless examples of student representation at state and national competitions, and incredible instructors who are fully engaged in the increasingly vital mission of preparing today's students to become tomorrow's workforce.
In 2021, Colbert County Schools became the first school district in the nation to attain the district-wide national NISE STEM Accreditation.
Colbert County is a beautiful area with a deep history dating back to the Cherokee and Chickasaw Indians and early French traders around 1715 who were attracted by the Tennessee River. This area of Colbert County earned the name "Muscle Shoals" because of the strength of the river and its several different species of mussels. Located in the county seat of Tuscumbia, Colbert County is comprised of more than 600 square miles of picturesque natural beauty in the Northwest corner of Alabama. The area boasts an unrivaled musical heritage that has featured the styles of W.C. Handy, Percy Sledge and the world-famous Muscle Shoals Sound.
Popular attractions in the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and Ivy Green, the birthplace of Helen Keller. World-class golf at Ford City's Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail also is one of the many reasons residents and visitors alike view Colbert County as a rich and invigorating place to live, work, learn and play.
The Colbert County Board of Education was established on August 13, 1914. The first Superintendent of Education was J.T. McGee. The following is a list of the Superintendents who have served Colbert County Schools.
J.T. McKee 1914-1923 Robert Hudson 1923-1935 Rufus Porter 1935-1942 Robert Hudson 1942-1947 J.T. Bozeman 1947-1953 W.W. Hester 1953-1955 Stanley Weeks September-November 1955 A.Y. Sibley 1955-1961 David C. Brown 1961-1973 Robert McKinney 1973-1981 John Landers 1981-1985 Roger Moore 1985-2000 Freda Daily 2000-2003 Billy Hudson 2003-2012 Anthony Olivis 2012-2016 Gale Satchel 2016-2020 Chris Hand 2020-Present
History of Our Schools
Colbert County Schools, 1918-2018: Colbert County Colored Schools 1934: Allsboro Riverton Barton Margerum Bear Creek Liberty Bethel Bishop Brick Cherokee Cherokee Grammar Lane Springs Cherokee High School Pride Cherokee Middle Leighton Training Colbert Heights Elementary Mt. Pleasant Colbert Heights High New Home County High (Leighton) St. James Crooked Oak Ricks Fowler Spring Valley Hatton St. Paul Hillaby Mt. Olivia Hopewell Hawkins Creek Howell Graves Bethel Lagrange Cave Springs Lagrange Junior High Barton Leighton Grammar Leighton Middle School Ligon Springs Lile Academy Lime Rock Littleville Margerum Melrose Midway Mt. Hester Mynot New Bethel New Smyrna Newsome Springs Poplar Creek Pride Red Rock Riverton Rock Creek Sockwell Spring Valley Thorne Underwood Valdosta White Oak Zion