The mission of the Alabaster City Schools is to partner with families and the community to inspire and prepare graduates to be responsible and productive champions of their future.
These values and beliefs guide teaching, learning and working in the Alabaster City Schools:
1. Our schools are safe, caring, learning communities engaged in continuous improvement, committed to the pursuit of excellence, and dedicated to the success of each student.
2. Our employees are qualified, dedicated, innovative, and student-centered, engaged in continued learning.
3. Our schools provide quality instructional programs, enriching extracurricular experiences, and a wide variety of opportunities for students to explore their interests, expand their dreams, and develop their talents.
4. Our schools partner with families, business, industry, post-secondary institutions, community agencies, and government to create and sustain outstanding facilities, technology, learning resources, and experiences to maximize student achievement.
5. Our schools embrace diversity, promote respectful relationships, and have high expectations and performance standards for all students and adults.
6. Our schools value integrity, open communication, shared responsibility, innovation, and accountability.
‘Tween the hills of Old Siluria,
Nestles Thompson High.
Hail to thee, our Alma Mater,
Neath the Southern skies.
Long between the walls we’ve lingered,
All with kindred minds.
We, to thee, and to each other,
Find a tie that binds.
Soon we’ll leave thee, Thompson High School
As the years roll by.
And we’ll always hold thy banner
Upward to the sky.
Thompson! Thompson! Dear Old Thompson,
True to thee we’ll be.
We will always love and honor,
|Photo courtesy of ancestry.com
In the early 1900s, there was an elementary and junior high school at Siluria, Shelby County Alabama, consisting of a five-class room building. In response to a growing need for a high school, Thomas Carlyle Thompson donated property and personal funds which led to the development of a new school building, named Thompson. October 3, 1921 marked the first day of school for the new building.
The existing campus was established in the 1980s with the first graduating class at the building in 1987-1988. The original building was remodeled and is now the Thompson Sixth Grade Center. There have been several renovations over the past 30 years, including the most recent additions of a foreign language building, freshman building and new football locker rooms.
On October 17, 2011 the Alabaster City Council voted to form an Alabaster School District separate from the Shelby County District. On March 5, 2012 the Alabaster City Council appointed Linda Church, Melanie Shores, John Myrick, Adam Moseley and Ty Quarles to serve on the city’s first school board and Melanie Shores was elected as the school board president. On July 20, 2012 the board appointed outgoing Jefferson County Board of Education Superintendent Dr. Phillip Hammonds to serve as a temporary consultant.
Effective July 1, 2013, the Alabaster City Schools district officially separated from Shelby County Schools and Dr. Wayne Vickers took the position of Superintendent.
Read More about the History of Thompson High School at ancestry.com.
City of Alabaster
Alabaster is a sprawling Suburban city located in the Heart of Alabama. Situated just 17 Miles south of Downtown Birmingham, the community offers a suburban lifestyle while maintaining access to urban opportunities. Alabaster has experienced remarkable growth over the last ten years with a growth rate of well over 60 percent. Those rates figure to continue to make Alabaster one of the state’s largest cities and, also, one of its fastest growing.
The City of Alabaster is home to The Colonial Promenade Shopping Center. The Colonial Promenade offers many specialty stores as well as a Walmart Super Center and Belks Department Store. There are also a variety of restaurants and financial institutions. The shopping center is located on Highway 31 at Interstate 65 (Exit 238 off of Interstate 65).
The City of Alabaster hosts one of the largest annual public gatherings in Shelby County. CityFest, which was started to celebrate Alabaster’s 50th birthday in 2003, has grown into one of the most popular celebrations in the area. With thousands of visitors attending the celebration, CityFest features live music, a large children’s area with games, rides and other fun activities. Many vendors also set up during the celebration to sell merchandise and food items. This annual event is sponsored by several corporate donors in the community.
Every year Alabaster is the home to one of Alabama’s largest Christmas Parades. The Alabaster Christmas Parade is sponsored by the city's Beautification Board, and is held in early December of each year. Over 100 entries join the parade including floats from area churches, schools, and civic organizations along with city and county officials, scouts, dance troops, motorcycles, car clubs, horses, and Santa Claus.
The Alabaster area is convenient to many local parks. Oak Mountain State Park provides over 50 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails set in a picturesque 9,940-acre park. The park also has picnic facilities, two fishin lakes, pedal and canoe boat rentals and a beach swimming area.
Veterans Park provides visitors with two miles of lighted walking tracks lined with benches for resting along the way, a bluebird trail, flowers and trees, playgrounds, five youth baseball/softball fields, concession stand, press box, and restrooms. The park also offers nine pavilions available for rental, several play meadows, skatepark, off-leash dog area, batting cages, and an arbor.
Founded in 1995, the American Village serves the Nation as an educational institution whose mission is to strengthen and renew the foundations of American liberty and self-government by engaging and inspiring citizens, leaders and stewards
South City Theatre is a non-profit theatre dedicated to promoting theatre in Shelby County. South City has partnered with THS on several projects recently, including their Summer 2012 production of "The Miracle Worker."