The mission of Elmore County High School is to provide a quality comprehensive education for all students in a safe environment in order to prepare students to function successfully as productive citizens.
|Earliest photo available of Elmore County High School
In 2005, Elmore County High School celebrated a landmark birthday - 100 years. ECHS opened her doors in 1905 under the name Eclectic High School. However, those who attended had to pay tuition because the community couldn't afford to operate a school. Finally in 1910 the county of Elmore became eligible for county high school - and Elmore County High School was born and officially opened her doors under her new name on September 19, 1911.
However, luck was not always with our school. On February 24, 1913 and again in 1914, the school was destroyed by fires. The town kept rebuilding and they were determined that the school would stay open. As a result, for over a year ECHS was housed in temporary quarters. Once rebuilt the second time, the school continued to grow and in 1934 two new wings were added.
In 1935, the Southern Association of Secondary School and Colleges granted her accreditation and has maintained that accreditation for the past 74 years. As the school population increased, tragedy struck once more, when fire destroyed the building again. Elmore County High was rebuilt and reopened her doors in 1940 and she still stands today.
Major renovations were completed in 1985 to the main building and the annex and in 1994 a new cafeteria was built. In 1996 the library was moved to the cafeterias old home. Finally, in 2000 Elmore County High school became a 9th thru 12th grade school. A new middle school was built and the 7th and 8th graders moved "down the hill".
Recent projects include a new band room dedicated in the fall of 2006, renovation of the home section of Burt-Haynie Field in 2007, and renovation of the old band room into a technology classroom in 2008.
When the doors opened in 1905, she housed approximately 75 students. Today over 540 students walk her halls on any given day. As we continue to grow we do not know what the future holds . . . but we can never forget the many individuals who once attended this school and were proud to be apart of her memories.
ECHS Alma Mater
In the days of our beginnings,
Indians here did dwell.
Strong were they in truth and valor:
May we be as well.
For our school we live and Labor,
Standing for the right,
Forward, upward, ever onward
Hail, maroon and white!
Dear old EL-CO-HI, we
And we'll aye be true;
May the children through
Make our vows anew
Loud the anthems swell;
Sing, oh sing the Alma Mater
All her praises tell
Class of 1933
ECHS Educational Beliefs
- Given the appropriate time, opportunity, and resources, all students can learn and be successful.
- Students will be provided opportunities to develop academically, physically, socially and morally.
- The administration, school staff, and community need to focus on a shared vision, goals, and actions to improve student performance.
- Teachers, administrators, parents, and the community share the responsibility for helping students learn.
- Students learn best when staff and parents maintain high expectations for learning.
- All students in our school should have an equal opportunity to learn.
- A safe and physically comfortable environment promotes student learning.
- The curriculum should be supplemented with instruction in character, citizenship, and responsibility.
- Proficiency in technology is necessary to prepare students for a globally competitive society.
- To adequately prepare students to succeed in their chosen career, the curriculum must be academically rigorous, stressing the basics and providing appropriate technical instruction while providing opportunities in the fine arts, athletics, character development, and citizenship.
In the 21st century, Elmore County High School will provide excellent educational programs offered in a safe and secure environment by a caring and committed faculty and staff.
All students will be offered time and opportunity in order to experience success and in order to develop academically, physically, socially, and morally.
A well-defined curriculum with high standards and expectations will be delivered through the most effective instructional methods.
Citizens, parents, school staff, and students will be respected partners in the educational enterprise. A climate of trust, open communication and collaboration will provide increased benefits from the resources invested and will support improved opportunities for the community to grow and prosper.