Welcome to Fort Payne High School
Principal: Patrick Barnes
School Colors: Black and Gold
School Mascot: Wildcat
Founded in 1889, the city of Fort Payne lies in a narrow valley on Big Wills Creek in the Cumberland Plateau region immediately west of Lookout Mountain and east of Sand Mountain. With a population of just over 14,000 citizens, our town boasts a wide array of business, culture, and events.
Fort Payne High School has a student enrollment of 1063 students in grades 9-12 with approximately 75 faculty and staff. The school is located in Fort Payne, AL, which is a part of DeKalb County. The city of Fort Payne lies in a narrow valley on Big Wills Creek in the Cumberland Plateau region immediately west of Lookout Mountain and east of Sand Mountain. Fort Payne is a rural community in the northeast corner of the state. The demographics of our school are 55.5% White, 39% Hispanics, 2.5% Black, and 3% multi-racial and other. About 64% of our students are on free or reduced lunch, but all students are eligible to receive free meals this year.
FPHS utilizes technology as the tools to engage the students, to provide them with 21st century skills, and to optimize efficiency in management, teaching, and learning. Technology is used daily by our students and faculty. This technology includes student issued Chromebooks, interactive Promethean boards, wireless laptop carts, STEM programs such as Project Lead the Way and computer science, career and technical classes in healthcare, agriculture, welding, culinary arts, and AV Communications.
Also offered at FPHS are dual enrollment classes and online classes. Students can complete all high school graduation requirements through full-time online classes. The school is also rich in clubs and athletics. Take time to visit these different areas of our website to learn more about what FPHS has to offer.