Talladega County Central High School, a school built on a rich history of strength, courage, pride, and survival. Talladega County Central High School, started as an idea in the minds of several concerned members of the community. The school originally started off in two rooms on the campus of Talladega College. In 1926, the land was given by the Lawson family, to build a dream school. The school’s original mission was to “Educate the Colored Children in Talladega County.” It has been 91 years in existence, and the school is still fulfilling the original goals set forth by its founding members. The school has undergone many changes. Its name, for instance was once Talladega County Training School. The name reflected the many opportunities to train students to become productive members of the society through the work force. The name change occurred to reflect a more centralized view of collaboration with the current shift for college and career readiness. The original building has also undergone many modifications to enhance the beauty and usability of the building.
Talladega County Central High School was rich with technology. Students first received iPad for instruction in 2013. Even though the technology was a great tool for education, the effectiveness of the device did not reflect in testing scores reported. Talladega County Central encountered a partnership with Advanced Learning in 2015. The training empowered teachers with Blended Learning opportunities. The instruction became technology rich and student engagement increased tremendously. Teachers were able to strengthen instruction to best meet the needs of all students in each individual learning style.
Talladega County Central High School has also incorporated a “House” system. The concept, adapted from Ron Clark in Atlanta, provides inclusion for every child and adult on campus. Students are randomly chose to belong to a House on campus. Before the House system, students were often left out and disconnected from each other and from the adults on campus. Since the inception of the program, all students are connected with at least 5 adults within their house, and their school peers. The sense of community is overwhelming with the students. Students feel safe within their house and are very proud to be members of the inclusive family.