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115 live in Alabama
2 live in Arizona
3 live in Arkansas
4 live in California
7 live in Colorado
2 live in Connecticut
16 live in Florida
16 live in Georgia
3 live in Illinois
1 lives in Indiana
2 live in Kansas
1 lives in Kentucky
1 lives in Louisiana
1 lives in Michigan
1 lives in Mississippi
2 live in Montana
1 lives in Nevada
1 lives in New Jersey
6 live in North Carolina
2 live in Ohio
1 lives in Oklahoma
2 live in Oregon
4 live in Pennsylvania
5 live in South Carolina
15 live in Tennessee
8 live in Texas
1 lives in Utah
2 live in Virginia
4 live in Washington
1 lives in West Virginia
1 lives in Thailand
274 location unknown


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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The 'GHS' sign in front of Grissom High School on Bailey Cove Road has been in its current location since 1972.  There it will stay, when students and teachers move to the school's new location next year.

The monument was a gift from the Class of 1972.  There have been questions about whether it would make the move to the new campus, so WHNT News 19 checked with Huntsville Board of Education member Elisa Ferrell, whose district includes Grissom.

Ferrell said a number of people have evaluated the monument, including Superintendent Tom Drake, Grissom Principal Rebecca Ballentine, Assistant Principal Bo Coln, architects and a builder.  They expressed serious concerns that moving it would cause structural damage.

"The design, age and deterioration from the elements prevents it from being moved without damage or major break," Ferrell said. "They have all determined that the narrow design of the letters on the top of the monument would not survive the removal from the current location and would break and render it irreparable."

Grissom's current campus will turn into a new library and community center.  Ferrell said Huntsville City Schools arranged for the monument to stay on site when the contract with the city was negotiated. She said her understanding is the school system has asked for the monument to be worked into the landscape design as a memorial to the founding location of Grissom High School.

"I was hopeful the big GHS could make the move, but I would personally rather have it stay intact on Bailey Cove, commemorating the heritage of the site, rather than risk it being destroyed in the move," Ferrell said.

The site of the new Grissom High School is on National Boulevard off of South Memorial Parkway, on acreage behind Home Depot, Lowe's and Sam's Club.  It is scheduled to open in the fall of 2017 and will include a large courtyard that could be home to something new, Ferrell suggested.

"It would be the perfect place for current and past GHS students to install a new monument commemorating the excellence of their school," said Ferrell.

Chip English

Chip English

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville City Schools selected a new football coach for Grissom High School at tonight’s Board of Education meeting.

Chip English was formerly the head football coach at West Caldwell High in Lenoir, North Carolina.  In his three years of coaching the West Caldwell Warriors, he took the team from last place in the conference to a first place finish in 2016, and was honored as conference coach of the year.

Coach English said he is extremely excited about this opportunity to be the head football coach at Grissom High School, and is “very thankful to Mrs. Balentine and Mr. Coln for giving me this opportunity.”  He added that it was obvious that Grissom is a special place and it is where I wanted to be, because “when players, coaches, school, and community care for one another, special things happen.”

Chip English will also teach social studies at the school as well.

Prior to being the head football coach at West Caldwell, English was an assistant coach at A.L. Brown High School in Kannapolis, North Carolina.  While as an assistant at Kannapolis, Coach English coached several D-1 athletes that received scholarships to schools in the ACC and Conference USA.




Place: Westin Hotel Bar/Lobby at Bridge Street Town Centre. Time:  Saturday, July 22, 2017 Event: This will be a one night casual event. No money will be collected and you may purchase food and beverages at your own expense. Please provide your comments  and if your are  planning to attend this event in the Message Forum.

More details will be avaiable later!

Hey, Grissom Alumni!
The current Grissom Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) is planning events to celebrate Virgil I. Grissom High School before we close the current campus on Bailey Cove and move to the new location in 2017. We are asking for input and participation from our great Alumni. What kind of events would you like to see? Would you like to help plan and/or participate? If so, please contact or 256-509-5619.
Ginger Longino
Grissom PTSA President





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