Health care high school funding approved

State’s fourth residential high school will be in Demopolis

Demopolis, county seat of Marengo County, sits at the confluence of the Black Warrior and Tombigbee rivers.

State funding has been approved to establish a health care-oriented high school in Demopolis in Marengo County.

Like the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham, the Alabama School of Math and Science in Mobile and the Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering in Huntsville, the new Alabama School of Health Sciences will be a tuition-free, residential facility accepting students from across Alabama. It will be the only one of the four locations in a small town, as Demopolis has just over 7,000 residents.

While thanking legislators who led the drive for state funding, Gov. Kay Ivey added, “I also greatly appreciate the community support from Demopolis and for the support of health care systems and hospitals across our state. Investing in the Alabama School of Healthcare Sciences is an investment in education, our health care workforce and the future of Alabama.” 

In January, Bloomberg Philanthropies pledged $26.4 million for the project, if the state also helped with funding. This week, the legislature earmarked money in the budget for the school.

The school is slated to open in 2026.

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