UMS-Wright Preparatory School

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UMS-Wright Preparatory School
UMS-Wright Preparatory School logo.jpg
Address
65 Mobile St N, Mobile, AL 36607

Mobile
,
United States
,
36607
Information
Former nameUniversity Military School
School typePrivate College Preparatory
Motto"For the UMS-Wright Family to educate all students to their highest potential in mind, body, and spirit, "and to produce in each student character of the highest possible order."
Religious affiliation(s)none
Founded1893
OpenedOctober 2, 1893
FounderDr. Julius T Wright
PresidentDr. Tony Havard
DeanKeith Rice
PrincipalDoug Barber (Upper School), Wes Lathan (Middle School), Dr. Patricia Boehm (Lower School)
HeadmasterDoug Barber
ChaplainMichael Schultz
Faculty144
GradesK-3 - Twelfth Grade
GenderCo-educational
Enrollment1,150
Student to teacher ratio8:1
Medium of languageEnglish
Hours in school day8
Campus size32 acres
Color(s)Crimson and Grey Tupcolor
SongUMS-Wright Alma Mater
Athletics conferenceAlabama 4A
SportsYes
MascotBulldog Bulldog mascot
Team nameUMS-Wright Bulldogs
RivalSt. Paul's Episcopal School
AccreditationSouthern Association of Colleges and Schools
Test averageACT: 30 SAT: 1360
PublicationThe Mind's Eye
NewspaperThe Crimson and Grey
YearbookThe Cadet
Annual tuition
  • K3: $6,645
  • K4 and K5: $7,745
  • Grades 1-2: $10,105
  • Grades 3-4: $10,875
  • Grades 5-6: $11,245
  • Grades 7-8: $12,255
  • Grades 9-12: $12,745
Website

UMS-Wright is an independent co-educational preparatory school in Mobile, Alabama. The school was founded in 1893 as University Military School, and in 1988 it combined with Julius T Wright School for Girls (founded 1956) to form UMS-Wright Preparatory School. UMS-Wright is the oldest private school in the state of Alabama.

History[edit]

University Military School[edit]

UMS-Wright Preparatory opened as University Military School on October 2, 1893. The school's founder and first headmaster was Dr. Julius T Wright (1871-1931). The day of the opening, the city of Mobile was struck by the 1893 Cheniere Caminada hurricane but the school still decided to open its doors that day on 559 Conti Street. The school opened with a single teacher and twenty-five pupils and a tuition of $8 a month. Dr. Wright served as the headmaster of the school until his death in 1931. William Pape took over after Dr. Wright. Pape died in 1943 and his family turned control of the school over to the non-profit corporation, the UMS Alumni and Parents Association, Inc. UMS moved to its current location on North Mobile Street in 1956 to accommodate the growing enrollment in the school.[1]

Girls Preparatory School[edit]

Thirty years after the opening of University Military School (an all male school) Julius T Wright opened Girls Preparatory School in 1923 to provide a similar education to the young women of the Mobile community. It only lasted eight years as it closed after the death of Dr. Wright in 1931.

Julius T Wright School for Girls[edit]

Julius T Wright School for Girls opened in 1956 at the same location as Girls Preparatory School at 1315 Dauphin Street, which had been newly renovated. It came after a long campaign by alumni of the original Girls Preparatory School to have a female equivalent to University Military School. The school moved to 1400 S University Blvd in 1972. It remained there until its merger with University Military School in 1988.

UMS-Wright Preparatory School[edit]

In 1988, University Military School and Julius T Wright School for Girls followed the trend of many other single-gender schools around the country and combined to form the co-educational UMS-Wright Preparatory School. Dr. Tony Havard, a member of the UMS English faculty, was named the headmaster and is now the current president of the school.

Description[edit]

Structure[edit]

The school has a three-level structure: the Lower School (K-3 through 4th grade), the Middle School (5th grade through 8th grade), and the Upper School (9th grade through 12th grade).[2]

Campus[edit]

Located on Campus are five Lower School buildings, two middle school buildings, and one high school building. All three have separate offices and principals. The campus also houses two full-size gymnasiums, a weight training facility, and an athletic training facility. The football stadium, Cooper Stadium, is surrounded by a four-hundred meter track. Also located on Campus are two multi-purpose fields, a twenty-five meter swimming pool, a baseball field, and a softball field.

Athletics[edit]

UMS-Wright offers thirteen team sports for students from lower school to high school.The school competes in the AHSAA division 4A. The Sports offered include cross country, football, soccer, tennis, swimming and diving, track and field, softball, baseball, bass fishing, and bowling.[3]

UMS-Wright also has a long-standing athletic rivalry with St. Paul's Episcopal School, another local private high school that is just 2.2 miles away down Old Shell Road. In football and track and field, the two teams meet every year in the "Battle of Old Shell Road."

[4] State titles[edit]

UMS-Wright has 156 total state championship titles:[citation needed]

  • Baseball ~ 1978 • 1988 • 1993 • 1995  • 1997 • 1999 •  2010 • 2011 • 2016 • 2017
  • Boys Basketball ~ 1998
  • Girls Basketball ~ 1978
  • Boys Cross Country ~ 1971 • 1975 • 1980 • 1997 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011
  • Girls Cross Country ~ 1977 • 1980 • 1981 • 1982 • 1983 • 2004 • 2005 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013
  • 1905 UMS Football Team
    The Student Section of a Home UMS-Wright Football Game.
    Football ~ 1987 • 2001 • 2002 • 2005 • 2008 • 2012 • 2017 • 2018
  • Boys Soccer ~ 2010 • 2011
  • Swimming and Diving ~ 1997 • 2018
  • Boys Tennis  1968 • 1981 • 1989 • 1990 • 2001 • 2002 • 2003 • 2004 • 2006 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013 • 2014 • 2015 • 2016
  • Girls Tennis 1978 • 1994 • 2004 • 2005 • 2006 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013 • 2014 • 2015 • 2016 • 2017
  • Boys Outdoor Track ~  1981 • 1982 • 1983 • 1990 • 1991 • 1997 • 1988 • 1999 • 2000 • 2002 • 2003 • 2004 • 2005 • 2006 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013 • 2014 • 2015 • 2016
  • Girls Outdoor Track ~ 1982 • 1983 • 2000 • 2001 • 2002 • 2003 • 2004 • 2005 • 2006 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013 • 2015 • 2016 • 2018
  • Boys Indoor Track ~ 1972  • 1981 • 1982 • 1983 • 1985 • 1997 • 1998 • 1999 • 2000 • 2006 • 2012 • 2013 • 2014 • 2015
  • Girls Indoor Track ~ 1981 • 1982 • 1984 • 1997 • 2001 • 2012 • 2013
  • Junior High Indoor Track ~ 1968
  • Boys Golf ~ 1961 • 1971 • 1980 • 1983 • 1990 • 1992 • 1993 • 1994 • 1995 • 1996 • 1997 • 1998 • 1999 • 2000 • 2001 • 2002 • 2003 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2014 • 2016 • 2017

Academics[edit]

UMS Wright was ranked second out of ninety-seven schools in Niche.com "Best Private K-12 Schools in Alabama" ranking. The average ACT score is 30 and the average SAT score in 1360. 99% of graduating seniors attend a four-year college or university, with the 3 most popular being the University of Alabama, Auburn University, and the University of South Alabama. The school currently has 1,150 students enrolled with a student-teacher ratio of 8:1.[5]

Classes offered[edit]

Advanced Placement Courses[edit]

All UMS-Wright Students Are Given Apple Macbook Air Laptops to complete their coursework.

Honors Courses[edit]

Academic Courses[edit]

  • Algebra I, II, III
  • Biology
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • English 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Environmental Science
  • French I, II
  • Geometry
  • Intro to Calculus
  • Macroeconomics
  • Marine Biology
  • Physics
  • Pre-calculus
  • Senior Literature
  • Spanish I, II, III, IV
  • U.S. Government
  • U.S. History
  • World History I, II

Online Courses[edit]

UMS-Wright Library
  • Chinese I
  • Computer for College & Career
  • Computer Programming
  • Forensic Science
  • German I
  • Intro to Info Technology
  • Japanese I
  • Law Studies
  • Leadership Skills Development
  • Personal & Family Finance
  • Psychology (1 sem)
  • Sociology (1sem)
  • Web Design

Elective Courses[edit]

The UMS-Wright Arts Building that is used for Fine Art, Drama, Chorus, and Band Classes.
  • Accounting I, II
  • Advanced Band
  • Athletic Training
  • Beginning Band Chorus (Wright Singers)
  • Creative Writing
  • Critical Thinking & Intro to Coding
  • Drama/Acting
  • Driver’s Education
  • Engineering through Design
  • Engineering through Flight
  • Engineering the World
  • Intro to Art
  • Music Theory and Comp.
  • Newspaper
  • Photography I, II, III
  • Physical Education
  • STEM
  • Technology
  • Studio Art I, II,
The UMS-Wright Marvin Mostellar Sr. Weight Room, also called the "Dean Dome," which is used for boys and girls Physical Education Classes

Clubs[edit]

  • Art Guild
  • Azalea Trail
  • French Club
  • Spanish Circle
  • Theatre Guild
  • Wright Singers
  • Youth Judicial

Honor Societies[edit]

Honor Council[edit]

The Honor Council is composed of student representatives in grades 9-12 who are elected to promote honesty and integrity.

The UMS-Wright Honor Pledge is displayed in every classroom.

Notable alumni[edit]

[6] References[edit]

  1. ^ "UMS-Wright Preparatory School". www.ums-wright.org. Retrieved 2019-02-08.
  2. ^ "UMS-Wright Preparatory School". www.ums-wright.org. Retrieved 2019-02-08.
  3. ^ "UMS-Wright Preparatory School". www.ums-wright.org. Retrieved 2019-02-08.
  4. ^ "UMS-Wright Preparatory School". www.ums-wright.org. Retrieved 2019-02-09.
  5. ^ "Explore UMS-Wright Preparatory School". Niche. Retrieved 2019-02-08.
  6. ^ "Julius Tutwiler Wright". Find a Grave. Archived from the original on Feb 8, 2019.

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