Huntington Place Elementary was created in August of 1982 to relieve conditions of overcrowding at Vestavia and Crestmont Elementary Schools. Located in Northport on the eastern edge of a cotton field, Huntington Place initially served 317 students (K-6) with twelve classroom teachers, a media center specialist, a part-time speech therapist, a part-time physical education teacher, and five classified employees.
The cotton field has disappeared since 1982. In its place are an ever-increasing number of homes. Two more wings and a Gym have been added to the school. In 2007, student enrollment was over 700. There were over 60 Faculty and Staff working at the school. All of our teaches and staff are committed to a program of excellence. Tools and objectives for the school give direction to the total program and guide the decision-making process of the faculty. Learning needs are carefully diagnosed and instructional programs are selected to meet the needs of each child. High expectations of faculty and students exist at Huntington. The school motto selected by a student in 1986 states “At Huntington We Give 110%.”
Huntington Place continues to enjoy an exceptional rapport with the community and other professional agencies. There is a good program for volunteer workers and student teachers come each year from the University of Alabama. The PTO provides the necessary supportive arm that enriches the total program. Priorities are selected jointly each year by the faculty and PTO to help achieve the purpose of the school. A spirit of cooperation and concern prevails in the community toward the school.
Each year the faculty, with input from students and parents, evaluate the program and seek to make needed improvements. The continuous goal of the school is to provide a warm, trusting environment where student needs receive top priority. We continue to strive for a balance between academic achievement and social and emotional development of our students. We are proud of our heritage and believe our “Huntington Place kids” comport themselves well because we have nurtured and taught them here.
Huntington’s first principal was Dr. John Hinton. In 1986, Dr. David Gray became the school’s second principal. Our third principal was Mr. Nick Campanotta. Under his direction, the Hornet became our mascot and our colors were changed from maroon and gray to blue and gold. In July of 2005 Mrs. Lucy Sellers became our first female principal. Mrs. Sellers was assistant principal at Huntington from 1999-2001. She served as Reading Specialist for a year and then served as Principal at Buhl Elementary School until moving back to Huntington.
In August of 2008, Northport Elementary School opened as a Primary School and Huntington Place Elementary now houses grades three through five. Mrs. Sellers went to be the first principal at the new elementary school. Ms. Debbie Benson, who had taught fifth grade here before becoming a principal of another elementary school, returned to be Huntington’s fifth principal.