Auburn High School Tigers

Auburn High School Tigers

Infobox school athletics

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name = Auburn High School Tigers
school = Auburn High School
athletic_association = Alabama High School Athletic Association
classification = 6A
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director = Chuck Furlow
city = Auburn
state = Alabama
stateabb = AL
teams = 21
stadium = Duck Samford Stadium
arena = Auburn Fieldhouse
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mascot = Samford
nickname = Tigers
fightsong= Hooray for Auburn!
color1 = Royal blue
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color2 = White|White (color)
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pagename = Auburn High School Athletic Department

The Auburn High School Tigers are the athletic teams which represent Auburn High School in Auburn, Alabama. Auburn High School's athletics program fields twenty-one varsity sporting teams as a member of the large-school classification (6A) of the Alabama High School Athletic Association. The Tigers' school colors are royal blue and white and the school's mascot is a tiger named Samford.

AHS's track and field teams have won fourteen state championships, while the cross country squad has won six state titles. The golf team has won four state championships, winning each year from 2004 through 2007. Auburn High's women's basketball, baseball, and men's basketball teams have each won a state title, in 1919, 1986, and 2005, respectively. Overall, the Auburn High Tigers have won 34 state championships since the program fielded its earliest teams around 1910.

The Auburn High School Tigers are generally referred to as the Auburn Tigers when context precludes confusion with the Auburn University Tigers.

Varsity sports

Auburn High School currently fields a varsity team in eleven men's and ten women's sports. ["Auburn High School, [ Auburn High School Student Handbook, 2006–2007] ".] They are:

Championship history

Team state championships: [ [] , retrieved September 22, 2007.] (36)

:Baseball (1):* 1986
:Men's Basketball (1):* 2005
:Men's Cross Country (6):* 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1979, 1980
:Men's Diving (2):* 1991, 1998
:Men's Golf (4):* 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
:Men's Indoor Track (4):* 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971
:Men's Track and Field (9):* 1921, 1923, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971
:Women's Basketball (1):* 1919 (outdoor)
:Women's Diving (7):* 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996
:Women's Track and Field (1):* 1986


Major sporting facilities and their main use include:

*Duck Samford Stadium — football, soccer
*Auburn Fieldhouse — basketball, volleyball
*Sam Welborn Field — baseball
*Auburn Softball Complex — softball
*James E. Martin Aquatic Center — swimming and diving
*Yarbrough Tennis Center — tennis

Former facilities include:
*Felton Little Park — football, baseball (1949—1968)
*Drake Field — football, baseball (1911—1949)
*Auburn Stadium — football (1939—1947)
*Ross Field — football (1921—1935)


Fight songs

Auburn High School's primary fight song is "Hooray for Auburn!". The lyrics to "Hooray for Auburn!" come from a cheer that was commonly used in the mid-twentieth century. In 1961, Auburn High School band director Tommy Goff wrote music to fit those lyrics to create the current fight song. In subsequent years, the fight song was adopted by other schools, including Prattville High School and Opelika High School. At football games, "Hooray for Auburn!" is played after a touchdown. [Auburn High School Band music library, "Hooray for Auburn!"; interview with Tommy Goff, 2002; Jimmy White, "Friday pep rally sends team on the road to state", "Prattville Progress", December 13, 2006; . The lyrics to "Hooray for Auburn!" fall into the public domain because they were within the United States (or the United Nations Headquarters in New York subject to Section 7 of the ) before 1964, and copyright was not renewed. See also the [ Rutgers copyright renewal records] and [ Stanford Copyright Renewal Database] for further information. The act of publication occurred when the music and lyrics were offered by the copyright holder to LaFayette High School in 1963.] "Glory, Glory to Ole Auburn"—oftentimes simply "Glory"—was Auburn High's fight song before "Hooray for Auburn!" was written in 1961 and is currently a secondary fight song of Auburn High. "Glory, Glory to Ole Auburn" has the tune of the chorus of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic", while the lyrics are identical to those of the University of Georgia's "Glory, Glory" but substitute the word "Auburn" for "Georgia". At football games, "Glory, Glory to Ole Auburn" is played after a successful PAT conversion. [Interview with Tommy Goff, 2002. The lyrics to "Glory, Glory to Ole Auburn" fall into the public domain because they are a rewording of the chorus of Amherst's "Marching Song of the Alumni" and Georgia's Glory, Glory both of which were published prior to 1923. See "Amherst Graduates' Quarterly" (1911), p. 15."] wikisource|We're Loyal to You, Auburn HighFor the 1955 football season, Auburn High used the Alabama Polytechnic Institute fight song "War Eagle". An earlier school song, "We're Loyal to You, Auburn High", was used from the 1920s through the 1940s. "We're Loyal to You, Auburn High" has the melody of "Illinois Loyalty". [Carolyn Jenkins, "Ephemera - Lee County High School", "Carolyn Jenkins Collection, RG 93", Auburn University Special Collections and Archives (1927).]


Auburn High's mascot is the tiger. The tiger was chosen because of its association with Auburn in Oliver Goldsmith's 1770 poem "The Deserted Village". The first line of the poem is "Sweet Auburn! Loveliest village of the plain", while a later line describes Auburn as, "where crouching tigers wait their hapless prey."

Auburn High's costumed mascot is Samford, an anthropomorphic tiger. Samford was created in 1995 and named for three symbols of the school: Samford Avenue, which runs by the school; Duck Samford Stadium, Auburn High's football stadium; and Samford Hall, the most prominent building in Auburn. Kari Pierce was the first Samford in 1995. [Auburn High School, "The Tiger", vol. 52.]


External links

* [ Auburn High School Athletic Department]
* [ Auburn High School]

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