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Clarke Preparatory School was originally founded in 1970 as Clarke School Foundation, Inc. and operated under the name of Grove Hill Academy. The school opened in the old Grove Hill Hospital building and was housed there until 1996. On April 7, 1996, Grove Hill Academy's main building was destroyed by fire.

A new school was built in the spring of 1997. The board of directors voted in 1999 to change the name of Grove Hill Academy to Clarke Preparatory School, and the Class of 2000 became the first graduating class of Clarke Preparatory School.

Clarke Preparatory School is a SACS accredited school and a member of the Alabama Independent School Association. Clarke Prep is a Blue Ribbon School.

In addition to striving for academic excellence, Clarke Preparatory School places a strong emphasis on character, Christian morals and values, discipline, school involvement, and conduct. Clarke Preparatory School strives to instill self-respect and honor in each student. A biblically-based chapel is an integral part of our schedule and promotes a more positive environment for the students. Grades K4-12 attend chapel weekly and the lessons taught in chapel are promoted in the classroom.

The campus of Clarke Preparatory School extends over 20 acres and includes six buildings, which house computer labs as well as a state-of-the-art science lab for the high school. The classrooms provide ample space for creative instruction. The spacious gymnasium, which houses the school stage and school cafeteria, has an attached club-house that offers male and female locker rooms, a weight room and a whirlpool bath. The beautiful championship quality softball and baseball fields are located on campus. A large play area with playground equipment is provided for the students.

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