Located in Ashville, Alabama where the Appalachian Mountains end and the sprawling hills of central Alabama begin, Ashville High School, founded in 1835, has been home to Ashville Athletics and the Ashville Bulldogs since 1910. Since that time, Ashville has competed against local communities in various sports. With numerous state championship athletes and six team state championships, Ashville Athletics has a storied history of tradition and gritty competition, propelled by the Ashville Family.
THE LEGEND OF THE ORANGE
Ashville High School has used kelly green and white for as long as anyone remembers. Before we were the Bulldogs, Ashville's mascot was the Green Wave, but what about the orange? In 1962, the Green Bay Packers won another NFL Championship. The current Ashville head football coach, Bill Ellis, enjoyed the look of the gold trim on the Packers' uniforms. A meeting with football players was called, and Coach Ellis brought a strip of gold ribbon to place on the shoulder of an Ashville football jersey.
The football players loved it, and school trustees Calvin Henderson, Fred Smith, R.C. Farmer, and School Superintendent D.O. Langston approved the new trim color. New jerseys were ordered, but when they arrived, the gold trim was actually burnt orange! Everyone loved it even more than the gold trim, so they went with it. And the rest is history. Ashville has gone through some rather "interesting" color alterations through the years, but current athletic administration and coaches have slowly reworked the orange back into the color model for the school and the entire athletics program.