Piedmont, Alabama

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Piedmont is a city in Calhoun and Cherokee counties in the U.S. state of Alabama. The population was 5,120 at the 2000 census. It is included in the Anniston-Oxford, Alabama Metropolitan Statistical Area. Many surrounding communities utilize the 36272 ZIP code as part of or the entirety of their postal routes, including Spring Garden, Rock Run, Knighten's Crossroads, and Nance's Creek. The current mayor is Brian Young, who was first elected in 2008.

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Noteworthy facts

An F4 tornado struck Goshen United Methodist Church located just north of here on March 27, 1994, killing twenty people and severely damaging or demolishing two other area churches and many homes in the town and neighboring communities.

The Piedmont City School District consists of three schools: Piedmont Elementary School, Piedmont Middle School, and Piedmont City High School. The Piedmont athletic teams are known as the Bulldogs and the Marching Band is the Piedmont Blue Knights. Piedmont City High School currently competes in the Alabama High School Athletic Association in Class 3A. Piedmont recently gained regional attention for its award winning school system. Piedmont City High School was recognized in 2008, 2009, and again in 2010 by U.S. News & World Report as one of "America's Best High Schools."[1]

On February 6, 2009, the Piedmont High School Wrestling Team brought home the first State Championship in school history by winning the AHSAA 1A-4A State Wrestling Championship. Head Coach Harley Lamey led the Dogs as they placed nine wrestlers, including two individual champions and two runners-up. This team would also go undefeated in Dual Meets with a 14-0 record.

On December 3, 2009, the Piedmont High School Football Team continued the athletic success by defeating the Cordova Blue Devils in the AHSAA 3A State Football Championship Game played in Bryant-Denney Stadium on the campus of The University of Alabama. Head Coach Steve Smith would guide the Bulldogs to a 35-28 win in an overtime thriller. This game was the first ever AHSAA State Championship Game to ever be played at Bryant-Denney Stadium. Quarterback Chase Childers won the 3A State Championship Game Most Valuable Player.

Geography

Piedmont is located at 33°55'33.618" North, 85°36'47.293" West (33.926005, -85.613137).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.8 square miles (25.3 km²). Many streams flow through the local forests.

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