Daleville is a city in Dale County, Alabama, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 4,653. It is part of the Ozark Micropolitan Statistical Area. The city's nickname is "Gateway to Fort Rucker", as this U.S. Army post is located just north of town. Cairns Army Airfield is located to the south of Daleville on the road to nearly Clayhatchee.
Daleville, originally known as "Dale's Court House", was founded circa 1830 by veterans of the Creek Indian War who had settled in Dale County following that conflict. It was the original county seat of Dale County but lost that honor when Coffee County split from Dale in 1841, at which time the seat was removed first to Newton, and then later to Ozark where it remains today.
Long a tiny farming community, Daleville saw significant expansion during the mid-to-late twentieth century with the establishment and enlargement ofFort Rucker, the U.S. Army's primary aviation training post. Douglas Brown, a former mayor of Ozark, teamed up with two Georgia businessmen, L.C. Hall and Bob Culpepper, to develop the city. Securing a 1.5 million dollar loan, the trio purchased 400 acres (1.6 km2) of land in Daleville, constructed a lagoon sewer system and began to build the town house by house,shopping center by shopping center. Numerous military personnel then made their homes in the community, and many elected to stay after theirretirement or otherwise completing their service obligation. This large military presence gives the town a more cosmopolitan populace than other nearby towns farther away from the base.
Daleville was the victim of an F1 Tornado on 24 November 2001, part of theArkansas-Mississippi-Alabama tornado outbreak that occurred on 23 and 24 November of that year. Two restaurants and two industrial buildings were destroyed; a local lounge suffered severe damage, as well. Also damaged were maintenance buildings, one aircraft, 25 businesses, a church, gas station, two supermarkets, a bank and several homes. Twenty-five people inside the lounge were injured, but no fatalities were reported.
Daleville is located at(31.302496, -85.711083).
Daleville is the northern terminus of Alabama State Route 85, which runs south from the city to Geneva. This route intersects with U.S. Highway 84 on the south side of town. Alabama State Route 134 runs east from Daleville toward Newton; westbound 134 joins U.S. 84 to continue on to Enterprise.
Daleville is served by one elementary school, serving grades K through 6 Windham Elementary School;, and one high school, serving grades 7 through 12 Daleville High School. The high school's JROTC program has held the rating of "Honor Unit With Distinction", the highest possible unit ranking within the JROTC program, for the past 33 consecutive years (as of 2007). Its rifle team has won seventeen state championships and numerous local competitions. The high school football team was the winner of the 1992 4A football championship, and was runner-up in 1993. In 1997, the high school basketball team reached the state's final four tournament.
Daleville forms a self-contained school district, independent of the surrounding Dale County School District.
Former NFL Fullback and Pro Bowler Tony Richardson played his high school football at Daleville. Lettering in basketball, football and track, Richardson continued his career at Auburn University, going on to stardom with the Kansas City Chiefs,Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets before retiring in 2010. Shawn Stuckey, a linebacker for the New England Patriots in 1998, also played his high school football at Daleville.
Daleville High School's band has 130 members and broke their own record of students to make Honor Bands. The Daleville band had 15 students to make All-State and 37 students to make District Honor Band.