Albany High School (Albany, Georgia)
|Albany High School|
The front entrance of Albany High as seen from Residence Avenue. Photo taken prior to renovations
|Motto||You just can't hide
that Indian pride
|Principal||Rodney Bullard, Principal|
|Location||Albany, Georgia, United States|
|Oversight||Dougherty County School System|
|Colors||Orange and Green|
|Mascot||Indians and Squaws|
|Distinctions||A Georgia School of Excellence|
Albany High School was established in 1886 after H. M. McIntosh, editor of the Albany News and Advertiser, initiated a campaign and to raise the funds necessary to erect the school. It was the first high school established within the county.
Approximately two years after the school opened it, was destroyed by a fire of unknown origin. Classes were temporarily held in the town courthouse while the academy was rebuilt. Student enrollment rapidly increased during the first two decades, leading to overcrowding, so the school expanded, and eventually a new high school building was built in 1908. This building contained ten classrooms, and was located at the intersection of Monroe Street and Society Avenue. In 1925, the high school moved to another building located at 1000 North Jefferson Street. The school shifted to its current building on Residence Avenue in the fall of 1954. In the fall of 1999, a Magnet Honors Program was added to the curriculum of Albany High. 
The school's boys basketball team coached by Archie Chatmon for more than 30 years, during which time he accrued a winning 54% of the games as head coach. The Indians won the Region Championship (2011-2012) season, their first Region Championship since (2004-2005) season. The Indians ended the 2011-2012 season 25-3 losing in the 3rd round (Elite 8) in the State Playoffs to Vidalia. This season was the Indians highest winning percentage season since the 1993-1994 & 2004-2005 season.
Coach Chatmon has appeared in 2 State Championship games losing twice to their cross town rival Westover in 1990 and 1993 and in 1994 the Indians lost in the Final Four to Marist.
The girls basketball team is coached by Telly Preston.
The football program is coached by Felton Williams, he was the starting QB for the Indians in the early 90's. He was hired as the Head coach in the Spring 2009. He went 0-10 in 2009 his first season as head coach. The first game in his second season as head coach (2010) the Indians defeated its cross town rival Dougherty in the regular season for the first time since 1988. The Indians had lost 7 straight against the Trojans from 1989-1995 which the series ended when the Indians dropped out of region 1-AAA to Region 1-AA after the 95' season. The Indians defeated the Trojans in 2010 (16-14) and again in 2011 (39-7) as they won 2 straight against Dougherty. 2011 season the Indians defeated another cross town rival Monroe (14-13) getting its first win against the Tornadoes since 1989. However the Indians biggest cross town rival Westover, the Indians has lost 9 straight against the Patriots. Last Victory was in 2002. The Indians ended their 2012 season at 2-8 overall (1-6 in Region 1-AAAA).
Head Coach - Felton Williams (4 seasons) 8-32 record overall
Albany High Baseball Team usually a team that stays in the playoffs and always a contender for a Region Championship. The team hasn't made the playoffs since the 2005 season and hasn't won the Region Championship since the 1996 season. The team has struggled finishing last place 3 out of the last 5 seasons in region play. The team had to forfeit the remaining 7 games on its 2012 schedule because of injuries, the Indians only had 8 active players on the roster. The team finished 2-17 for the 2013 season.
Head coach- Charles Chatmon Assistant Coach- Shawn Wiley
The soccer program is Albany's second most popular spring sport. The girl's team was coached by Tabitha Sizemore and made the playoffs in 2007, 2008, and 2009 seasons. The girls finished 8-15 in the 2012 season. The boy's club was coached by Franklin Turner. The boys last playoff appearabce was in 2008. The boys finished 11-12 in the 2012 season. Turner is also the football program's defensive line coach.
Albany High's tennis program is also popular.
Hugh Mills Stadium is the stadium used by all four public high schools: Albany High Indians, Dougherty High Trojans, Monroe High Tornadoes, and Westover High Patriots football and track teams. Hugh Mills Stadium is also the host of the girl's state track meet for all five GHSA classifications. When it was constructed, the stadium was dedicated to Hugh M. Mills, the school's principal from 1923-1925. The stadium is located near Albany High School at 601 North Van Buren Street.
As of 2008, Albany High is the only school in the Dougherty County School System to have an on-site football stadium; because of this, all the high schools in Dougherty County use Hugh Mills as a home field. To alleviate confusion during games between schools, signs are posted at each of the entrance gates to designate the home team. If three schools have home games on the same weekend games are played Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.
- Academic Decathlon
- Art Club The Art Club is involved in many community projects including the Kiwanis Club art show and the Martin Luther King, Jr. art show. The Art Club assists in readying the art projects for shows and meets several times each year.
- Band The school marching band is known as the Marching Chiefs. Having been invited to several bowl games and marching invitationals, the Chiefs have received at a minimum excellent ratings in the past five years at marching festivals and competitions. The Chiefs finished the 2009 marching season with two best in class trophies. At the Blue and Grey Invitational, The Chiefs placed third in competition and best in class and division, band, danceline, and drum majors. The Chiefs received Superior ratings in all captions of marching (excluding color guard and drumline) at the Blue and Grey Marching Invitational. At that same competition, the drumline and color guard received an excellent rating, along with best in class and division awards. At The Sound of Silver Marching Invitational, the Chiefs received superior ratings in both Festival and Competition for all captions of marching. The band and the danceline beat nine other bands in their class, to be named Best in Class (AA). The AHS Marching Chiefs was noted as the Reserve Grand Champion Band at Sound of Silver, in which they outscored 20 other bands. The symphonic band has earned all superiors at the GMEA District 2 LGPE a number of years. The Albany High Marching Chiefs competed again in the Sound of Silver Invitational in Blackshear, GA on October 16, 2010 where they won the title of Grand Champion and Best in Class AAA band, drum major, drumline, and color guard. Some members of the program have participated in the Doughtery County Honor Band and the GMEA District 2 Honor Band.
The Marching Chiefs' awards and trophies from winning the Grand Champion at the Sound of Silver Marching Invitational on October 16, 2010 in Blackshear, GA.
- Beta Club Throughout the year the Beta Club sponsors the Miss AHS Pageant and the Beta Club Scholarships. In order to be a member of the Beta Club, one must maintain a "B" average. National Beta Club
- Block A. This group contains those students who have earned a letter for sports agility and musical or academic ability.
- Chorus The Albany High Chorale has received superior ratings in the GMEA festival since 2011-2012. They have also participated in the Southern Star Music Festival, where they received Superior ratings. The Chorale has played a major role in Albany by participating in the Albany State University homecoming parade and performing at schools, churches, and the annual Peppermint Pops concert presented by the Albany Symphony Orchestra. In 2011, the chorale served as an opening act to comedian Bill Cosby. Their motto is "Why do we sing? It's our passion."
- DECAMembers of DECA learn helpful marketing and career objectives and research different marketing areas such as retail or hospitality management in order to compete in regional, state, and international competitions.
- Drama Club The Drama Club is involved in the One-Act Play Competition Festival. The Masquers are also anticipating producing a spring production. Other projects on the itinerary are community oriented, geared to entertaining the elderly and youth during special holidays.
- Dream Weavers This club maintains the AHS webpage, updating activities for classes and organizations.
- Excel Club This community-oriented service organization is involved in projects such as collecting food donations at Thanksgiving and Christmas and working in conjunction with the Albany Exchange Club at the fair.
- FCA. The Fellowship for Christian Athletes (or better know today as The Fellowship of Christian Students) provides Christian fellowship opportunities. FCA meets on Tuesday mornings for prayer and devotionals. The group also meets periodically at the flag pole for prayer. In addition, the club is involved with the Salvation Army.
- FCCLA The Family, Career and Community Leaders of America group is involved in leadership training and Power of One, as well as personal development training and competition.
- Future Business Leaders of America
- French Club
- HOSA The Health Occupations Students of America, the official organization of HST students around the country, teaches the importance of dedication, leadership, and works with the community to improve health awareness. HOSA
- Japanese Club Organized to expand students' awareness of Japanese language and culture, the Japanese Club has sponsored several Japanese festivals. The club is an offshoot of SERCE (Satellite Education Resources Consortium). Classes are conducted through TV instruction and phone conferences.
- JGG Jobs for Georgia's Graduates is a school-to-work transition program for seniors. JGG prepares students for the world of work and/or higher education. 
- Key Club
- Literary Team. This team seeks to promote an interest in dramatic interpretation, spelling, extemporaneous speaking, writing, and singing (solo and trio). The team represents the school at the regional and state literary competitions.
- Math Team This team is made up of students who excel in their current mathematics courses. Every month their students meet to take a six question test which is scored statewide. Selected members compose the team which competes on the regional and state level. Some of the competitions are held at Darton State College and Georgia Southwestern State University.
- Mock Trial
- OrchestraThe orchestra students practice and perform with the Dougherty County Youth Symphony Orchestra at different concerts throughout the year.
- PowWow Student newspaper
- Short Circuits This club organizes props, lighting, and sound for pageants, dance recitals, band recitals, and assemblies.
- Spanish Club The Spanish Club promotes interest in studying Spanish-speaking language and culture. The club participates in the Light the Night Leukemia Walk, Adopt-a-Family for Thanksgiving Dinner, and other various service projects.
- Student Advisory Council The Student Advisory Council, which consists of all the presidents of school organizations, provides assistance and advice to clubs and organizations when problems arise. This group works under the leadership of the principal.
- Student Council The Council voices the views of the students on many issues, including the promotion of school spirit, good student relations, community service and the democratic process. Student Council sponsors Homecoming week activities, several blood drives and many other activities.
- TASCO The Teenage Support Council consists of teens helping people through difficult times. Throughout the year, TASCO promotes communications to help those teens who struggle from day to day. TASCO sponsors Red Ribbon Week, Asthma Walk, and Toys for Tots. They work with their community group "Lung Association." TASCO's motto is, "We're ears to our peers."
- VICA (Skills USA) Vocational Industrial Clubs Of America. VICA was a work study program that allowed students to have part-time jobs and get graded for their work performance by their supervisors. Also, students were to leave school early as long as they maintained a job..
- Annual Day Annuals, or yearbooks are distributed during the month of May at an assembly at which the annual is dedicated. On this date, students are given the opportunity to sign other student's annuals during most classes.
- Awards Day During the spring an awards program is planned to present academic awards and some scholarships. This is an evening affair to which recipients of awards and their parents are invited. Refreshments are served following the program.
- Class Day At Albany High, Class Day is a right of passage for graduating seniors. At Class Day, the student body of AHS assembles in the auditorium. The ceremonies of Class Day include an extravagant entrance and exit of seniors, presentations of select speakers, and senior skits. Near the end of the Class Day, the juniors are allowed to move from the "junior section" to the "senior section", as a sort of "graduation" from 11th grade to the coveted 12th grade.
- Homecoming Week Every day of the week a special theme is seen throughout the school. On Friday of homecoming week, there is the traditional homecoming football game. At this game, homecoming court is introduced at halftime or after the game. On Saturday night, the traditional homecoming dance occurs, at which the queen and king are announced based on votes from the student body.
- Miss AHS Pageant Candidates for the pageant must be a junior or senior. The Beta Club sponsors the contest annually during the fall. Each club nominates a girl who represents it in a contest. Miss AHS reigns over the school the rest of the year. Proceeds from the contest are used for scholarships sponsored by the Beta Club.
- Mr. AHS Pageant A new tradition at the school, this event is similar to the Miss AHS pageant except that the contestants are males. The first pageant took place in March 2007. The contestants are sponsored by TASCO and the winner receives a $100 scholarship (also presented by TASCO), and the title "Mr. AHS".
- Senior Week During this week the seniors are congratulated and rewarded for their hard work throughout their high school career. Senior bowling night, the senior picnic and the senior breakfast are just some of the events that cater to seniors at Albany High. Class Day ends Senior week.
(To the tune of "You're a Grand Old Flag")
You're a grand old school
You're the school that we love
And forever in honor we'll hold,
Alma mater dear,
We you revere,
The boast of the brave and the bold.
Every heart beats true,
One for all we're for you,
And your memory we e'er shall bless:
For should "Auld Acquaintance" be forgot,
Here's to you dear old AHS.
There are 51 teachers at Albany High, resulting in a student-teacher ratio of 15:1
- Danny Breeden, Former professional baseball player (Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs)
- Hal Breeden, Former professional baseball player (Chicago Cubs, Montreal Expos)
- Paula Deen, chef and host of "Paula's Home Cooking" television show on the Food Network 
- Jim Fowler, animal expert and host of the quadruple Emmy Award-winning wildlife television show, Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom
- Edward "Skip" Gnehm, United States ambassador to Jordan, Australia and Kuwait and visiting professor at The George Washington University 
- Ray Stevens, American country music singer 
- Alexander Wright, Former NFL football player (Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Raiders, St. Louis Rams)
- Shumate, Angela (Former Principal of Albany High School)
- National Center for Education Statistics School Profile: Albany High School. 2003. National Center for Education Statistics. 7 May 2005 
- Thronateeska 2005. Volume 86. Albany, Georgia: Albany High School, 2005. 1-192.
- Thronateeska Heritage Center 
- Dr. Joshua Murfree (Former Superintendent of DCSS)