Benjamin Elijah Mays High School
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|Mays High School|
|Motto||"A legacy to keep, an image to uphold..."|
|Principal||Dr. Tyronne Smith, J.D., Ph.D.|
|Location||Atlanta, Georgia, USA|
|District||Atlanta Public Schools|
|Colors||Columbia Blue and Yellow Gold|
Benjamin E. Mays High School is a public school located in southwest Atlanta, Georgia, serving grades 9-12. The school is a part of the Atlanta Public School System and is a Georgia School of Excellence. The school was established in the fall of 1981 and the school's mascot is the Raiders. The school was named after prominent civil rights leader Benjamin Elijah Mays, who is best known for his outstanding leadership and service as an educator, author and civil rights activist. The staff at Mays High School make it their mission to provide students with an outstanding education and numerous social and athletic programs.
Southwest High School (1950–1981)
The Atlanta Public Schools formed Southwest High School in 1950. The school went on to be a landmark in the city of Atlanta for 36 years. In 1981 the school that is now Benjamin E. Mays High School formed and replaced Southwest High School.
Southwest High School Athletics
- 1979 GHSA Boys AAA Basketball Champions
- 1973 GHSA State AA Football Champions
Mays High School (1981–Present)
Mays High School Athletics
The Mays High School Raiders athletic teams compete in Region 6-AAAAA of the Georgia High School Association.
Mays High offers a wide variety of athletic programs including Varsity Girls Softball, Varsity Boys Track, Varsity Boys Soccer, Varsity team Varsity Football, Varsity Boys Basketball, Junior Varsity Boys Basketball, Varsity Girls Basketball, Junior Varsity Girls Basketball, Varsity Basketball,Junior Varsity Basketball, Cheerleading, Co-ed Step Team, Varsity Boys Swimming, Varsity Girls Volleyball, Varsity Girls Swimming, as well as many others. All home Varsity Football games, as well as track events are held at Lakewood Stadium.
- 2001 GHSA AAAA Boys Track Champions
- 2003 GHSA AAAA Girls Basketball Champions
- 2004 GHSA AAAA Boys Basketball Champions
- 2005 GHSA AAAA Boys Basketball Champions
- Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, Grammy Award winning R&B singer and actress of the group TLC (band)
- Cee-Lo Green, Grammy Award winning rapper and record producer and member of the groups Goodie Mob & Gnarls Barkley
- Bigg Gipp, Rapper from the South and member of the groups Goodie Mob & Ali & Gipp
- Khujo, Rapper from the South and member of the groups Goodie Mob & The Lumberjacks
- T-Mo, Rapper from the South and member of the groups Goodie Mob & The Lumberjacks
- Shanti Das, Music industry executive, marketing consultant, entrepreneur, philanthropist and author
- Ceasar Mitchell, President of the Atlanta City Council
- Kwanza Hall, American politician and City councilman
- Aaron Watson, American politician and City councilman
- Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough, President of Dillard University
- Kelly Campbell, former football player for Georgia Tech, and several NFL and CFL teams.
- Gerald Wilkins, NBA Player New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Vancouver Grizzlies, and Orlando Magic.
- Randal Maurice Jelks, Benjamin Elijah Mays: Schoolmaster of the Movement: A Biography. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2012.
- Benjamin Elijah Mays, Born to Rebel: An Autobiography. New York: Scribners, 1971.