Benjamin Elijah Mays High School

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Mays High School
Motto "A legacy to keep, an image to uphold..."
Established 1981
Type Public
Principal Dr. Tyronne Smith, J.D., Ph.D.
Students 1700 students
Grades 9–12
Location Atlanta, Georgia, USA
District Atlanta Public Schools
Campus Urban
Colors Columbia Blue and Yellow Gold
Mascot Raiders
Newspaper The Summit
Website [1]

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.

History[edit]

Southwest High School (1950–1981)[edit]

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[edit]

State Championships

  • 1979 GHSA Boys AAA Basketball Champions
  • 1973 GHSA State AA Football Champions

Mays High School (1981–Present)[edit]

Mays High School Athletics[edit]

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.

State Championships

  • 2001 GHSA AAAA Boys Track Champions
  • 2003 GHSA AAAA Girls Basketball Champions
  • 2004 GHSA AAAA Boys Basketball Champions
  • 2005 GHSA AAAA Boys Basketball Champions

Notable alumni[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • 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.


Coordinates: 33°44′08″N 84°30′13″W / 33.73544°N 84.50357°W / 33.73544; -84.50357