Berkmar High School

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Berkmar High School
Berkmar High School Georgia logo.png
405 Pleasant Hill Road[1]
Lilburn, Georgia, 30047
United States
Type Public
Established 1966
School district Gwinnett County Public Schools[1]
Principal Alfred 'Al' Taylor [1][2]
Faculty ~ 190
Grades 9–12[1]
Enrollment 3,366[1]
Campus Urban
Color(s)      Red      White      Blue
Athletics conference 8A in Class AAAAAA (GHSA)
Mascot Patriot
Accreditation SACS

Berkmar High School is a high school located in Lilburn, Georgia. It has approximately 3,200 students, grades 9 through 12.[1]

Berkmar High School's principal is Alfred 'Al' Taylor. He took the reins from interim principal Jane Stegall after she replaced Dr. Michael Zinn, who announced he would be stepping down from his position at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year. Dr. Zinn replaced Ken Johnson, the current Archer High School principal, for the 2012-2013 school year. Current assistant principals are Eva Castillo, Dr. Linda Clark, David Covington, Martha Finnegan, Scott Grimes, Tonya Henderson, Wanda Ireland, Dan Knudsen, Cindy Moffett, Keith Sargent, and George Zaun (Community School Director).


Berkmar High School opened its doors in 1966 to help overcrowding at nearby schools due to the tremendous growth of Gwinnett County.[citation needed]


Middle schools such as Berkmar Middle School and Sweetwater Middle School pour into BHS.

Berkmar serves a very transient and diversified community. Berkmar is surrounded by many shopping plazas, restaurants, and other commercial markets.

In 2002, Berkmar received a much-needed renovation with a whole new front entrance to the school, a gymnasium, a new 2-story building to hold offices, classrooms, a media center,[3] and an improved parking lot.

Berkmar has three different buildings to hold classrooms, along with two gyms, a theatre, and a sizable number of portable classrooms. Adjacent to the football field is a baseball field, hitting facility, softball field, practice field, and four tennis courts. They have made a new football training facility which was a former area for Berkmar parking. The new football training room has also helped with overcrowding of classrooms.[citation needed]


The school has a large Advanced Placement (AP) program. The program has acquired a lot of recognition for having such a high number of students receive Advanced Placement (AP) credit. Berkmar also won the 2008 Inspiration Award from the College Board for its high numbers. The high numbers come from the numerous AP Teachers and the AP inspiration program with Anthony Downer as former and founding president, and Joni Jameson, Kim Heglund, and John Jameson as former supportive sponsors for students who need fundraising profits. Jasmin Espinosa and Tom Nguyen serve as current co-presidents and Jessica Klaus serves as current sponsor. Berkmar also boasts the 2010 and 2013 female Georgia State AP Scholars. The title of State AP Scholar is granted to the one male and one female student in each U.S. state and the District of Columbia with scores of 3 or higher on the greatest number of AP Exams, and then the highest average score (at least 3.5) on all AP Exams taken.

Berkmar has had great success with the QuestBridge scholarship over the previous years. QuestBridge is a non-profit program that links high-achieving low-income students with educational and scholarship opportunities at leading U.S. colleges and universities that includes the National College Match program for high school seniors. The high school is also proud of its students academic achievements, having a selected few talented past students who have been matched or accepted through Regular Decision to Columbia University, Emory University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Notre Dame University, Stanford University, University of Georgia and the University of Pennsylvania.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Berkmar High School is known to have one of the best choral programs in the county.[citation needed] The students put on many shows during the course of the year. In October, the choirs put on a fall concert performance that includes classical choir pieces.[citation needed]

The Academic Decathlon team has seen success at the state level. The team held the title of Georgia State Championships for six consecutive years (2003–2008).[citation needed] In 2009, their winning streak for state champions was ended by Lakeview Fort Oglethorpe High School. Although Berkmar did not make it to Nationals, they still won first in their division. In 2012, the team served as state co-champions, with neighboring Parkview High School, and traveled to Minneapolis for the national championship.

Other clubs and groups include: National Honor Society, Quiz Bowl, Berkmar Beamers, Book Club, Latin Club, French Club, Math Club, Future Educators Association, Beta Club, Multi-Cultural Club, and Sew 'N Sews Club.[4]


Berkmar competes in Region 8, Class AAAAA. AAAAA is the second largest classification for Georgia high schools. Region 8, a geographical designation, includes Brookwood High School, Meadowcreek High School, and Parkview High School.


Baseball is available at Berkmar High School.


Joel Griffin - Varsity, Head Coach Trevan Moore - JV Head Coach Kareem Hayes - Varsity Assistant Brian Huard - JV Assistant

2011 Record and Rankings[edit]

Varsity Overall: 1-25-0 League: 0-15-0 National Rank: 11215State (GA) Rank: 246[5] JV: Overall: 0-1-1 League: 0-0-0


Varsity and JV teams are present for both girls and boys at Berkmar High School.


Boys Coaches: Greg Phillips - Varsity Head Coach Charlie Parker Justin Zaleski Lloyd Moore

Girls Coaches: Tina Smosny-McGriff - Varsity Head Coach (678-462-4290) Jennifer Crawford - JV Coach Lee J Kirkpatrick - 9th Grade Coach

2011 Record & Rankings[edit]

Overall: 21-6-0 League: 13-2-0 National Rank: 1477; State (GA) Rank: 29[6]

Girls Basketball:[7] Overall: 4-10-0; League: 3-5-0; National Rank: 9344; State(GA) Rank: 294.


State championships(2000, 2001).[8]



Ashley DiBacco Katie Hicks

Cross Country[edit]


Boys Coaches Evan Pettyjohn - Head Coach

Girls Coaches Johnathon Sykes - Head Coach



Rating: 7.1 National: 2011-12: 6168 2012-13: 4310 Berkmar's national rank jumped 1,858 positions during the 2012-13 season. State: 2011-12: 238 2012-13: 173 Berkmar's state rank jumped 65 positions during the 2012-13 season. State Division: 2011-12: 52 2012-13: 46

Berkmar's national rank has moved +1858 and their state rank has moved +65. (2012-2013 School Year)

2011 Season[edit]

2011 Overall Record: 1-9 2011 League Record/Finish: 0-8 (9th) 2011 Points For Average: 11.9 2011 Points Against Average: 47 2011 Differential: -35.1

2012 Wins[edit]

Against Meadowcreek (Norcross, GA) (45-6) Berkmar Victory Against Dacula(Dacula, GA) (24-21) Berkmar Victory


Jonathan Sanks - Head Coach Gerald Williams Johnny Burdette Wes French Jason Perry JC Threat Jason Threat Trevan Moore Kynan Forney



Robert Rawson -Head Coach



Boys Coaches Tracy Crouch - Head Coach Jeff Welp William Torres

Girls Coaches Katie Eisner - Head Coach Jennifer Crawford - Head Coach Katie Hicks - JV Head Coach


Berkmar High School is not used to the heights it is seeing this season in boys soccer. The Patriots were 9-1-1 and ranked No. 4 in the state in Class AAAAA. They have defeated soccer heavyweights Brookwood and Parkview in the same season.[10]



Duke Raines - Head Coach Will Azbel Charlie Parker

2011 Record and Rankings[edit]

Overall: 5-6-0 League: 0-1-0 National Rank: 918 State(GA)Rank: 282. Berkmar's national rank moved -156 and their state rank has moved +9.[11]

Swim & Dive[edit]


Erica Porten - Head Coach Polly Mitas -Assistant Coach



Boys Coaches Matt Rosenberger - Head Coach Girls Coaches Jonathan Sykes - Head Coach

In 2012 the Girls Tennis Team advanced to the State Level for the very first time in Berkmar History.

Track & Field[edit]


The mission of the Berkmar Patriots Track Program is to provide an experience that will encourage each athlete to strengthen their competitive spirit and nurture their desire for success on and off the track.[12]


Boys Coaches Gerald Williams - Head Coach Marquis Elmore Girls Coaches Johnny Burdette - Head Coach


2011 Record and Rankings[edit]

Overall: 0-3-0 League: 0-3-0 National Rank: 7985State (GA) Rank: 164.[13] Berkmar's national rank has moved +5 and their state rank has moved -1. JV: Overall: 1-0-0.



Mike Lancaster - Head Coach Marty Bozoian Patrick Mahaffey

Notable alumni[edit]


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 33°54′24″N 84°06′54″W / 33.90658°N 84.11511°W / 33.90658; -84.11511