Brookwood High School (Snellville, Georgia)
|Brookwood High School|
A Tradition of Excellence
|1255 Dogwood Road, Snellville, GA 30078
|School district||Gwinnett County Public Schools|
|Principal||William "Bo" Ford Jr.|
|Color(s)||Maroon and gold|
|Region||8A in Class AAAAAA(GHSA)|
|Website||Brookwood High School|
Brookwood High School is an American public secondary school in Snellville, Georgia with a student body of 3,421. Brookwood serves several areas of Gwinnett County, Georgia, including Snellville, Lawrenceville, and Lilburn.
- 1 General Information
- 2 History
- 3 Athletics
- 4 Fine arts and clubs
- 5 Feeder schools
- 6 Notable alumni
- 7 References
- 8 External links
School hours are 7:24am to 2:10 pm. Students arrive on over 40 different buses at 6:55 each morning. Every Tuesday and Thursday, students have "Extended Lunch," in which they have one hour for lunch rather than a thirty minute study hall (called guided study) and a thirty minute lunch.
Planning for Brookwood High School was started in 1977 to lessen the overcrowding of nearby South Gwinnett High School and Parkview High School. A committee of educators from Gwinnett County met to create and discuss specifications for the facility. The school officially opened in 1981 under principal Emmett Lawson.
The school derived its name from its location on the intersection of Holly Brook Road (now Webb Gin House Road) and Dogwood Road. A committee of three students selected the school mascot and the colors of maroon and gold, which were based upon the colors of Florida State University. The original school mascot had a horseshoe around the bronco, which was later removed. The original mascot was a drawing of an entire bronco, but the current logo uses only a bronco's head. The runner-up mascot choice was the Bruins, and the second place color scheme was baby blue and gold.
All but one Brookwood Cluster Schools were recognized by the Governor Sonny Perdue for outstanding academic achievement in 2010. Brookwood hosted GOP Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney on March 4, 2012 ahead of the Georgia Primary.
Brookwood boys have won state championships in football 1996 and 2010, in hockey in 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013. The cross country team won state championships in 2001-2003, 2009-2011, and 2013. Boys swimming were state champions in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Boys soccer won the state championship in 2001,2004, and 2014; while the boys tennis team won in 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2011, 2013, and 2014. The baseball team has also won two championships, in 1986 and 2008. Boys track won the state championship in 2010 and 2012.
Brookwood girls have also won championships in cross country (1985, 1989, 1990, 1991 and 2012) as has the soccer team in 1998 and 2003. In addition, the tennis team won the state championship in 2000, as did the softball team in 1991. Finally, the girls track team has won five state championships, in 1985, 1990, 1991, 1992, and 1994.
There are a few "club sports" (unofficial school sports) at Brookwood. One of these is the Brookwood's Ultimate Frisbee team, the Inferno. These teams do compete against other high schools and in tournaments.
Fine arts and clubs
Brookwood High offers activities including dance, theatre, a band program, and a full orchestra.
Student Government Association
SGA, or the Student Government Association is by far the largest club at Brookwood. With nearly 450 members, SGA organizes and coordinates many extra- and co-curricular activities. SGA's responsibilities include: decoration for homecoming, community service, school improvement, the homecoming parade, and much more.
Literary and debate
In 1998–99 Brookwood finished first at the state One-Act Competition with their production of The 1940s Radio Hour. The same cast went on to perform at the International Thespian Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska that summer.
The Dance Department performs two shows a year. The recent dance is the "Dance with Dragons". In this performance, the Dragon Queen conquers the city of Meereen and decides to stay and rule the city to hone her leadership skills. The performance also focuses on a young girl of noble birth who decides to join an order of assassins.
The school's band program consists of four separate bands. In increasing order of ability, these bands are the Maroon and Gold Band (which rehearse in separate classes- "maroon" and "gold"), Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Symphonic Winds, as well as the Brookwood High School Marching Band (which contains about 250-300 students, including guard and auxiliaries), with the entire program containing around 400 students.
The schools's orchestra program consists of five separate orchestras. In increasing order of ability, these orchestras ate: Maroon and Gold (which, like the band, rehearses in two separate class periods), Concert Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra, Symphonic Strings, and Philharmonic.
Jazz and Music Tech
The school's jazz program has grown to three full bands. There is also a Music Technology program featuring three introductory classes and an advanced class. The classroom has 25 iMac stations for MIDI music composition, using mainly the GarageBand, Reason and Logic programs. One station is set up as a mini-recording studio.
The Brookwood High student paper is titled The Sentinel and features school, political, and entertainment articles.
The yearbook, also student-run, is called Cayuse. A literature club produces a yearly magazine, Pegasus, which is released alongside the yearbook. The magazine features short stories, essays, songs, and poetry written and submitted by current students.
Brookwood High School's Science Olympiad team has won the 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013 Georgia State Championships.
Brookwood is the high school of the Brookwood cluster, a group of schools which feed into one primary high school for an area in Gwinnett County. The middle schools that feed into Brookwood are Alton C. Crews Middle School and Five Forks Middle School.
- Jason Bulger- MLB pitcher
- Rennie Curran – college football linebacker for the University of Georgia; drafted by the Tennessee Titans (3rd Round—97th overall) in the 2010 NFL. Currently linebacker for the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL.
- Jason Elam – retired NFL placekicker; played for the Atlanta Falcons and the Denver Broncos; He is tied with Tom Dempsey for the second-longest field goal in NFL history (63 yards)
- Jennifer Ferrin – Daytime Emmy-nominated actress, As the World Turns, 2003–06
- Stephon Heyer – NFL lineman for Washington Redskins
- Michael Kelly – actor, The Sopranos, The Changeling, Person of Interest (TV series) and House of Cards (U.S. TV series)
- Jackson Pearce – author of As You Wish, Sisters Red, Sweetly, Purity, Fathomless, Cold Spell, Tsarina, and The Doublecross.
- Amy Robach – anchor, ABC's Good Morning America
- Amanda Weir – American Olympic swimmer. Two-time silver medalist in the 2004 Olympic Games. American record holder in the Women's 100m Freestyle
- Mansfield Wrotto – college football lineman for Georgia Tech. NFL lineman for the Seattle Seahawks
- "GHSA Literary Champions". Georgia High School Association. Retrieved 2011-01-22.
- "GHSA Debate Champions". Georgia High School Association. Retrieved 2011-01-22.
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