Brookwood High School (Snellville, Georgia)

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Brookwood High School
Brookwood High School (Snellville, Georgia) logo.jpg
...A Tradition of Excellence
Location
1255 Dogwood Road, Snellville, GA 30078
Coordinates 33°53′02″N 84°02′25″W / 33.883764°N 84.04035°W / 33.883764; -84.04035Coordinates: 33°53′02″N 84°02′25″W / 33.883764°N 84.04035°W / 33.883764; -84.04035
Information
Type Public
Established 1981
School district Gwinnett County Public Schools
Principal William "Bo" Ford
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 3,400
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Maroon and gold          
Mascot Bronco
Accreditation SACS
Region 8A in Class AAAAAA(GHSA)
Website

Brookwood High School is an American public secondary school in Snellville, Georgia with a student body of over 3,400. Brookwood serves several areas of Gwinnett County, Georgia, including Lawrenceville and Lilburn.

Layout[edit]

The school is separated into halls A through F:

  • 'A' Hall is primarily for senior core classes, chemistry and physics classes, and foreign language studies.
  • 'B' Hall is primarily for electives such as art, engineering, computing, and others.
  • 'C' Hall is primarily special education classes, as well as some biology, chemistry, math, and foreign language courses.
  • 'D' Hall contains the two gyms, locker rooms, and the dance room.
  • 'E' Hall contains the theatre and almost all sophomore classes,
  • 'F' hall, commonly known as The Dungeon, is for ninth grade classes and computer labs. There are 14 trailer classes outside of the building.
  • There is also a new, two-story addition that was added to the building in 2007 that is called "new A hall" that was meant to decrease the number of trailers crowding the front of the building, but the back and sides of the building are still surrounded by trailer classrooms.

History[edit]

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 Brookwood school song and fight song were selected by Brookwood's first band director, the late Stewart Hughes. Both songs were based upon the songs from Tucker High School. The fight song also happens to be that 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.

The school has added a two-story addition, which opened in 1997. Due to continued growth, the school added another two-story addition, which opened in 2006. A music hall with new acoustic, high-ceiling band and orchestra rooms was also added in 2006.

Brookwood has a tradition of academic excellence, having received the highest standardized test scores of all public, non-charter schools in Gwinnett County for several consecutive years.

By USNews rankings, Brookwood is not recognized as a ranked state or national school, despite meeting every criteria for being awarded as a national gold medal high school. In fact, by the metrics and rankings created and used by USNews itself, Brookwood would be considered the 8th best school in the state of Georgia, and the 404th best high school in the country (based on 2013 figures). It is important to note, that this ranking would move Parkview, Brookwood's traditional primary rival, from 10th to 11th.

All but one Brookwood Cluster Schools were recognized by the Governor Sonny Perdue for outstanding academic achievement in 2010.[citation needed] Brookwood hosted GOP Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney on March 4, 2012 ahead of the Georgia Primary.

Athletics[edit]

Varsity sports include:

Boys[edit]

Football (2010 AAAAA State Champs, 1996 AAAA State Champs)[1] (1988, 2002, 2005 State Runner-Up) (9x Region Champs, including two 3-peats), Ice Hockey (2008,2009,2011,2012,2013 State Champions) Cross Country (currently ranked #1 in the Southeast; 1989, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998 AAAA State Champs; 2001, 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2011 AAAAA State Champs,[2] 2009 Nike Cross Nationals Southeast Regional Champions, 2009 Nike Cross Nationals 18th place finish, 2010 Nike Cross Nationals Southeast Regional Runner-Up, 2010 Nike Cross Nationals 22nd place finish), basketball, wrestling, swimming (2008, 2009, 2010 AAAAA State Champs),[3] soccer (2001, 2004 AAAAA State Champs), tennis (1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000 AAAA State Champs, 2011 AAAAA State Champs, 2013 AAAAAA State Champs), baseball (2008 AAAAA State Champs, 1986 AAAA State Champs,) and track (2010, 2012 AAAAA State Champs and runner-up National Champs),[4][5][6] Golf

Girls[edit]

Cross country (1985, 1989, 1990, 1991 AAAA State Champs; 2012 AAAAAA State Champs),[7] cheerleading (football, basketball, and competition), basketball, swimming (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2012 AAAAA State Champs),[3] soccer (1998 AAAA State Champs; 2003 AAAAA State Champs), tennis (2000 AAAA State Champs),[8] softball (1991 Slow Pitch AAAA State Champs), volleyball, track (1985, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994 AAAA State Champs).,[9] Golf (4th place finish 2013 State Championship),[10]

Co-educational[edit]

hockey, lacrosse, rugby, and fencing are available.

Rivals[edit]

Brookwood's traditional rivals are Parkview High School and South Gwinnett High School (the schools who were broken up to form the majority of what is now Brookwood's area). In recent years, Grayson High School (formed to prevent Brookwood and South Gwinnett from growing too large) has continued to grow and develop both academically and in their athletic programs, and having finally reached the level where Brookwood and Parkview once stood alone, they have become more of a rival. Also contributing to this new rivalry is that Brookwood was so dominant in football from 2005-2010, finishing as regional champions three consecutive years (2005, 2006, 2007) and making two state title appearances (2005, 2010), winning one (2010). Grayson is enjoying their own success right now after spending several years as a bottom-dweller, so naturally the two schools have become rivals. Brookwood at one point also considered Central Gwinnett High School and North Gwinnett High School as rivals, however Central has declined in recent years and North is not in the same region.

Fine arts and clubs[edit]

Brookwood High offers activities including dance, theatre, a band program, and a full orchestra.

Literary and debate[edit]

Brookwood was the 1999 AAAA State Literary Champion,[11] and the 2006 AAAAA State Debate Champion.[12]

Theatre[edit]

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.

In 2001 Brookwood finished second at the state One-Act Competition with The Robber Bridegroom, a production they would return to in 2008 to take third at the regional One-Act Competition. In 2005 Brookwood finished second at the state One-Act Competition with their production of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods. In 2006, Brookwood placed third at the regional One-Act Competition with Jekyll and Hyde. In 2007, Brookwood finished 3rd at the regional One-Act Competition with Grease. In 2009 Brookwood finished fourth in the regional One-Act Competition with Thoroughly Modern Millie. In 2010, Brookwood placed first at the regional One-Act Competition and 4th at the state One-Act Competition with "Godspell". In February 2011 the same cast went on to perform at the Georgia Thespian Conference. The following year, in 2011, Brookwood once again placed first at the regional One-Act Competition and placed fourth at the state One-Act Competition with another production of Into the Woods.

Dance[edit]

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.

Music[edit]

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. Up until 2006, the band rehearsed in what is now the dance room but moved when a much larger addition for new band and orchestra rooms was built on the far side of the F Hall closest to the teacher parking lot. The band has a record of excellence, with the top bands consistently scoring top marks at performance evaluations, the marching band finishing in the top two at nearly every competition they enter, and the Symphonic Winds and the marching band being invited to perform special events on several occasions. The marching band is sometimes referred to as the 'Red Devils' by the other bands in Gwinnett because of their size, volume, and success.

Jazz and Music Tech[edit]

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.

School publications[edit]

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.

Science Olympiad[edit]

Brookwood High School's Science Olympiad team has won the 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013 Georgia State Championships.

Reader's Rally[edit]

Brookwood High School's Reader's Rally was the runner up when competing with Sweetwater Middle and first place of the Gwinnett County schools in 2010.

Feeder schools[edit]

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.

Notable alumni[edit]

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