Chamblee Charter High School

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Chamblee Charter High School
3688 Chamblee Dunwoody Road
Chamblee, Georgia, United States
Coordinates 33°53′54″N 84°18′23″W / 33.898256°N 84.306307°W / 33.898256; -84.306307Coordinates: 33°53′54″N 84°18′23″W / 33.898256°N 84.306307°W / 33.898256; -84.306307
Type Public High School
Established 1917
Principal Rochelle Lowery
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,604
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Blue and gold         
Mascot Bulldogs
Graduation Day 2010

Chamblee Charter High School is a public secondary school located in Chamblee, Georgia which serves 1512 students from ninth to twelfth grades as of the 2010-2011 school year and is the second oldest high school of the DeKalb County School System, opening in the year 1917.[1] Chamblee's current principal is Rochelle Lowery.

Chamblee is a magnet school and therefore accepts students from all of Dekalb County as well as from its local district. Chamblee has been named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 1996[2] and is one of 27% of schools in Dekalb to make the AYP of the No Child Left Behind Act.[3] CHS was ranked 215 out of 1500 best public high schools by Newsweek magazine.[4] Their student's SAT scores are ranked first in Dekalb County and sixth in the state of Georgia.[5]

However, adjusting for differences in demographics, Chamblee High School has the highest SAT scores of all Atlanta-metro schools (including Cobb, Gwinnett, Forsyth, etc.). Its 84th-percentile ranking is far superior to Walton (73rd percentile) and other suburban counterparts. Their student body also has one of the highest acceptance rates to tier 1 colleges and universities in the state of Georgia.[6]

This school offers a variety of extracurricular activities, courses, and sports. There are elective performing art classes which are fostered by performances. CCHS has 22 offered AP courses, the most of any high school in Dekalb County, and was named an AP Honor School in 2011 for every category in which it was eligible.[7]

On December 17, 2012, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools announced that it had downgraded the DeKalb County Schools System's status from "on advisement" to "on probation" and warned the school system that the loss of their accreditation was "imminent".[8]


  • Prior to 1917: Chamblee High School and Chamblee Elementary School are housed in a single building on the present site of the First Baptist Church of Chamblee.
  • 1917: DeKalb County authorizes the purchase of land for the high school on Chamblee Dunwoody road. Construction begins that year.
  • 1919: First classes are held in the partially completed school.
  • 1922: M.E. "Prof" Smith is named principal. He will serve as principal for 35 years.
  • 1924: Ten classrooms and DeKalb County's first gymnasium are added to the campus.
  • 1928: A home economics building is added to the campus.
  • 1934: Depression-era WPA funding allows Chamblee High School to add eight new classrooms, a new gymnasium, a canning plant and a machine shop. The school becomes the first in DeKalb County to be accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • December 8, 1941: the entire campus burns to the ground after fire breaks out. Classes are relocated to the area hospitals and Baptist and Methodist churches.
  • December 1942: the high school is rebuilt and classes resume on campus.
  • 1950: A lighted general athletic field is built for football and baseball games.
  • 1962: North DeKalb Stadium opens next door to Chamblee High School.
  • 1964: The school is remodeled, adding 19 classrooms and five laboratories.
  • 1966: The new basketball gymnasium, chorus rooms, band rooms and swimming pool are added.
  • 1970: The old basketball gymnasium and home economics building are demolished. A new cafeteria is built on the site.
  • 1973: The old 1942 classrooms are demolished and a new administration building and library are built.
  • 1991: The first magnet class enters Chamblee High School.
  • 1994: Chamblee High was named a National School of Excellence.
  • 2001: Chamblee High was named a State School of Excellence.
  • 2001: Chamblee High became a charter school.
  • 2011: Senior and Sophomore halls torn down for rebuilding of new school.
  • December 20, 2013: Demolition of the remaining old building starts.
  • January 7, 2014: First day of school in the new academic building.


Chamblee High School's main building was last renovated in 1971 and is being pushed fifty percent beyond maximum capacity. In the 2010-2011 school year, an additional 108 students would be added to the school under the NCLB, but due to insufficient space, DeKalb diverted these students to an annex of the school as allowed by the NCLB. These transferred students are in direct violation of Chamblee's charter, as not all of them meet its requirements but was ignored by the DCSS.[9][10][11] The school is also adjacent to North Dekalb Stadium and is used by many of the sports teams and local schools.

The DCSS board has approved construction of a new facility due to the poor conditions of CHS's current facility such as vermin and insect infestations, mold, and inability to renovate. This new facility will use $58 million in federal stimulus bonds as well as $11 million already set aside by the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.[12] Construction of the new 250,000-square-foot (23,000 m2) facility began in June 2011 and was to be completed by May 2013.[13] The new completion date is August, 2014.


The Chamblee Bulldogs participate in baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, volleyball and wrestling. The varsity football team plays their home games at North DeKalb Stadium in Chamblee.

State championships[edit]


  • Boys Track: 1954, 1960, 1964
  • Wrestling: 1974, 1979
  • Boys Tennis: 1998
  • Girls Cross Country: 1981
  • Boys Cross Country: 1986
  • Boys Soccer: 2008
  • Cheerleading: 2007, 2008, 2009


  • TEAMS (academic competition): 2009, 2010
  • P.A.G.E. Academic Bowl: 1994, 2011
  • Science Olympiad: 1997, 1998
  • Math Team: 2003
  • We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution: 1995, 1996, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2012
  • Chess: 2006, 2007
  • GearGrinders FIRST Robotics Team: 2006
  • Debate 2006, 2007
  • Odyssey of the Mind: 2004, 2005, 2006

Notable alumni[edit]

Feeder schools[edit]

The following schools feed into Chamblee Charter High School:[19]

  • Ashford Park
  • Huntley Hills
  • Montgomery
  • Kittredge Magnet School
  • Chamblee Middle School


  1. ^ "Chamblee High School". DCSS. Retrieved 7 December 2010. 
  2. ^ Thomas, David. "Riley Names 266 Blue Ribbon Schools". Retrieved 7 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Georgia AYP". AYP. Georgia DOE. Retrieved 7 December 2010. 
  4. ^ Dominey, Kyle. "Four schools among best in nation". Retrieved 7 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Georgia SAT Scores". AJC. Retrieved 7 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "Demographic SAT Scores". 
  7. ^ "Chamblee High named AP honor school". Reporter Newspapers. 
  8. ^ ""DeKalb school district in 'conflict and crisis,' put on probation by accreditation agency."." The Atlanta Journal and Constitution. December 17, 2012. Retrieved on December 19, 2012.
  9. ^ "A bungle to Chamblee's charter?". Retrieved 7 December 2010. 
  10. ^ "200 Students Forced To School 15 Miles Away". wsbtv. 
  11. ^ "Chamblee pushed over capacity by NCLB transfers". Dunwoody Crier. Retrieved 7 December 2010. 
  12. ^ Love, Gloria. "Dunwoody Neighbor". Retrieved 7 December 2010. 
  13. ^ "Construction of new Chamblee High to begin in June". Reporter Newspapers. 
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