Clarke Central High School
|Clarke Central High School|
|350 S. Milledge Avenue
Athens, GA, 30605
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Clarke County School District|
|Principal||Dr. Robbie P. Hooker|
|Student to teacher ratio||16.6|
|Campus type||Day school|
|Color(s)||Red and gold|
|Athletics conference||Georgia High School Association, class AAAAA, Region 8|
Clarke Central High School (CCHS) is located in Athens, Georgia. The school was created in 1970 by the merger of two high schools, Athens High School and Burney-Harris High School, as a result of desegregation.
CCHS is in the Clarke County School District and is one of two traditional high schools in the district; the other is Cedar Shoals High School. The two schools have a rivalry known as the Classic City Championship.
Located in the heart of the city, CCHS's original building opened in 1952. Since then, the school has seen several renovations and additions. A modern three-story classroom and lab addition opened in 2006. Other improvements include a new gymnasium, theater, and food court.
As of 2013, the school is on a seven-period rotating schedule with students completing seven credits per year.
- 1 Academics
- 2 Athletics
- 3 Student life
- 4 Demographics
- 5 Notable alumni
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Clarke Central High School's success in improving students' SAT scores earned the school the regional Governor's Cup in 2006 and 2007. The governor's office presents the award each year to schools around the state of Georgia that achieve the greatest gains in average SAT scores.
In 2010, U.S. News and World Report awarded Clarke Central the Silver Medal and ranked the school in the top 3% of high schools nationwide and in the top 11 in the state of Georgia. Newsweek named CCHS one of America's Best Schools and placed it in the 96th percentile of high schools nationwide.
In 2012, Clarke Central was named an AP Science, Technology, Electronics, and Mathematics Honor School by the Georgia Department of Education. It was ranked in the top 11% of high schools nationwide by the Washington Post's High School Challenge.
In 2013, Clarke Central Principal Dr. Robbie P. Hooker was named the Georgia Principal of the Year by the NSSPC.
|Year||Freshman class enrollment||Number of graduates||Graduation rate||Average SAT score||Average ACT score|
Athletics teams at Clarke Central High School are known as the Gladiators.
Head football coach Ahren Self played defensive back for the Citadel from 1991 the 1994. There he was voted "Most Outstanding Defensive Back" following his senior year. In 1992, he was selected as Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Week, as well as South Carolina Defensive Player of the Week. Coach Self was also a member of the team that upset Division I-A Arkansas and won the Southern Conference Championship in 1992.
In 2010, the Gladiators captured the Region 8-AAAA Championship and finished the regular season 10-0. In 2009, the team finished 8-2 in the regular season, appeared in the final round of the state football tournament, and finished #2 in the AP poll.
Coaches by sport/team
|Fall sports||Winter sports||Spring sports|
|Summer Tuggle||Cheerleading||Andre McIntyre||Basketball (Men)||Trey Henson||Baseball|
|Eric Smith||Cross Country (Men)||Carla Johnson||Basketball (Women)||Dinah Posey||Golf|
|Emily Dowd||Cross Country (Women)||Emily Dowd||Swimming and Diving||Chris Aiken||Soccer (Men)|
|Trey Henson||Fast-Pitch Softball||Tim Stoudenmire||Wrestling||Chris Hulse||Soccer (Women)|
|Ahren Self||Football||Stephen Hinson||Tennis|
|Ashlee Wegmann||Volleyball||Christian Norton||Track (Men)|
|Reginald Thomas||Track (Women)|
State championship titles
|1971||Cross Country (Men)|
|1976||Cross Country (Men)|
|1987||Tennis (Men)||tied with Riverwood|
|1988||Tennis||tied with Dunwoody|
Outstanding athletes
Fine arts organizations
The school's yearbook, the Gladius, is an all-color annual,published by Jostens.
The school's literary-art magazine, the Iliad, and the school's newsmagazine, the Odyssey, have won gold medals from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, and top honors from the University of Georgia's Georgia Scholastic Press Association, the National Scholastic Press Association, the Southern Interscholastic Press Association, and the Quill and Scroll Honor Society.
These statistics were current as of August 25, 2010.