Clarke Central High School

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Clarke Central High School
350 S. Milledge Avenue
Athens, GA, 30605

United States
Coordinates 33°57′04″N 83°23′24″W / 33.950985°N 83.389921°W / 33.950985; -83.389921Coordinates: 33°57′04″N 83°23′24″W / 33.950985°N 83.389921°W / 33.950985; -83.389921
Type Public high school
Established 1971[1]
School district Clarke County School District
Principal Dr. Robbie P. Hooker
Faculty 87
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,425
Student to teacher ratio 16.6
Campus type Day school
Color(s) Red and gold
Athletics 14 sports
Athletics conference Georgia High School Association, class AAAAA, Region 8
Nickname Gladiators
Publication Odyssey Newsmagazine
Yearbook Gladius

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.[citation needed]

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. Most recently, a modern three-story classroom and lab addition opened in 2006. Other recent improvements include a new gymnasium, theater and food court.

As of 2013, the school is on a 7-period rotating schedule with students completing 7 credits per year.


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 scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test.

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.[2]

In 2012, Clarke Central was named an AP Science, Technology, Electronics and Mathematics Honor School by the Georgia Department of Education. It was also 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.

Academic statistics[edit]

Fall Spring
Year Freshman class enrollment Number of graduates Graduation rate Average SAT score Average ACT score
2006 468[3] 215[4] 62.3%[4] 1496[5] 20.1[6]
2007 521[3] 215[7] 63.6%[7] 1422[5] 18.6[6]
2008 521[3] 244[7] 69.3%[8] 1386[9] 18.1[10]
2009 406[11] 248[12] 68.7%[8] 1434[13] 20.2[14]
2010 233[15] 70.4%[15]


Athletics teams at Clarke Central High School are known as the Gladiators. The current head football coach, Ahren Self, played Defensive Back for The Citadel from 1991 - 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.[16] 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[edit]

Fall sports Winter sports Spring sports
Name Sport Name Sport Name Sport
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[edit]

Year Sport Notes
1971 Cross Country (Men)
1971 Golf (Men)
1976 Cross Country (Men)
1977 Football
1979 Football
1984 Tennis (Men)
1984 Track (Men)
1985 Football
1987 Tennis (Men) tied with Riverwood
1988 Tennis tied with Dunwoody
1999 Soccer (men)
2011 Track (men)

Outstanding athletes[edit]

[citation needed]

Graduating class Name Sport Awards College/University Notes
2011 Martay Mattox Football Athletic scholarship South Carolina Gamecocks
2011 Alan Posey Football Athletic scholarship Tennessee Volunteers
2011 Jordan Pierce Football Athletic Scholarship Air Force Falcons

Student life[edit]

Fine arts organizations[edit]

Literary organizations[edit]

The school's yearbook, the Gladius is an all color annual. The book is 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, 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.

Occupational organizations[edit]

Student organizations[edit]


Grade American Indian/Alaskan Native Asian Black or African American Hispanic Multi-Racial Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander White/Caucasian
09 0.00% 1.27% 60.59% 18.43% 1.91% 0.00% 17.80%
10 0.00% 1.52% 56.85% 16.75% 3.30% 0.25% 21.07%
11 0.00% 1.93% 52.62% 20.66% 4.41% 0.00% 20.39%
12 0.36% 1.07% 56.94% 16.01% 4.63% 0.00% 21.00%
Total 0.07% 1.46% 57.02% 18.08% 3.38% 0.07% 19.87%

These statistics were current as of August 25, 2010.[17]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ Clarke Central High School: Celebrating Excellence. (2010). Clarke County School District. Accessed 9-24-2010.
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  4. ^ a b 2007 AYP. (2007). "Georgia Department of Education". Accessed 9-25-2010.
  5. ^ a b Average SAT Scores. (2006-2007). "Georgia Department of Education". Accessed 9-25-2010.
  6. ^ a b Average ACT Scores. (2006-2007). "Georgia Department of Education". Accessed 9-25-2010.
  7. ^ a b c 2008 AYP. (2008). "Georgia Department of Education". Accessed 9-25-2010.
  8. ^ a b Graduation Rate by School. (September 30, 2009). "Georgia Department of Education". Accessed 9-25-2010.
  9. ^ Average SAT Scores. (2007-2008). "Georgia Department of Education". Accessed 9-25-2010.
  10. ^ Average ACT Scores. (2007-2008). "Georgia Department of Education". Accessed 9-25-2010.
  11. ^ Enrollment by Grade Level (PK-12). (March 4, 2010). "Georgia Department of Education". Accessed 9-25-2010.
  12. ^ 2009 AYP. (2009). "Georgia Department of Education". Accessed 9-25-2010.
  13. ^ Average SAT Scores. (2008-2009). "Georgia Department of Education". Accessed 9-25-2010.
  14. ^ Average ACT Scores. (2008-2009). "Georgia Department of Education". Accessed 9-25-2010.
  15. ^ a b 2010 AYP. (July 19, 2010). "Georgia Department of Education". Accessed 9-25-2010.
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  17. ^ Facts & Figures. August 25, 2010. "Clarke County School District". Accessed 9-25-2010.
  18. ^ Frank Bush, database Football. Accessed January 17, 2008.
  19. ^ Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp. (2010). "Georgia Secretary of State". Accessed 09-24-2010.
  20. ^ "A Team of Destiny". October 14, 2005. Athens Banner-Herald. Accessed November 27, 2007.
  21. ^ “Housewives” Kandi Burruss, Phaedra Parks, Sheree Whitfield hit the gym - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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