Douglass High School (Atlanta)
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|Frederick Douglass High School|
|Motto||If there is no struggle, there is no progress|
|School district||Atlanta Public Schools|
|Principal||Dr. Eldrick Horton|
|Color(s)||Black and Old Gold
|Nickname||Douglass, Doug, 'Stros, The Big D|
|Newspaper||The North Star|
|Distinctions||A Georgia School of Excellence|
|Website||Douglass High School|
Since 1968, Frederick Douglass High School has served the communities of Historic Collier Heights, Peyton Forest, Cascade Heights and Center Hill and the city of Atlanta. Atlanta Public Schools established Douglass High School to relieve overcrowding at nearby Harper, Turner and West Fulton High Schools. All three of these high schools (as well as defunct Archer High School) eventually merged with Douglass.
There are over 1,200 students attending Douglass High School, making it one of the larger high schools in the Atlanta Public School System. From 2002 to 2004 the school was renovated so as to update the main building and add a gymnasium and auditorium. These buildings will honor former principals Lester W. Butts and Samuel L. Hill.
Douglass High School is made up of several small learning communities. The small learning communities are:
- (CFEAT) - Center for Engineering and Applied Technology
- (C&J) - Communications and Journalism
- (HTM) - Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Marketing.
- (B&E) - Center for Business and Entrepreneurship
Elementary schools feeding Douglass are Grove Park, F.L. Stanton, Usher, and White. Middle schools feeding Douglass are Harper-Archer and Kennedy.
Douglass High School competes in the Georgia High School Association Region 6, the state's second highest classification of 4A. The school competes under the mascot of the Astros with colors black and gold.
The sports available for competition are softball, Varsity and Junior Varsity football (losing every game in the 2010 and 2011 seasons), cross Country, Varsity and Junior Varsity girls and boys basketball, track and field, boys and girls soccer, golf, air rifle. All home Varsity football games are played at Lakewood Stadium.
The boys basketball program has won the state championship once (in 1984). However, the team has reached the final four 16 times, (1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1999), and has captured 27 regional championships: (1970–1985, 1987–1991, 1993, 1994, 1999, 2008). They have played in the finals seven times (1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1984, 1991).
Douglass' dominance was achieved under two coaches, Donald Dollar (1971–1991) and Jesse Bonner (1992–2000). The girls basketball team reached their very first state final four in March 2007. The football team has reached the state finals once (1975), but over the last 12 years has been competitive, sending athletes to college on scholarships. They have won five regional championships, (1975, 1978, 1995, 1998, 2004) The school dominated track and field in the early 1990s. The girls track and field team won the state championship title in 1993 and the boys track team won the state crown in 1994. The boys track team also finished 2nd in state in 2008.
Since 1993, the school has been a participant in The Stock Market Game sponsored by the Georgia Council on Economic Education. In spring 2000, it became the first and only predominately black high school in the Atlanta Public School System to win the state championship. Team Coach and Sponsor Jill Dockett Beracki is a graduate of the high school. On May 7, 2010, Douglass' team, led by captain Brandon Dykes, won the National Championship sponsored by the SIFMA Foundation for Investor Education. The five-member team, Ms. Beracki and Dr. Martin of the Georgia Council on Economic Education were flown to Washington, D.C. to attend an awards ceremony at the Capitol. They were honored by Congressman John Lewis. Ms. Beracki had taught at Douglass for 26 years. 
Douglass' Marching Astros Band has competed in the annual Original Battle of The Bands Showcase and in jamborees locally and out of state. They also appear in parades and perform at events including by invitation. V.H. Moody, the former band director, was the longest working band director in Atlanta Public Schools. The current band director is Jovan Burton.
The band has made trips to Philadelphia, Bermuda, Magic City Classic, Orlando to the Florida Classic, Savannah to the nation's 2nd largest St. Patrick's Day parade. They were invited to perform at the New England Patriots halftime show and selected members performed at the Super Bowl XXXIII halftime show. This band has marched in almost every historically black college and university parade. The Percussion section known as DDD (Douglass Deadly Drummers)have been featured on television numerous times, opening show for nationally televised games, and performing for known celebrities and government officials. In 2005, DDD won the First City and State wide Drumline Competition; 1st place in APS and 3rd place in State, bringing home the first cash prize and trophy for a single performance. The Douglass Deadly Drummers recently won a drumline competition against Osborne High School on September 17, 2011.
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