Douglass High School (Atlanta)

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Frederick Douglass High School
DouglasCrest.jpg
Location
Atlanta, Georgia,
USA
Coordinates 33°45′40″N 84°28′05″W / 33.761173°N 84.46813°W / 33.761173; -84.46813Coordinates: 33°45′40″N 84°28′05″W / 33.761173°N 84.46813°W / 33.761173; -84.46813
Information
Type Public
Motto If there is no struggle, there is no progress
Established 1968
School district Atlanta Public Schools
CEEB Code 1110164
Principal Dr. Eldrick Horton
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,300
Campus Urban
Color(s) Black and Old Gold
         
Mascot Astros
Nickname Douglass, Doug, 'Stros, The Big D
Newspaper The North Star
Yearbook Polaris
Information 404-802-3100
Distinctions A Georgia School of Excellence
Website

Frederick Douglass High School is a public school located in northwest Atlanta, Georgia, USA, bordering the Collier Heights and Center Hill communities.

History[edit]

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.[1] These buildings will honor former principals Lester W. Butts and Samuel L. Hill.

Front Entrance

Academics[edit]

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.[2]
  • (B&E) - Center for Business and Entrepreneurship

Feeder patterns[edit]

Elementary schools feeding Douglass are Grove Park, F.L. Stanton, Usher, and White. Middle schools feeding Douglass are Harper-Archer and Kennedy.

Student activities[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Inside the gymnasium
Inside the old gymnasium
Outside the new gymnasium

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.

Other championships[edit]

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. [3]

Marching band[edit]

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.

Notable alumni[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Ricky Byrdsong 1974 Former Northwestern University basketball coach. The Ricky Byrdsong Foundation was started after Byrdsong's death by his wife, Sherialyn Byrdsong. [4]
Ahmad Carroll 2001 Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Orlando Predators, & New York Jets cornerback. [5]
Jason Hill 2005 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football [6]
James Davis 2005 Tailback for the Washington Redskins.
Harold Ellis 1988 Played for the Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets, serves as Atlanta Hawks scout. [7]
Sonny Emory 1980 Musician, composer, producer, and professor. [8]
Milton Campbell 1994 Track Athlete; Record holder for the indoor 4x400 meters relay. [9]
Jarvis Hayes 1999 New Jersey Nets, Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards. [10]
Robert Hicks 1993 Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills. [11]
Jamal Lewis 1997 [Baltimore Ravens] [Cleveland Browns]] [12]
Dexter Scott King 1980 Actor, Documentary Film Maker and Civil Rights Activist. Also the 2nd son of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr [13]
Bernice King 1982 Attorney, author, orator, Minister and Daughter of Dr. King, Jr. [14]
Leslie C. Smith 1982 Major General, United States Army [citation needed]
Kilo Ali Rapper [citation needed]
Killer Mike 1993 Rapper [citation needed]
Lil Jon 1988 Rapper and producer [15]
Finesse Mitchell 1990 Actor, Saturday Night Live 2003-2006 [16]
Mark Miles 1980 Engineer/Entrepreneur, co-founder of MEMS developer Iridigm Corporation, acquired by Qualcomm in 2004 [17]
Chris Morris 1984 New Jersey Nets [18]
Stanley Pritchett 1992 Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins [19]
T.I. 1999 Rapper/actor [20]
Unk 2000 Rapper [citation needed]
Wayne Williams Convicted murderer in the Atlanta Child Murders that occurred between 1979 and 1981. [21]

References

  1. ^ Frederick Douglass High School
  2. ^ at Douglasshighastros.com
  3. ^ Georgia Council on Economic Education, Georgia State University
  4. ^ Staff. "Ex-coach killed, Jews injured as gunman stalks Chicago", The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 4, 1999. Accessed January 14, 2009.
  5. ^ Staff. "GEORGIA RECRUITING NOTEBOOK: Bulldogs waiting for top recruits", The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 28, 2001. Accessed January 14, 2009.
  6. ^ "Jason HIll". Rambling Wreck official website. Retrieved 2006-09-05. 
  7. ^ Staff. "A dual concentration: Pro player's camp puts focus on academics, too", , The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 21, 1997. Accessed January 14, 2009.
  8. ^ News & Events - Yamaha United States
  9. ^ http://www.ghsa.net/files/documents/Constitution/GHSA_RR_1993-1994.pdf
  10. ^ NBA.com: Prospect Profile: Jarvis Hayes
  11. ^ Oscar Dillard All Sports Academy
  12. ^ Zisner, Lynn. "PRO FOOTBALL; Jamal Lewis Charged in Drug Case", The New York Times, February 26, 2004. "At the time of the alleged crime, Lewis, who had graduated from Douglass High School in Atlanta, was waiting to attend his first N.F.L. training camp."
  13. ^ Keeper of the Flame : People.com
  14. ^ Bernice King
  15. ^ Besthoff, Ben (July 27, 2010). "Best Lil Jon quotes". Creative Loafing Atlanta. Retrieved August 2, 2010. 
  16. ^ The Finesse Mitchell Picture Pages
  17. ^ "Qualcomm to Acquire Display Technology Innovator Iridigm". Qualcomm. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  18. ^ Chris Morris Past Stats, Playoff Stats, Statistics, History, and Awards
  19. ^ Stanley Pritchett Past Stats, Statistics, History, and Awards - databaseFootball.com
  20. ^ Hip-hop Heavyweight T.I. Reveals his Early Ambition as a High School Freshman
  21. ^ Breed, Allen G. via Associated Press. "New investigation in Atlanta child killings gives new hope to parents, convicted killer", San Diego Union-Tribune, May 14, 2005. Accessed January 14, 2009.