Duluth High School
|Duluth High School|
|Duluth, Georgia 30096
|Motto||Challenging All to Succeed|
|School district||Gwinnett County Public Schools|
|Color(s)||Purple and Black|
|Region||7 in Class AAAAAA (GHSA)|
|Website||Duluth High School|
Duluth High School is a public secondary school in Duluth, a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, USA. It provides education for grades 9-12 and is operated by Gwinnett County Public Schools, and holds a Blue Ribbon School award. In its 2012 ranking of Georgia Schools, U.S. News & World Report ranked Duluth High School tenth among all public, charter and magnet schools, fourth among all public schools, and first among all Gwinnett county public schools.
Education in Duluth was first mentioned in records around 1880, according to  and was called Duluth Academy. It began with 59 students who were taught mathematics, science, and the classics. The first building was a frame structure on the site of the former Duluth Middle School at 3057 N. Peachtree Street. The land had been donated by Singleton Howell, son of Evan Howell, a successful merchant and farmer. In 1907, the frame building was moved to the front of the lot and replaced by a brick building. The first students graduated in 1912.
In 1933, Duluth was accredited and was housed in one large building and staffed by 12 teachers. The school property was valued at $35,000. Competent and trained teachers were used in this school.
In the summer of 1935, lightning struck the steeple of the school and fire destroyed the building. Classes were held temporarily in the old Baptist and Methodist churches while a new building could be constructed. Until 1938, the school included only grades 1 through 11. 12th grade was added in 1954.
A bond issue in 1955 provided $659,000 to be added to $1,807,000 of state funds to erect these four high school buildings: Central Gwinnett in Lawrenceville, South Gwinnett in Snellville, West Gwinnett in Norcross, and North Gwinnett in Suwanee. Included in the building of these high schools were Hooper-Renwick Elementary, Sugar Hill Elementary, Harmony Elementary and Hull Elementary. From these same funds, additions were added to Dacula, Lilburn, Duluth, Centerville, Norcross, Snellville, Grayson, Bethesda, and Suwanee schools.
In the school year of 1957–58, Duluth High School, as such, ceased to exist for the secondary-level (grades 8-12) students. The Duluth High School students were consolidated into a school called West Gwinnett High School in Norcross. The school was located so far from Duluth that parents of many of the students were most unhappy. They demonstrated their displeasure by campaigning for the recreation of a high school in the Duluth vicinity.
The strong parental influence was heard as the people of Gwinnett County voted for a school bond and construction program to begin on a school to be located on Brock Road. Duluth High School would once again be in existence. Before Christmas in 1958, the high school students attended classes at Duluth Elementary School, while awaiting the completion of their new building.
Duluth High School, home of the Duluth Wildcats, is now located at 3737 Brock Road, N. W., Duluth. When the recreated Duluth High School was opened for attendance in 1958, the building consisted of 12 classrooms and an enrollment of 200. The faculty consisted of 10 teachers, as compared to the 150 employed in 2006.
1960s and 1970s
Purple and white were chosen as the colors and the wildcat was chosen as a mascot.
In 1962, the original gymnasium was completed on donated land and the school buildings were further extended from 12 to 16 rooms in 1963, and to 18 in 1967, and a vocational building was added in 1971.
New football stands were constructed in 1966, and the Lion’s Club donated money for tennis courts to be built in 1967 and a new football field house in the spring of 1969. A new vocational building was completed 1970, housing an expanded home economics department, library, and industrial arts department.
In 1985 a 5,000-seat stadium was opened and named after Tim Maxwell, the first Duluth resident to be killed in World War II. In 1986, new additions and renovations included a 300-seat theater, four science laboratories, a choral suite, new art facilities, expanded band room, media center, a new cafeteria, and 24 new classrooms.
Enrollment grew to approximately 1,200. More courses were offered including fine arts, foreign languages, gifted, AP/joint enrollment, debate, and computer programs. The Guidance Department, begun in 1968, increased to a full-time staff of three. In 1984, a “Project Twin City” was conceived to enable cultural exchange between six students from Duluth, Georgia and Duluth, Minnesota.
In 1969, 1971, and 1972, the football team claimed regional championships with North Georgia championships won in 1973, 1975, and 1980. A larger gym was completed in 1989. The old gym was used for physical education classes, additional a basketball practice, and wrestling. The school continued to expand throughout the 1990s as Gwinnett County grew and received National School of Excellence status in 1991, and in 1992 was recognized by Redbook Magazine as one of the “Nation’s Best 140 Schools”.
The 500 Building opened in the fall of 1997 with a media center, a main office, and classrooms for Science, Language Arts, and Mathematics. By school year 1998–99, enrollment had reached 2,155.
A new field house with weight room, coach’s offices, media room, and locker rooms was completed in 2001. A stadium with new home stands and track was completed for the opening of the fall football season in 2002. The press box was named for “the voice of the Wildcats,” State Representative Brooks Coleman. The old gymnasium built in 1962 was connected to a large new gym with indoor walking track, exercise room, coach’s offices, and physical education classrooms. In 2003, the new gym was dedicated and named for former Duluth basketball coach and athletic director, Joe Marelle and was officially opened for 2003 basketball season.
Duluth’s enrollment reached 2,620 in the 2002–03 school year. As construction began on the new 600 building, 54 temporary classrooms filled every empty space on the campus. Approximately 1,000 students would be transferred to the new Peachtree Ridge High School in nearby Suwanee in the fall of 2003. Enrollment increased again to approximately 2,000 by 2005.
By the opening of this 2005–06 school year, the campus of Duluth High was brand new. The cafeteria was expanded and was flanked by landscaped courtyards featuring a circular bricked entrance to the new 600 building. The 400 Fine Arts building features a refurbished and enlarged choral room, band and orchestra rooms, and art facilities. The 300 Technology Building houses updated multimedia and computer labs. The four story 600 Building includes the new Main office, a 600-seat theater, and 60-plus classrooms for Science, Social Studies, Foreign Language and Special Education. In 2004 and 2005, Duluth students earned Hope Scholarship grants, and the success of the Advanced Placement program resulted in Duluth receiving the 2005 "Siemens Award for Advanced Placement for Georgia" bestowed by the College Board to schools showing excellence in Math and Science.
Student extracurricular clubs and activities continued to be recognized locally and nationally. State championships in Girl’s Softball and Competitive Cheerleading (two), along with championship soccer keep Duluth’s athletes in the news. The 2005 and 2010 National Geography Champion came from Duluth. Duluth’s Orchestra was ranked the #1 public high school orchestra at the 2005 National Orchestra festival in Reno, Nevada. Duluth’s musicians and choral students hold seats in state orchestras and choirs.
In 2010, the 600 building was changed into the "Freshman Academy" (abolished promptly two years later) in which all freshman have their core classes of World Geography, Algebra I, Language Arts, and Biology classes in this building. Still, sophomores, juniors, and seniors have classes in these buildings. In 2012, the social studies department moved all of their classes onto the second floor of the 600 building.
In May 2012 Joe Marelle, a teacher, coach, and former athletic director at Duluth High School for over 30 years retired.
Principal Jason Lane's last day was on December 1, 2012, He was appointed the principal at Mill Creek High School in northern Gwinnett County. Ronnie Ford was assigned as the interim principal of Duluth High School until a permanent principal is assigned.
On December 14, 2012 Anthony Smith, a former math teacher at Mill Creek High School and the Director of Mathematics for Gwinnett County Public Schools was announced as the new principal of Duluth High School.
For the 2005-2006 year, Duluth had an average score of 1593 on the SATs, the second-highest average score in the county. Duluth High has also been selected as the recipient of the 2005-06 Siemens Award for Advanced Placement in Georgia based on its performance and participation in the disciplines of math, science, and technology.
Duluth High School currently competes in the states largest and most competitive region (7-AAAAAA). Duluth High School has two rivalries with Norcross High School and Peachtree Ridge High School. The Duluth-Norcross rivalry is one of the oldest in Gwinnett County.
The school has won three state titles in competition cheerleading (2004, 2005, 2007) and has been past state champions or finalists in softball (1999 champions), baseball (1951 champions, 1995 runner-up), football (1973, 1975, 1980 runner-up), boys' soccer (2003 runner-up), and boys' swimming (1998 and 1999 runner-up).
The CLAW Squad (Competition Cheerleaders) was named 2007 Team of the Year by the Georgia Cheerleading Coaches Association and 2007 National Team of the Year. They also won the 2007 Georgia High School Sports Association's CO-ED Cheerleading State title, for the third time in the past 5 years.
In the 2010-2011 school year, Duluth High School's varsity football team accomplished a 4-6 record for the season, a major improvement from the 2009 season in which they had a 1-9 record. The 4-6 record was repeated in the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
During the 2012-2013 basketball season, the Duluth boys completed their first regular season with a winning record (13-12) since 1998.
The Duluth High School Chamber Orchestra was ranked third in nation after performing at the 2007 National Orchestra Festival in Detroit, Michigan. The Duluth High School Band program consists of two performing ensembles: The Symphonic Concert Band plays throughout the school year, and the Wildcat Marching Band & Color Guard, which perform at DHS home and away football games and local Marching Band competitions.
Since 2003 the Duluth High School Choirs have received the highest honor at L.G.P.E.[clarification needed] at Festival, also called L.G.P.E., every year. In 2007, the Duluth High School Advanced Women's Ensemble (AWE) was chosen to perform at the annual GMEA[clarification needed] convention in Savannah, Georgia.
Clubs & Activities
Some of the clubs and extracurricular activities offered at Duluth include:
- Academic Team
- B.E.S.T. Club
- Beta Club
- Beyond Words
- Chess Club
- Debate Team
- Diamond In The Rough
- Drama Club
- Environmental Club
- Epiphany (Literary and Art Magazine)
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
- Fencing Club
- Fiddle Club
- French Club
- Future Educators of America (FEA)
- Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
- Habitat for Humanity
- Helping Hands Club
- Interact Club
- Japanese Club
- Key Club
- Korean Community Club
- Math Team
- Mock Trial
- Model United Nations
- National German Honor Society
- National Honor Society
- Pay It Forward
- Red Cross Club
- Robotics Club
- Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
- Science Olympiad
- Spanish Club
- Student Council
- Table Tennis Club
- Tae Kwon Do
- Tri-M Music Honor Society
- Ultimate Frisbee Club
- Young Republicans
The Duluth High School campus is among the largest in Gwinnett County. It has eight buildings which are: The Joe Marelle Gymnasium, The Old Gym, The 100 Building, 200 Building, 300 Building, 400 Building, 500 Building, and the 600 Building. The 100 Building houses Physics and the NJROTC, along with the curriculum office on the first floor, and the Cafeteria on the lower floor. The 200 building is one floor, housing the athletic office, and foreign language classrooms. The 300 Building is home to Home Economics and Technology classrooms, along with the counseling office. The 400 (Fine Arts) Building houses the Orchestra, Chorus, and Band Rooms. The 500 Building houses many junior and senior classes, along with the Library on the top floor. The 600 Building houses many freshmen and sophomore classes, along with the auditorium, main and attendance offices, and the main entrance. The Building is the tallest on campus, with four floors. The Joe Marelle Gymnasium is two floors, and is a large gym with the entrance on the second floor. The Old Gym is two floors and is connected to The Joe Marelle Gym. The Joe Marelle Gym, The Old Gym, and Cecil Morris Football Field are split off from the 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, and 600 buildings by the bus lane. Behind the two gyms are the student parking lots. There is a junior lot and a senior lot, the largest being the senior lot. Behind the baseball field is the two-dollar parking lot open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are willing to pay two dollars a day to park. The teacher parking lots are adjacent to the 600 building and in front of the 500, 300, and 100 buildings. There are three student, and two teacher parking lots.
Schools that provide students for Duluth High School include Berkeley Lake Elementary, Chattahoochee Elementary, Charles Brant Chesney Elementary, B.B. Harris Elementary, and Duluth Middle School.
- Nick Green (Boston Red Sox infielder)
- Brian McCann (Atlanta Braves catcher)
- George Rogers (1980 Heisman Trophy winner)
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