Dunwoody High School

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Dunwoody High School
Dunwoody High School Logo - local English Wikipedia copy.jpeg
Personal Responsibility in Developing Excellence (PRIDE)
Location
Dunwoody, Georgia, USA
Coordinates 33°56′44″N 84°18′56″W / 33.945557°N 84.315651°W / 33.945557; -84.315651Coordinates: 33°56′44″N 84°18′56″W / 33.945557°N 84.315651°W / 33.945557; -84.315651
Information
Type Public
Established 1971
Principal Mr. Noel Maloof
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,512
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Red, Navy, White             
Mascot Wildcats
Rival Chamblee Charter High School
Website

Dunwoody High School is a public high school in Dunwoody, an incorporated city in DeKalb County, Georgia, United States. Dunwoody High School also serves students in the unincorporated areas and sections of Doraville.

Dunwoody, with students attending in grades 9-12, follows a four by four block schedule, in which students attend four classes every day for 90 minutes. The school is operated by the DeKalb County School System.

In 1988, Dunwoody merged with another local high school, Peachtree High School. Peachtree became a middle school and Dunwoody remained as the high school. Dunwoody's previous colors were crimson and gold and their mascot was the Wildcats. Peachtree's colors were red, white, and blue and their mascot was the Patriots. As part of a compromise between the two schools during the merger, Dunwoody agreed to change its colors to red, white, and blue while keeping its wildcat mascot. Prior to the merger, Dunwoody High School had an eighth grade, which is now part of Peachtree Middle School.

On December 17, 2012, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools announced that it had downgraded the DeKalb County School System's status from "on advisement" to "on probation" and warned the school system that the loss of their accreditation was "imminent." [1] On January 21, 2014, the association announced that the Dekalb County School System was no longer in danger of losing accreditation. [2]

Feeder schools[edit]

The following elementary schools feed into Dunwoody:

  • Dunwoody Elementary
  • Hightower
  • Kingsley
  • Austin
  • Vanderlyn
  • Chesnut Charter

Peachtree Charter Middle School is Dunwoody's feeder middle school.

Career academies[edit]

Dunwoody High School offers two career academies through the National Academy Foundation program. The academies provide a combination of school-based curricula and work-based experiences, which include paid internships.

  • The Academy of Finance is a two-year program in which students gain specialized preparation in the field of finance while completing their normal course curriculum. Over the course of the program, students are introduced to four segments of business: Entrepreneurship, Marketing, International Business and Personal Finance. Students practice real world activities while preparing marketing plans for products and competing in financial competitions. Business partners from the community visit the class and work with the students. Each year, the academy students visit the New York Mercantile Exchange, the Stock Exchange, and an investment bank to experience how the world’s largest financial center operates.
  • The Academy of Mass Communications is a two-year program which offers students the opportunity to build an educational foundation aimed at a future in the communications industry. The program introduces the students to all facets of the journalism industry (broadcast journalism, print journalism, and speech). Students receive hands-on training in video production with the use of fifteen Final Cut Pro editing systems and have the chance to work on interview techniques and newspaper layout, as well as produce a daily news program shown over the closed circuit television system. Each year, the academy students visit NBC in New York to see first hand how one of the world’s largest broadcasting companies operates. The school gained a new newsroom studio and Apple Mac lab in the spring of 2011.

Achievements[edit]

Debate[edit]

  • The team of Robert Galerstein and Hayley Hopkins received vast national recognition in the 2011-2012 season. Awards include championships at the Wake Forest and Chattahoochee tournaments and finalists at the Emory Barkley Forum.
  • Robert and Hayley reached the finals of the Georgia Varsity State Championship in 2012, making them the most competitively successful team at the high school.
  • In 2010-2011, the first varsity debate team from Dunwoody (Robert Galerstein and Eilidh Geddes) were able to get to elimination rounds of the varsity state tournament and qualify for the Tournament of Champions.

Quiz Bowl[edit]

  • The Dunwoody High School Quiz Bowl team has appeared various times on the television show High-Q broadcast on WSB-TV.
  • In 2013, the Quiz Bowl team also participated in the National Academic Quiz Team Championships conveniently hosted in Atlanta itself.
  • In 2014, the Quiz Bowl team is heading to the National Academic Quiz Team Championships again. This time, the championships will be held in Chicago.

Yearbook[edit]

  • The Dunwoody High School yearbook, Chrysalis, received superior in GSPA for 2008-2009 yearbooks and was ranked number one in the state.

Fine Arts[edit]

  • The DHS band received all superior marks for concert band in 2009, playing grade 5 literature, under the direction of conductor Will Henderson; and in 2010, The Band received 3 Superior ratings and 1 Excellent rating at GMEA Festival for DeKalb County, playing grade 6 literature.
  • The DHS marching band also received Superior ratings at the Dekalb County Marching Exhibition.
  • The DHS orchestra performs every spring at the Georgia Music Educators Association Festival, and every year receives the highest marks. In 2012 the orchestra received a Superior Rating, the highest possible rating, from all judges. Also in 2012, the Dunwoody High School orchestra traveled to Scotland for a week-long performance tour.

In film[edit]

  • Dunwoody High School was used as a filming location for the 2012 sports-drama Trouble with the Curve. For the filming, the dugouts were temporarily repainted from the school colors of red, white and blue to gold and black.[3]

Athletics[edit]

  • The cross country team finished 16th at state, both 6th at region and county for the Fall 2006 season, as well as a 5th place finish at county in 2005.[citation needed]
  • The cross country team finished 7th in 2009 under the coaching of Mike Berry.
  • In 2008, Dunwoody's football team won a region championship over St. Pius. Dunwoody beat St. Pius 20-14 in this championship - the first region championship since 1993.[4]
  • Girls cross country won both the state and region championship in 2012.

State championships[edit]

  • Girls Cross Country - 1st (2012)
  • Football - 1 (1993)
  • The most notable athletic achievement in football was when the team went 15-0 and won the state championship in 1993 under head coach David Kelly. The Wildcats finished the season ranked #4 in the nation. Following this season Kelly left Dunwoody to be an assistant coach at the University of Georgia. After a long college coaching career including stops at Georgia Tech, Stanford and LSU, Kelly resigned from his job at the University of Central Florida because of allegations of NCAA recruiting violations.[5] He is now an assistant coach with the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL.[6]
  • Baseball - 1 (2007)
  • The most notable athletic achievement in baseball was when the team went 34-4 and swept powerhouse Columbus High School on June 1, 2007. [7] This was the DeKalb County's first championship in baseball since defunct Henderson Mill High won in 1974. Final national baseball polls ranked the wildcats as high as #18 in the nation.
  • Basketball - 3 (1995, 2005, 2006)
  • The most notable athletic achievement in boy's basketball was a perfect 30-0 season and state championship in 1995. The basketball team narrowly missed another shot at a perfect season and state title in 2004, losing their only game of the season at the Final Four and finishing 29-1. That team went on to win the And 1 High School national championship in June 2004 and back to back state titles in 2005 and 2006. Two players from those teams played major Division 1 basketball, An'Juan Wilderness, UNC-Charlotte and Zac Swansey, University of Georgia and Tennessee Tech. Four players from the 2007-2008 team that reached the Final Four played major Division 1 basketball, Pierre Jordan, Florida State and Georgia Tech, Delwan Graham, LSU and Jacksonville, Javon McKay, Tennessee Tech and Chris Singleton, a McDonald's All-American, Florida State. The Washington Wizards selected Singleton with the 18th pick in the 2011 NBA draft.
  • Boys Swimming - 4 (1976, 1977, 1978, 1984)
  • Girls Swimming - 6 (1975, 1976, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987)
  • Girls Track - 2 (2003, 2012)
  • Girls Cross Country- 3rd (2011); 1st (2012); 3rd (2013)

-Number one runner in the state Alex Cameron 2012.

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""DeKalb school district in 'conflict and crisis,' put on probation by accreditation agency."." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. December 17, 2012. Retrieved on December 19, 2012.
  2. ^ "[1]." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. January 21, 2014. Revived on May 31, 2014.
  3. ^ Brett, Jennifer. ""Trouble With the Curve" filming in Dunwoody today". ajc.com. Retrieved 8 Feb 2013. 
  4. ^ Dunwoody Wrests Region Title From St. Pius. (2008, November 13). The Georgia Bulletin. Retrieved August 23, 2010, from http://www.georgiabulletin.org/local
  5. ^ Limón Romero, Iliana (July 31, 2012). "Former UCF receivers coach David Kelly 'devastated' by NCAA sanctions". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 8 Feb 2013. 
  6. ^ "Profile: David Kelly". Retrieved 8 Feb 2013. 
  7. ^ "History of DeKalb County Baseball: 33-year state championship drought ends in 2007". DeKalb County Official Website. 
  8. ^ Clayton News Daily

3. Students trip to L.A. http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/dpp/news/local_news/Dunwoody-High-Students-Head-to-American-Idol-20110310-am-sd