McIntosh High School

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McIntosh High School
Established 1981
Type Public secondary
Principal Lisa Fine
Students 1,600
Grades 9–12
Location Peachtree City, Georgia, USA
Coordinates 33°25′0.98″N 84°33′46.76″W / 33.4169389°N 84.5629889°W / 33.4169389; -84.5629889Coordinates: 33°25′0.98″N 84°33′46.76″W / 33.4169389°N 84.5629889°W / 33.4169389; -84.5629889
District Fayette County School District
Campus Suburban
Colors             
Mascot Chiefs
Website McIntosh High School

McIntosh High School is a comprehensive four-year public secondary school located in Peachtree City, Georgia. It has an enrollment[when?] of 1600+ students in grades nine through twelve. The school, governed by the Fayette County School System, was named a Georgia School of Excellence in 2000. In 2007, it was named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.[1]

History[edit]

McIntosh High School, named for William McIntosh, was opened in early December 1981.

A new gym opened during the 2004-2005 school year, as well as a new auditorium that replaced the existing gym built in 1982.

Awards[edit]

It was named a 2007 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education for having scored in the top 10% of all schools nationwide in student achievement.

It had placement on Georgia's 2007 Top 25 SAT List for having the 15th highest SAT score in the state. Received Georgia's 2007 Platinum Award in the highest performance category for outstanding student achievement; one of seven high schools in the state to receive this honor.

It was on Newsweek Magazine's 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 top 1300 U.S. High Schools List, placing McIntosh in the top 5% of all high schools nationwide.

Student Life[edit]

McIntosh has athletic programs in soccer (2013 AAAAA State Champion), volleyball (2007, 2013 AAAAA State Champion), dance (2006, 2010, 2011 & 2012 State Champion), and cross country (2005 & 2012 State Champion). Boys tennis has also been state runner up twice, in 2008 and 2010 and has been division champions for four years. Boys soccer has won four State Championships and has been state runner up for the past three years. Women's soccer won the state championship several times including 1994, beating their rival Fayette Co, and 1995 (with an overall record of 19-0). The newly added lacrosse program was state runner-up in 2008. Not only has the newly added lacrosse program found success in post season games they have also been division champs every year since its creation.

McIntosh had the highest SAT scores in Fayette County for 2005.[2] In 2008, McIntosh's ACT scores were reported as the highest in Fayette County and the 3rd highest in the state of Georgia.[3] In 2008 and 2009, the McIntosh High School Varsity Academic Bowl team won the state championship.

The AP program is extensive and many students participate in dual enrollment through the ACCEL Program.

From 2011 to 2014, McIntosh's morning announcements teacher, Brad Yarbrough, produced a highly popular recurring episodic series called "Frisch Fresh Word of the Day." The show featured several McIntosh students and faculty and was hosted by then McIntosh student, Ryan Frisch. Frisch began each show introducing himself as the "intellectual savior of McIntosh's unwashed masses" a gimmick copied from professional wrestler, Damien Sandow. Frisch had a long standing one-sided rivalry with ESPN sportscaster Chris Berman on the show, but his most notable adversary was then McIntosh student, Garrett Sage.

Fine Arts[edit]

McIntosh High School is well known for having one of the top Orchestra directors in the nation. Their director is Jim Hagberg.

McIntosh also has a widely known band director in the country and state. Mrs. Barbara Baker conducts the school's bands. The school marching band, "The Spirit of McIntosh", is the largest organized cheering body for the school. All of the bands have won many awards and consistently continue to be superior.

Notable alumni[edit]

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