Thomas County Central High School

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Thomas County Central High School
Thomas County Central High School.JPG
4686 US Hwy 84 Bypass
Thomasville, Georgia, 31792
United States
Coordinates 30°52′25″N 83°57′59″W / 30.873477°N 83.966370°W / 30.873477; -83.966370Coordinates: 30°52′25″N 83°57′59″W / 30.873477°N 83.966370°W / 30.873477; -83.966370
Type engineering sciences, mathematics
Established 1958
Status open
School district Thomas County School District
Superintendent Dr. Dusty Kornegay
Principal Kenneth Harper
Vice principal Lee Bailey
Vice principal Karen Jones
Vice principal Trista Jones
Staff 25
Faculty 95
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,499
Athletics conference GHSA
Newspaper The Swarm
Yearbook VESPA

Thomas County Central High School is a high school in Thomasville, Georgia, USA. It is home to the Yellow Jackets, the 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, and 1997 AAA state champion football team.


The principal is Ken Harper, assisted by assistant principals Lee Bailey, Trista Jones, and Karen Jones.[1]


Departments include Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, and the Tech/Career Prep area. Tech/Career Prep includes Agriculture, Broadcasting, Health Occupations, and Business (Computers).

Mathematics Department courses include Math I-IV, Advanced Mathematical Decision Making, Calculus, and Statistics. The department chair is Chrissy Taylor.

Science Department courses include Biology, Earth Sciences, Physics, Robotics, and Chemistry. The department chair is Michelle McCorkle.

The Language Arts Department courses include Language, Literature, American Literature, and British Literature. The department chair is Nancy Rogers.

The Social Studies Department teaches history classes as well as government and economics. The department is chaired by Leigh Barwick.

The Agricultural Department has access to two John Deere Tractors, one John Deere "Gator," three "mobile classrooms" (trailers), and numerous implements. Some of the courses offered in the agricultural department are Ag Mech Tech I, Ag Mech Tech II, Ag Crop Production and Management, and Forestry.

The Business Department is mainly made up of computer classes housed in computer labs throughout the school.

The Health Occupation Department trains students who have an interest in the medical field, including the CNA-Certified Nursing Assistants program.

The Broadcasting and Video Production Department is headed by Randy Young. Over 160 students learn how to produce television programs, including operation of the 13x9 foot instant replay screen at the Jackets Nest, being a part of the daily "News 4 You" program, and being a part of the hour long "Yellow Jacket Tailgate Show" on the radio in the fall before broadcasts of TCCHS football. Young is known as "The Voice of the Yellow Jackets," and has called Central football games since 1986. He is a weekly columnist with the Thomasville-Times Enterprise newspaper.

In the Family and Consumer Sciences Department Gale Stewart is chair of the Career and Technology department along with her duties as a teacher. Classes such as Home Economics, Interior Design, and Early Childhood Education dominate the curriculum.

The Fine Arts Department includes band, music, drama, and art classes. The chair is Michial Mayhall.

The Physical Education Department handles athletics and health classes. The department chair is Bill Wilhelm.

The Foreign Education Department teaches French, Spanish, and Latin classes. Anthony Paulino chairs the department.

Special Education co-chairs are Sheila Moon and Susan Blackburn.

9th Grade Academy[edit]

Since the 2006-2007 school year, all incoming freshmen have been housed in the FOCUS Academy. This allows new students to get familiar with their surroundings and obtain a better focus on their academics, while using the main building for their electives. In the 2009-2010 school year, the FOCUS Academy began an AVID Program.

Library expansion[edit]

A new library was opened in mid-January 2009.

Library Plan


The football team of TCCHS has been ranked numerous times in the #1 position in the GHSA standings. They have competed in the Georgia Dome Semi-Final playoff games several times, the two most recent trips being 2002 and 2007.

TCCHS has five state championships in football, with the last one coming in 1997. TCCHS has also won eleven region championships. Four alumni have played in the National Football League[2][3] - Joe Burns, Myron Guyton, Jessie Small, and Danny Copeland. Heisman Trophy Award Winner Charlie Ward attended TCCHS.

The girls' tennis team won region in 2007, and was runner-up in 2008. The boys' team was runner-up in region in both 2007 and 2008. Both teams were under retired head coach John Booth.

The wrestling team is led by Coach Bill Wilhelm.

The men's soccer program has been ranked in good form many times. The most recent was in 2008 when they were ranked #4 in state with Coach Carroll.

The 07-08 boy's basketball team won a school record 23 wins and won the region championship in arguably the best year in the program's history. The team was coached by Reginald Knight and was led by four seniors: Dominic Grant, Demetrius Mickens, Chris Munroe, and Erich Munroe.

Choral/Drama Department[edit]

The Choral Department concerts include Thomas County Central High School's own Christmas and spring concerts and concerts with VSU Chorus Day. Every year they go to the Peanut Festival. 2011 Women's Choir won last year's festival. The Choral Department is led by Katherine Stivers.

The Drama Department, led by Joshua Mimbs, produces four to five plays a year, including a musical.

Thomas County Central High School Yellow Jacket Marching Band[edit]

The Thomas County Central High School Band is an award-winning marching, concert, and jazz band under the leadership of Michael Mayhall and assistant director Tyler Lipsey. They attend every Thomas County football game and take part in every halftime show, as well as playing in the stands. Other events are a yearly Christmas concert, spring concert, fall concert, and Marching Band Jamboree throughout the school year. In the 2007-2008 school year the Thomas County Central Marching, Concert, Jazz, and Wind Ensemble attended the Disney Music festival, taking first in multiple categories including Marching Band and Jazz Band, and taking first and third in the overall event. All band ensembles traveled back to Orlando in the Spring of 2014 for competition against nationally recognized programs including schools from Texas, New York, and Michigan.


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