Atherton High School

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Atherton High School
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3000 Dundee Road


Coordinates38°12′46″N 85°41′17″W / 38.21280°N 85.68800°W / 38.21280; -85.68800Coordinates: 38°12′46″N 85°41′17″W / 38.21280°N 85.68800°W / 38.21280; -85.68800
Motto"What you do makes a difference."
School districtJefferson County Public Schools
PrincipalThomas Aberli
Enrollment1,464 (2016-17)[1]

Atherton High School is a public school in the Highlands district of Louisville, Kentucky and is part of the Jefferson County Public School district. It opened in 1924[3] as J.M. Atherton High School for Girls at 1418 Morton Avenue. It is named after John McDougal Atherton,[3] a local businessman and politician instrumental in changing Louisville's school system administration from trustees to a board of education. The school became coeducational in 1950.[3]

Atherton moved to its current site in 1962 on the old Ray and Charles Clagett estate and its old premises is now the Jefferson County Traditional Middle School.[4] A new wing was added to the Dundee location in 1992.

Atherton offers an International Studies Program and an International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. The IB Program is the only one in the city at a public school, and also the only one open to boys (the city's other IB program is at the all-girls' Sacred Heart Academy, a Catholic school). Students also have the option of enrolling in Advanced Placement or Honors classes as well as in the Advanced Placement Program, Exceptional Child Education Program, and English as a Second Language Program.

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  1. ^ "Atherton High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  2. ^ "School Report Card 2015-2016 School/District Details" (XLSX). Kentucky Department Of Education. Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Atherton High School History Atherton High School.
  4. ^ Atherton High School Jefferson County Public Schools History.
  5. ^ The Courier-Journal & Times December 6, 1970, p. C7 All-State Honorable Mention / Ends / Bill Bishop, Atherton
  6. ^ Moore, Josh (December 26, 2015). "Unstoppable: Small-town scoring machine Whitney Creech running with legends". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved January 6, 2016. That work ethic is part of what impressed Michelle Clark-Heard, the women's basketball coach at WKU who starred at Atherton in the 1980s.
  7. ^ Beattie, Elisabeth L. (2003). Conversations with Kentucky Writers. University of Kentucky Press. p. 85. ISBN 978-0-8131-9043-3.
  8. ^ Brownstein, Glenn (March 9, 2014). "Louisville's Oksana Masters wins milestone silver medal in Winter Paralympics skiing". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved March 10, 2014. (soft paywall)
  9. ^ "Remembering the Turbulent Life of a 'Gonzo' Writer". NPR. 2007-11-18.
  10. ^ "Charlie Tyra Statistics". Basketball Reference. Archived from the original on 25 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-12.
  11. ^ Wolfson, Andrew (2006-11-01). "ELECTION 2006; Putting beliefs to the test". Courier-Journal. p. 1A.

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