Benjamin Elijah Mays High School
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|Mays High School|
|Motto||"A legacy to keep, an image to uphold..."|
|School district||Atlanta Public Schools|
|Color(s)||Columbia blue and corn maize gold|
|Website||Benjamin E. Mays High School|
Benjamin E. Mays High School is a public school located in southwest Atlanta, Georgia, United States, serving grades 9-12. It is a part of the Atlanta Public School System and is a Georgia School of Excellence. The school was established in the fall of 1981 and was named after Benjamin Elijah Mays, an educator, author and civil rights activist.
The school's athletic nickname is the Raiders.
Southwest High School (1950–1981)
The Atlanta Public Schools formed Southwest High School in 1950. The school was a landmark in the city of Atlanta for 36 years. In 1981, Benjamin E. Mays High School was formed, replacing Southwest High School.
Southwest High School athletics
- 1973 GHSA State AA Football Champions
- 1973 GHSA Boys' State AA Basketball Champions
- 1974 GHSA Boys' State AA Basketball Champions
- 1979 GHSA Boys' State AAA Basketball Champions
Mays High School (1981–present)
Mays High School athletics
The Mays High School Raiders athletic teams compete in Region 6-AAAAAA of the Georgia High School Association.
Mays High offers a wide variety of athletic programs, including varsity girls' softball, varsity boys' track, varsity boys' soccer, varsity football, junior varsity football, freshman football, varsity boys' basketball, junior varsity boys' basketball, varsity girls' basketball, junior varsity girls' basketball, varsity basketball, junior varsity basketball, cheerleading, co-ed step team, varsity boys' swimming, varsity girls' volleyball, and varsity girls' swimming. All home varsity football games, as well as track events, are held at Lakewood Stadium.
- 2001 GHSA AAAA Boys' Track Champions
- 2003 GHSA AAAA Girls' Basketball Champions
- 2004 GHSA AAAA Boys' Basketball Champions
- 2005 GHSA AAAA Boys' Basketball Champions
- 2014 GHSA State AAAAA Football Runner-Up
- 2017 GHSA State AAAAAA Girls' Basketball Champions
- 2017 GHSA State AAAAAA Girls' Track and Field Champions
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- Bigg Gipp - rapper, member of the groups Goodie Mob and Ali & Gipp
- Kelly Campbell - former football player for Georgia Tech and several NFL and CFL teams
- Shanti Das - music industry executive, marketing consultant, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and author
- De'Mon Glanton - football player
- Cee-Lo Green - Grammy Award-winning rapper, record producer, and member of the groups Goodie Mob and Gnarls Barkley
- Kwanza Hall - politician and city councilman
- Tervont Johnson - Baseball
- Khujo - rapper, member of the groups Goodie Mob and The Lumberjacks
- Walter M. Kimbrough - president of Dillard University
- Bryan McClendon - football coach and former player for Georgia 
- Ceasar Mitchell - president of the Atlanta City Council
- T-Mo - rapper and member of the groups Goodie Mob and The Lumberjacks
- Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas - Grammy Award-winning R&B singer and actress of the group TLC
- DeAngelo Yancey - Wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers
- Aaron Watson - politician and city councilman
- Reggie Wilkes - former Georgia Tech and NFL football player
- Gerald Wilkins - NBA player for the New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Vancouver Grizzlies, and Orlando Magic
- Radcliffe Bailey - is one of Atlanta's most successful homegrown artists, featured in more than 30 solo shows across the country, with work in collections from the High Museum to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
- Alvin J. Borum - DeKalb County government official
- Chasity "Chyna- Marie" Lumpkin - Atlanta Media Personality
DC YoungFly- Comedian.
Natrez Patrick- Football
Xzavion Curry- Baseball
- "GHSA Boys Basketball Champions". GHSA. 2015-04-16. Retrieved 2015-04-16.
- "GHSA Football Champions". GHSA. 2015-04-16. Retrieved 2015-04-16.
- Randal Maurice Jelks, Benjamin Elijah Mays: Schoolmaster of the Movement: A Biography. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2012.
- Benjamin Elijah Mays, Born to Rebel: An Autobiography. New York: Scribners, 1971.