Benjamin Elijah Mays High School

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Mays High School
Atlanta, Georgia
United States
Type Public
Motto "A legacy to keep, an image to uphold..."
Established 1981
School district Atlanta Public Schools
Principal Richard Fowler
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1700 students
Campus Urban
Color(s) Columbia blue and corn maize gold
Mascot Raiders

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)[edit]

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[edit]

State Championships[1][2]

  • 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)[edit]

Mays High School athletics[edit]

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.

State Championships

  • 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

Notable alumni[edit]

DC YoungFly- Comedian.

Natrez Patrick- Football

Xzavion Curry- Baseball


  1. ^ "GHSA Boys Basketball Champions". GHSA. 2015-04-16. Retrieved 2015-04-16. 
  2. ^ "GHSA Football Champions". GHSA. 2015-04-16. Retrieved 2015-04-16. 
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Further reading[edit]

  • 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.

Coordinates: 33°44′08″N 84°30′13″W / 33.73544°N 84.50357°W / 33.73544; -84.50357