Cairo High School

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Cairo High School
Cairo High School (Cairo, Georgia) (logo).png
United States
Coordinates30°52′20″N 84°12′01″W / 30.872304°N 84.20039°W / 30.872304; -84.20039Coordinates: 30°52′20″N 84°12′01″W / 30.872304°N 84.20039°W / 30.872304; -84.20039
TypeCharter high school
MottoWith Pride, We Give Our Best
School districtGrady County School System
PrincipalChris Lokey
Enrollment1,187 (2015-16)[1]
Color(s)         Red and black
RivalThomasville High School
Thomas County Central High School
Bainbridge High School
National ranking1
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Cairo High School is a public high school in Cairo, Georgia. United States. The school's motto is "With Pride, We Give Our Best." Cairo High School was recognized as the SAT Region Winner for Class AAA and Region 1-AAA for 2005 and 2006. CHS students showed three-year average gains in reading and math SAT scores.


Cairo (pronounced "kay-row" instead of "ki-row" like the Egyptian city) is nicknamed the "syrup city" because Roddenbery's syrup plant was formerly located in Cairo. The syrup made in Cairo is cooked from sugar cane juice and is not the corn syrup known as Karo syrup, although the names are pronounced the same. During a driving rainstorm in the middle of a football game many years ago, workers at the local syrup shelter brought over their rain coats labeled "Roddenbery's Syrup" on the backs of the jackets to keep the players dry. Reflecting this heritage, the Cairo High School football team was named the Cairo Syrupmakers. In 1986 ESPN named "Syrupmaker" the number one nickname for a high school sports team.

The school mascot is depicted as a syrup pitcher. In 1994, Amy Gerleman created the team's first syrup pitcher mascot costume and began wearing the "pitcher" to pep rallies and football games. The term is often shortened to "Maids" for the girls or "Makers" for the boys.


  • Boys' sports
    • Basketball - junior varsity and varsity
    • Baseball - JV and varsity
    • Cross country
    • Football - JV and varsity
    • Golf
    • Soccer - JV and varsity
    • Track
    • Tennis
    • Wrestling
  • Girls' sports
    • Basketball - JV and varsity
    • Cross Country
    • Golf
    • Mat Girls (wrestling)
    • Soccer - JV and varsity
    • Softball - JV and varsity
    • Track
    • Tennis

The 2008 Football Syrupmakers are Class AAA State Champions after the school's second undefeated season (1990 was the other).

Concert and Marching Band[edit]

The Cairo High School band was first established in September 1946 and the first director was William "Major" T. Verran. Major conducted the band from its inception until 1972. The marching band first took the field in 1947 during a football game.[2]

After the retirement of Major, the band was under the direction of Joe David III. Mr. David held the baton from 1972 until 1982, and again from 1986 until his retirement in 1996. Mr. David was an inductee into the Georgia Bandmaster's Hall of Fame and also awarded the GMEA Distinguished Career Award.[3] A music scholarship was established after his death to aid members of the band in a pursuit of a music major in college. The award is $1000 and awarded annually.[4]

The band was briefly under the direction of Joe Doyle from 1983 - 1985.

The band is referred to as "The Pride of Dixie" and currently under the direction of John E. Scanling and Adam L. Swan.

Activities and clubs[edit]

  • Academic Club
  • Art
  • Cairo High School Marching Band
  • Co Ed Y
  • Dance
  • Debate
  • FBLA
  • FFA - Future Farmers of America
  • French Club
  • History
  • Interact Club
  • Key Club
  • Latin Club
  • Library Club
  • National Honor Society
  • Navy Junior ROTC
  • Outdoors
  • SADD
  • SAGE
  • Science Club
  • SkillsUSA
  • Spanish Club
  • Student Council
  • Technology
  • Theatre


Alma Mater written by Reba Spears[edit]

We salute thee Alma Mater
Thou to us art dear
May thy virtues and thy teachings
Guide us every year.
Cairo High in future years
Our memories will turn back
To the days of Cairo High School
To the Red and Black.


A $3 million construction project for a new career academy at Cairo High School is being constructed. The school was one of three centers in the state chosen to receive the $3 million grant. Career Technical and Agriculture Education courses will cater to a variety of career paths like nursing, graphics and design. The academy will also offer a new course called mechatronics.[5]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Cairo High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  2. ^ "Cairo High to ring in 70 years of majorettes". 12 October 2017. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Joe David III honored with induction into Hall of Fame". 15 March 2007. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  4. ^ "The Joe A. David III Music Scholarship" (PDF). Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  5. ^

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