Cairo High School

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Cairo High School
With Pride, We Give our Best
Cairo, Georgia
Coordinates 30°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
Type Public high school
School district Grady County School System
Principal Chris Lokey
Grades 9–12
Color(s)          Red and black
Mascot Syrupmaker
Rival Thomasville High School
Thomas County Central High School
Bainbridge High School
Yearbook Raconteur
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Cairo High School is a public high school in Cairo, Georgia. The motto for the school 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 sound 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 rallys 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).

Activities and Clubs[edit]

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

The school has the widely known Syrupmaker Band, "The Pride of Dixie." The award winning marching band is currently under the direction of John E. Scanling.


Alma Mater[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.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Bobby Walden, member of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, punter, kick returner, and halfback for the University of Georgia from 1958–60, played with the Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers starting punter for the Super Bowl IX and X champion teams, nicknamed "The Big Toe from Cairo."
  • J.J. Wilcox, professional football player drafted 2013 by Dallas Cowboys (2013-current); safety.

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