Calhoun High School (Georgia)

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Calhoun High School
Calhoun High School (Georgia), Jan 2017.jpg
355 S. River Street


United States
School districtCalhoun City School District
SuperintendentDr. Michele Taylor
PrincipalDr. Peter Coombe
Grades9 - 12
Student to teacher ratio15 : 1
School colour(s)        
AthleticsVarsity and junior varsity
SportsBasketball, baseball, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, soccer, softball, swim team, tennis, track, volleyball, and wrestling
MascotYellow Jacket Yellowjacket (cartoon of school mascot, Calhoun High School, Calhoun, Georgia).jpg
Team nameYellow Jackets

Calhoun High School is a public high school in Calhoun, Georgia, United States, serving grades 9-12. It is accredited by the Georgia Accrediting Commission and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of Georgia High School Association. It is located in a rural setting in Gordon County.


Calhoun was named a Silver Medal school in the "Best High Schools" category by U.S. News & World Report in 2009.[1]

The Calhoun debate team won the 2008-2009 state debate championship (AA).[2] The Calhoun teams combined for a 9-3 record against other finalists from single-A through triple-A schools, which gave them the AA division title. The debate coach is Lane Bearden.


Calhoun offers many sports, including basketball, baseball, competition cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, soccer, softball, swim team, tennis, track, wrestling, and volleyball. Several teams, including softball, baseball, golf, football, track, and cheerleading, have won state championships. Calhoun is a member of the Georgia Region 6-AAA North.

The team mascot (the Yellow Jacket) was chosen due to the school's proximity to the Georgia Institute of Technology. Each year Calhoun pays royalties of 1 US dollar to Georgia Tech for the use of the mascot and its likeness. Calhoun calls its mascot "Stinger" rather than "Buzz".

Calhoun has found much success since the hiring of coach Hal Lamb as its football coach. He is the brother of former Furman University and current Mercer head football coach Bobby Lamb.[3] The Yellow Jackets have won 19 straight region titles (2001–2018), and have made the Georgia State Football Playoffs every year since the 2000 season.[4] Coach Lamb led the Jackets to their first football state title since the 1952 season in 2011 with a 27-24 overtime victory against Buford. Calhoun has been to the championship game five times in Lamb's 13 seasons, and been deep in the tournament several times under the coach, who also now serves as the Calhoun athletic director in addition to being the head football coach. The same sort of success has been seen with the Calhoun baseball programs under coach Chip Henderson. The Jackets have won three state titles (2000, 2005, 2010) and have been in the championship game five times with two State Runners-up (2001, 2007), as well as deep in the tournament several times. The Lady Jackets softball team has held a strong reputation over the last 25+ years under one of Georgia's most winningest coaches, coach Diane Ralston-Smith. The Lady Jackets are the only team in Calhoun history to have won three state titles in a row (2013, 2014, 2015).

Coached by Matt Rice, the Calhoun soccer team is the winningest team in Area 12. It was started by Rick Correll. The Jackets have also been coached by Jeff Olney. The team was a 2013 and 2018 state runner-up.

Coach Hal Lamb (233-37) is the all-time winningest coach in Calhoun history (as of 30 November 2018). Coach Lamb's career totals are (238 - 52).

  • State championships - 1952 (class C), 2011 (AA), 2014 (AAA), 2017 (AAA) . [5]
  • Region titles - 1950, 1951, 1995,[6] 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013,2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 . [7]

Calhoun football home games are played at Phil Reeve Stadium on the school campus near downtown. The stadium is named for C.P. "Phil" Reeve, the guitar player and founding member of the Georgia Yellow Hammers, an early 20th-century "old-time" band from Gordon County.

Coach Chip Henderson is the all-time winningest head baseball coach at Calhoun High School (569 - 174, as of 20 April 2018 ). He is a three-time state champion (2000, 2005, 2010) and two time runner-up (2001, 2007), as well as a three time state coach of the year (2000, 2005, 2010).

  • State championships - 1974 (A), 2000 (A), 2005 (AA). 2010 (AA)
  • Region titles -1968, 1973, 1974, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014 [8]Coach Josh Wiggins record ( 62-19, as of 31 March 2018 ) as the Coach of The Junior Varsity Yellow Jackets .

Girls' softball
Coach Diane Ralston-Smith is one of Georgia's winningest coaches, with more than 600 wins. The Lady Jackets softball team has won four state championships (back-to-back-to-back, the only sport in Calhoun history to win three in a row). 2013 (AA), 2014 (AAA), 2015 (AAA), 2017 (AAA) . The Lady Jackets were State Runner-Ups in 1998, 2008, and 2016. The Lady Jackets have won region titles in 1987, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000,2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018 .

Calhoun High School Competition Cheerleaders won state championships in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013, and 2014, while receiving state runner-up honors in 2004 and 2008. The competition squad is coached by Ginger Reeves.

Girls' golf
The Lady Jackets golf team has won back-to-back state championships in golf. (2015 AAA, 2016 AAA)

Notable alumni[edit]


Coordinates: 34°29′57″N 84°57′18″W / 34.49904°N 84.95500°W / 34.49904; -84.95500