Etowah High School (Georgia)

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Etowah High School
Etowah HS logo.png
6565 Putnam Ford Drive
Woodstock, Georgia
United States
Type Public high school
Established 1976
School district Cherokee County School District
Principal Dr. Bob Eddy (interim principal)
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2440
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Blue and gold         
Mascot Eagles

Etowah High School is located in Woodstock, in the U.S. state of Georgia. It is one of six high schools in the Cherokee County School District (CCSD), along with Cherokee, Sequoyah, Woodstock, Creekview, and River Ridge.

Its mascot is the Eagle, and its colors are blue and gold. The Etowah fight song is "On Etowah Eagles." [1]

The original school building was build in 1938, but it has since been expanded. In 2014 Etowah expanded and now includes Etowah East (formerly Chapman Intermediate School). As a result, all of Etowah's trailer classrooms were removed.

The school employs a total of 124 full-time teachers.

The school was one of the sites used for filming the 2000 sports drama Remember the Titans.


Dr. Bob Eddy- Interim Principal (for remainder of 2016-2017 school year)[2]

Dr. Amanda Ruiz- Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. Dan Snipes- Career Technical and Agricultural Education administrator

Mrs. Lyn Turnell- Assistant Principal

Mr. Bob Van Alstyne [3]


CTAE- The Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education department represents more than 96 career pathways. The department is meant to help students discover new interests and passions that can help lead them to success in high school, college, and a career.

English- The English department is meant to help teach student listening, speaking, and reading and writing skills.

Fine Arts: Visual Arts, Chorus, Dramatic Arts, Band- The Fine Arts department is meant to help teach students how to better understand human ideals and aspiration through artistic expression. It includes performing arts, the visual arts and theater arts. 

Math- The Mathematics department is meant to help students gain better problem solving, communication, reasoning and connection- making skills. The math studied includes numbers and operations, algebra, functions, geometry, trigonometry, statistics, probability, discrete mathematics, analysis and calculus.

Physical Education- The Physical Education program is meant to teach develop students' motor skills, physical fitness, emotional strength, maturity, values, healthful decision-making and pursuit of lifelong health and fitness.

Science- The Science department is meant to facilitate students in their learning of science through technology, laboratory experiences, current science issues and real life problem-solving.

Social Studies- The Social Students department's goals include helping students develop a continuing interest in their society; develop a respect for the dignity and worth of all persons; and achieve the depth of understanding and loyalty to democratic ideas and the skills necessary to accept responsibilities and rights of citizenships.

Special Education- The Special Education Department is meant to enhancing student achievement and post-secondary outcomes, for those students who are elligiable. Etowah has 4.7% of its students in Special Education.[1]

World Languages- The World Language department is meant to aid students in their learning of one or more foreign languages.[4]

Student Body[edit]

The student body is 51% male and 49% female. The total minority enrollment is 25% (11% Hispanic, 8% African American, 3% two or more races, and 2% Asian). The student to teacher ratio is 20:1. 24% of the students are categorized as economically disadvantaged, with 20% on the free lunch program.[5]

Academic Performance[edit]

Etowah High School

Etowah was ranked 2169th in National Rankings and 51st among Georgia High Schools. In the U.S. News & World Report college readiness index Etowah was put at a 25.7. They also have 62% math proficiency, which is much higher than the state average of 40%, and a 95% English proficiency.[6]

It was one of 304 schools in the nation that won the National Blue Ribbon School Award in 2010. The Washington Post named EHS in the top 10% of America's Most Challenging High Schools in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. In 2016 Etowah was also named as a Silver Honoree for the second time by U.S. News & World Report.[1]

Etowah has ranked first in Cherokee County SAT scores since 2006.[7] In 2010, the average SAT score for Etowah High School was above the Cherokee County, state, and national averages. The mean reading score was 558, the mean math score was 574, and the mean writing score was 547, for an average total score of 1679 of a possible 2400. The Georgia average total score was 1453. The national average total score was 1509.[8]

In 2016 Etowah High School received the highest ACT composite score in the Cherokee County School District for the 4th year-in-a-row. Additionally, Etowah ranked 29th in the state of Georgia in 2016.  EHS ranked 1st in ACT participants in CCSD with 370 participants in 2016. In 2016, EHS ranked 2nd in English in CCSD and 1st in Math, Readin,and Science. The ACT Composite score of 23.6 in 2016 was Etowah's highest average composite score. In 2017, Etowah senior Nathan Baker received a perfect score on the ACT.[9]

Etowah was in the top seven in the state for Advance Placement Testing Performance in 2014. Advanced Placement classes offered at Etowah High School include World History, U.S. History, Government, Psychology, Chemistry, Biology, Physics (1, 2, and C: Mechanics), Environmental Science, Calculus (AB and BC), Statistics, Computer Science, English Language, and English Literature. Overall, they offer 22 AP courses and administer over 800 exams. The average AP score across classes was a 3.72 out of a possible 5 in 2010.[8] Etowah was named an AP STEM School, and AP STEM Achievement School, and an AP Humanities school. The AP participation rate at the school is 29 percent. The AP pass rate is 85%.

Graduation rates have improved at Etowah High School as well.

  • 2007-08: 84.6%
  • 2008-09: 84.7%
  • 2009-10: 88.9%[8]

Furthermore, Etowah provides many opportunities to help students academically. They provide lunch-time, morning and afternoon, Saturday, and break tutoring at no cost to students.[9]

Sports and other extracurricular activities[edit]

  • Softball: Region 5-AAAAA Champions, 2009
  • Football: Region 5-AAAAA Champions, 2006, 2008, and 2010; State Playoffs 2006-2011; Region AAAAAA State Playoffs Semifinals Final Four 2014

Bill Stewart was the head coach of Etowah's football team from 2006-2011 and led the Eagles to the state playoffs every year of his tenure. In 2006, 2008 and 2010 his teams won the 5-AAAAA Region Championship. Coach Stewart left the school in 2011 and was replaced by Dave Svehla, who remains the current head coach. Coach Dave Svehla took the 2014 EHS football team to the state semi-finals, making school history in his third year as head coach.

  • Marching Band
  • Basketball: Girls' AAAA State Champions 2005, Girls 2017 Region Runner-Up, 2017 Boys Region Champions
  • Winter Guard: SCGC Georgia State Champions 2004
  • Cross-country: Boys' and Girls' Region 5-AAAAA Champions, 2007
  • Soccer: Boys' Sweet Sixteen 2008, Men's 5-AAAAA Co-Champions, Girls' Region 5-AAAAA Champions, 2010
  • Swimming: State Champions 2007; County Champions 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Baseball: AAAA state final four 2006, Region 5-AAAAA Champions 2009, 2010
  • Golf: Boys' State Champions 2002, 2005
  • Academic Bowl Team: 2006, 2008, 2012 Region Champions, State Final Four 2006, Elite Eight 2008, 4th Place in AAAAA 2012, 6A State Champions 2013
  • Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, Unit GA-958
  • Boys' and girls' track team: Boys' and Girls' Region 5-AAAAA Champions 2008, 2009
  • Math Team
  • Wrestling: County Champions 1985, 1990, 1991, 2004, 2008, 2010; Region Champions 1985, 1990, 2014, 2015; Region runner-up individual 2009, team 2011; State runner-up 2015; 2017 Region runn-up
  • Tennis: 5-AAAAA[10]
  • Lacrosse
  • Volleyball [11]
  • Gymnastics: 2017 qualified for the State Championships

Between 2010 and 2016 Etowah won the GEMA/GHSA Sportsmanship Award for the 5AAAAAA region three times.[12]


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  2. ^ "EtowahExperts". EtowahExperts. Retrieved 2017-03-29. 
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  4. ^ "Departments – Etowah High School". Retrieved 2017-03-27. 
  5. ^ "U.S. News and World Report". 
  6. ^ "U.S. News and World Report". 
  7. ^ "Metro school district SAT scores". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 29 August 2006. Retrieved November 14, 2006. 
  8. ^ a b c academics
  9. ^ a b "ACADEMICS – Etowah High School". Retrieved 2017-03-27. 
  10. ^
  11. ^ "ATHLETICS – Etowah High School". Retrieved 2017-03-27. 
  12. ^ "ATHLETICS – Etowah High School". Retrieved 2017-03-28. 

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