Fayette County High School (Georgia)
|Fayette County High School|
|School district||Fayette County School District|
|Principal||Dr. Daniel Lane|
|Rival||McIntosh High School|
|Website||Fayette County High School|
Fayette County High School is located in Fayetteville, Georgia, United States. It was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 1999 and a Georgia School of Excellence in 2000. The school enrolls approximately 1,322 students in grades 9-12. Fayette County High is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The school's mascot is a tiger.
The school graduates over ninety percent of its attendees. Its students' standardized test scores often exceed state and national testing averages. Most graduates who go to college attend in-state schools, particularly Agnes Scott College, Emory, Georgia Tech, University of Georgia, Georgia State University, and Morehouse College.
The FCHS band program came to national recognition under the direction of Eastman School of Music graduate and master teacher Kenneth F. Beard Sr. The program is now under the direction of Dr. Myra Rhoden and Andrew McMillen, and has continued this long tradition of excellence. The 200-member marching band is among Georgia's most successful programs, with a reputation for staging highly entertaining field shows that annually win state and regional championships. The Marching Tigers have been a Bands of America regional finalist multiple times. The band performed in the 2000 Sydney Olympics Opening Ceremony, the 2005 London New Year's Day Parade, the 2007 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif, and returned for the 2009 London New Year's Parade. Matthew McCord is the drum major instructor. He has served with the program since 1996. John D. Duncan directs the color guard and winter guard programs.
From 1976 through 1983, the Fayette County Tiger football team, under the direction of Hall of Fame Coach Charlie Winslette (2006), had the best run in Tiger history, winning 55 games in eight years. Winslette was the defensive coordinator during the 1976 season, then took over as head football coach after Ted Missildine left to take the head football position in Prattville, Alabama. The Tigers, under Winslette, advanced to the playoffs in five consecutive seasons, with the 1980 team (10-2) ranked #4 at season's end by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Notable players included Will Forts (UGA) and Jody Allen (Valdosta State). After eight seasons at Fayette County, Winslette has continued his winning ways. He has been a head football coach in Georgia for 33 years, winning 258 games, which currently ranks at #7 among the State of Georgia's active winningest coaches. He has won two State Football Championships, one at West Rome High School in 1985 and one at Greene-Taliaferro High School in Greensboro in 1993. Winslette also had two State Champion Runner-Up teams, in 1989 at Greene-Taliaferro and in 1997 at Tift County High School. The 2007 varsity football team was the most successful in school history, going undefeated in the regular season and earning Region Champion honors. The Tigers advanced to the second round of the state playoffs, losing to Bainbridge at home and finishing the season 11–1, ranked 6th in the state.
In 2008, the girls' and boys' varsity basketball teams both played in the State Championship Finals.
The 2007–2008 wrestling team were the Region 4-AAAA Champions.
- 103 - Ali Khan*
- 112 - Joel Carnow*
- 119 - Blake Axleburg
- 125 - Austin Vorwald*
- 130 - Nick Edwards
- 135 - Matt Brown
- 140 - Johnathan West
- 145 - Dylan Tanner
- 152 - Sam Law
- 160 - Cecil Level
- 171 - Brian Tilton
- 189 - Patrick Blankenbeker*
- 215 - Matt Mulski
- HWT - Chris Moody
* individual champions
The 2010 Tiger wrestling squad won the Area 5-AAAA Duals title.
The Fayette County Lady Tigers basketball team first rose to prominence in the mid-1980s, when current Hofstra University Head Basketball Coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey starred for FCHS. In the mid-2000s, longtime Fayette County High Head Track Coach John Strickland took over as head varsity girls' basketball coach. The Lady Tigers advanced to the Class AAAA state championship game in both 2008 and 2009, falling to Southwest Dekalb both times. Key players in recent years include current Florida Gator Tessah Holt, University of Connecticut commit Brianna Banks, Hofstra commit Anma Onyeuku, Stetson commit Sasha Sims, Chattanooga State Chasity Welch, Dekota Walton, Agnes Scott Arielle Register, Jasmine Facey, Kristine Walker, Keyondra Jenkins, Elem Ibiam, Kyra King, and Taybreonna Couch.
The JV Girls' basketball coach Bart Phillips clicked off his 100th career win on February 7, 2011, as the Lady Tigers defeated the Starr's Mill Lady Panthers.
On March 6, 2011, Chasity Welch and her Chattanooga State Lady Tigers won the TCCAA/JCAA Championship, adding to her record of 37 double doubles. She sealed the game's win with two three-point shots. On March 5, 2011, Sasha Sims led her team Stetson Univ. Lady Hatters to the Atlantic Sun Championship. She was named All Tournament Team. Sasha also broke Stetson 3-point record. She had six three-point shots, and ended the game with 24 points and 12 rebounds.
In March 2011, the Lady Tigers won the county's first ever State Championship, defeating Forest Park 55-45.
Under Head Coach Andre Flynn, the Fayette County boys' basketball team achieved a high level of success in 2006, with a 27-0 record.
The Lady Tigers softball team won the 2002 Class AAAAA Championship under the leadership of Hall of Fame Head Coach Jill Joiner, who remains at the helm as of 2010. Joiner completed her 29th year as Fayette's head coach in 2009. Ashley Holcombe, a member of the 2002 state title team, went on to star at Alabama and made Team USA in 2009 and 2010.
One of the most decorated activities at the school is the Speech & Debate Team. The Fayette County Debate Team has won Region Championship every year but three since 1988. In the 2008–2009 season, the debate team won the GFCA AAAA Policy Debate State Championship and GFCA Lincoln Douglas State Championship.
- William Lee Adams, journalist and YouTube personality
- Brandon Boykin, cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League
- Caleb "Bama" Brown, running back, Mercer University
- Logan Browning, actress and singer-songwriter
- Matthew Daniels, played for Duke University and the St. Louis Rams
- Mike Duke, CEO of Wal-Mart
- Noel Johnson, guard for the Auburn Tigers
- Ronnie Mabra, member of the Georgia House of Representatives
- Fayette County High School
- Fayette County Board of Education: Fayette County High School
- Fayette County Board of Education
- Fayette High honored with Blue Ribbon School status Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 8, 2000
- NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND: Latest listings surprise educators Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 21, 2003
- Report Card on Public Schools: Fayette grads outnumber state average Atlanta Journal-Constitution, December 11, 2003
- Fayette leads metro in latest SAT scores Atlanta Journal-Constitution, AUgust 29, 1996
- School Watch Profile: Fayette County High School Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 30, 1997
- Education Notebook: Newnan High student wins art contest Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 1, 1999
- Fayette High's singers heading for Europe Atlanta Journal-Constitution, December 9, 1999
- Upbeat about going Down Under: Fayette band off to Olympics Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 31, 2000
- Band offers doughnuts for fund-raiser The Citizen, November 21, 2006
- Fayette wrestler the real McCoy: Sophomore follows in footsteps of last year's state champ Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 20, 2003
- Two Fayette wrestling teams set for state duals Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 6, 2003
- Around the Region... By Trey Alverson, Fayette County News, January 15, 2009
- Krista Kilburn-Steveskey's official bio at gohofstra.com
- Lady Tigers fall short by Trey Alverson, Fayette County News, March 17, 2009
- A Perfect ending to a perfect season Fayette County News, April 15, 2009
- Fayette's Joiner inducted into Hall of Fame By Trey Alverson, Fayette County News, January 31, 2009
- Holcombe returns to Team USA By Trey Alverson, Fayette County News, January 28, 2010