Forsyth Central High School

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Forsyth Central High School
Forsyth Central High School Main Entrance.jpg
131 Elm Street
Cumming, Georgia 30040
United States
Coordinates 34°12′57.4″N 84°8′24.45″W / 34.215944°N 84.1401250°W / 34.215944; -84.1401250Coordinates: 34°12′57.4″N 84°8′24.45″W / 34.215944°N 84.1401250°W / 34.215944; -84.1401250
Type Public school
Motto "Excellence In The Three A’s"
Academics, Arts, Athletics
Opened 1955
School district Forsyth County Schools
CEEB code 110920
NCES School ID 130222000956[1]
Principal Mitch Young
Faculty 208
Teaching staff 96.5 (FTE)
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2,089 (2015)
Student to teacher ratio 14.3
Campus type Suburban
Color(s) Black, white, and red
Athletics conference 7-AAAAA
Mascot Bulldogs
Newspaper The Central Way
Feeder schools Otwell Middle School, Lakeside Middle School, Little Mill Middle School

Forsyth Central High School is a public high school located in Cumming, Georgia, United States, northeast of Atlanta. Built in 1956, the school currently stands at 131 Elm Street, Cumming, Georgia 30040. It was originally known as Forsyth County High School until 1989 when South Forsyth High School opened. It is one of five high schools in the Forsyth County School District.

Student data[edit]

Forsyth Central High School has an approximate enrollment of 2,020 (as of spring 2008). Most of its students are of Caucasian, and Hispanic origin, with African-American students the third most prominent, and Asian students the fourth. Students are mainly drawn from Lakeside, Little Mill and Otwell Middle Schools; however, it is common for students to transfer out of district in order to attend Forsyth Central High.

Forsyth Central High has developed a magnet school status because of its highly competitive STEM program, exceptionally high marks on school atmosphere surveys as well as its many award-winning clubs and-extra curricular activities.

Higher-level academics[edit]

Forsyth Central High School offers an extensive assortment of Advanced Placement (AP) courses, dual enrollment options, an honors mentorship program, and a state certified STEM program. Forsyth Central High was certified during the 2014-2015 school year and is the only school in Forsyth County to offer a legitimate STEM program. The STEM program is currently working towards national certification. The program requires students to fulfill several strict requirements each year. They must maintain a minimum of a 3.5 overall GPA, and a 3.5 GPA in all STEM classes. STEM classes are separate and specialized relative to other AP or honor level courses. All STEM students must also complete a research project by their senior year in order to graduate. An acceptable research project is conducted exactly as a professional research project, complete with a grant proposal and full documentation of all results and procedures. Another requirement of earning a STEM diploma is competing in an authorized co-curricular activity or competition each semester.

Extra-curricular activities[edit]

Forsyth Central High School participates in many other clubs, including TSA, HOSA, and DECA.

Forsyth Central regularly earns finalist positions in TSA and HOSA, mainly due to the caliber and size of the STEM program. In the 2015-2016 school year Forsyth Central's HOSA chapter grew by 529%.

Flash of Crimson[edit]

The Flash of Crimson Marching Band is based in Forsyth Central High School, and led by Tom Tucker and Dan Grass. The Flash of Crimson has won Class Champion (AA0 three years in a row (2008, 2009, 2010) and were 8th place finalists at Bands of America Super Regional in Atlanta, Georgia in 2009. They also traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana to compete in BOA Grand Nationals under the direction of former director John Mashburn. They placed 29th out of 94 bands. The Flash of Crimson is considered one of the greatest bands in the southeast, and former band director John Mashburn is one of the nation's elite directors.

The school is also known for its world-class indoor drumline. They attended the WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio in 2012, where they placed as the 8th high school in the world. Previously they placed 11th in 2010 and 9th in 2009. Their 2012 season was the most successful year in the school's history.


Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, Micah Owings, played baseball at Forsyth Central. The school currently competes in Region 6-AAAA (Area 3 A-AAAAA for lacrosse).[3] The school has played in the region since 2002, with the exception of the period between fall 2006 and spring 2008, when Central was part of Region 7-AAAAA.[4][5]

The Bulldog football team recently finished with a 2-8-0 record.
The Bulldog basketball team recently finished with a best in the county 15-11-0 record.
The Bulldog baseball team recently finished with a best in the county 22-9-1 record. The baseball team also ended the season ranked 8th in the state.
The Bulldog Varsity volleyball team recently advanced to region for the first time since 2008.
The Bulldog competition cheer ended at top 1000 in state.

Theatre Department[edit]

Forsyth Central's Theatre Department is currently headed by Kevin Whitley. The Theatre Department has won 18 Regional One Act Competitions (91, 92, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 04, 05, 06, 08, 09, 10, 12, 14) and 8 State Competitions (94, 95, 96, 97, 00, 02, 04, 05). The elite performance group from the FCHS Theatre Department is known as the Masquers (formerly Maskers, or Portable Players). Their most notable alumni is Kelli Giddish, who plays a main character on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.

Bulldog Engine Team[edit]

Forsyth Central's bulldog engine team recently won the Skills USA championship, and is currently ranked #38 in the nation. They recently posted a record time of 15:05 and a national placement time of 19:10.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Forsyth Central High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Forsyth Central High School Fact Sheet" (PDF). Forsyth County Schools. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 May 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
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  4. ^ "GHSA Sanctioned Athletic Events". GHSA. Archived from the original on 2010-06-20. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  5. ^ "GHSFHA Forsyth Central Yearly Region Standings". GHSFHA. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 

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