Gainesville High School (Georgia)

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Gainesville High School
830 Century Place
Gainesville, Georgia 30501-3002
United States
Coordinates 34°17′49″N 83°50′31″W / 34.296886°N 83.842014°W / 34.296886; -83.842014Coordinates: 34°17′49″N 83°50′31″W / 34.296886°N 83.842014°W / 34.296886; -83.842014[1]
Established 1882
School district Gainesville City School District
Principal Tom Smith
Teaching staff 68 FTE[2]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2,200[2]
Student to teacher ratio 17:1[2]
Color(s) Red and white          
Mascot Red Elephant
Team name Red Elephants
Newspaper The Trumpeter
Yearbook Radiator
Telephone (770) 536-4441

Gainesville High School is located in Gainesville, Georgia, United States.


Gainesville High School was founded in 1892.


Like the majority of comprehensive high schools in the US, GHS offers Advanced Placement and honors courses. It also offers vocational curricula. In 2003 the school incorporated a formal Apprenticeship and Mentor Program to tech prep classes.


  • Gainesville High School was awarded the National Blue Ribbon award for 2010. This is considered the highest honor an American school can achieve.
  • Gainesville High School has been recognized as a State School of Excellence.
  • In 2006, students Preston Smith, Robert Whelchel, and Bryan Williams were recognized for superior talent as winners of Southeast Regional Emmy Awards.[3]
  • Under the guidance of Pam Ware, the drama department was honored as one of 50 high schools chosen to participate in the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2005, 2008, and 2011.[4][5]
  • GHS has a tradition of Governors Honors participants and National Merit Scholar recipients, with test scores consistently in the top 10% in the state.


GHS teams are known as the Red Elephants. They are the only school in the country with that mascot. They received the name in the 1920s when the announcer announced the football team was coming on the field looking like a herd of "Red Elephants." This was well before the more publicly known unofficial nickname of The University of Alabama Crimson Tide.

Red Elephants boys' and girls' golf teams won state in 2012.

2012 football season[edit]

  • Overall record: (12-3)
  • AAAAA record: 1st
Week Date Opponent Result Record
1 August 30, 2012 West Forsyth L 30-32 0-1
2 September 7, 2012 Buford W 19-15 1-1
3 September 14, 2012 Winder-Barrow W 69-0 2-1
4 September 21, 2012 Apalachee W 62-20 3-1
5 September 28, 2012 Heritage W 42-14 4-1
6 October 5, 2012 Cedar Shoals W 42-23 5-1
7 October 12, 2012 Salem W 49-6 6-1
8 October 19, 2012 Clarke Central W 49-28 7-1
9 Bye
10 November 2, 2012 Loganville L 41-46 7-2
11 November 9, 2012 Flowery Branch L 34-35 7-3
P1 November 16, 2012 Rome W 41-14 8-3
P2 November 23, 2012 Kell W 61-42 9-3
P3 November 30, 2012 Harris County W 64-13 10-3
P4 December 7, 2012 Whitewater W 28-14 10-3

* Indicates an away game.

Gainesville dominated Ware County 49-13 at the Georgia Dome, winning their first GHSA championship.

2010 soccer season[edit]

The Gainesville High School boys' soccer team capped off a perfect season with a 2010 GHSA AAA State Championship, their first state championship since 1998. The Red Elephants defeated Woodward Academy War Eagles 5-4 under the coaching of Richard Howard and Ellie Viviant.

Boys' golf teams[edit]

Gainesville High School claims one of the most successful boys' golf programs in Georgia history. The program has won seven GHSA state championships (1978, 1979, 1981, 1994, 1996, 2012, and 2013), 37 region championships (most recently in 2016), and 21 Hall County titles. In addition, there have been eight individual state champions from GHS. The team is coached by Bryson Worley, and has a team locker room at Chattahoochee Golf Club in Gainesville.

Notable alumni[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Free US Geocoder". Archived from the original on 2011-05-11. Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  2. ^ a b c "". Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  3. ^ Article about students winning Emmy awards
  4. ^ Article about the GHS theater group going to Scotland
  5. ^ Article about Edinburgh Fringe Festival participation in Gainesville Times