Henry W. Grady High School

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Henry W. Grady High School
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Individually we are different... together we are Grady
929 Charles Allen Drive
Atlanta, Georgia
United States
Coordinates 33°46′50″N 84°22′18″W / 33.780633°N 84.371613°W / 33.780633; -84.371613Coordinates: 33°46′50″N 84°22′18″W / 33.780633°N 84.371613°W / 33.780633; -84.371613
Type Public secondary
Established 1872
School board Atlanta Public Schools
School district Atlanta Public Schools
Principal Timothy J. Guiney
Faculty 57
Grades 912
Color(s)          Grey and Cardinal Red
Mascot Knights
Average SAT scores 1580
Newspaper The Southerner
Yearbook The Orator

Henry W. Grady High School is located in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. It is one of the first two high schools established by Atlanta Public Schools in 1872. Initially known as Boys High School, it had a Technical Department which expanded in 1909 to became a separate school: Tech High. Boys High moved to the current campus site in 1924. The 1924 structure (the wing of the campus facing Charles Allen Dr.) still stands, and has been renovated three times (1950, 1987, and 2004). Between 1909 and 1924, Tech High also moved to the campus' current location. Tech High and Boys High merged in 1947 to form Henry Woodfin Grady High School, named for the proponent of the "New South" after the Civil War and one of Georgia's most celebrated journalists. Vincent Murray, PhD, served as the school's principal from 1991 until the 2013-2014 school year. Beginning during the 2014-2015 academic year, Timothy J. Guiney is the current principal. The mascot is the grey knight and the school colors are grey and cardinal red.

Grady served as the communication magnet in the Atlanta Public Schools system from 1991 until 2011, when the school closed the magnet following a system-wide grant from the Gates Foundation to open small learning communities. Since 2011, Grady has been home to four small learning communities: Communications and Journalism, Public Policy and Justice, Business and Entrepreneurship, and Biomedical Science and Engineering.

As of October 2015, the student population was reported as being 53% percent Black, 35% percent White, 6% Hispanic and 2% Asian.[1]

Grady is located adjacent to Piedmont Park in the heart of Midtown Atlanta. In addition to Midtown, Grady serves Inman Park, Virginia-Highland, Lake Claire, Candler Park, Fourth Ward, Morningside-Lenox Park, Home Park, Atlantic Station, Ansley Park, and parts of Downtown Atlanta.


As of the 2010 school year, Atlanta Public Schools has done away with Grady's journalism magnet program, instead implementing small learning communities funded by the Gates foundation. Since suggesting these small learning communities over five years ago, the Gates foundation has removed funding for the program, stating that small learning communities are in fact detrimental to student success. Atlanta Public Schools continued with their plan to transition all schools to small learning communities. Some[who?] think the academies racially segregated the school.


Knights of Sound[edit]

The Grady High School Knights of Sound Band (made of a marching band, a concert/symphonic band, and a jazz band) was built under the leadership of band director Dr. Dyann Ryans from 2001 to 2008. During this time, the Knights of Sound received numerous awards and accolades, such as superior ratings at GMEA Festivals, traveling to Orlando's Heritage Music Festival and receiving a silver rating, marching in numerous parades like the Inman Park Parade and the Clark Atlanta University Parade, performing at a local Battle of The Bands in 2009, fashion shows, and many community events. Three students were selected to be in the All-State Band in 2006. Band members received gold, silver, and bronze medals in the NAACP-ACT SO Competition held annually in March, and received superior and excellent ratings at District Solo and Ensemble. Many seniors receive band scholarships to the college of their choice while participating in the Knights of Sound Band. In 2007, the Knights of Sound performed with the "Dem Franchize Boys" in 'Talkin Out The Side of Ya Neck Video'. As of July 2011, the band is under leadership of Brian Cook.


The Grady Chorus consists of four independent classes (Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced and Chamber). The Advanced and Chamber Choruses form Grady's performance chorus, and have performed at Spivey Hall (Clayton State University), Falany Hall (Reinhardt College), and the Recital Hall of Georgia State University. They have also performed with the William Baker Festival Singers and have annual fall performances with the Woodstock High School Varsity Singers. Every year since 2005 many singers have auditioned for and attended the Georgia All-State Chorus, and in 2006 all three members who attended received honorary seals on their certificates.

Additional magnet electives are beginning photography, advanced photography, and advanced computer applications.

School publications[edit]

The Unmasking (literary magazine)[edit]

The Unmasking was founded in 1988 as a yearly publication of student art, literature, and criticism edited by Grady students, published every spring. The magazine was named "Best in Show" by the National Scholastic Press Association twice, in 2005 (Seattle) and 2001 (Boston). The publication is also a member of the Georgia Scholastic Press Association, which in 2006 rated the magazine as superior.

The Southerner[edit]

The Southerner is a monthly newspaper written by Grady students. Part of the High School National Ad Network, it has been published since 1947. The Southerner has won numerous awards, such as the Pacemaker Award and the Quill & Scroll Award, earning the publication nationwide acclaim.

GNN and GAMETIME (broadcast journalism)[edit]

Grady News Now and "GAMETIME" are Grady High School's programs in broadcast journalism, and are also recipients of many awards. GNN won its first Pacemaker in November 2005. It was one of only four schools nationwide to receive the highest award in scholastic journalism. "GAMETIME" is a weekly show dedicated to the coverage of prevalent sports stories as well as scores and highlights from all scholastic athletic events. It won the GSPA (Georgia Scholastic Press Association) award for the best new breakthrough production. A new show was added in 2007, "GK Today," which consists of the morning announcements school wide, but it was discontinued.

Nexus (magazine)[edit]

Nexus magazine, written by Grady students, is a bimonthly publication. Its success in the 2004-2005 school year was at first limited, with only a handful of editions, as that was its first year and it started late. Its second year (2005–2006) saw great success when Nexus gained the Start-Up achievement award from the Georgia Scholastic Press Association. In the 2008-2009 school year Nexus won "All Southern" from SIPA.


Grady is located at 929 Charles Allen Drive, between 8th and 10th streets, in Midtown Atlanta. It is adjacent to the busy 10th and Monroe commercial node and directly across the street from Piedmont Park, Atlanta's "Central Park."

10th and Home, the designated family housing unit of Georgia Tech,[2] is zoned to Grady.[3][4]

Student body[edit]

In the 2015-2016 school year, the school had 1364 students.[5]

In 2015-2016, Grady lost its Title 1 status due to a decrease in the number of students receiving free and reduced lunch.

Student activities[edit]

Students can invest their time out of class in various extracurricular activities:


  • Fall sports
    • Water Polo - Boys' and girls.' Girls 2013 - 3rd place in state.
    • Cheerleading (2006 Regional Champions)
    • Cross-country (Boys: 2005 Regional Champions; 2nd at state. 2003 2nd at state, 2009 APS city champions, 2010 APS city champions, 2011 APS city champions)
    • Football – Varsity and Junior Varsity (2014 Regional Champions, State Football Semi-Finals)
    • Softball
    • Volleyball
  • Winter sports
    • Swimming - Girls 2014 City Champs, boys 2014 City 2nd Place
    • Basketball – Boys' and girls' Varsity and JV (2006 Regional Champion Runner-up)
    • Cheerleading (2006 Regional Champion)
    • Debate – Novice, JV and Varsity (see below, under "Speech and Debate")
    • Riflery – Co-ed
  • Spring sports
    • Baseball – Varsity and JV
    • Golf
    • Lacrosse - Varsity (Boys and Girls)
    • Soccer (Boys: 2004, 2005 Regional Champions; Girls: First state playoff win ever in 2006, Final Four in 2007.) The Grady soccer teams compete in region 5-AAA.
    • Tennis
    • Track (Girls, 1988 State Champions, 2013 Atlanta City Champions, Boys, 2000, Team 3rd State Class AA, 2001, Team 3rd State Class AA, 2002 Team Region Runner-up, 2003, Team 3rd State Class AA, 2005, Team Class AA State Runner-up, 2007, State runner-up and nationally ranked 4x100 relay, 2011 Atlanta City Champions, 2012 Atlanta City Champions)

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    • Ultimate Frisbee

Clubs and extracurriculars[edit]

  • Speech and Debate
    • Public Forum, Policy Debate, Lincoln Douglas Debate, Extemporaneous Speech, Impromptu, Oratory, Prose Poetry, Humorous Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, and Duo Interpretation
    • GFCA State Champions: 2009,2010, 2011,2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 (all years the sweepstakes award at the tournament has been offered)
  • Mock Trial - The team won the State Championship in 2000, 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2011. The team placed 14, 16, 8, 3 and 4 at the National Championship in 2000, 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2011 respectively. The team has won the Metro Atlanta Regional competition for 12 years in a row. They also won an International Invitational Competition in New York in October 2010.
  • Model U.N. - numerous individual awards at the Georgia State University competition
  • Arab League
  • Robotics Team - "G3 Robotics, FIRST Team 1648"
    • FIRST Robotics Competition - Accomplishments include:
      • Finalists, Rookie All-Star Award at the 2005 Peachtree Regional, division semifinalist at the 2005 International Championship
      • Winner, 2015 Georgia Southern Classic Regional
      • District Chairman's Award, 2016 Peachtree District - Columbus Event
      • Finalist, 2016 Peachtree District - Albany Event
    • VEX - 2005 International Championship 1st place
    • BEST Robotics Competition - 2006 Regional 2nd place; awards for most elegant design, best shirt design, most photogenic robot, and Founders Award for best conceptual design
    • MATE ROV Challenge
  • Fashion Club, with an annual fashion show
  • JROTC, Citywide JROTC Drill Team Competition: 1st Place – Color Guard Team; 2nd Place – Standard Drill Team, 1st Place Veterans Day Parade, Henry W Grady Jrotc
  • Gamer Club
  • Gospel Choir
  • History Club
  • Improvisation Club
  • Interact Club
  • Jetpack Club
  • Les Gourmandes
  • Library Club
  • Philosophy Club
  • Poetry Club
  • Organic Gardening Club
  • Quiz Bowl
  • Future Teachers of America (FTA)
  • FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America)
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Fiber Arts Club
  • Earth Club
  • Drama Club
  • Biology Club
  • Beta Club
  • Andover-Dartmouth Math Team
  • Achievement Club
  • Academic Decathlon
  • Art Club
  • Amnesty International
  • Students for Voter Registration
  • Sam Barksdale Club
  • Latin Club
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Modern Literature Club
  • Andrew Nichols' Club for a Better Future

Feeder patterns[edit]

The following elementary schools feed into Grady: Centennial Place, Mary Lin,[1], Hope-Hill, Morningside and Springdale Park.

Samuel M. Inman Middle School also feeds into Grady.

Grady in popular culture[edit]

Several rap videos have been shot on Grady's campus, including videos by popular artists Dem Franchize Boyz, Freak Nasty, and Outkast. Grady is also the birthplace of several recording artists and popular local groups—such as national rap act Supreeme and The Grape Tree Music Collective. In 2011, Grady was the host to MTV's hit show Teen Wolf as it made its television debut. Several movies have been shot on Grady's campus, including Remember the Titans, Ride Along, and Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Notable alumni[edit]

addition: Warren Daley Quenstedt (class of 1927) Deputy General Manager of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (DM Metro System)

  • Eric Roberts (class of 1974) - actor
  • Lorenza Izzo - actress and model
  • Supreeme, former hip-hop group whose members include Shaka "Tom Cruz" Girvan aka Dope Pope, Negashi Armada, and Sam "King Self" Terrell
  • Allen West, LTC Allen West, US ARMY, Ret. (class of 1979) - C/LTC of the 1979 ROTC class, US Congressman from Florida
  • Bronte Woodard (class of 1958) - wrote and adapted screenplay for the movie Grease.[citation needed]
  • George W. Woodruff (class of 1913, Tech High, precursor to Grady High), former Director of Coca-Cola Company, philanthropist
  • Donald Windham (class of 1937) - playwright, editor, novelist, short-story writer, and memoirist; known for such works as The Dog Star, Emblems of Conduct, The Warm Country, and Two People; grew up on Peachtree Street


  1. ^ http://app.doe.k12.ga.us/ows-bin/owa/fte_pack_ethnicsex.display_proc
  2. ^ "10th and Home." Georgia Tech. Retrieved on October 2, 2011.
  3. ^ "Our Location/Map/Directions." Georgia Tech. Retrieved on October 2, 2011. "Address: 251 10th St NW Atlanta, GA 30318"
  4. ^ "Grady." Atlanta Public Schools. Retrieved on October 2, 2011.
  5. ^ http://app.doe.k12.ga.us/ows-bin/owa/fte_pack_ethnicsex.display_proc
  6. ^ Georgia High School Track and Field. Ed. Bruce Taylor. ga.milesplit.com, 29 Mar. 2011. Web. 16 June 2013. <http://ga.milesplit.com/meets/88146/results/152275>
  7. ^ Georgia High School Track and Field. Ed. Bruce Taylor. ga.milesplit.com, 29 Mar. 2012. Web. 16 June 2013. <http://ga.milesplit.com/meets/113059/results/191750
  8. ^ Georgia High School Track and Field. Ed. Bruce Taylor. ga.milesplit.com, 30 Mar. 2013. Web. 16 June 2013. <http://ga.milesplit.com/meets/139187/results/239146
  9. ^ Georgia High School Association. Ed. Steve Figueroa. Georgia High School Association, n.d. Web. 16 June 2013. <http://ghsa.net/ghsa-girls-track-champions>

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