Heritage High School (Conyers, Georgia)

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Heritage High School
Address
2400 Granade Road Southwest
Conyers, Georgia, Rockdale 30094-6299
United States
Coordinates 33°37′40″N 84°02′57″W / 33.627728°N 84.049045°W / 33.627728; -84.049045Coordinates: 33°37′40″N 84°02′57″W / 33.627728°N 84.049045°W / 33.627728; -84.049045[1]
Information
Established 1976
School district Rockdale County School District
Principal Greg Fowler
Teaching staff 98 FTE[2]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,441[2]
Student to teacher ratio 16:1[2]
Color(s)          Red and blue
Athletics conference 8 AAAA
Mascot Patriot
Team name Patriots
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Newspaper The Sentinel
Yearbook L'Espirit
Telephone (770) 483-5428
Fax (770) 483-9435
Website

Heritage High School is one of three public secondary schools in Rockdale County in Conyers, Georgia, United States (the others being Rockdale County High School and Salem High School). Heritage High School is home of the Patriots. It has twice been named a School of Excellence. In December 2009, U.S. News & World Report gave Heritage High School a silver medal ranking in the top 500 high schools in the nation.[citation needed] In 2014 Heritage High School became an Academy for Performing and Visual Arts.

Shooting[edit]

On May 20, 1999, a month to the day after the Columbine High School massacre, 15-year-old student Anthony "T.J." Solomon opened fire with a .22-caliber rifle on the Heritage campus, wounding six students. A 15-year-old girl was hospitalized in critical condition, and the other victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Solomon attempted suicide with a revolver but was talked into surrendering by an assistant principal. Solomon initially faced up to 351 years of prison if convicted of aggravated assault and other charges,[3] but in 2000 he was found guilty but mentally ill, and was sentenced to 40 years in prison and 65 years of probation.[4][5] A judge later reduced his sentence from 40 to 20 years. He was released to his mother's house on parole on July 26, 2016.[6][7]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Jill Arrington, former ESPN college football reporter
  • Tyler Austin, New York Yankees first baseman and outfielder
  • Steve Johnson, professional wrestler; two-time tag team champion currently signed to Platinum Championship Wrestling under the name "Johnny Danger"
  • The members of the band Cartel
  • Clint Mathis, World Cup soccer player
  • Jack McBrayer, actor
  • Jamie Newton, founder of Golf Turf Management; owner and operator of golf courses worldwide; appeared on one season of Survivor

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Free US Geocoder". Archived from the original on 2011-05-11. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 
  2. ^ a b c "school-stats.com". Retrieved 2010-06-26. 
  3. ^ Pilcher, James (August 12, 1999). "15-year-old gunman's case sent to adult court". Associated Press. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ "6 hurt in Georgia high school shooting". CNN. May 20, 1999. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Ga. Shooter Gets 40 Years". ABC News. November 10, 2000. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ Schramm, Rebekka (July 26, 2016). "Notorious 1999 Heritage High School shooter released from prison". CBS46. 
  7. ^ Richards, Doug (November 10, 2000). "Tentative parole set for Heritage High School gunman". 11Alive. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 

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