Heritage High School (Conyers, Georgia)
|Heritage High School|
2400 Granade Road Southwest
|Motto||"Setting the Stage for Excellence"|
|School district||Rockdale County School District|
|NCES District ID||130441001591|
|Teaching staff||95 FTE|
|Student to teacher ratio||20:1|
|Color(s)||Red and blue|
|Accreditation||Southern Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Website||Heritage High School|
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), under the Rockdale County School District. 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. In 2014 Heritage High School became an Academy for Performing and Visual Arts.
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, but in 2000 he was found guilty but mentally ill, and was sentenced to 40 years in prison and 65 years of probation. 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.
On August 23, 2019, an, as of this writing, unknown person was thought to have a gun during a fight. During the third quarter, the stadium was immediately evacuated after it was confirmed there was not a gun.
In July 2014, Heritage High School became an Academy for Performing and Visual Arts, also referred to as the Fine Arts Program. Students accepted into the program are enrolled in one of the following majors:
- Vocal Music
- Instrumental Music
- Technical Theatre
- Visual Arts
Heritage High School's drama department won the Georgia High School Association one act play competition at the 6A level in 2017 and 2018. Also in 2017, they won the Georgia High School Theater Award for Overall Production, for their production of Les Misérables, and Ramone Nelson, who played Jean Valjean, won the award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor.
- Jill Arrington, former ESPN college football reporter
- Tyler Austin, San Francisco Giants first baseman and outfielder
- The members of the band Cartel
- Clint Mathis, World Cup soccer player
- Jack McBrayer, actor
- Jamie Newton, founder of Golf Turf Management; appeared on one season of Survivor
- Richard T. Scott, Artist, writer, and coin designer for the United States Mint.
- Marcus Printup, Jazz Trumpeter and member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra under the leadership of Wynton Marsalis.
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