Heritage High School (Conyers, Georgia)

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Heritage High School
2400 Granade Road Southwest
Conyers, Georgia, 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]
Established 1976
School district Rockdale County School District
Principal Greg Fowler
Assistant principals Bob Bradley
Dave Labarrie
Craig Raines
Tameka Smith
Teaching staff 91 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 Vol 36 (2010)
Telephone (770) 483-5428
Fax (770) 483-9435

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 of 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]


On May 20, 1999, 15-year-old student Anthony "T.J." Solomon opened fire with a .22-caliber rifle on the high school campus, wounding six students. A 15-year-old girl was hospitalized in critical condition, and the other victims suffered from non-life threatening injuries. 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 remains incarcerated in Georgia under the name Anthony Solomon. A common misconception is that he is named Thomas due to his nickname T.J.[6]

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  1. ^ "Free US Geocoder". 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. ^ Richards, Doug (November 10, 2000). "Tentative parole set for Heritage High School gunman". 11Alive. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 

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