Lakeside High School (DeKalb County, Georgia)
|Lakeside High School|
|3801 Briarcliff Rd. N.E.
|Color(s)||Purple and gold|
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Lakeside High School is a public high school in unincorporated DeKalb County, Georgia, United States. The school has an Atlanta address (3801 Briarcliff Road) and is part of the DeKalb County School System.
Lakeside is a public school encompassing grades 9-12. The school is located in a predominantly upper middle class suburban community and serves students from the Northlake area of the DeKalb County School District.
Lakeside High School opened its doors in 1964. It completed a $23 million renovation and addition in the summer of 2012, adding a new classroom wing and a performing arts building.
In Newsweek magazine's 2005 list of the best 1,200 public high schools in the nation, Lakeside ranked at 107, the highest in Georgia. In the 2006 edition of the list, which is based on the number of AP and IB tests taken as compared to the number of graduating seniors, Lakeside ranked 135, just below Riverwood High School in nearby Sandy Springs, which ranked 132.
Rigorous instruction, high student achievement, parental involvement and teacher retention are strengths for Lakeside High School.
The student body is composed of 46% White, 22% Hispanic, 32% Black, 7.4% Asian, and 14% other racial groups. These numbers include 9.2% students with disabilities, 36% economically disadvantaged, and 5.5% English language learners.
The following elementary schools feed into Lakeside: 
- Henderson Mill
- Oak Grove
- Sagamore Hills
Henderson Middle School is Lakeside's feeder middle school. A small minority of the students come from private schools or DeKalb School of the Arts.
The school has a professional staff of 170, including 120 teaching faculty, five administrators, and five counselors.
In addition to a range of extracurricular activities, a curriculum is offered from a standardized system-wide program of studies. A high percentage of students take advanced and gifted classes.
22 Advanced Placement courses are offered in English Literature, Composition, Calculus AB and BC, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics, Microeconomics, World History, Psychology, American History, American Government, Computer Science, French Language, German Language, Spanish Language, Music Theory, Studio Art Drawing, 2-D and 3-D, and Art History. Advanced or accelerated courses, and courses for the gifted, are offered in English, math, science, French, Spanish, and social science. Lakeside administered 1164 AP exams during the 2011-2012 school year.
In the fall of 1997, DeKalb County Schools changed to a semester system. A minimum of 24 Carnegie Units must be completed in order to qualify for graduation. Lakeside is on a traditional seven period class day. Each class period is 50 minutes in length with 180 instructional days in the school year.
Local colleges and universities coordinate joint enrollment programs with Lakeside to serve students who wish to pursue college courses while still in high school.
Sports and extracurricular activities
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For the 2016-17 season, Lakeside High School will compete in GHSA Region 7-AAAAAAA, along with Norcross High School, Central Gwinnett High School, Parkview High School, Brookwood High School, Berkmar High School, and Meadowcreek High School.
Lakeside's achievements include:
- Lakeside won the football state championships in 1970, 1972, and 1991, and were state runner-up in 1974 and 1996. The 1972 team was unscored upon during the ten game regular season. They had the #1 ranked high school quarterback in the country as well as being the #2 ranked team in the nation.
- Lakeside's men's varsity ultimate frisbee was ranked 7th in the nation in 2015, and placed 2nd in the state in 2015, 2014, and 2013, and 3rd in 2012.
- Lakeside's men's varsity soccer team won the state championship in 2008, defeating Southeast Whitfield High School.
- Men's soccer has won the State Championship 7 times (1970, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1981, 1997, and 2008).
- Lakeside men's Cross Country State Champions: 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1975
- Lakeside gymnastics State Champions (men's 1973, women's 9 straight from 1971-1979)
- Lakeside women's swimming has 6 State Championships (1969, 1970, 1971, 1977, 1978, 1981)
- Lakeside men's tennis State Champions (1980, 1981, 1982, 2001), Women's Tennis (1984)
- Lakeside men's track State Champions (1970, 1974)
- Lakeside men's wrestling State Champions (1997)
The football program is led by Head Coach and Athletic Director Coach Cam Jones. Coach Jones was named the 12th Head Football Coach in program history on June 27, 2016. He came to Lakeside High School after stint as an Assistant Coach at perennial power Norcross High School.
"Coach Cam Jones is the real deal," Principal Robert Williams said. "Not only is he an experienced head coach of a high school football team, but he brings knowledge gained from working with state championship coaches and experience from working in operations with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and University of South Florida Bulls."
When Jones was asked about taking over the program, he said, "My job now is to capture the hearts of the young men in our program and then work to see that they not only believe in themselves, but believe in one another and in what we want to do with this Lakeside program."
When asked about his vision for the program, Jones said, "My vision is to be recognized as a FIRST CLASS program by helping student-athletes achieve their highest potential in the classroom, on the field, in the community, and in life."
From 1965-1997, the Lakeside Vikings consistently ranked among the best football teams in Georgia. During that thirty-two year period, Lakeside never experienced a losing season. No other team in Georgia could make that claim. The Vikings won state championships in 1970, 1972, and 1991 and were state runner-up in 1974 and 1996. Lakeside won Region titles in 1967, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, and 1991.
The Lakeside Legend was voted "Superior" by GSPA. The newspaper is offered as a fourth period class.
28 players from Lakeside's last 10 graduating classes have gone on to play college or professional baseball, including five seniors from the 2010 Vikings squad.
The band has performed and won awards in competitions in Chicago, Washington D.C., Myrtle Beach, Orlando, and Hawaii. The Marching Band routinely competes in marching competitions. The band also contains an active jazz band, winter drumline, color guard, and winter guard, which competes in the Southern Association of Performance Arts (SAPA) and won first place in class SrA (2011), and second place in IrA (2012). The band sends four separate groups to the Georgia District IV Large Group Performance Evaluations each year, and currently has the highest number of students from the county in the All-State Band (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) and the most students in the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony from any one school (2010, 2011, 2014), in addition to having the largest band enrollment in DeKalb County School District.
The Jazz Band, in past years, hosted an annual swing dance, presented by the Atlanta Swing Era Dance Association, with swing dance lessons taught by Down South Swing.
- Ron Cash - former professional baseball player (Detroit Tigers)
- Greg Davis (class of 1983) - former NFL kicker, 1987-1998
- Donald Glover - actor (Community), comedian, writer, rapper
- David Ryan Harris - singer-songwriter
- Tim Hornsby - 2012 and 2016 Olympic kayaker
- Samantha Power, Irish-born Harvard University professor, journalist and former policy advisor to US President Barack Obama, US Ambassador to the UN
- Huey Richardson - 15th overall pick in the 1991 NFL Draft
- Jay Alan Sekulow - Attorney Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), TV and radio talk show host, frequent guest commentator on the Christian Broadcasting Network and the Fox News Channel
- Murray Silver (class of 1971) - author, filmmaker, television producer
- Keisha Waites - state representative for Georgia's 60th district
- Alec Kann - professional soccer player, goalkeeper for Atlanta United FC
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- "LHS Alumni - Recent Lakeside graduates who continued with college or professional baseball". Lakeside Vikings Baseball. 14 December 2012. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
- "Tim Hornsby". Team USA. United States Olympic Committee. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
- Darnell, Tim (6 June 2013). "Lakeside Grad Picked to be U.N. Ambassador". Patch.com. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
- "Power Coming To The UN". Huffington Post. June 5, 2013.