Martin Luther King Jr. High School (Lithonia, Georgia)
|Martin Luther King Jr. High School|
|3991 Snapfinger Road
|Motto||Teamwork makes the Dreamwork!|
Crimson, silver and black
|Website||MLK High School|
Martin Luther King Jr. High School is a public high school located in Lithonia, Georgia, United States. It opened in August 2001 as the newest high school in the DeKalb County School System, and was named after the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.
The school was opened to alleviate overcrowding in surrounding middle schools. It originally included only grades 6-7 and 9-10. Tenth grade students came from Lithonia and Southwest DeKalb High Schools to relieve crowding and also due to the rezoning of DeKalb County. The following year, after a protest by the high school students, the school dropped the sixth and seventh graders and added eighth grade. It became a pure high school with grades 9-12 in the 2003-2004 school year.
MLK's current principal is Harvey.
Salem Middle School is the middle school feeder to MLK.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
MLK implemented the International Baccalaureate Diploma program during the 2004-2005 school year, and it continues to produce top students each year.
Awards and recognition
The MLK marching band received superior ratings at the District Band Festival, and superior ratings in the county marching competition. The MLK marching band has traveled to South Africa (2006) and the AT&T Cotton Bowl, and has also participated in the 2011 Bands of America with their Wind Ensemble. The band attended the Ohio State Buckeye Invitational in 2014.
The MLK Drama team won the Region 2-AAAAA championship in the One-Act Play competition in 2006.
The MLK football team has been to the state playoffs every year since it has been a full high school, compiling a remarkable 56-18 record over six years, which is the best record in Georgia football history for a high school in its first six years of existence.
The MLK football team were the 2010-2011 Region 2-AAAAA champions, upsetting the Stephenson Jaguars perfect season in a 50-49 victory. This victory led the Lions to the playoffs, where they were defeated in the second round by Colquitt County Packers. They have been Region Champions for three consecutive years.
The MLK wrestling team has been acknowledged for their excellence. Laron Taylor placed first at the County tournament at 165 lb. and Wesley Warren placed second at county tournament at 103 lb.
The MLK girls' track and field team won the state championships in 2010-2011, beating Westlake.
Malcolm McCord and Brandy Ward scored the school's first lacrosse goals for MLK.
- Crime Mob, southern rap group
- Cedric Hunter, professional baseball player (San Diego Padres)
- Jibril Stapleton, first NCAA male lacrosse player (Oglethorpe University)
- Kevin Byard, professional football player (Tennessee Titans)
- Mac Brown, professional football player (Washington Redskins)