McIntosh High School

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McIntosh High School
McIntosh Chiefs
McIntosh Chiefs
Peachtree City, Georgia
United States
Coordinates 33°25′0.98″N 84°33′46.76″W / 33.4169389°N 84.5629889°W / 33.4169389; -84.5629889Coordinates: 33°25′0.98″N 84°33′46.76″W / 33.4169389°N 84.5629889°W / 33.4169389; -84.5629889
Type Public secondary
Established 1981
School district Fayette County School District
Principal Lisa Fine
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,684
Campus Suburban
Mascot Chiefs

McIntosh High School is a comprehensive four-year public secondary school located in Peachtree City, Georgia, United States. As of 2016, it has an enrollment of 1,684 students in grades nine through twelve. The school, governed by the Fayette County School System, was named a Georgia School of Excellence in 2001. In 2007, it was named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.[1]


McIntosh High School, named for William McIntosh, was opened in late January 1981 to serve the growing community of Peachtree City.

A new gym opened during the 2004-2005 school year, as well as a new auditorium that replaced the existing gym built in 1982.


It was named a 2007 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education for having scored in the top 10% of all schools nationwide in student achievement.

The school placed on Georgia's 2007 Top 25 SAT List for having the 15th highest SAT score in the state. It received Georgia's 2007 and 2011 Platinum Award in the highest performance category for outstanding student achievement; it was one of seven high schools in the state to receive this honor. It was named a Georgia School of Excellence in 1987, 2001, 2008, and 2012. It was recognized by the college board as an AP Merit, AP STEM, and AP STEM Achievement School. It received the Director’s Cup Distinction for Athletics in 2013, and Director's Cup for Girls' Athletics in 2013 and 2014. It was recognized in Atlanta Magazine's 2012 list of 50 Best Public High Schools. It ranked 48th in the Washington Post list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools, 2013. It has earned 44 state championships in athletics since 1981. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

McIntosh was on Newsweek magazine's 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 top 1300 U.S. High Schools lists, placing in the top 5% of all high schools nationwide.

Student life[edit]

McIntosh has athletic programs in soccer (2013 and 2014 AAAAA State Champion), volleyball (2007, 2013 AAAAA State Champion), dance (2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 State Champion), and cross country (2005 and 2012 State Champion). Boys' tennis has been state runner-up twice, in 2008 and 2010, and has been division champions for four years. Boys' soccer has won two national titles, has won six state championships, and has been state runner-up five times. Girls' soccer won the state championship eleven times including 1994, beating their rival Fayette County in 1995 (with an overall record of 19-0), and in 2016, beating Columbus 4-0. Both soccer teams have won the state championship in the same season four times (1992, 2000, 2014, and 2017). The varsity boys' soccer team was named national champions in 2013 and 2014 and went unbeaten through those two seasons. The newly added lacrosse program was state runner-up in 2008. Not only has the lacrosse program found success in post season games, they have also been division champs every year since its creation.

McIntosh had the highest SAT scores in Fayette County for 2005.[2] In 2008, McIntosh's ACT scores were reported as the highest in Fayette County and the third highest in the state of Georgia.[3] In 2008 and 2009, the McIntosh High School Varsity Academic Bowl team won the state championship.

As of September 2014, there are 21 AP courses offered, and over 150 students participate in dual enrollment through the ACCEL Program.

Fine arts[edit]

McIntosh High School is known for having one of the top orchestra directors in the nation, Jim Hagberg.

Barbara Baker conducts the school's bands. The school marching band, "The Spirit of McIntosh," is the largest organized cheering body for the school.

The fight song that the band plays after touchdowns is an adaptation of the country song "Ghost Riders in the Sky".

Kenneth Buswell is the director of the school's drama program, which won the one-act competition in 2014 with Five Kinds of Silence.

Hannah Beth Potter is the director of the school's chorus program.

Notable alumni[edit]


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