Newnan High School

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Newnan High School
190 Lagrange Street
Newnan, Georgia, 30263-2999
United States
Coordinates 33°21′46″N 84°48′53″W / 33.362782°N 84.814616°W / 33.362782; -84.814616Coordinates: 33°21′46″N 84°48′53″W / 33.362782°N 84.814616°W / 33.362782; -84.814616[1]
Type Public High school
Founded 1918[2]
School district Coweta County School District
Principal Chase Puckett
Teaching staff 89 FTE[3]
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 1,772[3]
Student to teacher ratio 20:1[3]
Nickname Cougars
Accreditations Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Georgia Accrediting Commission

Newnan High School (NHS) is a high school in southwestern Coweta County, in Georgia in the United States. It is located south of the Newnan, Georgia's historic downtown district. NHS is the oldest of the three Coweta County high schools.

Founded in 1918 as the first high school in Newnan, NHS was a Southern Accredited School by 1919 and has held the distinction ever since. Newnan High School has been a School of Excellence[clarification needed] three times.

NHS has a varied athletic program with regional and state records, and an academic program that affords intellectually gifted graduates advanced placement standing in the nation's colleges and universities. It also has a music program that includes the Newnan High School Marching Cats, a jazz band, All-State musicians, and three instrumental ensembles (Concert, Symphonic 2, and Symphonic 1), as well as four choral ensembles. Newnan High also has an Air Force Junior ROTC Program, having been awarded the Distinguished Unit Award two years in a row. The Social Studies department of Newnan runs two classes, with curricula written by the teachers. These are the World War II class, taught by Raymond Frankie Henderson, and Vietnam War class, taught by Steven Quesinberry.

Newnan offers four diploma choices: College Prep with Distinction, College Prep, Career/Technical with Distinction, and Career/Technical. Students may also choose a dual diploma program with both college prep and career/tech seals.

Feeder schools include Evans Middle School, Smokey Road Middle School, and Madras Middle School. Madras also feeds into the nearby Northgate High School.

NHS' school mascot is the Cougars. Its athletic rival is East Coweta High School in Sharpsburg, Georgia.


NHS' athletic programs compete with a wide variety of schools. It takes great pride in its many different programs, which include football, soccer, baseball, gymnastics, cheerleading, track, volleyball, wrestling, tennis, swimming, softball, lacrosse, basketball, golf, cross country, and marching band.

NHS' football program has achieved many region championships in the AAAAA class. Their most recent was their varsity football team compiling a 13-0 regular season record and reaching the State Semi-Finals, but losing to Northside-Warner Robins High School, completing a 4-peat of region championships and semi-final losses. They are known for producing many Division I prospects, including Russell Powell, Alec and Alexander "Zander" Ogletree, Jamal Ransby, Sergio Render, Ray Beno, Alan Bonner, and Adam Calhoun. The Class of 2010 seniors were no disappointment either. They did very well and had some players go on to play college football. Two of the most prominent were Alec Ogletree and Zander Ogletree. They both now play for The University of Georgia.

The Cougars have produced many basketball championships and are a constant Elite 8 competitor in baseball, producing top pro prospects pitcher Mark Frazier, and MIF Michael McGraw.

Sisters Shannon Betts and Jennifer Betts received tennis scholarships to play at Virginia Tech and Furman, respectively.

Former all-ACC Duke women's soccer player Christie MacDonald attended Newnan High School.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Alan Bonner (class of 2009), football player (Jacksonville State / Houston Texans)
  • Mike Cheever (class of 1991), football player (Georgia Tech / Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Alan Jackson, country music artist (Alan Jackson, Arista Nashville)
  • Alec Ogletree (class of 2010), football player (University of Georgia, St. Louis Rams)
  • Sergio Render (class of 2005), football player (Virginia Tech, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)


Some scenes of the Federal Emergency Management Agency camps in The Walking Dead Episode "Save The Last One" (season 2, episode 3), were shot in and near NHS.[4]

The opening scene of Ben Coccio's drama film Zero Day was filmed outside the building in 2003.[5]


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