North Clayton High School

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North Clayton High School
1525 Norman Drive
College Park, Georgia 30349
United States
MottoExcellence for All
School districtClayton County Public Schools
PrincipalDr. Eldrick Horton
Faculty46.50 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades9 - 12
Enrollment886 (2014-15)[2]
Student to teacher ratio19.3[1]
Color(s)     White

North Clayton High School is a four-year public high school located in College Park, Georgia, United States. It is part of the Clayton County Public Schools. The school was created in 1937 as Flat Rock School, serving 44 students in grades 8-10 with eight teachers. Grades 11 and 12 were added the following year, and the school was given its current name.[3]

North Clayton is one of two high schools in Clayton County that offer the International Baccalaureate Organization program to excelling students. North Clayton has been an IB World School since May 2006. Students receive the IB Diploma Programme after passing a series of vigorous examinations such as IB Math, IB History, and IB foreign languages.[4]

As of the 2005-06 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,568 students and a faculty of 81.3 classroom teachers (on a FTE basis, for a student-teacher ratio of 19.3.[1]

Testing, graduates and accreditation[edit]

North Clayton High School's Georgia High School Graduation Test scores have greatly improved over the past few years, particularly in Math and Social Studies.[citation needed] North Clayton's SAT scores have also improved over the last several years. North Clayton's STAR students (one senior student who receives the highest SAT score in all of his/her graduating class selected separately each year) over the previous few years have made some of the highest scores among the other STAR students in the county. North Clayton High has also made AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress).

Graduates of North Clayton have gone on to many notable higher education systems, such as Auburn University, Liberty University, Northeastern University, West Georgia University, Northeastern University, North Georgia University, Georgia Southern University, Emory University, Georgia College and State University, Georgia Tech (Georgia Institute of Technology), the University of Georgia, Clayton State University, Duke University, Hampton University, Howard University, and North Carolina A & T State University, Florida A&M University, Morehouse College, Spelman College, Tuskegee University, New York University, and the University of Tennessee.

On August 28, 2008, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools removed its accreditation of the Clayton County Public Schools, citing the district's failure to meet nine mandates it had set that had to be satisfied before September. The SACS cited continuing issues with micromanaging, abuse of power and conflict of interest, among other ethics violations. The loss of accreditation was the first by an American school district since 1969. Students at North Clayton High School and at the other district schools may face difficulties in getting accepted to college and possible loss of eligibility in scholarship programs.[5] Accreditation for Clayton County Public Schools was reinstated in May 2009 by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.[6]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The school's chess team won the 1996 Georgia Georgia state championship.[7]

The North Clayton "Mighty Marching" Eagles Band has won numerous first place awards since Howard Carroll became head director in 1996. Some of those awards were from the 2007 Mardi Gras Parade in New Orleans, and the 2007 Howard University Homecoming Parade. Another award is from the 2017 Annual Forest Park Christmas Parade where the Eagles received best overall band. The North Clayton High "Mighty Marching" Eagles Band is now under the direction of Joseph Daise.


The boys' track team won the Class B state championship in 1953.[8]

Steve Jett (North Clayton, 1981-83), forward, led his team to Final Four as a senior with a 20.0 scoring average. He was Clayton Player of the Year, received a scholarship to Southern Mississippi, and was two-sport star, also playing baseball.

Matt Drummond (North Clayton, 1981-83), guard, assist leader on Final Four team as senior, averaged 14.0 in 1983. He was first team all-county, and a two-sport star, also playing baseball.

Alan Butts (North Clayton) joined the Braves in 1992. He is in uniform for all pre-game workouts and during the game he assists bullpen coach Marty Reed and the pitchers in the bullpen.A native of Atlanta, Butts attended North Clayton High School and Valdosta State University, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in public relations-speech communications. At Valdosta State, Butts played under legendary coach Tommy Thomas, the winningest baseball coach in Division II history. A highlight of Butts' career came in 2000, when he served on Bobby Cox's All-Star Game coaching staff and pitched in the Home Run Derby competition.

David Pleasants (North Clayton 81-83) went on to play football in Mississippi and at West Georgia where he was named Academic All-Gulf South Conference Football Team in 1986, and received the Male Academic Athlete of the Year Award in 1987. He joined the coaching staff at LaGrange High School in 1988. A career highlight came in 1991 when the Grangers defeated Colquitt for the State Championship, thus claiming the National Championship spot for that year. After serving 20 years in the Georgia publics schools, he assumed the role of Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line/Academic Coordinator for LaGrange College.

Mike Martin (North Clayton, 1985-87) 6'3 quarterback, guided North Clayton to an 8-2 regular season in 1986 and the school's first football playoff appearance in 22 years. In 1986 season, Martin passed for 1923 yards and 18 touchdowns while rushing for 711 yards and 10 touchdowns. Martin was the 1986 Clayton County Offensive Player of the Year, and signed as a quarterback with the University of Georgia in 1987.

Karl Miller (North Clayton, 1985-87) 5'10 RB, signed with Georgia Southern in 1987 and was a key player on GSU's 1989 Division I-AA National Championship Team.

Donny Lawrence (North Clayton, 1986-89) 6'4 quarterback, set the State of Georgia passing record for regular season passing yardage with 2292 yards. His main targets were Ozzie Miller and Keenan Walker. Miller caught 52 passes in 1988 for a county-record 1213 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Keenan Walker (North Clayton, 1986-89) 6'1 receiver signed with Georgia Tech in 1989 and was a key player on Georgia Tech’s 1991 national championship team.

In 1993, the boys' basketball team won the Class AA state championship.[9]

DJ Shockley (North Clayton, 1999-2001) 6'1 quarterback was a 2001 high school Parade All-American and in his senior season passed for 1861 yards and 8 touchdowns while rushing for 864 yards and 8 touchdowns. Shockley signed as a QB with the University of Georgia in 2001. Shockley was First-team All SEC in 2005 and was the 2005 SEC Championship MVP. Shockley was drafted in 2006 by the Atlanta Falcons.

The football team has won several championships over the years, including from 1962-1964 (Region 2-AA and South Georgia Championships), 1993 (Region 5), 1997 (Region 5-AA) and 2005 (Region 5-AAAA).[10]

The boys' basketball team had an outstanding 2007 season. The team made it to the final four, but was defeated by Tucker 61-56.

The boys' JV baseball team became county champions, following a 16-1 season in 2009.

The baseball had an outstanding season in 2006. The team were defeated in the state playoffs by Jonesboro.

North Clayton has had three athletes make it to the NFL: D.J. Shockley (Atlanta Falcons), Morgan Burnett (Green Bay Packers, Super Bowl Champions 2010) and Amarlo Herrera (Indianapolis Colts).

In 2013-2014, the North Clayton 9th grade boys' basketball team won the championship, finishing 12-1 in the county.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c North Clayton High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed November 10, 2007.
  2. ^ "North Clayton High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved January 12, 2018.
  3. ^ North Clayton High School History, North Clayton High School. Accessed November 10, 2007.
  4. ^ North Clayton High School, International Baccalaureate Organization. Accessed November 10, 2007.
  5. ^ Matteucci, Megan. "Clayton County schools lose accreditation", Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 28, 2008. Accessed August 28, 2008. "Clayton County schools have lost accreditation. The 50,000-student school system is the first in the nation to lose accreditation since 1969, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools announced today."
  6. ^ [1], 11 Alive News: Exclusive: Clayton Schools to Get Back Accreditation. Accessed August 21, 2010.
  7. ^ "North Clayton High's chess success fuels fervor for the game ", The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 21, 1996. Accessed November 10, 2007. "'It's kind of weird. People would dread being seen playing it,' said Rogers, one of the stars on North Clayton's state champion chess team."
  8. ^ GHSA Boys Track Champions, Georgia High School Association. Accessed November 10, 2007.
  9. ^ GHSA Boys Basketball Champions, Georgia High School Association. Accessed November 10, 2007.
  10. ^ County Champions, Clayton County Public Schools. Accessed November 10, 2007.
  11. ^ Stern, Marlow. "2 Chainz Is No Donald Trump Fan". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  12. ^ "Morgan Burnett Bio". Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  13. ^ Rosenberg, I.J. "Whatever happened to: D.J. Shockley". Retrieved 30 March 2017.

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Coordinates: 33°36′33″N 84°26′22″W / 33.60917°N 84.43944°W / 33.60917; -84.43944