North Clayton High School

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North Clayton High School
1525 Norman Drive
College Park, Georgia 30349
United States
Type Public
Motto Excellence for All
School district Clayton County Public Schools
Principal Lonnie Farmer[1]
Faculty 81.3 (on FTE basis)[2]
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 1,568 (as of 2005-06)[2]
Student to teacher ratio 19.3[2]
Color(s)      White
Information 770-994-4035

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.[2]

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 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. The North Clayton High "Mighty Marching" Eagles Band is now under the direction of Elijah Thomas.


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

Steve Jett (North Clayton, 1981-83), forward, led his the 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.

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 playoff spot in 22 years. He was the 1986 Clayton County Offensive Player of the Year, and signed as a quarterback with the University of Georgia.

In 1988, Donny Lawrence set the Georgia record for regular season passing yardage with 2292. His main targets were Ozzie Miller and Keenan Walker. Miller caught 52 passes in 1988 for a county-record 1213 yards and 15 touchdowns. Walker became a key player on Georgia Tech's 1991 national championship team.

Keenan Walker 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]

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.

Atlanta Falcons player D.J. Shockley played on the school's football team in 2001.

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

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

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

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ [1], North Clayton High School. Accessed August 21, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d North Clayton High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed November 10, 2007.
  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. ^ [2], 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