Parkview High School (Georgia)

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Parkview High School
Panorama of the front of the main building, August 2013
998 Cole Drive
Lilburn, Georgia 30047
United States
Coordinates33°51′34″N 84°06′50″W / 33.859481°N 84.113928°W / 33.859481; -84.113928Coordinates: 33°51′34″N 84°06′50″W / 33.859481°N 84.113928°W / 33.859481; -84.113928
School districtGwinnett County Public Schools
PrincipalDavid T. Smith
Enrollment2,984 (2016-17)[1]
Color(s)         Orange and white, and accent      Blue
Athletics conferenceGHSA AAAAAAA
NewspaperThe Parkview Pantera

Parkview High School is a public high school located near Lilburn in Gwinnett County, Georgia, United States. It is operated by Gwinnett County Public Schools. Since its opening in 1976, Parkview has won numerous awards and state championships, both in academics and athletics. The school has had an ongoing rivalry with neighboring Brookwood High School since the 1990s. Parkview offers several AP courses and has a large number of gifted students. The current principal is David T. Smith.


During the early 1970s, Gwinnett County led the US in growth. This phenomenal growth rate produced overcrowding in its school systems, leaving South Gwinnett High School and Berkmar High School too overcrowded to accommodate excess student populations. In 1975, construction began on a new school. The students chose a panther as their school mascot, with orange and white as their school's colors, and blue as an accent color. The school was named "Parkview" after Stone Mountain Park. The doors opened in 1976 with Bartow Jenkins as its first principal.

The school expanded, both in area and number of students, until it was filled above capacity in the early to mid-1990s. In 2005, Parkview took over the then adjacent Trickum Middle School to create more space for its rapidly expanding population. The old Trickum Middle School building was reinstated as the "9th Grade Academy," and many freshman courses were relocated there. In moving classes to the new building, the school eliminated all of the nearly 70 trailers that had been used as annex partition on the school's property for the past decade.

Parkview has an average SAT score of 1557, making it one of the top 25 schools in the state. Its graduation rate is 88.5 percent.[2]

Brookwood-Parkview rivalry[edit]

Brookwood High School opened in 1981 out of the Parkview and South Gwinnett school districts, but it was 10 years before a rivalry between Parkview and Brookwood emerged.[3] The schools have been rivals in everything from sports to academics since the 1990s and were even featured on the Great American Rivalry Series.[4][5]


Parkview was recognized by the Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School for the 1984-1985 school year.[6] It is ranked as the 19th best high school in Georgia (out of over 400), 3rd best high school in Gwinnett County, and 562nd best high school in the nation according to US News and World Report.[7]

The school offers 26 AP courses and has a large gifted program.[8]

Music and arts[edit]


The band program is currently under the direction of Jason Atha and Lance Kindl. In 2005, Parkview High School Band, under the direction of Allen Beach and Richard Magner, was awarded the John Philip Sousa Foundation's Sudler Flag of Honor. This is an international award recognizing concert bands of outstanding musical excellence. Parkview is one of four schools in the state of Georgia and 68 in the world to receive this award.[9]

Parkview has also been placed on the Historic Roll of Honor of High School Concert Bands.[10] This lists recognizes "historic high school concert bands of very particular musical excellence." The Georgia State Legislature passed Georgia Senate Resolution 1313[11] and Georgia House Resolution 2063[12] honoring the Parkview High School Band.

The Parkview High School Marching Band was the Grand Champion of the 2010 Golden River Marching Festival in Tallapoosa, with an overall score of 94 out of 100. The color guard and drum majors also received the highest scores in the competition. In 2016, the Parkview High School Marching Band was Grand Champion at 2 competitions, with the highest overall scores in all captions for both events.[13]

In April 2011, Parkview High School Marching Band won the WSB-TV Best High School Band Contest. The tournament featured 64 high school bands from across Georgia, and the Parkview Band performed their baseball-themed show on Turner Field before an Atlanta Braves game.


Parkview has three orchestras: Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra. Following Mrs. Sampson's retirement in 2016, Mr. Hague, former Grayson High School Orchestra director, is the director of Parkview's Orchestra. His wife also taught in the Parkview District.


Parkview High School is a member of the prestigious International Thespian Society. Members who join Parkview's honors thespian society are inducted into Troupe 4805.


Parkview's enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year numbered 2,834 students, of whom 35.0% were White, 25.7% African American, 19.6% Asian or Pacific Islander American, 15.2% Hispanic, 0.4% Native American, and 4.0% of two or more races. 33.2% of students came from households with incomes below the federal poverty line. Parkview has an 18:1 student-teacher ratio.[14]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Photos: Georgia's 10 largest high schools by enrollment". Retrieved 2015-09-28.
  3. ^ "Why Parkview Vs. Brookwood Is a Great Rivalry". Lilburn-Mountain Park, GA Patch. 2012-05-26. Retrieved 2017-05-26.
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  5. ^, By Will Hammock. "HAMMOCK: Brookwood-Parkview rivalry relevant again". Gwinnett Prep Sports. Retrieved 2017-05-26.
  6. ^ Blue Ribbon Schools 1982-2002 Archived March 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Edwards, Halle. "Complete List of AP Courses and Tests". Retrieved 2015-09-28.
  9. ^ The Sudler Flag of Honor Awards Page Archived 2001-07-21 at
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  11. ^ "Georgia Senate Resolution 1313" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-03-24. Retrieved 2011-05-19.
  12. ^ "Georgia House Resolution 2063" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-03-24. Retrieved 2011-05-19.
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  22. ^ a b c Brigman, Brandon (May 25, 2008). "'Mr. Parkview' Bostick retiring as AD from power he built". Gwinnett Daily Post. Retrieved March 22, 2014.
  23. ^ McGranahan, Ed (October 23, 2009). "Tight end Michael Palmer gives Tigers one more target". Greenville News. Retrieved March 22, 2014.
  24. ^ Kotowski, Meghan (May 31, 2012). "Former Gwinnettian on television shows, films". Gwinnett Daily Post. Retrieved March 22, 2014.
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  26. ^ Blessing, Josh (August 1, 2012). "Eric Shanteau: Olympic Swimmer, Cancer Survivor Swims For A Cure". Huffington Post. Retrieved March 22, 2014.
  27. ^ a b Reddy, Frank (June 26, 2013). "Former UGA athletes visit children in hospital". Gwinnett Daily Post. Retrieved March 22, 2014.
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