Redan High School
|Redan High School|
|Stone Mountain, Georgia
|Motto||Ordinary people doing, Extraordinary things|
|Color(s)||Navy and Silver
|Website||Redan High School|
Redan was established in 1976 by the DeKalb County School System. The school's mascot is the Raider. Both Redan High School and its "twin," Stone Mountain High School, were built without any main windows on the exterior of the building (except for in the main common area). The windowless construction was for energy-saving purposes during the "energy crunch" of the mid-to-late 1970s.
On December 17, 2012, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools announced that it had downgraded the DeKalb County Schools System's status from "on advisement" to "on probation" and warned the school system that the loss of their accreditation was "imminent."
The mission of Redan High School is to provide an academic community that fosters a student's social, ethical, and academic growth in a safe, encouraging environment that strives to connect the classroom to real life experiences.
The Redan High School Blue Thunder Marching Band is one of the largest high school marching bands in the state of Georgia and in the southeast. The band has a long list of awards which include winning the National VH1 Save the Music Battle of the Bands twice. They are the first and only high school band invited to perform in this competition to do so.
The band was featured in the blockbuster movie Drumline and the Disneyland Christmas parade, and was the only high school band to shoot a live commercial while performing at the Atlanta Football Classic. The band has recorded live commercials for several Fortune 500 companies and has featured on the cds of many recording artists. In November 2009, the Marching Blue Thunder was asked to perform in the movie "Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming," released in 2010.
The band has performed for countless college and university halftime shows including the Florida A&M Homecoming Celebration, Jackson State University, Bethune-Cookman University, Norfolk State University, and Tennessee State University. The band has also been invited to perform at major international events including the Chinese Festival, in Beijing, China.
Among traditional marching bands, the Marching Blue Thunder is currently ranked number two in the nation, number two in the Southeast, number one in the south, and sits as the number one ranked "High Stepping" high school marching band in the state of Georgia. The band continues to earn thousand of dollars annually in scholarship and tuition funds.
The school's Lady Raiders basketball team won the 5A State Championship in 2009.
The following elementary and middle schools feed into Redan High School:
- Eldridge Miller Elementary School
- Shadow Rock Elementary School
- Panola Way Elementary School (partial, about 15%)
- Redan Elementary School (partial, about 45%)
- Woodridge Elementary School
- Redan Middle School
- Freedom Middle School
- Miller Grove Middle School
- Brett Avery School for Girls
Redan produced Grammy Award-winning producers Swizz Beats and Danger Mouse as well as R&B group Jagged Edge and rapper Cyhi the Prynce. It is also home school to MTV regular Alana "LaLa" Vasquez, actor TJ Hassan, and actress Carmen Thomas (Hillary from All My Children).
Redan has also proudly produced two Super Bowl champions (former Chicago Bears kicker Kevin Butler and Pittsburgh Steelers punter Chris Gardocki); 18 Major League Baseball draftees, including rising Cincinnati Reds star Brandon Phillips; and former Atlanta Falcon Terrance Mathis.
Rapper Silentó currently attends Redan High.
- Chris Gardocki - former professional football player (Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers)
- Wally Joyner - former professional baseball player (California Angels, Kansas City Royals, San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves); assistant hitting coach for the Philadelphia Phillies
- Terance Mathis - former professional football player (New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons, Pittsburgh Steelers)
- Everett Stull - former professional baseball player (Montreal Expos, Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers)
- Natasha Trethewey, United States Poet Laureate 2012–present, awarded the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; Poet Laureate of Mississippi
- ""DeKalb school district in 'conflict and crisis,' put on probation by accreditation agency."." The Atlanta Journal and Constitution. December 17, 2012. Retrieved on December 19, 2012.