Sandy Creek High School
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|Sandy Creek High School|
360 Jenkins Road
|Type||Public high school|
|Motto||"From Good To Great"|
|School district||Fayette County School District|
|Interim principal||Richard Smith|
|Number of students||1,112 (2017-18)|
|Student to teacher ratio||12.64|
|Athletics conference||5-AAAA in Georgia High School Association (GHSA)|
|Accreditations||Southern Association of Colleges and Schools|
Sandy Creek serves Tyrone, northern Fayetteville, and northern portions of Peachtree City. It opened in 1991 with approximately 400 students in order to relieve overcrowding at Fayette County High School and McIntosh High School.
Today, the school has 1,207 students enrolled in grades 9–12 and is accredited by the Southern Association of High Schools and Colleges.
- 1 Sports
- 2 Fine arts
- 3 Awards
- 4 Notable alumni
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Sandy Creek has become known for its successful sports programs, with many alumni having received Division I athletic scholarships, and several playing professionally.
The school was 2000 cheerleading State Champion, 2004–2005 football Region Champions, 1997 & 2002 boys' basketball Elite 8, 2005 boys' basketball Semi-Finalist, 2002 & 2003 basketball Region Champions, and 2008–2009 6-AAAA Volleyball State & Region Champions. The school has won multiple track state championships.
Sandy Creek won its first football state title on December 11, 2009, and became back-to-back state champs on the same day one year later, defeating Carrollton in the AAA title.
- 2007–2008 State Runner-Up
- 2008–2009 State Champions
- 2008–2009 Region Champions
- 2010–2011 State Runner-Up
- 2011–2012 State Champions
- 2012–2013 State Champions
The Sandy Creek Football team finished the 2010 season with a 29-game win streak. The streak ended at 41 straight games after a loss to the Gainesville Red Elephants in the 2011 quarterfinals.
- 2003 Region Champions
- 2004 Region Champions
- 2008 Region Champions
- 2009 Region Champions
- 2009 AAAA football State Champions (14–1)
- 2010 Region Champions
- 2010 AAA football State Champions (15–0)
- 2011 Region Champions
- 2012 Region Champions
- 2012 AAAA football State Champions (15–0)
- 2013 Region Champions
These alumni have played in the National Football League:
- '97 SCHS grad – Jabari Holloway (New England Patriots/Houston Texans)
- '01 SCHS grad – J.R. Lemon (Oakland Raiders)
- '02 SCHS grad – Riley Swanson (Buffalo Bills)
- '02 SCHS grad – Kedric Golston (Washington Redskins)
- '04 SCHS grad – Calvin Johnson (Detroit Lions)
- '04 SCHS grad – Andrew Gardner (Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans, Philadelphia Eagles)
- '10 SCHS grad – Isaiah Johnson (Detroit Lions)
- '10 SCHS grad – Rajion Neal (Green Bay Packers)
These alumni have played in the Arena Football League:
SCHS football 10+ win seasons
- '03 season record: 10-1 (Region Champions and undefeated in Region 4-AAAA)
- '04 season record: 11-1 (Region Champions and undefeated in Region 4-AAAA)
- '08 season record: 11-1 (Region Champions and undefeated in Region Play)
- '09 season record: 14-1 (Region Champions and AAAA state champions)
- '10 season record: 15-0 (Region Champions and AAA state champions)
- '11 season record: 12-1 (Region Champions and undefeated in Region 4-AAA)
- '12 season record: 15-0 (Region Champions and AAAA State Champions)
- '13 season record: 11-1-1 (Region Champions and undefeated in Region 5-AAAA)
- '19 season record: 11-1
SCHS football history
Sandy Creek is the first Fayette County football team to win a Georgia state championship.
In 2003 and 2004, the Patriot football program boasted two perfect 10-0 regular season records and trips to the AAAA State Playoffs, including 24 straight regular season victories. They also had a perfect regular season in 2008.
Sandy Creek won back-to-back state titles in two different divisions. They won a AAAA state title in 2009 and a AAA title in 2010.
SCHS football coaching
Brett Garvin currently holds the head coaching position for the Sandy Creek Patriots football program.
Previous head coaches at SCHS include Rodney Walker and his son Chip Walker.
Sandy Creek had five straight regional championships in the 2008 through 2012 seasons.
Sandy Creek won the school's first state championship on December 11, 2009.
The Sandy Creek basketball team made it to the Final Four in 2005 and 2018.
SCHS retired the jersey of #23 L.T. Lockett, class of 2001, one of the most prolific scorers in Georgia high school history. D-I basketball players include John Beckett (Georgia State University), L.T. Lockett (Middle TN State University), #34 Aaron B. Caruthers (University of North Florida), class of 2005.
Eric Thomas was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 28 round of the 2002 MLB Draft. Brent Brewer was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers with the 60th pick of the 2006 MLB Draft. Blake Brewer was also selected in the 2008 MLB Draft by the Florida Marlins. D-I baseball players include Eric Thomas (2002) (Southern University), Jay Fields (Georgia State University), Rusty Bennett (2001-Georgia State University), and Dusty Bennett (2004-Georgia State University).
In Spring 2007, for the first time in school history, the Sandy Creek boys' soccer team made the state playoffs. The team achieved a #4 seed in Region 6-AAA. The boys' team has made the state playoffs each of the last three years. In 2008 the team reached the second round of the playoffs for the first time in school history.
The Sandy Creek Swimming Patriots are a competitive swimming program, coached by Steve Henderson and assisted by Evans Martin.
Sandy Creek's wrestling team competes in a wide range of matches and tournaments throughout the season.
Derek Wojcik is the most prolific wrestler to graduate from Sandy Creek. He was a state champion in 2010 and 2009. Other notables include two-time placer Julian Holmes, who took fifth in 2008 and second in 2009, and Treijon Johnson, who took sixth in 2012 and fourth in 2013. Wojcik is Sandy Creek's only active college wrestler.
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The Sandy Creek fine arts department includes four choirs, and Orchestra, Band, Art, and Drama departments.
The Choral Department consistently receives superior ratings every year from The Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA), and performs on a national level. The chorus includes four groups: Men's, Treble (Women), Honor Ensemble (Women), and the Advanced Mixed Chorus. In 2009, The GMEA invited the Men's Chorus to perform for the GMEA In-Service Conference in Savannah, Georgia; they were the only all-male high school chorus to perform. The following year, the Advanced Mix Chorus traveled to San Francisco to perform with world-renowned ensemble Chanticleer.
Fox 5 Glee contest
In fall 2009, six members of the Select Mixed Chorus entered and won a contest hosted by Fox5 News and B98.5fm for the premiere of the television series Glee. After performing live at the Fox News studio, they received an array of grand prizes as well as being declared "Georgia's Best Vocal Ensemble." The members of this group were Jesse Alexander (soloist), Typo Grappler (tenor 1), Aaron Biemiller (tenor 2), Anthony Spezzano (baritone), Chad Sims (bass), and Paul Merrill (bass).
The Sandy Creek High School Wind Ensemble and symphonic band receive Superior ratings at the GMEA Large Group Performance Evaluation each year. The band has a total of four programs that include a jazz ensemble, wind ensemble, symphonic band, and concert band. The Sound of Sandy Creek Marching Band also consistently receives Superiors at local marching band competitions in the state and around the region.
- 2004 Georgia School of Excellence
- 2006 & 2007 Bronze Winner of Achievement by the Governor and the Department of Education
- 2008 & 2009 Gold Award Winner of Achievement by the Governor and the Department of Education
- 2003 & 2008 Newsweek magazine's "Top 1500 High Schools in the United States"
- 1996 Georgia School of Excellence
- 1st Lt. Robert Wilson Collins (2004), died on April 7, 2010 in Mosul, Iraq when his vehicle was hit by an explosive device; graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2008
- Travis Cooper (2006), 77kg Olympic weightlifter, 4-time USA National Champion, 2-time Pan American medalist, and 3-time World Championships team member, and member of the 2015 Pan American Games team for Team USA
- Andrew Gardner (2004), offensive lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles
- Kedric Golston (2002), defensive lineman for the Washington Redskins
- Calvin Johnson (2004), former wide receiver for the Detroit Lions
- Rajion Neal (2009), running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers
- Rob Redding, syndicated talk show host (graduated from Sandy Creek in 1994's charter class)
- Andrew Toles (2010), outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers
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