South Atlanta High School
|South Atlanta Educational Complex|
|800 Hutchens Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30354
|School type||Public high school|
|School board||Atlanta Board of Education|
|Education system||Atlanta Public Schools|
|School color(s)||Purple and turquoise|
|Feeder schools||Long Middle School, Price Middle School|
|Website||South Atlanta High School|
South Atlanta High School is a public high school located in the southeast corner of Atlanta, Georgia, United States. It is located on the site of former George High School, and it formed as the result of the merger of George and nearby Fulton High School. It has been transformed into a campus of four small schools. As of the 2008-2009 school year, it had an enrollment of approximately 1000 students.
South Atlanta was established in 1994 after the merger of Walter F. George High School (which was located at the current South Atlanta complex) and Fulton High School (which was located at the present-day Dobbs Elementary near the Lakewood area). George High School hosted a vocational program which offered classes such as woodworking, brickwork, auto mechanics, home economics, and welding. It was also the only high school in Atlanta Public Schools (APS) to have an airplane hangar.
Fulton High School was also unique in its own right. It was the only high school in the school system to have four different campuses during its tenure. First, it was located at the corner of Whitehall and Garnett St., second, it moved down Whitehall to the corner of Trinity Street, third, it was located on Washington St. But in 1952 when the City of Atlanta implemented its Plan of Improvement and annexed the area south of McDonough Boulevard, including Lakewood Heights, a new building was built, and Fulton moved to its last site on Jonesboro Road. (It's possible that Fulton County actually built the building in 1950 or '51.) That building was torn down and Dobbs Elementary School replaced it in 2004.
Although Fulton High dates back to 1917, it was not an Atlanta public school until 1952. Prior to that, Fulton, North Fulton, and West Fulton, were in the Fulton County school system until Atlanta annexed the respective areas into the city under its Plan of Improvement.
In 2005, APS implemented the small-schools model at Carver High School. This model is used when a comprehensive high school is divided into a number of career-specific small schools of around 400 or 500 each. Each school has its own administration, but they share athletics and arts programs. The model worked with profound success, so APS decided to convert all of its high schools into small schools. South Atlanta was one of the next two schools to be transformed. In 2006, the building was renovated, and the campus became home to four small schools. The schools are:
- South Atlanta School of Computer Animation and Design
- South Atlanta School of Health and Medical Science
- South Atlanta School of Law and Justice
- South Atlanta School of Leadership and Economic Empowerment
- Corey Barlow - former NCAA and NFL player for the Auburn Tigers and Philadelphia Eagles; NCAA football coach for the Savannah State Tigers
- Derrick Favors - New Jersey Nets 2010 draft pick
- Reginald Vaughn Finley - radio personality the Infidel Guy
- Daron Jones - member of the band 112
- Michael Keith - member of the band 112
- Earvin Lewis - actor
- Quinnes Parker - member of the band 112
- David Rocker - former NCAA and NFL player for the Auburn Tigers and Los Angeles Rams†
- Tracy Rocker - former NCAA and NFL player for the Auburn Tigers and Washington Redskins; former NCAA football coach; NFL coach for the Tennessee Titans†
- Marvin Scandrick - member of the band 112
- Young Thug - rapper
† Alumni of either Walter F. George or Fulton High School, which merged in 1994 to become South Atlanta High School
- "Atlanta Public Schools: Schools Directory". Atlanta Public Schools. Retrieved 2010-01-30.