Sprayberry High School

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Sprayberry High School
2525 Sandy Plains Road
Marietta, Georgia
United States
Coordinates 34°00′43″N 84°29′49″W / 34.012°N 84.497°W / 34.012; -84.497Coordinates: 34°00′43″N 84°29′49″W / 34.012°N 84.497°W / 34.012; -84.497
Type Public high school
Established 1952
School district Cobb County School District
Principal Joseph Sharp
Grades 9–12
Enrollment Approximately 1800
Campus Suburban
Nickname Yellow Jackets
Newspaper The Stinger
Yearbook ECHO
Front entrance to Sprayberry High School

Sprayberry High School is a public high school located in eastern Cobb County in Marietta, Georgia, United States, a suburb of Atlanta. It is a comprehensive senior high school (grades 9-12) with approximately 1700 students. It opened in 1952 at a location on Cobb Parkway and moved to its current location at 2525 Sandy Plains Road in 1973. Sprayberry High School is a microcosm of Cobb County in that it serves students from a variety of ethnic groups, socio-economic levels, and academic abilities.[1] Middle schools feeding upcoming students into Sprayberry are McCleskey, Daniell, and Simpson Middle School. The school mascot is the Yellow Jacket.


Sprayberry was founded the day after Labor Day in 1952. The high school was founded in the building now occupied by The Walker School (a private school), on Cobb Parkway (U.S. 41) at the north corner of Allgood Road. Sprayberry is now located on the west corner of Sandy Plains Road at Piedmont Road. Since then, the area historically known as Sandy Plains has now come to be known as Sprayberry, stretching somewhat northeast from the intersection to Post Oak Tritt Road, and to the Sprayberry post office at Ebenezer Road.[2]


Sprayberry High School is known for its academics and programs in the arts. It has been named a National School of Excellence and Georgia School of Excellence twice, an accomplishment made by only two other schools. It has been recognized by Newsweek and the Washington Post as one of the top 5% of high schools in the nation five years in a row. The school's SAT and ACT scores have remained well above the national average, with students continuously achieving above state average scores in all GHSGT subject areas. Georgia High School Graduation Test scores in the 2010-2011 school year were the highest in school history. Sprayberry has met AYP for the past eight years, and since 2005, Sprayberry has been a Demonstration level Advanced Placement Certified School with over 20 Advanced Placement courses.[3]


Sprayberry High School's football stadium (Jim Frazier Stadium) was used in part of the movie Remember the Titans.[20]


  • Band of Gold[21]
  • Orchestra
  • Chorus

Sprayberry High School's Marching "Band of Gold" has been awarded hundreds of championship trophies and has been named one of the "Best High School Marching Bands in the Country" along with being named one of the top 20 bands by Band Director Magazine in 2000. Sprayberry continues to be rated among the top marching band programs in the country. The Band of Gold won its first Grand Championship Trophy in 1976 and has achieved over 300 first place and Grand Championship Awards since then. They have performed on national television in the Rose Bowl, Cotton Bowl Classic, Citrus Bowl, Gator Bowl, Peach Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, and the 2011 Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington DC.[22]

Sprayberry High School's band program has also hosted the Southern Invatational Music Festival for the past 30 years on the third Saturday in October. Marching bands from all across the Southeast compete and perform while Sprayberry performs in exhibition.[23]

Clubs and organizations[edit]


  • Sprayberry's Vox Humana[24]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ "Sprayberry High School". cobbk12.org. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "Sprayberry High School". cobbk12.org. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  4. ^ Baseball
  5. ^ Boys' basketball
  6. ^ Girls' basketball
  7. ^ Cheerleading
  8. ^ Fast pitch softball
  9. ^ Football
  10. ^ Golf
  11. ^ Boys' lacrosse
  12. ^ Girls' lacrosse
  13. ^ Marching band
  14. ^ Soccer
  15. ^ Swimming
  16. ^ Tennis
  17. ^ Track
  18. ^ Volleyball
  19. ^ Wrestling
  20. ^ "Remember the Titans". 29 September 2000. Retrieved 2 June 2016 – via IMDb. 
  21. ^ Band of Gold
  22. ^ "http://www.sprayberryband.com/history.html". sprayberryband.com. Retrieved 2 June 2016.  External link in |title= (help)
  23. ^ "www.southerninvitational.com". southerninvitational.com. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  24. ^ Vox Humana
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