Starr's Mill High School
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|Starr's Mill High School|
|193 Panther Path
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|Color(s)||Black and Columbia blue|
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Starr's Mill High School is a "2005 Georgia School of Excellence" school located in unincorporated Fayette County, Georgia, United States. The school is governed by the Fayette County Board of Education.
The school serves southern Peachtree City and parts of unincorporated Fayette County.
The Fayette County Board of Education commissioned Starr's Mill High School alongside Peeples Elementary School and Rising Starr Middle School in response to rapid population growth in southern Peachtree City. Before its permanent building was constructed, students attended the LaFayette Education Center in Fayetteville until the start of the 97-1998 school year. The school is named after a grist mill located a mile southeast of the campus.
Starr's Mill High School opened in 1997-1998 with 40 teachers and 650 students. Its current enrollment is 1,493 students, and it employs 88 teachers.
Starr's Mill is one of only three high schools in Georgia to be declared a School of Excellence in 2005, and it has been ranked as one of the best school public schools in America by Newsweek magazine.
Starr's Mill High School has had ten state championships in less than eight years, five of which came from the soccer program. It has been ranked the fifth most successful athletic program in the state (GHSA Directors Cup Standing).
The football program has a renowned history, reaching the playoffs 11 times in the school's 18 years of existence. In 2000, the team reached the state semi-finals despite only having had a varsity football team for three seasons. The team's most successful season was in 2010, when the team won their first 14 games before falling to Chattahoochee in the state championship.
The Starr's Mill varsity boys' and girls' lacrosse teams, which were formed in 2005, are fairly new additions to the school. The girls' team did exceptionally well in the first season, making it to the 2006 state playoffs. The boys' team first made the playoffs in 2008, and has reached the tournament in each subsequent year.
Both the boys' and girls' swimming teams have won the Fayette County championship for 15 years in a row.
The girls' volleyball teams have built a reputation of excellence in the region and the state. They won it all in 2004, capturing the 5A State Championship, and followed that up the next three years by finishing in the top four in the state playoffs, finishing as the runner-up in 2006 and 2007.
The boys' and girls' cross country teams were the 2004-2005 Region 4 AAAAA Champions, and the girls' 2006 track and field team was the Region 4AAAAA Champions.
Starr's Mill High School won 5AAAAA State Championship in soccer in 2006. It won the 2010 4AAAAA State Championships in both girls' and boys' divisions, the first school in Fayette County to do so since 2000.
Starr's Mill is also the home of the 2000 GHSA AAA wrestling State Champions, and the 2001 GHSA AAAAA wrestling State Champions.
Starr's Mill's swim team has won regions for the past decade.
Starr's Mill is home to the 2010 boys' tennis State Champions and 2007 girls' tennis State Champions in Class AAAA. In 2013, the boys' tennis team won the 2013 State Championship AAAAA.
The school started a roller hockey club team in 2004.
The program includes an orchestra, three bands, four drama classes, and five choruses.
The band program has a Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble. Talent determines the constituents of each band, and the Wind Ensemble is considered the most elite group. The band program also has an 80+ member marching band, the Panther Pride. The Pride is a drum corps style band, and, like most high school drum corps, woodwinds are included. The Panther Pride competes, and is fairly successful, in local marching band competitions.
The Chorus program consists of five choruses:
- Bella Voce (advanced women's chorus)
- Chanticleer (advanced mixed chorus)
- Bel Canto (beginning women's chorus)
- Jazz choir (select female ensemble)
- Camerata (men's chorus)
- Men of the Mill (select men's a cappella group)
Starr's Mill has a celebrated drama department. Its musicals are frequently nominated for Georgia's dramatic arts talent awards, the Shuler Hensleys. Many students transfer to Starr's Mill in order to participate in this program.
- Academic Team
- Beta Club
- Debate Team
- Eco Club
- French Club
- German Club
- Health Occupations for Students of America
- Literary Magazine
- Math Team
- Mock Trial Team
- National History Bee and Bowl
- Newspaper - The Prowler
- Science Olympiad
- Student Government Association
- Ex Libris Book Club
- Creative Writing Club
- National Honor Society
- Paris Bennett (class of 2006) - American Idol contestant, 4th runner-up
- Casey Bond - actor (Moneyball), former MLB outfielder for the San Francisco Giants
- Jordan Davis - Manager of the Peachtree City MOBA football club of the Premier Development League, former member of the Atlanta Silverbacks
- Reuben Houston (class of 2001) - cornerback for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team from 2002 to 2005
- Sam Martin - Appalachian State kicker, punter for the NFL's Detroit Lions
- Kelley O'Hara (class of 2006) - US Women's National Team soccer player, including an appearance in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup; gold medalist winner in the 2012 Summer Olympics, 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Champion
- Ufomba Kamalu - NFL defensive end for the Houston Texans