The Walker School

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The Walker School
The Walker School, Marietta, GA July 2018.jpg
Coordinates33°58′12″N 84°32′10″W / 33.970°N 84.536°W / 33.970; -84.536Coordinates: 33°58′12″N 84°32′10″W / 33.970°N 84.536°W / 33.970; -84.536
TypePrivate school

The Walker School, formerly known as the Joseph T. Walker School, is a private school in Marietta, Georgia, United States, on Cobb Parkway (U.S. 41) in what was originally Sprayberry High School.[1] It was founded in 1957 as the St. James Day School at St. James Episcopal Church near the Marietta square. In 1972 the school became an independent body as the Joseph T. Walker School. The school teaches students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade at the same location.

Awards and recognition[edit]

In both 1986 and 1988, the Walker School's magazine, Pegasus, received a Silver Crown Magazine award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.[2][3] In 1988, the magazine was awarded in five separate categories, including for Fiction, Cover Design (two or more colors), Title and Contents Page, Spread Design, Graphics and for Typography (both Lettering and Calligraphy, as well as Logos and Endmarks).[3] In 1985, 1991 and 1994, Pegasus was recognized as a Scholastic Circle Recipient by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association for Overall Design.[4][5][6]

The school's 2005 valedictorian, Grace Lu, was designated a Presidential Scholar, a program established in "1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors".[7][8] Lu was one of two students selected in the state of Georgia out of a maximum of 141 students chosen nationwide.[9]

The 2007 valedictorian, Sarah O'Donohue, won the Georgia "Latin Student of the Year" award and was also featured in the Marietta Daily Journal in an article titled "A Statistical Quagmire," discussing SAT scores and how the media uses statistics to give deceptive analysis of reports.[citation needed]

A student at the school was one of ten students in 2006 nationally to receive the Prudential Spirit of Community Award, for her efforts organizing a fundraiser to help pay for reconstructive surgery for needy children.[10]


Student Chris Rodrigues was a four-time state wrestling champion at 125 pounds (57 kg), and was part of the 2000 Asics Tiger High School All-American Team.[11]

In 2008, Walker won the state titles in girls' tennis (second in a row), boys' soccer, and girls' soccer within two and a half days. In 2009, the girls' soccer team won state again for the second time in a row, defeating The Lovett School.[citation needed] In 2010, the girls soccer team won state again for the third time in a row defeating Blessed Trinity Catholic High School.[citation needed]

Student Jason Suway was a one-time state tennis champion at 125 pounds, and was part of the 2004 state championship team.Template:Https:// Template:Https:// In 2004, Walker won the state title in boys' tennis, with members Doug Perrin, Michael Locandro, Jason Suway, Brad Smith, Michael Daniel, Aaron Kramer, and JD Ludwig.[citation needed]

Student Mark Johnson was a three-time state champion in curling at 125 pounds, and was a part of the 2001 state championship team.[citation needed]

In 2011, wrestler Alec Diamond won state at weight class 135. Prior to this, he had placed second in two consecutive years (2009 and 2010).[citation needed]

In 2012, the Walker Wolverines varsity football team became Fox 5's High Five Team of the Week due to their success in numbers and by first year head coach, John East. At the time, they were 5-0 after beating Mount Pisgah Christian School in their very own homecoming game. Their next game resulted in another win, putting them at 6-0 after defeating Fellowship Christian School. Walker also secured their first football win against biggest rival Mt. Paran Christian in the program's history, beating Mt. Paran on their homecoming night. Walker went 10-0 after defeating Gordon Lee and winning their first Region Championship. They continued on to an 11-0 season, after winning a playoff game for the first time by defeating Athens Christian Academy, but then lost to George Walton Academy in the second round of the Georgia High School Association football playoffs, ending their season at 11-1. Senior linebacker Mike Ramsay and senior running back Evan Kaisian were the leaders of the team.[citation needed] Ramsay received a scholarship to Duke University to play for their football team.[citation needed]

Following this unexpectedly successful season, the Georgia Public Broadcasting system made a 40-minute documentary on the Wolverines' head coach, John East, called Walk East, on his career leading up to his becoming Walker's football coach.[citation needed] He had formerly coached Whitefield Academy, a Walker rival. The documentary also reflected on the game Walker played against Whitefield in the 2012 season. Walker won the game with a final score of 21-14 on a last minute, game-winning touchdown.

In 2013, students Austin Newsome and Will Chocallo won what would be their second GHSA Tennis State Championship, having previously clinched their first title in the spring of 2010 as freshmen. Their second victory during their senior campaign made Newsome and Chocallo the only students in Walker School history to win two boys state tennis championships. The duo was selected to the All-County team in 2011, and only lost one match together in 4 years at Walker.

In 2014 Collier Middleton of Walker had her best race of the season with a clean race in the 100m hurdles, winning gold in 14.93.[citation needed]

Summer day camps[edit]

During summer, the Walker School offers over 45 day camps and classes from Early Learners to 12th grade students.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "The Walker School Attracts Ivy League Academic to Oversee Its Lower School; University of Pennsylvania's Assistant Professor to Join as Principal, Business Wire, May 18, 2006
  2. ^ 1986 Scholastic Crown Recipients, accessed April 30, 2007.
  3. ^ a b 1988 Scholastic Crown Recipients Archived 2010-06-09 at the Wayback Machine., accessed April 30, 2007.
  4. ^ 1985 Scholastic Circle Recipients, accessed April 30, 2007.
  5. ^ 1991 Scholastic Circle Recipients, accessed April 30, 2007.
  6. ^ 1994 Scholastic Circle Recipients Archived 2007-06-12 at the Wayback Machine., accessed April 30, 2007
  7. ^ Murrin, Erin J. "Valedictorian only girl in Georgia to earn Presidential Scholar award"[permanent dead link], Marietta Daily Journal, may 31, 2005, accessed April 30, 2007.
  8. ^ Presidential Scholars Program, United States Department of Education, accessed April 30, 2007.
  9. ^ 2005 Scholars, Presidential Scholars Program, accessed April 30, 2007.
  10. ^ "Two Georgia Youth Honored for Volunteerism at National Award Ceremony in Washington, D.C.; Actor Ted Danson and Olympic Champion Joey Cheek Pay Tribute to Young Heroes as part of Four-Day Recognition Events", Business Wire, May 8, 2006, accessed April 30, 2007.
  11. ^ "2000 Asics Tiger High School All-American Team announced" Archived 2006-12-15 at the Wayback Machine., The Guillotine, June 20, 2000
  12. ^ "Kris Q. Rehl's IMDb".
  13. ^ O'Brien, David (February 26, 2013). "Braves relief hopeful Hale is Princeton grad". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved March 15, 2014.
  14. ^ "Walker Alumnus Brandon Stanton Talks to Students About Humans of New York". The Walker School. February 5, 2013. Archived from the original on October 23, 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-26.
  15. ^ "Walker School Alum Enjoys Success as an Internet Entrepreneur". Archived from the original on 2016-06-16.
  16. ^ "Hollywood meets Cobb". The Marietta Daily Journal. January 2, 2010. Retrieved 2014-03-23.

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