Thomasville High School
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|Thomasville High School|
|315 South Hansell Street
Thomasville Georgia 31792
|Motto||Bulldog Pride & God Bless America|
|School district||Thomasville City Schools|
|Faculty||52.4 (on FTE basis)|
|Grades||9 to 12|
|Student to teacher ratio||15.1|
|Athletics conference||GHSA Region 1 AA|
Thomasville High School is a public secondary school located in Thomasville, Georgia, United States. It is one of only a handful of city school systems left in the state of Georgia. It is considered by the Georgia High School Association to be an AA school system.
Thomasville High School is known for its football program. When the program began in 1910, the team was known as the Thomasville Red Cyclones. This changed in 1923, when they were given permission by the University of Georgia to use the Bulldog mascot. Though it would be more fitting to use BUZZ from Georgia Tech, the bulldog remained the mascot until the present.
The school colors were initially red and black. These did not change until segregation came to an end, and the school merged with Douglass High School and took on the color gold, while doing away with black.
In 97 years of football, the school has one high school football national championship (1974), and five state championships (1925, 1945, 1958 co-champs, 1973, 1974, 1988). They have also won 24 region titles, most recently in 2007.
Thomas County Central High School and Cairo High School are their primary rivals. While there was a suspension of the two series in the late 1990s, they now play Cairo High School in the early part of the season each year.
The school has produced major college and NFL players including William Andrews, Mike Bobo, Shawn Jones, Mike Jones (University of Georgia), Charles Bostick (Georgia Southern University), Eric Curry, Guy McIntyre, and Brandon Thompson of the Cincinnati Bengals.
The school won a state baseball championship in 1999. Levale Speigner was part of the 1999 team, and he has gone on to play professional baseball.
The school won a state soccer championship in 2010. They were the Area 2 AA/A champions, as well with an overall record of 19-0-4, the school's first undefeated season. They scored 100 goals and allowed 15 on the season. They ended the season #1 in division AA/A, ranked #8 overall in the state and ranked #47 nationally.
The school also contains a notable tennis team. It is often regarded as one of the best public school teams in the state. The team has reached the final four 7 times in the past 20 years, and each time was the best public school. The team was headed by Phil Slaughter for nearly 20 years and is now led by Kelli Helms. In 2016, they defeated three-time GISA state champion Brookwood. The team most recently went to the final four in 2014.
In the 2016 season, the Thomasville High School tennis team wore their wildly popular "Black Out" uniforms. They consisted of black shorts with a black shirt with a diamond T, the team's logo.
- William Andrews - retired NFL football running back; played collegiately at Auburn University; played professionally with the Atlanta Falcons
- Lloyd J. Austin - Commanding General of U.S. XVIII Airborne Corps
- Eric Curry - former professional football defensive end in the NFL; played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Jacksonville Jaguars
- Guy McIntyre - former professional football offensive lineman in the NFL; played for the San Francisco 49ers
- Levale Speigner - relief pitcher for the Miami Marlins
- Sheddrick Wilson - former professional American football wide receiver. He was signed by the Houston Oilers as an undrafted free agent in 1996 and was also a member of the Barcelona Dragons