Tucker High School
|Tucker High School|
|5036 LaVista Road
|Principal||James P. Jackson|
|Color(s)||Maroon and gold|
|Website||Tucker High School|
Tucker High School is the only public high school in Tucker, a city in DeKalb County, Georgia, United States. It is operated by the DeKalb County School System. Its student body consists of over 1,800 students from many different cultures.
Tucker High School offers a challenging curriculum that addresses the needs of its students through self-contained classes, visually impaired classes, regular education, advanced placement classes (AP), and the International Baccalaureate program. Currently Tucker offers eighteen different AP courses. In 2004, Tucker began offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma, a two-year academic program for 11th and 12th grade students.
On December 17, 2012, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools announced that it had downgraded the DeKalb County Schools System's status from "on advisement" to "on probation" and warned the school system that the loss of their accreditation was "imminent."  AdvancED/SACS upgraded the district's status to "Accredited Advisement" in February 2015.
Tucker High School offers a variety in sports for girls and boys. They play in the AAAAAA region. The predominant teams in the school are football, baseball, basketball, soccer, track and field, golf, wrestling and swimming. They have won a number of state championships, most recently in football and men and women's basketball.
The football team is recognized as a state powerhouse, often a deep playoff contender. They have had three state championship visits since 2008, of which they won two. In 2008, the Tigers had a nearly perfect season, losing only to crosstown rival Marist, 38-0, on their way to their first state title. They avenged that early season loss by beating Marist 15-3 in the 2008 AAAA State Championship game. Until 2010, Marist has always been one of Tucker's biggest rivals, and in the 2010 football season Tucker beat Marist 31-24 in double overtime. It was Tucker's first regular season win over Marist since 2007, and the last time Marist has been close in any game against Tucker. In 2011 the Tucker football team went 15-0, a perfect season, and won the AAAA State Championship for the second time in three years. In 2013, Tucker again was undefeated going into the state championship against Creekside High School, when they lost in the finals. In 2015, Tucker was beaten by South Forsyth in a very close game, 42-35 in the playoffs.
Basketball, coached by James Hartry, has also succeeded, winning a state championship in 2007 and a semifinal in 2008. The Tigers play hard and often have an almost perfect season. In basketball Miller Grove High School is usually Tucker's biggest rival.
Boys' soccer has come a long way since its beginnings and is now a strong team in the region, making it to the first round of the playoffs a few times. Girls' soccer, once notable, is now in a building period.
In 2009 the girls' track team took home the state champion win.
Other sports at the school include baseball, fast-pitch softball, cross country, golf, girls' basketball, tennis, football cheerleading, basketball cheerleading, swimming, gymnastics, girls' volleyball, and wrestling.
The first community school in Tucker, a one-room schoolhouse, was founded in the late 1880s. A larger school was soon needed, and a three-room schoolhouse was constructed around 1900, providing education through the eighth grade. Tucker's population was growing rapidly, and this building was quickly outgrown as well, the school spilling over into the nearby Methodist and Congregationalist churches. A two-story antebellum style school building was soon built to house the growing student body. By 1928, more space was again required, and a building with twelve classrooms, an auditorium, offices, storage, and indoor restrooms was built. This was followed by a granite annex building in 1935, and an infill project joining the main building to the annex in 1937.
The 1950s saw a rapid growth in student enrollment, from 271 students in 1952 to 1,100 students by 1962. In 1963 a new building was dedicated, providing instructional space for 1,300 students.
A new building was constructed in 2008 to replace the 1963 facility. The 228,500-square-foot (21,230 m2) structure features 81 classrooms and supporting spaces including a media center, speech, and computer science labs as well as rooms for vocational, art, and music instruction, a gymnasium, kitchen and cafeteria, commons, auditorium, guidance and administrative offices. Site work included replacement of all sports fields, new entrances and exits from surrounding roads, and a new bus loop. The project cost over $66 million.
Demolition of the 1963 building began in July 2008. By September 2008, the Venable Gymnasium, athletic locker rooms, band room, and chorus room located underneath it had been razed. A house at 5054 LaVista Road was also demolished. That property was incorporated into the campus. In January 2009, site work and placement of deep piles for the foundation system of the first phase of the new complex took place on the site of the former gym and the parking lot to the south of the existing building. By August 2009, the precast structure for the two-level parking garage, commons and administrative areas, and the Year 9 Academy building had been completed, and work on interiors began.
In January 2010, the new Year 9 Academy building, classroom building, and administrative offices were occupied. The remaining portions of the older building were demolished to make way for phase two construction. To compensate for instructional space lost to construction activities, an Educational Village was established on the baseball field at the beginning of the 2008-2009 academic year.
Awards and recognitions
- Dekalb County and Region IV Star Student
- Dekalb Counselor of the Year
- Georgia Gymnastics Coach of the Year
- 2005 Dekalb County Gymnastics Champions
- International Media Festival Winner
- AAA State Basketball Champions (1996)
- AAA Track Champions
- AAAA State Basketball Champions (2007)
- AAAA State football Champions (2008, 2011)
- AAAA State Wrestling Champion Pawlloes Belete (2007)
- AAAA State Wrestling Champion Carey Cloud (2010)
- AAAA State Wrestling Champion Kyle Stroud (2010)
- AAAA State Wrestling Champion Gabriel Miller (2011)
The following elementary schools feed into Tucker High School: 
- Smoke Rise
||This article's list of alumni may not follow Wikipedia's verifiability or notability policies. (September 2015)|
- Asher Allen - Minnesota Vikings player
- Manny Atkins - NBA D-League Detroit Pistons affiliate Grand Rapids Drive player
- Marshon Brooks - NBA player for the Los Angeles Lakers
- Thomas Brown - NFL Cleveland Browns player
- Trey Buice - Ball State University Graduate, San Diego State DB coach 2009, Henderson Mill Defensive Coordinator
- Clay Cook - singer-songwriter and Zac Brown Band guitarist
- Caroline (Mure) Corley - New York radio broadcaster
- Dwayne Harris - New York Giants player
- Keri Hilson - R&B singer-songwriter
- Buckshot Jones - NASCAR driver
- Chadwick Jones - MLB draft prospect 2015 and current Thomas University player
- Matthew Perryman Jones - performing songwriter
- Seantavius Jones - football player
- Darryl LaBarrie - Georgia Tech Basketball player and current Assistant Coach
- Brandon Lang - San Diego Chargers player
- Brendan O'Brien - music producer and musician
- John Oxendine - former Insurance Commissioner and 2010 candidate for governor
- Patrick Pass - former New England Patriot player
- Dwight Phillips - Olympic gold medalist
- Raury - musical artist, full name Raury Tullis
- Jamoris Slaughter - current Cleveland Browns and former Notre Dame football player
- Andy Stanley - pastor, author, and founder of North Point Ministries
- Neiko Thorpe - former Kansas City Chiefs and Toronto Argonauts and current Oakland Raiders defensive back
- Kevin Turks - Assistant Director of Pro Personnel for Chicago Bears
- Jasmiyah Kaneesha Whitehead and Tasmiyah Janeesha Whitehead - identical twins; were students at this school when they were arrested on May 21, 2010 for the murder of Nikki Whitehead
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