Benjamin Elijah Mays High School
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Benjamin E. Mays High School is a public school located in southwest Atlanta, Georgia, United States, serving grades 9-12. It is a part of the Atlanta Public School System and is a Georgia School of Excellence. The school was established in the fall of 1981 and was named after Benjamin Elijah Mays, an educator, author and civil rights activist.
|Mays High School|
|Motto||"A legacy to keep, an image to uphold..."|
|School district||Atlanta Public Schools|
|Color(s)||Columbia blue and maize gold|
|Website||Benjamin E. Mays High School|
The school's athletic nickname is the Raiders.
Southwest High School (1950–1981)Edit
The Atlanta Public Schools formed Southwest High School in 1950. The school was a landmark in the city of Atlanta for 36 years. In 1981, Benjamin E. Mays High School was formed, replacing Southwest High School.
Southwest High School athleticsEdit
- 1973 GHSA State AA Football Champions
- 1973 GHSA Boys' State AA Basketball Champions
- 1974 GHSA Boys' State AA Basketball Champions
- 1979 GHSA Boys' State AAA Basketball Champions
Mays High School (1981–present)Edit
Mays High School athleticsEdit
The Mays High School Raiders athletic teams compete in Region 6-AAAAAA of the Georgia High School Association.
Mays High offers a wide variety of athletic programs, including varsity girls' softball, varsity boys' track, varsity boys' soccer, varsity football, junior varsity football, freshman football, varsity boys' basketball, junior varsity boys' basketball, varsity girls' basketball, junior varsity girls' basketball, varsity basketball, junior varsity basketball, cheerleading, co-ed step team, varsity boys' swimming, varsity girls' volleyball, and varsity girls' swimming. All home varsity football games, as well as track events, are held at Lakewood Stadium.
- 2001 GHSA AAAA Boys' Track Champions
- 2003 GHSA AAAA Girls' Basketball Champions
- 2004 GHSA AAAA Boys' Basketball Champions
- 2005 GHSA AAAA Boys' Basketball Champions
- 2014 GHSA State AAAAA Football Runner-Up
- 2017 GHSA State AAAAAA Girls' Basketball Champions
- 2017 GHSA State AAAAAA Girls' Track and Field Champions
- Kelly Campbell - former football player for Georgia Tech and several NFL and CFL teams
- Shanti Das - music industry executive, marketing consultant, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and author
- De'Mon Glanton - football player
- Kwanza Hall - politician and city councilman
- Walter Kimbrough - president of Dillard University
- Bryan McClendon - football coach and former player for Georgia 
- Ceasar Mitchell - former president of the Atlanta City Council
- Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas - Grammy Award-winning R&B singer and actress of the group TLC
- DeAngelo Yancey - Wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers
- Aaron Watson - politician and city councilman
- Reggie Wilkes - former Georgia Tech and NFL football player
- Gerald Wilkins - NBA player for the New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Vancouver Grizzlies, and Orlando Magic
- Diallo Riddle - Writer, producer, and actor
- Andre Dickens - Atlanta City Councilman
- Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA- First African-American Fellowship Trained Obesity Medicine Physician, Scientist, Policy Maker, Media professional
- "Mays High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
- "GHSA Boys Basketball Champions". GHSA. April 16, 2015. Retrieved April 16, 2015.
- "GHSA Football Champions". GHSA. April 16, 2015. Retrieved April 16, 2015.
- "2018 Football Roster - University of Georgia". www.georgiadogs.com.
- Randal Maurice Jelks, Benjamin Elijah Mays: Schoolmaster of the Movement: A Biography. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2012.
- Benjamin Elijah Mays, Born to Rebel: An Autobiography. New York: Scribners, 1971.