Druid Hills High School
Druid Hills High School is a high school operated by the DeKalb County School System. It is located at 1798 Haygood Drive, in the Druid Hills CDP in unincorporated DeKalb County, Georgia, United States. It serves the Druid Hills CDP, the North Druid Hills CDP, and the North Decatur CDP.
|Druid Hills High School|
The main building as viewed from the school's picnic area, December 2011
1798 Haygood Drive
|Motto||Quality Teaching, Quality Learning|
|Average class size||250 to 400|
|Student to teacher ratio||16.8|
|Color(s)||Red and black|
|Athletics||Baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, marching band, rifle team, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track & field, ultimate, volleyball, and wrestling|
|Website||Druid Hills High School|
- 1 School characteristics
- 2 Notable facilities
- 3 Baron's Hall
- 4 NJROTC
- 5 Sports
- 6 Renovation
- 7 Construction scandal
- 8 Feeder schools
- 9 Notable alumni
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Several levels of academics are offered at Druid Hills. From least to greatest difficulty, the course types available are online/DOLA, general, accelerated/honors/gifted, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate classes. Dual enrollment options are also offered. All classes are in accordance with Georgia Performance Standards and students must take state-administered End-of-Course Tests (EOCTs), unless otherwise exempt. Graduates often enroll as first-year undergraduate students at the University of Georgia, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Georgia State University, but many go elsewhere.
Druid Hills has had IB accreditation since 2004 as an IB World School, one of the very few in the area to have done so. At Druid Hills, AP classes are generally much larger and much more popular than its IB counterparts. Roughly 10% of the student body enrolls in the IB Diploma Programme, often with below 50 IB students per year in the same grade.
Druid Hills runs on a block schedule, meaning that students normally take four classes per semester. Some classes last two semesters because of curriculum requirements, such as many Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes. First and second period classes at Druid Hills are 90 minutes long. Third and fourth periods are slightly longer because of lunch and afternoon announcements.
Students in the IB Diploma Programme have special accommodations in regards to scheduling. Since more classes are required than the typical four given in a block schedule, many IB classes, especially higher level classes, alternate with A/B days to work with the block scheduling. Because of this, IB students of a particular class are divided into two groups for A days and B days. When alternating days, an IB student's lunch may or may not be the same as that of the previous day. All lunches are approximately 30 minutes long. Since lunch is during third period, which lunch a student goes to is determined by what class the student has during third period.
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."  Partially in an attempt to distance Druid Hills from the danger of disaccreditation and county mismanagement, parents and other contributors of Druid Hills High School began a petition to form a private charter cluster of five elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. This included Druid Hills High School, Avondale Elementary, Briar Vista Elementary, Fernbank Elementary, Laurel Ridge Elementary, McLendon Elementary, and Druid Hills Middle School. However, this charter was turned down by the Dekalb School Board on November 11, 2013 with a 5-4 vote against it, which was a final and non-appealable decision.
Druid Hills has two primarily student-run media outlets: The Spotlight, the school newspaper, and SAGA, the school's yearbook. The Spotlight, founded in 1938, is the oldest school newspaper in DeKalb County and is published 5-6 times during the school year, funded mostly by advertising revenue and subscriptions from community members. Each student in the school receives a free copy of The Spotlight. SAGA is published yearly. The publications are run by classes rather than extracurricular clubs.
- Alfred Uhry Theater
When the Druid Hills Theater was renovated under the non-profit Uhry Theater project organization, the modernized facility became known as the Alfred Uhry Theater after the playwright Alfred Fox Uhry, a Druid Hills alumnus from 1954.
- The Joseph C. Faulkner Library Media Center
The Joseph C. Faulkner Library Media Center was dedicated May 24, 2004 in honor of Joe Faulkner's retirement after 33 faithful years of teaching English and coaching cross country at Druid Hills.
Baron's Hall is a tradition that was established in 1962 at Briarcliff High School and was maintained when Briarcliff merged with Druid Hills High School. This ceremony is held for the purpose of honoring seniors who have excelled in the areas of athletics, leadership, service, the arts, academics, and foreign languages. The National Beta Club of Druid Hills sponsors Baron's Hall.
Three anonymous judges for Baron's Hall use a tally sheet to determine the awards. The judges give one tally mark for every year that a student participated in an activity. (example: football = 1 tally mark in the designated box). If a student has achieved letters/bars or has had a leadership position, one point is appointed for each. (example: football captain = 1 tally mark; a letter and two bars in cross country = 3 tally marks). The tally sheet is arranged by category; by the end, it is obvious which seniors deserve awards. Four to eight seniors are chosen per category.
In 1993 Shamrock High School acquired its (Navy Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (NJROTC) program. In 1996 Shamrock graduated its last class and was converted into a middle school. With Shamrock's NJROTC still in its infancy, the decision was made to maintain the program. Since the US government did not have a JROTC program at the public middle school level, the program could not stay at Shamrock. Druid Hills HS at the time did not have a JROTC program, so the program was moved there, thus forming Druid Hills NJROTC.
The Druid Hills cross country team enjoyed success in the 2008 season. Both the girls' and boys' teams made the state championship, placing 8th and 5th respectively. Druid Hills' Nabil Hamid won the AAA state championship with a time of 15:49.82.
Druid Hills high school has won three boys' basketball state championships, in 1953, 1954, and 1957.
Druid Hills high school won the girls' basketball state championship in 1960.
Druid Hills fielded a club team from 2009-2011 and competed in the North Georgia Lacrosse League. The team was composed of Decatur, Chamblee, Druid Hills, and Lakeside High School students, all of whom played in the Decatur Recreational Youth Lacrosse League. In 2012, the Dekalb County School System sponsored lacrosse throughout the county, enabling Druid Hills to field a varsity lacrosse team. Rivals include Dunwoody High School, Lakeside High School, Avondale High School, and Decatur High School.
Druid Hills High School has won three boys' gymnastics state championships, in 1956, 1964, and 1965.
Druid Hills high school has won eight boys track state championships, in 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1960, and 1963. Long-time WSB-TV news anchor John Pruitt was a member of the 1960 state champion team. 1980 US Olympic track coach Jimmy Carnes was the track coach at Druid Hills from 1957 to 1962. Carnes' Druid Hills track teams were a perfect 52–0 in dual meets and captured six Georgia high school state championships, and he was recognized as Georgia Coach of the Year six times.
Druid Hills high school won the 1981 girls' tennis state championship.
Druid Hills High School has yet to win a state championship. They finished AAAA runner-up to Southeast Whitfield High School in 2017, losing in second overtime 3-2. Current coach Thomas Bodnar has created a Druid Hills Middle School team to develop chemistry and find talent early.
Druid Hills High School underwent a major renovation, which was originally scheduled to be completed in August 2009, but due to many delays, the date was pushed back into October 2009. Changes made include:
- New restrooms on the second floor of the main building
- Updates to the media center
- Expansion of the girls’ locker room
- New two-story building to house science classes
- Increased wheelchair accessibility
- New HVAC system
- New digital clocks in the hallways
Former DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Crawford Lewis was indicted in 2012, along with former DeKalb County Schools Chief Operating Officer Pat Pope, and others, on criminal charges related to a construction scandal, involving DeKalb County schools. The indictment listed four counts of racketeering, as well as theft by taking and bribery.
The following elementary schools feed into Druid Hills:
- Briar Vista Elementary School
- Fernbank Elementary School
- Laurel Ridge Elementary School
- McLendon Elementary School
- Avondale Elementary School
Druid Hills Middle School, formerly known as Shamrock Middle School, is Druid Hills' only feeder middle school.
- Josh Arieh (class of 1992) - World Series of Poker champion
- Ron Blomberg (class of 1966) - Major League Baseball player for the New York Yankees
- Brenda Boozer (class of 1966) - NYC Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano
- Alvin M. Ferst (class of 1937) - known for expanding Rich's Department Store from its one downtown Atlanta location to many locations throughout the United States
- Hermann Flaschka (class of 1962) - award-winning mathematician
- Sam Massell (class of 1944) - former mayor of Atlanta
- Jerry McCumber (class of 1966) - mayor of Avondale Estates
- Robert Allison Pendergrast - chemical engineer who worked on the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, contributing to the development of the atomic bomb; founded the Pendergrast Chemical Company in Atlanta 
- John Pruitt - WSB-TV (channel 2) news anchor
- Dale Russell - Fox5 News (channel 5) investigative reporter
- Ray Stevens (class of 1957) - award-winning recording artist
- Herman Talmadge - former Georgia Governor (1947, 1948–1954); former Georgia Senator (1956–1980)
- Alfred Uhry (class of 1954) - playwright
- Terry Lawler (class of 1969) - Georgia State Representative, District 20, Post 5, 1983-1989
- Edward Shannon Smith aka Eddie (class of 1992) - Philosopher, Minister, Prankster, Most Original in graduating class, ex-Vigilante & Hero
- "Druid Hills High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
- "National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)". Archived from the original on January 16, 2011. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
- "Sports". Druid Hills High School website. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
- "Druid Hills". DeKalb County Schools. Retrieved June 3, 2010.
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- "Druid Hills Bell Schedule". Retrieved July 5, 2009.
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- "Laurel Ridge Elementary School: Details overview". GreatSchools.org. Retrieved December 5, 2016.
- "Uhry Theater". Druid Hills High School website. Retrieved November 27, 2007.
- "Library". Druid Hills High School website. Retrieved March 7, 2010.
- "Baron's Hall". Druid Hills High School website. Retrieved March 7, 2010.
- "History". Druid Hills High School. Retrieved March 7, 2010.
- Pauling, Senior Chief Calvin B. (2004), "Druid Hills", Shamrock NJROTC History, In person at Druid Hills high School
- "GHSA Girls AAA Cross Country Results 2008". GHSA.net. Georgia High School Association. Retrieved August 1, 2009.
- "GHSA Boys AAA Cross Country Results 2008". GHSA.net. Georgia High School Association. Retrieved August 1, 2009.
- "GHSA Boys Basketball State Champions". GHSA.net. Georgia High School Association. Retrieved December 16, 2010.
- "GHSA Girls Basketball State Champions". GHSA.net. Georgia High School Association. Retrieved December 16, 2010.
- "GHSA Boys Gymnastics State Champions". GHSA.net. Georgia High School Association. Retrieved December 16, 2010.
- "GHSA Boys Track State Champions". GHSA.net. Georgia High School Association. Retrieved December 16, 2010.
- "Druid Hills Famous Alumni". Retrieved November 18, 2007.
- "GHSA Girls Tennis State Champions". GHSA.net. Georgia High School Association. Retrieved December 16, 2010.
- "Clifton Community Partnership". Clifton Community Partnership. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
- "New indictment for former DeKalb Superintendent". WSBTV.com. Cox Media Group. May 1, 2012. Retrieved December 5, 2016.
- "Druid Hills High School Feeder Schools" (PDF). Retrieved April 7, 2015.
- "Druid Hills Famous Alumni". Retrieved July 6, 2012.