Girls High School (Atlanta)

Girls' High School was one of seven schools opened in 1872 as part of the original public school system in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.[1][2]

Girls' High School
745 Rosalia Street SE
Atlanta, Georgia

United States
School district14th
Faculty39 teachers
Campus size104 rooms
Campus typeUrban

Girls' High began in the John Neal/William Lyon Mansion, used by General William T. Sherman as his headquarters during his occupation of Atlanta. The site of the mansion at Mitchell and Washington Streets is now occupied by City Hall.

A superb school academically, Girls' High was the only public high school in Atlanta exclusively for girls. Seventy-one girls received diplomas from the school at the graduation exercises in May 1911.[3] In 1919, two graduates received scholarships for Barnard College.[4]

In 1925, Girls' High School moved into one of 18 new buildings in the 14th district, paid for by a massive bond issue. The school boasted the following amenities:

  • 104 rooms including science halls, laboratories, a business department, sewing rooms, a library, an art department, music room, and outdoor classrooms on the third level
  • A model apartment containing a living/dining room, bedroom, bath and kitchenette
  • 20 classrooms and individual offices for 39 teachers
  • A school bank cage, part of the business department, which encouraged the girls to save and simultaneously gave them an opportunity to learn the banking business

In 1947 Atlanta high schools became co-educational. Renamed Roosevelt High School for Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Girls' High School continued until 1985, when it was combined with Hoke Smith Technical School. A new school building was established on Glenwood Avenue, just below the old school buildings, where it still stands.[5] Since then, the original building has been converted into an apartment complex.


  1. ^ Franklin M. Garrett. Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of Its People and Events, 1880s-1930s. University of Georgia Press 2011 p 795
  2. ^ THE ATLANTA GIRLS' HIGH SCHOOL. Atlanta Constitution, Dec 23, 1873
  3. ^ GRADUATING CLASS OF THE ATLANTA GIRLS' HIGH SCHOOL. Atlanta Constitution, May 24, 1911
  4. ^ Products of the Girls' High School. Atlanta Constitution, Aug 3, 1919
  5. ^ City of Atlanta: Roosevelt High School (Girls' High)

Coordinates: 33°44′19″N 84°21′48″W / 33.738744°N 84.363437°W / 33.738744; -84.363437