Shaw High School (Georgia)

William Henry Shaw High School is located in Columbus, Georgia, United States. It opened in 1978 at its present location in the Northern Columbus area.[2] Students began attending classes in September of the same year.[2]

William Henry Shaw High School
7579 Raider Way

United States
Coordinates32°33′30″N 84°54′34″W / 32.55844°N 84.90955°W / 32.55844; -84.90955Coordinates: 32°33′30″N 84°54′34″W / 32.55844°N 84.90955°W / 32.55844; -84.90955
PrincipalSureya Z Hendrick
Faculty77.20 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment1,154 (2018–19)[1]
Color(s)  Black and silver
Partners in EducationTSYS, Mediacom, WTVM, Freeman & Associates, and University of Phoenix
WebsiteShaw High School

The school is named in honor of former Muscogee County School District Superintendent William Henry Shaw.[2] Its original proposed name was Schomburg North High School.

Although Shaw is one of the newer high schools in Columbus, it has achieved academic and athletic success in its short history. Academically, Shaw High School was named a "School of Excellence" by the Georgia Department of Education in 1984 and 2005.[2] In 2005, Shaw High School was also a recipient of the State of Georgia Platinum Award: Greatest Gain in Students Meeting and Exceeding Standards. In 2006, the Georgia DOE named Shaw a "Distinguished School" for academic achievement, one of two Muscogee County School District Schools to achieve this honor.[2] In 2009, Georgia State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox named Shaw High School as an AP Access and Support School: schools with 30% of AP test takers who are African-American or Hispanic and at least 30% of all AP exam takers scoring 3 or higher. Shaw High School was one of only two Muscogee County School District Schools to receive AP Honors in 2009.

Shaw High School has bolstered five state titles in athletics: girls' track in 1977, 1999, and 2000; football in 2000; and baseball in 2001.[2] Shaw High School's Raider Football program was the second Columbus football team to win a state championship, the first football team in Columbus to win it outright, and the first football team in Columbus to do so undefeated (15-0).


The school is located in the Northern Columbus area. It is accessible from JR Allen Parkway and is located just off of Schomburg Road, in front of Kinnett Stadium.


Students can spend their time out of class in the following extracurricular activities.


Shaw High School is currently rated AAAA by student population. The athletic teams are known as the Raiders.

  • Boys'/girls' cross country: 2008 ranked first in the region and tenth in the state (boys')
  • Boys'/girls' track: 1997, 1999-2000 State Champions (girls'), 2018-2019 State Champions (boys’)
  • Boys'/girls' basketball: 2007, 2008 State Sweet Sixteen (boys'); 2006 Quarterfinals/State Elite 8 (boys')
  • Boys'/girls' tennis: 2021 State Sweet Sixteen (girls’)
  • Boys'/girls' golf
  • Boys'/girls' soccer
  • Baseball: 2001 AAAA State Champions; 2002 2-AAAA Region Champs and AAAA State Runners-up
  • Football: 2000 AAAA State Champions; 2002, 2005 semi-finalist; 2000–2003 2-AAAA Region Champs, 1999, 2005 2-AAA Region Champs
  • Swim team
  • Softball: 2019 State Sweet Sixteen
  • Cheerleading
  • Wrestling
  • Volleyball: 2008 Elite Eight; 2006 Best Record and Best Finish

Clubs and organizationsEdit

  • Art Club
  • Best Buddies
  • Beta Club
  • Booster Clubs
  • Chattahoochee Valley Foreign Language Society
  • Chess Club
  • Drama Club
  • DECA
  • FBLA
  • FCA
  • French Club
  • French Honor Society
  • Green Club
  • GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance)
  • The Hook
  • Leadership Council
  • Marching Band
  • Mass Communications Academy (Shaw's mass media magnet program)
  • Model United Nations;
  • Mu Alpha Theta
  • National Honor Society
  • National Spanish Honor Society
  • National Technical Honor Society
  • Newspaper (The Silver Star News Magazine)
  • Quill & Scroll Society
  • RADD
  • Raider News Network (television broadcast)
  • Raider Reader Book Club
  • Science Club
  • Shipwrecked
  • Show Choir
  • SkillsUSA[3]
  • Spanish Club
  • Teen Advisors
  • Thespian Society
  • Tri-M Music Honor Society
  • Yearbook (The Shaw Sharaide)
  • Young Historians

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Shaw High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved May 12, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Shaw High School History". Sonya Boyd. Archived from the original on 2010-08-07. Retrieved 2012-07-28.
  3. ^ "SkillsUSA: Champions at Work". Retrieved 2012-07-28.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Former Columbus Lions wide receiver..." Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Former Cheerleader First Runner Up Miss America". Georgia State Athletics. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
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  7. ^ "Shaw alum, longtime MLB pitcher..." Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Retrieved 26 September 2018.

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