Grady High History

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Individually we are different... together we are Grady

Hentz Reid and Alder designed it while Philip Trammell Shutze worked there. It has his touch. It became Henry W. Grady High School in 1947. Shtuze did a renovation in 1950. It was the first desegregated H...igh School in Atlanta.

Philip Trammell Shutze
Richard Aeck (1912-1996) Grady High School Stadium (Atlanta, 1948)
Renovation in 1950 was the work of an architect named Philip Trammell Shutze

It was founded in 1924, and renovated once in 1950, once in 1987, and once again in 2004. The namesake of the school is Henry Woodfin Grady, proponent of the "New South" after the Civil War, and Georgia's most
celebrated journalist. The school's emphasis on communication skills is a
tribute to the man.

When the school year began on the site of what is now Henry W. Grady High School for the school year 1924-1925, Atlanta's schools were segregated both by gender and by race. The school began, therefore, as an institution for white males, divided into Boys High School and Tech High. Because Boys High and Tech High were the only high schools for white males in early twentieth century Atlanta, these schools count among their graduates many of Atlanta's most influential citizens in the past fifty years.

In 1947 the complexion of the school changed. It became a co-educational, neighborhood school that was renamed Henry W. Grady High School. Henry Grady, for whom the school was named, was the editor of The Atlanta Constitution for nearly twenty years immediately after the Civil War. A well-known orator and writer, Grady proclaimed the advent of what he called the New South.

At the time Grady High School received its new name, it also went through a physical transformation. The office, media center, and a few classrooms were added to the main wing. The original neo-classical design of Grady High School in 1924 and the renovation in 1950 was the work of an architect named Philip Trammell Shutze who is now recognized as one of Atlanta's finest architects, famous for such monuments as the Swan House and Glenn Memorial Church.

As this new Grady High School emerged, a faculty that was drawn from both Boys and Girls High inspired a burst of creativity. The school yearbook was renamed The Orator and the newspaper The Southerner, names that clearly alluded to Henry Grady's career. And within a short time, The Southerner was named the best school newspaper in the state and The Orator the third best yearbook. This creative period in the 1950s was reflected in a cafeteria mural depicting the merger of Girls High and Boys High in an idyllic panorama of boys and girls mingling in Piedmont Park with the new school in the background.

Notable Alumni:

Elliott Levitas, Class of 1948 former U.S. Congressman
Liane Levetan, Class of 1953 former CEO, DeKalb County
Stuart Eizenstat, Class of 1960 policy adviser, Carter and Clinton Presidential Administrations
Hilton Fuller, Class of 1959 Judge, DeKalb County Superior Court
Harris Hines, Class of 1961 Justice, Ga. Supreme Court
Jerry Baxter, Class of 1967 Judge, Fulton County Superior Court
Richard Lenny, Class of 1970 CEO, Hershey Corporation
Yolanda King, Class of 1972 Daughter of Martin Luther King Jr.
Debra Bernes, Class of 1973 Judge, Georgia Court of Appeals
Eric Roberts, Class of 1974 Actor
S. Truett Cathy, Class of 1939 (Boys High School) Founder, Chick-Fil-A
Earthwind Moreland, Class of 1995 Professional Football Player
Supreeme, former hip-hop group, including members include Shaka "Tom Cruz" Girvan aka Dope Pope, Negashi Armada, and Sam "King Self" Terrell

Type Public (magnet) secondary
Established 1924
School board Atlanta Public Schools
School district Atlanta Public Schools
Principal Vincent Murray
Faculty 57
Grades 9–12
Color(s) Grey and Cardinal Red
Mascot Knights
Average SAT scores 1580
Newspaper The Southerner
Yearbook The Orator
Website Henry W. Grady High School
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