929 Charles Allen Drive, NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
404-853-4000, 404-853-4700 (fax)

A 2001 Georgia School of Excellence


Established in 1947 and located in Midtown Atlanta, Henry W. Grady High School combines a proud past and a promising future. The Georgia Public Policy Foundation in 1999 ranked Grady the best high school in the Atlanta Public Schools, and U.S. News and World Report (January 18, 1999) identified Grady as one of the outstanding high schools in the entire nation. Grady was also named a Georgia School of Excellence in 1991 and 1995, and its Magnet School of Communication has consistently produced award-winning work in print and broadcast journalism, forensics, publishing, and the fine arts over the past 20 years. As a result of its reputation, Grady has hosted state and national educational forums, including a field hearing of the National Education Goals Panel in 2000. Grady's 2001 average SAT score was the fifth highest of 115 public schools in the Atlanta metropolitan area.

The Grady community values the racial, economic, and academic differences within its population. A hallmark of the school is its genuine acceptance of diversity. Committed to excellence in public education for all students, Grady is an inner-city public school that works.

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Recognition for the Class of 2001:
8 Semifinalists, 7 Finalists, 2 Merit Scholars


5 students selected


Type: Public, grades 9-12
Enrollment: 917; Class of 2002: 143

Organization: Semester (seven classes per term, 2001-2002, six classes per term prior to the implementation of block scheduling in 2001-2002)

CEEB-ACT Code Number: 110170

Accreditation and classification: Grady is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and by the Georgia Accrediting Commission. The school is a member of the Georgia High School Association and competes in interscholastic events with other high schools in Region 5-AA.

Ethnic demographics: Students: 63% African-American, 33% Caucasian, 4% other; faculty: 50% African-American, 39% Caucasian, 11% other.

Location: Grady is located in the midtown area of Atlanta, a city of 430,000 people in a metropolitan area of approximately 4.1 million residents. The school is a part of the Atlanta Public Schools.

99-00 to present previous to 99-00
A 90 - 100 A 92 - 100
B 80 - 89 B 83 - 91
C 74 - 79 C 74 - 82
D 70 - 73 D 70 - 73
F  0  - 69 F  0 - 69
Grades in Advanced Placement and Joint Enrollment courses are weighted one extra quality point. Seniors are ranked with a numerical average at the end of their first semester. Class rank is determined by the numerical average of quality points for all subjects taken in grades 9-12.

Programs of Study: Carnegie Units   Curriculum GPA
College Preparatory with Distinction (CP+) 24 and 3.0
College Preparatory (CP) 22    
Technology/Career Preparation with Distinction (TC+) 24 and 3.0
Technology/Career Preparation (TC) 2 22    
 CP+ requires 2 additional elective units taken from among core courses.
 TC+ requires 1 additional elective unit taken from among core courses.

Graduation Requirements:
College Preparatory
Required Units
Vocational Technical
Required Units
Englis 4 4
Mathematics 4 4
Science 4 4
Social Studies 3 1/2 3
Foreign Language 2 0
Health 1/2 1/2
Physical Education 1 1
Electives 1 1/2 0
Computer/Fine Arts/ Voc. Ed/ JROTC 1 1
Tech/Career Prep. 0 4
Community Service (75 hours) 1/2 1/2

Advanced Placement Course Offerings: Calculus AB, English Language, English Literature, Physics B, Studio Art, U.S. History, French Literature, Spanish Literature, Microeconomics (Spring), and Statistics. AP courses are limited to juniors and seniors, and students are advised to take no more than three in any given semester.
Number of students taking AP exams in 2001: 81
Number of grades reported for AP exams in 2001: 154
Percentage of 2001 AP grades of 3 or higher: 60%
Joint Enrollment Programs: Eight students are enrolled at Georgia State University, 80 at Atlanta Technical College.
Communication Magnet: The Grady School of Communication is one of eight magnet programs in the Atlanta Public Schools. Grady's magnet students take advanced-level English classes and supplement their regular college preparatory curriculum with elective courses in communications. Admission is competitive, system-wide, and based on grade point average, standardized test scores, writing skills, grades in English classes, and commitment to academic achievement. First-year students receive rigorous instruction in oral and written communication. Second-year students take introductory level courses in journalism and the fine arts. Juniors and seniors specialize in one of the following areas: foreign language, print journalism, broadcast journalism, desktop publishing, drama, debate, advanced art, music, or creative writing. Additional elective courses are available in photography and multi-media.

Numerous awards mark the high standards of the magnet. In 2001, the Georgia Scholastic Press Association awarded the Southerner, Grady's newspaper, The Unmasking, Grady's literary magazine, and GNN, Grady's broadcast program, "General Excellence," or best in the state for those fields. Grady's publications and GNN have a long tradition of award recognition, as well. In the past several years, Grady has consistently won the GSPA's prestigious All Georgia Trophy, and for two consecutive years, the National Scholastic Press Association awarded the Southerner the celebrated Newspaper Pacemaker Award. Grady has also built one of the largest and most successful forensics teams (debate, speech, drama) in the state and has represented Georgia in national competitions since 1989. The Grady Mock Trial Team won the state competition and placed 13th in the nation in 2000, and in 2001 won its regional competition for the third straight year. In addition, commentaries by Grady students are heard often on public broadcasting through Youth Radio, a California-based program. Grady is one of six Youth Radio national network sites

Health Career Academy: Grady introduced the Partnership Academy of Technology in Health Science as a curriculum option beginning with the Class of 2002. The academy emphasizes three key components: a smaller learning community, college preparatory curriculum with a health-related career theme, and partnerships with employers, community organizations, and higher education.


In the Class of 2001, 121 students graduated, 71 entered college and 3 entered the Armed Forces.

Colleges and Universities of the Class of 2001:
Alabama A&M Univ.
Appalachian State Univ.
Atlanta Metropolitan College. (3)
Auburn Univ.
Brevard College
Chapman Univ.
Clayton College and State Univ.
College of Charleston
Duke Univ.
Earlham College
Emory at Oxford College
Emory Univ.
Florida State Univ.
Fort Valley State Univ.
Georgia Inst. of Tech. (7)
Georgia Southern Univ.
Georgia State Univ. (9)
Guilford College
Harvard Univ.
Haverford College
Kenyon College
Loyola Univ. New Orleans
Massachusetts Inst. Of Tech.
Morehouse College (3)
Morris Brown College
N. Georgia College and State Univ.
Pitzer College
Sarah Lawrence College
Smith College
Davidson College
Spelman College
State Univ. of West Georgia
Tulane Univ.
Univ. of Chicago
Univ. of Delaware
Univ. of Georgia (7)
Univ. of Missouri
Univ. of N. Carolina Chapel Hill
Univ. of Southern California
Univ. of Vermont
Univ. of Virginia (2)
Warren Wilson College (2)
Washington Univ. St. Louis
Yale Univ.
Howard University

Superintendent: Dr. Beverly Hall
Principal: Dr. Vincent D. Murray
Assistant Principal: Mr. Roosevelt Foreman
Registrar: Ms. Kaye McClain
Mrs. Janet Watkins (Classes of 2002 and 2004)
Mr. Joseph Arnold (Classes of 2003 and 2005)
Ms. Kaye Myles (Ninth Grade At-Risk Program)
Communications Magnet Coordinator: Ms. Naomi Grishman
Health Career Academy Coordinator: Mrs. Sandra Ukah

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