North Gwinnett High School

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North Gwinnett High School
Address
20 Level Creek Rd.
Gwinnett County, Outside of Suwanee, Georgia, 30024, United States
Coordinates34°05′08″N 84°04′16″W / 34.085608°N 84.071075°W / 34.085608; -84.071075Coordinates: 34°05′08″N 84°04′16″W / 34.085608°N 84.071075°W / 34.085608; -84.071075
Information
Established1958
School boardGwinnett County Board of Education
School districtGwinnett County Public Schools[1]
SuperintendentJ. Alvin Wilbanks[1]
PrincipalNathan Ballentine[2]
Assistant principals
Jill Chalk
Laura Beth Short
Kirsten Baker
Brent Tisdale
Emily Lough
Krista Herron
Teresa Siebenbruner
Brad Siegfried[2][2]
Chief custodianBuddy Phillips
Grades9–12
Average class size30
Colour(s)             Red, black, white
MascotBulldogs
RivalNorcross High School
NewspaperThe Red & Black
Website
 
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North Gwinnett High School
Address
20 Level Creek Rd.
Gwinnett County, Outside of Suwanee, Georgia, 30024, United States
Coordinates34°05′08″N 84°04′16″W / 34.085608°N 84.071075°W / 34.085608; -84.071075Coordinates: 34°05′08″N 84°04′16″W / 34.085608°N 84.071075°W / 34.085608; -84.071075
Information
Established1958
School boardGwinnett County Board of Education
School districtGwinnett County Public Schools[1]
SuperintendentJ. Alvin Wilbanks[1]
PrincipalNathan Ballentine[2]
Assistant principals
Jill Chalk
Laura Beth Short
Kirsten Baker
Brent Tisdale
Emily Lough
Krista Herron
Teresa Siebenbruner
Brad Siegfried[2][2]
Chief custodianBuddy Phillips
Grades9–12
Average class size30
Colour(s)             Red, black, white
MascotBulldogs
RivalNorcross High School
NewspaperThe Red & Black
Website

North Gwinnett High School (NGHS) is a public high school outside the city limits of Suwanee, Georgia. The school is part of the school district Gwinnett County Public Schools.[1] The Superintendent of the district is J. Alvin Wilbanks and the Principal is Nathan Ballentine.[1]

History[edit]

North Gwinnett High School was established in 1958. It was built in a former cotton field between the communities of Suwanee and Sugar Hill for the purpose of consolidating the two communities' separate high schools, Suwanee High School and Sugar Hill High School. The land for the school was donated by the estate of Tom Robinson, for whom the NGHS football field is named.[3]

In its early years, NGHS was a small school. In 1960, the school served grades 8 through 12 and there were 328 students enrolled.[3] The eighth grade was eliminated after a new middle school was built during the 1973-1974 school year. By that year, NGHS had 606 students. The school grew dramatically in the subsequent decades. Enrollment reached 1,000 for the first time in the 1988-1989 school year and has been over 2,800.[3] For the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment is reported as 2,670.[4]

North Gwinnett High School figured in Franklin v. Gwinnett County Public Schools (503 US 60 - Supreme Court 1992), a U.S. Supreme Court case that was decided in 1992. A female student at the school had accused a teacher of sexual harassment and sued the school district for monetary damages for not stopping the harassment after she complained to school authorities. The federal district court ruled that Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, under which she sued, did not allow for monetary damages. The appeals court affirmed that ruling, but the Supreme Court overturned that decision. The Supreme Court found that Title IX does allow for monetary damages, thus returning the student's case to lower courts.[5][6]

Mentorship[edit]

Every student at NGHS is provided with an adult mentor.[1] Students have "Advisement Lessons" with their mentor at least once a week.[1] Freshmen at NGHS are also given student mentors.[1]

Awards[edit]

In 2009, North Gwinnett High School received the silver award for the Single Statewide Accountability System.[7] In 2010, the Department of Education named the school as one of the Advanced Placement Honors Schools.[7]

Student life[edit]

Students are offered numerous activities in athletics, clubs, and leadership groups such as the NGHS Beta Society, Student Council, and Relay for Life.[8]

Notable faculty[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "NGHS Student Handbook 2011-2012". North Gwinnett High School. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Administration". North Gwinnett High School. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c History of North Gwinnett High School, Gwinnett County Public Schools website, accessed August 26, 2011
  4. ^ North Gwinnett High profile, Gwinnett County Public Schools website, accessed August 26, 2011
  5. ^ Franklin v. Gwinnett County Public Schools, 503 US 60 - Supreme Court 1992
  6. ^ Ga. woman may seek monetary damages from school, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 27, 1992
  7. ^ a b "Awards and Honors". North Gwinnett High School. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  8. ^ [1], additional text.