Thomasville High School

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Thomasville High School
315 South Hansell Street
Thomasville Georgia 31792

United States
Coordinates 30°50′25″N83°58′16″W / 30.840320°N 83.971026°W / 30.840320; -83.971026 Coordinates: 30°50′25″N83°58′16″W / 30.840320°N 83.971026°W / 30.840320; -83.971026
Type Public
MottoBulldog Pride
School district Thomasville City Schools
PrincipalDr. Shannon Norfleet [1]
Faculty52.4 (on FTE basis) [2]
Grades9 to 12
Enrollment764 [3]  (2016-17)
Student to teacher ratio15.1 [2]
Color(s)Red and Gold
Athletics conference GHSA Region 1 AA
Mascot Bulldog

Thomasville High School is a public secondary school located in Thomasville, Georgia, United States. It is one of only a handful of city school systems left in the state of Georgia. It is considered by the Georgia High School Association to be an AA school system.

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Thomasville, Georgia City in Georgia, United States

Thomasville is the county seat of Thomas County, Georgia, United States. The population was 19,340 at the 2013 United States Census, making it the second largest city in southwest Georgia after Albany.

Georgia (U.S. state) State of the United States of America

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Thomasville High School is known for its football program. When the program began in 1910, the team was known as the Thomasville Red Cyclones. This changed in 1923, when they were given permission by the University of Georgia to use the Bulldog mascot. Though it would be more fitting to use BUZZ from Georgia Tech, the bulldog remained the mascot until the present.

American football Team field sport

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University of Georgia Public university located in Athens, Georgia, United States

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Bulldog Dog breed

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The school colors were initially red and black. These did not change until segregation came to an end, and the school merged with Douglass High School and took on the color gold, while doing away with black.

In 103 years of football, the school has one high school football national championship (1974), and five state championships (1945, 1958 co-champs, 1973, 1974, 1988). They have also won 26 region titles, most recently in 2017. Most recently, during the 2017 season, the Bulldogs went 12-1 and notched the program's 700th win when they defeated cross-town rival Thomas County Central High School.

Thomas County Central High School

Thomas County Central High School is a high school in Thomasville, Georgia, United States. It is the largest high school in Thomasville and Thomas County, with 1,474 students as of 2015. In 2013, it was rated as the top public school in southwest Georgia according to the Georgia Department of Education College and Career Readiness Index (CCRPI). The school is home to the Thomas County Central Yellow Jackets; the 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, and 1997 AAA state champion football teams; and 1993 Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward, Jr.

Thomas County Central High School and Cairo High School are their primary rivals. While there was a suspension of the two series in the late 1990s, the rivalries has recently been picked back up and occurs in early part of the season each year.

Cairo High School

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The school has produced major college and NFL players including William Andrews, Mike Bobo, Shawn Jones, Mike Jones (University of Georgia), Charles Bostick (Georgia Southern University), Eric Curry, Guy McIntyre, Sheddrick Wilson (Louisiana State and Houston Oilers) and Brandon Thompson of the Cincinnati Bengals.

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The school won a state baseball championship in 1999. Levale Speigner was part of the 1999 team, and he has gone on to play professional baseball.

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The school won a state soccer championship in 2010. They were the Area 2 AA/A champions, as well with an overall record of 19-0-4, the school's first undefeated season. They scored 100 goals and allowed 15 on the season. They ended the season #1 in division AA/A, ranked #8 overall in the state and ranked #47 nationally.

The school also contains a notable tennis team. It is often regarded as one of the best public school teams in GHSA AA. The team has reached the final four 9 times, 5 for the boys team and 4 for the girls team. The team was headed by Phil Slaughter for nearly 20 years and is now led by Kelli Helms. In 2016, they defeated three-time GISA state champion Brookwood. The team most recently went to the final four in 2017. The boys team had final four appearances in 2005, 2006, 2013, 2014, and 2017. The girls team reached the final four in 1996 (AAA), 1998, 2008, and 2014. The team has a combined 13 trips that ended in the elite 8 (more than their 4 combined sweet 16 trips in 2000, 2006, and 2009). The only time the boys team made it to the Sweet 16 was in 2010.

In the 2016 season, the Thomasville High School tennis team wore their wildly popular "Black Out" uniforms. They consisted of black shorts with a black shirt with a diamond T, the team's logo. In 2017 the boys team debuted a similar "Black Out" uniform, this year consisting of a collared shirt and embroidered diamond T logo. The girls team wore red Wilson dresses with hints of white.

The Boys team won region 1-2A championships most recently in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. During this period the team was led by Geoffrey Martin, a Lagrange University commit.

During the 1974 season, the Thomasville Doubles team of Virginia Balfour and Greer Becknell attained the title of AAA State Runner-Up. 5 other doubles teams reached the final four in the sixties and seventies. These teams were Ann Rumble and Penny Dollar (1969), Virginia Balfour and Greer Becknell (1972), Dayna Leak and Donna Leak (1977), Charles Weir and John Everett (1980).

Two singles players for the boys' team reached the state final four, when the tournament consisted of individual play. These were John Paul (1965) and Brian Rice (1986).

When the tournament consisted of individual play, 7 doubles teams reached the elite 8. These teams were Ann Rumble and Penny Dollar (1968), Carla Thornton and Joy Alligood (1971 AAA), Virginia Balfour and Greer Becknell (1973), Dayna Leak and Donna Leak (1976 AAA), Blake Brookered and Mike Clay (1973), and Jesse Booth and Bobby Balfour (1972), and Charles Weir and John Everett (1980 AAA).

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