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BENJAMIN E. MAYS HIGH SCHOOL
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Never before in the history of Atlanta Public Schools had any school been named in honor of a living African American male until in September 1981, when the Atlanta Board of Education, at the urging of the late Henrietta Canty, State Representative and PTSA President, and the late Superintendent Dr. Alonzo A. Crim, the new-ly constructed building at 3450 Benjamin E. Mays Drive SW, was named in honor of Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, a humanitarian, educator, and international pioneer in Negro Education. Groundbreaking for the schools construction took place on Monday, November 14, 1977 at 1:00 P.M. The building was completed in August 1981 and was officially opened in a Sunday ceremony on September 27, 198l. Ini-tially, there was much debate about the new schools name. Some community leaders wanted the schools name to remain Southwest High School since it was supposedly built to replace the old South-west High School, now Jean Childs Young Middle School. After the dust settled, rising from the sunset, atop a picturesque mountain, Benjamin Elijah Mays High School was borne. Dr. Mays could see the school from his homes office. Much to Dr. Mays delight, a per-manent structure was now in place that would forever honor his tireless work.
Thomas E. Wood, Jr., served for one year as principal, 1981-1982; Dr. Rubye D. McClendon succeeded Wood and served an eleven-year stretch, from 1982 to 1993; and Ronald Ron E. Brown served for nine years, 1993 to 2002. Dr. Tyronne Martin Smith took the helm in August 2002. The school has been fortunate to have a continuous line of renowned and effective leaders.
Built at a cost of $23 million, the schools magnet program of Sci-ence and Mathematics was designed to draw students from throughout the City of Atlanta who were interested in college preparatory work spe-cifically in Science and Mathematics. Mays High School, built on Atlantas southwest side, to rival Northside High Schools academic programs. A grant of $3,006,836.00 was received from the Georgia General Assembly to assist the Atlanta Board of Education in construction cost. Representa-tive Canty was instrumental in securing the grant.
Present at the groundbreaking ceremony were Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays, President of the Atlanta Board of Education, Mrs. June Cofer, Vice President of the Atlanta Board of Education, and the
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following School Board members: Mrs. Margaret Griggs, Reverend Preston Williams, Mrs. Angela Loannides, Mrs. Ann Woodward, Mr. Richard Raymer, Dr. Asa Yancey and Mrs. Carolyn Crowder. Many of the same 10 persons attended the schools dedication ceremony.
The school sits on 70.35 acres of prime real estate, and has 310,369 square feet of working space. The school sits approximately 9/10 of a mile from the street (Benjamin E. Mays Drive) just across Interstate 285. There is not an access or exit to Interstate 285 on Benjamin E. Mays Drive. The mountainous landform has an abun-dance of wild life. Confirmed spotted wildlife includes deer, turkeys, raccoons, opossums, squirrels, wood ducks, rare geese, snakes, geckos, alligators, rabbits, wild boars, owls, bald eagles, falcons, salamanders, domestic and exotic fishes, armadillos, coyotes, and gray and red foxes. This area is one of the few remaining green areas and wetlands left in the City of Atlanta. It is rapidly dwindling due to nonstop commercial and housing development.
The architects and contractors responsible for constructing the school included FIRMS, Finch, Alexander, Barnes, Rothschild and Pas-chal, and Edward C. Miller and Associates. The engineering was Poly-tech, Inc. from Houston, Texas. Herman J. Russell (HJ Russell Construction Compa-ny) played a vital role in the schools con-struction. The land was purchased from Joel Montgomery on February 12, 1969 for an undisclosed price.
Thirty years later and with an aca-demic foundation as solid as the rock of Gibraltar, Benjamin E. Mays High School is a beckon of light atop a mountain in Southwest Atlanta. Envied by those who cannot attend, cherished by those who do, and loved by it graduates, Benjamin Elijah Mays High School is the flagship institution in the City of Atlanta Public School System.
Dear ole Mays High, to thee we give praises above all the rest!
DARRELL R. HAYES
Coach Darrell R. Hayes has proudly served as Athletic Director in the Atlanta Public School System for over fifteen years at Harper-Archer High, Washington High, and presently Mays High School. He currently holds the position of Vice-President for Region 6-AAAA. Additionally, he has held the office of President for Region 5-AAAA and was recognized by the Georgia Athletic Association as Athletic Director of Year. He is a native of Southwest Atlanta, graduating from Joseph Emerson Brown High School. Hayes graduated salu-tatorian of his class and received a full four year academic schol-arship and a sports information scholarship to Troy University in Troy, Alabama. He graduated Troy University with honors earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Studio Art. Hayes received a Master of Arts in Education, with an Administration and Supervision concen-tration from the University of Phoenix.
During his tenure at Troy, Coach Hayes received history mak-ing notoriety as an African American. He was the universitys first African American Assistant Sports Information Director, and Male Greek of the Year. While working in the athletic department, he served as an assistant to Coach Charlie Oliver, Head Track and Field Coach. It was also at Troy University that Coach Hayes became a proud brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated; he later became Xi Beta Chapter President and the fraternitys 84th Na-tional College Brother of the Year.
Coach Hayes returned to Atlanta and accepted his true call-
ing as an educator at Charles L. Harper High School. While at Harper, he established and implemented a Graphic Art Program second to none in the district. His ability to motivate his stu-dents to achieve enabled him to produce the districts first state and national winners of SkillUSA. This record still stands today. Hayes was also selected as the states First SkillsUSA Advisor of the Year. Additionally, in his twenty plus years of dedicated ser-vice, Coach Hayes added to his list of professional achievements APS Academic Incentive Award Winner in Vocational Education, Teacher of the Year, and Star Teacher just to name a few. He has touched the young lives of hundreds during his tenure at Harper High School, Harper-Archer High School, Washington High School, and currently Mays High School, with over twenty-seven years in the profession.
Coach Hayes is an award winning cross-country coach, track coach, as well as, Athletic Director. During his tenure as a Head Cross Country and Track Coach, his teams have won Atlanta City Championships, Region Championships, and have qualified for State Championships.
He is spiritually feed under the teachings of Bishop Dr. Dale C. Bronner at the Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral where he serves as one of the anointed choir directors.
He is the proud father of a twenty-six year old son who is cur-rently serving in the military and grand-father of one.
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TyRonnE MARTin SmITH, J.D. PH.D
is an accomplished Administrator and Educator who has served in the role of Principal within the Atlanta Public School System for 22 of his 29 years with the district. Dr. Smith has been, for 10 years residing over The Benjamin E. Mays High School. He is an effective communicator with excellent planning, organizational, and negotiation strengths, as well as the ability to lead, reach consensus, establish goals, and attain results. Dr. Smith has an outstanding track record in assuring overall student success, as they integrate academic and extracur-ricular activities.
Dr. Smiths mandate is to continue to build upon existing programs through proven data driven competencies in project and program management, ad-ministration, staff development and empowerment. Beginning as an ener-getic and inspiring science teacher and advancing to science coordinator and visionary school leader, he has been successful at every level within the dis-trict. He holds a variety of degrees, to numerous to mention.
Dr. Smith has served on multiple pan-els for The Atlanta Public Schools, as well as Advisor and the Peer Leadership Committee at various schools. He is af-filiated with the National Education As-sociation and Georgia Bar Association to name a few. He is married and has one daughter.
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Family:Shantell Calloway (wife), Dominic, Dillion & Kiamber (children)
coachingEntering 14th year as a high school coach. 12 years in Georgia, 2 years in Alabama.2 years at Anniston High 1998-1999 (LBs & DBs)5 years at Mount Zion 2000-2004 (LBs & DBs, Defensive Coordinator)Entering 7th season at Mays 2005- present (Defensive Coordinator & Head Coach)Took over for Jesse Solomon after the 6th game in 2007. Posted a 4-2 record while leading the team to the 2nd round of the playoffs. Career record is 26-12. 3 state playoff playoff appearances as a head coach.7 playoff appearances as an assistant
collegeSigned with Memphis State in 1990 and was a teammate of Future hall of Fame WR Isaac Bruce of the St. Louis Rams and current Memphis Head