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Valdosta High School
Valdosta High School2.jpg
3101 N. Forrest St.
Valdosta, Georgia, 31602
United States
School type Public, high school
School district Valdosta City School District
Principal Dr. Janice Richardson
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2249 (2012)
Color(s) Gold and black         
Mascot Wildcat

Valdosta High School is a public high school located in Valdosta, Georgia, United States. The school colors are gold and black. The school mascot is the Wildcat.


Valdosta High School serves grades 9-12 in the Valdosta City School District. It offers a wide range of academic choices, including technical, college preparatory, Advanced Placement, and an International Baccalaureate programme.

Valdosta High is home to 31-faculty sponsored clubs, including Debate, Robotics, Key Club, FBLA, DECA, Model UN, Science, and Journalism. The Valdosta High Math team won the 2009 regional championship, and VHS won the regional Academic Bowl 4 of the last 5 years.

Valdosta High was fully integrated in 1969, when it combined with Pinevale High School. Although full integration did not happen until 1969, the first African American students attended Valdosta High in 1965, well ahead of most high schools in the state. Full integration was achieved by merging two high schools into one, causing severe overcrowding, and in 1971, VHS had 1400 students in a building designed to hold 700.

The present school building opened in 1973; it replaced the old Williams Street building which had served as Valdosta High since 1922 and burned to the ground in 1977. J.L. Newbern and Valdosta Middle School are the two main feeder schools for Valdosta High.

As of July 1, 2014, the Valdosta City School system still has a federal lawsuit against for failing to comply fully with desegregation. The lawsuit originally filed in 1970 is being reviewed for dismissal by a federal judge.[1]



The Cats have had a long winning tradition on the baseball diamond. Valdosta High has one state title and multiple region titles. Alumni include Matt Herring, Buck Belue, and Daniel Tefft.


Valdosta High School is home to the winningest high school football program in the United States with a record 893 wins, 217 losses, and 34 ties, for a winning percentage of .791% as of November 14, 2014.[2] From 1913-2010, the Wildcats have won 6 national championships in football, 24 state championships, and 41 regional championships.

Valdosta High plays its home games at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium in downtown Valdosta. Cross-town rival Lowndes High School has also built a strong program, winning five state titles (1980, 1999, 2004, 2005 and 2007).[1] Since 1968, the Wildcats' record against Lowndes County is 33-16 with 0 ties, scoring an average of 20.9 ppg as compared to Lowndes County's 10.1 ppg. The Wildcats however had a dry run, losing seven straight until their 21-17 come-from-behind victory in 2011. In 2001, Valdosta High School's football coach, Mike O'Brien, told a national gathering of coaches:

In the summer of 2008, due in part to the successes of the Valdosta High School athletic programs, Valdosta was featured on ESPN as a candidate for TitleTown USA.[3] This was a month-long segment on ESPN that started in the spring of 2008 and continued through July. Fans nominated towns and cities across the country based on their championship pedigree. A panel reviewed the nominees and fan voting in May determined the 20th finalist. SportsCenter visited each city in July, and fan voting July 23–27 determined the winner.[4] On July 28, 2008 Valdosta was named Titletown, USA by ESPN.


In 2008 the Valdosta High School Basketball Team was one of the most successful basketball teams in Valdosta High School history while also one of the best in the state of Georgia; they went 28-2. The team was coached by Rufus Mcduffie who previously coached Mitchell Baker High and won five state championships.


The boys' golf team at Valdosta High won six consecutive state championships in the 1950s. Valdosta won three state titles in Class A (1954, 1955, 1956), two in Class AA (1957, 1958), and one title in Class AAA (1959).[5] The golf team has won seven region championships (1959, 1961, 1970, 1977, 1978, 2002, 2003, 2014).[6]

The girls' golf team has also been region champions four times (2000, 2002, 2004, 2005).[6]


The marching band "Marchin' Cats" is the most recognizable performing group of Valdosta High School.[citation needed] They have a history of success, beginning with their former and nationally recognized director, Frank Butenschon. Butenschon led the Marchin' Cats to numerous national field and parade championships and sweepstakes during his tenure as head director.

The band is now under the leadership of Michael Thomas. Since Thomas' arrival in 2006, the Marchin' Cats have won five contest grand championships. Their latest win was at the Battle On The Border in Lowndes County, on October 22, 2011.

Thomas also conducts the wind ensemble, which has received straight superior ratings at the Georgia Large Group Performance Evaluations held in Waycross and then Jesup . In 2006, the wind ensemble performed in the Heritage Festival in New York City, receiving superior ratings and 2nd place overall in the concert band category. In 2007, the ensemble performed at the Music USA Festival in Orlando, Florida, receiving straight superior ratings as well as overall concert band grand champion. The ensemble consistently performs level 6 music, which is most challenging level in the state of Georgia.

The jazz ensemble is under the direction of trombonist and vocalist Andrew Hill. They perform at events in the state of Georgia, including the ABAC Jazz Festival, the Waycross Jazz festival, and country club and social events in south Georgia. Its musical selections include swing, Latin, bebop, funk, rock, and big band.

In 2008 Valdosta High School's music program added an indoor percussion ensemble led by percussion instructor Ted Turner. It is now led by Travis Downs. In its first year the percussion ensemble won a best-in-class award in the novice class of the Ware County indoor percussion festival and contest, and also performed in a festival in the Florida circuit.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Buck Belue - football and baseball player, sports radio personality


  1. ^ http://www.valdostadailytimes.com/local/x611399694/Judge-weighs-schools-status
  2. ^ National High School Sports Record Book
  3. ^ "Titletown" (English). Retrieved 2008-07-24. 
  4. ^ "ESPN - TitleTown USA - SportsCenter". Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  5. ^ http://www.ghsa.net/ghsa-boys-golf-champions
  6. ^ a b http://www.valdostacity.com/Index.aspx?page=374

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 30°52′47″N 83°15′49″W / 30.879687°N 83.263598°W / 30.879687; -83.263598

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Valdosta Daily Times
Thu, 08 Oct 2015 11:11:15 -0700

High School Nation to donate $250,000 to high schools. VALDOSTA — High School Nation will visit Valdosta High School Wednesday. Valdosta is one of 25 stops on the national tour at select high schools in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida ...
Thu, 24 Sep 2015 14:59:42 -0700

At the city council meeting Thursday, Valdosta's mayor and council were expected to approve a bond resolution from the school system. The resolution is required by the state constitution and will allow the school system to use the bonds to help pay for ...
Thu, 24 Sep 2015 13:37:30 -0700

VALDOSTA — The construction management firm for the new Valdosta High School project, JCI-Parrish, will host a community meeting on Tuesday, October 27, at 5:30 pm. This meeting will be held in the media center of the Horne Learning Center located at ...


Valdosta Daily Times
Fri, 11 Sep 2015 12:48:35 -0700

VALDOSTA — The Valdosta Board of Education approved a $391,209 capital outlay for construction of the new Valdosta High School. The outlay will cover the cost of seven additional classrooms for the school. Valdosta Schools Superintendent Todd Cason ...
Valdosta Daily Times
Tue, 29 Sep 2015 03:14:44 -0700

VALDOSTA — Construction schedules and procedures regarding the new Valdosta High School will be reviewed during a community meeting next month. JCI-Parrish, the construction management firm for the new Valdosta High School facility, will host a ...

Valdosta Daily Times

Valdosta Daily Times
Thu, 08 Oct 2015 06:08:57 -0700

VMS Players present “I Will Sing Life: Voices from the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp” in a public performance Thursday night at Valdosta High School Performing Arts Center. Playwright Sandy Asher's “I Will Sing Life” is a story about children discussing ...

Valdosta Daily Times

Valdosta Daily Times
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 15:30:00 -0700

He currently serves as assistant director of bands at Valdosta High School, a position he has held since 2004. He has performed as a musician and singer with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra and the Valdosta Symphony Chorus and is currently a member ...

Valdosta Daily Times

Valdosta Daily Times
Fri, 25 Sep 2015 03:28:11 -0700

Teams from Lowndes County High School, Lanier County, Newbern Middle School and Valdosta High School played in a basketball tournament. “It [Special Olympics] gives them a chance for recreational opportunities and competition opportunities they may ...

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