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Henry W. Grady High School
929 Charles Allen Drive
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: (404) 802-3001

Welcome to the Grady High School Website!

August 19, 2014

 

Dear Grady Parent or Guardian:

 

Several of our Grady High School students participated in an unsanctioned student tradition that posed great risks to them on Friday, Aug. 15.

The tradition, “Freshmen Friday,” involves an activity where seniors drag or push freshmen students down the hills at Piedmont Park.  Over the last few years, this event has evolved to include shooting water guns at freshmen students, spraying shaving cream, and other activities.  At times, this Friday tradition has included chasing 9th grade students. This year included dozens of students running across 10th Street to Piedmont Park, despite oncoming traffic.  Many of these activities pose potential safety issues.

As the new principal of Grady, it is my goal to support healthy student traditions, especially those that increase school pride and school spirit.  However, I am also obligated to express my concerns, when certain traditions may cause safety risks and potentially demean certain students.  This is clearly one of them.

This activity typically happens on the first Friday of the new school year; however, due to our Grady administration working proactively with law enforcement to provide an increased presence at Piedmont Park and inclement weather that day, we successfully helped to produce an incident free first Friday.  Unbeknownst to school staff, students planned and engaged in the first Friday activities at dismissal on Friday, Aug. 15.

I am calling you to help curtail this type of hazing activity. I ask that you join my staff and me in talking with your student about the risks of these activities and discourage this type of behavior.

Specifically, I ask that our juniors and seniors act as mentors and role models for their under-class contemporaries, rather than humiliating and demeaning them.  This is an expectation for the entire year, not just the first or second Friday of school. 

Though it is my intent to honor and support Grady’s many proud traditions, I cannot do so when these rituals are potentially harmful to the physical and emotional health of students.  Moreover, please note that any student who chooses to participate in any activity that creates an unsafe or threatening environment for other students will be held accountable for his or her actions. 

Please join me in fostering a culture of respect for all students.  It is important to remember that, “Individually we are different. Together we are Grady.”  I look forward to an outstanding school year.

 

Respectfully,

 

Timothy Guiney, Principal

 
 
**Click Here to Download the Class Leveling Letter from Mr. Guiney**

 



 

Grady is committed to excellence in public education for all students. Located in midtown Atlanta, we are home to four learning pathways. They are: Biomedical Science and Engineering, Business and Marketing, Communication and Journalism, and Law and Investigations. The faculty and staff offer instruction for students at all levels of academic proficiency.

 

At Grady, students from diverse backgrounds work together in an atmosphere of mutual respect and friendship.

 

Remember our motto:

 

"Individually we are different... together we are Grady".

 

 

 

 


 
 
  

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