Welcome to Maynard H. Jackson High School
Maynard Holbrook Jackson High School, formerly called Southside Comprehensive High School, is presently in its 26th year of operation. In the 2007-2008 academic year, the school participated in Wave II of Atlanta Public Schools' high school transformation initiative. As a part of the transformation, stakeholders proposed renaming the school. On June 16, 2008, the Atlanta Board of Education approved the renaming of Southside Comprehensive High School to Maynard Holbrook Jackson High School.
The school came into existence in Fall 1985 as the result of the merger of two schools: Smith and Roosevelt High Schools. The school facility consists of a $20 million three-level complex designed to house 1,400 students. The previous design of the building reflected the comprehensive nature of the school, which integrated the seven Career Technology components of the school within its academic areas. In 2008-2009, the school opened as Small Learning Communities. Maynard Holbrook Jackson High School's first principal was Mr. Charles Hawk from 1985-1991. Mr. Joseph Carpenter served after Mr. Hawk, from 1991-1993. Dr. William Shepherd followed the prolific reins of Mr. Carpenter and served from 1993-2003. During his tenure, the school was named Georgia Public School of Excellence in 1999. The current principal of Maynard Holbrook Jackson High School is Stephanie Johnson. Maynard Holbrook Jackson High School attained a phenomenal partnership with General Electric (GE) in 1993 during the tenure of Mr. Carpenter and still continues today. The programs, sponsored by GE, involved volunteers, financial assistance for an after-school tutorial program, an academic incentive program, a mentoring program, an attendance improvement plan, the Family Technology Resource Center, and a scholarship program. Since the 2004-2005 school year, the GE program was restructured into five components: Professional Development: Teacher and Curriculum Enhancement; Student Enrichment; Student Incentives; Family and Community Involvement; and Program Management. The five-year grant ended in 2007; however, the school sustains the innovation provided by the GE grant.
In addition to its partnership longstanding with GE, Maynard Holbrook Jackson High School has established relationships with other well-known and influential community partners including Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta Metropolitan College, Delta Air Lines, Fulton County Department of Human Resources, Emory University, GE Energy, GE Money, Georgia Pacific, Georgia Tech, IBM, Imlay, Morehouse School of Medicine, Morehouse College, Kaplan, Inc., Lafarge, 100 Black Men, Inc., Spelman College, Wachovia, and Washington Mutual.
Maynard H. Jackson High School was authorized in 2013 as an IB World School. During the school's application process through the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school years, Pre-IB students were enrolled in Honors and/or Advanced Placement (AP) courses as well as level 1 foreign languages Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, or French.
Jackson High School underwent a major renovation during the 2013-2014 school year.