Benjamin E. Mays High School

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    The mission of Benjamin E. Mays High School is to provide a secure and nurturing environment that fosters students’ success, to develop interpersonal skills through real-world experiences, to promote the exchange of ideas through multiple mediums, and to engage communities near and afar.
    The vision of Benjamin E. Mays High School is to challenge its students to earn a high school diploma that prepares them for a college or professional career, to become globally competitive, technologically literate citizens, and to be committed to infinite learning.

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Mays Star Students

As Atlanta Public Schools’ highest-ranking JROTC cadet, 18-year-old Haleigh Jones knows a thing or two about discipline. This summer, she will begin basic training at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point – a life goal that did not come without doubters and challenges.

Payton Johnson, 17, is the jack of many trades: poetry, photography, Ultimate Frisbee, piano, basketball, chess, robotics, and academics – just to name a few. “Throughout my entire academic career, I’ve always been looked at as the smartest student, especially after being ranked No. 1 and valedictorian in eighth grade,” said Payton.

Akil Shaw, 18, literally marches to the beat of his own tune. An accomplished musician, he will graduate from Benjamin E. Mays High School with a music scholarship. His success as a musician will offset the cost of tuition at Alabama A&M University, Bethune-Cookman, Morehouse or FAMU, where he’ll major in electrical engineering.

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