Parkview High School (Georgia)

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Parkview High School
998 Cole Drive
Lilburn, Georgia 30047
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Type Public
Established 1976
School district Gwinnett County Public Schools
Principal David T. Smith
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2,823
Campus Suburban
Color(s)          Orange and White and accent      Blue
Athletics conference GHSA AAAAAA
Mascot Panther
Information 770-921-2874

Parkview High School, the "Home of the Panthers," is located in Lilburn, Georgia in Gwinnett County. The current principal is David T. Smith.


During the early 1970s, Gwinnett County, Georgia led the USA in growth. This phenomenal growth rate produced overcrowding in its school systems, leaving South Gwinnett High School and Berkmar High School too overcrowded to accommodate excess student populations. In 1975, construction began on a new school. The students chose a panther as their school mascot, with orange and white as their school's colors, blue being an accent color. The school was named "Parkview" after Stone Mountain Park. The doors opened in 1976 with Bartow Jenkins as its first principal.

The school expanded, both in area and number of students, until it was filled above capacity in the early-to-mid-1990s. In 2005, Parkview took over the then adjacent Trickum Middle School to create more space for its rapidly expanding population. The old Trickum Middle School building was reinstated as "The 9th Grade Academy," and many freshman courses were relocated there. In moving classes to the new building, the school eliminated all of the nearly 70 trailers that had been used as annex partition on the school's property for the past decade.

Parkview has an average SAT score of 1557, making it one of the top 25 schools in the state. It has a graduation rate of 88.5 percent.[1]

Brookwood-Parkview Rivalry

Brookwood High School opened in 1981 out of the Parkview and South Gwinnett school districts, but it was 10 years before a rivalry between Parkview and Brookwood emerged. The schools have been rivals in everything from sports to academics since the 1990s and even were featured on the "Great American Rivalry Series." [2]

School Initiated Organizations

Student Council

Parkview High School has a student council composed of class officers, student council representatives, and Gwinnett Student Leadership Team members. The council is run according to the guidelines of a student-authored constitution written in 2014 by one of the students. The student council maintains contact with the Georgia House District 108 representative and has a trip to the State Capitol once a year.

School Newspaper

The Parkview Pantera is an award winning student newspaper published between 4 and 7 times a school year. Parkview students write articles and layout the paper under the guidance of the newspaper teacher. Numerous Pantera staff members have gone on to study journalism in college. As of 2013, the Pantera staff maintains a website for the paper:[3]


Parkview was recognized by the Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School for school year 1984-1985.[4] Parkview is ranked as the 19th best high school in Georgia (out of over 400), 3rd best high school in Gwinnett County, and 562nd best high school in the nation according to the US News and World Report High School rankings.[5] The school offers 26 AP courses and has a large gifted program.[6]


Parkview is known as a school of great athletic achievement, especially since the late 1990s. In 2005, Sports Illustrated ranked Parkview number 7 in its list of the "Top Sports Schools Nationwide." Parkview maintains a fierce rivalry in athletics with neighboring Brookwood High School. Parkview has won over 75 state championships in Georgia High School Association-sanctioned sports, making it the second most athletically successful highest division school in Georgia.[7] Parkview is a AAAAAA division school in Region 8.


The Parkview Baseball Team won the State Championship in 1996, 2001, 2002, 2011, 2012, and 2015. It won the national title in 2012 and 2015. Parkview Baseball currently ranks #1 in the nation.


The Lady Panthers won a state championship in 2003 and a district championship in 2008. In 2012, the Lady Panthers were ranked 3rd in the Girls Final Hoops Poll by Score Magazine. The Lady Panthers are considered one of the better women's basketball teams in the county.


Parkview Cheerleading won the state championship in 1998. Parkview has placed in the GHSA Top 16 Finals 2002-2014, with 1 Sub Region and 2 Regional Championships.

Cross country

The Parkview Boy's Cross Country team, historically one of the best teams in Georgia, has won eight state championships in 1984, 1985, 1987, 1990, 1993, 2004, 2005, and 2006, as well as numerous second place trophies, with the most recent in 2010. The Parkview Girl's Cross Country team won the state championship in 1988. The current boys' and girls' cross country coach is Mike Demarest after former Coach James Tigue left in 2014.


The first Parkview football head coach was Doug Burt from 1976-1982. Coach Hugh (Buck) Buchanan was the head coach from 1983-1985. The Panthers went undefeated from 2000–2002, winning three straight AAAAA state championships reaching as high as 2nd in the USA Today national high school football rankings during that stretch. The team was also AAAA state champions in 1997. Head Coach Cecil Flowe led the Panther varsity football team from 1994 to 2013. In 2014, Head Coach Eric Godfree took over. The stadium is now officially called "The Big Orange Jungle" or "Karl Bostick Field," but was previously known as "The Valley Of The Cat."


The Men's Golf team won the Region Title from 2002–2005. They finished 3rd in the state in 2004. The Girl's Golf team won the Region Title in 2002, 2003, and 2007.


Parkview Lacrosse Men and Women's team was founded in 2010. The Women's team is led by Melissa Smith and the Men's by USMC (Ret.) GySgt David "Gunny" Erwin.


The Parkview High School Orienteering team is in conjunction with students from Brookwood High School and the team is sponsored by Parkview's MCJROTC program, GySgt. David Erwin (USMC) Ret., Amy Williams, and Rick "Coach" Shane.

The Riflery team is sponsored by Parkview's MCJROTC program and is run by Maj. Ron Tootle (USMC) Ret. They compete against other ROTC programs throughout the county, region, and state and travel out of state to various competitions.


The Parkview Boy's Soccer team has won six state championships in 1993, 1994, 1997–1998, 2001 and 2005. The Parkview Girl's soccer team has won seven state championships in 1997, 2003, 2005, 2007–2009, and 2013. In 1997, Parkview soccer became the first program in Georgia to win the girls and boys state championships in a single year. In 2005, the program repeated this feat. The Parkview Soccer program is one of the most successful soccer programs in the state.

Swim and Dive

The Parkview[8] Boy's Swim and Dive team holds the record for most state championships at Parkview, boasting ten total wins in 1995, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2012, and 2013. The Girl's Swim and Dive team won the state championship in 1997 and 1998. Many Parkview swimmers have gone on to swim at universities and colleges throughout the country.


The Parkview Girls' Tennis team won the state championship in 1980.

Track and Field

Parkview High School Boys Track and Field won the State Championship in 2009. The Parkview High School Boys and Girls won the Region Championship in 2011.


Parkview Volleyball Varsity teams has held the title of Area Champions since 2007. The team made it to the Sweet Sixteen in 2007, 2008, and 2009. Head coach and All American Setter at Emory University, Catherine Zidow, has led the team for many victories since the beginning of the 2007 season.


Parkview Wrestling has won 4 state championships. The team won both the dual and team individual state tournaments in 2004 and 2006.



The Parkview chapter of DECA has 250 members, making it Parkview's biggest club and the 5th largest DECA Chapter in the nation. Parkview DECA members compete regularly in DECA marketing competitions, winning the Region Title in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. DECA members qualify to compete at the State Competition and the International Career and Development Conference almost every year.[9]

Academic Decathlon

In 2013, Parkview's Academic Decathlon (PAD) went to the United States Academic Decathlon's (USAD) 2013 Nationals Competition in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This was the first time in the school's history, because in prior years, the team was not successful against its rival, Berkmar High School, at the State Competition. Even though PAD was the runner-up at the state competition, because of the subjectivity of the Interview and Speech portions of the competition, The PAGE (Professional Association of Georgia Educators) Foundation's Academic Decathlon, or GAD, decided to send Parkview to Nationals in 2013 alongside Berkmar. Parkview placed first over-all in district, second over-all at state. In the 2013-2014 competitive season, Parkview's Academic Decathlon won first over-all in district and third over-all in state. Parkview's Academic Decathlon is currently led by coaches Melodie Carr and Amy Hammond.

Science Bowl

Parkview's Science Bowl Team won the state title and participated in the national competition from 1999–2003, 2006, 2007, and 2009. The team's best finish at the National Science Bowl was 5th in 2007.

Science Olympiad

Parkview's Science Olympiad team has won the state competition seven times (1995, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010) and has won second place three times (1995, 2002, 2009).

Technology Student Association

Parkview's TSA Chapter won first place at Georgia State Leadership Conference in Athens, GA in 2014 and 2015, and came in second place four of the five years before that (2008-2013).

Odyssey of the Mind

The school hosts the Lilburn regional for the Georgia Odyssey of the Mind competition every year. The school has won regionals and state multiple times, the most recent being 1st on Problem Four in 2011. The OM team also won the Odyssey of the Mind World Championships in 1999.

Music and Arts


The band program is currently under the direction of Richard Magner and Jason Atha. In 2005, Parkview High School Band, under the direction of Allen Beach and Richard Magner, was awarded the John Philip Sousa Foundation's Sudler Flag of Honor. This is an international award recognizing concert bands of outstanding musical excellence. Parkview is one of four schools in the state of Georgia and 68 in the world to receive this award.[10]

Parkview has also been placed on the Historic Roll of Honor of High School Concert Bands.[11] This lists recognizes "historic high school concert bands of very particular musical excellence." The Georgia State Legislature passed Georgia Senate Resolution 1313[12] and Georgia House Resolution 2063[13] honoring the Parkview High School Band.

The Parkview High School 1980 Granite City Classic Grand Champion Marching Band, 348 members strong, is the largest marching band in the history of Gwinnett County. The Parkview High School Marching Band with an overall score of 94 was the Grand Champion of the 2010 Golden River Marching Festival in Tallapoosa, GA. The color guard and drum majors also received the highest scores in the competition.

In April 2011, Parkview High School Band won the WSBtv Best High School Band Contest. The tournament featured 64 high school bands from across Georgia, and the Parkview Band earned the chance to play on Turner Field before a Major League baseball game.


Parkview has three orchestras: Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra. Each year, Parkview's Orchestra performs in Disney World.


Parkview High School is a member of the prestigious International Thespian Society. Members who join Parkview's honors thespian society are inducted into Troupe 4805.

Parkview School District[14]

  • Trickum Middle School
  • Camp Creek Elementary
  • Knight Elementary
  • Mountain Park Elementary
  • Arcado Elementary


Parkview's enrollment for the 2012-2013 school year numbered 2,715 students, of whom 38.7% are White, 24.4% African American, 19.2% Asian or Pacific Islander American, 13.7% Hispanic, 0.3% Native American, and 3.6% identifying as two or more races. 31.0% of students come from households with incomes below the federal poverty line. Parkview has a 19:1 student-teacher ratio.[15]

Notable alumni

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