Berkmar High School

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Berkmar High School
Berkmar High School Georgia logo.png
405 Pleasant Hill Road[1]
Lilburn, Georgia 30047
United States
Type Public
Established 1966
School district Gwinnett County Public Schools[1]
Principal Alfred 'Al' Taylor [1][2]
Faculty ~ 190
Grades 9–12[1]
Enrollment 3,457[1]
Campus Urban
Color(s)      Red      White      Blue
Athletics conference 8A in Class AAAAAA (GHSA)
Mascot Patriot
Accreditation SACS

Berkmar High School is a high school located in Lilburn, Georgia, United States. It has approximately 3,366 students, grades 9 through 12.[1]

Berkmar High School's principal is Alfred "Al" Taylor. He took the place of interim principal Jane Stegall after she replaced Dr. Michael Zinn, who announced he would be stepping down from his position at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year. Dr. Zinn replaced Ken Johnson, the current Archer High School principal, for the 2012-2013 school year. Current assistant principals are Eva Castillo, Dr. Linda Clark, David Covington, Martha Finnegan, Gypsy Hernandez, Dan Knudsen, Cindy Moffett, and George Zaun (Community School Director).


Berkmar High School opened its doors in 1966 to help overcrowding at nearby schools due to the tremendous growth of Gwinnett County.[citation needed]


Middle schools such as Berkmar Middle School and Sweetwater Middle School pour into BHS.

Berkmar serves a transient and diverse community. Berkmar is surrounded by many shopping plazas, restaurants, and other commercial markets.

In 2002, Berkmar received a much-needed renovation with a new front entrance to the school, a gymnasium, a two-story building to hold offices, classrooms, a media center,[3] and an improved parking lot.

Berkmar has three buildings of classrooms, two gyms, a theater, and many portable classrooms. Adjacent to the football field are a baseball field, hitting facility, softball field, practice field, and four tennis courts. A football training facility has been built in a former parking area. The new football training room has also helped with the overcrowding of classrooms.[citation needed]


The school has a large Advanced Placement (AP) program. The program has been recognized for having such a high number of students receive AP credit. Berkmar also won the 2008 Inspiration Award from the College Board for its high numbers. These high numbers come from the numerous AP teachers and the AP inspiration program with Anthony Downer as former and founding president, and Joni Jameson, Kim Heglund, and John Jameson as former supportive sponsors for students who need fundraising profits. Berkmar also boasts the 2010 and 2013 female Georgia State AP Scholars. The title of State AP Scholar is granted to one male and one female student in each U.S. state and the District of Columbia with scores of 3 or higher on the greatest number of AP exams, and then the highest average score (at least 3.5) on all AP exams taken.

Berkmar has had great success with the Quest-bridge scholarship. This non-profit program links high-achieving, low-income students with educational and scholarship opportunities at leading U.S. colleges and universities. It includes the National College Match program for high school seniors. Berkmar is also proud of its students' academic achievements, including being matched or accepted through Regular Decision to Boudin College, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Emory University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, Notre Dame University, Pomona College, Stanford University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Berkmar High School has one of the best choral programs in the county.[citation needed] The students put on many shows during the course of the year. In October, the choirs put on a fall concert performance that includes classical choir pieces.[citation needed]

The Academic Decathlon team has seen success at the state level. The team held the title of Georgia State Championships for six consecutive years (2003–2008).[citation needed] In 2009, their winning streak for state champions was ended by Lakeview Fort Oglethorpe High School. Although Berkmar did not make it to Nationals, they still won first in their division. In 2012, the team served as state co-champions with neighboring Parkview High School, and traveled to Minneapolis for the national championship.

Other clubs and groups include National Honor Society, Quiz Bowl, Gay Straight Alliance (a.k.a. Pride), Student Council, Berkmar Beamers, Book Club, Latin Club, French Club, Math Club, Future Educators Association, Beta Club, Multi-Cultural Club, and Sew 'N Sews Club.[4]


Berkmar competes in Region 7, Class AAAAAAA, the largest classification for Georgia high schools. Region 7, a geographical designation, includes Brookwood High School, Meadowcreek High School, and Parkview High School.


Baseball is available at Berkmar High School.

  • Joel Griffin - Varsity Head Coach
  • Trevan Moore - JV Head Coach
  • Kareem Hayes - Varsity Assistant
  • Brian Huard - JV Assistant
2011 record and rankings[edit]

Varsity Overall: 1-25-0; League: 0-15-0; National Rank: 11215; State (GA) Rank: 246[5]

JV: Overall: 0-1-1; League: 0-0-0


Varsity and JV teams are present for both girls and boys at Berkmar High School.


Boys' coaches:

  • Greg Phillips - Varsity Head Coach
  • Matt Welch
  • David Glass
  • Willingham

Girls' coaches:

  • Anthandus "A.B." Beauford - Varsity Head Coach
  • Christian Harrison
2011 record and rankings[edit]

Overall: 21-6-0; League: 13-2-0; National Rank: 1477; State Rank: 29[6]

Girls' basketball:[7] Overall: 4-10-0; League: 3-5-0; National Rank: 9344; State Rank: 294.


State championships (2000, 2001)[8]


  • Ashley DiBacco
  • Katie Shark

Cross country[edit]


Boys' coaches

  • Evan Pettyjohn - Head Coach

Girls' coaches

  • Johnathon Sykes - Head Coach



[9] Rating: 7.1 National:
2011-12: 6168
2012-13: 4310
Berkmar's national rank jumped 1,858 positions during the 2012-13 season.

2011-12: 238
2012-13: 173
Berkmar's state rank jumped 65 positions during the 2012-13 season.

State division:
2011-12: 52
2012-13: 46 Berkmar's national rank has moved +1858 and their state rank has moved +65 (2012-2013 school year).

2011 season[edit]

2011 Overall Record: 1-9
2011 League Record/Finish: 0-8 (9th)
2011 Points For Average: 11.9
2011 Points Against Average: 47
2011 Differential: -35.1

2012 wins[edit]

Against Meadowcreek (Norcross, GA) (45-6) Berkmar Victory
Against Dacula (Dacula, GA) (24-21) Berkmar Victory


Jonathan Sanks - Head Coach
Gerald Williams
Johnny Burdette
Wes French
Jason Perry
JC Threat
Jason Threat
Trevan Moore
Kynan Forney



Robert Rawson - Head Coach



Boys' coaches
Tracy Crouch - Head Coach
Jeff Welp
William Torres

Girls' coaches
Katie Eisner - Head Coach
Jennifer Crawford - Head Coach
Katie Hicks - JV Head Coach


In 2011 the Patriots were 9-1-1 and ranked No. 4 in the state in Class AAAAA. They defeated soccer heavyweights Brookwood and Parkview in the same season.[10]



Duke Raines - Head Coach
Will Azbel
Charlie Parker

2011 record and rankings[edit]

Overall: 5-6-0; League: 0-1-0; National Rank: 918; State Rank: 282.

Berkmar's national rank moved -156 and their state rank has moved +9.[11]

Swim & dive[edit]


Erica Parker - Head Coach
Polly Mitas - Assistant Coach



Boys' coach
Matt Rosenberger - Head Coach

Girls' coach
Jonathan Sykes - Head Coach

In 2012 the girls' tennis team advanced to the state level for the first time in Berkmar history.

Track & field[edit]


The mission of the Berkmar Patriots' track program is to provide an experience that will encourage each athlete to strengthen their competitive spirit and nurture their desire for success on and off the track.[12]


Boys' coaches
Derrick Harper - Head Coach

Girls' coach
Rosina Diaz- Distance
Rachel Harper- Hurdles


2011 record and rankings[edit]

Overall: 0-3-0; League: 0-3-0; National Rank: 7985; State Rank: 164.[13]

Berkmar's national rank has moved +5 and their state rank has moved -1.

JV: overall: 1-0-0



Jacob Sagel - Head Coach
Patrick Mahaffey

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Berkmar High School at Gwinnett County Public Schools
  2. ^ Administration at official BHS website Archived September 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ BHS Media Center
  4. ^ Clubs at official BHS website Archived September 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Berkmar 2011-12 Baseball Rankings". 
  6. ^ "Berkmar 2011-12 Basketball Rankings". 
  7. ^ "Berkmar 2011-12 Girls Basketball Rankings". 
  8. ^ "Berkmar Basketball". Berkmar Basketball Website. Berkmar Basketball. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "Berkmar High School Football Rankings". Maxpreps. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "With Recent Big Wins, State-Ranked Berkmar Soccer Has Arrived". Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "Berkmar High School Softball". 
  12. ^
  13. ^ "Berkmar 2011 Volleyball Rankings". 

External links[edit]

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