McDonough High School

  • MHS
    School Leaders:
    Principal - Mr. Antonio Mattox 
    Assistant Principals - Ms. Jameka Fields-Rhodes, Ed.S.Mr. Brenton Stenson, Ed.S. Mr. Mikal Underwood, Ed.S. 

    Enrollment* | Total Students - 1208   |   Administrators - 4   |   Counselors - 4  |   Certified Staff - 78
    Mission - McDonough High School mission is to create and sustain a culture of learning and a community of achievers.
    Vision - McDonough High School empowers students to acquire, demonstrate, articulate, and value knowledge and skills that will support them, as life-long learners to participate in, contribute to the global world, and practice the core values of the school: respect, tolerance & inclusion, and excellence.

    MHS Continuous Improvement Plan

    155 Postmaster Dr., McDonough, GA 30253   |   Main# 470.615.3450   |   Fax# 470.615.3452

    *2021-2022 Enrollment

  • Student Outcomes Narrative

    Student Outcomes information for McDonough high school represented on this dashboard includes:

    •   4-year cohort graduation rate
    • Georgia Student Health Survey Responses
    •  Literacy Proficiency Rates

    The 4-year cohort graduation rate for McDonough High School has increased over the previous three years from 80.91% to 87.29%. For the most recent Georgia Student Health Survey given during the 2019-2020 school year, 75% of McDonough High School students answered that they strongly agreed or somewhat agreed that they felt successful at school. This survey tool is administered to all k-12 students in the state of Georgia. Finally, during the 2019-2020 school year, 66% of students scored at or above grade level in their reading ability according to Lexile for ninth grade literature and composition and 57% of students scored at or above grade level in their reading ability according to Lexile for American literature and Composition. Reading at or above grade level is determined by student Lexile scores from the End-of-Course assessments for ninth grade literature and composition and American Literature and Composition.


  • Highlights

    MHS picMcDonough High continues our mission to create and sustain a culture of learning and a community of achievers as evidenced by our recognition as a GADOE AP Honor School for the second year in a row in 2021. Our AP test takers scored a 3 or higher on their AP exams at a rate of 52% in 2020, which was a 30% gain over the previous year. We are so proud to watch our Warhawks soar as they take on the challenges of rigorous coursework and receive accolades for their achievements. The 2019-2020 school also ended on a high note for the first graduating class of McDonough High School as the Class of 2020 achieved a 4-year cohort graduation rate of 87.29% which was an increase of 2.18% over the previous years. These accomplishments are the results of hard work by our students and the focus of our faculty to create quality instruction on a daily basis. The continual collaborative efforts of our faculty, staff, students, and community to create a culture of learning will in no doubt allow our students to achieve at levels they have never dreamed of. We started this school year with a quote that rings true every day in the halls of McDonough High School “If not us, who? If not now, when?”.

    MHS picAt McDonough High School, our mission is to empower life-long learners who can contribute to the global world. We understand the importance of not only providing students with high-quality instruction but also with multiple opportunities to prepare them for life after high school. At MHS, those students who desire the challenge of more rigorous instruction may push themselves by enrolling in Advanced Placement courses to earn college credits. We currently offer AP courses in US History, Calculus, and Art, and plan to schedule more course offerings next school year. MHS is also grooming future leaders by offering those students who want to procure or polish their leadership skills the opportunity to become a part of the school’s Student Government Association. These future world-changers learn real-world skills related to the democratic process, collaboration, project planning, and advocacy. In order to ensure all Warhawk graduates are college and career-ready, our students are afforded the opportunity to participate in Work-Based Learning, urged to take various Fine Arts courses, and are encouraged to apply to the Governor's Honors program. This year, MHS scholar Joey Hernandez rose to become an alternate for the Georgia State GHP in the area of Agricultural Science. Eligible students may also participate in the school's Beta Club or be invited to join an Honor Society. In addition to these in-school opportunities, our counselors also urge students to seek early college acceptance and make sure students are aware of the many scholarship offerings available to them. Students who take advantage of the many available opportunities will leave MHS as well-rounded individuals who are ready to take on the world!
  • Opportunities

    MHS picMcDonough High School, Agriscience Systems, Audio-Video Technology and Film I , Early Childhood Care & Education I, Engineering & Technology, Entrepreneurship, JROTC - Naval Science, Law Enforcement Services - Forensic Science, Nutrition and Food Science Programming, Therapeutic Services/Allied Health and Medicine, Work-Based Learning
  • Demographics Narrative

    In the 2020-2021 school year, McDonough high school is home to 1,208 total students in grades 9-12. The students of McDonough high are 81% Black/African American, 8% Hispanic/Latino, 6% White, 4% Multi-Racial, 1% Asian, and less than 1% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander and American Indian/Alaskan Native. Students at McDonough high school are served through a variety of programs and areas that allow each student to reach their fullest potential. Currently, 15% of students are served through the exceptional student education (ESE) program, 2% are served as English Language Learners (ELL), and 5% are served through the gifted program. Henry County Schools offers multiple unique opportunities for student enrichment where additional career and technical education courses or blended learning courses can be taken. At McDonough High School, 16% of our students participate in courses at the Academy for Advanced Studies and 2% participate in courses at Impact Academy. More information on these opportunities can be found on the Henry County Schools Website.