A strong sports program is a vital part of student life and provides a balance with academics, which the students need for a well-rounded high school experience. Young bodies need physical exercise, and students also learn to work together as a team in many of the sports programs offered.
DeKalb offers 14 different high school athletic participation sports including baseball, basketball (boys and girls), cross country (boys and girls), football, golf (boys and girls), gymnastics (girls), lacrosse (boys and girls), soccer (boys and girls), fast-pitch softball (girls), swimming (boys and girls), tennis (boys and girls), track (boys and girls), volleyball (girls) and wrestling.
Basketball, football, track and cheerleading are offered at the middle school level, and eighth graders can participate on the junior varsity level at the high schools, if a sport is not offered for them in the middle school.
DeKalb County Schools is home to 285 state championships dating as far back as the 1938 literary state title won by Lithonia. Clarkston won the first athletic state championship in 1940, as the boys basketball title came home to DeKalb County Schools. The school system went 11 years without a title until Druid Hills won the 1951 boys track title to start a string of 48 consecutive years with at least one state title coming home to DeKalb County Schools.
The streak ended in 1999 as no state titles were won, and a new streak began in 2001 as Lakeside won the boys tennis title to start the current streak of 13 school years. The 285 state titles have come from 23 different schools, (seven of which are no longer in existence) and the Adapted Sports Programs. Lakeside leads the way with 41 state titles, with Dunwoody a distant second with 26 state titles to the school's credit. Southwest DeKalb is third with 21 with Tucker fourth with 20 while Druid Hills holds 19 state titles and Columbia 18 to round out the Top five.
Boys' track has outshone the other sports in the school system bringing home 41 state titles, while girls' track follows with 28. Wrestling has third highest total with 29 followed by basketball (boys and girls combined) and girls' gymnastics with 20 each and boys' cross country round out the Top 5 with 19 state titles.
A high of eleven state titles for the school system came in 1981. The school system won 10 in a year twice, 1970 and 1983. The school system won six state championships three consecutive seasons in 2008, 2009, and 2010 and repeated the feat in 2012.
DeKalb County Schools athletics continues to add to the trophy case in 2012-13, with four team state titles and 4 individual state champions
Current Participating Schools and State Titles
- Arabia Mountain (0)
- Cedar Grove (4)
- Chamblee (10)
- Clarkston (4)
- Columbia (18)
- Cross Keys (2)
- Druid Hills (20)
- Dunwoody (27)
- Lakeside (41)
- Lithonia (7)
- Martin Luther King Jr. (1)
- McNair (0)
- Miller Grove (7)
- Redan (16)
- Southwest DeKalb (21)
- Stephenson (7)
- Stone Mountain (4)
- Towers (3)
- Tucker (20)
- JV wheelchair basketball (1)
- Varsity wheelchair basketball (1)
- Avondale (13)
- Briarcliff (16)
- Gordon (15)
- Henderson (4)
- Peachtree (8)
- Sequoyah (6)
- Shamrock (3)
- Walker (9)
2012 Individual State Titles (1)
- Alex Cameron, Jr, Dunwoody, Class AAAAA girls' state title in 19:49.96
- Alex Kemenov, Sr, Chamblee, won Class A-AAAAA 100 yard breastroke gold in 57.93
- Cedar Grove 4x400 Relay Team (Nicholas Everett, Darius Freeman, Adrian Green and Demetrius Pinkett), won Class AAA boys' state title in 3:26.85
- Dunwoody 4x400 Relay Team (Samari Bates, Miles Jones, Connor McKnight, Matthew Rather), won Class AAAAA boys' state title in 3:28.83
- Christian Pryor, Sr, Cedar Grove, won Class AAA 400 meter dash girls'state title in 56.30, 800 meter run title in 2:17.42
- Kayla Pryor, Sr, Cedar Grove, won the Class AAA 300 meter hurdles girls'state title in 43.07
- Cedar Grove 4x400 Relay Team (Latoya Harze, Nylah Littles, Christian Pryor, Kayla Pryor) won the Class AAA girls' state title in 3:56.70
- Alex Cameron, Jr, Dunwoody, won the Class AAAAA girls' state titles in the 1600 meter (5:01.03) and 3200 meter runs (11:10.14)
- Tiffany Flynn, Sr, Miller Grove, won the Class AAAAA girls' state title in the triple jump (40-07.50)
- M.L. King Jr. 4x100 Relay Team (Chelsea Caldwell, Charisma Green, Desirae Betton, Jada Martin), won the Class AAAAA girls' state title in 47:13
- Lauren Jackson, Jr, Dunwoody, won the Class AAAAA girls' state titles in the 400 meter dash (55.09) and 800 meter run (2:14.83)
- Jada Martin, Sr, M.L. King Jr., won the Class AAAAA girls' state title in the 200 meter dash in 23.88
- Dunwoody 4x400 meter relay team (Lauren Jackson, MonikaNwajei, Erika Banks, Asya Yavuncu), won the Class AAAAA girls' state title in 3:49.41
- Crystal Gray, Sr, Redan, won the Class AAAA girls' state title in the 400 meter dash in 55.85
- Khalil Williams, Sr, McNair, 56-1, defeated Ringgold's Sam Sheppard via pin to win gold in the Class AAA 120 pound weight class
- Abdur-Rahman Yasin, So, SW DeKalb, 42-1, defeated Ware County's Isaac King via pin to win gold in the Class AAAAA 145 pound weight class
2013 Team State Titles (7)
Cross Country (1)
- Dunwoody, Class AAAAA Girls State Champion, first girls' cross country title for school
- Redan (30-7), swept Marist 11-0 and 4-3 to win the Class AAAA state baseball title and going 10-1 in the state playoffs, the first for the school.
- Miller Grove Wolverines (30-3), defeated Gainesville 61-57 for Class AAAAA state title, boys' state record fifth consecutive title
- Columbia Lady Eagles (27-3), defeated Sandy Creek 38-37 for Class AAAA state title, second consecutive state title
- Southwest DeKalb Lady Panthers (24-8), defeated Miller Grove 56-42 for Class AAAAA state title, fourth state title in six seasons
- Dunwoody Lady Wildcats, defeated Kell 69.33 to 44 to win the Class AAAAA girls' state track title, the second for the school.
- Cedar Grove Lady Saints, defeated Blessed Trinity 89-78 to win the Class AAA girls' state track title, the third state title for the program.