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Frederick Douglass

Our institution of learning is proudly named after Mr. Frederick Douglass (1818-95) a prominent American abolitionist, author and orator.  Born a slave, Douglass escaped at age 20 and went on to become a world-renowned anti-slavery activist.  He established the abolitionist paper The North Star.  The North Star became the most influential paper published of its era, denouncing slavery and fighting for the emancipation of women and other oppressed groups.

Our Proclamation


Since 1968, Frederick Douglass High School has served the communities of historic Collier Heights, Peyton Forest, Cascade Heights, Center Hill, and the city of Atlanta. Atlanta Public Schools established Douglass High School to relieve overcrowding at nearby Harper, Turner and West Fulton High Schools. All three of these (as well as the defunct Archer High School) eventually merged with Douglass.

From 2002 to 2004 the school was renovated to update the main building and to add a gymnasium and an auditorium. These buildings honor former principals Lester W. Butts and Samuel L. Hill. In 2009, Frederick Douglass High School was listed in the National Historic Registry as one of the buildings in "The Collier Heights Historic District: Atlanta's Premier African American Suburb".

The A Team

The Administration at Frederick Douglass High School is all about leadership, discipline, and learning.  It is the team that holds together the entire student body.  This team is made up of four dedicated persons who really care.  They are Dr. L.W. Butts, principal, and Mr. S. Hill, Mr. C. Fortson, and Mrs. V. Lockett, assistant principals.  These four people, working together, help to maintain the reputation that Douglass has for its good discipline and quality. 

The administration at Douglass tries to focus its attention on developing and improving self discipline and self worth among the students.  With an attitude such as this, Douglass, its students, faculty, and staff can and will go a long way.  Under this administration, Douglass has gained many beneficial programs which aid in providing that public education is not synonymous to “average”.  Douglass has a Magnet Program and a SECME program, both of which are for the “gifted” or highly motivated student. 

With a diverse student body willing to follow the leadership of the faculty and staff, Douglass administration has a lot to be proud of.  The “A” Team has accomplished a lot.

Our Teachers

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Mrs. Brothers

Mr. Carter Coleman

Mrs. Ellison

Mrs. Marjorie Hardy

Mrs. Dorothye Henderson

Mrs. Holman

Mrs. Rubye Johnson

Mr. Errol King

Mr. William Murray

Coach Trimble

Mrs. Jacquelyn D. Wilder

Mrs. S. Williams (Hairston)

Mrs. B. J. Woolfolk

Mrs. Wright

Our Administrators & Staff

Numbers!  You think you have seen numbers?  Well, examine these.  Of the 2,200 students at Frederick Douglass, our registrar, Mrs. McIver had the responsibility of scheduling 26,400 classes for these students.  She also made sure that grades on students’ report cards were accurate and placed on their permanent record folders.  This was a tedious job; one that required a lot of hard work, but one essential to the smooth functioning of Douglass.  


Mrs. L. McIver, Registrar

R. Johnson, Lead Secretary

Mrs. Bettye Sims-Smith, Counselor

Ms. E. Bland, Nurse

Mr. V. Moody, Band

Mrs. M. Arnold, Chorus

Mr. Green, Chorus 

Library Media:

Mrs. E. Merkson

Ms. P. Smith

Mrs. H. Wilson


Col. Boyle

Sgt. Thompson

Sgt. Maj. Whitfield

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