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Entire district locked down

Entire district locked down

December 14, 2018

This story will be updated with information about the lockdown at individual schools. All nine of De...

Cross Country races through state meet

Cross Country races through state meet

November 7, 2018

The Decatur boys’ and girls’ cross country teams finished third and eighth on Friday, Nov. 2 at the 5A State Championships in Douglasville.

Update: Field reopening delayed until mid-September

Update: Field reopening delayed until mid-September

August 18, 2018

Decatur Stadium’s field will not open until mid-September, according to Athletic Director Rodney Thomas, after a powerful storm on June 11 flooded, damaged and closed the field. Previously, Thomas expected the field to open for practice on Sep. 1. He received word, however, from SportsTurf on Friday, Aug. 24, that the field installation would not be completed until at least mid-September.

Political opening: Democratic and Republican clubs established at Decatur

Political opening: Democratic and Republican clubs established at Decatur

December 18, 2017

Decatur welcomed politics into the list of official school clubs on Dec. 13 and 14. In the second-to-last week of the first semester, not just one, but two new clubs held their first meetings: Young Democrats and Young Republicans. “I want to have these clubs help people feel accepted for their ideas and political ideologies,” junior Ibrahim Mahmoud said.

Into the Open Field

Into the Open Field

November 15, 2017

Students shout her name and wave signs of support for number 32. Three quarters pass and she still isn’t in the game. She waits, the nervous smile on her face mirroring the crowd’s anticipation. Midway through the fourth quarter, Coach Felton finally calls her over. “Alright Coach, I need to know: do I just run at them?” Chloe Soto said. Knowing one week is hardly enough to learn the intricate and tough sport of football, Coach Felton tells her to do her best. Soto walks to midfield to check in for the next play. As she and fellow sophomore Jada Harris cross the white line on Decatur’s artificial turf to enter the game, the crowd roars. “It was weird because we were all on the sidelines and then when we got on the playing field, everyone went crazy,” Soto said. “But it was only a two-foot difference.” This “two-foot difference” between the field and the sideline no longer separates Soto from the team as a passive observer; instead, she becomes one of the first two girls to play for the Decatur football team. Soto lines up as a linebacker for the subsequent play. The player opposite her on the North Atlanta offensive line hears Soto’s high-pitched voice, sees the makeup on her face and stands up. After a second, he returns to his stance. “You’re a girl?”

Math program divides into club and team

Math program divides into club and team

September 10, 2017

Decatur’s first-ever math club went to four competitions in the 2016-17 school year, but struggled with commitment, according to senior Chiara Darnton. “Some people who went said, ‘This is very cool, I love this,’ and some people said, ‘This is really stressful I’m not going to do that,’’’ Darnton said. “But that’s the point of separating math club from math team because a lot of people know that competitions aren’t for them.”

A Jewel at Jackson State

A Jewel at Jackson State

May 12, 2017

Senior Sapphire Simpson’s older sister, Diamond, and her mother both played volleyball. So, at the age of seven, Sapphire rolled right into the family tradition. “It’s an advantage to have a coach as your mom because she can push you and then you push yourself,” Simpson said.

Streets to Station

Streets to Station

March 20, 2017

“When you actually shoot and score, and you hear those chains crackling, it’s a different taste, a different atmosphere, a different feel,” Devarez said. “All of the sudden you see people passing by going into the station looking at you, and you hear a train sounding the horn. It’s so different.”

Rock v Hatfield

Rock v Hatfield

March 17, 2017

Jackson Rock and Wesley Hatfield occasionally play pickup basketball against each other, but never in a 1v1 game. In mid-February, however, Rock proposed playing a future match-up in front of a much bigger audience: the Decatur High School community.

Roadwork begins again in front of DHS

Roadwork begins again in front of DHS

October 17, 2016

The City of Decatur began the North McDonough streetscape improvement the week of Sept. 9. City construction workers quickly closed off two lanes of N. McDonough between Trinity and E. Howard closest to DHS, and began pipework.

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