About Us

School History

As a part of the Atlanta Public Schools High School Transformation Initiative, during the 2007-2008 school year, stakeholders proposed renaming Southside Comprehensive High School after Atlanta’s first African-American mayor and the first African-American mayor of any major southern city, Mr. Maynard Holbrook Jackson, Jr. On June 16, 2008, the Atlanta Board of Education approved the renaming to Maynard Holbrook Jackson High School.

In 2013, MJHS was authorized as an IB World School and was the second high school in APS to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. In 2017, the school was authorized to offer the IB Career-related Program. During this time, the school tremendously increased its Advanced Placement (AP), IB, and other advanced course offerings, including the addition of Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and French to the curriculum. During this time, Jackson High School students have been accepted to the most prestigious colleges and received the most academic scholarships in the school’s history. In 2019, Jackson High School will be authorized to offer the IB Middle Years Program in conjunction with Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School.

Located just south of I-20 in historic Grant Park, it is a stone’s-throw from the Atlanta BeltLine.  Today, Dr. Adam Danser serves as the principal of Maynard Holbrook Jackson High School. He continues the rich legacy of excellence established by all those who served before him.

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The Maynard Jackson High School PTSA collaborates with parents, teachers, students, and the community to enhance the high school experience through school events and committee and staff support volunteer opportunities. In addition to events throughout the year, the PTSA:

FUNDS mini-grants for teachers for their educational initiatives;
ASSISTS hardship cases in our Jaguar family through helping stock the Sunshine Closet;
APPLIES for grants to fund programs or needs for our students to help them to continue to thrive and grow;
COMMUNICATES events through the email newsletter, The Roar, as well as our website and social media outlets;
APPRECIATES our hard-working faculty and staff;
RECOGNIZES scholars for their achievements with the First in Family Scholarship and also in assisting with award ceremonies.

Our PTSA has grown from an initial 30 to well over 400 members! The PTSA proudly supports our Jaguar community in ways that may change from year to year.