McNair High School is a public school in DeKalb County, Georgia located at 1804 Bouldercrest Road SE. Atlanta, GA 30316 Southeast of Atlanta, Georgia. The school was originally named Walker High School, but was renamed to McNair High School in 1987.HistoryThe school was built in 1964 and originally named after Southern Civil War General John George Walker born in Jefferson City, Missouri. Walker High School was a "full five year" senior level high school - with their first graduating class - 8th through 12th grades - in 1969. Classes were first attended in the fall of 1966 and the class of 1969 attended Gordon High School using "split sessions" in 1964. Students graduating in 1967 were the first Walker High School graduating class. The students were from other schools that were in overflow, like Gordon High School, East Atlanta High School and Southwest DeKalb High School. The first class attending Walker High School from 8th grade to graduation (12th Grade) was the class of 1970 (335 graduates). Walker averaged about 3,500 students total - from 1967 to 1980 - with graduating classes of about 350 - 400 students per year.The first printed annual was called The Astur and was first printed in 1966. The school paper was called The Talon and the school's colors were crimson and silver. The school's alumni from 1967 - 1987 were known as the "Walker Warhawks" and won state championships in baseball (1968), wrestling (1967 - 1971), and track and field. Their mascot was Thor, a red tailed hawk that lived in a 20 by 40 foot cage inside the "senior courtyard" for about 2 years. The "senior courtyard" was an open area in the center of the school and was for graduating seniors only. Thor accidentally froze to death in late 1968. Thor has been preserved - in flight - and is still held by the Class of 1973.Walker High School had a baseball, football, wrestling, soccer and track field - and the baseball field and track were used for competitive sports. Panthersville Stadium was used for all football and soccer home games and Columbia High School's swimming pool was used as Walkers "home" pool. Basketball was played at the school's gym.
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