In the late nineteenth century in the northeastern part of Henry County, a community school named Union Grove Academy opened its doors. In 1904 the Academy’s board of directors petitioned the county to accept it as a public school. The school thrived for several decades, but after the disastrous boll weevil invasion and consequent hard times, 25% of the area’s population moved away. In 1945 the school closed. Fifty-five years later Union Grove High School opened its doors in 2000 with a small student body of 801. The fourth high school opened by the Henry County School System in modern times, it chose as its mascot the Wolverine, with school colors of burgundy and silver.
Today Union Grove is home to over 1600 students and over 150 faculty and support staff. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the school staff is proud that it has had students accepted at 140 different colleges, universities, and technical schools including Harvard, Vassar, Emory, Stanford, Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia. It has also had students accepted at the United States Air Force Academy and the United States Naval Academy. Union Grove was recently recognized by the Washington Post as one of America’s Most Challenging High Schools. Union Grove was also recognized in 2015 as a Top AP School. Union Grove High School is the only school in Henry County Schools to be named an AP Merit school by the College Board. Union Grove was also named by the College Board as an AP STEM and AP Honor School. Additionally, the school traditionally has the largest number of students of all Henry County schools participating in the state Governor’s Honors program. In addition to its strong curriculum and student support system, Union Grove offers students the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of sports activities including football, basketball, lacrosse, gymnastics and wrestling along with many others for a total of 18 sports opportunities. There are also more than 30 co-curricular and extra-curricular clubs available. These include honor societies such as the National Honor Society and the National Science Honor Society, as well as areas of student interest such as the Fishing Club and the Guitar Club. Staff club sponsors and coaches use these opportunities to build strong relationships with their students and increase school spirit.
Last Modified on October 12, 2016