ASIS International, the preeminent organization for security management professionals worldwide, today announced that Henry W. Grady High School, located in Midtown Atlanta, is the winner of ASIS’ School Security Funding Competition. For its winning entry, ASIS will award $20,000 for the school’s security improvements.
The competition was launched in conjunction with ASIS International’s 54th Annual Seminar and Exhibits, the largest event in the world dedicated to security, being held in Atlanta Sept. 15-18, 2008. This is the fifth year ASIS has sponsored the competition as a way of giving back to the community, and simultaneously encouraging local schools to assess the security issues that confront their buildings, staff and students everyday.
Grady High School serves as the communication magnet school for Atlanta Public Schools. It was founded in 1924, and is named for Henry W. Grady, editor of the Atlanta Constitution and a proponent of a “New South” in the post-Civil War era. With 1,241 students, Grady is the fourth-largest public high school in Atlanta.
“We believe that helping local schools provide a safer setting is both an immediate and long-lasting way to help a community,” says Michael Stack, executive director of ASIS. “We congratulate Grady High School and look forward to seeing the enhancements it has implemented when we visit Atlanta in September.”
Grady will put the $20,000 toward installing a network of surveillance cameras around campus to help officials identify trespassers and students who violate school policies.
A committee comprised of security management professionals from the ASIS Atlanta Chapter judged the submissions.
The competition was open to all APS high schools. School administrators were asked to assess the level of security on their campuses, discuss how particular security concerns impacted their educational goals for students and suggest how they would use the prize money to address those concerns and improve their school’s overall security.
Grady High School will be recognized at a special awards luncheon on Sept. 18 at the Georgia World Congress Center.
Last year’s winner was Sierra Vista High School in Las Vegas. Security purchases included a utility vehicle and bicycles for patrolling the sprawling desert campus. Previous winners’ purchases included perimeter fencing and security cameras.