Class of 2010

Mr. Drew Griffin: 1991-1995

Mr. Griffin demonstrated his championship skill early at Wheeler while running track.  He excelled and was later recognized as a state champion. He further demonstrated his prowess by being awarded  the Runner of the Year, 1994; Metro Runner of the Year, 1994; MVP Cross Country, 1992-1994; MVP Track, 1994-1995; two-time NCAA All-American; and qualifier for the 2001 Track Nationals, 1500M. After graduation Drew went to the University of Georgia on a track and cross country scholarship. But Drew was more than an excellent athlete while at Wheeler.  He also demonstrated his academic prowess in the classroom and earned the Prep Honor Roll Award, 1994-1995. The list of Drew’s accomplishments is still growing; he continues to exemplify Wheeler athletics and academics.

Mr. D. A. Layne:  1994-1998

While at Wheeler, Mr. Layne began what would become an astonishing career by receiving the following awards:  MVP-3 years; All State-3 years; All Cobb County-4 years; Mr. Cobb County-3 years; Terrific Ten-2 years; First in Points Scored; Metro Player of the Year; Mr. Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year; First in Steals; First in Assists; and he participated in the Coca-Cola All-American Game along with the North/South All -Star Game.  While attending the University of Georgia he ranked ninth on the school’s career scoring list and was All-Time Leader in three-pointers along with many other accolades including : Southeastern Conference (SEC) First Team; SEC Second Team; SEC Third Team; SEC Player of the Week; SEC All-Freshman Team.  He also held a team high record of 108 assists; led  the team with points per game in minutes; led the team in three-point field goals; and scored a career high of 30 points in a game.  He went on to play professional basketball from 2001-2005 and presently enjoys entrepreneurial  ventures and service to the community.

Ms. Tori Dross Nichols:  1974-1978

Ms. Dross Nichols was a consummate athlete while at Wheeler.  She was a three-sport athlete and three-year varsity letterwoman for tennis, basketball, and softball.  She played  tennis four years and ranked number one in singles and number one in doubles.  During this time she was All-County; All-Region; and All-State in the three sports.  She then attended Georgia State University from 1978-1983 receiving a full scholarship for basketball and tennis.  She continued to demonstrate her outstanding athleticism by playing professional baseball with the Silver Bullets women’s professional baseball team in 1995 and received an offer to play professional baseball in the Mediterranean Baseball League. She is a member of the United States Professional Tennis Association in her 26th  year of teaching and continues to earn accolades and awards.

Ms. Dottie Saye:  1976-1980

Ms. Saye was a member of the Wheeler High School Senior Class Hall of Fame and the National Honor Society. She also earned thirteen athletic letters. While at Wheeler she was a four-year starter in softball, basketball, and tennis as well as a volleyball starter during the program’s inaugural 1980 season. Her Wheeler team accomplishments include two county softball championships, one basketball region championship, two basketball county championships, and a basketball career team record of 83-20. Her Wheeler individual accomplishments include Basketball All-Region Team, four years; Basketball All-County Team, two years; Basketball All-Tournament Team, two years; Cobb County Tip-Off Team of the Month; Atlanta Tip-Off Team of the Month; basketball career points; basketball career rebounds; basketball career game high points; basketball career game high rebounds; and Softball Team Batting Average Award.  She went on to attend Vanderbilt University from 1980-1982 where she was a member of the women’s basketball team and earned 345 career high points, 213 career high rebounds, thirty-one career game high points, and was selected to the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women’s National Final Four Team, 1982.  She graduated from the University of Georgia and went on to enjoy a career in business but returned to coach seventh and eighth grade girls’ basketball teams at Wheeler, 1987-1988.  Presently she teaches Language Arts and coaches at Lassiter High School where she holds combined Varsity and Junior-Varsity coaching records in volleyball and basketball (806-311); earned  six  region/area championships, three state runner-up titles, four county championships, and has coached seventeen state play-off teams.

Mr. Robert Shaw: 1972-1975

Mr. Shaw was a varsity football three-year letterman while  at Wheeler. In 1975, he also earned All-State, All-American, North Georgia All-Star, All-Cobb County, All-Metro, and received the Georgia Lineman of the Year Award from the Atlanta Touchdown Club.  Mr. Shaw was also named Parade Magazine All-American during his senior year at Wheeler.  He received a scholarship to the University of Tennessee where he went on to become a four -year letterman and was selected to the All-Southeastern Conference team. During his senior year at Tennessee, he served as captain of the team. He went on to be selected by the Dallas Cowboys first round (27th overall) in the 1979 NFL Draft.  While with the  Cowboys, he was starting center and held that position until sustaining a career- ending injury in 1981.  He is presently a Managing General  Partner for Columbus Properties, a Roger Staubach company based in Dallas, Texas. He is involved in his church, charities, and local community work.

Mr. James “JJ” Henley Thomas: 1991-1994

Mr. Thomas holds a Wheeler High School record for home runs in a career with eighteen as well as a school record for career runs-batted-in with ninety-two.  His accomplishments while in high school include: All-State, 1994; All-Region, 1993-1994; and Georgia Dugout Club All-Tournament Team. Additionally, while at Wheeler he maintained a 3.3 GPA demonstrating his abilities both on the field and in the classroom.  He was drafted  out of high school by the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball, but he elected to attend college at the Georgia Institute of Technology. While at Georgia Tech he earned the following accolades: All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), three years; Freshman All-American; Rookie of the Year; All-NCAA Region 3 during his  junior and sophomore years; and Honorable Mention All-American for fifty-six career home runs, the Georgia Tech record for three seasons.  He was again drafted by Major League Baseball, this time by the Houston Astros.  He played for the Astros for four  years and hit fifty-nine home runs.


Coach Jim Wood

Jim Becker

Steve Hopson

Jim Kelly

Gordon Marshall

David Poe

Robert Van Savage