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Grady HS Football Investigation: Players Faked Addresses

Investigation determines that 14 football players were fraudulently enrolled at the Midtown school.

Grady High School. Credit: Hunt Archbold
Grady High School. Credit: Hunt Archbold

Three months after Atlanta Public Schools launched an investigation into allegations of address fraud and illegal recruitment by the Grady High School football team, the results of the probe released Wednesday showed that a quarter of the squad used fake addresses to play for the Grey Knights and attend the school this past fall.

In at least one case, a player never even attended classes.

The investigation, which stemmed from an anonymous written complaint to the school district in early December, found that 14 students used fraudulent addresses to enroll into Grady. Those accused have already withdrawn from the school or will be asked to leave.

No penalties have been announced, but the school district is considering filing civil and criminal charges, as the investigation is still ongoing.

According to Fox 5, possibly one address was shared by seven students, and one of the parents who used a fake address is an assistant coach at the school.

The news outlet reported that APS confirmed that there “was no evidence that any coaches set out to recruit students who weren't eligible,” but that the probe revealed that head coach Ronnie Millen had been "uncooperative" with investigators.

See more from the television station’s report here or attached with this story.

In January, Mays High School P.E. coach and assistant football coach Lee Hannah III was assigned by APS as a temporary replacement for Millen, who in December was reassigned to the district’s South Region Office.

Millen, who has been at the Midtown school for 28 years and served as the head football coach since 2001, won his 100th game this past season.

Reality March 15, 2014 at 07:40 AM
Can somebody from APS please tell us just how 14 students were able to pull this off? Did anybody actually read the resident forms the rest of us legal in district families have to submit? Let s start with the registrar office at Grady. Has anybody been fired there yet? This is a very disturbing issue and it is getting swept under the carpet. Stand up parents an demand better. It is our school our children ,our tax dollars that are being wasted and our children short changed.

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