Plans for the school were started in 1977 to help relieve overcrowding of South Gwinnett and Parkview. A committee of educators from across the county were pulled together to create specifications for the facility. The school opened in 1981 under the leadership of principal Emmett Lawson.
Brookwood, The Name
The school was named for the intersection of Hollybrook Drive and Dogwood Road, where the school is located.
Broncos, The Mascot
The mascot was selected by a committee of students. Bronco is derived from Spanish “broncho,” meaning tough. American Indians valued the free roaming wild broncos and ownership was a source of prestige and power. Various sketches of broncos were considered before students chose the final pose. The runner-up for the mascot was bears.
School Colors - Maroon and Gold
Brookwood’s colors were chosen by students. The runner-up was Carolina blue.
School Alma Mater
The lyrics were written by teacher Lori Ziecker and combined with the music of “Eternal Father, Strong to Save”, a Navy hymn.
The original motto was “Establishing a tradition of excellence.” This evolved into the current motto “A tradition of excellence.”
The four symbols in the crest stand for the “key to knowledge, communities that came together to form Brookwood, fine arts, and extracurricular activities.”