The DeKalb County High School All-Sports Award returns to Lakeside for the first time since 2008.
Lakeside won nine DeKalb County All-Sports Awards from 1996 to 2004, but had only won the 2008 crown as the best all-around athletic program in DeKalb over the past seven school years. The award is given to the top public high school athletic program in the county.
Lakeside finished second to Dunwoody twice (2009, 2010) in that seven-year span as the Wildcats’ program won four out of the seven, including three in a row from 2009 to 2011.
In the 2011-12 school year Lakeside won county titles in gymnastics, boys’ and girls’ cross country, boys’ and girls’ swimming and girls’ golf to climb past second place Dunwoody by 33.5 points (317.5 to 284). The win gives Lakeside county- leading 13 all-sports awards. Dunwoody has 12, Redan three, Southwest DeKalb two and Tucker one.
Chamblee came up just shy of second with 279 points for the program’s 14th top-five finish. Southwest DeKalb as fourth with 259 points for the program’s 19th top five finish and Tucker picked up its 20th top-five finish with 248 points on the strength of its Class AAAA state title in football.
Columbia, which won boys’ and girls’ state titles in basketball, finished sixth with 238.5 points. Rounding out the top 10 are Druid Hills (226), Arabia Mountain (221.5), Miller Grove (213.5), which also won boys’ and girls’ state titles in basketball, and Stephenson (204).
Lakeside’s 33.5-point advantage was the seventh-largest winning margin in the 31 years of the award. Lakeside holds the record for the largest winning margin for the award. The Vikings claimed the 2002 title by 59.5 points.