Meet Whitney Wolfe, a 2011 graduate of Buford High School. Whitney was born to Tony and Kim Wolfe in Dunwoody, however, she was raised in Buford her whole life. Whitney’s father, Tony Wolfe, is the athletic director and varsity softball coach at BHS, and her mother, Kim Wolfe, works as a city clerk for the city of Buford. Whitney has one younger sister, Peyton Wolfe, 23, who graduated from Buford in 2016. Whitney started attending Buford City Schools in 1998 for kindergarten.
Throughout her time at BHS, Whitney was heavily involved in sports as well as extracurriculars. She played softball all four years and was a three-year starter. She won three region championships (2008, 2009 and 2010) and four state championships (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010) in softball. Alongside softball, Whitney played two years of basketball and won one region championship and one state championship her sophomore year in 2009. She ran track as a freshman, competing in the 4x100m, 400m and 4x400m, and she was awarded the coaches award at the end of the season. While Whitney was heavily involved in sports, she also participated in Beta Club and worked on the yearbook staff for three years.
Yet, what makes Whitney’s high-school career so impressive was that she managed to juggle so many activities while excelling in the classroom. Whitney graduated with a 3.9 GPA — she was an honor graduate and was in the top 20 in her class. Whitney’s favorite subject at BHS was math.
“There were so many great teachers,” she said. “Mrs. Sweat, Mrs. Davis and Coach Johnson. Who didn’t love Coach Johnson’s class? I bet we can all sing the quadratic formula song!”
When asked what teacher or staff member had the biggest influence on her during her time at Buford, Whitney confidently answered Coach Hunnicutt.
“He was my AP psychology and government teacher. He took time each day to talk with students and develop relationships from beyond the content,” Whitney said. “He always went out of his way to help me be successful. I remember preparing for the AP psych exam my junior year and he gave me a study pack, like the kind you buy at Barnes & Noble. Totally unnecessary, but just shows the care and type of relationship he built with me.”
One thing Whitney learned at BHS and has taken into adulthood was that success doesn’t come overnight.
“It takes hard work, dedication and time,” she said. “As Dr. Bitterman always said, ‘It doesn’t matter where you start. It’s where you finish, that makes all the difference.’ As a first-grade teacher, I want to see my students be successful, and for many, that takes time. I want them to know that to be good at something we have to keep practicing no matter how hard something is.”
After her graduation from BHS in 2011, Whitney went on to attend Piedmont College, where she graduated magna cum laude in 2015 with a degree in early childhood education. During her time at Piedmont, Whitney played softball in college and won one conference championship and participated in two NCAA tournaments. She was awarded the 2015 USA South Honorable Mention Infielder, 2015 USA South Sportsmanship Award and the 2015 USA South Sportsmanship Award. Following her graduation from Piedmont, Whitney went on to receive a master’s degree from Piedmont College in early childhood education in 2018.
Currently, Whitney resides in Buford, where she is a first grade teacher at Buford Academy and the JV softball coach at BHS. Whitney said she chose the profession of education because she “wanted to help shape the future and help students understand how special and unique each of them are.” When Whitney is not at school or coaching, she works the football, basketball and baseball ticket gates. She was raised on Buford athletics and loves to support and watch them today.
Whitney Wolfe is undeniably a real Buford Wolf who will surely change the lives of many students. We are so proud of you, Whitney, and happy to be able to call you a Buford alumni! Congratulations!
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