As the population grows, so does the number of high school teams. That hasn't made the county any less competitive at the state level. In pro sports, the county's growth has led to three teams that call Gwinnett home, giving fans local squads to root for.
To consider Gwinnett County, this sprawling collection of small communities, a suburb of Atlanta sells the region, its people and its impact well short of what it's become. It's not a bedroom community for city workers, it's a metropolis of its own; a modern day expanse where subdivisions replace high rises, backyards replace balconies.
Before Grayson opened in 2000, Gwinnett County had 16 high schools competing under the Georgia High School Association's umbrella. Now there are 23, with more on the way.