Raiders News · Josh Powell Official Jersey Retirement


Josh Powell is a former professional basketball player and esteemed Alum of Riverdale High School, Class of 2001.  Josh was not only a stellar athlete but a scholar as well, maintaining a 3.5 GPA all 4 years.  In his storied career at Riverdale he was named to 1st team All State in 2000 and 2001, 2001 Greater Metro Georgia Player of the Year, 2000 AJC Clayton-Henry Player of the Year, 2001 AJC Boys Dandy Dozen, 2000 and 2001 Atlanta Tip Off Club Team of the Year.  Throughout his 4 years at Riverdale Josh recorded a school record 1764 career points, 924 Rebounds and 125 Slam Dunks.

Powell spent two years at North Carolina State, where in his freshman campaign he earned a spot on the ACC All-Rookie squad and in his Sophomore Year he was named the team’s most improved player as the recipient of the Tom Gugliotta Award and named to the ACC All-Tournament Team.

Powell won two NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009 and 2010, he also spent time with the Dallas MavericksIndiana PacersAtlanta HawksLos Angeles ClippersGolden State Warriors and Houston Rockets throughout his career.

In 2010 Josh returned to Riverdale to donate $20,000 for a new computer lab for Riverdale High School students.  Thru his non-profit 21 Reasons to Give Foundation he proactively addresses the needs of youth ages 8-18 in communities from North Carolina to Georgia. 21 was Josh’s number early in his professional basketball career. This number symbolizes many things and he believes there are 21 fundamental reasons for everything the foundation does.  His foundation has supported a variety of community focused events, programs and initiatives.

Numerous family, friends,  former classmates and Clayton County Board members were in attendance for this truly amazing event.

Congratulations to Josh Powell on the retirement of his Jersey and all his accomplishments and his representation of Riverdale High School and the Riverdale Community.