GIA Heritage
Tracing the history of the Georgia Interscholastic Association
Searching for Schools

It's one thing to go through microfilm and read about the schools being built in the 1950s. It's another thing to go find them.

School systems went through a good bit of effort to get the money through the state to build them. If they did go through the state, they took out 20-year bonds on them. You think about a place like J.L. Williams Elementary in Commerce. In March 1955, the system signed the bonds to build J.L. Williams and a new Commerce High. Both were completed in 1955. Williams would cease being used as a school about 10 years later.

Commerce city wasn't the only one to abandon a building before the bonds expired. All over the state are scattered little brick schools in out of the way places. Some are recycled - Heard's Grove in Elbert County is a retirement home. Some are rotting in the sun, such as New Hope Elementary, located a few miles south of Register in Bulloch County. A few are still in use as actual schools, but this number is dwindling as systems are building new schools. Probably most impressive is Atlanta's Washington High, in use since the 1920s.

Occasionally, when looking for the 1950s-built schools, you find one of an earlier era. Middle Hill and Mount Olive in Washington County. The original Homerville High & Elementary. Billups Grove and Chestnut Grove in Clarke County, the latter a one-roomer being located in the city limits.

These are off-site links to Flickr, where the state is divided into counties. Advance warning that several of these are not of good quality. Photography does not come naturally to me.

Appling County Appling County Consolidated
Atkinson County Atkinson County Training
Bacon County Alma Consolidated
Baldwin Boddie
Harrisburg Elementary
Banks County Banks County Consolidated
Barrow County Glenwood
Tanner's Bridge
Ben Hill County Monitor
Berrien County Alapaha Colored
Nashville High & Elementary
Bibb County Pleasant Grove
Bleckley County Thompson Street
Brooks County Barney Rosenwald
Brooks County Training
Washington Street
Bulloch County Julia P. Bryant Elementary
William James
New Hope Elementary
Willow Hill Elementary
Burke County Boggs Academy
S.R. Dinkins
Butts County F.B. Henderson
Candler County Lillian Street
Clarke County Burney Harris
North Athens
West Broad
Clay County Speight
Clinch County Homerville High & Elementary (older)
Coffee County Carver
Colquitt County Bryant
Cook County Cook County Training
Crawford County Crawford County Training
Crisp County A.S. Clark
Gillespie-Selden Institute
Holsey-Cobb Institute
Southview Elementary
Decatur County Hutto
John Jones Elementary
Dodge County Peabody
Dooly County Unadilla
Vienna High & Industrial
Early County Washington
Echols County Herctoma
Elbert County Blackwell Memorial Elementary
Blackwell Memorial High
Heard's Grove
Emanuel County Emanuel County High & Elementary
Summertown Elementary
Twin City Elementary
Evans County Evans County
Franklin County Carnesville Trade
Lavonia (?)
Grady County Washington
Whigham Elementary
Greene County Darden-Thomas
Hubert English
Hancock County Galilee
Hancock Central
Hickory Grove
L.S. Ingraham
Southwest Elementary
Hart County Hart County Training
Irwin County Holt Elementary
Mystic Negro
Ocilla High & Industrial
Jackson County J.L. Williams Elementary
Jasper County Washington Park
Jeff Davis County Hazlehurst High & Elementary
Tallahassee Rosenwald
Jefferson County Jefferson County High & Elementary
Mount Olive
Jenkins County Burgess-Landrum
Johnson County Dock Kemp
Jones County Bradley-Wayside
Maggie Califf
Lanier County Lakeland High & Elementary
Queen of Peace
Laurens County Mary Fleming
B.D. Perry
Lowndes County Dasher
Magnolia Street Elementary
Macon County Ideal Modern Elementary
Madison County Northside
McDuffie County R.L. Norris
Mitchell County Cotton Elementary
Monroe County Hubbard
Montgomery County Montgomery County Training
Morgan County Pearl
Springfield Elementary
Newton County R.L. Cousins
Oconee County Ed Stroud
Oglethorpe County Oglethorpe County Training
Peach County Hunt
Peach County Training
Putnam County Butler-Baker
Randolph County Henderson
Schley County John Lewis
Seminole County Seminole County Training
Stewart County Lumpkin High & Industrial
Sumter County East View
Sumter County
Tattnall County Collins Colored Elementary
Taylor County R.L. McDougald
Telfair County Central
Milan Elementary
Rock Hill Elementary
Thomas County Douglass
S.H. Dunlap Elementary
North Boston
Tift County Wilson
Toombs County Lyons Industrial
Treutlen County Treutlen County Training
Turner County Eureka
Twiggs County Jeffersonville Vocational
Mount Olive Elementary
Upson County Cunningham Elementary
Walton County Carver
Good Hope-Peters
Social Circle Training
Ware County Bailey Street Elementary
Center High
Reedsville Elementary
Warren County Norwood Elementary
Warrenton High & Elementary
Washington County D.D. Crawford
Middle Hill
Mount Olive
T.J. Elder
Wilcox County Neapolis Street Elementary
Wilkinson County T.C. Calhoun Consolidated
Worth County Hillcrest Elementary
New Hope Elementary
Parker Elementary