Tag Archives: South Georgia Schools

Tornado Damage & Cleanup, Mystic

On 17 December 2019 around 11:45 AM, an EF-2 tornado touched down near Mystic, with sustained winds up to 125 mph. It traveled northeast from Mystic into Ben Hill County, doing significant damage on Old Whitley Road, Vo-Tech Drive, Lake Beatrice and Pine Level Church Road.

The damage in Mystic was concentrated around the campus of the old Mystic High School (later known as Irwin Academy and Grace Christian Academy), which has recently been serving as a church.

The main building is still standing but sustained serious damage, especially to the roof. Hopefully, it can be saved.

Other structures on the property didn’t fare as well and will likely have to be razed.

Most of the focus now is on cleanup and an amazing amount of work has been done in the week since the tornado.



Filed under --IRWIN COUNTY GA--, Mystic GA

Wetherington-Robinson Elementary School, Circa 1956, Delmar

After a long history of operating substandard schools for African-Americans, Georgia began building modern schools for black students in the early 1950s. This effort to delay desegregation was a knee-jerk response to Brown v. Board of Education, and while the state spent a small fortune building these schools, desegregation was a done deal and implemented fully by the early 1970s. Many of these schools still stand throughout Georgia.

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Filed under --LOWNDES COUNTY GA--, Delmar GA

Quitman Elementary School

The old Quitman Elementary School was designed by noted Valdosta architect Lloyd Greer. It was last used as the alternative school.

Thank to Chuck Ramsey for the identification and background.

Quitman Historic District, National Register of Historic Place

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Filed under --BROOKS COUNTY GA--, Quitman GA

Midville High School

This was likely built in the 1910s or 1920s. The keystone arch displays the letters M H S.

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Filed under --BURKE COUNTY GA--, Midville GA

North Cook Elementary School Gymnasium, Lenox

Darrell Bennett writes: The gym wasn’t green at the time the school was in use. After the consolidation, the gym was used by the community. It was at this time it was painted.


Filed under --COOK COUNTY GA--, Lenox GA

Richland Elementary & High School, Circa 1933

According to Mac Moye, the first school on this site was built in 1888-1889. The second school was built in 1901 and burned in 1931. This structure was built and occupied by 1933. Much of the identification and background on Richland comes from Mac, an excellent local historian who also serves as Stewart County Manager.

Richland Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --STEWART COUNTY GA--, Richland GA

Furlow Grammar School, 1914, Americus

The Furlow Female College originally stood on this site and after being closed was used as the first public school in Americus, beginning in 1880. It was replaced by this structure, known as the Furlow Grammar School, in 1914.

My friend Joan Holloway shared this treasure and if I understand her correctly, this photograph is Mrs. Glenn’s First Grade class, dressed for what Joan called  “Tacky Day”. She notes she was the girl standing in the front row, with white gloves. Joan notes: I attended first and second grades at Furlow. I started after my sister was born in Savannah in October 1944. Mrs. Glenn was my teacher. Then the next year 1944-45 I was in Miss Klebe Kemp’s second grade. The summer of 1945 we moved back to Savannah. Note all the open windows-air conditioning wasn’t known back then..

We were living in Americus in Sep 1943 but the school didn’t want me to be enrolled until I “grew some more.”  The next school year my mom was expecting and we  returned to Savannah in order for my grandmother to help my mom after she gave birth to my sister.  (In those days women stayed in bed for about 30 days after they gave birth.)
I actually attended 38th Street School here in Savannah until mom and baby could safely ride the train home.  Furlow School then let me transfer in when we returned to Americus. 
Americus was a great little town.  I have lots of fond memories of living there.  We first lived at 201 East Hill Street.   My favorite thing to do there was walk barefoot in the soft red clay after a summer rain. It would be so much fun to feel soft, cool clay squishing up between my toes again!  The following day my brother and I would stand in our then hardened footprints.
I really enjoy your photos of Americus.  The Lee Street House was the second House we lived in there.  Did you know that house has 3 backyards!  During the war four families lived in it.  The Lees and Hendricks lived downstairs and my family (Thomas) and a young childless couple lived upstairs.  I think their name was Hollis.  They were crazy about my little sister and she called him “Holly.”  
Two old aunts of a well-known war reporter lived next door (to your right as you look at the house).  I remember he was married in their backyard and I watched the ceremony from a window.  It was the first wedding I ever “attended.”

Americus Historic District, National Register of Historic Places


Filed under --SUMTER COUNTY GA--, Americus GA