One night in 1966

The January 29, 1966 Tifton Gazette carried Associated Press high school basketball wire scores from around the state.

Football wire scores have been a constant in Georgia’s papers since the mid-1930s. Wire scores were fairly common then for basketball, but the practice has since faded out.

Wire scores for basketball were almost always mundane affairs, mostly limited then to Atlanta schools.

There was something a bit strange in that column, though.

St. Pius X won over Drexel in two games.

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Georgia’s high schools of 1949-50

Here’s a simple list: Georgia’s white high schools of 1949-50.

Currently, there is not a cumulative list freely available on the internet prior to 1960. The Georgia High School Association, citing the number of consolidations taking place in the 1950s, declined to publish region lists. Not that region lists were cumulative as in that era, there were a number of unaccredited high schools. Depending on year, the GHSA frowned upon its member schools playing non-accredited schools in the state, or at times, ignored it happening.

The methodology of this list was copying down the number of four-year public high schools per each listed school system in the Seventy-Eighth and Seventy-Ninth Annual Reports  of the Department of Education to the General Assembly of the State of Georgia.

Accredited high schools were applied to the list from the 1949-50 Georgia Educational Directory. At that time, the directory did not print what grades each school housed. Accredited high schools were listed in all caps.

Fortunately, much is known of school systems of that era to add in nearly all unaccredited high schools. We know all nine of Gordon County’s county schools and that Walker County was operating minuscule high schools at Cedar Grove and West Armuchee.

Unfortunately, not enough is known about Georgia’s African-American schools to attempt that list. The Annual Reports said there were 289 four-year black high schools in the year ending June 1950 (there were 482 white four-year public high schools). Sources are few and far between, especially for a rural county like Meriwether, which was said to have nine public African-American four-year high schools.

The stats from the Annual Reports almost assuredly contain a handful of errors. Glascock County, for example, was credited with two white high schools.

There were four schools in Glascock County in 1949-50, according to the Department of Education’s Educational Directory of the same year: Gibson, Bastonville, Edgehill and Mitchell. Gibson, of course, being the county seat and the biggest town in the county, had an all-grades 13-teacher school and was accredited as a high school by the state. The directory specifically labels Bastonville and Mitchell as junior high schools. Though not labeled, Edgehill was smaller than the two of those, at four teachers.

Any system number starred is one I feel the number is not correct.  Some likely had fewer schools. Some, like Cobb County, probably had more high schools than the list credited. If the asterisk appears by a school, it means I am not sure if the school was indeed a high school. Rather, it’s an educated guess.

In another note, the Annual Reports were not always consistent with breaking school systems into county and city. For example, Statesboro and Vienna were separate school systems than Bulloch and Dooly counties, respectively, but were included with them.

  • Appling (2) – Baxley, Surrency
  • Atkinson (2) – Pearson, Willacoochee
  • Bacon (1) – Bacon County
  • Baker (1) – Baker County
  • Baldwin (3) – Georgia Military College, Midway Vocational, Peabody
  • Banks (4) – Banks County, Davis Academy, Gillsville, Hickory Flat*
  • Barrow (1) – Statham
  • Bartow (4) – Adairsville, Cass, Pine Log, Taylorsville
  • Ben Hill (1) – Fitzgerald
  • Berrien (5) – Alapaha, Enigma, Nashville, Poplar Springs, Ray City
  • Bibb (3) – Lanier, Macon Vocational, A.L. Miller
  • Bleckley (1) – Cochran
  • Brantley (2) – Hoboken, Nahunta
  • Brooks (4) – Barwick, Dixie, Morven, Quitman
  • Bryan (2) – Bryan County, Richmond Hill
  • Bulloch (7) – Brooklet, Laboratory School, Nevils, Portal, Register, Statesboro, Stilson
  • Burke (4) – Girard, Midville, Sardis, Waynesboro
  • Butts (1) – Jackson
  • Calhoun (3) – Arlington, Edison, Morgan
  • Camden (2) – Camden County, South Camden
  • Candler (2) – Metter, Pulaski
  • Carroll (6) – Bowdon, Mount Zion, Roopville, Temple, Villa Rica, Whitesburg
  • Catoosa (2) – Lakeview, Ringgold
  • Charlton (2) – Charlton County, St. George
  • Chatham (2) – Commercial, Savannah
  • Chattahoochee (1) – Cusseta
  • Chattooga (5) – Gore, Lyerly, Menlo, Subligna, Summerville
  • Cherokee (2) – Canton, Woodstock
  • Clarke (2) – University Demonstration, Winterville
  • Clay (1) – Clay County
  • Clayton (3) – Forest Park, Jonesboro, North Clayton
  • Clinch (1) – Homerville
  • Cobb (8*) – Acworth, Austell, Fitzhugh Lee, Kennesaw, Mableton, McEachern, R.L. Osborne, Powder Springs, Smyrna. Nine schools.
  • Coffee (6) – Ambrose, Broxton, Douglas, Nicholls, Satilla, West Green
  • Colquitt (2) – Doerun, Norman Park
  • Columbia (3) – Evans, Harlem, Leah
  • Cook (1) – Cook
  • Coweta (4) – East Coweta, Grantville, Newnan, Western
  • Crawford (1) – Crawford County
  • Crisp (3) – Arabi, East Crisp, West Crisp
  • Dade (2) – Dade, Davis
  • Dawson (1) – Dawson County
  • Decatur (7) – Attapulgus, Bainbridge, Brinson*, Climax, Faceville*, Mount Pleasant, West Bainbridge
  • DeKalb (8) – Avondale, Chamblee, Clarkston, Druid Hills, Lithonia, Southwest DeKalb, Stone Mountain, Tucker
  • Dodge (5) – Chauncey, Chester, Dodge High, Eastman, Rhine
  • Dooly (5) – Byromville, Dooly High, Pinehurst, Unadilla, Vienna
  • Dougherty (0)
  • Douglas (1) – Douglas County
  • Early (4) – Blakely-Union, Damascus, Hilton, Jakin
  • Echols (1) – Echols County
  • Effingham (5) – Clyo, Effingham Academy, Guyton, Marlow, Rincon
  • Elbert (2) – Bowman, Nancy Hart Memorial
  • Emanuel (6) – Adrian, Emanuel County Institute, Garfield, Oak Park, Summertown, Swainsboro
  • Evans (1) – Claxton
  • Fannin (4) – Blue Ridge, Epworth, Fannin County, McCaysville
  • Fayette (1) – Fayette County
  • Floyd (6*) – Armuchee, Cave Spring, Coosa, Johnson, McHenry, Model, Pepperell. Seven schools.
  • Forsyth (2) – Chestatee, Cumming
  • Franklin (3) – Franklin County, Lavonia, Royston
  • Fulton (9) – Campbell, College Park, Fulton, Hapeville, Milton, North Fulton, Northside, Russell, West Fulton
  • Gilmer (1) – Ellijay
  • Glascock (2*) – Gibson. No other high schools.
  • Glynn (1) – Glynn Academy
  • Gordon (9) – Belwood, Fairmount, Liberty, Oostanaula, Plainville, Red Bud, Resaca, Sonoraville, Sugar Valley
  • Grady (2) – Cairo, Whigham
  • Greene (2) – Greensboro, Union Point
  • Gwinnett (11) – Bethesda, Buford, Dacula, Duluth, Grayson, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Norcross, Snellville, Sugar Hill, Suwanee
  • Habersham (4) – Baldwin, Clarkesville, Cornelia, Demorest
  • Hall (10) – Air Line, Chattahoochee, Flowery Branch, Lyman Hall, Lula, Murrayville*, Oakwood, River Bend, Sardis (and unknown)
  • Hancock (1) – Sparta
  • Haralson (5) – Bremen, Buchanan, Tallapoosa, Waco (and unknown).
  • Harris (4) – Chipley, Hamilton, Mountain Hill, Waverly Hall
  • Hart (1) – Hartwell
  • Heard (2) – Centralhatchee, Franklin
  • Henry (2) – Hampton, McDonough
  • Houston (2) – Perry, Warner Robins
  • Irwin (3) – Irwinville, Mystic, Ocilla
  • Jackson (5) – Benton, Braselton, Commerce, Jefferson, Maysville
  • Jasper (1) – Monticello
  • Jeff Davis (1) – Jeff Davis
  • Jefferson (6) – Avera, Bartow, Louisville, Stapleton, Wadley, Wrens
  • Jenkins (1) – Millen
  • Johnson (2) – Kite, Wrightsville
  • Jones (1) – Jones County
  • Lamar (1) – Milner
  • Lanier (1) – Lanier County
  • Laurens (10) – Brewton, Cadwell, Cedar Grove, Condor, Dexter, Dublin, Dudley, Lowery, Rentz, Wilkes
  • Lee (1) – Lee County
  • Liberty (1) – Bradwell Institute
  • Lincoln (1) – Lincolnton
  • Long (1) – Ludowici
  • Lowndes (6) – Clyattville, Hahira, Lake Park, Naylor, Pine Grove, Valdosta
  • Lumpkin (1) – Lumpkin County
  • Macon (4) – Ideal, Marshallville, Montezuma, Oglethorpe
  • Madison (4) – Colbert, Comer, Danielsville, Ila
  • Marion (1) – Buena Vista
  • McDuffie (2) – Dearing, Thomson
  • McIntosh (1) – Darien
  • Meriwether (4) – Greenville, Luthersville, Manchester, Woodbury
  • Miller (1) – Miller County
  • Mitchell (4) – Hopeful, Mitchell County, Pelham, Sale City
  • Monroe (1) – Mary Persons
  • Montgomery (2) – Montgomery County, Mt. Vernon-Ailey
  • Morgan (1) – Morgan County
  • Murray (1) – Murray County
  • Muscogee (3) – Baker, Columbus, Jordan
  • Newton (1) – Newton County
  • Oconee (2) – Bogart, Oconee County
  • Oglethorpe (2*) – Oglethorpe County. Oglethorpe County was the only high school.
  • Paulding (2) – Dallas, Hiram
  • Peach (2) – Byron, Fort Valley
  • Pickens (2) – Pickens County, Tate
  • Pierce (2) – Blackshear, Patterson
  • Pike (2) – Concord-Molena, Zebulon
  • Polk (1) – Rockmart
  • Pulaski (1) – Hawkinsville
  • Putnam (1) – Eatonton
  • Quitman (1) – Georgetown
  • Rabun (3) – Lakemont, Rabun County, Rabun Gap
  • Randolph (2) – Cuthbert, Shellman
  • Richmond (3) – Hephzibah, Richmond Academy, Tubman
  • Rockdale (1) – Conyers
  • Schley (1) – Schley County
  • Screven (5*) – Bay Branch, Hilltonia, Jackson, Newington, Rocky Ford, Sylvania. Six high schools.
  • Seminole (1) – Seminole County
  • Spalding (1) – Spalding
  • Stephens (2) – Stephens County, Toccoa
  • Stewart (2) – Richland, Stewart County
  • Sumter (2) – Plains, Union
  • Talbot (1) – Talbot County
  • Taliaferro (1) – Alexander Stephens Institute
  • Tattnall (3) – Collins, Glennville, Reidsville
  • Taylor (2) – Butler, Reynolds
  • Telfair (5) – Lumber City, McRae-Helena, Milan, Ocmulgee, Workmore
  • Terrell (1) – Terrell
  • Thomas (5) – Boston, Coolidge, Meigs, Ochlocknee, Pavo
  • Tift (2) – Omega, Tifton
  • Toombs (3) – Lyons, Toombs Central, Vidalia
  • Towns (1) – Towns County
  • Treutlen (1) – Treutlen
  • Troup (4) – Center, Gray Hill, Rosemont, (Hillcrest or Mountville)
  • Turner (3) – Ashburn, Rebecca, Sycamore
  • Twiggs (3) – Smith, Twiggs, Twiggs-Wilkinson
  • Union (2) – Union County, Woody Gap
  • Upson (1) – Yatesville
  • Walker (6*) – Cedar Grove, Chattanooga Valley, LaFayette, Rossville, West Armuchee. Likely only five high schools.
  • Walton (3) – Loganville, Monroe, Social Circle
  • Ware (4) – Manor, Wacona, Waresboro, Waycross
  • Warren (1) – Warrenton
  • Washington (4) – Davisboro, Harrison, Sandersville, Tennille
  • Wayne (3) – Odum, Screven, Wayne County
  • Webster (1) – Webster County
  • Wheeler (4*) – Glenwood, Shiloh, Wheeler County. Likely just three high schools.
  • White (2) – Cleveland, Nacoochee
  • Whitfield (7) – Cohutta, Dawnville, Pleasant Grove, Tunnel Hill, Valley Point, Varnell, Westside
  • Wilcox (4) – Abbeville, Pineview, Pitts, Rochelle
  • Wilkes (2) – Tignall, Washington
  • Wilkinson (4) – Gordon, Irwinton, Toomsboro, Twiggs-Wilkinson
  • Worth (4) – Bridgeboro, Sumner, Sylvester, Warwick
  • Albany (1) – Albany
  • Americus (1) – Americus
  • Athens (2*) – Athens. Probably just one high school.
  • Atlanta (9) – Bass, Brown, Central Night, Grady, Murphy, O’Keefe, Roosevelt, Smith, Sylvan
  • Barnesville (1) – Gordon Military
  • Calhoun city (1) – Calhoun
  • Carrollton (1) – Carrollton
  • Cartersville (1) – Cartersville
  • Cedartown (1) – Cedartown
  • Chickamauga (1) – Gordon Lee
  • Cordele (1) – Cordele
  • Dalton (1) – Dalton
  • Decatur city (2) – Decatur Boys, Decatur Girls
  • Elberton (1) – Elberton
  • Gainesville (1) – Gainesville
  • Griffin (1) – Griffin
  • Hogansville (1) – Hogansville
  • LaGrange (1) – LaGrange
  • Marietta (1) – Marietta
  • Moultrie (1) – Moultrie
  • Rome (2*) – Rome. Likely one high school as Georgia School for the Deaf and Berry both called private.
  • Tallulah Falls (1) – Tallulah Falls
  • Thomaston (1) – R.E. Lee
  • Thomasville (1) – Thomasville
  • Toccoa (1) – Toccoa
  • Trion (1) – Trion
  • West Point (1) – West Point
  • Winder (1) – Winder

Indefensible: Schools closing after winning state basketball titles

A wide variety of Georgia high schools have won state basketball championships.

The GIAA began state tournaments for its league in 1922 and the official Georgia High School Association championships started in 1926. (For reasons unknown the GHSA does not list the 1926-37 champions on its site.)

Of course, in nearly 100 years of tournaments, not all schools are still standing.

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Scenes from a dead town

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Holmesville and Baxley, from the 1874 Augustus Mitchell’s Map of Georgia and Alabama, posted on Georgia Info.

Holmesville is not a town that rolls off the tip of the tongue. Nor it is a town where anyone says they are going.

Holmesville is not a town on any major maps. It has not been in nearly 150 years.

Located in Appling County, Holmesville probably never properly thrived.

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A good area: Bonaire High, football and the rise of Warner Robins

Houston County is seemingly perpetually growing.

The United States census gives credence to that. Starting with the 1940 census, Houston County has grown in every count. The county had 110,765 people in 2000, a growth from 89,208 in 1990. In 2010, the number was 139,900. Currently, the figure is estimated at 152,122.

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Banks County keeps ’em coming

Georgia’s mountain counties have always been a little different in attitude.

Dade County fashioned itself the “State of Dade” over its geographic divide with the rest of Georgia. The Cleveland Courier in White County carried a motto in the 1950s that it “covers the mountains like moonshine.”

The Banks County Journal carried on this proud tradition of being slightly subversive.

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The new schools Terrell County did not welcome

When the Minimum Foundation Program was ratified in 1951, most Georgia school systems were thrilled.

State-provided money to bring local schools to modern condition. Many systems immediately pursued the funds, eagerly conducting surveys to determine the needs and problems of their schools.

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