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Gainesville City School System Heritage Collection

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Alumni Achievements and News

Alumni Achievements

Congratulations to the Gainesville High School Class of 2020 on receiving over $8.4 million in scholarships in Academics, Arts, Athletics and NJROTC. We are proud of the outstanding achievements of these talented young men and women, and we celebrate their commitment in pursuing their goals and aspirations beyond high school.  Members of the Class of 2020 were accepted into over 50 colleges, universities, and post-secondary institutions around the nation.

The Gainesville High School Class of 2020 received the following scholarships from Gainesville High School and the North Georgia Community Foundation.

• Bill Wilson Scholarship – Taylor Sturdivant
• Billy Rogers Leadership Scholarship – Taylor Sturdivant
• GHS Alumni Scholarship (established by the GHS Class of 1964) – Camryn Banks
• Gainesville Invests in Future Teachers Scholarship (GIFT) - Perla Villatoro
• Holcomb Family Education Scholarship – Lillian Kempker
• Jim and Dee Snow Optimist Scholarship – Taylor Sturdivant
• Jo Farr Scholarship – Luca Bandini
• Jody Tucker Scholarship – Joseph Santillan
• Myrtle W. Figueras Scholarship – Taylor Sturdivant
• Pam Ware Scholarship – Alexandra Richemond
• Patrick Kelley Band Scholarship – Perla Villatoro
• Xander Corso Memorial Scholarship – Sean Payne

Alumni News

GHS Grad Joins Military Space Force
GHS Alum Donovan Moss
Gainesville High School alum Donavan Moss was recognized as one of the first Air Force officers to be commissioned into the Space Force. As a first lieutenant in the Air Force, Moss is a 2013 graduate of GHS and graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2018. While a student at GHS, Moss was a member of the football team, student council, and was also deeply involved in the Boys and Girls Club of Lanier where he was named 2013 Youth of the Year. He will begin the Space Force in February 2021 as a cyber operator to support space missions. "I'm excited, because 15 years from now when I'm lieutenant colonel, I can say I was part of the birth of the Space Force," said Moss. "What it will be 15 years from now is what I make it. It's going to be a forever change." Moss has two siblings Cameron and Taylor Sturdivant, both GHS graduates, who currently attend Air Force Academy.

Photo Caption:  GHS alum Donavan Moss (right) receives his certification of Air Force cyber training from Lt Col Jared Miller (left) on February 14, 2020, at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Camryn BanksGHS 2020 Graduate Awarded GHS Alumni Scholarship 

Gainesville High School graduate Camryn Banks was awarded the 2020 GHS Alumni Scholarship.  The scholarship, which was established by the GHS Class of 1964 through the North Georgia Community Foundation, is awarded to a Gainesville High School graduating senior based upon superior academic achievement, exemplary leadership skills, extracurricular participation, and financial need.  The $2000 scholarship will assist with college expenses.  Past scholarship recipients include Rentavious Buffington (2018) and Caitlin Pirkle (2019).

Receiving the GHS Alumni Scholarship proved to me that someone saw all of my hard work and accomplishments,” said Banks. “I did things I thought I’d never do such as become Co-President of the President’s Club, President of the A.W.A.R.E Gents Club, and a Senior Representative on Student Council. Knowing the GHS Alumni Scholarship committee unanimously selected me to be the recipient gave me the validation that I had an exemplary high school career. It taught me that I can be a role model, and for that I am so grateful to the scholarship committee.

Banks will attend Morehouse College in Atlanta where he plans to major in Business Administration and minor in Pre-Law. He wants to pursue a career as a business attorney or a defense attorney.

Gainesville High School Class of 1964 Awards First Scholarship

Gainesville High School Class of 1964 Awards First Scholarship

The Gainesville High School Class of 1964 gather together for more than just reunions. They have a passion for giving back to the school that they love and which is a source of many fond memories. Their first class project was two "elephant" benches that are located around the flagpole on the Gainesville High School campus. In 2018, they took on a second project and established the GHS Class of '64 Scholarship Fund' at the North Georgia Community Foundation (NGCF).

The scholarship fund was initially spearheaded by Julian Prosser, the 1964 class president, Jim Moore and David Sargent; many other classmates donated to the fund, with Larry Adams, Jan Smith and Patricia Fargason making up the scholarship selection committee. The class raised enough funds to endow the scholarship at NGCF, and at the Gainesville High School Honors Night program, they awarded their first scholarship to graduating senior, Rentavious Buffington. Rentavious has a passion for technical theatre, musical theatre and acting. He immersed himself in the Gainesville High Theatre and the Thespian Troupe 2445; he participated in community theatre and became a state thespian officer, dance captain, light designer, and light board operator. His involvement in other activities in the community highlighted an impressive resume; Rentavious worked for Chick-fil-a of Gainesville and found time to participate in numerous service projects. He will be continuing his education at the University of North Georgia in the fall semester.

The North Georgia Community Foundation administers scholarships established by individual donors and organizations who believe in the importance of the future for the next generation. Each scholarship has its own specific purpose and eligibility criteria with the award sizes varying by different amounts. In 2018, the NGCF scholarship funds awarded more than 170 scholarships to students in order to help them with their post-secondary education. For more information about scholarships, visit

Class of 1977

Gainesville High School's Class of 1974 celebrating their 40th class reunion on July 29, 2017. The class members enjoyed an exciting day of food, fun, and fellowship - reminiscing about the memorable times spent at their beloved alma mater.

About the North Georgia Community Foundation

Founded in 1985 by Lou Fockele and other business leaders, the North Georgia Community Foundation supports nonprofit organizations and donors by building, distributing, and preserving philanthropic assets.

The Community Foundation serves Banks, Dawson, Fannin, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Jackson, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union and White counties. To learn more, go to or call (770) 535-7880.

Alumni Donate Memorable Elephant Gift

Alumni Donate Memorable Elephant Gift

Two elephant benches adorn the flagpole and serve as a sitting area for students and staff at Gainesville High School. The Class of 1964 donated the benches as a tribute to their alma mater. The benches composed of stainless steel are designed with the school's infamous mascot and are built to last for many years. The class also provided a new cement pad foundation for the benches and upgraded the surrounding landscaping. GHS alum Dr. Patricia Fargason stated, "[The benches] represent our loyalty and love for GHS. GHS gave us each so much, and we wanted to return some of that to the school. The project was truly a labor of love for GHS."

Class of 1952 Celebrates 65th Reunion

Class of 1952 Celebrates 65th Reunion

During Summer 2017, the GHS Class of 1952 reunited under the leadership of class president Jim Waldrep. This class attended GHS at the "Gym of '36" building on Washington Street and was the first class to attend school for twelve years, a change mandated by the Georgia General Assembly adding a twelfth grade to all public high schools. At the reunion, the class voted its "Most Favorite Teacher" as Leon Hughes, who taught English at GHS then became the founding principal at Enota Elementary School.

"Although members have lived in many locations over the U.S., through the years we have kept in touch thanks mostly to the efforts of class president, Jim Waldrep, who has maintained contact and spearheaded regular reunions through the years," said classmate Dan Clark. "Our 65th reunion was a special evening of remembering other classmates, funny stories, and fond memories."

The Class of 1952 had a wonderful time reminiscing about the past, and the classmates look forward to meeting again at their next reunion to talk about the good times shared by all who attended their beloved GHS.

GHS Class of 1965 50th Class Reunion

On Saturday, October 3, 2015, Boone Strickland, Fletcher Miller, Mary Chapman, Patricia Garnsey Ridgeway, Frances Allison Smith, and Kathy Moore toured their Alma Mater as part of the activities scheduled for the GHS Class of 1965 50th Class Reunion. GHS Principal Tom Smith and the GHS administration were proud to welcome the class members as they celebrated their milestone event.

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Alumni Recognitions

Alumni Recognitions

GHS Alumnus Receives Emmy Award

Gainesville High alumnus Lee Ferran, Class of 2004, received an Emmy at the 67th Annual Emmy Awards held on September 20, 2015. He was awarded for Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast as Digital Producer. Lee is employed as the Digital Editor for ABC's Brian Ross Investigative Unit.

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Celebrating the Legacy of the Rock

GCSS Rock PictureGCSS RockGCSS Rock 50th Birthday CelebrationGCSS Rock 50th Birthday CelebrationGCSS Rock 50th Birthday CelebrationGCSS Rock 50th Birthday CelebrationGeorge Groover Birthday TributeGHS Class of '73 ReunionGHS Grad Deshaun Watson at The RockGCSS RockGCSS RockGCSS RockGCSS RockRock Tribute to Walt Snelling
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