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Taylorsville High School grad speaks at Bartow History Museum
by Monica Burge
July 23, 2013 02:37 PM | 3673 views | 1 1 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lamar Harris, a graduate of the former Taylorsville High School, spoke at a Bartow History Museum lunch and learn last Wednesday.
Lamar Harris, a graduate of the former Taylorsville High School, spoke at a Bartow History Museum lunch and learn last Wednesday.
A two-acre tract of land in the western portion of Bartow County in Taylorsville was purchased Oct. 10, 1900 by five trustees who had a vision for the future of local children.

Purchased for $200, the land served as the site of a three-room school originally intended for instruction for primary through 10th-grade.

“The people who put this together had extraordinary vision,” said Lamar Harris, a graduate of the school.

Taylorsville High School which officially closed in 1966, served as more than a means of educating area youth; it brought together a community, Harris said.

“The school was unifying for all who lived there,” Harris said. “I truly believe the key was the entire community was involved with the school.”

The school, Harris said has a rich history and a long list of graduates who have made significant contributions.

Former graduates include late county commissioner Frank Moore; Reavis Sproull, who after graduating as valedictorian at age 14, went on to invent Kraft Paper and developed packing material for weapons and John E. Davis Sr., who was among the first class of Georgia State Patrol troopers.

After 1966, the school remained in operation until 1995 as Taylorsville Elementary School, having survived a fire that destroyed the original building in 1926.

Harris said the school also holds significance because it was the first free public high school in Bartow County.

Harris, who spoke at a the Bartow History Museum’s July lunch and learn, worked for three years researching school’s history for an article for a local historical society.

He eventually organized the information into the book “Taylorsville High School 1900-1966.”

Harris said through the book, his intent was to honor the history and legacy of the school, its principals, teachers and students and also collect information for securing a Georgia Historical Society marker for the school.

Harris said the society declined to include the school on its historical registry, but the Etowah Valley Historical Society has approved a marker for the school.

“We are in the process of getting the text approved,” Harris said. “Hopefully, we will be able to get this accomplished by the end of the year.”

Harris said the marker will be located on the athletic field adjacent to the original building, a portion of which stills stands.

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