• The Lawrenceville News November 5, 1897, “James Langley who resides on Hurricane Shoals Road about 4 miles from Lawrenceville was united in marriage to Miss Zilla McDaniel who lives near here.”
• The Gwinnett Herald was established in 1871 and The Lawrenceville News was established in 1893; the papers were consolidated on January 1, 1898 and became The News-Herald.
• The Gwinnett Journal November 2, 1937, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Oakes announce the birth of a daughter on Sunday.
Other principals were Larry Smith, Virginia Moore, Freddie H. Williams, Jane Robertson, Dorothy Hines; the present principal is Lisa Johnson.
The school had 730 students and 93 staff members in October 2013. Karen Davidson, Receptionist/Secretary at Lawrenceville Elementary School; Karen has worked at the school for 16 years.
• MEMORIES FROM GLORIA JAMES, LAWRENCEVILLE ELEMENTARY FOCUS TEACHER Lawrenceville native Gloria Gunter James was a student at Lawrenceville Elementary and Central Gwinnett; her father was a graduate of Lawrenceville High School. Gloria graduated from the University of Georgia; she taught at Lawrenceville Elementary School from January 1989 until 2006. Gloria was the Focus Teacher and she remembers that the school celebrated Heritage Days in 1993 with lots of activities planned in cooperation with students and parents. In 1996 the school had an Olympic Celebration with activities at Central Gwinnett and special T shirts to mark the event. Another activity that impressed Gloria was the 100 books celebration planned by a first grade teacher. The 100 books celebration gave recognition to first graders who read 100 books. Gloria remembers that Lawrenceville Elementary was a School of Excellence in the late 1990’s.
Gloria’s three children attended Lawrenceville Elementary and Central Gwinnett High, becoming third generation family members to attend Lawrenceville public schools.
After graduating from UGA in 1953 Joyce began her 30 year career as an educator in the Atlanta School System before moving back to her hometown and teaching at the school where she had been a student and where she knew families of her students. Joyce remembers that she was inspired to teach by Omie Jackson and Louise Cooper who were her teachers at Lawrenceville.
Joyce remembers that when she went to see her room at the new school Mr. Timms took her to her room which was painted yellow, her favorite color. Joyce said that Mr. Timms was a great principal and her years at the school were happy years; her twin sons also attended Lawrenceville Elementary and rode to school with Joyce every morning. One of Joyce’s not so pleasant memories was when she was supervising students who were playing ball at recess, a student fell when trying to get to third base and broke his wrist. Joyce was more upset about the accident than the student.
Joyce Reed taught 26 years at Lawrenceville Elementary and never lost her enthusiasm for teaching or for the Georgia Bulldawgs.
Bobbie Turnage graduated from O’Keefe High School in Atlanta and the University of Georgia before coming to teach school in Lawrenceville. She is the mother of three daughters who attended Lawrenceville Elementary and all three graduated from Central Gwinnett High School and from college.
Bobbie taught third for one year when Lawrenceville Elementary School was housed in a row of buildings called the “Chicken Coop” on the hill near the corner of Oak and North Perry Streets in Lawrenceville. Bobbie said that Mrs. Rebecca Baggett often sent sweet snacks for teachers and how delicious those treats were. Bobbie also said that she covered her bulletin boards with paper towels before putting pictures on them.
Bobbie moved to Lawrenceville Elementary on Gwinnett Drive in 1965 and retired in 2001 after teaching for 29 years; she taught third grade except for one year when she taught fifth grade. Bobbie said that she and her family were blessed with good health so she did not miss many days at school except for the time when her mother was very ill and hospitalized in Franklin, N.C. Bobbie said that Larry Smith was principal when her mother was sick and he understood her situation and supported her as she tried to teach and to care for her mother. Bobbie said that she lived near the school so commuting was not a time consuming event; she went to school early and stayed late. Her children rode with her in the mornings.
Bobbie remembered that when Lawrenceville Elementary was being renovated classes were moved to Simonton Elementary and she enjoyed being in a new building there.
While Bobbie taught the school principals were Neal Timms, Larry Smith, Freddie Williams, Jane Robertson and Dorothy Hines. Bobbie has many good memories about her school teaching years and she enjoys seeing her former students as they become adults.
Jimmie Mae was a student at Lawrenceville High school then she transferred to Washington Seminary to take advantage of the music program there. She graduated from the University of Georgia.
Jimmie Mae taught first grade at the Gwinnett Drive School and during the first six weeks of school for several years first grade students were dismissed at 1 p.m.; older students stayed until school was dismissed at 3.
Jimmie Mae remembered that she had bus duty and also was responsible for many chapel programs presented by her young students; her background in music was very important as she planned special programs and activities. She said that for several years her classroom was next to the one taught by Maxie Lord who was a great teacher and good friend to Jimmie Mae.
Jimmie Mae said that students who misbehaved were sometimes paddled by the principal.
Jimmie Mae’s two sons and two grandsons were students at Lawrenceville Elementary School; the family business, Sosebee Auto Supply, has been in operation in Downtown Lawrenceville for over 50 years.