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Hooper Renwick School

Rubeye Neal

Lights of Gwinnett – Rubeye Neal

Anyone who knows Ms Rubye Neal knows there is to be no standing still when she’s around because she will immediately recruit you to help with whatever mission she is going after at the time!  That was how I came to know her as someone who doesn’t let grass grow under her feet. She is always at work on some community project to educate others on the richness of our collective heritage.

A historic photo of Gwinnett’s segregation era Hooper-Renwick High School located in the City of Lawrenceville. The school operated from 1871 to 1968 as the only Gwinnett County public school for African-Americans. Gwinnett County schools were desegragated in 1968.

Preserving the Hooper-Renwick Legacy

In 1944, Renwick High was built on three acres of land donated by Mr. Renwick. Students attended grades 8—11 at the school. It was the first public African American high school in Gwinnett County.