Legends and Lore… What Do You Know About the History of Gwinnett County? George Bagwell Gwinnett Tourism Awareness Program December 3, 2008
QUESTION: For what was the Runaway Bride’s house used in 1935?
ANSWER: A temporary schoolhouse after Duluth School burned.
“They overlap enough to convince me that the foundations, at least, are true. You know how quickly rumors change. Word of mouth can distort truth in a very short space of time. But that does not change the essence of the story.”
Four Step Test for Credibility (adopted from Cite a Site) • Who …is the author. • What …is their authority. • Where …is the source. • When …did this originate.
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HINT: Creekland MS, Dacula ES, Mill Creek HS, Osborne MS, Duncan Creek ES, Ft. Daniel ES, Freeman’s Mill ES, Peachtree Ridge HS, Hull MS, Duluth MS, Norcross HS, Peachtree ES
ANSWER: The Eastern Continental Divide…running from Fort Daniel to Fort Standing Pitchtree
HINT: Think of the Promised Land
ANOTHER HINT: Think of Thomas McQuire
ANSWER: Shiloh was the first stop for the Hebrews, in 1200 B.C., in their Promised Land. Margaret Mitchell frequently visited the Promised Land plantation.
HINT: There is also a Rockbridge ES in DeKalb County.
ANSWER: At the border between Gwinnett and DeKalb there is a rock bridge crossing in the summertime, across the Yellow River.
HINT: Named after Richard Hull, as in Hull Middle School.
ANSWER: Hull Elementary School was a six room school for African-American students located in western Gwinnett…prior to integration in 1966. It was located on the Hill in Duluth.
9. How close did GCPS come to being the home school district for the capital of Georgia?
HINT: Railroad Survey of 1835
ANSWER: A site near the Atlanta Athletic Club was a finalist in the Railroad Survey of 1835 to determine the terminus of the railroad from Chattanooga.
HINT: The Creek Indians didn’t like the Cherokee Indians.
11. What were the names of the consolidated high schools that opened in 1958-59?
HINT: Geographical names were chosen…Central Gwinnett was one of them.
ANSWER: Central Gwinnett, South Gwinnett, North Gwinnett…and West Gwinnett.
HINT: Dacula is in East Gwinnett…
ANSWER: …and was supposed to be included in the attendance zone for Central Gwinnett. The community took legal action to stop this.
HINT: Another school now has this name.
ANSWER: Peachtree Ridge HS would have been a good name. Collins’ Hill is a part of the Peachtree Ridge.
19. Prior to desegregation (in 1966), where did African-American high school students attend school in Gwinnett?
HINT: It is still a school today.
ANSWER: Hooper-Renwick School, in Lawrenceville currently is adjacent to the GIVE Center.
20. What was the first GCPS to win a state athletic Championship?
HINT: The town took it’s name from Decatur, and Atlanta.
ANSWER: Dacula School won boys basketball championships in 1930, 1945, and 1975. The Dacula girls won a basketball championship in 1954.
21. What was the first GCPS to compete for a national athletic championship?
HINT: …it wasn’t Parkview HS.
ANSWER: Duluth School won the 9th Congressional district boys basketball championship, and would have gone to the nationals in the 1930s…
24. What was the major obstacle in Duluth to the 1937 school consolidation?