LCS Celebrating 150 Years

LCS Celebrating 150 Years
Posted on 02/01/2021
LCS 150 YearsLowndes County Schools is celebrating its 150th anniversary. On February 6, 1871, the very first Lowndes County Board of Education meeting was held. It was conducted at the Lowndes County Courthouse. At that time, there were six board members. Dr. E.H. Taylor was the president, with John A. Johnson, D.H. Thrasher, A.H. Smith, Hampton Knight, and Noah Passmore also serving on the board. In 1871, the Lowndes County School System was divided into six districts: Hahira, Pine Grove, Moulton-Branch, Lake Park, Clyattville, and Parker Mathis. Within each district, there were 7-18 schools. Schools were formed within the smaller communities so that students could walk to school or so that parents could get them to school by horse and buggy. (Sources: 1) Irwin, Ron W. Our Noble Quest: Three Centuries of Educational Excellence. The History of Lowndes County Schools. Indigo Publishing Group, LLC, 2009. 2) Lowndes County Historical Society and Museum.


Lowndes County Schools has used its history to make improvements through the years. In 1871, there were approximately 100 small community schools, and today, there are 11 schools total (7 elementary, 3 middle schools, 1 high school). In 1871, students usually went to school about 5 months out of the year because they had to work on their farms to help harvest crops. Today, students attend school 9-10 months out of the year (180 days). Lowndes County Schools now has an enrollment of approximately 10,650 students with 1400 employees who work very hard every day to help their students achieve academic excellence. From one-room classrooms in 1871 to schools 50 or more classrooms in 2021, education in Lowndes County Schools has taken the building blocks of “reading and writing”, and has expanded into offering students a plethora of opportunities involving the 4 C’s of the 21st Century Learner: Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, and Critical Thinking. From brick-and-mortar classrooms to online learning, and from primer readers to e-books and online resources, Lowndes County Schools continues to evolve, seeking educational excellence every day while providing authentic learning experiences to all students. As Lowndes County Schools looks back on past history and moves forward creating memorable achievements, one can only conclude that “One Lowndes” is history in the making and will continue to “work together to empower, challenge, and inspire” (Lowndes County Schools Mission Statement). #OneLowndes