The first Grayson school, Tripp Academy, was established in 1882. In 1900, a two-story frame school was…More constructed on the land that now houses Grayson Elementary School, and in 1913 a bond was issued to build the first Grayson High School there.
In 1957, Grayson High taught more than 200 students, eventually consolidating with Snellville High to become South Gwinnett High. In 2000, the school regained its own identity when the new Grayson High School was built on Hope Hollow Road, forming the basis for the Grayson cluster. A ram, mascot of the original Grayson High School, returned and the GHS sports teams took it as their namesake.
The school opened a new technology building in 2004 to also serve students from other schools in the county and includes a commercial training kitchen with a 25-seat presentation and dining area, a climate-controlled greenhouse, an industry-donated electron microscope, an animal husbandry building, a black-box performance space, a professional music-recording studio and TV production studio.
Other schools in the Grayson cluster are Grayson Elementary, Pharr Elementary, Cooper Elementary and McConnell Middle.
The first school in Grayson, Tripp Academy, opened in the spring of 1882. In 1900, a two-story school was built on…More the lot where Grayson Elementary School now stands in the heart of Grayson. The land was donated by the late Moses McConnell, as long as it is always used for school purposes. For many years it was the only school in Grayson; it burned to the ground in the 1940s and was then rebuilt by members of the community.
In 1957, when Grayson High School was consolidated with Snellville High School to become South Gwinnett High School, the two-story brick building was replaced with the current structure to become Grayson Elementary School, which is what it has remained since. With the explosion of growth in Gwinnett County's population in the 1980s, officials tried to accommodate the extra students in trailers or by rezoning the district to farm students out to Norton, Magill, Pharr and Cooper elementary schools. Additions to the school were built in 1998 and although the school retains its original historic "rock" facade, the school itself has been gutted and remodeled. It added an outdoor classroom in the 1990s and has a complete television studio and indoor gym. Because of its prime location in downtown Grayson, the school has retained its reputation as being the heart of the community.