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Good-Bye to Avondale High and Middle Schools

Both schools close Friday, leaving behind memories when the doors shut for good.

DeKalb County Schools let out Friday and with the end of the school year, Avondale High and Middle will go dark when the last students leave.

When both schools close, they leave behind memories, both good and bad. At least one of the two schools  -- Avondale High -- leaves behind a football legacy dating back to the 1950s.

DeKalb County is closing both local schools as part of a cost saving measure to save the district $12 million. Student are now redistricted to other area schools. Locally, that means students will attend Druid Hills High and Middle (Shamrock) schools.

Treesrock May 21, 2011 at 03:06 AM
What a sad legacy, in building the middle they destroyed a beautiful forest with champion trees, only to close 12 years later. What irresponsible leadership!
Renee DeGross Valdes May 23, 2011 at 10:28 AM
From reader Gwendolyn: Please get a committee to preserve the excellent and outstanding history of Avondale High School, as well as the other schools. Also, please make sure that photos, writings, sports and the academic accomplishments of administrators, educators, staff, graduates and of current students will be preserved and archived. What is the possibility of archiving trophies and other historical materials, by schools, with the Historical Society. This could be an excellent educational resource for our communities and students presently and in the future. PLEASE HELP TO VALUE AND KEEP THE VALUABLE TREASURE OF THE HISTORY OF AVONDALE HIGH SCHOOL AND OTHER SCHOOLS FOR GENERATIONS YET UNBORN! I am a retired educator from the City Schools of Decatur, who played against Avondale High School, coached basketball teams against them and was blessed to have many positive experiences with students, staff and coaches there.
William Forrest Hill May 25, 2011 at 09:08 PM
In the late 1870's My great grandfater, T.P. Hill purchased about 400 acres in Deecatur. He later sold some of this land to George Willis so Avondale Estates could be built. My grandfather donated the land where Avondale High School resides. He needed that land for his cows and had to lease land to compensate for his loss. Since then, many students have enjoyed an excellent education at this school, myself included. My other grandfather donated land so Midway Elementery coulld be built. I have written numerous stories about life and times of folks from the 1870's to present that lived in this part of DeKalb county. I hope someday to finish my book and share it with the community. William Forrest Hill
tatyana j. tucker October 03, 2012 at 03:01 PM
i went avondale middle school i remember everything from my first day in sixth grade on throught my eighth grade year i have alot of memories of everything at that school including the principal teacher and etc i miss you ams whole lot and will never forget
Jessica Hudson November 09, 2012 at 02:54 PM
I am interested in what William Forrest Hill has to say -- my dad attended Forest Hills Elementary and graduated from Avondale HS in 1967; unfortunately passed away very suddenly in 2011. I would like to know where most of the history/pictures of both schools now is, or if Mr. Hill has completed a book of stories yet? Thanks for any info!
tieshiabillings February 12, 2013 at 03:15 PM
this was my school and i really miss this school , it leaves bbehind memories that you will never just understand , I Love You Avondale ,and I pray that one that they will reopen you .

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