GO­ING OLD SCHOOL

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Jeff Estes in Au­gust will oc­cupy an ad­min­is­tra­tive seat held by a pre­de­ces­sor al­most ex­actly 130 years ago. The orig­i­nal Lee County Board of Pub­lic In­struc­tion formed in Au­gust 1887. Its mem­bers were named and class sup­plies were se­lected, in­clud­ing the Spence­rian Pen­man­ship copy-book and Kizer & Murdock Noise­less Slates. Teacher pay was $25 a month.

In 1911, when the An­drew D. Gwynne In­sti­tute opened, pur­ple and white were se­lected as the school col­ors. Green was se­lected a few years later. Then, in 1919, red and white were cho­sen be­cause that was the only color of basketball uni­forms avail­able. Stu­dents were not happy with this merry-go-round of col­ors—nor the col­ors them­selves. They felt their school needed a per­ma­nent color to pro­mote bet­ter school spirit. On Oct. 12, 1920, the stu­dents adopted (by unan­i­mous vote) the col­ors green and white for their school col­ors.

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