Taylorsville High historic marker dedicated
by Neil B. McGahee
Apr 06, 2014 | 1433 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lamar Harris, class of 1949, is cheered for his work to erect an historical marker where Taylorsville High School once stood. NEIL B. MCGAHEE/The Daily Tribune News
Lamar Harris, class of 1949, is cheered for his work to erect an historical marker where Taylorsville High School once stood. NEIL B. MCGAHEE/The Daily Tribune News
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Of the 660 students that graduated from Taylorsville High School, 35 returned Saturday to see their alma mater enshrined on a historic marker.

The marker, erected at the intersection of Euharlee Street and Lanier Drive, commemorates the school, which operated from 1900 to 1966 and was Bartow County’s first public high school.

The dedication, held at Taylorsville Baptist Church, was especially poignant for Class of 1949 graduate Lamar Harris who spearheaded the marker project.

“An exciting journey that began four years ago ends today with the dedication of this marker,” said Harris, who also researched and wrote a book, “Taylorsville High School 1900-1966.”

Speaker after speaker lauded Harris’s diligent research.

“Many, many thanks to Lamar Harris,” said Dianne Tate, mayor-pro tem of Cartersville and co-president of the Etowah Valley Historical Society, which sponsored the marker. “I don’t know how many times I saw him in the courthouse researching this project.”

In recognition of his work, Harris was awarded a proclamation by Taylorsville Mayor Mitchell Bagley.

Along with Bagley, other officials attending the dedication were former Bartow County School superintendents Rev. Doug Harris and Raiford Cantrell; Bartow County Board of Education Chairman Davis Nelson; Class of 1948 alumnus Clayton Harris; Betty Jane Tilley from the Euharlee Historical Society; and Tate.

“The great community spirit of Taylorsville didn’t die when the school no longer existed,” Tilley said. “It lives on to this day.”