Jonesboro High celebrates 40th

By Michael Davis

The Cardinals of Jonesboro High School are flying into their 40th year.

At an open house Saturday, one of Clayton County's first high schools is inviting students and faculty to an open house celebration of its history. With a ceremony honoring the school and faculty at 3 p.m. in the school cafeteria, the entire campus will be open to the public from 2 to 4 p.m.

Former principal Fred Smith will be sharing memories with the audience about when the school opened.

"I was there when they opened that building, as an assistant principal," he said.

County Commissioner Carl Rhodenizer, will be presenting a formal proclamation from the Board of Commissioners proclaiming Saturday as "Jonesboro High School Day."

"I have one granddaughter that graduated from there and one that is a sophomore there now," he said. "So the school is real close to us."

The widow of former assistant principal Bill Cain will also be honored at the ceremony, said current principal Ross Iddings.

"He worked almost up until the time he passed away," Iddings said.

The open house will include presentations of yearbook photographs going back to the 1960s.

"It's going to be like looking at an old yearbook," Iddings said.

With different displays for each decade, attendees will be able to scroll through thousands of photographs scanned directly from the yearbooks.

The school has a lot of "history in the community," said Iddings. "This will be a good time for people that attended here to meet up with people that attend here now."

Coincidentally, Jonesboro is playing its homecoming game tonight. Following a 5 p.m. parade from Sam's Club to Tara Field, the Cardinals will be taking on the Mt. Zion High Bulldogs.