Big 50 Anniversary: Are you ready to celebrate?
It’s Gaston County Schools’ 50th anniversary, and we are celebrating all year long!
The 2018-2019 academic year marks 50 years since the merger/consolidation of the county schools with the Gastonia city schools and the Cherryville city schools. The unification (as it was called in documents from 1968) formed “Gaston County Schools” as we know it today.
There are lots of fun activities planned for our “Big 50 Anniversary” starting with our Back-To-School Convocation for employees. Other events include a history exhibit, parade, birthday party, and school reunions/open houses as well as special programming on Channel 21 and much more.
See the list below for our upcoming events. We want you to be a part of the celebration!
Gaston County Schools History Exhibit
Gaston County Museum
131 West Main Street, Dallas
December 1, 2018 - March 9, 2019
Over the past 50 years, our high school and junior high/middle school sports teams have won numerous championships and given us plenty of reasons to cheer. This exhibit highlights athletics in Gaston County Schools since 1968 with pictures, trophies, jerseys, and other memorabilia. Plus, the exhibit offers a glimpse at the history of the school district through pictures, old newsletters, and other publications. It is important to note that the exhibit only highlights the rich sports history of our schools; it is not meant to be a comprehensive historical display.
Gaston County Schools Spelling Bee
January 9, 2019
Stuart W. Cramer High School auditorium
Thirty-eight students from our elementary schools and middle schools will participate in the competition, which is an official event of our "Big 50 Anniversary" celebration.
Big 50 Anniversary Reception
A celebration to recognize our school mentors and business/community partners
May 29, 2019
Gastonia Conference Center
Big 50 Parade in Pictures
Display at the Gaston County Public Library
October 1-31, 2018
We selected 50 of the best pictures from the parade, printed them, and hung them on the library’s large display wall for everyone to see.
Big 50 Parade
September 22, 2018
A community-wide celebration of our 50th anniversary complete with marching bands, cheerleaders, JROTC units, school mascots, floats, special guests, and much more.
Click here for parade pictures. Click here to watch our parade video.
August 22, 2018
Our 50th anniversary kickoff event for employees to celebrate the start of a new school year.
Click here for Convocation pictures. Click here to watch our Convocation video.
VIDEO: Big 50 Parade