FCS Sesquicentennial Celebration

  • FCS 150 Years Logo

    Fulton County Schools has a rich and storied history interwoven throughout time. This year we are celebrating our sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary. This milestone allows us the opportunity to highlight a journey which has been met with great achievements and greeted by many challenges. It is a complex story that may surprise you at times. Although not all of it is good, it is important to take a look back to see how far we have come.

    During a year-long campaign, we will be unveiling a series of twelve videos we are calling "Celebrating the Journey," which chronicles Fulton County Schools over the past 150 years. While students, teachers and school buildings have changed throughout time, one thing remains the same. As witnessed in the past, Fulton County Schools will continue to provide momentum for a future of sustained excellence.


Installment #9: The Board of Education

January 2022 - For 150 years, members of the Fulton County Board of Education have enacted policies, which have had an immeasurable effect on the lives of the citizens of the district it serves. They have relied upon - and still rely on – their commitment to students as their reward for service.


Installment #8: Our Community

December 2021 - The history of the Fulton County School system is a testament to the community partnerships that unite the district with the people it serves. Here, partnerships provide more than just a setting for a better education and workplace, they elevate all of us by investing in our students using our best resource available – our community.


Installment #7: Clubs and Athletics

November 2021 - The seventh installment in our sesquicentennial video series reflects on the origin and evolution of clubs, activities, and athletics throughout the history of Fulton County Schools. Beginning with ROTC and growing into state and national award winning sports teams and marching bands, FCS students now have a wide and varied choice of extracurricular activities.


Installment #6: Changes in the Way Students Learn

August 2021 - The sixth installment in our sesquicentennial video series reflects on the dramatic changes in the way students learn over the last century and a half. Whether its geography or journalism, physics or fine arts, the many subjects studied by the students of Fulton County today could not even have been imagined by students long ago.


Installment #5: Our People Make It Work

August 2021 - The fifth video in the series looks back on the people who make the school system work. From custodians and counselors to lunchrooms and libraries, support staff members make up a vast network of departments extending to all corners of the county, all working in unison to support the needs of our students both inside and outside the classroom.


Installment #4: Our Schools Through The Years

May 2021 - The fourth video in this series reflects on the history of our buildings and facilities. From its humble beginnings in a one-room schoolhouse, all the way to our two newest schools, the Global Impact Academy and Innovation Academy, we chronicle a timeline of innovation showcasing how our schools helped shape our communities over the past 150 years.


Installment #3: Fulton Teachers Through The Years

April 2021 - The third video in this series reflects on the history of our amazing teachers and features interviews with FCS alumni. From the district’s humble beginnings with just 13 teachers, to the 7,500 teachers in the school system today, our educators are a large part of what makes FCS so special.


Installment #2: Fulton Students Through The Years

March 2021 - From the time of the district's founding, the students of Fulton County have experienced new types of education in the decades that followed – both inside and outside the classroom. Just as the world was changing around them, so too were they finding new opportunities, overcoming old obstacles, and participating in the shared community that surrounded them.


Installment #1: Our Sesquicentennial Celebration Introduction

February 2021 - In February of 1871, the Fulton County School System was established in a courthouse in downtown Atlanta.

Over the past one hundred fifty years, it has produced a vibrant history of unprecedented change and unrivaled growth. Take a moment to watch this video and look through the lens of this enduring legacy.