Model School, under
its present name, dates back to 1900 when the
Georgia Legislature adopted a resolution to
appropriate funds to build in each congressional
district a model school. In addition to the
basic tool subjects, home economics and
industrial arts were to be taught in these
The Rome Women's
club decided to sponsor this school in the
Seventh District and one of the outstanding
citizens of the district, Mr. W. T. Watters,
deeded to Floyd County a three acre tract of
land near Shannon. It was here that the first
Model School was built. In consisted of three
buildings, a shop, a classroom building and a
dormitory for boarding students who could come
from any part of the district.
In the early 1920's
when there was a statewide movement toward
consolidation of small rural schools, the Model
community was one of the first to recognize this
need and immediately began to move in this
In 1929, the school
had so outgrown its quarters that a $50,000 bond
issue was voted to build a new facility. A
building site was donated by Brighton Mills and
a bigger and better Model School was built. The
school continued to occupy this site until the
beginning of the 1974-75 school term. There was
a short interruption in the fall of 1938 when a
fire destroyed the building. The building was
immediately replaced and classes resumed in the
new building in September 1940.
Until the late
1960's Model School operated as a combination
elementary - high school, serving students in
grades 1-12. In the late 1960's the elementary
and high school grades were administratively
separated, the elementary grades serving
students in grades 1-8 and the high school
The high school has
continued to grow in student population over the
years. This has been partially due to growth in
the community and partially as a result of the
transfer of high school students from other
attendance areas. In the late 1950's all high
school students from the Celanese area were
transferred to Model and in the mid-1960's, high
school students from the Johnson area were
transferred to Model. As a result, the
enrollment in the high school grades has
increased from approximately 150 in 1938-39 to
677 in 1973-74.
great need for expanded and more modern
facilities in several of the county's schools,
the citizens of Floyd County approved a bond
issue to build new facilities in 1971. As a
result, the next modern structure was completed
in 1974. Located on a forty acre tract of land
purchased from the Homer Davis estate, the
school was designed to eventually house 1000
students. It had classroom space for 800
students, with an overall area of 90,770 square
feet and a total cost considerably in excess of
Model High has
continued to grow. In 2009, due to the Special
Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) that the
citizens of Floyd County passed, Model completed
a new, expanded Model High School on the site of
the old school.
The new high school
sits on the front campus of the 1974
construction site. The new school replaces much
of the old school, some of the classrooms were
remodeled. It presently has around 700
students. The facility is state of the art;
administration offices, library, gym and
cafeteria. The classrooms have computer
operated Smart Boards replacing chalkboards.
The Model School has
a long and illustrious history. If the past is
prophetic of the future, it will continue to
serve the community as a "model" school.
Principals of Model School
consolidation in the early 1920's, there were
several principals who served the school.
Records are not available to indicate the exact
dates they served, but they do show that the
following held the position of principal during
Mr. J. D. S.
Mr. O. H.
Mr. C. D.
Mr. W. C. Rash
Mr. F. F.
Mr. O. L. Stamps
Mr. T. M. Luke
Mr. H. G.
Principals of Model Have been:
Mrs. W. M.
Mrs. W. M.
Mr. D. E.