With his former students looking on, the revered former principal of the segregation-era Glenwood High and Elementary School in Winder received a significant honor from the Barrow County Board of Education Tuesday night.
The BOE voted unanimously to name the state-of-the-art career academy opening next year south of Highway 316 the “Sims Academy of Innovation and Technology.” The name recognizes the enduring impact of Glenwood’s late principal, LaFar Dupree Sims.
Tuesday night’s victory was particularly sweet for seven former students who have helped keep the African-American educator’s legacy alive through participation in the Glenwood Barrow County High School Alumni Association Inc.
“We think it’s just a wonderful time in the history of Barrow County,” said Johnnie Lay Burks, president of the association. “Now the history of Barrow County is unified and that’s the victory. Of course our deceased principal is in heaven looking down on his students. We were the Glenwood Tigers, and we are still in the game.”