The new Greater North Atlanta Alumni Association is inviting graduates of Buckhead's North Atlanta High School and its predecessors to its inaugural event next week.
Feb. 7, the association will host an open house at North Atlanta’s new campus from 4:30 to 7 p.m., with a reception nearby at the home of Phyllis and Jeff Smith at 5:30 p.m.
Alumni of North Atlanta and the former North Fulton, Northside, Dykes and O’Keefe high schools are invited to the free event. North Atlanta senior John Rudd, with the help of others at the school, is organizing the event.
“Basically one of the reasons why I am the person I am today is the school has given me a tremendous about of support. I know I would not be the athlete or the artist I am today without this school,” said Rudd, who runs cross country and track and also paints and draws. “It’s a really good community and the school has done a lot for me.
“Since I’m on my way out, I wanted to give back some way. One way parents told me I would be able to help would be to start this alumni association. From there I started this project and it’s grown into these things.”
Rudd said he has been assisted by North Atlanta Principal Gene Taylor and others affiliated with the school including teachers, the North Atlanta Arts Council, Future Business Leaders of America, the North Atlanta Foundation, J.E. Dunn, the North Atlanta PTSA and Red Hot Jazz, the school’s annual fundraiser. Architect Jerry Cooper of the firm Cooper Carry will give tours of the new campus. Rudd said about 200 people are expected to attend the event.
He said the open house will give residents a chance to see North Atlanta’s new campus, which has been criticized for its cost. At $147 million it is the most expensive public school in the state.
“Basically there’s been a lot of press about this year’s building,” Rudd said. “People have been saying it’s a $147 million facility, which is great, but people have not really seen the inside of the school. This gives them a chance to see the school, experience it and see the potential it has. … What we’re trying to do is to show people what this school is really about instead of just having some fancy building.”
To RSVP or for more information, call 404) 538-1057 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to RSVP is Saturday.