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Denmark High to recognize patients of namesake
Dr. Leila Denmark, center, was a famous Atlanta-area pediatric physician who formerly lived and practiced near where the new Denmark High School is on Mullinax Road.

Recently-opened Denmark High School is named for Dr. Leila Denmark, a former physician who lived near this school, and this week, the school will honor some of its namesakes’ former patients.

During halftime of Friday’s football game between the Denmark Danes and Blessed Trinity Catholic High School, former patients and those impacted by her work will be recognized and a commemorative photo will be taken at the midfield logo. All former patients are requested to wear white.

According to a news release, “the school wants to share the legacy of a woman who cannot and should not be forgotten for her impact not only in Forsyth County but to the medical community as a whole.”

The photo will be displayed in the school.

Denmark was a well-known pediatric physician who lived and practiced on Mullinax Road near the school for the last 16 years of her seven-decade career. Denmark passed away in 2012 at age 114 and was the fifth-oldest living person in the world and third-oldest living American when she died.

Some of the biggest parts of her legacy was co-developing a vaccine for pertussis, or whooping cough, and giving advice to new parents on how to raise their young, which she referred to as “little angels.”

Just before halftime of the game, the announcer will ask all former patients to come to the gate.

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Those with questions can contact Jill Purdy at