Forsyth Central inducts five in 2nd annual Hall of Fame ceremony

Forsyth Central High School Hall of Fame attendees once again took a trip down memory lane at the school’s second annual induction ceremony Thursday evening.

The ceremony, which was held at the school, honored four former students, teachers and administrators as well as the 1975 men’s golf team.

Hall of fame
- photo by Bradley Wiseman

“This is something we started last year and we induct, annually, a group of deserving alumnus or people who gave back to our school or who worked here a long time and had a major impact on our students,” said Central’s Assistant Principal, Josh Lowe. “There are so many people that have been here over the last 60 years or so that have contributed in so many ways so we really feel it’s important to recognize these people so that our current students can see the people that come through our doors.”

This year’s inductees were: Mark E. Webber, a retired Navy Captain who was valedictorian of then-Forsyth County High School’s class of 1979; Betty Jones Benson, club advisor for the school and the county’s assistant superintendent of instruction; James Gordon Harris, Jr., an agriculture teacher and Future Farmers of America (FFA) advisor and later the school’s vocational supervisor; Gloria Holland Poss, a math and chemistry teacher who taught the first AP calculus course in the county; and the 1975 golf team, which, under the leadership of Coach Lawton Bannister, earned the titles of Region 8 AA Champions and Georgia State AA Champions.

The Hall of Fame was born out of an idea Lowe had after the school was given the go-ahead to form an alumni association last year, which was its 61st anniversary.

Last year, 10 inductees and their families were honored, including longtime Cumming mayor, H. Ford Gravitt, class of 1961.

“Only Alumni Association members can nominate people to be in the Hall of Fame, but we got a large number of nominations [this year],” Lowe said. “We had our committee get together and work to narrow it down to the group that was selected.

“It’s something that’s really a challenge because we’ve got 60 years of history and there are so many people, but we intend to do this indefinitely so hopefully we’ll get all those deserving people to be inducted and be recognized.”