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Lambert High open house is Saturday
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Lambert marketing teacher Lisa Kirk and Davison look over the school’s football field in January. - photo by File photo
Forsyth County’s fifth traditional public high school will officially be welcomed Saturday.

School staff and board of education members will hold a grand opening and community open house at the new Lambert High School, 805 Nichols Road, Suwanee.

“Basically we’re opening the whole campus for the community to come out and see what we’re all about,” said Gary Davison, principal of the new school.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to noon, with a dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. Academic, athletic and art demonstrations will continue until noon.

“The Lambert family will be coming back for the dedication and then we’re going to open the gym for a good old fashioned pep rally,” Davison said.
“After that, the campus will be opened and people can see it in action. You can go down to the football field and kick field goals or go see some Shakespeare in the auditorium.”

Davison said all student clubs will also be in attendance and a highlight will be the “rolling out of the final name” of an actual Longhorn steer, which will act as the school’s mascot at most home sporting events.

“We took the top three name choices out to the community and now we’re going to roll out the final name,” said Davison of the animal, which is owned by Eddie and Stacy Knight of the Knight Ranch near Winder.

Liz Sills, whose daugther Ellie will be a freshman when the school opens in August, said excitement about the school and the grand opening has been infectious.

“We’ve all caught the excitement of the school,” she said. “Like Dr. Davison says, this is the first non-directional name of a high school in this county. It’s a family name, so it feels more like a true community school.

“The attributes of the school have trickled down to everybody. I’ve even seen kids in elementary school wearing Lambert shirts. That’s pretty amazing for a school that hasn’t even opened yet.”

The school’s parent-lead academic booster club will also hold a fundraiser book fair in the school’s media center during Saturday’s event.

Sponsored by Barnes & Noble, the book fair will offer for purchase or order Advanced Placement reading materials and textbooks, summer reading titles from the Forsyth County Schools’ list and a number of popular fiction titles.

Sharon Castleberry, community relations manager for Barnes & Noble, explained that a percentage of sales from the event will go directly to the school.

The bookstore has joined with Lambert on a few other events in the past, she said.

“Our goal is just to help support the school and the media center to put books on the shelves,” she said. “We have hosted some other events that were pretty successful, so we’re hoping this one is even more so.”

She said those who donate to the school’s library can participate in a program in which a book will be placed in the facility with a name placard honoring a student.

“They can contribute to the history of Lambert,” Castleberry said.

E-mail Crystal Ledford at crystalledford@forsythnews.com.