History of Marietta Middle School

  • 1966 - Three "junior high centers" were established for seventh and eighth graders at Keith, Park, and Wright Street elementary schools.

    1967 - The first Marietta Junior High School opens in the former Wright Street Elementary School building.

    1969 -
    A contract is awarded to Continental Construction Company to build a new Junior High School, for a bid of $2.6 million.

    1971 - The Wright Street Junior High School is closed. · Classes begin, for grades six, seven, and eight, at the brand-new Marietta Junior High School at 340 Aviation Road. The new building, located on a 20-acre site, covers 122,000 square feet of area, and has a construction cost of $2,600,000.

    1972 - A school lunch costs 40 cents.

    1973 - The MJHS jump rope team performs on national TV.

    1975 -
    While students observe, a local artist carves the school symbol, a golden eagle, of mahogany. With the purchase of a fleet of 11 buses, Marietta City Schools transport students to and from school for the first time.

    1985 -
    MJHS students go undefeated in 8 matches to win the 1st annual Metro Quiz Bowl tournament.

    1986 -
    The first 30-station computer lab is purchased for the junior high, at a cost of $100,150. MJHS students compete in the Knowledge Master Open and place first in Georgia and 27th (out of 640) in the national competition.

    1987 -
    Marietta Junior High is selected a Georgia School of Excellence, and is one of eight schools in the state to compete in the National Schools of Excellence competition.

    1993 - The Sixth Grade Annex opens, moving the entire grade across the street to the former Pine Forest elementary school.

    1996 - Marietta Middle School is recognized as a Five-Star Middle School by the Georgia Department of Education. 7th grade football team wins state title.

    2002 - After over thirty years at the Aviation Road location, Marietta Middle School moves to its new home at 121 Winn Street, the beautifully-renovated former high school complex.

    2003 - The mascot is changed from the Eagle to the Blue Devil, to build continuity with Marietta High School. MMS students and staff participate wholeheartedly in the community-wide Marietta Reads program.

    Information for this History is gathered from several sources, including the MJHS/MMS yearbooks, the PTSA scrapbooks, and Marietta City Schools' publication "A Centennial Celebration of Marietta City Schools."