Rabun Gap - Nacoochee School

Rabun Gap - Nacoochee School (HMIMX)

Location: Rabun Gap, GA 30568 Rabun County
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N 34° 57.793', W 83° 23.318'

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Andrew Jackson Ritchie, 1868 - 1948, Founder

One of Rabun County's first college graduates, Andrew Jackson Ritchie received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Harvard University before returning to his native county to devote his life to the education of the mountain people.

In 1903 he founded the Rabun Gap Industrial School and in 1917 originated the "Farm Plan," by which entire families work their way through school. The school operated independently until 1926, when it merged with the Nacoochee Institute, a school owned and supported by the Presbyterian Synod of Georgia. Under Dr. Ritchie's presidency, the new school, chartered in 1927 and named Rabun Gap-Nacoochee, acquired more land, larger dormitories and classrooms, and began new educational programs.

Dr. Ritchie, whose unique approach to education has attracted strong financial support, served as President of the school until his retirement in 1939. In 1948, the year of his death, his "Sketches of Rabun County History" was published.

Dr. Ritchie, educator, scholar, and historian, is buried on the hill overlooking this school which his complete devotion created.
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number119-3
Year Placed1967
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
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Date Added Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 11:32pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 281913 N 3871569
Decimal Degrees34.96321667, -83.38863333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 57.793', W 83° 23.318'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 57' 47.58" N, 83° 23' 19.08" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 21-27 Nacoochee Dr, Rabun Gap GA 30568, US
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