Pearl Stephens Elementary

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School History

Facility Constructed: 1953

Former School Mascot: Panthers

Former School Colors: Red and Black

Current School Mascot: Warriors

Current School Colors: Red and Blue

School Motto: Building Bridges for Success

Pearl Stephens Elementary

School Mission Statement

Our mission is to produce confident, self-directed, lifelong learners.

Our vision is to inspire, engage, and develop high-achieving Warriors.

Other Interesting Facts/ Trivia/ Awards                                                                                                           

  • School was named for Pearl Stephens, a church and community leader.
  • Mrs. Stephens donated the land so that the school would be constructed for African American children.
  • Media Center named for Alton Mattox, former Pearl Stephens Elementary Principal.
  • An adapted playground for special needs children was built in 1992 thanks to the support and donations from the community and faculty.
  • 2004 Georgia School of Excellence
  • Named a 2009 Title I Distinguished School and has made adequate yearly progress for eight consecutive years.

School Principal History

  • John P. Johnston: 1954 - 1969
  • Mirian Madison: 1990 - 1994
  • Alton Mattox: 1994 - 2002
  • Marion Ford: 2002 - 2010
  • Deborah Moore-Sanders: 2010 - 2014
  • Amanda Brantley: 2014 - 2016
  • Gloria Smith: 2016 - present

Original Use of School

African American School (Grades 1-12): 1954 - 1969

Completed School Improvements/Renovations

  • 1960: 10 Classroom Addition, including Art and Music
  • 1965: 5 Classroom Addition, Media Addition and Admin Addition
  • 1988: A/C School
  • 1991: Renovation, Added Admin, Computer Labs and Gym
  • 2014: Linwood Elementary received a complete renovation including the roof, HVAC, lighting, plumbing, and finishes.  Linwood Elementary was renamed to Pearl Stephens Elementary.  For more details about this project, click here.