Howard B. Stroud

The community will celebrate the legacy of influential educator Howard B. Stroud Friday, September 21 with the dedication of Howard B. Stroud Elementary School.  Formerly Fourth Street Elementary School, the Clarke County Board of Education voted unanimously to rename the school in Mr. Stroud's honor following his death earlier this year.


The ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the school's cafeteria, with Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond delivering the keynote address.  Mr. Thurmond, a graduate of the Clarke County School District, suggested renaming Fourth Street Elementary to honor Mr. Stroud.



  • To read the Board of Education resolution honoring Mr. Stroud, click here.
  • To see the dedication ceremony program, click here.

Clarke County Board of Education President Charles Worthy, Superintendent James Simms, and Principal Toni Pickett will also speak during the ceremony. 


Mr. Stroud, who was born in Athens in 1930, began his career in the Clarke County School District as a teacher at Athens High and Industrial School in 1956.  He served as a teacher and assistant principal at Lyons Junior High during the 1963-64 school year and was named principal at the school the follow year.  He held the principal's position at Lyons until 1977 when he moved to the school district's central office as middle school and high school coordinator.


Mr. Stroud worked in a variety of roles at the central office.  In 1981 he was named acting superintendent following the resignation of Rodney Spring.  From 1982 until his retirement in 1992, Mr. Stroud served as associate superintendent.


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