“I went to a progressive high school where one did not read unless one wished to,” O’Connor once wrote to a friend.
Faye Johnson is a former student council president and graduate of the Peabody class of 1956.
In February 2007, Johnson expressed her thoughts on having been among the unique number of graduates who experienced the final classes of the high school.
“It was sad not to have the school here anymore,” Johnson said.
The school stood for several more decades prior to the last graduation, according to GCSU’s Web site.
“In the 1970’s the Peabody school began to be phased out. Baldwin County was growing and public schools were being built. The Board of Regents also decided to cut funding for elementary school education. Georgia College no longer depended on a practice school for education students since they began teaching at the Baldwin County Schools. Peabody Child & Family Center continued to exist at Georgia College & State University until the spring of 2000 when, due to system wide budget cuts, the center was unexpectedly closed,” the site states. “Peabody, being one of the first schools of its kind, represents GCSU's original foundation based on a culture of creativity and forward thinking. Peabody's closure ends an era of unique child care and child education associated with GCSU. The loss of the school is
felt by the faculty, staff, students, and the Milledgeville community.”