History of GES

History of Gretna Elementary School

In September, 1996, the new Gretna Elementary School was opened. The new school was composed of the staff and students from Climax Elementary, as well as the staff and students from the old Gretna Elementary School. With the new school being only ninety-five percent complete, the faculty was asked to report and to bring with them an eagerness and determination that would make the first day of school in the new school a success.

With the opening of the new school under the leadership of Mr. Reuben O. Doss, Jr., Principal and Mr. Theodore R. Jones, Jr., Assistant Principal, there were many obstacles to overcome, many changes to implement, and the task of bringing together two entirely different communities. Although the encounters of opening a new school were numerous, the administration, staff, students and parents banded together and the end result was a productive school year.

Gretna Elementary recently had its 20 year anniversary (2016-2017 school year.) The school has been through many changes over the years but continue educate students located in the northern portion of Pittsylvania County. The school is currently under the leadership of Mrs. Paula B. Cocke, Principal and Mr. Eric A. Moon, Assistant Principal, along with a dynamic group of teachers, paraprofessionals, administrative assistants, custodians, and other staff.

Great Things are still to come!

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Original Site of Gretna Elementary formerly Gretna High School