Columbus in Muscogee County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Baker High School
Baker High School, originally Baker Village School, opened in 1943 to serve primarily military and Muscogee County students. It was named for Newton D. Baker, U.S. Sec. of War during World War I. During World War II the school contained a canning plant used by growers of local "victory gardens." The class of 1946 donated a freestanding cornerstone. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich graduated from Baker in 1961. In 1964 Baker was the largest school in Georgia with 2,800 students.
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In 1969 Donald Ray Johnston (class of '66) was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. The last class graduated in 1991. Baker served the community for nearly 50 years, producing graduates who excelled in academics, athletics, politics and the arts. In 2011 Baker was demolished. Many of the relationships formed during the school's existence still remain today. "In the pines of dear old Georgia" here stood the school we love. Baker may be gone, but she continues to ROAR!
Erected 2013 by Historic Chattahoochee Commission
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. A significant historical year for this entry is 1943.
Location. 32° 25.426′ N, 84° 56.817′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Georgia, in Muscogee County. Marker is at the intersection of Victory Drive (U.S. 27) and Benning Drive, on the right when traveling north on Victory Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3515 Victory Drive, Columbus GA 31903, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Victory Drive (approx. 0.4 miles away); "Torch Hill" (approx. ¾ mile away); Radcliff School (approx. 2.3 miles away); POW ✯ MIA Monument (approx. 2.4 miles away); The Infantryman (approx. 2.4 miles away); Specialist Ross A. McGinnis (approx. 2.4 miles away); World Trade Center Beam Memorial (approx. 2½ miles away); Confederate Siege Gun (approx. 2½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
Also see . . . Baker High School. (Submitted on May 18, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 18, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 18, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 18, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.