Former Clayton teacher dies after ‘hard-fought battle’ with COVID-19

George McKibben, a former teacher at Jonesboro Junior High School, died Tuesday, April 7, 2020, "after a hard-fought battle with the coronavirus," said Clayton County Public Schools on April 14, which would have been McKibben's 77th birthday,
George McKibben, a former teacher at Jonesboro Junior High School, died Tuesday, April 7, 2020, "after a hard-fought battle with the coronavirus," said Clayton County Public Schools on April 14, which would have been McKibben's 77th birthday,

Credit: Courtesy of Clayton County Public Schools

Credit: Courtesy of Clayton County Public Schools

Clayton County Public Schools is honoring a former teacher who died from COVID-19.

George McKibben, who taught at Jonesboro Junior High School, died April 7 "after a hard-fought battle with the coronavirus," the school district wrote on Facebook. They posted a photo of McKibben on Tuesday, April 14, which would have been his 77th birthday.

As of Tuesday, 501 people in Georgia had died from the coronavirus. There are more than 14,000 confirmed cases across the state.


The Clayton school district said it recognized McKibben in 2018 for his impact on the community because, in 1967, he became one of the first black teachers to teach at a white Clayton County school.

“During his first year, McKibben began to open doors that substantially eased the acceptance of black students and teachers in what had been white-only schools in the county,” the district wrote.


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McKibben taught at Jonesboro Junior High for 11 years. He then helped open Mundy’s Mill Middle School, where he drew the Razorback mascot on a wall of a hallway.

“We offer our deepest condolences to the McKibben family. We wish you all strength during this most difficult time,” the district wrote.

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The state's numbers released Tuesday at noon reported 14,223 cases and 501 deaths.