Students look at old photos and books documenting Fair Oaks Elementary School's history during its 60th anniversary celebration.

PHOTOS: Cobb school celebrates 60 years of educating students

A Cobb County school on Friday celebrated more than a half-century of educating generations of students in the community.

Fair Oaks Elementary School marked 60 years of preparing students for the future during an event held at its media center. Visitors were taken back in time with old photos and stories about the educators, students and administrators who shaped the institution.

Fair Oaks opened at 407 Barber Road in Marietta in August 1958 with 17 faculty members and roughly 500 students in grades first through eighth. The school now has 157 faculty and staff members and more than 850 students in kindergarten through the fifth grade, the Cobb County School District said. 

“It is obvious that Fair Oaks Elementary School is a driving force within the community,” said Principal Dean Yoder. “It is truly an honor to be leading a school with such a rich history.”

Fair Oaks Elementary School is celebrating 60 years of educating Cobb County children.

Since opening, Fair Oaks has expanded to accommodate its growing student population. It now has 60 classrooms, three speech rooms, several special education classrooms and areas dedicated to intensive English language, drama, art, PE, music and computer labs.

Fair Oaks Elementary School is celebrating 60 years of educating Cobb County children.

Fair Oaks is also making sure the students it teaches are well-nourished. The school in February opened a food pantry for its pupils, including those who are enrolled in the Marietta City School System. Fair Oaks leaders also joined forces with Griffin Middle School to host family literacy events for students, as well as parents. 

Fair Oaks Elementary School is celebrating 60 years of educating Cobb County children.
Fair Oaks Elementary School is celebrating 60 years of educating Cobb County children.
Fair Oaks Elementary School is celebrating 60 years of educating Cobb County children.
Photo: Cobb County School District
Fair Oaks Elementary School is celebrating 60 years of educating Cobb County children.
Fair Oaks Elementary School is celebrating 60 years of educating Cobb County children.
Photo: David S. Owen
Fair Oaks Elementary School is celebrating 60 years of educating Cobb County children.
Fair Oaks Elementary School circa 1962.
Fair Oaks Elementary School is celebrating 60 years of educating Cobb County children.
Fair Oaks Elementary School is celebrating 60 years of educating Cobb County children.
Fair Oaks Elementary School is celebrating 60 years of educating Cobb County children.

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