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CCSD Atrium Named for David and Ileane Nunnally

From left, Tawana Mattox, Imhotep Nunnally and Marvin Nunnally unveil a plaque honoring David and Ileane Nunnally. Photo courtesy of CCSD.

The Clarke County School District named the atrium in its new Prince Avenue headquarters for longtime educators David and Ileane Nunnally during a ceremony Sept. 8.

The Rev. David Nunnally Sr. (1929-2015) served on the Board of Education from 1992-2012. He also cofounded the Athens Area Human Relations Council, a civil rights group that has awarded more than $800,000 in scholarships to Athens-Clarke County students since its inception in 1979.

The Rev. Nunnally’s wife, Ileane Nesbit Nunnally (1930-2020), graduated from Athens High and Industrial School at the age of 16 and spent her entire teaching career in Athens. She taught at East Athens Elementary School and Athens High and Industrial School (renamed Burney Harris High School in 1964) and began teaching at Cedar Shoals High School when the district integrated. She was also deeply involved in the work of the AAHRC.

“The Nunnallys exhibited everything I would hope to be as I continue to grow,” said school board member Tawana Mattox, who spearheaded the effort to name the atrium for them.

School board President LaKeisha Gantt, Chief Academic Officer Brannon Gaskins, and the Nunnallys’ nephew Marvin and grandson Imhotep also participated in the ceremony.

The district took over the former Piedmont College and Prince Avenue Baptist Church complex earlier this year.