Oh! The Places You’ll Live!

I figure very few will ever stumble across this blog, but I figure the best way to reach others is to write about the things I know, drop some place names here and there, and as people get curious and Google those names and places, they might just click a link to bring them here.

With that said, I will start with my general background, where I lived in Atlanta and schools I attended.

I was born in 1966 at DeKalb General Hospital (as it was then known) over in Decatur, Georgia. I spent the first nearly ten years of my life in Clarkston in a little house on Verdi Way with dad and mom (Alfred and Frances) my two older brothers William and Robert, and in 1969, my brother Jeff was born. We lived there until 1976 or so. My recollections are bit hazy on exact timing of things, but I remember certain events clearly, so that gives me a general reference.

So in 1976 the moving began. We moved a lot. As a kid, I never questioned why and always found it kind of fun — experiencing new schools and meeting new people. The actual packing and truck loading not so much. But I think it did give me a unique perspective on the metro Atlanta area — at least DeKalb and Gwinnett counties. I met some fun and interesting people along the way and as I write here I hope to bring them to life for you.

So anyway, as I type this, I would have sworn that we were at Verdi Way until after the Bicentennial on July 4th, but I know that is not the case as I finished my fourth grade year at the new place. As school used to be normal and go until early June, I would put our move from Clarkston in May 1976 without question.

To make this a bit easier to understand without being too verbose, I’m going to make a chart of where I lived and the rough dates. I will also include the schools attended. If you were there any of these dates, I’d love to hear from you!

My Residences and Schools (through 12th grade)

DatesResidenceCity (County)School(s)
September 1966 -
May 1976
Verdi Way
(Off Ponce de Leon Ave)
Clarkston (DeKalb)Robert Shaw Special Education (K)
McLendon Elementary (1-4)
May 1976 -
Fall 1976
Twin Village Lane
(off Scenic Hwy, across from Centerville Elementary)
Snellville (Gwinnett)Centerville Elementary (4-5)
Fall 1976 -
Spring 1977
Mission Ridge Apartments
(off Buford Hwy near Jimmy Carter)
Norcross (Gwinnett)Norcross Elementary (5)
Spring 1977 -
Fall 1977
Westwood Apartments
(off Norcross-Tucker Rd.)
Norcross (Gwinnett)Rockbridge Elementary (5)
Lilburn Middle School (6)
Fall 1977 -
Fall 1978
Ashley Oaks Apartments
(off I-85 access road between Shallowford and Clairmont)
NE Atlanta (DeKalb)Montclair Elementary (6-7)
Fall 1978 -
Spring 1979
Plymouth Colony Apartments
(off Plaster Rd.)
NE Atlanta (DeKalb)Dresden Elementary (7)
Spring 1979 -
Summer 1979
Cedar Park Subdivision
(rented house - off Hambrick Rd near Ponce de Leon)
Stone Mountain (DeKalb)Hambrick Elementary (7)
Summer 1979 -
Fall 1980
Vineyard Apartments
(off Central Drive - near Stone Mountain HS)
Stone Mountain (DeKalb)Stone Mountain High School (8-9)
Fall 1980 -
Summer 1981
Country Pines Apartments
(off Central Drive, other end, closer to Memorial Dr.)
Stone Mountain (DeKalb)Stone Mountain High School (8-9)
Summer 1981 -
Fall 1981
Pine Lake Apartments
(off Memorial Drive near Rays Rd)
Stone Mountain (DeKalb)Clarkston High School (10)
Fall 1981 -
Spring 1982
Shangri-La Apartments
(off North Shallowford Rd. near access road)
Chamblee (DeKalb)Chamblee High School (10)
Spring 1982 -
September 1984
Winchester Park I Apartments
(off Lawrenceville Hwy near Cooledge Rd.)
Tucker (DeKalb)Tucker High School (10-12)
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