George Elementary School was featured as the WJTV School of the Day for February 22, 2012. The segment aired during the station's early morning newscasts.
The school enrolls 250 elementary school students in grades pre-K through five. Dr. Mary Ann Bailey leads the school known as the Mighty Jaguars. The school recently celebrated its Star school accountability rating, which it has achieved for two consecutive years. The school also has a well-established adopt-a-school relationship with Colonial Heights Baptist Church, Fondren Presbyterian Church, and the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department. This relationship has benefitted the students at the school and garnered several awards, including the Mississippi Association of Partners in Education Partnership Excellence Award in 2010, Allstate Allstar Award in 2008, and the Governor’s Award in 2008.
Established in 1929, the school is named for James Zachariah George (1826-1897.) The Monroe County native studied law and by special act of the legislature was admitted to the bar prior to his 20th birthday. He held a distinguished career in law and politics. In 1878, he was appointed judge of the Mississippi Supreme Court and was Chief Justice from 1879 to 1881. In February, 1881, he was elected to the U.S. Senate where he served until his death.