Lassiter High School is named in honor of Mr. Leamond N. Lassiter, a distinguished figure who dedicated himself to the betterment of education in Cobb County. Throughout his 12-year tenure as a member of the Cobb County Board of Education, Mr. Lassiter made significant contributions that left an indelible mark on the educational landscape of the county. Born in 1879, Lassiter demonstrated a lifelong commitment to education and leadership, serving as a beacon of progress until his passing in 1966 at the age of 86.
Having been a lifelong resident of Cobb County, Mr. Lassiter experienced the challenges brought about by the lack of adequate educational facilities, both for his own family and others in the area. Motivated by this firsthand experience, he became deeply involved in efforts to enhance the school system. Beginning in 1911, he served as a trustee for Union Academy, a school situated at what is now the intersection of Sewell Mill Rd and Bill Murdock Rd. Mr. Lassiter actively participated in the construction of the school and served as a dedicated trustee.
During the 1930s, Mr. Lassiter fervently advocated for the consolidation of schools in the Mt. Bethel area, a vision that would later come to fruition. He served as a trustee for Mt. Bethel Jr. High School in the late 1930s. Recognizing the need for increased access to higher education, Mr. Lassiter played a pivotal role in facilitating an agreement that allowed Acworth High School to accept students from the East Cobb area. This groundbreaking arrangement enabled students from East Cobb to pursue their education by riding a school bus to Acworth High, alleviating the burden on their families.
In 1944, Mr. Lassiter was appointed to the Cobb County Board, where he served for 12 years, with the final two years spent as chairman. During his tenure, the Cobb County school system experienced remarkable growth, setting the stage for the development of an outstanding and progressive educational system that endures to this day. In recognition of Mr. Lassiter’s profound contributions to education in Cobb County, the Cobb County School Board chose to honor his memory by naming Lassiter High School after him.
Mr. Lassiter’s commitment to education resonates through generations, as his grandchildren and great-grandchildren have attended and continue to attend Lassiter High School. His enduring legacy serves as a testament to the transformative power of dedication, leadership, and the pursuit of educational excellence.