On Friday, December 14, Marietta City Schools honored former Lemon Street High School Principal Willie Hill with a dedication ceremony. The district named the main conference room at the Marietta Central Office after Mr. Hill to honor of his legacy as long-time school and community leader.
Speaking to the audience of 75 guests were his wife, Nellie Swint Hill, his daughter, Yolanda McGhee, Earnest Williams Chapter President of Omicron Mu Lambda/Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc, Don Johnson representing Mount Zion Church, and former Marietta High School Assistant Principal and first African American leader at Marietta City Schools, Josetta Walker.
A native of Brooks County, Georgia, Mr. Willie Hill served as principal of Marietta’s high school for Black students, Lemon Street High School, from 1965 – 1967. He was the school’s final principal prior to its integration with Marietta High School.
Post-integration, Mr. Hill was named assistant principal of Marietta High School and later became principal of Marietta’s Wright Street Elementary and Park Street Elementary schools.
During the event Superintendent Grant Rivera addressed the Hill family, along with various community members in the audience, “When I look up at this inscription on the wall and his picture, it’s a reminder to me as superintendent and as an educator in this community to live up to the values of Mr. Hill.”
Upon his retirement as a school leader, Mr. Hill worked as Director of Educational Planning and System Development for Marietta City Schools. A long-time member of Zion Baptist Church, Mr. Hill was also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Eden Lodge #46, the NAACP, and Board Member for the MACO Credit Union.
Mr. Hill was married to Nellie Swint Hill for thirty-eight years. To this union two children were born: Yolanda Hill McGhee and William Bernard Hill.
Mr. Hill departed this earthly life in 1997, but his legacy in the Marietta City Schools lives on in the fortitude of our students, teachers, and staff.
His picture and biography will now hang at the entrance of the district’s main conference room