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Laney Alumni Officers Meet New Superintendent of Richmond County School System


The Richmond County Board of Education ratified a three-year contract for new superintendent Dr. Angela Pringle during a called meeting Tuesday, officially ending its hunt to replace Dr. Frank Roberson. Officers of the LCLHSAA had an opportunity to meet the new superintendent at a reception held in her honor, Thursday, September 4, 2014.  Pictured left to right are Gene Hunt, Treasurer of the LCLHSAA, Dr. Angela Pringle, New Superintendent, and Johnny C. Nimes, President of the LCLHSAA. 

Lucy C.  Laney Alumni Association Receives Tax Exempt Status

The Lucy C. Laney High School Alumni Association received official notification from the Internal Revenue Service today (Wednesday, May 21, 2014) that its application for tax exempt status has been approved.  The LCLHSAA has been designated as a public charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Federal Tax Code. 

The effective date of exemption is July 22, 2012.  Your donations to the LCLHSAA is tax deductible.

Congratulations LCLHSAA.  


Volunteers Needed

We are looking for volunteers to work home football games. If you would like to volunteer, email your contact information to and we will contact you as soon as possible.  


Superintendent Dr. Angela Pringle to Hold Listening Sessions for Community - Laney High School Scheduled for October 6, 2014

Superintendent Dr. Angela Pringle will hold eight community meetings for school employees, parents and the public “to share their thoughts, ideas, and priorities” for the school system. The Superintendent’s listening sessions are important this year to establish priorities for the school systems strategic plan and budget planning process for the 2015-16 school year which will begin much earlier. The first meeting will take place next Monday, September 22nd at the Academy of Richmond County High School – Gymnasium 910 Russell St. at 6:00 p.m., where speakers can share ideas which will be used to establish priorities for the school system.

“I encourage full engagement for all who care about the future of the children in our district,” Pringle said. “I have made commitments to listen to employees, parents, and community members. This is the time to listen and allow our community to speak.” Speakers will have three minutes and can only speak at one of the meetings. Participants may begin signing up to speak 30 minutes prior to each meeting. Participants are asked not to discuss private student matters. Staff will be available to meet individually with participants who have specific private student matters. The Community Listening Sessions dates and locations are as follows:

Monday, September 22, 2014 - Academy of Richmond County High SchoolAuditorium - 910 Russell St., Augusta, GA

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - Richmond County Technical Magnet School Auditorium - 3200B Augusta Tech Dr., Augusta, GA

Monday, October 6, 2014 – Laney High School1740 Walton Way, Augusta, GA

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - Garrett Elementary School Gymnasium1100 Eisenhower Dr., Augusta, GA

Monday, October 13, 2014 – Hephzibah High School Gymnasium4558 Brothersville Rd., Hephzibah, GA






Jerome Preston Bates, Class of 1972

Preston Jerome Bates is an actor, writer, and director.  He attended Knoxville College and the University of Tennessee.  Preston has many roles to his credits including reoccurring roles on Law and Order, All My Children, Third Watch, NYPD Blue, and New York Undercover.  He has been on Broadway in many productions including Fences, Stick Fly, Seven Guitars, and  King Lear to name a few. He recently completed a two year residency at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon in Two Trains Running by August Wilson. Preston is the recipient of numerous awards including six Audelco Awards, two TOR Awards, and the Carter G. Woodson Award for excellence in theatre.  Preston is an ordained minister pastoring at the New Genesis Christian Center in Brooklyn, New York and the His Valley Church in Phoenix, Oregon.  He is married to Dr. Indira Etwaroo and they have two daughter. 

Acting Credits

Theater: Broadway: Stick Fly (Lyceum Theatre); Seven Guitars (Walter Kerr Theatre). Off-Broadway: Beckett Theatre, Abingdon Theatre, The Public Theater, Circle Repertory Company, The Negro Ensemble Company, New Federal Theatre. Regional: Floyd Barton in Seven Guitars opposite Viola Davis (world premiere, Goodman Theatre); Fences (Denver Center Theatre Company); King Lear (Folger Theatre); Yale Repertory Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Wilma Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Centerstage, Hartford Stage, Peoples’ Light & Theatre Company, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Philadelphia Drama Guild.

TV/Film: Oz, All My Children, Law & Order, Third Watch, Lights Out, NYPD Blue, New York Undercover, Shaft 2000, Musical Chairs, It Runs in the Family, The Out-of-Towners, Tio Papi, Peeples, Romeo and Juliet in Harlem.

Directing: The entire August Wilson Century Cycle (Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, GA), Oedipus Rex (Times Square Arts Center).

Awards: Six Audelco Awards, including Herald Loomis in Joe Turner’s Come and Gone; Carter G. Woodson Award.

Authorship: Electric Lady, Augusta Brown, Mr. Unemployed, Jimi Hendrix (screenplay).

Training: LAMDA (London, UK), HB Studio, University of Tennessee, Knoxville College.

He has been on several Law & Order shows and he also played a corrections officer on the HBO series Oz.

On November 5, 2007, Bates took over the role of Derek Frye on the ABC soap opera, All My Childrenthe third actor to play that character.

He is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

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Fundraising Goal FY2015 - 2016

Collected: $4,617.00
Goal: $100,000.00
Working together, we can provide needed help to support the students and programs at Lucy C. Laney High School.


Why Do We Exist?

The Lucy Craft Laney High School Alumni Association was organized to support the curricula and extracurricual programs of Lucy C. Laney High School.  Our primary goal is to raise funds to support Laney High School. We are the official alumni group sanctioned by the administration of Lucy C. Laney High School.

It is our hope that every class will list its reunion officers and activities on our website.  By doing so, we provide alumni, around the country, a single source for information surrounding alumni and reunion activities.

The LCLHSAA is not a reunion group and we have no desire to interrupt or interfere with any alumni group activities.  Our hope is to serve as an umbrella organization which brings all of the alumni classes and groups together in an organized and unified manner designed to maximize our energies in support of Lucy C. Laney High School. 

All funds raised by the LCLHSAA will be used to provide financial support for the students and programs at Laney High School.  By joining the LCLHSAA, you ensure our ability to provide needed financial support to the school. 

We encourage all alumni of Lucy C. Laney High School to become a financial member of the alumni association.  The $25.00 annual membership fee helps us to continue to provide much needed financial assistance to the school.  

If you are a financial member, we thank you for your continued support.  If you are not, we encourage you to join us NOW.  Consider making a donation to your alumni association.  Together, we will return the PRIDE to Laney-Walker Boulevard. 



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Historic Cauley-Wheeler Building to be Demolished to Make Way for the New Lucy C. Laney High School

The Cauley-Wheeler building was built in 1924 and is in the center of the Lucy C. Laney High School campus. Once part of the Haines Normal and Industrial School, the deteriorating building is scheduled to be torn down.

The building is the last remaining structure from the Haines Normal and Industrial Institute, a school charted by Lucy Craft Laney in 1886 to educate black children. Most of the school’s buildings were razed when it closed in 1949 to make way for Laney High, but the Cauley-Wheeler building remained, reminding all of the educator’s legacy and history....


                                       Motto: "Preserving the Legacy and Investing in the Future"


                                    Lucy Craft Laney High School Alumni Association,  P.O. Box 184,  Augusta, Georgia 30903

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