DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - A few hundred more students and teachers than ever before will walk through the doors of Dougherty High School in one week.
School faculty said they are ready.
From head to toe, faculty and staff at Dougherty High School are gearing up for the school year. Many of them have coordinating shoes and polos with the school's colors.
"This is going to be a monumental year for Dougherty High," said assistant principal Lakeisha Hudson.
She expects it to be monumental in success and in numbers.
Roughly 400 students who used to be Albany High Indians will now wear Trojan colors.
"I'm not from Dougherty but I'm going to love Dougherty," said assistant principal Andre Simmons, as he spoke to a group of teachers during a training on Tuesday.
He is one of the many teachers and administrators are making the transition from Albany High School too.
"The people over here are very friendly," explained Simmons. "They're great people. They make you feel like a family."
Simmons said his move has been smooth. He's now working side-by-side with those who have been loyal to Dougherty High all their lives.
"This is home to me," explained Hudson. "Dougherty High is basically where I was born and raised."
Hudson has been working at the school for the past 17 years. She's also an alumnus of the school.
Assistant Principals Hudson and Simmons believe they make a strong team. They hope everyone else will too.
"One of the main things we asked is how can we make sure the kids and the faculty, everybody feel comfortable with coming over here," explained Simmons when asked about the transition.
Teachers attended training sessions on Tuesday.
During some of those sessions, administrators discussed unity.
The administration has also organized a back-to-school celebration to help ease students and teachers into the process.
"We want the community, the students, the parents, teachers, everyone to know we are one unit. We aren't divided and we want the community to be a part of it," said Hudson.
The celebration will kick off at Dougherty High School on Thursday.
Students, parents and even other members of the community are invited to come from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m.
There will be meet-and-greets, prizes, food and entertainment.
"It's going to be a lot of fun, it's going to give parents and kids a chance to ask questions and give them a chance to just see what's going on around Dougherty," said Simmons.
School begins on August 1. For information about what you need to do before sending your child, click here.
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