History of Lanier Middle School
The original Lanier Middle School, named for Georgia poet Syndey Lanier, opened its doors for the first time in the fall of 1973 on a 20-acre tract of land in northern Gwinnett County. This first year, under the leadership of principal Mr. Garland Shumake, there were only 600 students and 45 teachers. Mrs. Elise Roberts followed Mr. Shumake as principal during the 1974-1975 school year. Then for more than two decades, Mr. Charles Crawford led the Lanier Middle School Cougars. During these years, Lanier received two classroom additions and under went redistricting a number of times to alleviate the strain of overcrowding that resulted from growth in the North Gwinnett area. In 1996, newly named principal Dr. Richard Holland led the transition to the school becoming the Lanier Middle Bulldogs to align with their feeder high school, North Gwinnett High School. Mr. Jaime Espinosa took over as principal in 2004 and opened the new Lanier Middle school facility in August of 2008. At that time over 2,700 students and almost 200 teachers occupied both the present middle school facility and what is now White Oak Elementary School. The following year Lanier Middle went through another redistricting process to alleviate the continuing growth in our area. In August of 2009, we became the Lanier Middle School Longhorns, the cornerstone of the Lanier Longhorn cluster. In 2014, Mr. Todd Hamilton became Principal and led the way in attaining STEM certification for the TWIST program as well as working with the Lanier Cluster to become the 1st K-12 Stem Certified Cluster in the state of Georgia.
Even though change has been a constant, Lanier Middle School, under the leadership of our new principal
Mr. Bryce Fulcher, a hallmark of the faculty and staff has always been to provide personalized instruction to students, resulting in high achievement. Lanier has also been fortunate to have always had the support and involvement of our families and community.