GIA Heritage
Tracing the history of the Georgia Interscholastic Association
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Georgia Public Broadcasting is looking for submissions for their special, "As If We Were Ghosts." In particular, they are interested in film footage of games. Recollections, photos, and other memorabilia are also welcomed.

Hello! Welcome to GIA Heritage!

This website is here to assemble the information that exists about the Georgia Interscholastic Association, which existed from 1948-70. The GIA was the home of African-American schools until integration saw students and schools jump across to the GHSA. The GIA had its own championships, but only a fraction of the press the GHSA received. The vast majority of coverage was local.

While the GHSA's archives are housed throughout a nice building in Thomaston, GIA archives are limited to a single cardboard box. This is not the fault of the GHSA as these are the only archives that have been contributed. And most of these are 1964 and later.

This website is here to fill in gaps, confirm information, try to weave it all together, and tell stories. The links to the left have different bits and pieces that will hopefully interest you.

The GIA never received the coverage or the attention that they deserved. This is the best I can offer.

Hopefully, we'll all learn something.

NOTE: This is still very much a work in progress.