Principal Timeline

  • Garland Shoemake

    Mr. Garland Shoemake

    1973- 1974
    Lanier Middle School was built as a result of a School Board policy adopting the middle school philosophy as a way to address the crowded conditions at the elementary and high school levels. The name “Lanier” was chosen due to its close proximity to one of Gwinnett’s most popular recreational areas, Lake Sidney Lanier.

    Lanier Middle School its previous location on Buford Highway Lanier Middle’s original campus was originally located on a 20-acre tract of land in Buford, Georgia, on Highway 23, one mile south of the intersection with Highway 20. It opened in the fall of 1973, serving the children and families of Suwanee, Sugar Hill, and northern Gwinnett County west of Interstate 85.

    Originally, Lanier’s building included a single hallway, gymnasium, a black-topped area for parking and playground, ball fields, and tennis courts. The classroom building consisted of three “quads” or 12 classrooms, a double art room, specialized labs for science classes, a home economics classroom, an industrial arts classroom, band room, special education classroom with a mirrored observation area; media center, lunchroom, and offices.

    Scheduled to open in the fall of 1973, construction was not complete until October. From August to October, Lanier students were temporarily housed in available spaces in their original schools. Lanier opened its doors for the first time to more than 600 students under the leadership of principal Garland Shumake. Twenty-five full-time certified teachers were employed to teach the sixth and seventh graders from Harmony, Sugar Hill, and Suwanee elementary schools and the eighth graders from North Gwinnett High School.

    Comments (-1)
  •  Elise Roberts

    Ms. Elise Roberts


    Comments (-1)
  • Charles Crawfrod

    Mr. Charles Crawford

    The spring of 1977 brought the addition of three more “quads” or 12 classrooms to Lanier’s main building. The Cougar, and blue and gold, remained Lanier’s mascot and colors until students voted to adopt North Gwinnett High School’s mascot and colors (bulldog and the colors of red, black, and white) during the 1997–98 school year.

    Northern Gwinnett County experienced tremendous residential growth through the 1980s and 1990s. As a result, a third building program in 1991–92 added a new wing of classrooms perpendicular to the original building and added 21 more classrooms, including four science lab rooms, and additional office space. The original cafeteria also was expanded to accommodate the school’s increasing enrollment.

    Comments (-1)
  • Richard Holland

    Dr. Richard Holland

    1996 - 2004
    Due to the continued growth of the Lanier Cluster portable classrooms were used to accommodate the growing number of students. Up to 50 portables were used until January 2000 when a fourth addition, a two-story classroom building, added 35 additional classrooms, three additional computer labs, a larger band room, and a second gymnasium. The school’s cafeteria also received a third enlargement. During this period, the Board of Education acquired additional land to expand the PE field and faculty and staff parking.

    Additionally, two new elementary schools, Riverside and Sycamore, were built in the area during these years to accommodate the growing community. Students from these schools attended Lanier.

    By 2003–04, Lanier’s enrollment had grown to 2,910 students, nearly 1,000 students over its capacity. Sixty portable classrooms were utilized to house classes.

    Comments (-1)
  • Jaime Espinosa

    Mr. Jaime Espinosa

    2004 - 2014
    A new middle school, Glenn C. Jones Middle, opened in August 2004 to relieve Lanier. With the opening of Jones Middle, that school and Harmony Elementary left the North Gwinnett Cluster to join the Mill Creek Cluster. At the same time, Hull Middle School in Duluth relieved Lanier of students living south of McGinnis Ferry Road. Mr. Jaime Espinosa began his tenure as principal at Lanier in 2004–05, succeeding Dr. Holland, who had accepted the principal post at the new Jones Middle.

         Even with this relief, Lanier soon was once again over-capacity. The school was relieved by the construction of two new middle schools— a replacement for Lanier Middle and the new North Gwinnett Middle.

         Mr. Espinosa led the school through this growth and a big move, as the school relocated to its new facility in August of 2008. At that time, more than 2,700 students and almost 200 teachers occupied both the present middle school facility and what is now White Oak Elementary School. (Sixth graders were housed in what is now the elementary school and seventh and eighth graders were in the new middle school.) The following year, North Gwinnett Middle opened and Lanier Middle went through another redistricting process to provide relief to its burgeoning student enrollment. In August of 2009, Lanier Middle joined the Lanier Cluster, adopting a new mascot and colors— the Lanier Middle School Longhorns.

    Comments (-1)
  • Todd Hamilton

    Mr. Todd Hamilton

    In 2014, Todd Hamilton became the principal of the school. Under his leadership, the school continued its work to provide personalized instruction to students resulting in high achievement. Mr. Hamilton announced his retirement in February of 2018.

    Comments (-1)
  • Bryce Fulcher

    Mr. Bryce Fulcher

    2018- Present
    Even though change has been a constant, Lanier Middle School, under the leadership of our current 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 strong support and involvement of our families and community. Under the leadership and direction of Mr. Fulcher as well as the dedicated hard work of our faculty, Lanier Middle School has returned to being among the top middle schools in Gwinnett County. With continuous evaluation of data and practices, Lanier Middle School continues to improve the craft of teaching and is therefore able to ensure our students are receiving a World Class education.

    Comments (-1)