Historic Markers Across Georgia

Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School

Marker ID: GHM 119-3
Location: US 23/US 411 at entrance to Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School
County: Rabun
Coordinates: N 34° 57.793    W 083° 23.318
  34.963224    -83.388625
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM11VM
Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School Marker
Photo by ChapterhouseInc


One of Rabun County`s first college graduates, Andrew Jackson Ritchie received his B.A. and M.A. from Harvard University before returning to his native county to devote his life to the education of the mountain people.

In 1903 he founded the Rabun Gap Industrial School and in 1917 originated the `Farm Plan.` by which entire families work their way through school. The school operated independently until 1926, when it merged with the Nacoochee Institute, a school owned and supported by the Presbyterian Synod of Georgia. Under Dr. Ritchie`s presidency, the new school chartered in 1927 and named Rabun Gap-Nacoochee, acquired more land, larger dormitories and classrooms, and began new educational programs.

Dr. Ritchie, whose unique approach to education has attracted strong financial support, served as President of the school until his retirement in 1939. In 1948, the year of his death, his `Sketches of Rabun County History` was published.

Dr. Ritchie, educator, scholar, and historian, is buried on the hill overlooking this school which his complete devotion created.

GHM 119-3 Georgia Historical Commission 1967