Send-off to Macon
Gainesville will send the Red Elephants off to Macon for tonight’s Class AAAAA championship game. The team will leave GHS at 12:15 p.m. and travel to each city school before leaving town at 1:30 p.m. The team then will circle Wood’s Mill, Centennial and Fair Street schools, travel to Gainesville Exploration Academy at 12:35 p.m.; Oak Street-West Academy-Green Street at 12:50-1:10 p.m.; New Holland at 1:15; and Gainesville Middle at 1:20 p.m. The public is invited to participate.
It has come down to this moment. The Rock at Gainesville High School is painted with “King of Courts” and “Macon It Happen” and once stark-white poster boards are now painted with bright red and black numbers and names.
These signs are securely planted into the ground with metal brackets, like political markers before an election.
The fun is only starting.
Enjoying an early dismissal for tonight’s championship basketball game in Macon, students and fans will take their places today for the Elephant Walk. The line will form a tunnel from the old gym on the grounds of Gainesville High.
It is deja vu, except this time it’s basketball.
The Red Elephants will journey today to Macon’s Centreplex to seek a second Class AAAAA championship this school year. The Red Elephants face Miller Grove High of Lithonia in the 8:45 p.m. game.
Thursday, GHS varsity cheerleaders Stasha Hopkins, 17, and captain Nadirah Robinson, 18, both seniors, were stretched out on the floor behind the front office desk getting ready for today’s excitement. The smell of art markers fumed the main office, while other cheerleaders, faculty and office staff stacked the honored homemade signs against a back wall.
Soon the signs were loaded into a vehicle’s trunk and spread throughout the school grounds and around town.
The Red Elephants and their followers want to bring the trophy home just as the school’s football team did last fall. The boys’ last state title came in 1984.
“We will be sending them off as they load into a charter bus to go to Macon,” Robinson said. “The squad is staying positive for the boys.”