Norcross High School

Foundation for Excellence Gala

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Crowne Plaza Atlanta NE - Norcross

6050 Peachtree Industrial Blvd

Norcross, GA

Friday, April 19, 2024

7:00pm - Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

7:30-10:00pm - Gala Reception & Auction

Teacher Wishes will be available for purchase to fund specific academic, arts, and athletic needs and to provide unique learning opportunities for students to reach beyond the traditional curriculum. When you become a Challenger or buy Teacher Wish, you FUND THE FUTURE!

The silent and live auctions are additional ways the Gala raises money to support Norcross High School. The Gala committee is actively seeking donations and sponsorships.  If you are willing to help us ask local businesses for donations,  please email [email protected].  

Hall of Fame

The NHS Foundation established the Hall of Fame to recognize outstanding members of our community who have made significant contributions to Norcross High School and the community. Please join the Foundation for Excellence in congratulating our Hall of Fame honorees. Each year, Hall of Fame honorees are inducted at our Gala.
2024 Honorees
Kirk Barton
Kirk Barton was hired to teach and coach at Norcross High School in 1999.  At the time Coach Barton taught Health and PE, and coached football and girls track.  In 2007 he took over as Activities and Athletic Director.  In 2008 Coach Barton became a full-time administrator and ended his…
Lynne Z Kliesrath
Lynne Zickel Kliesrath began volunteering at Walnut Grove Elementary in 1996 when her oldest daughter started kindergarten.  She continued to be an active volunteer in the Collins Hill cluster until her twin daughters graduated in 2010.  She served on all three schools’ PTA Executive Boards and their School Councils.  Among…
Weare Gratwick
Weare Gratwick has over 35 years of banking experience and has served as a community leader in Peachtree Corners for over 25 years. Currently, Weare is the Gwinnett Market President for Tandem Bank in Peachtree Corners and serves as the Vice Mayor on the City Council of Peachtree Corners. Weare…
Past Honorees
Carrie and Jed DeLong
Jed and Carrie have lived in Peachtree Corners for 22 years, are Atlanta natives, and are proud graduates of local public schools.  Their youngest daughter, Remi, graduated from Norcross High School in 2021.  Jed and Carrie feel strongly about supporting educators and investing in future generations. They began serving at…
Lee Newman
Mr. Lee Newman has served as the Director of Bands at Norcross High School since 2011.  His duties include directing the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Blue Devil Marching Band, Brass studies, Leadership, and teaching International Baccalaureate music classes.  During his time at Norcross, Mr. Newman has continued a…
Dr. Phyllis Alexandra Gerard
Dr. Phyllis Alexandra Gerard was born 60 years ago on the small island of St. Croix in the United States Virgin Islands. She is the youngest of four children and proud of her Afro Caribbean Latin American Heritage. Dr. Gerard graduated from St. Croix Country Day school in 1980 and…

Brick Fundraising

When you hear the Foundation refer to bricks, they are not talking about the kind you purchase at a home improvement store. Instead, Foundation Wish Bricks build our school in an educational sense. Gala attendees notice a display of written items. These items represent Wish Bricks submitted by teachers for unfunded items that aid them in student education. Gala patrons are invited to purchase these Wish Bricks,  prices vary per item.

Teacher Wish Bricks are one of the ways the NHSFE Gala supports teacher requests to enhance the classroom experience. They provide unique learning opportunities that reach beyond the traditional curriculum.




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