Tate Elementary was established in 1927 by Georgia Marble Company president, Colonel Sam Tate. Colonel Sam Tate was instrumental in bringing the community to life – with a school, houses with electricity, as well as recreational activities for the small village’s families. During a Christmas pageant in 1927, the wooden school burned leaving the community saddened. But in his own unique style, Colonel Sam remained committed to education and rebuilt a grand two-story, column-flanked, marble beauty that we call our school. We are fortunate that we continue to create history in a building that has been a high school, theater for local acting groups, as well as a Masonic lodge. In 2005, Tate Elementary, along with the Georgia Marble Company and Tate Historic District, was placed on the State of Georgia, Department of Natural Resources Historic Preservation Division’s National Register of Historic Places. Today, our auditorium contains two items saved from the fire – a life-sized portrait of Colonel Sam Tate and a baby grand piano. Tate Elementary is not just a school, it’s an experience. We not only teach students, but we build and maintain relationships with families.