COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Fort Service Learning Magnet Academy in Columbus celebrated its 40th anniversary on Friday.
The school was fully accredited in 1978 and was built to serve to educational needs of students in northeastern Muscogee County.
Fort was named in memory of T. Hicks Fort, who was a judge of the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit and a board of education member from 1910 to 1941.
Fort moved from a junior high school to a middle school in 1992.
"Our students are very excited about today. We've been kind of educating them on the history of Fort and that transition from Fort Junior High to Fort Middle, then finally to Fort Service Learning Academy--- The best middle school in the world," said Magnet Coordinator Jessica Bowling.
Friday's celebration included resolutions from the state and city, and Fort alumnus, Daniel Blackman, served as the keynote speaker.