Jim Rhodes

Longtime South Gwinnett announcer Jim Rhodes acknowledged applause in January at the high school. The Gwinnett County Board of Education received a request to name the school’s football press box in honor of Rhodes on Thursday.

Jim Rhodes has been a presence in the press box at South Gwinnett High School’s football stadium for more than 40 years, serving as an announcer for the school’s football games from the booth.

Now, his name will be permanently associated with that press box.

Thursday night the Gwinnett County Board of Education approved a request from South Gwinnett’s Local School Council to name the press box for Rhodes. It will officially be named the Jim Rhodes Press Box.

“He is and has been a fabulous Football Program announcer for over 40 year, a huge asset to our community and is so deserving of this award and recognition,” the council said in its letter to school system officials in which the request was made.

Rhodes has been in the Snellville area for his entire life and the school council said he has been committed throughout his life to supporting the South Gwinnett High School athletic program.

The council said Rhodes is a “well-respected” member of the South Gwinnett community, which is why they wanted to recognize him by naming the press box in his honor. Rhodes began work with South’s football program in 1976 and also was the Comets’ longtime announcer in basketball, baseball and softball. South named the baseball press box in his honor in 2010.

“We feel he has been very loyal to SGHS and we should now be loyal and supporting of him,” the school council said in its letter. “We would like show our appreciation, by dedicating our press box to him at South Gwinnett High School. We propose to name the press box, The Jim Rhodes Press Box.”

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I'm a Crawford Long baby who grew up in Marietta and eventually wandered to the University of Southern Mississippi for college. Earned a BA in journalism (double minor in political science and history). Previously worked in Florida and Clayton County.

Sports Editor for the Gwinnett Daily Post and Regional Sports Director for Southern Community Newspapers, Inc. A Gwinnett native documenting Gwinnett County sports with the GDP since 1997.

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