Box 17, Folder 6, Document 112

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It's Quite a City - - - = WELCOME TO ATLANTA

If you are new to the Atlanta School System, please regard this as a
warm and cordial welcome not only to the System but to Atlanta itself,
You have joined one of the finest educational teams in the nation.
Your talents, efforts and creativity are needed to help make it the
best in the nation.

Perhaps you will not feel that we are immodest when we point out that
although Atlanta is twenty-fourth in the nation in population, it has
the fifth busiest airport, nineteen degree-granting colleges and
universities, several local theatre groups, a choral guild, a symphony
orchestra, music club, art museum, two ballet companies, and a concert
dance groupe

Geographically, our city has the largest toll-free telephone system in
the nation. It has been called the City of Churches. Wé have 600
churches representing 1.0 denominations, Three commercial television
stations bring the three national TV networks to our city. The Atlanta
Board of Education owns WETV, the only educational television station
in the city. There are twenty commercial AM and FM radio stations in
metropolitan Atlanta and the Atlanta Board of Education owns WABE, the
only educational radio station in the state, We have 159 parks and
recreational areas and in October when the freeway connector is com-
pleted in the center of town, you will be able to ride O miles south
and LO miles north without encountering a stop sign.

Thirty thousand shops, stores and service organizations are within the
city limits for your convenience, The city has more than 0 motion
picture theatres. There are 19 general hospitals and 10 special hosp-
itals in metropolitan Atlanta,

Atlanta recently completed a twenty million dollar jet air terminal
that serves seven airlines with 65 planes arriving and departing
daily, And you may be interested to know that Atlanta is only two
hours by air from two-thirds of the nation's population, A library
system, including a main library and 15 branches, will serve you,
Building goes a-pace on a new stadium and Atlanta expects in the very
near future to have a new auditorium, On the drawing board is the
Memorial Cultural Center that will enhance the cultural life of metro-
politan Atlanta and, indeed, the state. Also a six million dollar

area Vocational-Technical School will be under construction around the
first of the year,

Atlanta'ts skyline is changing at a rapid rate with the rise of new
skyscrapers, The latest on the drawing board is The First National
Bank which will be the tallest building in the southeast, Measured

by pupil population, Atlanta was the 16th largest school system in
the nation in 1963-6, Atlanta has 150 schools and over 7,000 child-
ren will enter kindergarten this year, Almost 110,000 school children
from kindergarten through the twelfth grade will be enrolled in the
Atlanta School System in September, It takes approximately 0 million
dollars annually to operate the school system,

Re-printed from Atlanta Public Schools in FOCUS (August 1961.)

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