Hickory Flat Elementary School
"Educating the Emerging Generation"
Phone Number: 770-704-1444
About Hickory Flat Elementary…
Begun in 1838, Hickory Flat Academy was the second school to be established in Cherokee County. In those early days, there were three types of schools in Georgia. One was the “poor” school partly supported by the state. The second was the “tuition/subscription school”, in which students paid tuition. The third, more permanent higher educational institution, was the “Academy”. There were three outstanding institutions of learning in the early days in Cherokee County. They were: Etowah Academy in Canton, Hickory Flat Academy, and Little River Academy in Woodstock.
During construction in 1994 & 1995, the ‘new modern’ building that was built in 1974 was torn down. Thirty-nine classrooms, new administrative offices, media center, and a cafeteria were added. This is referred to as the ‘new building’. The old lunchroom and media center were renovated to create an art lab and music room. The old classroom wings or the “Browning Annex” were remodeled for the 5th and 6th-grade classes.
In 2016, the sixth grade was moved to the new Dean Rusk facility next door, leaving kindergarten through 5th grade at Hickory Flat.
Mrs. Barbara Parisi was the principal from 1990 until 2000. She was the first female principal of Hickory Flat School. The school housed almost 1,000 students during the 19992000 school year and had a staff of over 45 teachers.
Ms. Kelly Jo Brooks was the principal of Hickory Flat ES from 2000-2008. She had been the Assistant Principal at Little River ES in Cherokee County School District before coming to HFES. During these eight years, HFES grew tremendously. Student enrollment increased from 850 to over 1,200 students. In spite of this growth, Hickory Flat ES has remained an integral part of this close-knit community.
Dr. Keith Ingram was the principal of HFES from July 2008-2014. Before coming to Hickory Flat ES, he was the principal at Johnston Elementary in Cherokee County.
Ms. Whitney Nolan became the principal of Hickory Flat ES in July 2014. Before coming to Hickory Flat, she was the Assistant Principal at Woodstock Middle School.