Gary W. Lackey
Class of 1976
Adjunct Professor in Fine Arts, Armstrong
Principal of Sol C. Johnson High School (Retired)
In the fall of 1976, Gary W. Lackey began his teaching career in the Savannah-Chatham County School System as Band Director at Myers Middle School while concurrently teaching at Anderson Street Elementary School and Juliette Low Elementary School. During this same period of time, he attended VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois during the summer months and received a Master’s Degree in Music Education in July of 1981. In 1980, he assumed the position of Band Director at Jenkins High School. The Band routinely received superior ratings at the Georgia First District Band and Orchestra Festival, performing music from the highest level on the Georgia Festival Music List.
In 1991, Lackey began the second half of his teaching career as the Assistant Principal of Sol C. Johnson High School. In 1995, he was offered the position of Principal of Sol C. Johnson High School. He served as Principal until his retirement in 2005. During his tenure, Johnson High School was the first high school in the Chatham County School System to be successful in applying for and being accepted as an International Baccalaureate School. The rigorous curriculum of the IB Program lead the Savannah-Chatham County School Board to recognize Sol C. Johnson as a Magnet School in 2000.
Lackey enjoyed a very fulfilling career in teaching and school administration. He shared that the “icing on the cake” is having the opportunity to return and teach at Armstrong in the Fine Arts Department on a part time basis. Lackey said, “It is very meaningful to return and teach at the school that had such a tremendous impact on my career and life!”