Lawrenceville is a city in Georgia and the county seat of Gwinnett County. Located 30 miles northeast of Atlanta, it had a population just under 29,000 as of the 2010 census.

Early History

Officially incorporated by the Georgia General Assembly in 1821, Lawrenceville is the second-oldest city in the state of Georgia. The city received its name from Commodore James Lawrence, a prominent figure in the Frigate Chesapeake during the War of 1812. Lawrence’s dying command was, “Don’t give up the ship!”


Lawrenceville is home to numerous schools throughout the Gwinnett County Public Schools system, including J.A. Alford Elementary School, Cedar Hill Elementary School, Lawrenceville Elementary School, Simonton Elementary School, Margaret Winn Holt Elementary School, Benefield Elementary, Woodward Elementary School, Lovin Elementary School, K.E. Taylor Elementary School, McKendree Elementary School, Jenkins Elementary School, Rock Springs Elementary School, Walnut Grove Elementary School and Corley Elementary School.

Middle schools include Moore Middle School, McConnell Middle School, J.E Richards Middle School, Twin Rivers Middle School, Creekland Middle School and Jordan Middle School. High Schools include Discovery High School, Central Gwinnett High School, Phoenix High School, Mountain View High School, Archer High School, and the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology. As for higher education, Gwinnett Technical College and Georgia Gwinnett College are also located in the city.

Memorable Faces

Notable residents include Jonathan Babineaux, Rachel Farley, Jennifer Ferrin, Rachel G. Fox, Hamilton Jordan, Grace Min, Christin Stewart, Darius Walker, Courtland Winn and Rob Woodall.

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