Model High School Names Atrium After Dr. and Mrs. Jones
Model High School names atrium after Dr. and Mrs. Jones
Posted on 07/31/2017
photo (L to R): Current Model High School Principal Scott Savage, Dr. Nevin Jones, Pete O'Dillon, Jack Dickey

School leaders, family, and members of the community gathered Monday to dedicate the atrium in Model High School (MHS) in honor of Dr. Nevin Jones and the late Mrs. Joan Jones.

Model School alumnus Jack Dickey spoke of the importance of naming the heart of the school after a couple who has left a lasting impression on MHS and the Model community. “There’s no one who has done more for Model Schools than Nevin and Joan Jones, and Pete O’ Dillon and I wanted to memorialize them in some way,” said Dickey. “There are facilities on campus named after Coach Woodard and Coach Tuggle and Nevin had lot to do with that, so we wanted to make sure something nice was done for The Jones Family.”

In December 2014, MHS honored Dr. Nevin Jones with a plaque that hangs in the atrium as a way of saying “thank you” to Dr. Jones for his service and dedication to children and the community. The naming of the atrium was facilitated by Model School Alumni in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Jones for their supreme dedicated services and achievements to MHS and the entire Model community. The new plaque commemorating Jones Atrium holds more sentimental value to the community than that of most others hanging around the school. The wood is from a walnut tree cut off of Jack Dickey’s local farm.  

Dr. and Mrs. Jones retired with a combined 70 years of service to Floyd County Schools. Dr. Nevin Jones served Floyd County Schools as a teacher, coach, principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent. The late Mrs. Joan Jones served as a beloved teacher and coach for Model Schools.

“Model has been my whole life since I started first grade here in 1935,” Dr. Jones said. “I think this is fabulous!”