Cohutta, GA is located in the northwest region of Georgia. It is approximately fifteen minutes north of Dalton and approximately 20 minutes south of Chattanooga, TN.
Cohutta, GA was the capital of the Cherokee Nation from 1832-1838. This is where much of the history about Cohutta Elementary derives. The word "Cohutta" actually comes from an Indian word meaning foggy or foggy weather. Six schools consolidated into Cohutta School: Hopewell, Keeler's Chapel, Red Clay, McGaughey, Mt. Pleasant, and Tucker. The first school built here was a three-room building built in 1886. In 1892, it was deeded to trustees: Joe Wolfe, John Hamilton, H.F. Shugart, T.L. Ballinger, Sam Parker, and Dr. J.F. Groves. It was torn down before 1910 and replaced with another white frame building. This second frame structure was torn down to make room for a new, larger building. This building burned, as did the next school building. The present school is the fifth to stand here on Schoolhouse Hill. The most recent renovation included a new gym, cafeteria, media center, several new classrooms, and a remodeling of old classrooms.
Cohutta School started out as a school for all grades, and it was the first accredited high school in the county which was quite important because students interested in going to college wanted to graduate from an accredited school. Many North Georgia area families boarded their children in Cohutta so they could attend high school here. Presently, Cohutta Elementary is a Title I school serving students from pre-K through fifth grade. Cohutta Elementary is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and School and the Georgia Accreditation Commission, Inc.
Cohutta Elementary continues to be a centerpiece of the community, and we invite you to stop in and see why it's great to be a Cohutta Bulldog.