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Griffin, Georgia

Griffin, Georgia
Griffin City Hall
Griffin City Hall
"The Iris City"
Growing, Together
Location in Spalding County and the state of Georgia
Location in Spalding County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 33°14′51″N 84°16′15″W / 33.24750°N 84.27083°W / 33.24750; -84.27083
CountryUnited States
 • Town ManagerKenny Smith
 • Total14.07 sq mi (36.44 km2)
 • Land13.94 sq mi (36.09 km2)
 • Water0.14 sq mi (0.35 km2)
978 ft (298 m)
 • Total23,643
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,641.77/sq mi (633.88/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s)770
FIPS code13-35324[3]
GNIS feature ID0356111[4]

Griffin is a city in and the county seat of Spalding County, Georgia.[5] It is part of the Atlanta metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 23,643.[6]

Griffin was founded in 1840 and named for landowner Col. Lewis Lawrence Griffin.[7] Several notable people are from Griffin and the city has been filmed for several notable shows and movies.

Griffin Technical College was located in Griffin from 1963 and a branch of Southern Crescent Technical College is in Griffin. The Griffin Synodical Female College was established by Presbyterians but closed.[8] The University of Georgia maintains a branch campus in Griffin.[9]


The Macon and Western Railroad was extended to a new station in Griffin in 1842.[10]

In 1938, Alma Lovell had been distributing religious Bible tracts as a Jehovah's Witness but was arrested for violating a city ordinance requiring prior permission for distributing literature. In Lovell v. City of Griffin, the U.S. Supreme Court found that the city had violated her First Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment rights.

Building on East Solomon Street (dated 1894) in Griffin

The Griffin Commercial Historic District (among the National Register of Historic Places listings in Spalding County, Georgia) is generally bounded by Central Alley, Sixth Street, Taylor Street and Eighth Street. The district includes the Griffin Grocery Company Building, now the Griffin Regional Welcome Center.[11]


Griffin is located at 33°14′51″N 84°16′15″W / 33.24750°N 84.27083°W / 33.24750; -84.27083 (33.247602, -84.270891).[12] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 14.6 square miles (38 km2), of which 14.5 square miles (38 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (0.55%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201822,878[2]−3.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[13]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 23,451 people, 8,876 households, and 5,955 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,615.0 people per square mile (623.6/km²). There were 9,636 housing units at an average density of 663.6 per square mile (256.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 49.88% African American, 46.98% White, 0.17% Native American, 0.99% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.98% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.22% of the population.

There were 8,876 households out of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.1% were married couples living together, 24.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.9% were non-families. 27.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the city, the population was spread out with 28.7% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,088, and the median income for a family was $33,963. Males had a median income of $30,488 versus $21,352 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,563. About 17.7% of families and 21.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.4% of those under age 18 and 16.0% of those ages of 65 or over.


The Griffin-Spalding County School District holds grades pre-school to grade twelve and consists of eleven elementary schools, four middle schools, and three high schools. The district has 661 full-time teachers and over 10,648 students.[14] Griffin Technical College was located in Griffin from 1963 and, following a merger, a branch of Southern Crescent Technical College is in Griffin. The Griffin Synodical Female College was established by Presbyterians but closed.[8] The University of Georgia maintains a branch campus in Griffin.[9][15] Griffin Region College and Career Academy located within the City limits [16] GRCCA preparing students for college and careers through actual college courses for both high school and college credits. Very popular Civil Air Patrol awarding-winning aerospace education program promotes aerospace, aviation and STEM-related careers with engaging, standards-based, hands-on curriculum and activities. It shapes the experiences and aspirations of youth both in and outside of CAP’s cadet program.[17]

Sports and recreation

The Griffin Warriors, a World Basketball Association team, played at the high school in 2006.

Griffin, during the “golden ages” of baseball hosted several minor league class D teams

Griffin Lightfoots, Georgia-Alabama League (1915-1916) Griffin Griffs, Georgia-Alabama League (1917) Griffin, Georgia State League (1920) Griffin, Georgia State League (1921) Griffin Pimientos, Georgia-Alabama League (1947-1949, 1951) (class d affiliate to the St. Louis Browns) Griffin Tigers, Georgia-Alabama League (1950)


The Griffin Daily News is a local paper, founded in 1872.[18] WMVV is a local Christian station, WHIE AM broadcasts country music, while WKEU (AM) broadcasts oldies. WYFK, a Christian station, has their W290AG translator in Griffin.

Notable people

  • Bill Anderson - country singer who was born in South Carolina and grew up in Griffin
  • Edward Andrews - film and television actor (born in Griffin)
  • Lewis White Beck - philosopher, translator, textbook author, and scholar of German philosophy was born here on September 26, 1913..
  • Tim Beckham - professional baseball player who was first overall pick in 2008 Major League Baseball draft after attending Griffin High School (born in Griffin)
  • Brian Bohannon - head football coach at Kennesaw State since March 2013. He played wide receiver for UGA and held a number of assistant coaching positions before becoming a head coach.
  • James S. Boynton- was an American politician and jurist. Boynton briefly served as the 51st Governor of Georgia from 1883 after the death of governor Alexander Stephens. At the time of Stephens' death, Boynton was serving as the president of the Georgia Senate so he assumed the governorship. His additional political service included the office of Mayor of Griffin, Georgia. Boynton also served as a judge in the Spalding County, Georgia Court, and the Flint Circuit Superior Court. He was born in Henry County, Georgia and moved to Griffin in 1865. Boynton died at his home in Griffin in 1902 and was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in that same city.
  • Jody Breeze - a rapper who has worked with Gucci Mane, Gorilla Zoe, Boyz N Da Hood.
  • Charlie Clemons- football player who played for several different National Football League teams; member of the St. Louis Rams team that won Super Bowl XXXIV and is uncle of Nic Clemons and Chris Clemons
  • Chris Clemons - NFL defensive end and brother of Nic Clemons; played college football for University of Georgia and was a member of Super Bowl XLVIII champion Seattle Seahawks
  • Nic Clemons - defensive end for the Denver Broncos
  • Elbert Dubenion - football wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills
  • Rick Dyer- Bigfoot enthusiast who is known for his high-profile Bigfoot hoaxes. Bigfoot Hunter and Founder of 2014
  • John J. Eagan (ACIPCO) - was an American industrialist and co-founder of the American Cast Iron Pipe Company (ACIPCO).
  • Jack Flynt - lawyer and U.S. Congressman from Spalding County (born in Griffin)
  • Willie Gault - NFL wide receiver and Olympic athlete; Gault played 11 seasons for the Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Raiders
  • Nick Hamilton - pro wrestling referee
  • Darrin Hancock - basketball player who played with the 1993 Final Four University of Kansas, the NBA, and various minor league teams after graduating from Griffin High School
  • Doc Holliday - iconic figure of the American West and friend of Wyatt Earp, was born in Griffin on August 14, 1851. In Griffin, Georgia is a museum dedicated to Holliday.
  • Jan Kemp - an academic who exposed allowing nine college football players to pass a remedial English course at the University of Georgia
  • Sidney Lanier - poet, lawyer and musician lived in Griffin as a child after his birth in Macon; he wrote the poem, "Corn" in Sunnyside, Georgia, several miles north of Griffin
  • John McIntosh Kell - Executive Officer of the CSS Alabama, and later served as Adjutant General of Georgia, born in Darien, Georgia. Lived in Griffin in his later life until his death in 1900.
  • Lauren-Ashley - country singer
  • Sonia Leigh - country singer-songwriter, signed by Zac Brown's Southern Ground recording label, attended Griffin High School
  • Karen Mathiak - chiropractor and Georgia state legislator
  • Sherrod Martin - Former NFL defensive back for the Carolina Panthers
  • Josh Pace - Syracuse University basketball guard during the school's first National Championship in 2003; he currently plays professional basketball overseas
  • Bobby Rainey - running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and in college for Western Kentucky
  • June Shannon - television reality star and mother of Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson
  • Lucy Banks Smith - Legal Scholar, previous Camp Greystone Counselor
  • Ben Talley - American football player
  • Dox Thrash - printmaker and painter, helped invent carborundum technique, born in Griffin in 1893
  • Jessie Tuggle - football linebacker who played his entire career with the Atlanta Falcons; played in college at Valdosta State after graduating from Griffin High School
  • Wyomia Tyus - athlete, Olympic gold medalist, first woman to retain the Olympic title in the 100m (born in Griffin)
  • Rayfield Wright - Hall of Fame offensive tackle (born in Griffin); played in college at Fort Valley State
  • John P. Yates - Georgia state legislator
  • Dr. Samuel D. Cook - Dillard University President and Associate Professor of Political Science Duke University
  • Stephen J. Townsend - U.S. Army general. Graduate of Griffin High School


The Griffin Ballet Theatre[19] was founded in 1994,

Main Street Players[20] Professional Theater was founded in 2001, it is located 115 N Hill St, Griffin, GA 30223

Griffin Museum The Griffin Museum is located upstairs in the Welcome Center and contains an impressive array of Griffin artifacts and memorabilia dating from as far back as the mid-1800’s.

Griffin Choral Arts[21] was founded in 2007. Griffin Choral Arts is a 50-voice auditioned regional community chorus performs four major concerts each season.

The Griffin Chamber Music Society was founded in 2017.

Griffin/Spalding Art Association was founded in 1969.

Griffin music club[22] was founded in 1942 Affiliated with the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC).

Griffin Area Concert Association[23] was founded in 1969. The Griffin Area Concert Association has worked to build and maintain, through a non-profit plan, a permanent arts audience in Griffin, Spalding County and its environs by offering memberships at a reasonable cost for a wide variety of quality live entertainment presented by national and international performing artists featuring dance, musical theater, solo instrumentalists, vocal, string or brass ensembles and other performing arts.

Griffin Spalding Historical Society[24] was founded in 1969. It is located in The Bailey Tebault House houses. The Historical Society provides tours of our headquarters, the Bailey Tebault House, located at 633 Meriwether Street Griffin, Georgia. To schedule a tour, please call at 770.239.2432.

The Griffin-Spalding Athletic Hall of Fame is located at 841 Memorial Drive, Griffin, GA 30224.

Since 1962 early Christmas Parade parade getting the whole community in the holiday mood, with floats and marching bands. Presented by the Southside Riders.

Kiwanis of Griffin[25] Founded in 1940, has become one of the largest community service organizations in Spalding County.

In downtown Griffin is located one of the best haunted houses in Georgia Sinister Suites Haunted Hotel. Hotel Built in 1910, the Sinister Suites was the place to stay. Closed in the 1970s. Now the hotel is open to the public as a haunted attraction during October. This is a really unique attraction because it is a haunted hotel with a gruesome and dark past. There is features a five-story, 60,000-square foot walk through the hotel. Enter at your own risk![26]



  • Griffin was featured in the 2010 History Channel television show Top Gear. Griffin was also featured in the A&E series Hoarders which featured Phyllis on the season premiere episode that aired on June 20, 2011.


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