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Cairo (pronounced "Kay-Row" in southern language) was incorporated in 1870 and designated as the county seat when Grady County was officially formed in 1905. Grady County takes its name from Henry W. Grady, the famous orator and journalist.
Primary and Secondary Education
Grady County offers an excellent public school system with five elementary schools, one middle school, one alternative school, and Cairo High School.
Cairo High School
Eastside Elementary School
Northside Elementary School
Shiver Elementary School
Southside Elementary School
Washington Middle School
Whigham Elementary School
Post Secondary Education
We are just 15 minutes away from the Southwest Georgia Technical College main campus in Thomasville, Georgia with a recently constructed 8,700 square foot SWGTC satellite facility in Cairo on US 84 West. Other nearby colleges and universities are:
Downtown Cairo is lovely with a variety of nice shops and restaurants to enjoy at your leisure. Our Roddenbery Memorial Library, the Zebulon Theatre (built in the late 30s and refurbished over the past three years), Regional Community Center and Grady County Museum & History are also located downtown.
Grady General Hospital
Grady County enjoys the privilage of exceptional quality medical care. The 60-bed Grady General Hospital has quite recently undergone a $3.5 million renovation. It is fully accredited by the State Commision of Healthcare Organization and was named one of the Top 10 Small Hospitals in America by Solucent in 2003. Grady General Hospital is a part of the Archbold Medical Center network of hospitals.
Grady County Industry
Grady County's industrial base is very diversified with Monrovia Nurseries of Georgia, Koyo, Woohaven Furniture, Kinro, Seminole Marine, and in 2008 Performance Food Group completed and opened a new 100,000+ square foot facility in Milestone Industrial Park. Farming has always been, and continues to be, the basis of a sound and flourishing economy for Grady County.
Grady County Celebrities
Grady County enjoys the honor of being home to a number of celebrity status folks including:
Bill Stanfill - Former All-Pro defensive end for the Miami Dolphins
Bobby Walden - Former All-Pro punter, also known as "Big Toe from Cairo"
Teresa Edwards - Five time Olympic basketball star
Jackie Robinson - Made history as the first African-American to play Major League Baseball
Willie C. Harris - played baseball for the Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals and New York Mets