In 1869, Henry Harding Tift, having left Connecticut to join his uncle's business operations in South Georgia, saw opportunity and potential in the piney woods of present Tift County. A few years later, in 1872, he set up some lumber mill machinery, starting a sawmill beside a railroad. This area grew and on December 29, 1890, was incorporated as a city. Our 'Friendly City,' Tifton, was born.
A cotton mill started in 1900 and led to further industrial growth. Tift County was created on August 17, 1905, with Tifton as the county seat.
Today Tifton has many national manufacturing plants producing a wide range of products including textiles, processed foods, farm implements, aluminum extrusion, automotive supplies and refrigeration equipment.
Through progress, growth and involvement, the citizens of Tifton and Tift County look forward to an exciting future.
Tift County Public Schools
The Tift County Public School system is operated by the Tift County Board of Education. The county system has approximately 7500 students, 600 certified staff members and 400 support staff. The public system offers full-day kindergartens, specialized programs in all areas and a comprehensive high school. All schools meet Georgia Public School Standards and have SACS accreditation.
1998 saw the completion of a new High School and major additions and renovations at four schools. A new primary school (Pre-K-3) opened in 2003.
Tift County School offer many extracurricular activities such as Beta Club, 4-H Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and all sports activities. Our school system has active parent-teacher organizations. The Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce sponsors an Adopt-A-School program with active involvement from local industries and businesses.
Quality education is a high priority in Tifton-Tift County!
Tiftarea Academy was founded in 1969 by parents in Tifton and surrounding communities for the purpose of providing their children with a quality education that encourages mental, physical and spiritual growth in a stable atmosphere conducive to learning. Academic excellence, respect, discipline and moral character are key words at Tiftarea Academy. The school's curriculum reflects a strong emphasis on college preparations. Small classes enable teachers to give personal attention to each student and to encourage development of each individual's potential.
Tiftarea Academy, Inc., admits students of any race, color and national or ethnic origin. A renewed effort to publicly demonstrate our "Commitment to Excellence" has brought increased community support. We invite you to come visit. Look us over. See why "Our Quality Shows" at Tiftarea Academy. Tiftarea Academy is fully accredited by the Georgia Accrediting Commission and is a member in good standing with the Georgia Independent School Association. All Tiftarea Academy teachers hold current State of Georgia certificates and many have earned advance degrees in their specific disciplines.
Attractive, well-equipped classrooms, science laboratory and library are built around a central gymnasium-auditorium and lunchroom. The next appearance of the school grounds reflects the pride Tiftarea Academy has in its beautiful wooded campus. Appealing equipment of sturdy construction invited children to a spacious, grassy playground. A well-kept athletic complex with regulation size football, baseball, soccer and softball fields is also included on the campus. Adjacent to the football field is the Field House which contains a modern weightlifting room and athletic training center. Construction of a new media center, computer lab and additional classroom and office space was recently completed demonstrating Tiftarea Academy's long term "Commitment to Excellence."
Average SAT scores: 1120
Tiftarea Academy · P.O. Box 10 · Chula, Georgia 31733 · (229) 382-0436
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College is the largest residential two-year college in Georgia. A total of 53 different majors, ranging from education to criminal justice to nursing are available. Ten different degrees are available at night. A specialized program in the Division of Agriculture and Forest Resources focuses on such unique majors as golf course management, wildlife technology and environmental horticulture. A unit of the University System of Georgia, ABAC offers six intercollegiate sports, a wide range of extracurricular activities and the most successful two-year college newspaper in Georgia. ABAC Place is ABAC's newest apartment project with 4BR/2BA housing units. This project will house 835 students. Through joint programs with Valdosta State University, Albany State College and Georgia Southwestern College, bachelor's degrees and master's degrees are also available on the campus.
The University of Georgia Tifton Campus, a unit of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, offers two majors: Agriscience and Environmental Systems and Agricultural Education, allowing students to earn a B.S. degree from the University of Georgia — all without leaving Tifton! The UGA Tifton Campus is home to world renowned researchers, staff members, and now undergraduate students.
East Central Tech and Moultrie Tech are two vocational schools within easy driving distance, which provide alernative education opportunities. Moultrie Tech offers a satellite campus near the Tift County Industrial Park.
Tift Regional Medical
Tift Regional Medical Center....... With a reputation as an innovative provider of quality care, Tift Regional Health System (TRHS) is a growing, not-for-profit hospital system serving 12 counties in South Central Georgia. TRHS offers more than 135 physicians with expertise in over 30 specialties. TRHS provides a wide-range of care, including signature services in surgery, oncology, cardiovascular care, women’s health, neurodiagnostics, geriatric psychiatric care, radiology and more.
The Main Campus is Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC), a 181-bed regional referral hospital located in Tifton at 901 East 18th Street. TRMC was named a top 10 Georgia medium-size hospital by Georgia Trend magazine in both 2012 and 2013. Tift Regional Medical Center’s West Campus, located in Tifton at 2225 Highway 41 North, is an outpatient facility which houses various diagnostic services and the region’s largest multi-specialty physician practice. Located in Adel, Cook Medical Center is a 60-bed acute care facility which includes a 12-bed geriatric psychiatric unit. Cook Medical Center also offers a 95-bed nursing home.
Tift Regional Health System is under the direction of the Tift County Hospital Authority, a nine-member board of volunteer trustees appointed by the Tift County Board of Commissioners. Though guided by a government-appointed entity, TRHS provides charitable care for the community without financial support from county government.
In addition to being a quality healthcare provider for the region, TRHS is an economic engine for the community. TRHS employs 2,046 personnel (including 1,825 for Tift Regional Medical Center and 221 for Cook Medical Center). According a study conducted by the Georgia Hospital Association, TRHS has a $472.7 million impact on the local economy. Total household earnings generated are projected at $228.6 million.
Tift County Recreation Department
The Tift County Recreation Department (TCRD) offers a wide variety of activities for all ages. Baseball, softball, football, soccer and cheerleading are offered for youth, while softball, basketball, swimming, tennis, karate, western line dance classes, clogging and track meets are offered for youth and adults. The recreation department also offers adult volleyball. A summer day camp program is offered at the end of the school year, as well as holiday child care through cooperative efforts between the Kid's Advocacy Coalition (KAC) and the recreation department for the youth of our area. A new pool was also completed in 2003.
TCRD is active with the older Americans of Tift County by providing a picnic, fishing and games in May and October. There is no charge to our seniors for these activities. TCRD also is a major sponsor of the Older Americans month emphasis during the month of May.
The Friendly City Park contains an open air pavilion, playground, volleyball court and a natural setting which provides excellent opportunities for relaxation and refreshing of the mind. An outdoor amphitheater provides many other recreational opportunities for residents of Tift County.
The E.B. Hamilton softball complex, also located within Friendly City Park, offers six championship caliber softball fields which attract many national events as well as visitors to our friendly city.
The TCRD also sponsors/co-sponsors many special events throughout the year, depending on the season and weather conditions (i.e. Love Affair, bicycle rodeos, football bowls, tournaments, etc.). TCRD's administrative offices are located at 316 West 2nd Street. For more information about programs and activities, please call (229) 382-3262.
Tiftarea YMCA .....The Y is for everyone. Our programs, services and initiatives: enable kids to realize their potential, prepare teens for college, offer ways for families to have fun together, empower people to be healthier in spirit, mind and body, prepare people for employment, welcome and embrace newcomers and help foster a nationwide service ethic. And that's just the beginning.
Paradise Public Fishing Area
Paradise Public Fishing Area is located on 1,060 acres in Berrien and Tift counties. 525 acres of water in 75 lakes provide excellent boat, bank & peir fishing. Owned and operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Paradise fish provides picnic areas for family outings, a fishing cleaning station, nature trails, hiking & bird watching. Open daily year round. Georgia fishing and wildlife management license required
A beautiful 36 acre spot in the center of town for picnicking and relaxing. The azaleas and dogwoods make this a springtime fairyland. New and innovative play ground equipment for kids.
Places to Visit
For more information, call (229) 386-8347.
For more information, visit the website or call (229) 391-5205.
Recent projects completed include restoration of the Tift Theater and a Depot Plaza complete with an outdoor stage area. The Tifton Museum of Arts and Heritage has just completed restoration. It is located on Love Avenue in the old First Methodist Church.
We invite you to come discover Tifton's newest stores nestled among the old time favorites on Main Street!
African Methodist Episcopal
Assemblies of God
Baptist - Free Will
Baptist - Independent
Baptist - Southern
Church of Christ
Church of God
Church of God of Prophecy
Methodist - United
Presbyterian - America
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