Located outside the front of Jefferson High School is a newly placed memorial bench in honor of former staff member Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Leigh, who worked for Bryan High and Jefferson High for a combined 50 years.
Mrs. Leigh was an administrative assistant at Bryan High before transferring to Jefferson. Mrs. Leigh went to college and earned her degrees while working at JES. Eventually, she transferred to the high school, where she held the bookkeeping position for many years. During that time, she worked alongside memorable Jeffersonians, such as Jack Keen, Janet Schwartz, and Glenda Blackstock.
One of Mrs. Leigh’s daughters, Latrice, described her mother as someone who is remembered for her ‘giving spirit’ and love for the Jefferson City School System. She was an active member of the community, served on the Benevolence Committee for Paradise AME Church, and frequently helped students any way she could.
“My mom saw it as her mission to help all kids. It didn’t matter who they were, what nationality, what background they had. If someone needed some basketball shoes to go to basketball camp, she was donating basketball shoes,” Latrice said.
Mrs. Leigh died in September 2019, but she will live in the hearts of the JCS staff, students, and families for years to come.
Thank you to the Leigh family for their continued support of our school system and for taking the time to talk about Mrs. Liz Leigh with us. A video interview will be featured during the second edition of WJCS Web TV News. Please check the District website and social media pages the week of December 14, 2020 for the next featured newscast.