In September of 2018, the home dugout on GAC’s baseball field was dedicated to the late Honorable James (Jim) Oxendine. Odendine’s family members and GAC leaders gathered together to officially name the dugout and honor a great man’s service. The significance of this naming goes beyond Judge Oxendine’s and his family’s contribution to GAC. It captures part of the Judge’s history: Oxendine attended college on a baseball scholarship at Vanderbilt University.
Says John Oxendine about his father: “My dad taught me that education is the great equalizer. Using his God-given talent for sports allowed my dad to obtain a great college education that otherwise would have been unavailable to him. Education changed the entire trajectory of my father’s life from a tobacco farm in rural North Carolina to a Superior Court bench in Gwinnett County. I am so grateful to my dad for using his athletic talent to be a blessing in my life and in the lives of my children.”
Judge Oxendine, who passed in 2016, is remembered by most for his distinguished legal career in Gwinnett County and his appointments to the State Board of Worker’s Compensation and the Superior Courts of Georgia. But his GAC family will remember “The Judge” (as he was affectionately known) for his contribution to the school as a Board of Trustees member, honored now with a little piece of the GAC campus.