Golden Tiger Way Appears on Gainesville Historic Campus

There’s a new “Way” to the heart of the historic Brenau campus in Gainesville – Golden Tiger Way, to be precise. That’s the new name for the driveway that angles in front of Yonah, East, and Bailey halls, Pearce Auditorium and the Simmons Visual Arts Center. The name arrived on campus Friday when workers from the city of Gainesville installed new signs atop corner posts at the Boulevard and Washington Streets ends of the drive.

The new signs replace the old signs for Centennial Circle that had identified the private drive since 1978 and, for a while, were part of the “street address” for the university.

There was the problem. There’s actually another Centennial Circle in Gainesville – a public street off of Centennial Drive just south of Browns Bridge Road. That caused confusion not only for those using electronic navigation like Google Maps but also for emergency responders. So, Facilities Director Mike Hollimon suggested we change the name.

We will announce an “official” naming ceremony at some time in the future.

Meanwhile, don’t dismay. The university’s street address remains 500 Washington St. SE, Gainesville GA 30501. You don’t have to get your business cards reprinted.

Unless, of course, you’re still using Centennial Circle. The only way people can find those old street signs that once identified the Brenau front driveway is in the archives at the Trustee Library.