J.A. Fair High School originally was a part of the Pulaski County Special School District. It opened in August 1982 (with additions in 1983, 1984 and a classroom and cafeteria addition in 2004) and is named for James Augustus "Gus" Fair. The school operated as a junior/senior high school (grades 7-12) from 1982 to 1987. It was annexed by the Little Rock School District and converted to a senior high school in 1987. In 2000 J.A. Fair became a magnet school, offering magnet programs in environmental science, systems engineering/information sciences and medical studies. The school discontinued traditional high school operations at the end of the 2019-20 school year, with students reassigned to the new Little Rock Southwest High School for 2020-21 and subsequent school years.
James Augustus Fair coached, taught and served as principal during his long tenure as an educator, mostly in the Pulaski County Special School District. He also was elected to the PCSSD School Board after his retirement.
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Updated October 2007