In 2009 the Nathan and Virginia Gordon Endowment Fund was established at the Arkansas Community Foundation with the purpose of funding the work of the South Conway County Public School Foundation. Board members committed to utilizing the funds in a way that honored the legacy of Morrilton native Nathan Gordon, decorated naval aviator, Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient, 10-term Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas, local attorney, and community leader
After funding The Leader in Me initiative within the district for several years, a new opportunity to enhance educational opportunities for students within the district presented itself.
The foundation is excited to utilize funds from this endowment to help with the building of a new agricultural science building. A check in the amount of $75,000 was presented to the district to help fund the new agricultural classroom currently under construction at Morrilton High School. The facility will be called The Nathan and Virginia Gordon School of Agricultural Sciences.
The new Agriculture Classroom and Shop will be more than 4,000 sq ft and will include a classroom, shop, and a vet’s office to simulate a real experience in working with animals. The new building will also feature eight new welding stations and a plasma cutter to go along with current equipment. The new addition will be ready for students by the fall of 2020. The current Agriculture classroom and shop was built in 1965. With the growing interest and the many careers in this field, this will be a great addition to Morrilton High School.