The History of Mississippi Governor's School
In 1981, Governor William Winter and the administration at Mississippi University for Women established the Mississippi Governor's School (MGS) as a residential honors program. The pilot program ran from June 7-27, 1981, and over 150 students from across the state attended.
According to an executive summary of the pilot program, the "heart of the academic program was thirteen major courses in specific disciplines and one course that dealt with moral and ethical values in all areas. One-half of the students' time was spent in their major course area which yielded product papers and position papers. Short courses, skills courses, meet the scholar seminars, and enrichment activities completed the curriculum... Every student and faculty member felt it was the most challenging educational program they had ever known." The first courses offered at MGS included Field Archaeology, Creative Writing, History of the Olympics, Introduction to Sign Language, Figure Drawing, and Social Psychology.
After the success of the pilot program, MGS became an annual event, providing creative and academic experiences to students from across the state. Since its establishment, MGS has served thousands of scholars, providing each with a high quality academic program. Recently changed from a three-week to a two-week program, MGS maintains its high standard of providing rigorous coursework and engaging activities for Mississippi's best and brightest students.