Northside graduate a fan since birth

jmink@macon.comMay 18, 2013 

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Northside High School senior Brittany Harbin is an Eagles super-fan whose mother went into labor with her at a Northside football game.

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  • Midstate graduation schedule

    Bibb County
    Tattnall Square Academy, 7 p.m. Monday, Ingleside Baptist Church
    Windsor Academy, 7 p.m. Tuesday, First Baptist Church of Christ
    Middle Georgia Christian School, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Middle Georgia Christian School
    Woodfield Academy, 7 p.m. Thursday, Mount Zion Baptist Church
    Georgia Academy for the Blind, 11 a.m. Friday, school auditorium
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    Central High School, 5 p.m. Friday, Macon Coliseum
    Hutchings Career Center, 7 p.m. Friday, Macon Coliseum
    Central Fellowship Christian Academy, 7 p.m. Friday, high school gym
    Rutland High School, 9 a.m. Saturday, Macon Coliseum
    Northeast High School, noon Saturday, Macon Coliseum
    First Presbyterian Day School, noon Saturday, Ingleside Baptist Church
    Southwest High School, 2 p.m. Saturday, Macon Coliseum
    Westside High School, 4 p.m. Saturday, Macon Coliseum
    Stratford Academy, 5 p.m. Saturday, Macon City Auditorium
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    Bleckley County
    Bleckley County High School, 10 a.m. Saturday, Royal Stadium

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    Crawford County High School, 7 p.m. Thursday, J.B. Hawkins Sports Complex

    Houston County
    Houston County Career Academy, 6 p.m. Friday, Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter
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    Veterans High School, noon Saturday, Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter
    Perry High School, 3 p.m. Saturday, Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter
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    Jones County
    Jones County High School, 6 p.m. May 31, Centennial Center in Milledgeville

    Monroe County
    Mary Persons High School, 8 p.m. May 31, school football field

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    Peach County High School, 8 p.m. May 31, Peach County High School

    Pulaski County
    Hawkinsville High School, 8 p.m. Friday, Hawkinsville High School

    Twiggs County
    Twiggs Academy, 10 a.m. Saturday, school gymnasium

WARNER ROBINS -- Brittany Harbin was born to be a Northside High School super-fan -- literally.

She was nearly born on the football field during a Northside game. That’s where her mother went into labor, while cheering on her alma mater.

So it’s fitting that Harbin became the captain of the football cheerleading squad and a diehard Northside fan, missing only three Northside football games since she was born. Her peers and teachers say the graduating senior is the spirit of Northside High.

“Brittany is the epitome of Northside pride,” said Millie Broome, the school’s football cheerleading coach. “She lives and breathes Northside.”

Harbin’s routine has included Northside football her entire life. Every game day at 4:30 p.m. sharp, Harbin’s family can be found tailgating outside the stadium.

She got into cheerleading at age 5. She still remembers the day she was named captain of Northside’s football squad. During a practice, Harbin was exhausted, sprawled on the floor when the announcement was made, and she was stunned.

“I was really ecstatic,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to be a cheer captain.”

While her preparations before each ball game have become routine, there are other spirited days that are anything but ordinary. In fact, her favorite part of high school is the day when she dons a giant tutu with a teased, side ponytail. Every day for a week, students dress up based on that day’s theme. Harbin’s favorite is Retro Day, when she comes to school in her 1980s garb.

Spirit week has almost become mandatory for Northside students, and it is the highlight of Harbin’s year.

“You’re the odd one out if you don’t dress up,” she said.

But it’s not all about game day. Harbin also is a top student, a member of the Beta Club and other organizations. She has performed community service, and her favorite subject is math. When she attends Middle Georgia State College this fall, she plans to major in early elementary education and one day open a recreation center for people with special needs. It’s a goal she has had since working with special needs students in middle school.

“It just breaks my heart to see people push them aside,” she said.

Still, school spirit will continue to be a part of her. Even after she graduates, Harbin will volunteer as an assistant cheer coach at Northside.

It’s a school that “means everything to me,” she said. “I love coming to school. ... I’m going to miss this.”

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