Since the first Gluckstadt residents put down roots in 1905, the area has seen substantial growth. Over the past several decades, Gluckstadt has made great strides both in population and development.
This growth is part of what sparked the effort to incorporate Gluckstadt. In recent years, commercial and residential growth has spurred these efforts on.
The area has seen an approximate 20 percent increase in residents since 2010.
Since 1980, 932 residential lots have been platted within the proposed boundaries. Construction has begun or been completed on 820.
Schools are also on the grow in Gluckstadt, which is the direct result of the influx of residents to the area.
When Germantown Middle School opened its doors 10 years ago, there were 470 students enrolled and 40 faculty and staff members.
Today, the school has more than doubled enrollment. Now 1,050 students walk the halls of Germantown Middle, along with 83 faculty and staff members.
Germantown High School began its first year of classes for school year 2011-12 with 602 students enrolled. For school year 2018-19, the school has approximately 1,203 students enrolled.
As more homes are built and more people move to Gluckstadt, more businesses are popping up as well. The area boasts a diverse range of businesses.
MEET THE MAYOR
Walter Morrison is the appointed mayor of the soon-to-be city of Gluckstadt.
“I was selected by a group of people who had been trying to incorporate Gluckstadt for many years,” Morrison said.
The same group also selected the board of alderman.
“I agreed to serve as mayor in an attempt to finally achieve the goal of Gluckstadt becoming a city, a goal of a lot of people who have lived in the community for a long time,” he said.
Morrison is a graduate of Louisiana State University (LSU), where he earned his B.S. in accounting in 1990. He attended Mississippi College School of Law, where he graduated with a Juris Doctor in 1993.
Morrison became of counsel with Gainsburgh, Benjamin in January 2013. He practices in both Mississippi and Louisiana.
He has been named to Mid-South Super Lawyers for 2011-2016 and has an “AV” rating in Martindale Hubbell.
He is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Litigation Counsel of America. He is board certified by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys.
Morrison currently services on the adjunct faculty of the Mississippi College School of Law where he teaches Law and Medicine. He has also lectured at the University of Mississippi School of Law and the Mississippi College School of Law in the areas of trial practice.
He has given seminar and continuing legal education presentations through Barristers and the National Business Institute in the areas of litigation, evidence, medical malpractice and trial practice.
Walter is a member of the Mississippi State Bar Association and the Louisiana State Bar Association.