Cory Burge is a Buford High School alumnus from the class of 2004. He was born in Buford, where he was raised by his parents, Chris and Angela Burge. Cory began attending Buford City Schools in kindergarten in the 1991-1992 school year.
During his time at BHS, Cory was very involved with the Buford Band of Wolves. He participated in symphonic band, marching band and jazz band, playing the trumpet, baritone, mellophone and French horn. Cory participated in the marching band for five years, from eight grade all the way through high school. As a junior, he was a section leader, and as a senior, he was the band captain. Cory earned the award for best marching band member in 2003, and he earned the prestigious John Philip Sousa Award as a senior in 2004.
In addition to band, Cory also participated in the Technology Student Association in which he was a state champion in robotics in 2003. He also competed in the national competition for robotics in Orlando in 2004, and he was a state champion in the BotBall competition in the same year.
Cory was an excellent student at BHS, earning a 3.9 GPA over the course of his four years. He was awarded the “most leadership” senior superlative for his leadership skills and character.
In high school, Cory’s favorite subjects were math and science. When asked who his favorite teacher was, Cory found it hard to name just one. Academically, he said he was most influenced by Bonnie Davis and Christian Hunnicut because both taught in ways that always stuck with him. Cory said the two most influential teachers to him were the ones he spent four years with, Wally Conrath and Phil Ducote (Dr. D).
“Dr. D sparked an interest in technology/engineering that still lives on today,” Cory said. “I would often spend hours after school in his room tinkering on projects, and he never discouraged me from expanding my knowledge. To this day I still use skills he helped me develop.
“Mr. Conrath instilled self confidence in myself and helped develop leadership skills,” Cory added. “He came in and immediately changed how I viewed band, and I was proud to be a part of what he stood for and built at Buford.”
The one thing that has always stuck with Cory from his years at BHS is the sense of community. He said Buford City Schools taught him the importance of the older generation guiding the younger generation like he experienced at BHS.
After graduating, Cory attended the Georgia Institute of Technology and Southern Polytechnic State University to study architecture. At Georgia Tech, Cory was a member of the marching band, and at SPSU, he helped start the basketball pep band.
Cory currently works for the city of Buford as a superintendent at the water treatment plant.
“I’ve always wanted to contribute to this wonderful community,” Cory said. “When the opportunity came to serve Buford at the water treatment plant, it just felt right. I truly love providing an essential service to the citizens of Buford.
“After serving Buford I would love to take my professional knowledge to countries that don’t have access to safe drinking water,” Cory added.
Cory lives in Buford with his wife, Erin, and their six children: Makenzie Burge, Marlie Burge, Tristan Culberson, Miles Burge, Lily Grace Culberson and Emma Culberson. Cory loves to do volunteer work with their church at the 12 Stone Buford campus. He also enjoys volunteering as a Gwinnett Football League rep for youth football and cheer.
Cory and Erin love being part of the Buford community, and they consider themselves lucky to give back to the community that has been so good to them. Cory is an excellent example of what it means to be a Buford alumni. Once a Wolf, always a Wolf!
The Buford High School alumni spotlights are made possible by the generosity of the City of Buford.