City Directories and History: This very attractive public school, for whites only, at that time was constructed on College Street and shows then Superintendent, Mr. John L. Douglas (1862-1937), standing in front of the school.
Identifiable individuals include: Mr. ____ Cain, Jim Cornwell, Floyd White, Jim Philips, Hugh Patton, Monk Banks, Heyward Heyman, H. Collins, Thomas Brice, Jim Brice, Jim Patton, ____ Orr, Billy ____, John S. Stone, Julius Melton, and Fred Marks.
Pictured below – right are members of the 1906 Chester High School class, seated (L-R) are; Malcolm L. Marion, Etta McCullough, Tellie Peay, Mary Hamilton, Annie May Pryor, Mary Lindsey, Julian Moffett, and Matte Brow. Standing are; John A. Marion, Will L. Murphy, Ethel Tennant, Curtis Cornwell, Patie Gage, Hamilton Henry, Ernest Isenhower, and Butler Woods.
The Herald reported on Sept. 10, 1890 – “Mr. Holler and Mrs. Adams have established a brickyard near the Catawba River bridge, the Chester Graded School building and the Town Hall will be built of brick from that point.” (This contradicts the date of the image taken from the State Paper.)
“The Chester Graded School, under the management of Prof. W. H. Witherow, won an enviable reputation as an educational institution. This reputation has been sustained by the learning and experience of Prof. Banks Thompson, the present principal of the institution. He is assisted by an excellent corps of teachers in the persons of Prof. Robert Morrison and Mrs. Bland, Mrs. Webb, Miss Katie Atkinson, and Miss Annie Gott. About two hundred pupils attended the graded school during the last session. At the final exercises they gave satisfactory evidence of the thoroughness of their instruction. Boys and girls are prepared here for the higher institutions of learning. Our town also has a good school for colored pupils. It has been for many years under the control of the Rev. Mr. Loomis, a Northern gentleman, who is assisted by his son, Mr. L. Loomis, and Prof. Green. This institution, in addition to the assistance received from the State, obtains a considerable sum every year from a Northern Presbyterian church. It possesses several good buildings and is prepared to accommodate boys and girls of color from a distance, as well as those at home.”
Reprinted from South Carolina in the 1880s: A Gazetteer by J.H. Moore, Sandlapper Publishing Company – 1989
Columbia State Paper – September 20, 1907
In 1891 Chester issued $14,000 in bonds and erected on College Street a commodious building for the white children. The building is two stories and there are ten grades. At present the high school and some of the lower grades occupy this building. When a pupil reaches the 10th grade he is ready for college and can enter the sophomore class at any college in the state. Owing to the increase in population of the city of Chester, in 1904, sold another $10,000 worth of bonds and erected another handsome school building on Foote Street. The seventh and some of the lower grades occupy this building, which is two-stories in height. The board of trustees is as follows: J. L. Glenn, chairman, E. A. Crawford, W. A. Corkill, J. H. Marion, L. D. Childs, T. H. White and J. C. McLure, secretary.
The faculty for the session 1907-08 is as follows: Superintendent, W. H. McNairy; high school, Miss Ethel Tennet, J. M. Ariail, J. S. Harris; seventh grade, W. B. Marion; sixth grade, Misses Janie Bums and Ida Todd; fifth grade, Miss Nellie B. Schorb; fourth grade, Misses Fannie Able and Josie Oates; second grade, Misses Kate McLure and Helen Walker; and first grade, Misses Mary Thomson and Barnette Spratt. (Courtesy of the CDGHS – Bulletin)
The Rock Hill Record reported on Dec. 21, 1908 – “Ms. Emma Roach, teacher of first grade at Rock Hill Graded School has resigned after having served over twenty years. The board has selected Ms Nettie Spratt of Chester to teach the first grade. She is a graduate of Winthrop College and has taught the primary dept. of Chester Graded Schools for three years.”
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