NEWS SUMMARY OF INITIAL HISTORY OF WINTHROP TRAINING SCHOOL
These are summaries of articles in the local newspapers and not exact quotations unless shown as such.
Rock Hill Record, December 30, 1907: The new Model School for Winthrop College will cost about $50,000. President Johnson proposes to have ten grades to give Winthrop students the benefit of teaching to all levels. This plan will happen if Dr. Johnson succeeds in buying the present high school property from the local school board.
Rock Hill Record, January 9, 1908: A committee from the Winthrop College board went to the Rock Hill School District and made an offer for the school property. We…”propose to purchase the Boys’ High School property as a site for the Winthrop Training School, which is to be a model school in construction, equipment, and course of study, with not less than ten grades for both boys and girls.” The estimate was that it would educate at least 300 students from kindergarten up.
Rock Hill Record, January 10, 1908: A committee met on January 3, at 11:00 a.m. to select an architect for the model school building. They selected the firm of Edwards, Walters & Farnham, recently of Columbia and now of Atlanta.
Rock Hill Record, January 16, 1908: The newspaper contained a long letter from J. Blackburn Wilson, a trustee for the Rock Hill School District in opposition to the sale of the school property to Winthrop.
Rock Hill Record, January 20, 1908: The entire front page of this issue covered the “Practice School.”
Rock Hill Record, January 23, 1908: A summary article on the potential sale of the property told the history of the site. The Rock Hill Land and Town Site Company bought the land for the Oakland development when it was farmland. It laid off the streets and gave a site of eight acres for the Rock Hill High School, a private school. The school site was later sold to the trustees of Davidson College, who operated the Presbyterian High School. It was then sold to Dr. D. J. Brimm and others. Then it was eventually sold a group of owners for $4,000. The list of these owners was printed in the article. Dr. Johnson approached this group and offered to buy the property, as it was across Oakland Avenue from the Winthrop campus. They instead offered to sell it to the Rock Hill School District.
Rock Hill Record, January 27, 1908: The issue contained a long letter from Mr. J. B. Chreighton on the school property issue.
Rock Hill Record, May 18, 1908: Wilson and Wilson, attorneys are seeking an injunction on the sale of the High School property to Winthrop College. The suit is on behalf of Alexander Long, chairman of the board of Catawba Military Academy and trustees of the Rock Hill School District.
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