City Directories and History: Sharon Grammar school once stood at the current location of the Dollar General store on York Street, Sharon, SC.
J. W. Shealy was teaching in the Clover schools when he was hired by the Sharon schools in 1920 to replace Myrtle Henry as principal. During his nearly thirty-five year tenure he and his wife never purchased a home in Sharon but over the years reared their family and several rented houses. When the schools for the summer he and his family went back to their home in Leesville in Lexington County. When Mr. Shealy was hired by the trustees (Dr. J. H. Saye, C. S. Pratt and V. K. Plexico) he was given the liberty to hire any teachers he may want. In 1922 his faculty consisted of Mr. George Plexico, Miss Margaret Cartwright, Mrs. Paul Ferguson, and Miss Lula Jenkins. The following year the teachers were Mrs. Ruth McLurkin, Miss Helen Harrell, Mrs. Paul Ferguson, Miss Alma Richardson and Mrs. S. A. Mitchell. In 1928 Mrs. Rafe King was teaching French at the high school. In January 1929, Faye Wilson King was brutally murdered by her husband in a crime that swept the nation. [Contribution by J.L. West]
The Yorkville Enquirer reported on Aug. 12, 1891 – “A meeting was held in Sharon to discuss building a good school building. A joint stock company was formed with $800. in capital. This company plans to build a first class school, together with a Masonic and Alliance Hall. Officers of the company are: Pres. John L. Rainey, V.P. J.H.B. Jenkins, Sec.- Tres. J.R. Kennedy, and Directors are J.H. Saye, R.B. Hartness, John A. Byers, J.A. Hope, and Dan H. Carroll. A committee has been appointed for location selection and selling stock.”
The YV Enquirer reported on Oct. 14, 1891 – “Work is beginning on a new school building. The ground has been clearing and rock has been brought in for the foundation.”
The Yorkville Enquirer reported on May 17, 1893 – “The frame of the new school house is up and we hope to have the building completed soon.”
The Herald reported on March 14, 1903 that Ms. Elizabeth Farris returned to Rock Hill. Her school at Sharon closed several days ago.
The Rock Hill Record of Aug. 9, 1909 reported – “The Sharon School trustees are making repairs on the school house. There will be a high school this year and a new room will be prepared for the 3rd teacher.”
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