Memories of old school linger…
By Al Dozier
Piedmont suburban reporter
The old brick
But thousands of Greenvillians who received their primary or high school
educations at the school will remember it as a downtown
who have been pushing for a new elementary school in the
The Taylors Fire Department will be glad to see a potential fire trap closed as a public school.
And, teachers will no longer have the interruptions of trains whistling by their classroom windows.
But for the
alumni of the school, the forerunner of
Jean Flynn of
her meticulous history of the church, she found that the school first moved to
“They cut the school room into bits and pieces and moved it with mules,” she said. “It took the men of the community eight days to move it.”
The church, which was also in Chick Springs,
followed the school to the area in 1885, and the two stood side by side at the
present site of the church on
In 1928 a new school building was constructed on the present site.
Miss Flynn said
“They must have been progressive to want a high school as soon as the law was passed,” Miss Flynn said, “High schools were rare back then.”
Dr. Henry Howard, who came to the school as principal in 1922, said the P&N Railroad and Southern Bleachery contributed heavily to the tax base.
According to Miss Flynn, P&N came to Taylors in 1913 and Southern Bleachery in 1923.
“At the time, some thought we were better off financially than any other school district in the area,” Howard said. “The taxes were low, but because of the business in the area, the school district had money.”
The high school
was accredited by the Southern Association of Schools. In addition to the
Howard, now 85
and still living near
“Not like some others of the time, it was a good relationship,” he said. “It wasn’t what you might consider your average mill community. It was something better than that.”
None of the oldtimers could pin down the date, but sometime in the 1940s, during a Christmas recess, the school burned down and had to be rebuilt.