2011-09-23 / Education

Richland One to induct six into Hall of Fame

Contributed by Richland One Schools

Six new members will be inducted into the Richland One Hall of Fame in February.

The Richland One Hall of Fame was created to recognize the many Richland One alumni and other persons throughout the district’s history who have made significant contributions to Richland One, their communities, their professions, and society as a whole.

Induction into the Richland One Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed upon individuals by the Richland One Board of School Commissioners. Thirty- five persons have been inducted since the Hall of Fame was established in 2004.

The six members of the 2011 Richland One Hall of Fame induction class are:

 Dor is Glymph Greene, a retired educator who is a 1959 graduate of Booker T. Washington High School and was the first African-American English instructor at Midlands Technical College. She established the Booker T. Washington High School Foundation, an organization that works to preserve the history of the school which was closed in 1974;

 Tyrone B. Hayes, Ph.D., a 1985 graduate of Dreher High School and a professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley whose research in the United States and Africa focuses on examining the impact of pesticides on environmental and public health;

 King B.L. Jeffcoat, a member of the first graduating class (1950) of C.A. Johnson High School, the first African- American commandant of the 120th ARCOM Drill Sergeant School at Fort Jackson, and a retired Richland One teacher and administrator who served on the Richland One Board of School Commissioners for 14 years;

 Stonewall M. Richburg, a retired Richland One teacher and administrator whose tenure included serving as the first principal of Fairwold Junior High School (now Pendergrass Fairwold School) and as the district’s first executive director of pupil personnel services;

 Dr. James L. Solomon Jr., the first African-American graduate school student at the University of South Carolina, retired commissioner of the S.C. Department of Social Services, and a former member of the Richland One Board of School Commissioners who was the first African- American board chairman; and

 Nathaniel Spells Sr., a 1968 graduate of C.A. Johnson High School and the first African-American graduate of Clemson University’s School of Architecture who is president and chief executive officer of Construction Dynamics, Inc., the largest African- American-owned general construction and construction management firm in South Carolina.

The 8th annual Richland One Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Gala will be held Saturday, February 4 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The reception will begin at 6 p. m., and the program will begin at 7 p.m.

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