100-Year-Old SC High School Celebrates Anniversary

Published June 7, 2010

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The first public high school for black students in one of South Carolina's oldest cities is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported Saturday that Burke High School has survived many milestones including integration of South Carolina's public schools and remains the only public school on the historic peninsula.

In 2004, the school moved to a new building designed by architect Harvey Gantt — a Burke graduate, the first black student at Clemson University and former mayor of Charlotte, N.C.

The school has struggled academically in recent years and the state Education Department considered taking it over in 2006.

The school says the 88 students in the graduating class of 2010 earned $2.1 million in scholarships.

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Information from: The Post and Courier, http://www.postandcourier.com

Written by <P>By the Associated Press</P>

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