Sumter High School, Early Years
Dave Pettigrew, SHS class of 1971, has developed an outstanding website in which yearbooks are being scanned onto his free website (HERE..click on a yearbook image) with many class photos, lists of graduates, and an outstanding graphics and text page of the school's history (HERE).
On this page you are now viewing, the memorial #s are memorials on the free Find a Grave (separate but owned by the subscription genealogy website, Ancestry.com).
I want to directly link to some old, online newspaper sources (Sumter's The Watchman & Southron via Library of Congress' Chronicling America, which detail some history and the senior class graduates.
- S. C. petition of Legislature, May 1888, HERE.
- Commisioner J. T. Green's 1890 letter about the schools, HERE.
- Sumter public school system opens 2 Sept 1889, young John Brawner Duffie, Sr. of Columbia (graduate of Union College), superintendent (Victor R. Pringle, Assistant).
- First year (9 months) ends (students: 310 whites & 294 blacks), HERE (Watchman & Southron issue of 4 June 1890, vol. IX #43, page [image] 3, 2nd column from viewer's left near page top).
Links to classes 1889-1912, HERE . W & S of 1910 has 1891-1910 lists HERE and W & S of 1912 lists 1891-1911 HERE.
***(1889-1913, only 10 grades; 1914-1944, only 11 grades)***
***(Student names: before maybe 1915, names by which people were baptized were frequently & without legal process, changed before, say, age 12. Grade school nicknames often changed as the person became older (HERE). In cases of those with 1 or 2 middle names, either or both of those might be deleted as they became older or married. Old printed source material was printed by a more tedious process than today & typos were not uncommon. Females are especially hard to track down from names on graduate lists; so, the birth year range of a graduation group becomes helpful.)***
Sumter HS Class of ___ (W & S, date, p. __, column, title, HERE):
(the name they apparently "went by" in italics)
Lincoln HS Class of ? (none yet found vs found):
Years 1892-1912, LINKS:
1893 (no graduates, W&S 7 June 1893, p5, col. #3, HERE)
1911 (the first time with class photos)
1920 through at least 1972
(then click on any yearbook image)
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2 December 2017)