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First Adult Night School Program in SC Celebrates 100th Year

October 23, 2015 - Posted in Education

The first adult night school in South Carolina was started by Dr. Wil Lou Gray in 1915!  The schoolhouse is located in Youngs Township in Laurens County and a historical marker has been erected at the site.

The inscription on the historical marker reads:
“Here at Young's School in 1915, Dr. Wil Lou Gray (1883-1984) initiated for her native county of Laurens a seven-school program of night education for adults which led to the adoption of a state-wide system and her national recognition as a tireless and effective opponent of illiteracy.
 
On October 24, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. a special ceremony to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the school’s founding will be held at 451 Youngs Schoolhouse Road, Gray Court, SC 29645. Dr. David Stout, Director of Adult Education at the SC Department of Education, has been invited to speak. Educators and community members are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Mary Burch, Coordinator, at 864-476-2446.

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