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Leavelle McCampbell School

Graniteville is known as the South’s first cotton mill village. Development of this community began in 1846 after industrial visionary William Gregg purchased nearly 8,000 acres of land here for his Graniteville Manufacturing Company and began the construction of an entire town. His plan included a canal, the factory, churches, housing for employees, accessible stores, and a school.

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The first school built for his employees’ children was called Graniteville Academy and was completed in 1847. Gregg, who saw himself not only as a champion of industry but also an overseer of morality, stipulated that his factory workers send their children to this free school or face a hefty fine. School was held in a Gothic Revival-style building that complemented the other structures in the new village, including the mill houses and St. John Methodist Church.

Leavelle McCampbell

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By the early twentieth century, the success of the mill dictated that a newer, larger school be built to accommodate the increasing student body. Leavelle McCampbell School, a two-story brick building named for a Graniteville Mill board member and eventual president, was built in 1922. The school served elementary-aged students from Graniteville as well as from the surrounding communities of Vaucluse and Warrenville until it became Graniteville High School in 1954.

Leavelle McCampbell Marker

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The mill sold the school property to Aiken County in 1960. The school remained a high school until 1980 and then became Leavelle McCampbell Middle School, as it is today. However, the school is slated to relocate into a new building by then end of the 2016-2017 school year. The fate of this historic building following the move is yet undetermined.

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Leavelle McCampbell School Info

Address: 82 Canal Street, Graniteville, SC 29829
GPS Coordinates: 33.567759,-81.806274

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10 Comments about Leavelle McCampbell School

John FridieNo Gravatar says:
January 2nd, 2017 at 5:40 pm

I attended 1968-1969. First Black varsity basketball team player and Paul Quiller was the first to play varsity football.
Coach Knight was a good coach. Given the challenges of the time period, Mr. Nobles was a good principal with a tough job. There were challenges naturally but I still have friends of both races that I have maintained until today. The guys I played with were great. I think I grew as a person from my experiences there at Leavelle McCampbell HS.

giles johnsonNo Gravatar says:
October 13th, 2016 at 6:49 pm

Addie Ross I graduated in 1968 and we had three blacks (good friends) who graduated with me – a boy and 2 girls.

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
September 12th, 2016 at 12:26 pm

Hi, Addie. Aiken County schools did not desegregate until 1970. We are sorry that we do not have a record of the number of students and do not know the answer to your second question. If we learn anything, we will let you know.

Addie RossNo Gravatar says:
September 12th, 2016 at 11:02 am

Can you tell me exactly when the school was integrated and approximately how many students the first year of integration. Also, will the building possibly become a historical site?

Annette BratcherNo Gravatar says:
September 9th, 2016 at 8:34 pm

I would like a copy of a couple of the annuals for the yrs 1970 to 1974. Please contact me via email. Ty!

Carson KightNo Gravatar says:
October 1st, 2016 at 1:19 am

My Mother may still have Leavelle McCampbell Yearbooks from some of the years you are looking for. They belonged to my Daddy, the late Coach Duke Kight. If you are interested, I will check with her and see if she still has them. In all fairness though, I must disagree with your impression of Mr. Troy Nobles. He is a wonderful man, and quite the opposite of your description. I am sorry that you felt that way.

Annette BratcherNo Gravatar says:
September 9th, 2016 at 8:29 pm

I attended school there from 1969 to 1974. The school had a football team named The Rocks. The principal was Troy Nobles. The coach was Knight. Great memories except for the Nobles principal. He was for the rich kids. Not fair either.

Kirk Bennett says:
March 3rd, 2016 at 10:37 pm

A comprehensive historical archive of GHS (Leavelle McCampbell) High School football has been produced by the official Leavelle McCampbell School Alumni Assn…And, can be seen by viewing via this link

Kirk BennettNo Gravatar says:
March 3rd, 2016 at 5:37 pm

A comprehensive historical archive of GHS (Leavelle McCampbell) High School football has been produced by the official Leavelle McCampbell School Alumni Assn…And, can be seen by viewing via this link

benny jacksonNo Gravatar says:
July 7th, 2014 at 8:56 pm

Does anyone know when varsity football started at Leavelle-McCampbell High School?

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