Recognizing the exigency to preserve Booker T. Washington High School’s tradition of academic, vocational, athletic, and cultural excellence, Doris Glymph Greene, class of’59, envisioned a foundation to keep the memory of the school alive. She drafted a concept proposal which the Columbia Pan-Hellenic Council unanimously adopted. The Council immediately set about establishing the Booker T. Washington High School Foundation, counseled by Attorney Franchot Brown ’61, who rendered his legal services pro bono.
Considering it historically important that the Booker T. Washington High School tradition and her contributions to the city, county, state and nation be commemorated by positive community action, in the summer of 1974, representatives from the Pan Hellenic Council and BTW alumni elected the first Board of Directors of the Foundation. The Board committed to a twofold purpose: to preserve the rich history of Booker T. Washington High School and to enshrine the school’s memorabilia. Over the years the Board has overseen the formation of an alumni association, the creation of a scholarship program and heritage banquet, the revival of the John Work Chorus, and the establishment of a building fund.
The Booker T. Washington tradition flourishes through class reunions, the heritage banquet, John Work Chorus, alumni picnics, and scholarship programs. In addition the reunion weekend and the high school foundation have served as prototypes for other historic black schools lost to the confusion of desegregation. The preservation of the Booker T. Washington High School legacy thrives under the visionary leadership of the current Board of Directors, President Henry Hopkins '50 and Annie P. Kelley ’60, Planning Committee Chairperson.
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