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.
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Booker T. Washington – Monteith Cultural Center
Booker T. Washington Auditorium Renovation
The Booker T. Washington High School Foundation is an organization whose purpose is to perpetuate the heritage and history of BTW, maintain relationships with alumni, develop and build partnerships with community supporters, and keep the traditions of BTW in the forefront.
We will strive to maintain the heritage and history of Booker T. Washington High School.
We value the history of Booker T. Washington High School.
We value the teachers, staff and alumni of Booker T. Washington High School.
We value the descendants of Booker T. Washington High School alumni.
We value community and corporate supporters.
We value our relationship with Richland School District One.
We value our relationship with the University of South Carolina.
We value the opportunity to educate the Midlands community about the history of Booker T. Washington High School and its impact globally, nationally, regionally and locally.
Goal 1: To perpetuate the heritage of Booker T. Washington High School
- Objective 1: To reestablish the BTW Alumni Association
- Objective 2: To organize the Millennium Society
Goal 2: To seek community partners and supporters for the Booker T. Washington High School Foundation
Goal 3: To establish ongoing financial stability for the Booker T. Washington Foundation
Objective 1: To reinstate/acquire 501C3 status
- Strategy: Review BTW Foundation information submitted to the Secretary of State
- Strategy: Begin gathering information needed for application process
Objective 2: To determine the annual financial contribution of Foundation Board members
Objective 3: To identify financial contributions to the Foundation by individuals, Classes, Alumni, Scholars and members of the Millennium Society
Objective 4: To seek matching fund opportunities