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Grimball Road Community

W. Gresham Meggett High and Elementary School

1929 Grimball Road


Septima P. Clark Corporate Academy has been appreciative and fortunate of The Charleston County School District Board of Trustees and it’s decision to house Clark on beautiful James Island at one of the District’s most historical location. W. Gresham Meggett High and Elementary School was constructed as a consolidated school for African American students on James Island. The school originally had four classrooms and an eleven-room addition to the school created both an elementary and high school for African American students. When opened in 1953, the school had fifteen classrooms, a multi-purpose room, a kitchen, and administrative offices.

The school currently retains its historic name over the entrance. The one-story school has few alterations, although several windows closed as well as a historic entrance. Gresham Meggett is representative of the consolidation of smaller schools required by the equalization program and retains its rural setting as a small school for a local community. Gresham Meggett was recommended eligible for the National Register under Criteria A,”.. associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of our history. Under Criteria C, “..that embody the distinctive characteristics of a type, period, or method of construction, or that represent the work of a master, or that possess high artistic values, or that represent a significant and distinguishable entity whose components may lack individual distinction”.

During 2017, alumni, local residents, and community leaders collaborated their efforts and sought for the school building to gain its well deserved distinction. After review and consideration, W. Gresham Meggett High and Elementary School Site was listed on The National Register of Historic Places of The U. S. Department of the Interior National Park Service on February 20, 2018 (#10002098), https://www.nps.gov/nr/faq.htm