Consider this interesting fact…
The students of Greenville High School’s current freshman class will reach retirement age in the year 2063. None of us has the slightest clue what the world will look like 50 years from now. In 1963, the future held the promise of flying cars, robotic housekeepers, and shorter work hours; 50 years later we are still waiting. But who back then could have foreseen today’s smart phones or genetic sequencing or cloud computing technology? In a world that seems to be changing exponentially in terms of technology and science, it is an extraordinary responsibility to be charged with educating today’s children.
For 125 years, Greenville High School has been preparing students for the excitement and uncertainty of tomorrow, and one look at the school’s “Wall of Fame” is proof of its success. Proudly displayed in the school’s lobby, the “Wall of Fame” showcases alumni who have shaped the worlds of science, the arts, business, athletics, and government—former students such as Charles Townes, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1964 for his invention of laser technology, and Thomas T. Goldsmith Jr. the co- inventor of the first arcade game to use a cathode ray tube and a Life Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. From stage and screen, there is Joanne Woodward, Academy Award–winning actress, voted “Best Looking” her senior year. And consider world-renowned pianist Emile Pandolfi, who performed at the 1984 Summer Olympics’ opening ceremony. From business, there is Herman Lay, founder of Lay’s Potato Chips and former chairman of PepsiCo. From sports, Richard Allen Dietz (1960 graduate) who played with the San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Atlanta Braves. From politics, there is former South Carolina governor and United States secretary of education Dick Riley, as well as Nick Theodore, who served as South Carolina’s lieutenant governor from 1987 to 1995. And what about Charles Fernley Fawcett, professional wrestler, resistance worker, actor, soldier, and co-founder of the International Medical Corps. Fawcett was the recipient of both the French Croix de Guerre and the American Eisenhower medals.
Greenville High is rich in history and reputation. Over the years, the school has been modified and remodeled, evolving to fit the growing needs of the community, its downtown building standing tall since 1938.
What professional athletes or movie stars or science or business leaders are currently roaming its halls, forming ideas that will shape tomorrow? What legacy will they leave? If its “Wall of Fame” is any indication, history is in the making.
A passion for science sparked Charles Townes’s world-changing thought