ALMA MATER

Proudly stands our dear old Pacolet
    Faithful, strong and true.
May her banners fly forever,
    All the long years through!


Dear Old Pacolet, how we love you;
    You're our joy and pride.
Never shall we fail to serve you;
    You will be our guide.

Pacolet, Pacolet, proud old Pacolet,
    You'll forever reign;
In our hearts and in our memories,
    You'll remain supreme.


Thoughts on the closing of Pacolet High School.


"MAY HER BANNERS FLY FOREVER"

   Pacolet High School is no more. Alas, even though her Alma Mater proudly declared her banners would be eternal, they fly no more. Her banners have been furled, her colors struck and the last note sounded.  Even all of her buildings now have been torn down. After almost 50 years of loyal community service, it is gone forever.

  Pacolet High School - The name has a ring of familiarity and affection that still strikes most of its graduates.  Some forty or fifty years later, the name still has emotional overtones.

  Probably to most people a high school is just a high school.  Indeed, it seemed like that to many Pacolet students while they were in attendance. But yet, when they graduate and get the broader perspective of age and experience and distance the true uniqueness of Pacolet High School begins to emerge.

   It’s hard to define really, the thing that makes a school a special and sacred kind of place.  All schools generally have the same type material things. Pacolet possibly lacked some material things that many other schools had.

   But in things of the spirit Pacolet had a great abundance. The core of this was probably the people that were drawn to it as teachers and principals and superintendents and janitors and secretaries and lunch room workers and maintenance personnel. There seemed to be a feeling among most all of these people that what they were doing was important and with direct bearing on the future of many lives.  And so it was. This spirit was subtly, passed along to the students and gave the student body a sense of purpose.

  Not that the students and staff were lacking in a sense of humor or even a sense of hysteria sometimes. But underneath, most every one seemed to sense that they were all engaged in serious business and generally behaved accordingly.

  As a building is built brick by brick, so was Pacolet High School built by the unheralded and often unnoticed acts of hundreds of teachers and students. Now it’s gone. The traditions and classes and Halloween carnivals and sports and gym classes all have passed.

   But have they really disappeared?  Schools are sacred places and affect the lives of the people passing through them in much the same way as churches.

   So it seems then that maybe the sacraments and catechisms learned at the altar of Pacolet High School are passed along in more remote places, and all of its dedicated peoples were its priests and bishops and apostles.




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This reunion site has been started as a part of the Pacolet website as a service to the Pacolet High School Class of 1955.The web masters and people to  contact about putting Class of 1955 information on the web site are Mary McKinney Teaster and Gerald Teaster.  Contact Mary at:  marylee@glendalesc.com and Gerald at gteaster @pacoletmemories.com. Contact both by telephone at (843) 873-8117. See more information about Mary and her Glendale connection at Mary McKinney Teaster.


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This web site has been started as a public service to share the story of Pacolet. The web master and person to contact about putting information on the web site is me, Gerald Teaster.  Contact me at:
gteaster@pacoletmemories.com or by telephone at (843) 873-8117.  My regular mail adress is:
1311 Jahnz Ave.
Summerville, SC 29485

See more information about my Pacolet connection at Gerald Teaster.