Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Michael C. Riley Schools

Marker ID: SCHM 7-29
Location: on Goethe Road
County: Beaufort
Coordinates: N 32° 14.462    W 080° 51.752
  32.241033    -80.862533
Style: Free Standing **


(Front text):This is the site of two schools that served the black community of southern Beaufort County for most of the twentieth century. Bluffton Graded School, a small frame building constructed about 1900, was followed in 1954 by an elementary and high school named for Michael C. Riley (1873~1966), longtime trustee of Beaufort County School District #2.

(Reverse text):From 1954 to 1970 the elementary school educated Bluffton´s black students in grades 1~8 and the high school educated Bluffton´s and Hilton Head´s black students in grades 9~12. After county schools were desegregated in 1970, it was an elementary school for Bluffton´s black and white students until 1991. A new Michael C. Riley Elementary School opened nearby that same year.

Erected 2002 by The Michael C. Riley High School Alumni Assc.