As reported 49 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Sept. 12, 1957:
Record Harlem enrollment
Harlem High School opened for the school year on Tuesday morning with a record enrollment of 516 students in elementary and high school departments.
The large amount of students caused an overflow of the Harlem High School auditorium when the students gathered to hear Father Joseph Lamar Peacock of Trinity Episcopal Church, who gave the opening prayer and Scripture lesson, and chairman of the Harlem School trustees, F.W. Tracy, who gave the welcome address.
Guests that attended the event included Mayor H.O. Hatcher of Harlem, and Mrs. Hatcher of the Woman's Club; Lionel Prather, chairman of Columbia County Commission and member of the Harlem Board of Trustees; Charlie Watson, chief of police of Harlem, and Mrs. K.L. Moore, county health nurse.
Evans High opens
Opening exercises for Evans were held in the cafeteria with Superintendent John P. Blanchard as the main speaker.
On Wednesday, the lunchroom began to operate with 740 students eating there the first day.
This year, Evans acquired a new speech department and new equipment for home economics, science and agriculture departments. Evans High School is at its highest enrollment in history, with 834 students attending the school, as reported by principal John R. Brooks.
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