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History of McCrorey-Liston School of Technology



In September, 1954, an educational institution in the western section of Fairfield County built to satisfy the Supreme Court’s ruling of “separate but equal”, opened its door to 820 eager students. Prior to the opening, the Fairfield County Board of Education sponsored an essay contest for high school students at Camp Liberty, the former high school, to select a name for the new school. Interested students were asked to write about a native educator of Fairfield County. Misses Valerie Martin and Mamie Lou Pearson shared first place with essays about  Dr. Henry L. McCrorey and Dr. Hardy C. Liston, both former presidents of Johnson C. Smith University. The first administrative staff included Richard Brown, Principal and twenty-five teachers.


In 1971, Col. Robert G. McMaster became the first full-time assistant principal.  McCrorey-Liston School became two schools in 1978, the year the first principal, Mr. Brown, retired.  The high school principal was Beauregard King, IV and Evelyn U. Henry was elementary principal. In 1984, Carl Jackson, Jr. became the high school principal.  In 1986, the county’s two high schools (McCrorey-Liston High School and Winnsboro High School) merged to form Fairfield Central High School. The school then became McCrorey-Liston Elementary School with Mrs. Henry remaining as the elementary principal and Col. McMaster as assistant principal.  In 1987, David Young became assistant principal, followed by Mr. Henry Livingston, III, in 1988, and Mr. John Clark in 1991. In 1995, Mrs. Henry and Mr. Clark retired. Mr. Carl Johnson became principal. In 2000, Mrs. Jennifer M. Jenkins became principal. The general contractor for the original McCrorey-Liston School was C. G. Stuckley Construction Company.  Lyles, Bissett, Carlisle and Wolf were the architect engineers.


On February 17, 1991, a dedication ceremony was held for the new McCrorey-Liston Elementary School.  The general contractor for the new McCrorey-Liston Elementary School was Martin Engineering, Incorporated.  The architect was Fuller, Ward, and Associates, P.A.


In 2011, the name of the school was changed to McCrorey-Liston School of Technology.