Near Little River in Horry County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Chestnut Consolidated School
This school, consolidating schools in several northeastern Horry County communities, was a one-story brick building with two wings. After county schools desegregated in 1970, it became North Myrtle Beach High School and later North Myrtle Beach Middle School. The 1954 building was demolished in 1995.
Erected 2011 by The Chestnut Consolidated High School Alumni Association. (Marker Number 26-27.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Education. A significant historical year for this entry is 1970.
Location. 33° 51.191′ N, 78° 40.765′ W. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Little River SC 29566, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Randall (approx. 1½ miles away); Roberts Pavilion / Ocean Drive Pavilion (approx. 2.4 miles away); Sonny’s Pavilion (approx. 2.7 miles away); Atlantic Beach (approx. 4 miles away); Rebecca Randall Bryan (approx. 4.1 miles away); Boundary House (approx. 5½ miles away); South Carolina / North Carolina (approx. 5.8 miles away in North Carolina); First Post Road (approx. 5.8 miles away in North Carolina). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Little River.
Also see . . . History of NMBHS. “The new school brought together children from Atlantic Beach, Little River, Little River Neck, Brooksville, Mt. Calvary and Longs. Before this school, Little River Neck had a school in a church and Little River had its own little school with two or three teachers. School busses started making routes for the black children in 1950. Before this, Mr. (Submitted on February 11, 2012.)
1. A Historic Perspective
The journey to the establishment of Chestnut Consolidated School can be traced back to the Dred Scott decision of 1857 by the U.S. Supreme Court that slavery was legal. In 1868 the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, which defined citizenship and included the equal protection clause, essentially overruling the Dred Scott decision. Once again, another major U.S. Supreme court case known as Plessey versus Ferguson (1896) resulted in the separate but equal doctrine for blacks and whites. The segregation part of the law was complied with, but the equal part was a dismal failure.
In the ensuing years, Mr. Julius Rosenwald, a New York philanthropist, partnered with the incomparable Dr. Booker T. Washington in 1911 to perform a public service of the highest order. Together they made a contribution of enduring value, which changed the
The typical school community during this period was a two room wood structure, with outdoor toilets and some form of drinking water usually a hand water pump located on the school ground. The schools housed grades 1- 7 and some included up to eight
Each step along the way resulted in an improvement in education for African Americans. Poplar and Loris Training Schools did not have a gymnasium. Many African American high schools during this period in the south were considered training schools, rather than high schools. Many of these training schools only added 12th grade in 1948. All competitive sports were played outdoors. There were very few school buses to transport children from their local communities to either of these two schools. Often, in order for a student to attend high school, he/she would need to board with a family living near one of these two schools. Some of the students from this area boarded with families in Conway in order to attend Whittemore High School.
On December 22, 1950, Mr. Harry Briggs of Clarendon County filed a lawsuit in federal lawsuit filed in Federal District Court challenging the constitutionality of the state’s “separate but equal” education provision. As the Briggs vs. Elliott case and three other similar cases played out in the
In the fall of 1954, Chestnut Consolidated School opened its doors as a school. It was located on the current site of North Myrtle Beach Middle School. It was built under the equalization program of Gov. James F. Byrnes, intended to preserve segregation by building new schools for blacks. The school was named in honor of a prominent Horry County educator, Mr.
In 1957 after being open for only three years, the school won the state championship in basketball. In the fall of 1963, a football team was established. As part of the curriculum, the school had two well organized programs known as New Farmers of America (N.F.A.) for the male students under the leadership of the Mr. James F. Fitts and New Homemakers of America (N.H.A.) under the leaderships of the late Gladys Murray and Mrs. Bessie E. Ridgley (Malloy).
After Horry County Schools desegregated in 1970, Chestnut became North Myrtle Beach High School and later North Myrtle Beach Middle School. The 1954 building was demolished in 1995.
By David C. Wilson President – Class of 1962
— Submitted August 12, 2012, by David C. Wilson of Conway, South Carolina.
2. Alma Matters
Transcription of the text found in Photograph No. 10.
To you dear Chestnut, We’ll ever be true,
Gold and Maroon, Gold and Maroon.
Our hearts are filled with cheer and delight,
We love you so, we love you so.
Throughout our lives your name we will praise.
To you our cares and all honors we give,
For all the virtues you’ve taught through the years
Chestnut, our school, we love you so.
Hail, Alma Mater, Hail, Hail to thee!
Gold and Maroon, Gold and Maroon
Lend us a listening ear as we sing.
Praise to thee, Gold and Maroon.
Long may all they work abound
Great and lasting by thy name,
Chestnut, our school, we love you so.
Dear Chestnut High, Our Chestnut High,
Loyal sons and daughters we
Brave and true we’ll ever stand
For the dear old Chestnut grand.
Alma Mater we will be
Always ever praising thee,
Dear Chestnut High, Our Chestnut High
Proud of you we’ll always be.
Throughout the years, the coming years,
Through toils and many snares,
Your high ideals will still be dear.
Chestnut High, Dear Chestnut High.
— Submitted August 19, 2012.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 11, 2012, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,509 times since then and 170 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 11, 2012, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 4, 5. submitted on August 6, 2012, by David C. Wilson of Conway, South Carolina. 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on August 12, 2012, by David C. Wilson of Conway, South Carolina. 10. submitted on August 13, 2012, by David C. Wilson of Conway, South Carolina. 11, 12, 13, 14. submitted on August 12, 2012, by David C. Wilson of Conway, South Carolina. 15. submitted on August 15, 2012, by David C. Wilson of Conway, South Carolina.