1858 S. Grimball Rd.
Charleston, SC 29412
Who Were Baxter and Patrick?
Mrs. Nan Baxter, a native of Edgefield, South Carolina, attended Schofield Normal School in Aiken. After completing her studies there, she in 1917 entered South Carolina State College in Orangeburg. Later, in 1952, she received her Bachelor of Science degree from the same institution. Mrs. Baxter's teaching career lasted 42 years. Over 33 of those years were spent on James Island.
After her retirement in 1959, she remained active in social and civic work. She served as president of The Ever Ready Club of Central Baptist Church and had memberships in the Missionary Society, The Elite Federation Club, The Modern Priscilla Club, The YWCA, The Retired Teachers' Association, and The Charleston County Teachers' Association.
Mrs. Anna S. Patrick was a native of Charleston. She first attended a private school directed by her aunt, Miss Ameila Smalls. She later completed her junior high and senior high work at Simonton School and Avery Normal Institute. In order to further advance her education, she attended summer sessions at several institutions, including South Carolina State College in Orangeburg, and Allen University in Columbia. She also attended extension courses in Charleston and Georgetown offered by those institutions.
Her first teaching experience was in McCormick County. In 1926, she began teaching in Charleston County as principal-teacher at Sol Legare School on James Island. In addition to her classroom and office responsibilities, Mrs. Patrick taught adult school at night and was active in the community. The PTA during her administration was extremely large and went on record as the first PTA of a county school to win the PTA banner for pefect attendance at the Palmetto State Teachers' Convention in Columbia. She was an active member of the Palmetto Education Association and the County Teachers' Association.
She retired in 1957 after having searched the state in the teaching profession for 50 years. she reamined active in church, educational, and civic work after her retirement.