Florence One seeking McClenaghan memorabilia
The old McClenaghan High School will soon be open again, this time serving as an annex for the Florence 1 Schools district office. A grand re-opening for the facility, originally completed in September 1921, is being planned for Thursday, September 16th at 6 pm. All alumni and the general public are invited to attend.
Once home to secondary students, this beautifully renovated piece of district history will now be home to Florence County Adult Education and district office personnel moving from the current annex on South Dargan Street.
Florence 1 is seeking memorabilia for a permanent public history display in the building. Trisha Caulder, F1S Board Member and Chair of the Re-opening Planning Committee, said that plaques, trophies, awards, pictures, sports items, letter sweaters and any other items related to McClenaghan are welcome.
“I taught at McClenaghan so this really means something to me,” Caulder said. “We also think it would be a good idea to get an alumni group started. All of the other schools have one and McClenaghan has groups for this year or that year but not one big group.
” Caulder has found a few items in district records, including copies of the McClenaghan newspaper and information about the cost of the original building. She said that she is excited to have these items and any others that are donated on display for the public to see. Hopefully, Caulder said, the display will be set up in a third-floor room that will be available to rent for future McClenaghan class reunions.