Fort Mill School District
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FMSD Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
FMSD Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
Posted on 10/19/2016
Board of Trusties approves first inductee class to the newly established Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame was established in 2016 to honor graduates of the Fort Mill School District and other persons whose interests and activities have resulted in significant contributions to the betterment of the school district, their communities, their states and/or nation.

Such persons may have:

  • - Shared an inspiring vision for the education of the district's students;
  • - Made notable contributions to the district’s educational policies or programs; and/or
  • - Made a significant contribution to society at large as a consequence of their education in the district’s schools.

Persons eligible include:

  • - Former Fort Mill School District Students
  • - Former Fort Mill School District Employees
  • - Former Fort Mill School District School Board Members
  • - Community Leaders
  • - Parents of Former Fort Mill School District Students
  • - Other Persons Reflecting Notable Contributions
  • - Up to 5 inductees in any single year maybe selected

The Hall of Fame Committee members were appointed by the Board of Trusties. Members of the 2016 committee included: Mike Hill, Scott Patterson, Guynn Savage, Jeff Updike, and Patrick White.

During the Tuesday, October 18th board meeting, committee member Mike Hill recommended 5 people be approved as the first class to the Fort Mill School District's Hall of Fame, which were then approved by the Board of Trustees.  Inductees are noted below.

 

Mr.MackFrancis Murray Mack, Sr.

Francis Murray Mack, Sr. was born in 1887 in Fort Mill. He attended Davidson College and graduated from Cornell University, where he studied and excelled in French, Latin, and mathematics. In 1910, Mr. Mack joined the National Guard, where he quickly rose in rank.

Mr. Mack returned to Fort Mill after his service in the National Guard and became Superintendent of Fort Mill Schools from 1921 to 1938.  After serving the school district as Superintendent, Mr. Mack fought in World War II in 1946-1947 and was military governor of Taegu, Korea. After returning home from WWII, Mr. Mack took up farming and was active in the choir at Unity Presbyterian Church well into his 80s.

                                 

Mr.McCallumHarold “Mac” McCallum

Harold McCallum, a native of Camden, graduated from Berry College with a Bachelor of Science before receiving a graduate degree from the University of South Carolina. His career with Fort Mill Schools spanned 28 years, beginning as an agriculture teacher at Fort Mill High School, where he taught students skills that were critical to preparing them for the textile and farm-based community Fort Mill was at the time.

Mr. McCallum later served as principal of Fort Mill Junior High and is credited with helping successfully integrate Fort Mill Schools.  Mr. McCallum was honored as Teacher of the Year and received numerous honors from the community for various civic activities, including Fort Mill Man of the Year and Fort Mill Area Chamber of Commerce Civic Volunteer of the Year.

 

Mrs.McCallumPhoebe B. McCallum

Phoebe McCallum, of Tigerville, SC, graduated from Winthrop in 1939. Mrs. McCallum taught typing at Fort Mill High School for 25 years and was proud to say that she never missed a day of teaching. In addition to her teaching duties, Mrs. McCallum was the advisor for the school newspaper, The Loudspeaker.

In addition to teaching, Mrs. McCallum was an active member of the community. She was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church for more than 50 years, a lifetime member of the Fort Mill Area Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Fort Mill Women’s Club for more than 50 years.

Phoebe McCallum and husband Harold “Mac” McCallum were honored in 1992 when a former student created a scholarship fund in their name. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student at each high school in the district.

 

Mr.NesbittJ.H. “Hoss” Nesbitt

 J.H. “Hoss” Nesbitt was born in Troutman, NC in 1923.  He earned a bachelor’s degree from Erskine College and a master’s degree from Furman University. He taught at Piedmont High School as a teacher and coach before arriving in Fort Mill in 1952 to become the principal of Fort Mill High School.

After a brief tenure as Superintendent of Marlboro County Schools, Mr. Nesbitt returned to Fort Mill in 1966 to take over as Superintendent of the Fort Mill School District, where he remained for nearly 20 years. He helped successfully lead integration in the Fort Mill School District and worked with the Leroy Springs Foundation to establish the tuition reimbursement program for teachers seeking master’s degrees.

After retirement from the district, Mr. Nesbitt served on the Fort Mill Town Council and served two terms in the South Carolina House of Representatives.

 

Mr.JonesAlfred Oscar “A.O.” Jones

Alfred Oscar “A.O.” Jones was a native of Fort Mill, born in 1899. He received his early education in Fort Mill, graduating from Fort Mill High School in 1916 when there were only 11 grades. He went on to receive a bachelor’s degree from Presbyterian College, despite his college career being interrupted when he joined the Army to serve in WWI. He later received a master’s degree from University of South Carolina and did post graduate work at Columbia University.

Mr. Jones’ service to the district spans 43 years. He began his career in Fort Mill Schools in 1921, first as a teacher. Soon after, he was named principal of Fort Mill High School, a position he assumed in addition to his teaching duties. From 1941 to 1964, Mr. Jones served the district as superintendent. He retired in 1964.

Under Mr. Jones’ leadership, a new high school and football stadium were built on Banks street. The former high school building, then on Tom Hall Street, was later named A.O. Jones Middle School.