Our Roots

For 110 years, we have committed to educating the next generation of spiritual leaders with an emphasis on academic distinction and practical experience, while caring for our community’s well-being.

The first elementary school on this campus was established in 1910. Classes met for the first four years in the old Byers Plantation House before the first schoolhouse was built in 1914. Sixteen years later, in 1930, a large one-room, wood stove-heated school house was built up the hill from our current facility.

In 1950 Captain W. W. Gilmer, a retired Naval Captain who served in World War I, donated $2,000 to expand the school house. In gratitude for this gift, the school was named in his honor and the title remained after our current facility was built in 1971.

Today we continue in the rich history that preceded us.