Pine Street Traditions
Pine Street School is the oldest school in Spartanburg County. Our doors opened for the first time in 1929. The Great Depression gloomily greeted our nation, and twelve teachers enthusiastically met their students in grades 1-5. Classes were filled with over thirty students who learned reading, writing and arithmetic in straight, quiet rows as the portraits of George Washington and the American flag with 48 stars kept watch over them.
During the 1930s Mr. Jervey DuPre became the principal and stayed in that position for 37 years. He allowed orphans living on Crystal Drive to attend school here and when America join WWII, patriotic fever became contagios at Pine Street. Mothers rolled bandages in empty classrooms and students purchased war bonds on Fridays. The lunch room was added (in our current art rooms) and students no longer walked home everyday for lunch. The scrumptious aroma of those famous rolls drifted through the halls as students completed their lessons as well as wrote letters to the soldiers.
The war ended, and the 1950s brought the Baby Boom to Spartanburg. Pine Street School added a new “E-Wing” (our current first grade hall) and the cafeteria was made larger. Extracurricular classes, including physical education, music and French were also new additions.
After 37 years as principal Mr. DuPre retired and Perrin Powell, Rick Dizbon and Tommy Stokes continued to lead our fine school with an excellent reputation that was so renowned that the school could no longer accomodate all of the families who moved to our neighborhood. The Board of Trustees thankfully voted to make additions to the school instead of relocating it. The expanded related arts area, cafeteria and new media center now allow for Pine Street School to be the largest elementary school in the city of Spartanburg.
For over 80 years Pine Street School has had the perfect menu for success and excellence. Today Mrs. Anne Jeter is the principal, and we are looking boldly to the future and another 80 years of great student achievement and success as your neighborhood school. We are “That Special Place where Excellence is Expected and is our Standard!”
- Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - School of Distinction Award
- Nine National Board Certified Teachers
- $200,000 SAFE. Routes Program
- South Carolina Palmetto Gold Award (Eleven consecutive years!)
- Palmetto’s Finest Award
- Healthy School Award
- School Of Promise
- Red Carpet School
- South Carolina Exemplary Writing School
Pine Street School Today
- The 2013-2014 enrollment is 705.
- Our average daily attendance for 2012-2013 school year was 97.5%.
- Pine Street is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
- Our 2012 School Report Card - Absolute Rating - EXCELLENT – Improvement Rating -EXCELLENT
- Number of Certified Teachers: 53
- Number with advanced degrees: 69.8%
- National Board Certified teachers: 9
Special Days for Students
- Kindergarten - Fall Festival
- First Grade - Dr. Seuss Day
- Second Grade - Pings Party and Earth Day
- Third Grade - Colonial Day
- Fourth Grade - Yankee Doodle Day and Mother’s Day Luncheon
- Fifith Grade - Immigration Day and Grandparents Day Luncheon