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Cayce School / Lexington District Two Learning Center, Lexington Avenue Cayce: 1990s(?)   12 comments

Posted at 1:54 am in government,historic,landmark

I don't really know anything about Cayce School. I'm guessing that given the name, it was the school in Cayce at one time. The (Guignard?) brick architecture could easily go back to the 1940s I suppose. The pictures don't really make it clear, but as this aerial view from google maps shows, the school is really just one building with several different wings:


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Of course it's a building that takes up a block of its own, being bounded by 3rd Avenue, Lexington Avenue (on which it fronts), Poplar Street and 8th Street.

At some point it appears that it stopped being a "school" as such and was taken over by Lexington District Two as a "Learning Center". (I have to say that the picture with the sign indicating such would make a good funny email to forward around Mississippi education circles..).

The building has obviously been out of use for a good while, and I think only the fact that it is in the middle of a residential area has kept it from being vandalized and tagged to a fare-thee-well. Certainly it is decrepit, which can be seen in the google view (which can be zoomed) as well as my pictures. Signs around the school indicate that the lot is to become luxury townhomes in a gated community, so I suppose the building will be demolished at some point, though with the current real-estate market, I doubt the developers will be in a big hurry.

(Hat tip to commenter tonkatoy)

UPDATE 23 July 2011 -- Adding the entire 26 June 2011 photoset below.

26 June 2011 photoset.

Written by ted on July 22nd, 2011

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  1. Lots of large windows have been bricked up, which leads me to believe it was still operating as a school in the seventies, as this was commonly done to schools after the first energy crisis. Shame, really, but that opening windows was a design feature meant for the days before AC. When they added AC and closed the windows, they just got a lot of heat gain.

    I vaguely remember a Snior Center sign up there in the late ninties, but the sign was old.

    I believe the developer gave up on the condos.

    tonkatoy

    22 Jul 11 at 6:39 am

  2. Cayce School was a school for developmentally disabled children. My brother used to go there in the late 70's and early 80's. I'm not sure when it shut down. It's kind of sad to see these pictures of it falling apart.
    It was a really good place for the kids to be able to go back in the day.

    Tafi

    24 Aug 11 at 8:05 pm

  3. I didn't know this, but apparently that place has a basement.

    tonkatoy

    25 Aug 11 at 6:46 am

  4. It was called "Cayce Grammar School" in the 1960s and was for first through fifth grade. I went there; academically it was a reasonably good school with a much more diverse student mix than you might think. Drove by recently and the front entrance has caved in :( The little shoebox annex on the 3rd street side was the principal's office. The long narrow wing on the 8th street side was the cafeteria. First grade was at the Poplar Street entrance and the grades progressed as you went up the hall. It didn't have a real basement -- it had a coal cellar though. When I was there it had coal-fired steam heat (radiators in the classrooms), and no AC.

    Former Student

    8 Nov 11 at 9:01 am

  5. This was also an Elementary school back in the mid 1940s that my Dad attended. He told stories about walking through the woods from "O" Ave. to school and back.

    Former Student's Offspring

    9 May 12 at 4:07 pm

  6. Wow! Thanks for putting these photos out. I wish I could see more. Each one contain childhood memorys. I attended Cayce Grammer School, 1st - 6th grade from 1961 to 1967. The school opened about 1930. I seem to remember a stone marker in the side walk at the front door to that effect. I guess it is covered up now by the ramp leading to the front door. At the time it was built this area had onlt two schools, Cayce Grammer and on the other side of town Brookland Grammer. In the 1960's the windows were not bricked up and there were no doors leading into every classroom. We had hard wood floors, wood ceilings, radiators and big wood frame window to keep cool by in the warmer months. I could tell you so much about this place. Thanks again.

    WC Smith

    10 Aug 12 at 3:14 pm

  7. You're welcome! Feel free to share any stories..

    ted

    10 Aug 12 at 10:04 pm

  8. Found out the school opened in 1925.

    WC Smith

    27 Aug 12 at 3:05 pm

  9. Wow, I hate to see the old grammar school is such bad condition. I started 1st grade there about 1964 and went thru 5th grade, when they started the middle school concept. I remember the hugh wall of windows in each room, and the beautiful wood floors. Tthe custodian was always sweeping the halls with a wide broom and using the rubbery dusting compound. No airconditioning - you opened the windows and let the breeze blow through and had radiator steam heat in the winter.

    Steve F

    31 Aug 12 at 2:24 pm

  10. Got to looking at these pics again today and remembering some names. My teachers from 1st to 6th grade (1961 to 67) were Graham, Hook, Barnes, Threat, Parrish and Austel. Our principal was Rast. Some classmates I remember included Susan Adams, Susan Davis, Buster Bundrick, Jimmy Elliott, Mary Ann Diamond, Diane Dixon, Bobby Lorick, Wayne Howard, Randy Summers, Bobby Minnick, Cindy Shuford, Crystal Kimberland, Joey Ballew, Janice Williams and Melodie Meetze. Sorry if I spelled one wrong. It's been a long time.

    WC Smith

    27 Feb 13 at 4:28 pm

  11. I attended 1st Grade here starting in Aug of '73. My dad went to school here in the late 40's and 50's, and my great aunt went to school here when it first opened in the 1920's.

    SJeffcoat

    16 May 13 at 2:52 pm

  12. Looks like the townhouse project may be moving forward. I see two zoning appeals items for this location on Cayce's website.

    http://www.cityofcayce-sc.gov/pressrelease.asp?NID=36

    http://www.cityofcayce-sc.gov/pressrelease.asp?NID=37

    tonkatoy

    17 May 13 at 6:57 am

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