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E. L. Wright Middle School, 2740 Alpine Road: 2021 (Ongoing Construction)   13 comments

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As reported by commenter That Guy, Richland District Two middle school E. L. Wright is undergoing a significant upfit that will be finished in 2023. Here is a link to the artist's conception and the general plan.

(Hat tip to commenter That Guy)



























Written by ted on June 16th, 2021

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13 Responses to 'E. L. Wright Middle School, 2740 Alpine Road: 2021 (Ongoing Construction)'

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  1. When I saw my old Middle School here I was a little shocked, but then I read that it was just ongoing construction and said "Ohokay, that makes sense."

    Glad to know it's getting a facelift.

    Eric Rion

    23 Jun 21 at 9:37 am

  2. I can remember that around 10 or 12 years ago both Crayton Middle and Dent Middle got rebuilt and it seems like something similar is in the process in this case...


    23 Jun 21 at 1:31 pm

  3. Alright folks, who all went to E.L. Wright Middle School and what years? I'll go first.

    83-84 - 7th grade
    Aug, Sept, Oct 84 - 8th grade
    Then moved off post and went to Dent to finish up my 8th grade year.


    29 Jun 21 at 9:24 pm

  4. 1974-1976, 6th and 7th grades.
    Walked & rode my bike from Briarwood.
    Remember no air conditioning except in 700 Building.
    Had one teacher from England, first time I ever heard British pronunciation of "garage," etc., thought it was funny.


    5 Jul 21 at 8:12 pm

  5. I went to E. L. Wright for 6th & 7th grade in 1976 & 1977. I remember taking the school bus down Windsor Lake Blvd. We called it “the windy, curvy road”. I forgot about the 700 bldg having air conditioning. I never had classes in that building and didn’t have air conditioning at school until I started high school at Richland Northeast in the fall of1978, the first year it opened.


    11 Jul 21 at 7:19 am

  6. I go there now I am a 6t grader in the Law program carpool is kind of bad


    10 Oct 22 at 8:16 pm

  7. I attended E. L. Wright, mid to late 70's - they were the Vikings back then. They had to change their mascot when RNE opened.

    I will always be a Viking ... Joseph Keels, E. L. Wright and Spring Valley!


    13 Oct 22 at 7:15 am

  8. In other school construction, Richland Northeast High School is getting an upgrade. It will be more modern and will have new parts. For this school, the kids will move to the new building during the 2nd semester and the original campus will be torn down later then the new CFK building will be build, then they will torn down the old CFK building and everything else will be finished and might be done around 2024.

    That Guy

    13 Oct 22 at 12:04 pm

  9. ^^ and I understand parts of Irmo High are getting ready to get overhauled as well (idk about the timeline of everything) of it were built in 1964...


    13 Oct 22 at 12:40 pm

  10. Irmo High was built in 1963-64 and opened that school year. It was all one story with no other buildings other than the Gym which was later in 1975 turned into the Cafeteria and a new gym was built. I went there from 1973-1977. I may have been young when it opened originally, but I do remember it. It was overhauled sometime in the 90's I think or could have been the late 80's. Once I got out of that school, I never really paid it any attention though.


    13 Oct 22 at 6:12 pm

  11. @Db,

    I believe the upstairs was added in the early 1980s. 1981 seems like the exact year, but I don't remember for sure. Because the ceilings in the downstairs rooms were taller than normal, the second floor is suspended a good 6 feet above the first floor, so there are short access doors in the stairwells to get in to the access space between the two. Occasionally a door would be left unlocked, giving the between class smokers a place to sneak a cigarette besides the restrooms. It's a shame they can't renovate what's there instead of leveling it and starting over.


    15 Oct 22 at 2:09 pm

  12. I really didn't pay Irmo High much attention after I graduated in the 76-77 school year. My Dad still taught there until 1983 I think, and I think it was still pretty much all original. Irmo High was one of the top high schools in the country in the 70's, but not so much now. Tearing everything down or whatever they're gonna do won't help. No one seems to care about the history of the building or anything of Irmo's past.

    Del Bazemore

    18 Oct 22 at 9:50 pm

  13. To show how things have changed at Irmo. My freshmen year in the Marching Band, we had 90 my Senior year in 76-77 we had around 210 total of us marching at every game Irmo played. We were the first High School Band to be invited to play Walt Disney World in 1972. We were the only HS Band that performed College marching drills from the University of Tenn. in Knoxville due to my Dad and who he knew. We were the only HS Band from South Carolina who were invited to play in Washington DC for the Bicentennial in 1976. I wonder how the "Band" that's there now at Irmo compares to what we were and did. I doubt they come close to what we were.

    Del Bazemore

    18 Oct 22 at 9:56 pm

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