Porter-Gaud School

Last updated
Porter-Gaud School
PGnewLOGO.jpg
Address
Porter-Gaud School
300 Albemarle Rd

29407

United States
Coordinates 32°46′27″N79°57′51″W / 32.77417°N 79.96417°W / 32.77417; -79.96417 Coordinates: 32°46′27″N79°57′51″W / 32.77417°N 79.96417°W / 32.77417; -79.96417
Information
Type Private
MottoFides, Honor, Scientia
Established1867(155 years ago) (1867)
Faculty120
Grades K212
Number of students1,004
Campus88 acres (360,000 m2)
Color(s)Garnet and gray
  
MascotCyclone
Rival Bishop England High School
YearbookPolygon
Endowment$12.5m
Affiliation Episcopal Church
Website www.portergaud.edu

The Porter-Gaud School is an independent coeducational college preparatory day school in Charleston, in the U.S. state of South Carolina. Porter-Gaud has an enrollment of about 1000 students, comprising an elementary school, middle school, and high school, and is located on the banks of the Ashley River. The school has historic ties to the Episcopal Church.

Contents

Porter-Gaud was formed in July 1964 from the merger of three schools: The Porter Military Academy (founded 1867), the Gaud School for Boys (founded 1908), and the Watt School (founded 1931). The legal name of the institution remains The Porter Academy.

Sexual misconduct scandal

In October 2000, following Fischer's incarceration, a separate court determined that former Principal James Bishop Alexander and Headmaster Berkeley Grimball knew of the ongoing abuse by Fischer. The jury deemed both negligent in stopping the abuse. Neither Principal Alexander nor Headmaster Grimball were ultimately convicted, as each died prior to the court concluding. However, the court awarded the plaintiffs $105 million. [1]

The scandal was the subject of a 2018 documentary, What Haunts Us. The film suggests the suicides of six graduates of the 1979 class were due to the mental impact of being sexually abused by Fischer. The colluding culture of the school with board members ignoring persistent pleas to be heard by one victim, who wrote to all the board members who never responded or discussed it, revealed that these young victims were trapped within a culture where the surface of respectability had to be maintained at all costs. Porter-Gaud school did make a public apology but not to the victims themselves. [2]

Notable alumni

Notable faculty

The second gates of Porter Military Academy (now at the new campus) Gates to Porter-Gaud School (Charleston, South Carolina, 2006).jpg
The second gates of Porter Military Academy (now at the new campus)

See also

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Charleston, South Carolina</span> Largest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina

Charleston is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina, the county seat of Charleston County, and the principal city in the Charleston–North Charleston metropolitan area. The city lies just south of the geographical midpoint of South Carolina's coastline on Charleston Harbor, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean formed by the confluence of the Ashley, Cooper, and Wando rivers. Charleston had a population of 150,277 as of the 2020 U.S. Census. The 2020 population of the Charleston metropolitan area, comprising Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties, was 799,636 residents, the third-largest in the state and the 74th-largest metropolitan statistical area in the United States.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Thomas Heyward Jr.</span> Signer of the US Declaration of Independence (1746–1809)

Thomas Heyward Jr. was an American Founding Father, lawyer, jurist, and politician. Heyward was active politically during the Revolutionary Era. As a member of the Continental Congress representing South Carolina, he signed the Declaration of Independence and Articles of Confederation. Heyward's imprisonment in Florida by the British for nearly a year and the loss of a considerable number of slaves led to his being widely proclaimed a martyr of the revolution.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">DuBose Heyward</span> American dramatist

Edwin DuBose Heyward was an American author best known for his 1925 novel Porgy. He and his wife Dorothy, a playwright, adapted it as a 1927 play of the same name. The couple worked with composer George Gershwin to adapt the work as the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess. It was later adapted as a 1959 film of the same name.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis</span> Archdiocese of the Catholic Church in Minnesota, United States

The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis is a Latin Church ecclesiastical jurisdiction or diocese of the Catholic Church in the United States. It is led by an archbishop who administers the archdiocese from the cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. The archbishop has both a cathedral and co-cathedral: the mother church, the Cathedral of Saint Paul in Saint Paul and the co-cathedral, the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh</span> Latin Catholic ecclesiastical jurisdiction in North Carolina, United States

The Diocese of Raleigh is a Latin Church ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Catholic Church that covers the eastern half of the U.S. state of North Carolina. It is a suffragan diocese in the ecclesiastical province of the metropolitan Archbishop of Atlanta. On July 5, 2017, Pope Francis named Luis Rafael Zarama to be the 6th Bishop of Raleigh; Zarama was installed on August 29, 2017 at the recently consecrated Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Benjamin Hutto</span>

W. Benjamin Hutto was an American musician who specialized in writing, producing, and directing choral music. He served as Director of Choral Activities and Director of Performing Arts at St. Albans School for Boys and the National Cathedral School for Girls in Washington D.C. He was also Director of Music and Organist at St. John's Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">James Island (South Carolina)</span> Island in South Carolina, United States

James Island is one of South Carolina's most urban Sea Islands; nearly half of the island sits within Charleston city limits. The island is separated from peninsular downtown Charleston by the Ashley River, from the mainland by Wappoo Creek and the Wappoo Cut, and from Johns Island by the Stono River. It lies inshore of Morris Island and Folly Beach.

Henry Nutt Parsley, Jr. is an American prelate of the Episcopal Church and the retired tenth Bishop of Alabama, and the former Provisional Bishop of the Diocese of Easton. Parsley is also a former Chancellor of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. He now resides in Wilmington, North Carolina and attends St. James Parish in Wilmington.

Fernando Rivas is a Cuban-American composer . He graduated from the Juilliard School of Music where he studied with National Arts Award recipient David Diamond. He has worked extensively in film and theater, as well as in broadcast media and advertising. Mr. Rivas has won several awards including the Princess Grace Foundation Grant for outstanding original work in musical theater and composed fifteen musicals and hundreds of songs. His work was featured by the Theater Communications Group in a collaboration with Maria Irene Fornes and Tito Puente in Lovers and Keepers.

Porter Military Academy may refer to:

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Charleston Arsenal</span> United States historic place

The Charleston Arsenal was a United States Army arsenal facility in Charleston, South Carolina, seized by state militia at the outbreak of the American Civil War.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Robert E. Guglielmone</span>

Robert Eric Guglielmone is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, who served as bishop of the Diocese of Charleston in South Carolina from 2009 until 2022.

The following is a timeline of the history of Charleston, South Carolina, USA.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina</span>

The Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina, known as The Episcopal Church in South Carolina from January 2013 until September 2019, is a diocese of the Episcopal Church. The diocese covers an area of 24 counties in the eastern part of the state. The see city is Charleston, home to Grace Church Cathedral and diocesan headquarters. The western portion of the state forms the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina. As a diocese of the Episcopal Church, the Diocese of South Carolina is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion and traces its heritage to the beginnings of Christianity.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Charleston church shooting</span> 2015 mass shooter attack at African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina

On June 17, 2015, a mass shooting occurred in Charleston, South Carolina, in which nine African Americans were killed during a Bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Among those people who were killed was the senior pastor, state senator Clementa C. Pinckney. This church is one of the oldest black churches in the United States, and it has long been a center for organizing events which are related to civil rights.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Dylann Roof</span> American mass murderer (born 1994)

Dylann Storm Roof is an American white supremacist, neo-Nazi, and mass murderer convicted for perpetrating the Charleston church shooting on June 17, 2015, in the U.S. state of South Carolina. During a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Roof killed nine people, all African Americans, including senior pastor and state senator Clementa C. Pinckney, and injured one other person. After several people identified Roof as the main suspect, he became the center of a manhunt that ended the morning after the shooting with his arrest in Shelby, North Carolina. He later confessed that he committed the shooting in hopes of igniting a race war. Roof's actions in Charleston have been widely described as domestic terrorism.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Walter Mitchell (bishop)</span> Episcopal Bishop of Arizona (1876–1971)

Walter Mitchell was the Bishop of Arizona in The Episcopal Church in the United States from 1926 until 1946.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Josiah-Jordan James</span> American basketball player (born 2000)

Josiah-Jordan James is an American college basketball player for the Tennessee Volunteers of the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Aaron Nesmith</span> American basketball player (born 1999)

Aaron Joshua Nesmith is an American professional basketball player for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Vanderbilt Commodores.

References

  1. Fine, Lisa (2000-11-08). "Jury Awards $105 Million In Teacher-Student Abuse Case - Education Week". Education Week. Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  2. Parker, Adam. "Eddie Fischer's sex abuse at Charleston's Porter-Gaud school subject of new documentary". Post and Courier. Retrieved 2020-07-07.