5265 Camden Highway Rembert SC, 29128


As of 2007 and written by Joye Davis

On September 8, 1964, Thomas Sumter Academy breathed its first breath as a teaching institution.  The 112 students enrolled in grades one through ten began fulfilling the long-term hopes and dreams of a handful of founding fathers.

On January 16, 1959, a group of community parents banded together and purchased the land and existing main building from the state, forming the Hillcrest Center, Inc.  The original shareholders in the Hillcrest Center, Inc., were W.M. LeNoir, H.C. Edens, Jr., V.P. Dennis, A.W. James, C.A. McLaughlin, E.M. Dubose, A.M. Burrows, J.M. Edens, Jr., and J.B. Gaddy.  Each contributed $100.00 to the corporation to facilitate the purchase. The building was constructed in 1926 and housed Hillcrest School until 1958 when a new and modern facility was built just across from the old building at Highways 521 and 441.  For six years, the building sat silent and living only in the dreams of a dedicated few.